This mashup is pretty cool - use the Google Maps interface to find the closest sellers of the vehicle you want at eBay Motors & Google Maps (via). Neat.

What I think would be really cool is to see instead how many vehicles are for sale in your general area. That way you could find out what sort of drive you are willing to make, and find a car that fits the criteria - instead of looking for a particular vehicle that may be available just outside of your range.

This would be awesome in conjunction with the MLS database as well - that way you could easily browse a particular area of town, seeing what is available where you'd like to live, rather than being completely constrained by the number of bedrooms and bathrooms (ideally you could check those as well).

The wonderfully competent crew at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is at it again, offering up a $150-per-plate gala (just $250 for couples!) to benefit schools.

Don't think I'm against the schools or anything, but maybe I'm just stupid and don't get how in the world we survived before events such as these? Have schools always required such amazing amounts of tax dollars, coupled with fund-raising galas, just to teach? Or is this getting a bit out of hand?

I'm sure most of you by now have seen the National Geographic picture of the white giraffe. It's really cool. And I'm a big fan of animals. But I just can't get over how it looks like a photoshop job - and a bad one at that. I think I might be able to reproduce something like this if I put my mind to it.