Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Jaw-dropping internet

I've been spending far too much time on the google maps site lately. For those who don't know, you can visit, click satellite and then view an aerial photo of pretty much anywhere.

For example: The Pyramids. Once the page loads you can drag the map around by clicking and holding your left mouse button. (I didn't realise they'd excavated so much of the area surrounding the pyramids.)

You can zoom right out until you can see the whole planet, then have great fun locating Disneyland, Heathrow airport, your own house (if your area is one of the high-rez images), and anything else you can think of (I've always wondered what the Rock of Gibraltar looked like from the air. Or the London Eye, Meigs airfield in Chicago and the Statue of Liberty.) For example, I found my house and showed my kids an aerial view of the drive to their school, following the roads.

Much fun. Big time waste. Beware.

Simon Haynes is the author of the Hal Spacejock and Hal Junior series (Amazon / Smashwords / other formats)


David Forbes said...

Hi Simon,

Yeah, the google maps are really pretty cool. Very tempting to play with as a time waster.

Hope things are going well with you and Hal down under.

Simon Haynes said...

You think google maps is a waste of time - try google earth! Wow.

This one's unbelievable.