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...but someone at KPBS figured out how to harness the power of Google.

Why is this valuable? Well, first, it's the most detailed map of the fires and related conditions. More importantly, though, it's hosted at Google, whose servers aren't being overwhelmed by requests (unlike almost every local website in San Diego County except KPBS).

In clever news of the weird, they're also using Twitter to get one-line news flashes out via text messages.

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deirdremoon
Oct. 23rd, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
That's really, really cool.

This particular map doesn't have the LA-area fires on it... I'll keep an eye out, though!
bovil
Oct. 23rd, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
KPBS is the San Diego State PBS/NPR station. All you need is for someone at an LA station to see this and copy the idea...
bovil
Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
Theres a LA Times map linked at calfires now.
deirdremoon
Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! That was hugely useful. :)
edgreen86
Oct. 23rd, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
Wow - this is really impressive!

Thanks for pointing it out!
jbriggs
Oct. 23rd, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
So the worst PBS station in California finally does good? Unbelievable!

(KPCC is the best in SoCal and unfortunately jut out of range)
bovil
Oct. 23rd, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
They may be the worst, but they hired somebody with brains (probably a student intern).
jbriggs
Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Cynical me thinks their ripping the Cal Fire site.
darrelx
Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
Actually, if you follow the link to view the larger map on califres, it goes to the one created by KPBS... so calfires is ripping the KPBS map ;)

There's also This Map from another creative programmer using Google-Maps that I linked to from my journal early this morning.


bovil
Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
Calfires is embedding and linking the KPBS map and an LA Times map on its page. I'm not sure how or when they're flipping between the two, though.

There's a lot more detail in the KPBS map, though...
jbriggs
Oct. 23rd, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Color me amazed that KPBS actually got something right.
bovil
Oct. 23rd, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
Even yahoos can hire someone good. I'm still betting it's a student assistant or student intern who can work google magic.
bovil
Oct. 23rd, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
And chances are several of the big news outlets will try to headhunt the guy (gal?) after this (if Google doesn't themselves).
madoc62
Oct. 24th, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
Hey! And why you callin KPBS the worst? It's the only one we gots down here in America's Finest City!

Madoc
jbriggs
Oct. 24th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
For twenty years half there programming has been classical music at night, which I like, except for most of that we had two other classical music stations. Another two hours is BBC, which I also like except that we don't live in britain, and almost all other programming is repeated at least once (i.e. twice a day). Gloria Penner has gotten better, but for most of those years it was "I've got a show! So you can listen to me whine and interrupt, even though its an interview show!" (she's gotten better but she still whines) Finally, they have had plege drives what seems like every two days for years, especially when they built the newer telecommunications center at SDSU, and were begging for more cash for better programming due to bad business decisions.

Thankfully I can occasionally get KPCC and KTRC (two of the four LA PBS stations) on a semi-regular basis, both of which are orders of magnitude better than the PBS flagship station.

But, its still better than Air America, Liberal Bash Radio as opposed to Conservative Bash Radio. )^:
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