Once again it’s another Friday and that means I’m game for sharing 5 very cool things that I found this week… enjoy! And thanks again to my friend @whatleydude for the inspiration to do 5 things (Well, actually I stole his idea… Shhhhhh)
The ZIP Code Tapestry
Ever wondered about the demographic makeup of a ZIP Code? If so then you might want to check out the ZIP Tapestry that Esri has provided. Type in your ZIP Code to see demographic and lifestyle information (population stats, Age, Income) about your neighborhood or area of interest. Browsing an area of interest you’ll quickly identify regions that may be a prime target for your business, mailing campaign or ?? Esri has provided a fine online resource that explains the data that is shared via the web service – See Here for info about the demographic, consumer, and business data
Get started at http://www.esri.com/data/esri_data/ziptapestry
Nexus 6 is coming!
Yes indeed, for us Android fans we won’t have to wait long as the much anticipated Nexus 6 is indeed a reality and coming very soon! According to Google the next-gen Nexus gives you more of everything – more scree, more speed, more power! Look for Nexus 6 late in October on Google Play and you’ll also be treated to Lollipop OS with this one! Oh and if this isn’t enough for you Android geeks, the Nexus 9 Tablet was also announced!
Display 5.96” 1440×2560 display (493 ppi)
Battery 3220 mAh
Camera 13MP rear-facing with optical image stabilization, 2MP front-facing
CPU: Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 805 – Quad Core 2.7 GHz
GPU: Adreno 420
Memory: 32 GB, 64 GB
Falling Fruit – Mapping the Harvest
Here’s something rather cool, sorry but I can’t even recall how I heard about it! Falling fruit is a project that was built by and for “foragers”. From the crew… “Falling Fruit is a celebration of the overlooked culinary bounty of our city streets. By quantifying this resource on a map, we hope to facilitate intimate connections between people, food, and the natural organisms growing in our neighborhoods. Not just a free lunch! Foraging in the 21st century is an opportunity for urban exploration, to fight the scourge of stained sidewalks, and to reconnect with the botanical origins of food.” Theimported datasets range from small neighborhood foraging maps to vast professionally-compiled tree inventories. This so far amounts to 776 different types of edibles (most, but not all, plant species) distributed over 609,033 locations. Very Cool!
Have you ever wondered to yourself, “Ok, it’s plum season and there’s gotta be plums all over the place, but where? Well, here’s a resource that may help you find some to forage.
Local Search tools – Groupon Merchant Resources
Do you own and operate a small business or perhaps you know someone who does? Groupon has a pretty vast collection of resources specifically for the merchant. These tools will help the business owner create and manage a local deal from start to finish. There’s plenty of FAQs, articles and resources to help the business owner launch a great campaign and also monitor the effectiveness of the campaign. I fear many owners simply jump in with both feet without first exploring the options and doing everything they can to create a great experience for the customer and to maximize their groupon launch
Natural Peanut Butter Mixer
And now for something completely random! I’m a firm believer that if something doesn’t taste great then adding peanut butter will fix it. I’m also a big proponent of natural peanut butter, however, I really do hate having to mix up a new jar of the goodness in order to get all that messy oil mixed up nicely with the peanuts and the butter – enter the peanut butter mixer! For just $14 ($24 in Canada.. huh??) this mixer from the Witmer Company simply attaches to the jar where the lid would be. You turn the crank and mix until your product is nice and creamy… no more mixing with a spoon and oil spilling out all over the place! Simply brilliant…