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The Fire Bug flared up at that. “You want to know what bugs me?” it said indignantly. “Nobodaddy’s friendly about fire. Oh, it’s fine in its place, people say, it makes a nice glow in a room, but keep an eye on it in case it gets out of control, and always put it out before you leave. Never mind how much it’s needed; a few forests burned by wildfires, the occasional volcanic eruption, and there goes our reputation. Water, on the other hand!—hah!—there’s no limit to the praise Water gets. Floods, rains, burst pipes, they make no difference. Water is everyone’s favorite. And when they call it the Fountain of Life!—bah!—well, that just bugs me to bits.” The Fire Bug dissolved briefly into a little cloud of angry, buzzing sparks, then came together again. “Fountain of Life, indeed,” it hissed. “What an idea. Life is not a drip. Life is a flame. What do you imagine the sun is made of? Raindrops? I don’t think so. Life is not wet, young man. Life burns. 
~ Salman Rushdie, Luka and the Fire of Life

The wonderful illustration below was done by illustrator and artist, Ben Tobitt, for Salmon Rushdie's 2010 children's fantasy, Luka and the Fire of Life. Luka is a 12 year-old boy, born to an aging storyteller, and whose imagination is filled with stories of his older brother's fantastic adventures to save the world of story telling. Luka is ready for his own adventure, and when Luka's father is cast into a deep sleep from which only the Fire of Life stolen from the World of Magic can awaken him, Luka gets his wish.

Written by Salman Rushdie for his own late-life son, Luka and the Fire of Life is some of Rushdie's most playful and lyrical writing. Full of wisdom about love, life and mortality, Rushdie's writing takes the reader on a magic carpet ride into the realms of the imagination.

Neil Gaiman describes it best, “Luka and the Fire of Life is a beautiful book. Well written (obviously), imaginative (astonishingly so), and wonderful in the way it builds heartfelt magical fiction for kids who love video games: It’s like a bridge, built between generations, fabulous and strange and from the heart.” 

Hear Rushdie read from his book and discuss its deeper meaning here: Salman Rushdie: Luka and the Fire of Life - A Novel - Summary, Quotes, Analysis (2010)

Find out more at Rushdie's blog here: http://www.salman-rushdie.com/blog/luka-and-the-fire-of-life/

See more wonderful Tobitt illustrations and animations at his site here: http://bentobitt.com/ 

Image below from Tobitt's blog here: http://bentobittdrawings.blogspot.com/search?q=luka+and+the+fire+of+life
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The Fire Bug flared up at that. “You want to know what bugs me?” it said indignantly. “Nobodaddy’s friendly about fire. Oh, it’s fine in its place, people say, it makes a nice glow in a room, but keep an eye on it in case it gets out of control, and always put it out before you leave. Never mind how much it’s needed; a few forests burned by wildfires, the occasional volcanic eruption, and there goes our reputation. Water, on the other hand!—hah!—there’s no limit to the praise Water gets. Floods, rains, burst pipes, they make no difference. Water is everyone’s favorite. And when they call it the Fountain of Life!—bah!—well, that just bugs me to bits.” The Fire Bug dissolved briefly into a little cloud of angry, buzzing sparks, then came together again. “Fountain of Life, indeed,” it hissed. “What an idea. Life is not a drip. Life is a flame. What do you imagine the sun is made of? Raindrops? I don’t think so. Life is not wet, young man. Life burns. 
~ Salman Rushdie, Luka and the Fire of Life

The wonderful illustration below was done by illustrator and artist, Ben Tobitt, for Salmon Rushdie's 2010 children's fantasy, Luka and the Fire of Life. Luka is a 12 year-old boy, born to an aging storyteller, and whose imagination is filled with stories of his older brother's fantastic adventures to save the world of story telling. Luka is ready for his own adventure, and when Luka's father is cast into a deep sleep from which only the Fire of Life stolen from the World of Magic can awaken him, Luka gets his wish.

Written by Salman Rushdie for his own late-life son, Luka and the Fire of Life is some of Rushdie's most playful and lyrical writing. Full of wisdom about love, life and mortality, Rushdie's writing takes the reader on a magic carpet ride into the realms of the imagination.

Neil Gaiman describes it best, “Luka and the Fire of Life is a beautiful book. Well written (obviously), imaginative (astonishingly so), and wonderful in the way it builds heartfelt magical fiction for kids who love video games: It’s like a bridge, built between generations, fabulous and strange and from the heart.” 

Hear Rushdie read from his book and discuss its deeper meaning here: Salman Rushdie: Luka and the Fire of Life - A Novel - Summary, Quotes, Analysis (2010)

Find out more at Rushdie's blog here: http://www.salman-rushdie.com/blog/luka-and-the-fire-of-life/

See more wonderful Tobitt illustrations and animations at his site here: http://bentobitt.com/ 

Image below from Tobitt's blog here: http://bentobittdrawings.blogspot.com/search?q=luka+and+the+fire+of+life
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+Vicky Gallardo I downloaded all his books, thanks.
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The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.
~  Wade Davis, Anthropologist, Author, Explorer and Photograper

"Below are 26 gloriously human stories from the far-flung corners of the globe. A compendium of worldly tales that celebrate the wondrous notion that our reality does not exist in any absolute sense, but rather that there are a near infinite number of ways of orienting ourselves on this planet."

Broaden your perspective today and enjoy these 26 wonderful glimpses into the humanity of other parts of the world. Thank you, +Maptia 
 
Twenty-Six Stories that Celebrate our Humanity--> http://bit.ly/people-of-the-world

We hope that you enjoy discovering what an astonishingly diverse, curious and absurdly fascinating species we humans can be!

A huge cross-continental thank-you to +pico iyer +Jody MacDonald +Dmitri Markine +tewfic el-sawy +Cristina Mittermeier +David Noyes +Mark Tipple +Nisa Maier +Maira Fridman +Christopher Herwig +jeff campagna +Thia Konig +Anne Mcglynn +Daniel Perlaky for the story contributions!
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You are welcome, +Dorian Hunter You should circle +Maptia to get much more high-quality content and beautiful photo-essays.
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Fascinating!

Thank you, +The Old Map Gallery 
 
Some of the earliest thematic maps that took complex concepts and gave them a linear clarity were based on religious texts. Here is the "Plan of the Road from The City of Destruction to the Celestial City..." based off of Bunyan's classic the Pilgrim's Progress. This map c. 1830 is a fine example of early "book as map" cartographs.
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Automate your export to Google Maps Engine for Public Data and publish to Google Maps Gallery? Some organizations are doing it. See how with FME.
How to load your data into Google Maps Gallery, how to automate the transformation, and what the digital atlas means for geospatial data.
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The Fire Bug flared up at that. “You want to know what bugs me?” it said indignantly. “Nobodaddy’s friendly about fire. Oh, it’s fine in its place, people say, it makes a nice glow in a room, but keep an eye on it in case it gets out of control, and always put it out before you leave. Never mind how much it’s needed; a few forests burned by wildfires, the occasional volcanic eruption, and there goes our reputation. Water, on the other hand!—hah!—there’s no limit to the praise Water gets. Floods, rains, burst pipes, they make no difference. Water is everyone’s favorite. And when they call it the Fountain of Life!—bah!—well, that just bugs me to bits.” The Fire Bug dissolved briefly into a little cloud of angry, buzzing sparks, then came together again. “Fountain of Life, indeed,” it hissed. “What an idea. Life is not a drip. Life is a flame. What do you imagine the sun is made of? Raindrops? I don’t think so. Life is not wet, young man. Life burns. 
~ Salman Rushdie, Luka and the Fire of Life

The wonderful illustration below was done by illustrator and artist, Ben Tobitt, for Salmon Rushdie's 2010 children's fantasy, Luka and the Fire of Life. Luka is a 12 year-old boy, born to an aging storyteller, and whose imagination is filled with stories of his older brother's fantastic adventures to save the world of story telling. Luka is ready for his own adventure, and when Luka's father is cast into a deep sleep from which only the Fire of Life stolen from the World of Magic can awaken him, Luka gets his wish.

Written by Salman Rushdie for his own late-life son, Luka and the Fire of Life is some of Rushdie's most playful and lyrical writing. Full of wisdom about love, life and mortality, Rushdie's writing takes the reader on a magic carpet ride into the realms of the imagination.

Neil Gaiman describes it best, “Luka and the Fire of Life is a beautiful book. Well written (obviously), imaginative (astonishingly so), and wonderful in the way it builds heartfelt magical fiction for kids who love video games: It’s like a bridge, built between generations, fabulous and strange and from the heart.” 

Hear Rushdie read from his book and discuss its deeper meaning here: Salman Rushdie: Luka and the Fire of Life - A Novel - Summary, Quotes, Analysis (2010)

Find out more at Rushdie's blog here: http://www.salman-rushdie.com/blog/luka-and-the-fire-of-life/

See more wonderful Tobitt illustrations and animations at his site here: http://bentobitt.com/ 

Image below from Tobitt's blog here: http://bentobittdrawings.blogspot.com/search?q=luka+and+the+fire+of+life
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The Fire Bug flared up at that. “You want to know what bugs me?” it said indignantly. “Nobodaddy’s friendly about fire. Oh, it’s fine in its place, people say, it makes a nice glow in a room, but keep an eye on it in case it gets out of control, and always put it out before you leave. Never mind how much it’s needed; a few forests burned by wildfires, the occasional volcanic eruption, and there goes our reputation. Water, on the other hand!—hah!—there’s no limit to the praise Water gets. Floods, rains, burst pipes, they make no difference. Water is everyone’s favorite. And when they call it the Fountain of Life!—bah!—well, that just bugs me to bits.” The Fire Bug dissolved briefly into a little cloud of angry, buzzing sparks, then came together again. “Fountain of Life, indeed,” it hissed. “What an idea. Life is not a drip. Life is a flame. What do you imagine the sun is made of? Raindrops? I don’t think so. Life is not wet, young man. Life burns. 
~ Salman Rushdie, Luka and the Fire of Life

Listen to Salman Rushdie read his lovely children's book and share the wonderful wisdom contained within. Totally riveting. Thank you, +Wolfgang Alexander Moens 
 
Salman Rushdie: Luka and the Fire of Lofe
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Wow, the things you learn on G+... Surprised I hadn't run into this before, took almost as many lit courses in university as geography/history, and particularly liked Commonwealth lit. Been pretty lazy in my reading for the last decade or so though, more escape than enrichment.
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"Like guns and lacrosse sticks, maps can be good or bad, depending on who’s holding them, who they’re aimed at, how they’re used, and why. The wise map user is thus a skeptic, ever wary of confusing or misleading distortions conceived by ignorant or diabolical map authors."
~ Mark Monmonier, How To Lie With Maps, University of Chicago Press, 1991

Thank you, +Listverse 
 
Every map the USSR made of its territory was intentionally completely inaccurate in order to confuse possible invaders, and it worked against the Germans in World War II. #History
Undoubtedly, we've all gone on a wild goose chase or driven around in circles while trying to follow a faulty map. While annoying, these experiences don't
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Fascinating, +Duke Beasley Thanks for sharing it.
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First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) a single interoperable platform for emergency and daily public safety communications

"The attacks of 9/11 revealed the incompatible and balkanized state of emergency and public safety communications in America, with police unable to communicate by radio with firefighters. When Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey in 2012, the situation was remarkably different. Police commanders talked with fire officials as they battled power failures in the wake of the storm. Yet when emergency officials from other cities showed up to help, their radios could not communicate with public safety commanders in New York.

The solution? Build a high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. That’s the First Responder Network Authority or FirstNet in a nutshell: a single interoperable platform for emergency and daily public safety communications.  On Feb. 22, 2012, the Middle Class tax Relief and Job Creation was signed into law, creating FirstNet with the mission to build, operate and maintain a national wireless broadband, radio access network (RAN) for public safety. The goal is to put an end to the interoperability and communications challenges that have occurred during exceptional and complex disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and terrorist attacks. Here are some of the key points about Firstnet:"

Thank you, +Government Technology 
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Heh... Even Fire Hydrants aren't standardized...
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Automate your export to Google Maps Engine for Public Data and publish to Google Maps Gallery? Some organizations are doing it. See how with FME.

Thanks, +Safe Software and +Dale Lutz 
How to load your data into Google Maps Gallery, how to automate the transformation, and what the digital atlas means for geospatial data.
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