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There has been a lot of news this week centered around Depeche Mode.

Depeche Mode has recently announced tour dates for their 2009 album Sounds Of The Universe.

I’ve also discovered that Steve Pavlina, the writer of a very successful personal development blog must be a Depeche Mode fan himself.  He subtly hints to Depeche Mode in his entry on the meaning of life.

So today’s big news is that Apple and Depeche Mode are teaming up to give users online access to new Depeche Mode videos and private releases as they become available for the next 15 weeks, for a (rather steep) price of $18.99.

This iTunes Pass will allow the users to download DM’s latest single (Wrong) as well as videos and exclusive music. They will also get the entire Sounds of The Universe album when it is released.

I was a sucker for the iTunes playing the Angel early release, which also came with a video for the song Precious. It seems that Apple and Depeche Mode have teamed up to figured out a good way to get my money this time!

To quote one of my favorite bands:

They know my weaknesses
I never tried to hide them
They know my weaknesses
You tried them

Apple, Depeche Mode Launch New ‘iTunes Pass’ (via pcmag)

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The Vulcan project brings us a map of the US and the amount of pollution that can be found.  The Vulcan project is a collaboration of a few universities, NASA, and the US D.O.E.  Check out their site for more information, they do a lot of good work.

They have released a CO2 emissions map that looks like a pretty interesting application.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the right plugin for Firefox on my MacBook Pro to run this, but it looks like it is very well done, and I hope to get it up and running on windows at some point soon.  Please comment on this if you are able to get it to work.

Google Earth maps carbon dioxide emissions (via


I reinstalled The Google Earth Plugin, and now this works!  I think the problem was that I reinstalled Firefox since the last time I updated Google Earth.  Anyway, it works now, and the information is very impressive.  This is a screenshot from my local area.  Carbon County is one of the worst polluters, and it’s all from industrial uses.  So Carbon county is still aply named even after all these years!  (This is Pennsylvania’s Coal region, as well as the Slate Belt, and home to many Cement Factories.)

Carbon County CO2

Gurney, K.R., D. Mendoza, Y. Zhou, B. Seib, M Fischer, S. de la Rue du Can, S. Geethakumar, C. Miller (2009) “The Vulcan Project: High resolution fossil fuel combustion CO2 emissions fluxes for the United States”,

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It looks like the Google Street View car took a detour through Bloomington, IL, and it has caught the attention of the local media

Although Google only covered a few major roads, the local newspaper is encouraging readers to go out and look for people they know, and try to figure out when the car came through.

It’s kind of a cool idea to use Google Maps as a town-wide Scavenger Hunt.  I’d like to see how this turns out! | News | Mysteries abound as Bloomington finally shows up on Google Street View. (via

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So the Lehigh Valley is a decent place to visit, with Musikfest, and Dorney Park, and Ski Slopes.  Also the area is trying to get the Phantoms to play hockey in the valley.  Well, it’s the 25th year of creating these cool little maps for the Lehigh Valley.  They’re free, so try to pick one up!

The 2009 Lehigh Valley Map & Guide is complimentary and can be requested by calling 1-800-747-0561 or visiting Guides are also distributed at more than 60 brochure racks located in hotels and at select attractions throughout the region.

I’m going to try to find one in the racks at 30th Street Station or New York Penn Station.
2009 Lehigh Valley Map & Guide Celebrates Tourism Bureau’s 25th Anniversary. (via