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These are the Most and Least Popular States for Book Settings | Book Riot

By Danika Ellis, May 13, 2022

From article…

The setting of a book can play a massive role in its tone and memorability. The best authors can bring a place to life and make the story feel much more real because of it. That means that the choice of where to set a book is crucial.

Many authors simply set their books where they live, drawing on their day-to-day lives for inspiration. Others find locales that match the plot or feel of the story: noir set in California vs New York, for instance, account for two distinct subgenres.

So what are the states that draw in authors, and which ones are sorely lacking literary representation? You can place your guesses now (sheer population size is a good place to start), but Crossword Solver has done the work of tallying up all the U.S. location tags on Goodreads, so let’s dive into their results.

Source: These are the Most and Least Popular States for Book Settings

Google Maps adds an ‘Immersive View’ of major cities | Engadget

Pan around popular tourist destinations directly from your phone.

By A. Tarantola, @terrortola, May 11th, 2022

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Google Maps is getting an “Immersive View” that will offer users digitally rendered looks at major US cityscapes, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai told the audience at Google’s I/O 2022 keynote on Wednesday.

Google Maps is getting an “Immersive View” that will offer users digitally rendered looks at major US cityscapes, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai told the audience at Google’s I/O 2022 keynote on Wednesday.

From keynote

The new feature uses computer vision and AI to blend Maps’ existing Street View function with aerial photography to create high-resolution models of the various buildings and urban features of a given location. “With our new immersive view, you’ll be able to experience what a neighborhood, landmark, restaurant or popular venue is like — and even feel like you’re right there before you ever set foot inside,” wrote Miriam Daniel, VP of Google Maps, in a blog post. What’s more, Maps’ other tools and features can be applied to the view as well, enabling users to see what the area looks like at different times of the day and varying weather conditions.

Source: Google Maps adds an ‘Immersive View’ of major cities | Engadget

Mistakes Made on First Cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas | Insider

10 things I wish I’d done differently on my first cruise, from choosing a better room to reserving shows in advance

By Joey Hadden, May 9, 2022, 11:09 AM

Insider’s reporter took her first cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, the largest cruise ship.
Joey Hadden/Insider

I’ve traveled by car, bus, train, and plane, but boats of any kind were completely new to me until April, when I went on my first cruise to the Caribbean for a reporting trip.

I embarked on a seven-night voyage on the largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas. We sailed to Roatán, Honduras; Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico; and Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas. 

While it felt surreal to be on such a large vessel in the middle of the ocean, I made some mistakes that made my trip more expensive and less enjoyable than it could have been. I learned that cruising wasn’t my preferred vacation style. But if I had avoided these mistakes, I would have had a better time.

Source: Mistakes Made on First Cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas

Good Morning, San Diego!

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My personal tribute to the beautiful city of San Diego (California, USA), where I’ve had the pleasure to live for almost 15 years. All the scenes in this video were captured around sunrise over a period of four months, from August to November of 2014.

Shot entirely using a GoPro HERO3 Black Edition camera (1080p, 60fps, Medium FOV) mounted on a DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter with Zenmuse H3-3D 3-axis gimbal. Edited using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

This video was made solely for hobby and recreational purposes. Filming locations were researched and selected in July 2014 taking into account recreational flight safety guidelines reported in the news at the time.

More succinct guidelines were widely publicized later that year, including the “Know Before You Fly” educational campaign at knowbeforeyoufly.org that started in December 2014. Visit faa.gov/uas for the latest U.S. Federal regulations on unmanned aircraft systems. Please fly safely.

Music: “A Closing Statement” by Dexter Britain.
Used under license from The Music Bed, LLC.

Copyright 2014 by Eladio Arvelo, eladioarvelo.com

Source: https://vimeo.com/113168936