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Stumbled upon a pretty simple way to embed Google Maps in your WordPress blog, thanks to the Inline Google Maps 2 plugin. The instructions are relatively straightforward and plugin works as described. My only gripe is that the Google Maps javascript files are loaded on every page even if there are no maps embedded.

[Update] Seems like there is a better and more updated branch of the plugin by another author,  Avi Alkalay, that is more RSS friendly. I find that the display customisation also works better with this version. The plugin can be found here.

Orchard MRT

The map above was generated using the Google Maps plugin for WordPress.

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Howfarisitometer. I stumbled on this neat page where you can map out routes on Google Maps and also calculate the distance covered. It even generates a permalink which you can use to retrieve the same route again. Brillliant.

Howfarisitometer

The author has generously given permission for anyone to use the javascript file on their site, as long as you credit the author with a link. Trés cool.

[Update 2007.02.20]: I’ve mirrored a version of the original code with some small tweaks. I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be doing with it yet, but it’s still very cool. 😉

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While blog-surfing, I chanced upon this post on SinGeo (a very interesting site that focuses on Singapore-related Google Maps mashups) and found, to my delight, that detailed street maps for Singapore are now available on Google Maps. Awesome.

The maps on Google are way more detailed than those for Singapore on Yahoo Maps. The Hybrid view in Google Maps also works beautifully. You still can’t search for landmarks like “Newton, Singapore”, or for business and directions, and it may not be worth Google’s while to provide these services for a country as small as Singapore, but there’s hope yet!

Google Maps - Singapore

Yahoo Maps - Singapore

If Google does work in the detailed search for Singapore, that’s a plus point to getting the iPhone when it launches in Asia next year. 🙂 The iPhone has a snazzy Maps application which can help you locate businesses or get directions on Google Maps. Very nice.

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