Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Scan in the end times, Pt. 2

While most of you may have already discoverd this horrific/beautiful/scary yet fun tool, I have just now downloaded google earth (earth.google.com) and have been spending time doing really important searches. a few of the results, thus far:

Bar Harbor, Maine = Pretty good shots, although couldn't find the chemical lab that i stole the plans from.

Farmland, Indiana = Erica Anderson's Hometown, able to find not only where her dad's house use to be, but where her grandpa's shop is, and even her hairdresser's red car (from space!)

Taj Mahal = Really out of focus, ecspecially compared to erics's hometown. I guess space thinks it sucks.

My House = Not bad, although a little obscured by trees, too close zooming proves to be only blurry

Jake's House = The above picture. come nicely into focus at a pretty close range. From space!

Granshakh, Afghanistan = While many obscure things in afghanistan appear, this one mysteriously doesn't even exist. Could it be the nearby U.S airforce base at Bagram? Hmm...

Grand Canyon = I suppose i should have a guessed it would look lame from space, but boy, i didn't know how lame something could look till i saw the grand canyon. The Worst!

Anyway, If you haven't downloaded it yet, you should do it, search for your house or something, and then realize that if this kind of stuff is available to regular citizens, what kind of scary crap does the government have?


At 4/11/2006 4:36 PM, Blogger Jake Sikora said...

in all honesty, and being completely paranoid about most everything, this doesn't bother me. which is weird, i know. what the gov. has and does with it does scare me. but i like the fact that everyone can come on here now and see where i live and imagine me walking out of my house, down the road, and eating a burrito. if only google had taken space pictures of the day those two kids got in a fight, one with a link of chain and the other with a giant stick. that would have made an awesome picture from space!

At 4/11/2006 4:38 PM, Blogger Jake Sikora said...

HEY! i just was google searching my address and found this awesome review of my building management!
(note: this may or may not be the current management. there was an overlap with the company named and my beloved landlords)

Tyesha J. writes: Never, ever do business with this real estate management company. The company is a complete fraud. The company is dishonest and are currently involved in litigation for their deceptive and fraudulent practices.

At 4/11/2006 4:52 PM, Blogger Jake Sikora said...

also, and finally, you have nothing to worry about if you've only lived somewhere for the past two years. there are soooo many things not up to date in these pictures. many significant chicago developments are yet to occur in these pics. For instance, looking up 400 n michigan ave., our boat dock, the Sunliner still has red all over it and, more importantly, the sun times building is still there. that thing is long gone and trump is 50% done. So have no fear friends. also, if you look at this address, what is the deal with the lake? i sure hope that something is wrong with the picture...

At 4/12/2006 1:18 AM, Blogger Jeff BBz said...

That is true for some things, but a lot of the pictures have a 2006 copyright. I think they get pics from lots of different satelites and companies, so some are oldies and some are newies. In any case its still sweet.

At 4/12/2006 9:49 PM, Blogger Jagey said...

Google states that the pictures are constantly being updated but most are old. The average age is something like three years.

My place is in awesome hi-res, but it also unfortunately doesn't exist (my particular apartment building hadn't been built by the time the picture was taken. Anyway, I love google earth and keep trying to come up with great excuses to use it in class, such as showing my students my parents house so they have a TPing target.

Also, check out the imperial palace in Tokyo. It's pretty sweet. The Eiffel Tower blows, though.


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