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Let’s Travel by Google Earth Before We Have Enough Money and Time To Travel for Real!

Let’s Travel by Google Earth Before We Have Enough Money and Time To Travel for Real!

Take your Bucket list and start browsing Google Earth. You can visit Mexico, Bali or Madagascar in a few minutes and be amazed by the beauty of your dream countries and outer universe. Of course, it is not the very same feeling as travelling in person. But Google Earth has one advantage. You can wear your comfortable pyjamas while looking at everything you ever wanted to see.

So what is Google Earth? It is a Google service providing a 3D view of the whole Earth and every place on this wonderful planet. And not just that. Google Earth is something like a very detailed map, on steroids. Let’s have a look, what Google cooked for us.

Terrain and 3D buildings

3D Buildings

    With the layer “3D Buildings” you can watch museums, fountains, art… All of that as 3D models. The terrain is simulating the elevation levels, creating unique 3D experiences. Google Earth allows you to zoom into cities. This option is not yet available in all the places in the world.

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    The Moon

    Google Earth Moon

      Everyone sometimes looks up on the moon and thinks about how it would feel to walk on the moon’s surface and how the Earth may look like from up there? It will take a couple more years, till trips to the moon will be offered in catalogues in tourist agencies. So in the meanwhile you can check it out on Google Earth. As a bonus, you will get a unique podcast narrated by Apollo astronauts.

      The Sky

      Google Earth Sky

        The universe is endless and has still a lot to unveil. When you choose the “sky” layer of Google Earth you will get an incredible view of nearby galaxies, planets, and stars. But your experience doesn’t end with watching our planet moves and admiring our universe. You can learn from astronomy podcasts and read expert studies. I wish, astronomy would have been this fun in school

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        The Ocean

        Google Earth Ocean

          Humankind is trying to conquer the universe, but forgets the beauty and wealth of the ocean. With Google Earth you can start the journey to the ocean seafloor and admire creatures living deep in the ocean. Worthy to mention is also footage of the Titanic shipwreck, which you can look at in detail.

          Historical sceneries

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          Paris Google Earth

            Time travel is possible! You don’t believe me? Google Earth can take you into the past. Look at how your neighborhood changed over time. You may notice, how the population grew, what has been built over time and see how we have changed the whole environment during the last century. You can see all those changes in the date range

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            Mars

            Google Earth Mars

              Travelling in the universe has never been as possible at it is now. No, I am not talking about travel agencies offering vacations on Mars, but about a project which is a result of a cooperation between Google and NASA. The Mars layer is allowing you to see latest images NASA took just a few hours ago.

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              What else you can do with Google Earth?

              Just travel around all places you always wanted to visit. Find directions, search for places, bookmark them and take notes. When you select directions, you can enjoy a spectacular virtual tour. The accuracy of Google Earth is incredible. When you are planning trips, hikes or bicycle rides, you can select the point you are leaving from and follow the road. By this you can plan everything precisely, and most likely you will not end up in the middle of nowhere searching for help. Be always prepared!

              Have a cup of your favorite tea, sit down on a comfortable couch and enjoy the beauty of the Earth and the Universe around us. If you want to know more about Google Earth, join their community and read related blogs.

              Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

              Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

              Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

              So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

              Joe’s Goals

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                Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                Daytum

                  Daytum

                  is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                  Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                  Excel or Numbers

                    If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                    What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                    Evernote

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                      I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                      Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                      Access or Bento

                        If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                        Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                        You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                        Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                        All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                        Conclusion

                        I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                        What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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