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Contenders for mashup dominion

The web site Placeopedia is a mashup using Google Maps, connecting cities with their Wikipedia entries. In other words, it’s sort of a geographical version of Wikipedia for the planet Earth. It’s still in a very early phase and there are lot of contenders, but it could be interesting to watch it grow. If you prefer to tag areas instead of points, WikiMapia is an alternative. It allows users to tag map areas and write their own comments.

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Ajax debunked

After having seen a couple of months with the word Ajax buzzing everywhere, I believe it’s time to clear a few things out. Ajax is a term coined by Jesse James Garrett at San Francisco-based company Adaptive Path in February 2005. It is commonly described as “asynchronous Javascript and XML”. I would rather say it’s a shorter way of writing “asynchronous JavaScript using XMLHttpRequest with CSS and DOM”.

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Eating my way through Basque country

"Not too bad to wash it all down with a local Txakoli, the young white wine typical of the Basque country."

Alone in Kyoto

"I tried my best to sneak across the building, but the floor revealed me each time. I suppose I would make a lousy ninja."

The streets of Paris

"One of the advantages of repeated visits to a place is the leisure pace of awe and discovery while drifting slowly down the worn streets of the French capital."

Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

"Inside the church there are still traces of rune inscriptions made during the Viking age by Varangians, an elite guard made up of Scandinavian immigrant warriors."

Historic locations in Gothenburg

"Hundreds of houses were quickly build, but unfortunately all of it was burned to the ground in 1611 by Danish forces."

Aliens in Nevada and New Mexico

"We turned around and went down another dirt road, past countless Joshua trees until our car was covered in dirt and we finally arrived at the Front Gate of Area 51."