In Lucifer's Hammer, one Astronaut up in space observed that you couldn't see international borders up there. The other astronaut told him to shut up -- if he kept making such a big deal about it, countries would all paint two mile wide stripes in flourescent orange around their countries.
Posts tagged ‘Google Earth’
Lately I have been playing with Google Earth - I love flying from outer-space right down to my house. However, this caught my eye yesterday. As the risk of being the last person who has seen it, A9 (owned by Amazon) has a mapping program that shows pictures of the ground level view wherever you put the cursor. Not all roads, by any means, are covered, so turn on the "mark streets containing images" box to see with blue lines where they have pictures. I found the user interface for scrolling the maps around and zooming pretty counter-intuitive, so its kind of immature, but it is an interesting idea to be able to know what your destination looks like and maybe look at landmarks for key intersections. A9's original product was a yellow pages that showed what your search results looked like and plotted them on a map.