Five for Friday 8.29.08

Anwr_map2_03 1. McCain Names Sarah Palin VP Nominee

This morning presumptive Republican Presidential nominee John McCain announced his selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. The decision to put the young (Palin is 44 years old), relatively unknown female on the ticket came as a surprise, and will have many doing their homework to learn more about her track record. Catch up on some key issues in the Frontier State.

a. “Bridge to Nowhere.”

b. Oil resources and drilling in ANWR.

c. Food costs, and political corruption, and polar bears…oh my!

2. ESRI Geography Network

Educators: Looking for ways to use GIS in the classroom? ESRI’s Geography Network offers tools, tips, and data to help you beef up your teaching with technology.

3. Ticket Master World Music Tickets

As summer starts to wind down this Labor Day Weekend, why not take advantage of those last few opportunities to enjoy live outdoor music? This Saturday, I plan to attend the Planet Arlington World Music Festival here in metro D.C, featuring a wide selection of world music. Check out Ticket Master’s “World Music” listings to find a world music event near you. Expand your musical and cultural horizons!

4. “CBS Sunday Morning” Goes Green

I’m a big fan of the classic CBS news/pop-culture program “Sunday Morning.” This week I was poking around their website in search of a particular clip and found some great “green” features. “The Greening of Hollywood” is a photo essay that profiles celebrities who are standing up for the environment. “Fast Draw: Hybrid Cars” is an entertaining cartoon that outlines some of the pros and cons of the half-gas half-electric engine vehicles.

5. MONU Magazine on Urbanism

MONU magazine is (from their website) “ a unique bi-annual international forum for artists, writers and designers that are working on topics of urban culture, development and politics. Each issue collects essays, projects and photographs from contributors from all over the world to a given topic.” A link to the latest edition of MONU, titled “exotic urbanism” landed in my mailbox this week and I thought I’d pass it along. If you’re interested in urban issues –and we all should be, since 2008 marks the first time in history that more than 50% of the world’s population lives in cities—check it out!

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