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Speaking of visualizing data from Lord of the Rings, the Middle Earth DEM project has just released a 3D viewer in collaboration with Outerra. You can get the announcement and download directions at the Outerra forums.
Which makes this whole kerfluffle look a bit ridiculous.
But more than that, how does Canonical have control over the money that Banshee is donating to GNOME? Does Banshee send a check to Canonical with a request that it be forwarded to GNOME?