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DDS News- Wealthiest American by State

DDS News- Wealthiest American by State

This interactive map courtesy of Movoto shows the net worth of the richest resident in each U.S. state.

via Movoto

Bill Gates, the wealthiest man in America has a net worth of $80 billion. The "poorest" individual in the U.S. would be Robert Gillam, with a net worth of $700 million.

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DDS News- This Map Shows You How Miserable the Weather Is Around the World

DDS News- This Map Shows You How Miserable the Weather Is Around the World

BY LIZ STINSON   07.30.14  |   6:30 AM  |   PERMALINK

It’s nearly August. For many of us in the northern hemisphere, that means peak heat. If you’re the glass half full type, you eat a popsicle, drink a beer and embrace the sweat. If you’re not, might I suggest you check out the Misery Index, and avoid the places in red.

The Misery Index is the brainchild of web developer Cameron Beccario. Inspired by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg’s brilliant wind map, Beccario decided to create a global version a couple years back. When he first introduced, it simply visualized wind patterns on a worldwide scale, but he’s been adding more and more overlays ever since. Using data taken from the Global Weather System, you can see things like relative humidity, total cloud water and mean sea-level pressure rendered into tie-dyed swaths of color. miseryindex1


The misery index, which measures wind chill and heat index at Earth’s surface, is the most clever addition yet. It’s not the most beautiful visualization Beccario has come up with, but it certainly provides the most easy-to-grok information. Looking at the map, you’ll see the United States is mostly temperate, save for a large wash of red (and a tiny hint of yellow) blanketing the southern states. Much of Africa and the Middle East are experiencing stifling heat shown by deep yellow, while the coast of Australia is down to a blue 32 degrees fahrenheit. If nothing else, the map serves as a good reminder to stop whining about the weather—because unless you’re on the southern most tip of Antarctica, where it’s currently feels like a cool -117 degrees, it could always be worse.

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DDS News- Old Welsh Mine Turned into Giant Trampoline Park

DDS News- Old Welsh Mine Turned into Giant Trampoline Park

Old Welsh Mine Turned into Giant Trampoline Park
By Cecilia Jamasmie @ | July 24, 2014

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By Bradley White.

An abandoned 176-year old underground slate mine in North Wales has reopened, but as a gigantic trampoline theme park.

Bounce Below, from the same owners of Zip World, is situated in at Llechwedd near the historic slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.


By Bradley White.

Equipped with three trampolines positioned between 6 to 54 metres above ground, the new attraction is thought to be the world’s first facility of its kind.

The giant trampolines are linked by an 18-meter slide inside colourfully lit caverns, which makes the experience resemble a video game that has come to life.


By Bradley White.

The caves, said to be twice the size of St. Paul's Cathedral, are the remains of a Victorian slate mine which tunnels were cut out by men and children in the 19th century and then used as the mine’s tramway in the 1970s.


By Bradley White.

The mine regeneration project has seen over US$1.7 million (£1 million) invested in it so far.

Hat Tip: The Guardian.

All images by Bradley White, courtesy of Bounce Below.

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Job Post- DDS is Looking for a Junior Software/Web Developer

Job Post- DDS is Looking for a Junior Software/Web Developer

Junior Software/Web Developer

Digital Data Services – Lakewood, Colorado

About Us:

Digital Data Services ( is a small GIS consulting company serving a variety of industries. We work with our clients to provide customized solutions to address their data challenges. We are looking to add a dedicated software and web developer to our team. You need to be able to think outside the box and create the tools and processes to provide the appropriate solution to the problem supplied. If you like challenges, we would like to talk to you.


- Develop and maintain a variety of Python data scrapers for internal and client projects.

- Create and manage client facing implementations.

- Create new features/scripts/applications under the direction of a senior team member.


- Demonstrated problem-solving, critical thinking, and time-management skills.

- Demonstrated Python scripting (experience with data scraping and Flask preferred)

- Strong oral and written communication skills.

- Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

- Willingness to explore new subject matters.

- Ability to follow instructions and provide constructive input.

Experience and/or interest in the following areas:

- Programming in .NET (C# or VB). WPF experience a bonus.

- HTML, CSS, XML, Ajax, JavaScript, JQuery, etc.

- Relational database systems such as PostgreSQL, SQL Server, SQLite, Access

- Geographic information systems (GIS)

Candidates must submit a resume, salary requirements, and three samples of projects you have worked on at We read every cover letter and portfolio carefully. Help us understand what you're all about.

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DDS News- Map of the Happiest Places in America

DDS News- Map of the Happiest Places in America

Does where you live have an effect on the amount of happiness you will achieve? Here is an nteresting article from Vox.

If New York is so unhappy, why do so many people keep living there? That's one of the many questions at stake in a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Researchers from Harvard and the University of British Columbia used people's self-reported life satisfaction data from the CDC to try to determine a geography of American happiness. What they found is that among the biggest metropolitan areas, the Big Apple is the unhappiest. Scranton, Pennsylvania, takes the honor of the least happy metro area of any size. Meanwhile, Richmond is the happiest large metro area, and Charlottesville, Virginia, is the happiest of any size.

Here's a look at what that geography of happiness looks like, after researchers controlled for demographic characteristics like sex, race, and age. Blue represents the highest happiness measure, and red is the lowest.


But wait — what if money buys happiness? Wouldn't richer areas naturally have higher happiness readings? To try to account for that, the researchers controlled for income. Doing that shows Montana and the South to be happier, income aside, and it alleviates some of the unhappiness in the Rust Belt.


However, this map should be taken with a grain of salt, the authors caution: because income depends in part upon where a person chooses to live, and maybe even a person's happiness level, trying to subtract income from the equation can make for murkier results.

For example, the authors write, unhappiness is more concentrated in this map on Rust Belt cities. That doesn't mean those places are less happy; rather, it means that's their unhappiness that's unrelated to their income levels. Read More

From VOX

Updated by Danielle Kurtzleben on July 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m. ET

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