Thursday, May 19, 2005

Arizona - Part 3

Another quick post.

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The area around this picture bears more exploring. A seemingly immense tract of land(it only fits onto one screen at zoom x7) in the middle of mountains that is dedicated to agriculture. It makes for quite a sight. The entire formation of farms etc. is actually still visible from only zoom x4. It's that big of a development.,-114.476337&spn=0.083427,0.123081&t=k&hl=en

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Arizona - Part 2

Nothing too astounding today.,-112.185731&spn=0.022745,0.031672&t=k&hl=en,-113.229218&spn=0.199471,0.290108&t=k&hl=en,-114.031563&spn=0.181961,0.253372&t=k&hl=en

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Arizona - Part 1

After a week long hiatus I return. Let us continue on to Arizona... Where it is apparently illegal for donkeys to sleep in bathtubs. Some morality issue I suppose, I know it says it in the bible somewhere. 'Thou shalt not allow asses to lay with ceramic washing basins of the opposite sex' and all that jazz. Crazy God.

I love the Southwest so much, it is so full of natural beauty. I highly recommend actually visiting, and not just viewing it through a satellite. Although it makes for engaging overhead shots as well.

Who the hell knows why I like housing developments so much. They just seem interesting because they are a direct reflection of planned human development, whereas most cities mainly grow in a haphazard manner. Cities in the west are more 'attractive' in this respect, since they have so much flat,open space to play with the streets and blocks are usually nice and square.

Absolutely amazing textures in the next two.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Alaska - Playland of the Eskimos - Part 3

Several Notes:

1) I have yet to post the thumbnails of this weeks maps for a very crucial reason...I am lazy and there were other things to be done. Mini pictures will come soon.

2) It seems that there all of Alaska west of approx. 150w longitude has no coverage beyond zoom #8 (it's about the middle of the slider). I had considered cheating and looking around in Canada for interesting sights, only to discover that what I had found was actually still in Alaska. Besides, you know how we feel about those Canadians...pretty damn good.

Some dramatic photos today.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Alaska - ASRR - Part 2

The lack of high resolution imagery of Alaska really turns it into a very disappointing state for Gmaps browsing. You can, however, see a penguin in the lower left corner of the second photo.*

*Note: You cannot actually see a penguin in the second photo due to the level of zoom available for this area. Also, if there actually was a penguin in the photo it would be tragically lost and therefore deserving of your pity.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Alaska - America's Strategic Reindeer Repository - Part 1

Apologies for the delay in posting. Work has been *gasp* busy, and for a short time had blocked GoogleMaps (as if they thought the could stop me!). Alaska, that weird state with ice, and eskimos, and strange politics all over. Also commonly known as 'dat durn place with all the oyl'. Staunchly pro-military, but also pro-marijuana? A stranger sounding combination could scarcely be found.

Note: The maps that come from this state are inevitably going to mainly landscape based, as Keyhole does not seem to have ANY high-res shots of the area.

Friday, April 29, 2005

The Yellowhammer State: Part 5

Final installment of our dear ol' friend of the South, Alabama. Let me take this occasion to say a few words to all the 'Bamians are there. I never really knew 'Bama, in fact i've never even been there. So my image of the state is somewhat skewed in that I imagine it to be populated by many people who look and talk like Colonel Sanders (Note: The new animated C. Sanders used in the KFC commercials is slightly creepy. Doesn't it seem even somewhat hypocritical to endow a White Southern Gentleman with 'blackittude'? It just feels wrong on so many levels, much like silk boxers) despite the fact that he is obviously from Kentucky.

Aside from that, this past week of viewing your state from space has shown me that there is so much more to the greenhouses and coalyards (really like the color in this one) in todays pictures. Hope to visit someday. Birmingham, keep on rockin'.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

The Yellowhammer State: Part 4

I suppose today's theme is water. Dirty, disgusting water. Which is already a global problem, and only looking to get worse if nothing is done about it. Ok, the water in the first picture isn't so bad, but the other two...that isn't a natural color for water...or anything.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The Yellowhammer State: Part 3

Three finds today. I threw the second in there because I had never actually seen an oil drilling rig, much less three at the same time.

Google Globetrotting and My GMaps

Quick addition of two related links.

Google Globetrotting - A site dedicated to cataloguing as many popular sights and destinations as possible. They even have contests for real money prizes.

MyGmaps - A page with some really neat features on how to modify Google Maps: creating your own bookmarks, standalone versions...and it is just in the alpha stages.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The Yellowhammer State: Part 2

Many thanks to for linking here.

Found these two buildings today, as their shapes were unique enough to catch my eye from four zooms out. The second one in particular is intriguing because of the unconventional shapes in the middle. What are they? Steam vents? Missile silos? Verandas for employee lunch breaks? Psh. That's silly, we all know employees don't need to eat.

And then I give you a causeway. Rejoice in all its...concrete-ness.