Maps.me v Google maps offline?

How did I travel without this awesome technology?

It was no problem to find my way through the narrow labyrinths of souks (bazaars) in the Medina of Marrakesh.

Google maps offline is better, but only provides directions for automobile travel. It’s ideal if you are in a rent-a-car.

Maps.me is better if you are on public transit, bike or on foot.

For any new area I’m traveling I download both while connected to wifi. Then compare results offline.

Maps.me gets the data from community-based OpenStreetMap. It’s not as up-to-date or complete. But it does give you voice turn-by-turn navigation like Google.

I love them both.

The process of downloading an offline map is more complicated in Google. It’s one click on Maps.me.

Click PLAY or watch Maps.me on YouTube.

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World Sustainable Development Goals

Thinking BIG PICTURE.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were the eight international development goals for the year 2015 that had been established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration.

All 191 United Nations member states at that time, and at least 22 international organizations, committed …

As of 2013, progress towards the goals was uneven. …

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) replaced the MDGs in 2016.

related – Kofi Annan, former UN secretary general, dies

White cops question black man

St. Louis MO April 19, 2018.

Rule of law is critical to society. I like the police. But I like them better when video is rolling.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The only other person on the scene when police called over a gentleman, I propped up my camera.

This gentleman did exactly what I would have done. Came directly to the first officer. Sat down immediately as requested.

Police were not aggressive in body language or any other way. Eventually they noticed my camera. Did not seem to care. I suspect most encounters go exactly like this. But are not reported

change for the better in Saudi Arabia

I’ve been to Riyadh three times. They are leaders in the Muslim world. Many students study there before returning to their home nations.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has started reforming the Kingdom.

Token changes: women driving, introducing music and cinema, and cracking down on corruption.

In a land of extremists, I hope he can stay alive long enough to move the nation to moderate Islam.

He’s certainly cooperated with (played?) the Toddler President.

Norah O’Donnell: Are women equal to men?

Mohammed bin Salman: Absolutely. We are all human beings and there is no difference.

Norah O’Donnell: You have said you are, “Taking Saudi Arabia back to what we were, a moderate Islam.” What does that mean? …

He has curbed the powers of the country’s so-called “religious police,” who until recently were able to arrest women for not covering up. …

60 Minutes 

He has critics. One guy wants him to change more, faster.

Others say he’s been too brutal. A strongman dictator.

The future of global energy

I’ve always been suspicious of stories predicting the rise of solar and wind and the imminent plunge of coal and oil.

But it’s here. Solar in Dubai is already the least expensive source of electricity in the history of the world2.42 cents / kwh.

Click PLAY or watch a TED Talk on YouTube. (38min)

Incumbents will increasingly be asking for government subsidy for coal and oil. Those requests should be denied.

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