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Google Takes Over The Earth

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Quote of the Day: “WHEN YOU TELL A SUBORDINATE TO DO A JOB THAT VERY WELL MAY COST HIS LIFE AND HE DOES SO WITHOUT HESITATION…YOU HAVE DONE YOUR JOB AS A LEADER WELL.”

- Unknown

This might not be something new to you but I spent HOURS tonight on something very cool, in a geeked out, buck-toothed, Revenge of the Nerds kind of way.

I played around with Google Earth. Don’t know what that is? Well, before you go assuming it’s a code name for a local hussy, let me assure you that it was all on my computer. Wait, that doesn’t work either.

Screw innuendo, it’s a program. See, go look.

Basically, you download the program and I think it uses both your computer and a connection to Google to give you the power to get a bird’s eye view of practically anywhere on Earth. It uses satellite photos and creates a virtual Earth that you navigate like you have some high powered helicopter, able to zoom up, down, left, right, etc.

You can even adjust the tilt so you get an angle to see the horizon (but if you go too tilty, you get distorted flatness because you are dealing with 2-dimentional photos.)

Why is this cool? Well, you start with a view of the entire globe and then you can type in your address and BOOM! you are rocketing down to your house. Then type in the address of the house you grew up in and you pan out and zoom over to that house. When you get there, you zoom in. It’s all very smooth and just plain cool.

With such power, you get a little carried away. At least I did. I looked up every place I could think of (including my parking space at work) and spent hours looking at the surrounding areas. Before I knew it, it was the middle of the night and I really had nothing to show for my time except “That was cool.”

Beware, not only is this addictive but some of the sectors it has are pretty bad so suddenly you go from good detail to lame blobs.

Have fun.

Free Advice for Today: “Never overestimate your power to change others.”

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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