3-Dimensional San Francisco in Photographic Detail

June 8, 2007 at 10:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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We have all had our Ooh-Aah-moments with Google Earth. We have searched for our parents’ house, had a look at the New York Skyline and probably the Austrian Alps and of course we have all searched for Google Earth oddities at one point. Until the day that we realized that the we’ had gotten used to the third dimension of the world we live in.

Well, the thrill is now back in Google Earth, at least for a short while with Google Maps Street View: The regular Google Map is now enhanced by a feature that offers a three-dimensional photographic view if the environment.

The discourse that surrounds it is nothing new. On the one hand, the entire spiel of searching for places we know is going to repeat itself, followed by the quest for the oddest Streetview Oddity. This is one you’ll come across frequently: a guy pissing against a hedge. Oooh, isn’t that odd! We’ve seen it a million times before, and more often that we could want, but of course we haven’t yet seen it in a map. Also the entire privacy talk is going to repeat itself – I admit myself that I am fed up with it. I have -probably wrongly – accepted that you cannot invent a technology and then try to control it later. You’ve got digital photography, you’ve got 3D animation, you have got interactive maps and you’ve got media mash-ups. If you lump it all together you’ll get something like Google Streetview. Nobody can say they didn’t see it coming.

From Hamburg to New York in 29 days: Swim Across the Atlantic Ocean

April 27, 2007 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Funny, Google | 3 Comments
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A lovely Google Maps Easter Egg: The suggested route includes 5,572km of swimming across the Atlantic Ocean. Click the image to enlarge. And take special note of item 44 in the description of the drive.

  • 42. Take the ramp onto Quai Frissard 1.0 km
    2 mins
  • 43. At the roundabout, take the 4th exit onto E05 0.9 km
    2 mins
  • 44. Swim across the Atlantic Ocean 5,572 km
    29 days 0 hours

Google Maps

The best thing about it: They suggest this can be done in 29 days:-)

Try this yourself: Open the Google Maps Get directions tool, enter FROM: Hamburg TO: New York, hit enter.

I hope they are not going to remove this one, considering they removed the lovely giant bug in the South of Germany!

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