Blue Man Group and New Google Maps Patent Filing

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A quick post, while I’m away.

I sat in the second row at a performance by the Blue Man Group last night at the Venetian Resort, in a protective plastic poncho supplied by the Blue Man Theatre, and decorated in white crepe paper handed out shortly before the performance began.

I avoided getting splattered by paint, twinkies, jello, and other materials flying through the air, but some of my fellow poncho and crepe-paper wearing compatriots had some foreign objects flying in their direction. The music was great, the skits were alternatively funny and amazing, and often both. Nice show, and highly recommended.

Some things I noticed this morning while looking through my RSS feeds and other places on the web:

John Batelle writes about Google working with Intuit, Yahoo! working out a deal with Acer, and an interesting recent Quickbooks acquisition that could mean interesting things for companies trying to develop a presence in search engines.

Jaimie Sirovich at SEO Egghead has a nice compilation of SEO helpful hints at: Mattcuttsarama: 21 Great SEO Tips From Google’s Matt Cutts.

Loren Baker, of Search Engine Journal, has the scoop on some of the updates at Yahoo Local: Yahoo Local Updates With Tagging & Photos. This seems like a pretty good move for them.

The Googlejet fly high blog has some interesting thoughts on Customer Lifetime Value.

John Blossom of Content Blogger provides an interesting look at the fall meeting of the the Association of Information and Dissemination Centers. A lot of links in the post that I want to follow once I return home. It looks like it was a pretty good conference.

Those are a few of the things that caught my eye today – but I have to get back to being at Vegas for a while.

Before I go, here’s a link to the latest Google patent application – Combined map scale and measuring tool. It might appeal mostly to folks who are interested in how the mapping functions in Google work, and how the mapping team is working to improve them. One neat aspect of it seems to be the ability to use some drop and drag features with a map, including dragging a scale measuring tool on the map to get distances between places, and the ability to generate some driving directions between places pointed at on maps.

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5 thoughts on “Blue Man Group and New Google Maps Patent Filing”

  1. Blue Man Group is a blast! I saw them about 10 years ago in NYC, and am sure they are just as good, if not better in Vegas.

    It is definitely a smart show.

  2. It was a fun show. I missed them when visiting Boston a couple of years back, and didn’t want to pass up the chance to see them while here in Vegas.

    Definitely a good time. The musicians working with them were all excellent as well.

  3. The percussion was excellent, though I found myself surprised by how many backing drummers I saw (at least five drum kits in the band), not counting the percussion instruments played by the members of the BMG. The guitar playing was also very good.

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