Sunday, July 17, 2005
Around The World
Hey, I'm not one to go promoting products for huge multinational corporations. Not unless they're, like, really cool. Like Google Earth. You just download the programme, and it lets you zoom all over satellite images of the world, from the whole Earth hanging in the void of outer space, right into your neighbourhood. Or LA. Or the Pyramids. Or wherever you want! It's even better than it sounds. If you go to big metropolitan areas, you can see the cars driving on the roads as the satellite took it's snap. In US cities, you can even show buldings in 3D and pan around them. The best bit is zooming in on one place, like New York, and then watching as it zooms all the way out, turns the globe beneath you, and zooms into your next destination, say... Felixstowe. Or even Halifax.
Aside from the wizardry and "oooh!" factor, it's also a timely reminder of the fact that it really is a small world. Easy to forget, I know, but it's all there. All human life. All our worries and our troubles, on that blue-green ball, hurtling through the endless void of space (well, apart from comets). Kind of puts things into perspective. Which is an important thing to do on a Sunday evening, as the last drops of your freedom drain toward the working week ahead... (Nothing like a bit of melodrama at this time of the week. I blame Bloc Party.)
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