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Google Earth

By Shamus
on Friday May 5, 2006
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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.


Comments (6)

  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.

  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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