Google Earth

By Shamus
on May 5, 2006
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Pictures

A few days ago Steven posted a picture of where he lives, as seen from Google Earth. I was playing around with GE last night, and took the following:

Which is of my former condo in Amesbury, near Boston. I lived there back in 2000. This is what it looks like from about 2500ft. I lived under the red dot. Now here is my current house, taken at the same elevation:

But I’m from a part of the country nobody cares about, so the images are so low-res that you can’t see anything useful. I’d put a red dot there, but I can hardly tell what I’m looking at. My neighbor and I share a pixel for crying out loud.

To get any sort of meaningful detail…

…I have to go to an elevation of eleven miles. When Google Earth was new I figured they were still working on it, but it’s been ages and I now strongly suspect these are the most detailed pics they have available. So sad.

Heading south, I eventually get close enough to Pittsburgh and run into the border where it shifts to high detail.

Disappointing.

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From the Archives:

  1. Maybe you’d have better luck finding your current residence using this one.

  2. Pixy Misa says:

    That last photo looks like a changewind rolling into Pittsburgh. Which might not be a bad thing. ;)

  3. MOM says:

    I thought it was kind of reassuring that they don’t really have the ability to see us yet.
    I feel like i’m in a sanctuary, safe from prying eyes and unnoticed. Not that I am paranoid.
    I hear that if you line your hat with tin foil, they can’t detect you.
    Mom

  4. Er0ttaja says:

    Well… If I remember correctly about Google earth it looks like that in EVERYWHERE in Finland, where I live… Maybe capital was in Hi-Res? I don’t remember too clearly… But you can see lake which I live next to with google earth… That is, if you are lucky. :D

  5. Mark says:

    You probably have already seen this, but Google Earth also shows maps of the moon. I thought it would be cool if it showed any of the Apollo lunar landers. Keep drilling down closer and closer until it gets to the last screen – nice to know that someone out there has a sense of humor.

  6. Grom says:

    Wow! I didn’t know Amesbury was considered “On the map”?! Did you game at the toy soldier then?

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