Google Earth

If you haven't yet, you should try playing with Google's new Google Earth program (currently only for PC's). It's freakin' awesome. You can explore any part of the world from almost any height and any angle. I've already "visited" the pyramids, hoover dam, mt. everest, mt. saint helens, the grand canyon, eiffel tower, mt. rushmore (you can actually make out some of the faces), and several other places.

My only complaint is that searching for locations, even popular ones, can often be a pain. It will tell you "Your search returned no results" for some places even if, once you've found it manually, it recognizes the name you originally searched for. I recommend having a second internet window open to use to find the coordinates of the place you want to visit, then find it manually using those--I find it quite entertaining. (FYI: Wikipedia often has the coordinates of famous landmarks).


Andrew said...

Thanks for reminding me about this. It’s definitely a good start. The globe interface is cool, but it doesn’t appear quite as mature as microsoft's version. Microsoft makes an excellent use of AJAX (asynchronous javascript + xml) which allows extremely un-webpage like navigation. I will admit that google’s kind of has more of a ooh-ahh factor, but it requires downloading an app and is missing all but the largest cities/points of interest. I’m a big fan of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash and look forward to the day when we can get semi-real-time satellite footage of the earth navigable with something similar to Google’s Earth.

Jonah said...

A Bunch of Johnny-Come-Latelys... I looked up every F1 circuit, that was fun. And stupid. Take a look at "1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA" (where apple is) on Microsoft's map... strangely enough there's like a big grey block where apple HQ should be... Snow Crash is great. I want to be a pizza delivery boy in the future for sure.