Calling all Google Maps mash-up geeks. Even if that doesn't sound like you, have a look at Googlemapsmania.blogspot.com, a great distraction site that's loaded with more reasons to love a map than you thought possible.
What's hot: Google Maps Mania is a fun blog to read even if you're not going anywhere. It is home to all the Google Maps mash-ups, tools, tips and apps created by techies all over the world -- as diverse as "real-time trains in Dublin [Ireland]," and a three-dimensional view of Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, on Google Earth. You can search the comprehensive site (started in 2005) by country, use the site's own mash-ups directory or my favorite, "100 Things You Can Do," which led me to a grand list of helpful maps where I could look up real-time U.S. airport status, see the world at night, track world terrorism or find a public toilet.