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Pretty insane (new?) feature in which you can essentially walk around select U.S. cities with a full 360 degree view. Doubtless not as cool if you don't live in NY, LA, Chicago, etc. But as a Philly resident, I can confirm this is pretty bananas.

http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 04:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

i like msn virtual earth bird's eye view/3D view. disclaimer: it's msn.

http://www.microsoft.com/virtualearth/

get bent, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 05:46 (6 years ago) Permalink

hmm. the original url doesn't work for some reason when you click on the link. just cut and paste it if you're interested, i guess.

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 13:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

My car is in two places simultaneously. I guess their camera-car came by my place when I was home, and my friend's place when I was there.

I'm a little disappointed by the low resolution. I can't even read the sign at the site of my old favorite restaurant, to see if it's changed. Of course it might be a little creepy if you could zoom into peoples windows...

Rich Smörgasbord, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 15:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

Albany, Richmond, Albuquerque, Boise and many others added now. I make it 41 cities in total

water, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 15:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

oh god, goodbye office productivity
i've just spent half of the afternoon, "cruising" the streets of Anchorage

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

You've gotta get your bearings!

Kerm, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

didn't notice Anchorage and Juneau. thats 43 cities in total

water, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:42 (6 years ago) Permalink

my sister is freaked out that she can see her car at her apt and her office (albany) using this. it wouldn't really bother me, i think it's cool. at least the resolution of the photos isn't high enough to make out the license plate!

sleep, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:48 (6 years ago) Permalink

http://tinyurl.com/5w4you

sleep, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...
1 month passes...

Typically the British press are getting their knickers in a twist about this, snoopers charter, invasion of privacy, licence for thieves to case out properties etc. Clearly the useless twunts haven't even looked at the US experience. I can't wait till they get my streeet and the rest of the UK photographed.

Billy Dods, Friday, 11 July 2008 13:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

I saw the car, wonder if I'll be in a pic.

ledge, Friday, 11 July 2008 13:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

I drove past the car, and then it pulled out behind me and was sat there as we waited at lights. I really hope I'm in there (although the car's on Google Maps already at the previous owner's house).

Bocken Social Scene, Friday, 11 July 2008 13:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

when you virtually walk down our street youll see our next door neighbor standing at the back of her minivan staring straight at the camera and looking kind of shocked

sunny successor, Friday, 11 July 2008 14:48 (6 years ago) Permalink

I am amazed that my crap rural town is in street view already. You can see our broken freezer in the driveway, giving our house just that little extra bit o country.

Euler, Friday, 11 July 2008 14:58 (6 years ago) Permalink

Has anyone seen the camera?

sunny successor, Friday, 11 July 2008 15:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

Why can't you use streetview in London?

rox qua rox (roxymuzak), Friday, 2 January 2009 22:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah dunno what the holdup is - the picture-taking cars have been driving around for london for a while now

dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Friday, 2 January 2009 23:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Move up two clicks, then look down and to the left.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 29 January 2009 17:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

That's fucked up!

Last night it was pullulating with (Michael White), Thursday, 29 January 2009 17:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

jeezus. If you go another click further and keep looking back, it's all the way in the ditch.

the maximum value that ZS obtains given its constraint is 8 (Z S), Thursday, 29 January 2009 17:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

omgggggg

max, Thursday, 29 January 2009 17:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

and if u go one more they stop the van

ice cr?m, Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

When Google Streeview inevitably helps solve a murder in a city, please bump this thread.

the maximum value that ZS obtains given its constraint is 8 (Z S), Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

OMG!!!

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

shenanigans

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

lol

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

Move up two clicks, then look down and to the left.

― James Mitchell, Thursday, January 29, 2009 12:48 PM (29 minutes ago) Bookmark

We're sorry, street view is currently unavailable due to high demand. Please try again later!

Edward III, Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

wasn't there one w/ some chick flashing the van?

Edward III, Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'm so brilliant, at first I thought, "Why did they find a dead deer in the ditch and throw it back up on the road?"

•--• --- --- •--• (Pleasant Plains), Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

I still can't get that one to work

Edward III, Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

When Google Streeview inevitably helps solve a murder in a city, please bump this thread.

Will you accept a kidnapping?

Pancakes Hussein Obama (Pancakes Hackman), Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

i've been caught by google street view twice now.

fwiw (rockapads), Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

Also pot bust.

Human kind cannot bear very much (Michael White), Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

I will not accept the kidnapping success story. I will only accept a shot of someone chasing another person with a bloody knife raised high!

the maximum value that ZS obtains given its constraint is 8 (Z S), Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

Landmarks and skyscrapers I can see. But ordinary people's homes? Christ some of these spoiled internet assholes need a dose of reality. Motherfucking hate these people.

u s steel, Friday, 30 January 2009 02:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

there's this jogger guy i always see around my bf's neighborhood and it turns out he's in the google streetview picture of my bf's house!!

forecast from stonehenge (get bent), Friday, 30 January 2009 02:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

I just discovered that google streetview existed yesterday. Accidentally. I inadvertently clicked something or another trying to see what part of Auckland my new apartment was in when suddenly a vivid, sunny, interactive panorama was presented to me and I was like OMG MY NEW LIFE and it was crazy.

╓abies, Friday, 30 January 2009 03:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

Gathering the imagery for Street View requires quite a bit of driving; as such, we take safety very seriously. Unfortunately, accidents do happen -- as some people have noticed, one of our Street View cars hit a deer while driving on a rural road in upstate New York. Due to several user requests using the "Report a concern" tool, these images are no longer available in Street View.

http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2009/01/oh-deer-street-view-and-road-safety.html

James Mitchell, Friday, 30 January 2009 03:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

OK so its gone already? Anyone get a screenie?

Trayce, Friday, 30 January 2009 03:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

London's up

I drove past the car, and then it pulled out behind me and was sat there as we waited at lights. I really hope I'm in there (although the car's on Google Maps already at the previous owner's house).

― Bocken Social Scene, Friday, 11 July 2008 14:37

It is!

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

glasgow's up too, you can see my flat but not my street

cozwn, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

link

cozwn, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

Can't see meself at Camberwell.

ledge, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

bit creeped out by this tbh

lex pretend, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

My house is the one with the black window frames and 'For Sale' sign outside. I'm at work right now, if anyone wants to go round and rob me.

nate woolls, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

wtf are you all doing posting your addresses on the internet

lex pretend, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

what?

cozwn, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

Can't see meself at Camberwell.

Pics are taken from the other side of the road from where I saw the car :(

ledge, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

my living room window = above and to the right of the blue arrow:

ledge, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'm going to come round and murder you or some lurker is

cozwn, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

It's the quiet ones you have to worry about.

ledge, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

Am expecting paparazzi when I get home.

ledge, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

ledge, call 999, say you're having a stroke and see how long they take.

not_goodwin, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

oops, sorry, biggest link ever.

not_goodwin, Thursday, 19 March 2009 12:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

Also appears to be my house. I cannot believe you posted a picture of my house on the internet!!

ledge, Thursday, 19 March 2009 12:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

erm, that went wrong, i'll try again.

not_goodwin, Thursday, 19 March 2009 12:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

my parked car is at neither my old residence, nor my new one. i appear to have vanished.

fuck all y'all i'm gonna die young w/bubbles in my mouth (stevie), Thursday, 19 March 2009 12:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

how come stevie never posts here anymore?

fap fap fap wtf crazy caps self-publishe... (1) (rent), Thursday, 19 March 2009 12:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

follow fallen branch on top of of electric box thing and that's my bedroom window open.
<iframe width="425" height="240" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/sv?cbp=12,305.3486422857701,,0,5&cbll=53.449877,-2.274035&panoid=&v=1&hl=en&gl=uk";></iframe><br /><small><a href="http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=embed&hl=en&geocode=&q=Manchester+M16+0ED,+UK&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=20.193763,51.328125&ie=UTF8&z=14&iwloc=addr&layer=c&cbll=53.449877,-2.274035&panoid=ZNCaZJ_8g0IndtzdwAVJEg&cbp=12,305.3486422857701,,0,5&ll=53.457547,-2.270136"; style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small>

not_goodwin, Thursday, 19 March 2009 12:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

fucking hell, what a mess.
sorry everyone, any mods wanna make it look pretty, feel free.

also ledge, soz!

not_goodwin, Thursday, 19 March 2009 12:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

i'm complaining to my mp.

ledge, Thursday, 19 March 2009 12:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

fair enough, tell mine too, it'll give him something to do.

not_goodwin, Thursday, 19 March 2009 12:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

my mate just sent me photos of both the outside of my house and my girlfriends. theyve got the numbers wrong which is a bit less unnerving. my upstairs window is open though, and it also makes my house look lovely, i hope it doesnt mean we get robbed

straightola, Thursday, 19 March 2009 12:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

It can't get past the gates of my poncey estate. Take that, The Man!

McDonaldinho (Matt DC), Thursday, 19 March 2009 12:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

Bloody typical - Derby, Nottingham, Coventry...no Leicester...we are truly the Forgotten City.

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Thursday, 19 March 2009 12:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

Amazing quality though - seems better than a lot of the US streetviews - are they using a different camera?

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Thursday, 19 March 2009 12:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

And they seemed to have gone around Birmingham city centre in the dark...

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Thursday, 19 March 2009 13:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

Hull of course is the first and true Forgotten City and we've been left out again here. ( leicester missing is wrong too.)

Scunthorpe though... why? eh?

tomofthenest, Thursday, 19 March 2009 13:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh hey, Oxford streetview!

Which goes no further west than the station, so I can't invite you all to spy on my work. Not that you'd want to.

I accidentally ended up outside my GP's surgery when trying to drag the icon to somewhere a couple of blocks away from it, and am relieved to note that I am not pictured coming out of the door clutching pamphlets about embarrassing conditions or anything.

a passing spacecadet, Thursday, 19 March 2009 13:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

Daily Mail readers wade in - difficult to tell which ones (if any) are taking the piss...

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Thursday, 19 March 2009 17:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

What an invasion of privacy-google is a cancer and should be obliterated, what happened to our right of privacy, I saw one of these last week parked in a private driveway near Totton College in Southampton am I glad I'm emigrating.

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Thursday, 19 March 2009 17:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

Wow. Just looked at a picture of my house without any cars in the driveway and got a little creeped out. This is what your house looks like when someone's casing the joint!

Eephin' Pageant (kingkongvsgodzilla), Thursday, 19 March 2009 18:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

Fancyapint.com in like Flynn!

from beyond the anal destiny citrus fruit explosion (gnarly sceptre), Thursday, 19 March 2009 18:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

I've been caught by the Google street view van TWICE now. The first one seems to be gone now, thank fuck.

The Lost Boys Buff Guy Playing Sax (rockapads), Thursday, 19 March 2009 19:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

link?

ice cr?m, Thursday, 19 March 2009 19:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

The camera seems to be going mental around ledge's place--side-on and close to the google van on both sides it's all distorted, all around the streets in that area

James Morrison, Thursday, 19 March 2009 22:16 (5 years ago) Permalink

Actually, it's like that all over the UK: software seems to have done a bad job editing out the van.

James Morrison, Thursday, 19 March 2009 22:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

I think its funny you guys are all "omg this is creepy" - when streetview debuted in Aus last year everyone I knew was completely "OMG THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER LOOK THERES MY HOUSE!" at work and productivity went to zero for about 4 hours.

one art, please (Trayce), Thursday, 19 March 2009 23:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'm excited!

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Thursday, 19 March 2009 23:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

Also we don't do any work anyway.

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Thursday, 19 March 2009 23:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

omg this thing is so funking useful!!

\∫Öζ/.... argh oh noes! (ken c), Friday, 20 March 2009 00:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

I think its funny you guys are all "omg this is creepy" - when streetview debuted in Aus last year everyone I knew was completely "OMG THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER LOOK THERES MY HOUSE!" at work and productivity went to zero for about 4 hours.

Same here--people spent all their time finding pics of workmates roaming the streets and sticking them up on pinboards.

James Morrison, Friday, 20 March 2009 00:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

Street view in my suburb ends two blocks from my house. :\

lolling through my bagel (Pancakes Hackman), Friday, 20 March 2009 00:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

Holy crap, wait, no, they changed it! I can tell this was taken on a Thursday morning, sometime between 8am and noon, because there is recycling waiting to be picked up on my tree lawn, but the trash has been picked up already.

lolling through my bagel (Pancakes Hackman), Friday, 20 March 2009 00:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

if only SPECTRE in james bond had this tool
http://local.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Greek+St&daddr=Dean+St+to:Margaret+St&hl=en&geocode=FRYMEgMdxv_9_w;FUIQEgMdqvX9_w;FUYTEgMdVs_9_w&mra=cc&via=1&rtol=0,1,2&dirflg=w&sll=51.513717,-0.134647&sspn=0.004901,0.009656&ie=UTF8&ll=51.514485,-0.135323

\∫Öζ/.... argh oh noes! (ken c), Friday, 20 March 2009 00:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

if anything i think the widespread acceptance, even excitement, is more disturbing than the actual photos - i don't assume my flat will be burgled or that i'll be stalked b/c of it (though if i'd had stalker problems ever i'd be petrified about it) - it just transgresses a basic expectation of privacy for me. ok, any random lunatic could take pictures of my flat and put them on flickr or whatever, but that would still be indefensibly creepy, and this just makes the creepiness so much more official. it's awful.

lex pretend, Friday, 20 March 2009 00:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

people can walk down your road

unaustralian (jabba hands), Friday, 20 March 2009 01:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

lolling through my bagel (Pancakes Hackman), Friday, 20 March 2009 01:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

People taking pictures of your flat would only be creepy if they are doing it because they wanted to take a picture of your flat for no reason (or for personal reasons to you)?

\∫Öζ/.... argh oh noes! (ken c), Friday, 20 March 2009 01:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

Pancakes Hackman, why does your neighbourhood hate front fences?

ambulance chaser (S-), Friday, 20 March 2009 01:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

Beats me! They're not very common in this entire suburb.

A lot of the families here are Orthodox Jewish, and have tons of kids who all run around through each other's yards, so maybe that's part of it? We're going to put up a small fence or hedge, though.

lolling through my bagel (Pancakes Hackman), Friday, 20 March 2009 01:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

How about some piano wire six inches off the ground?

ambulance chaser (S-), Friday, 20 March 2009 01:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

yah its not like all the houses are tagged with who lives there. it's just streetscapes right? no different to driving down to high st to see what it looks like

I'm looking for a new flat at the moment and am finding this thing very helpful

sonderborg, Friday, 20 March 2009 02:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

stfu creep

\∫Öζ/.... argh oh noes! (ken c), Friday, 20 March 2009 03:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

All the orthodox jews in my neighbourhood must have complained to google, because within weeks of my area going up on streetview, large chunks of the surrounding streets disappeared again. Not whole streets - just bits, 2-5 properties wide.

It then occurred to me each was where a temple or jewish high school was.

I dont understand the paranoia, but eh *shrug*. Its not like the places arent blazingly obviously jewish temples/schools when you pass them on the road!

one art, please (Trayce), Friday, 20 March 2009 03:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

They snapped my place on trash day too.

Makes it look like there's always trash in front of my house :(

Nate Carson, Friday, 20 March 2009 10:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

- can you seriously not work out why jewish bodies might not want detailed pictures of their institutions, locations and environs on the internet
- do you seriously think that people being able to walk down your street on is the same level of intrusion as this

lex pretend, Friday, 20 March 2009 10:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

I don't see how someone looking at a static picture of my house counts as intrusion.

ledge, Friday, 20 March 2009 10:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

not seeing the big deal here.

FREE DOM AND ETHAN (special guest stars mark bronson), Friday, 20 March 2009 10:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

i mean the problem. the application itself is kind of woah.

FREE DOM AND ETHAN (special guest stars mark bronson), Friday, 20 March 2009 10:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

Dont get me wrong, I know exactly why they'd want to be removed. I just think it's a bit uneccesary - these are very visibly jewish institutions with signage and gates and banners and its not like theyre area 51 or something. Still, I dunno.

one art, please (Trayce), Friday, 20 March 2009 10:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

Also a picture of a house on an indeterminate date months ago. Aren't churches/synagogues/places of worship marked on maps anyway? Now you can see a picture and see that the big churchy-looking building at the address of a church is actually a church after all.

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 20 March 2009 10:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

next thing you know they'll be publishing books with people's names addresses and phone numbers in.

FREE DOM AND ETHAN (special guest stars mark bronson), Friday, 20 March 2009 10:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

They took the picture of my house well over a year ago cos the front yard isn't covered in rubbish and weeds, it looks all neat and tidy. I gave up trying to clean it up a long time ago, it was a losing battle.

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Friday, 20 March 2009 10:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

will never happen

lo (cozwn), Friday, 20 March 2009 10:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

if you saw someone outside your flat staring at and studying the building - not in a casual, walking-past way, but loitering and looking closely & carefully - would you not be creeped out and discomfited? if i saw that i'd be calling the fucking police. if someone physically did that there's a reasonable expectation that someone would see them, but the thing with google street view is that anyone can do this without you knowing.

apparently there was some furore when this was rolled out in japan - cis sent me links to the debate here and here - cut through the "cultural divisions" argument and plenty of the points are massively otm

also you may not necessarily have had problems with stalkers, or wanted to keep certain people from knowing too much about where you live or work, but it should seem obvious that plenty of people do have to think about such issues.

lex pretend, Friday, 20 March 2009 10:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

does anyone know how often the streetviews are updated?

lo (cozwn), Friday, 20 March 2009 10:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

i looked at my old houses and have no idea when they were taken, if i was living there at the time or not. there were some blurred-face people around, but pretty sure none were me.

surely the whole point of stalking is you have some idea of the stalkee before stalking them? ie not randomly scrolling through streetviews and looking out for blurred-face people... idk, maybe even stalkers are aspie shut-ins these days. but the odds of someone finding out where you live or work from streetviews have got to be pretty small.

FREE DOM AND ETHAN (special guest stars mark bronson), Friday, 20 March 2009 10:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

If my stalker doesn't know where I live, no problem. If the stalker knows or can find out where I live, that's a problem regardless of streetview. Don't see how this enables anything.

Maybe if you leave your key in view through the window...

http://vision.ucsd.edu/~blaxton/pagePapers/laxton_wang_savage_ccs2008.pdf
"Using modest imaging equipment and standard computer vision al-
gorithms, we demonstrate the effectiveness of physical key teledu-
plication — extracting a key’s complete and precise bitting code at
a distance via optical decoding and then cutting precise duplicates"

- if they ever bring out a super-hi-rez version.

ledge, Friday, 20 March 2009 10:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

Who fancies playing the BNP members streetview game then?

McDonaldinho (Matt DC), Friday, 20 March 2009 10:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

they're updated every two to three years apparently. if you don't want your house featured, you can have it obscured. police are happy with it. information commissioner is happy with it. whiners stfu.

joe, Friday, 20 March 2009 10:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

thanks for links lex, those were interesting

lo (cozwn), Friday, 20 March 2009 10:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

says he in his cator estate ivory tower xxp

leigh exodus (country matters), Friday, 20 March 2009 10:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

people are focusing too much on actual concrete consequences - i'm not arguing that bad things will definitely happen as a result of this, but it instinctively feels intrusive and uncomfortable, and for people with security concerns, it does absolutely nothing for their peace of mind

lex pretend, Friday, 20 March 2009 10:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

It's odd that this weirds so many people out considering people have been for several years totally okay with the idea of putting pictures of their face on the internet, with their name attached, for anyone to see, and even with the notion that it's virtually impossible to stop people from doing so in this day and age. But as soon as houses come into it people freak.

There's another argument to be made about sheer saturation of information, one house among hundreds of thousands of others isn't really that interesting, unless you have a special reason to be interested in it. In which case that's either creepy or not depending on your interest and, as Ledge says, if that reason is creepy then whether you can look at that house on the internet is almost irrelevant seeing as you can turn up there in person any time you want.

McDonaldinho (Matt DC), Friday, 20 March 2009 10:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

it's not about houses vs faces - it's an issue of control. putting photos of myself on the internet is an information flow that i'm 99% in charge of - this is something i have no control whatsoever over.

and turning up in person to do creepy shit and loiter around is absolutely not the same thing as being able to study and look closely on the internet. the first will probably get you arrested, for one thing.

lex pretend, Friday, 20 March 2009 10:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

it seems so innocuous tho in terms of actual useful stuff it outputs: bcs it is updated so infrequently it doesn't really give stalkers/thiefs all that much useful information (terrorists/etc it gives more useful info perhaps). compared to something like club cards, e.g, and which seem to me much more invasive of privacy, giving tesco/etc a daily account of everything you buy and letting them target you based on that. but again with these and with facebook I'm giving my explicit consent for the info to be shared. I guess I'm giving google tacit consent by not complaining to them?

lo (cozwn), Friday, 20 March 2009 10:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

But if someone wants to take a photo of your house and put it on the internet without your consent they have been able to do so for years. At least with Google it's accountable to them and you can get it removed.

(Someone needs to try that with their house, see how long it takes)

Matt DC, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

I was gonna say that's still not equivalent but then I remembered that you can upload your own "streetviews" to google maps can't you?

lo (cozwn), Friday, 20 March 2009 11:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

what about people putting photos of you on the internet?

\∫Öζ/.... argh oh noes! (ken c), Friday, 20 March 2009 11:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

Actually it took about 30 seconds of Googling to find an unauthorised picture taken of my house with information about its exact location. And I assume it's been there for a while.

In attempting to argue with the Lex I've actually succeeded in weirding myself out now.

Matt DC, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

for stalking purposes, i'd be more worried about ilx before i worry about googlestreetview, to be honest.

\∫Öζ/.... argh oh noes! (ken c), Friday, 20 March 2009 11:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

What's really annoying about Google Streetview is that it actually restricts itself to streets so there are huge swathes of eg Hampstead Heath that you can't actually see. Including the view from the top of Parliament Hill I think.

Matt DC, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

i DO worry about ilx

lex pretend, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

It never phones, it never writes...

ledge, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

clubcards don't seem odd to me. i mean, you know what you're letting yourself in for, there's a specific reward, and tbh i couldn't care less about targeted marketing - it's not like i'm being forced to buy anything

lex pretend, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

if you saw someone outside your flat staring at and studying the building - not in a casual, walking-past way, but loitering and looking closely & carefully - would you not be creeped out and discomfited? if i saw that i'd be calling the fucking police.

I do exactly what you are describing AND then take photos AND then put them on flickr. As do quite a few weirdo creeps like me...
Modernist houses group on flickr
Post war houses in the UK group on flickr
No-one has ever called the police on any of us as far as I know. Usually people are intrigued that someone is interested in their houses.

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 20 March 2009 11:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

many x-posts also there's other gaps like they can't drive down Oxford Street, and other places like in Kings Cross where they'ev just got fed up with one-way systems and miss out streets.

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 20 March 2009 11:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

wtf are those flickr groups

lex pretend, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

apart from anything else that's just fucking impolite

lex pretend, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, because no-one has ever taken photos of houses before. What the hell are you talking about?

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 20 March 2009 11:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

are the google bikes they use for narrow streets motorbikes or bicycles? if it's the latter, they should def send them through the parks.

joe, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

wtf are those flickr groups

More specifically they're amazing resource for anyone interested in domestic architecture of the twentieth century. Instead of having to buy really really expensive architecture books.

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 20 March 2009 11:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah who cares what the people living in those houses might think

lex pretend, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

are the google bikes they use for narrow streets motorbikes or bicycles? if it's the latter, they should def send them through the parks.

Blurred-out faces of irate (or smug, more likely) members of the Parks Constabulary in every frame.

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 20 March 2009 11:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

I have taken pictures of random people's houses and put them on the internet before (like, every fucking time I go on holiday for one thing). I think that's part and parcel of living in an architecturally striking house, you accept that people are going to stop and look at it and take photos for ages.

Matt DC, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah who cares what the people living in those houses might think

― lex pretend, Friday, March 20, 2009 11:15 AM (4 minutes ago) Bookmark

Well I care and if someone objected I'd take down their photo but I'd also point out to them that it's pretty pointless. You seem to be arguing against a whole history of photography.

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 20 March 2009 11:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

lex if you were standing in the window with your willy out then maybe you'd have a point. but there's nothing private about the outside of a house unless you build a big fucking wall around it, always been the case for obvious reasons and google streetview does nothing to change that. Also I'm really worried by the idea that people walking down the public street looking at stuff (with their eyes!) should be arrested! That's the real big brother shit, not this.

tomofthenest, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

By the way Alex you really shouldn't leave your rubbish piled outside like that.

Matt DC, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

if i could, i would definitely live in a house with a big wall around it

lex pretend, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

what if people take a photo of that big wall?

\∫Öζ/.... argh oh noes! (ken c), Friday, 20 March 2009 11:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

you'd have to put another big wall around that one.

tomofthenest, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

ledge, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

oh no you can still see the house ;_;

ledge, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

no the castle at the top is just a decoy the house is somewhere behind the wall.

\∫Öζ/.... argh oh noes! (ken c), Friday, 20 March 2009 11:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

can still see Lex's willy.

tomofthenest, Friday, 20 March 2009 11:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

Lex yesterday - waiting for those pesky googleflickr folk...
http://www.davethewave.co.uk/hector/book/hector-the-gardener-front.jpg

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 20 March 2009 12:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 20 March 2009 12:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

Hahaha Tomofthenest I got that one...

Matt DC, Friday, 20 March 2009 12:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

And there's a Travel Lodge there now! That's definitely new.

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Friday, 20 March 2009 12:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

Nice. Looks like half of it got bombed during the war or something? That crescent is quite difficult to navigate on this.

Matt DC, Friday, 20 March 2009 12:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it is hard to navigate. So cool to see now though and notice little changes etc.

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Friday, 20 March 2009 12:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

they've found wally btw - he's hidden on putney high street, outside the o2 shop.

joe, Friday, 20 March 2009 12:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

http://tinyurl.com/dyqqz6

This is the house near me that I have been raving about for ages. I want to live here.

Matt DC, Friday, 20 March 2009 12:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

Maybe there will be some uproar about local councils using this to see if people have done anything to their house fronts without planning permission or something.

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Friday, 20 March 2009 12:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

Nice little green bit in the middle - I love the little squares/circuses in Islington.
At the bottom of Great Percy Street at the junction with Kings Cross Road there's a traffic warden(?-CPSO?) without her face blurred out!

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 20 March 2009 12:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

xp to ENBB's original post about where she used to live, incidentally.

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 20 March 2009 12:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ned, yeah I really loved living there. It was so central but so cute.

I didn't realize faces were supposed to be blurred out!

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Friday, 20 March 2009 12:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

They have some software that is supposed to do it I think? It's a bit hit and miss though.

My old office building.

So, across the bridge from MI5 then eh?

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 20 March 2009 12:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

I'm more concerned about having my telephone number and address available in a directory to thousands of people than google streetview.

Dave Gahan, lead singer of Depeche Mode (Billy Dods), Friday, 20 March 2009 12:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

x-post Yep, right across. I see the lady now!

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Friday, 20 March 2009 12:49 (5 years ago) Permalink

you know what i'd love to see? photos of streets where i grew up, but from different eras in the past. you get some of these on the transport for london site, i guess. but its ace, to get a feel for how those areas have changed, especially the ones which are now pedestrianised shopping centre type areas, like my former ends of wimbledon.

they don't have to be 3d or nuthin.

Darramouss Darramouss will he do the fandango? (stevie), Friday, 20 March 2009 12:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

The massive brutalist wonder that is Pimlico School appears to still be there and I thought they'd demolished that.

It's quite good to be able to check places like that out without having the haul my arse across London for it, I must admit.

Matt DC, Friday, 20 March 2009 12:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

The hit and miss-ness of the face blurring is obvious from the link to the Pagoda House Matt linked to - the mini in front of the house has it's wheels blurred out.

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 20 March 2009 12:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

they blurred out the mural of bobby sands on the falls road too.

joe, Friday, 20 March 2009 12:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

x-post Or across an ocean as the case would be for me right now.

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Friday, 20 March 2009 12:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

What would be really cool would be if you could enter in a start and end point and it would automatically 'walk' the route for you.

Matt DC, Friday, 20 March 2009 12:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

That would be absolutely fantastic. I spent last night looking at Dundee, where I used to live, 'walking' through some of the places which I spent a lot of time around and although interesting the constant clicking and dead ends can be quite tedious.

Dave Gahan, lead singer of Depeche Mode (Billy Dods), Friday, 20 March 2009 12:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

xp Pimlico School is definitely going - but in stages - they've knocked down one bit and started building the new one, the rest goes this year.

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 20 March 2009 12:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

good idea Matt. altho maybe we should cut to the chase and make it a proper video game.

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Friday, 20 March 2009 13:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

aw i liked pimlico school.

ledge, Friday, 20 March 2009 13:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

few things as sad to me as a boarded up pub.

N1ck (Upt0eleven), Friday, 20 March 2009 13:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

good idea Matt. altho maybe we should cut to the chase and make it a proper video game.

― Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Friday, 20 March 2009 13:01 (7 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

yes and with added functions like stealing cars and shooting people

\∫Öζ/.... argh oh noes! (ken c), Friday, 20 March 2009 13:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

aw i liked pimlico school.

yeah, but its like a huge greenhouse when the sun's out, innit. impressive building, though.

Darramouss Darramouss will he do the fandango? (stevie), Friday, 20 March 2009 13:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ken - YAY!!!! Too bad pic wasn't from a Tuesday when the music quiz duo were entering the establishment. Now that I would have liked to see. Still, awesome.

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Friday, 20 March 2009 13:14 (5 years ago) Permalink

Aw, the Headington roof-shark in Oxford is all shored up by scaffolding ;_;
http://tinyurl.com/cck4ll

a passing spacecadet, Friday, 20 March 2009 14:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

I've just been interviewed by the local paper re: the shocking exclusion of Leicester from streetview. I think they might have trapped me into saying rude things about Scunthorpe. For which I apologise to all Scunthorpians, but you know wot journos are like...

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 20 March 2009 16:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

Dave Gorman is claiming HE is on streetview. It doesn't look much like him to me.

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 20 March 2009 16:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

I found a picture of a guy from work walking to work. Looks like this area was pictured at about 7 in the morning, meaning there's no chance of me being on it unless they took a picture of my bed.

the innermost wee guy (onimo), Friday, 20 March 2009 17:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

Blimey, I can see my neighbours walking out of their gate!

jel --, Friday, 20 March 2009 17:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

Coming soon Google Bed View

Jarlrmai, Friday, 20 March 2009 17:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

They're apparently going to be talking to someone from Google on PM (BBC Radio 4) shortly.

krakow, Friday, 20 March 2009 17:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

This is incredibly creepy!

jel --, Friday, 20 March 2009 17:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

But making the little yellow man walk around is fun, nintendo should make it into a game, coz it's as involving as Animal Crossing.

jel --, Friday, 20 March 2009 17:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

my grans old house looks well manky now :(

jel --, Friday, 20 March 2009 17:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

just typing "Ealing" will give you a picture of a guy taking a picture of the google car!

jel --, Friday, 20 March 2009 17:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

Missed this - Paisley jnr. almost as daft as his dad.
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/technology-gadgets/google-maps-street-view-lsquomay-be-a-security-threatrsquo-14237716.html

Mad comments too. I find it hard to believe that some people actually think this is a livefeed.

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 10:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

personally its a good idea but i am not at all happy that people ca get such a close up of my home....that is my sanctuary and if wish for burglar
to get such a close up re access...i am not happy at all

Thanks for clearing that up Anna.

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 10:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

i will coment when i get on to it

Posted by mary | 21.03.09, 22:16 GMT

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 10:46 (5 years ago) Permalink

outside the office I work in in Clerkenwell, you can see a girl from my office sat on the front steps crying, while another dude from the office consoles her

it's on the east end of Aylesbury St, Islington

ambient bangers (gnarly sceptre), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

found it, jeepers.

also randomly found a view of a guy working underneath his car, the odd thing about it was that it seemed to be in some kind of quiet cul de sac neighbourhood. something eerie about the google van driving around somewhere so secluded.

Ant Attack.. (Ste), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

i was thinking about starting a thread containing street views of addresses celebrated in song but electric avenue has not been mapped so fuck it

N1ck (Upt0eleven), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

Mark G, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

Is that electric avenue?

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:21 (5 years ago) Permalink

outside the office I work in in Clerkenwell, you can see a girl from my office sat on the front steps crying, while another dude from the office consoles her

nothing creepy or intrusive or wrong about that at all, oh no!

lex pretend, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

What an invasion of privacy!

•--• --- --- •--• (Pleasant Plains), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

giant corporation gloats over individual woman's indeterminable grief

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:32 (5 years ago) Permalink

i take it you two would be ok with a recognisable image of yourself crying on the street was on this, then?

lex pretend, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

what if you were so upset by the possibility of your privacy being invaded that you ran out onto the street to cry and then the google van took a picture of you

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

I do all my crying on the dance floor.

•--• --- --- •--• (Pleasant Plains), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

i believe it was because a child kicked a ball in her face

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/newsbeat/newsid_7961000/7961224.stm

what an invasion of privacy!

Ant Attack.. (Ste), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

last 10 posts or so = total fucking excelsior

Stop relegating Hull you miserable gits! (country matters), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

FREE DOM AND ETHAN (special guest stars mark bronson), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

none of the last 10 posts are funny, like, at all

lex pretend, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

^^^this one is

Mr. Que, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

what if the google van took a picture of me laughing at these posts

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

boxes w/in boxes

rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

mostly just max's post tbh but that 60-foot penis swayed my praise

Stop relegating Hull you miserable gits! (country matters), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

because faces are blurred it's not at all obvious that someone might be crying. gnarly sceptre you carl lewis of conclusions, honestly...

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

Maybe he was the dude doing the consoling?

Matt DC, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 15:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

I love viewing decrepit small towns in rural southern US. Behold, Hughes Arkansas, which I drove through once to get to the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena.

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=hughes+arkansas&um=1&ie=UTF-8&split=0&gl=us&ei=IwLJSZCsHYLnnQfksa2PAw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&resnum=1&ct=title

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

wow so much space. pretty bleak altho kinda love the Poor Boy's Liquor sign.

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:06 (5 years ago) Permalink

the gnarly spectre colleague picture looked like the dude was kissing the girl. Spread that round the office please.

Blackout Crew are the Beatles of donk (jim), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

NotEnough, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

Do Google image vans not go south of the river or something? How come Electric Avenue hasn't been done when my little street out in Zone 3 has?

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

Google Street View omits roads not passable by traffic. The market on Electric Avenue prevents traffic access. Same with Ridley Road in Dalston, which is also not covered.

dubmill, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

they don't seem to have done the roads where my office is, just off Old St/City Rd

Hard House SugBanton (blueski), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

There's other roads around Brixton you can't go down on Street View that are traffic accessible, I reckon they're just shirking.

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh come on people, this again? If you don't want to be photographed doing something, don't do it in public.

legendary North American forest ape (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

Heh the closet of the crying lass pics is deleted , I wonder if they asked it to be taken off.

one art, please (Trayce), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 23:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

Closest. Gah.

one art, please (Trayce), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 23:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

my girlfriend just showed me her home in japan, and then took me on a little tour of her town. she said it helps cure her home sickness, taking these little virtual walks. i thought that was incredibly sweet.

rio (r1o natsume), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 23:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

Busta Rhymes always headlines the Streetview... WOO HAH

Whiney G. Weingarten, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 23:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

I just checked in with my old college house that I shared with three other guys and yep, it appears to be a daycare now.

•--• --- --- •--• (Pleasant Plains), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 03:45 (5 years ago) Permalink

I just looked round the streets of the little beach village in southern NSW that we spent all our childhood summers in... havent been back there in like 10 or 15 years. Boy did I feel homesick, and it's not even home!

one art, please (Trayce), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 05:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

Heh the closet of the crying lass pics is deleted , I wonder if they asked it to be taken off.

― one art, please (Trayce), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 10:38 (5 hours ago) Bookmark

it's still there, just further along

Bad, Bad Memories of a Good Time (electricsound), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 05:24 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ah no what I meant is, yeah you can see them in 3 or 4 frames but as you move up the street closer to them, one frame's been deleted.

one art, please (Trayce), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 05:28 (5 years ago) Permalink

oh i see now

Bad, Bad Memories of a Good Time (electricsound), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 05:31 (5 years ago) Permalink

i can see my bike on this thing, out the front of my old sharehouse

resident advice whore (haitch), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 05:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

my long since stolen and trashed car is in front of my old house :\

Bad, Bad Memories of a Good Time (electricsound), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 05:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

RIP

resident advice whore (haitch), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 05:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

Behold, Hughes Arkansas,

This is pretty much what I imagined the USA to look like (outside of cities) until I was in my teens.

Say what you like Professor Words (Ned Trifle II), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 08:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

You should try dragging the little figure to Australia - outside of the cities it looks like Mars with stubby trees. And I also had my first Google Maps Streetview dream last night - I dreamt that I was Streetviewing along the main street of my home town, but when they took the pictures there was a carnival in progress, so all I could see was floats and people dressed in costumes.

snoball, Wednesday, 25 March 2009 10:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

Haha. Ned, that pretty much IS what the US looks like where I'm from! You might need to add a farm supplies store, then you'll have it.

How can there be male ladybugs? (Laurel), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 13:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

its true a lot of the country looks more or less like that

ice cr?m, Wednesday, 25 March 2009 13:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

I just realized, y'all probably havent seen the "best" part of Hughes, Arkansas. If you plug in 106 Bush St, it'll take you up a bit from Poor Boy's Liquor to a completely abandoned retail block. I'm fascinated looking at stuff like this, don't know why.

The rural south is obv poorer than the norm, but yeah churches and a farm supplies store pretty much defines small town America in general.

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 13:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

vermont

iowa

montana

california

ice cr?m, Wednesday, 25 March 2009 14:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh God that Montana one is awful.

Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 14:51 (5 years ago) Permalink

outside the office I work in in Clerkenwell, you can see a girl from my office sat on the front steps crying, while another dude from the office consoles her

nothing creepy or intrusive or wrong about that at all, oh no!

Creepy is when you follow around a particular person and photograph them crying. Creepy is not when you take a pic of a building and a crying person just has to get themselves in the frame.

A person crying in public is really invading the public space with their weeping, y'know? It's not an invasion of privacy. It's an invasion of publicity.

plenty chong (libcrypt), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 15:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

Did you guys hear about the aus guy who's friend had died, so after the wake he went and got proper trashed (fair enough I suppose) and passed out on his front lawn somehow. And thats when mr Googlevan went by, and snapped him sprawled on the lawn.

The picture's been removed - but the thing I found odd was the moral indignance of the paper saying "well THIS kind of thing is a bit much isn't it google" and then they printed a copy of the image in the paper for all to see

one art, please (Trayce), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 21:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

did someone already post that one of the dude falling off of his bike

cool app (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 22:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

when you go further and further along the street he's in different stages of falling

cool app (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 25 March 2009 22:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

where where

ledge, Wednesday, 25 March 2009 22:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

I just realized, y'all probably havent seen the "best" part of Hughes, Arkansas. If you plug in 106 Bush St, it'll take you up a bit from Poor Boy's Liquor to a completely abandoned retail block. I'm fascinated looking at stuff like this, don't know why.

Me too. The car left askew with one door open in the median is a nice touch.

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Sunday, 29 March 2009 07:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

12 vishoek, groningen (nsfw)

lo (cozwn), Thursday, 2 April 2009 08:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

lololol

\∫Öζ/.... argh oh noes! (ken c), Thursday, 2 April 2009 09:40 (5 years ago) Permalink

Here's another nsfw image from a lay-by outside Rome. This lady has got her own van and is being studiously ignored by several men working on the lay-by). Pretty odd.

I'm sure I read somewhere that because there are so many streetview shots of prostitutes around Rome the Mayor says he's "going to do something".

commons hack spat (Ned Trifle II), Thursday, 2 April 2009 09:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ooops I got that link wrong - you'll have to click along the lay-by a bit, you can't miss her - she's the one not wearing an orange jacket.

commons hack spat (Ned Trifle II), Thursday, 2 April 2009 10:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

Village mob thwarts Google Street View car

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Thursday, 2 April 2009 23:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ned: is it that lady sitting in the folding chair? Im not sure how it's NSFW unless I've missed somehting.

one art, please (Trayce), Friday, 3 April 2009 00:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

her tits are out

Ant Attack.. (Ste), Friday, 3 April 2009 01:15 (5 years ago) Permalink

and there are dildos

Duderonomy 1:69-420 (iiiijjjj), Friday, 3 April 2009 03:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

wrong pic

balls by titleist (electricsound), Friday, 3 April 2009 03:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

"My immediate reaction was anger; how dare anyone take a photograph of my home without my consent?"

Flashmob anyone?

turnover is validating, profit is salivating (ledge), Friday, 3 April 2009 07:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

srsly. broughton is a shithole anyway

ken "save-a-finn" c (ken c), Friday, 3 April 2009 10:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

Unbelievable. How to attract attention to your "affluent" area 101. I really despair of my fellow Brits.

commons hack spat (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 3 April 2009 11:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ned: is it that lady sitting in the folding chair? Im not sure how it's NSFW unless I've missed somehting.

Yes, last time I looked she was nakkid from the breasts up. Have they shopped a blouse on her? tbh I feel a bit depressed just looking at that view now and wish I hadn't linked to it. The whole scene is so seedy, the woman (I suppose she might be happy in her job I guess), the litter. At least the sun is shining...

commons hack spat (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 3 April 2009 11:29 (5 years ago) Permalink

[there's some splendid wall paintings in the church at Broughton incidentally.]

commons hack spat (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 3 April 2009 11:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

"My immediate reaction was anger; how dare anyone take a photograph of my home without my consent?"

Paul Jacobs there on the left. Having his privacy invaded.

commons hack spat (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 3 April 2009 16:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

You just have to love the Mail, they also posted a photo of a house in Broughton.

commons hack spat (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 3 April 2009 16:59 (5 years ago) Permalink

Do these idiots not realize that anyone that wants can drive down their street and look directly at their house? Jesus. It's not like its a real-time cam that allows you to watch for when the house is unoccupied for prime burglary action.

display names have been changed to protect the innocent (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 3 April 2009 17:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

Ooops wrong pic, although that does show a house this one is better from a burglars pov...

commons hack spat (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 3 April 2009 17:01 (5 years ago) Permalink

Another villager, John Holmes, said Street View was 'an invasion of our privacy' and said Google 'should have asked our permission'.

He must be one of those fellows with a "Yes, I do own the road" bumper sticker.

commons hack spat (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 3 April 2009 17:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

guy on right says on TV news "an englishman's home is his castle"

conrad, Friday, 3 April 2009 20:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

when in reality an englishman's fleece is his suit of armour yes I posted this five minutes later

conrad, Friday, 3 April 2009 20:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

L-R - once-trendy English teacher who now hates "the kids", PE teacher who was a professional football player until injury cut short his career...

snoball, Friday, 3 April 2009 20:52 (5 years ago) Permalink

Still want to know why the UK/Europe software is so much shitter at editing out the Google car than the Australian version.

James Morrison, Saturday, 4 April 2009 05:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

I don't know what you mean but the photos seem a lot clearer on the UK ones than anywhere else.

commons hack spat (Ned Trifle II), Saturday, 4 April 2009 07:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh, you mean at the bottom of the picture?

Yes, that is irritating and led to the the Telegraph running this totally ridiculous story...

Local medium Jane Cohen, 39, said: "Apparitions have often been caught on film but are invisible to the naked eye. "This woman is very smart - but she is dressed in clothes that you just don't see these days unless it's in a period drama on TV.

"But what is really strange is that she doesn't appear as a full figure - you can't see all of her."

Except of course you can...

commons hack spat (Ned Trifle II), Saturday, 4 April 2009 08:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

Hahah what are they, utterly dense?

one art, please (Trayce), Saturday, 4 April 2009 08:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

It is odd though that the editing out of the car body is a lot worse in the UK - its all blurred and obvious, you dont even really notice it on the aus pics.

one art, please (Trayce), Saturday, 4 April 2009 08:35 (5 years ago) Permalink

I wonder if it's something to do with the cameras rather than the software - they seem radically different.
Aussie streetview car

Brit streetview car

commons hack spat (Ned Trifle II), Saturday, 4 April 2009 08:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

In the spirit of Creative Commons - the first photo is here by Sebr and the second photo is here by Byrion. Looking through the flickr googlecar group it's interesting to see the wide variety of cameras they use. Maybe of the Brit one hadn't been so huge it wouldn't have caused so much bother in Broughton?

commons hack spat (Ned Trifle II), Saturday, 4 April 2009 09:02 (5 years ago) Permalink

...if the Brit one...

commons hack spat (Ned Trifle II), Saturday, 4 April 2009 09:03 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Paul McCartney takes his house off streetview.

Seems neither he nor his security team has heard about live search maps.

Brandy Frotte and Reel De La St-Jean (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 22 May 2009 08:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

A+ headline

man saves ducklings from (ledge), Friday, 22 May 2009 09:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

xp...
or, in fact, the internet.

Brandy Frotte and Reel De La St-Jean (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 22 May 2009 09:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

They've really cocked up that road actually. They blocked out a lot more than his house (I wonder who else lives down there?) and (just past Maccas pad) all the car number plates are still visible.

Brandy Frotte and Reel De La St-Jean (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 22 May 2009 10:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

28 IF ?

•--• --- --- •--• (Pleasant Plains), Friday, 22 May 2009 16:10 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

loving the motion blur that they now add to the transition as you click through a street

ken "save-a-finn" c (ken c), Friday, 24 July 2009 15:20 (5 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

Singapore added. Looks quite awesome.

Also Coronation Street

the acquired taste that is howard wolowitz (Ned Trifle II), Thursday, 3 December 2009 14:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

OK, so not interested in that?
How about a walk around Pompeii?
http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=40.751,14.487&spn=0.3,0.3&t=m&q=40.751,14.487

the acquired taste that is howard wolowitz (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 4 December 2009 10:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

iiiijjjj, Thursday, 17 December 2009 20:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

ew

"Report a problem"

bracken free ditch (Ste), Thursday, 17 December 2009 23:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

peepoop

shartin jort (am0n), Thursday, 17 December 2009 23:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

taiwan is looking well nice on streetview right now and so is hwy 395 between bishop and lone pine (and then 136 se of there)

Parish Priest!, Friday, 29 January 2010 14:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

it's really upsetting to me that i live in a major u.s. city and yet my entire neighborhood is not streetviewed. i wonder if i can contact google to volunteer and they'll come out and weld the camera tower to my car and commission me to do it, including paid training. cause i would do that.

iiiijjjj, Friday, 29 January 2010 16:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

I did actually complain to google that my main minor UK city had not been s/v'ed when Scunthorpe had been. And literally a couple of weeks later they were out and about. However this may not be cause and effect (and they've still not released the maps even though it was months ago).

In the meantime some Berlin art pranksters claim to have attached a GPS device to the googlecar.
http://streetcar.fffff.at/

Ned Trifle II, Sunday, 7 February 2010 21:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

The road my parents live on in rural eastern NC is streetviewed. I find that astounding.

Jeff, Sunday, 7 February 2010 21:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

There was an article in the paper here a couple weeks ago saying Google are now doing to go round on pushbikes getting areas they couldnt get to by car - zoos, botanical gardens, pizzas, that kind of thing. That'll be awesome!

millivanillimillenary (Trayce), Monday, 8 February 2010 03:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

By "pizzas" I clearly meant "piazzas", erm erm.

millivanillimillenary (Trayce), Monday, 8 February 2010 03:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

Trayce, they're already doing this. See upthread a few posts.

Ned Trifle II, Monday, 8 February 2010 09:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah that kew gardens thing was what made me think of it. Theyve not finished it here yet but I'm looking fwd to being able to see some cities pedestrian plazas, inside taronga and melb zoo, and so on.

millivanillimillenary (Trayce), Monday, 8 February 2010 22:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

I HAVE DISCOVERED THE VORTEX

Turns out it's on Nevada 427.

Pontiac Driving Excitement (Z S), Friday, 5 March 2010 22:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

In the meantime some Berlin art pranksters claim to have attached a GPS device to the googlecar.
http://streetcar.fffff.at/

...and its still sitting where it was on February 7th. Prankster FAIL.

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 5 March 2010 22:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

And the whole of Britain is up (or about 96% of the roads anyway). Now we really can see what the most rubbish county is.

Ned Trifle II, Thursday, 11 March 2010 13:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1257622/Google-faces-storm-naked-child-Streetview.html

URL tells you everything you need to know.

The photos, showing the child's mother or nanny helping him dress and a man looking on, have sparked fears that paedophiles will have a new way to search for photos or targets online.

A MAN LOOKING ON.

Ned Trifle (Notinmyname), Monday, 15 March 2010 10:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

Google had blurred the child's face but not the registration plate of the family's car, making it possible to trace their address.

ATTENTION PAEDOS, NAKED CHILD LIVING AT KNOWN ADDRESS IN UK

take me to your lemur (ledge), Monday, 15 March 2010 10:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

in my day you could kick a ball in the street with it all hanging out, without fear of being raped by perverts online

take me to your lemur (ledge), Monday, 15 March 2010 10:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

New survey shows that two-thirds of people find people walking down their street 'intrusive'...

Ned Trifle (Notinmyname), Monday, 15 March 2010 10:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

The report was carried out by myvouchercodes.co.uk

yeah they sound reliable

joe, Monday, 15 March 2010 10:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Is the 3D button on Streetview an April Fools joke?

nate woolls, Thursday, 1 April 2010 10:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

ha! don't have any 3d glasses to test whether it's actually being applied "for real"

Nhex, Thursday, 1 April 2010 11:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

haha it totally works

bracken free ditch (Ste), Thursday, 1 April 2010 11:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

I used my Avatar 3D glasses and it didn't work.

Duke Newsom (DavidM), Thursday, 1 April 2010 11:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

it's just the old fashioned blue & red glasses you need, i don't know how the avatar ones work.

bracken free ditch (Ste), Thursday, 1 April 2010 14:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

A "View In 3D" option has been added to Google Books as well, so surely it has to be a hoax?

Convenience Fish (snoball), Thursday, 1 April 2010 19:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

I mean, an AFJ

Convenience Fish (snoball), Thursday, 1 April 2010 19:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

apj or not, it still works pretty cool. some scenes work better than others there are some dodgy parts.

bracken free ditch (Ste), Thursday, 1 April 2010 20:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'm feeling more fucked-with from the fact that my tiny hometown is now comprehensively covered on Streetview. They've gone too far.

FC Tom Tomsk Club (Merdeyeux), Thursday, 1 April 2010 20:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Google Steed View

mdskltr (blueski), Thursday, 24 June 2010 14:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh horse-boy when will you ever become a horse-man

del griffith, Thursday, 24 June 2010 14:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

this is my favorite new thing: http://web.mit.edu/~jmcmicha/www/globegenie/

Honey, I squirted jizz all over the baby (the table is the table), Tuesday, 7 September 2010 20:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

Wow, I think I know what I'm doing for the rest of the afternoon.

Jesse, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 20:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

I don't understand what it's supposed to be doing.

nate woolls, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 20:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

Okay this is kinda fun

van smack, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 20:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

It randomly shows you places on Streetview. Except it's not all that random, as it gets stuck in certain regions.

Jesse, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 21:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

for me that region is the ohio valley

del griffith, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 21:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

I keep getting stuck in North Carolina.

Jesse, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 21:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

What I've been doing in my spare time.

Haven't had that much spare time lately.

Pleasant Plains, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 21:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

That's great, PP. I like.

Jesse, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 22:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

i'm visible on streetview in 2 diff. locations. the most famous i'll ever be (other than appearing in a live shot from the Gene debut album booklet).

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 22:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

a genie for live cctv's would be more interesting than this street view

van smack, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 22:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

true, cctv would be great but i'm having a lot of fun shuffling locations.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 7 September 2010 22:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

nice bench

ledge, Friday, 1 October 2010 14:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

that's just where i live, though- this is where a darraghmac is from

i dont love everything, i love football (darraghmac), Friday, 1 October 2010 14:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

is that the fr ted house!??!

i dont love everything, i love football (darraghmac), Friday, 1 October 2010 14:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yes it is.

nate woolls, Friday, 1 October 2010 15:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

disgracefuil that it's in dublin tbh. another example of the inherent bias in the system

i dont love everything, i love football (darraghmac), Friday, 1 October 2010 15:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

There's a couple of shifty looking fellas a little bit down the road from the Father Ted house. Something's definitely going down.
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Dublin,+County+Fingal,+Ireland&t=h&layer=c&cbll=53.011163,-9.028946&panoid=GSfwJF2Fv4AuZpMfiSeDRg&cbp=12,90.42,,0,11.33&ll=53.010933,-9.029126&spn=0,0.007725&z=18

Duncan Donuts (Ned Trifle II), Friday, 1 October 2010 15:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

wtf

entrylev leviev (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 00:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

shangri la? k2?

156, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 02:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

haha, nothing to see here, just god and jesus hovering in the clouds over a swiss lake.

circles, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 02:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

nakh did u find that urself?

max, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 02:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

miracles are real!

markers, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 02:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

Big ol bug on the lens. Or a leaf.

I will always think of you, while (quite) fondly, myself (Evan), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 03:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

go down the road a bit and it stays in the same place on the screen. then turn the other way and it's still in the same place on the screen, over the land instead of the lake. obviously something someone stuck on the camera for a laugh. xpost!

acoleuthic, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 03:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

nakh did u find that urself?

― max, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 03:50 (11 hours ago)

yeah

entrylev leviev (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

appearing on gawker in 5....4....3....2...

dayo, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

already happened!

nakhchivan got a 'hat-tip' which im sure will please his bank manager

ENRRQ (history mayne), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

33,107 views already for a streetview glitch?

entrylev leviev (nakhchivan), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

dang I hope the friends who I e-mailed this to check the timestamps to see I wasn't cribbin offa gawker

dayo, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

jesus christ one look at gawker comments is enough to make one never want to read anything but ILX ever again

dayo, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Gawker's commenters are way too smart.

StanM, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

omg looooool at all of this. A++

markers, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

Gawker's one of the few bigger sites where I actually bother to skim read the comments

markers, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

n e ways max, thx for the hat-tip but (inna markers style) could u remove it just in case this goes viral on xtian sites or something and they find this thread? (you never know, right)

nakhchivan, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

he is hat-tipping the armenian exclave ffs

acoleuthic, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

azeri

nakhchivan, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah even i knew that ffs

cant believe you sb'd me for that (darraghmac), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

rd yr wikipedias rmde

cant believe you sb'd me for that (darraghmac), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

whatever, nobody knows a goddamn thing about you after nrly 1 year's ILX posting, you're not gonna be tracked by some crackwad fundies

acoleuthic, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

no, but this thread might, right?

nakhchivan, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol the obsession continues, this thread's just the matrix

cant believe you sb'd me for that (darraghmac), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

nakhchivan austrian lake jesus god apparition streetview google miracle amazing holy turin lourdes stigmata behold

acoleuthic, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

there it is

nakhchivan, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

front page on yahoo news this afternoon

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 15:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

n e ways max, thx for the hat-tip but (inna markers style) could u remove it just in case this goes viral on xtian sites or something and they find this thread? (you never know, right)

― nakhchivan, Tuesday, October 19, 2010 10:49 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

yeah, no prob. i owe you a meal, let me know if youre even in nyc.

max, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

doesn't let anyone know of his movements imo

cant believe you sb'd me for that (darraghmac), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

except 'to the kebab place and back'

acoleuthic, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

these street view things are almost always nuts for us, for whatever reason.

max, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

hat tip max, u r a true mensch of ilx

nakhchivan, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

^ that is a compliment iirc

cant believe you sb'd me for that (darraghmac), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

darragh i know what "mensch" means

max, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

that one would look awes even w/o the glitch

very nostalgic for switzerland right now

nakhchivan, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

ha i was reprimanded for misunderstanding it previously max, is all

cant believe you sb'd me for that (darraghmac), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

i believe i referred to a child-rapist defending bishop as a mensch before i was corrected

cant believe you sb'd me for that (darraghmac), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

very nostalgic for switzerland right now

lol breaking character

ENRRQ (history mayne), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

i believe i referred to a child-rapist defending bishop as a mensch before i was corrected

― cant believe you sb'd me for that (darraghmac), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 17:12 (1 minute ago)

haha

nakhchivan, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

hahahahaha

max, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

Jesse James Woods (darraghmac) wrote this on thread Ratzinger becomes Pope on board I Love Everything on Apr 8, 2010

THE VATICAN has again hit back in strong terms at those criticising the Catholic Church over its handling of the sexual abuse of children by priests.

In an interview yesterday a senior Vatican figure, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, said criticism of the Holy See over the issue was “truly incomprehensible”.

“What we are dealing with now is a cultural battle: the pope embodies moral truths which people don’t accept and for that reason the shortcomings and errors of priests are used as arms against the church,” he told the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano.

Cardinal Sodano, who at the weekend said the church would not be distracted by “idle gossip”, in an apparent reference to the child abuse scandal, again defended the record of the pope and bishops on the issue.

“It was not the fault of Jesus if he was betrayed by Judas. Nor is it the fault of a bishop if one of his priests sullies himself with grave crimes. And certainly, it is not the responsibility of the pontiff,” he said.

“The Christian community correctly feels itself injured when people try to involve it as a whole in grave and painful incidents concerning some priests, thus transforming individual guilt and responsibility into collective guilt with a manipulation that is truly incomprehensible.”

this guy is quite the mensch, if i understand the term correctly.

cant believe you sb'd me for that (darraghmac), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

idnuttc

cant believe you sb'd me for that (darraghmac), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

looool

markers, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

:D

acoleuthic, Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

could see my red face from google maps after i was taken aside and given a quiet word after that post.

cant believe you sb'd me for that (darraghmac), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

probably time to rescreen 'the apartment'

ENRRQ (history mayne), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

this will put a whole new complexion on it

ENRRQ (history mayne), Tuesday, 19 October 2010 16:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

God-like apparition on Google StreetView‎ - Stuff.co.nz
all 1227 news articles »

jesus....

lily allin (nakhchivan), Friday, 22 October 2010 21:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

not all of those baout this but anyway

lily allin (nakhchivan), Friday, 22 October 2010 21:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

looooool

markers, Friday, 22 October 2010 21:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

welcome to the big leagues son

max, Friday, 22 October 2010 21:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

the big leagues of "stuff.co.nz"

max, Friday, 22 October 2010 21:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

lily allin - This summers biggest hit?

Antoine Bugleboy (Merdeyeux), Saturday, 23 October 2010 01:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

LOL I was just reading the tech section of the Age (proper Melb broadsheet paper) and this is mentioned! I'm like "oh lol doo doo wait Max R3ad I know that name hahah wtf".

So yeah, legit papers reporting this even over here. And this is where it started? You guys.

cathedral-sized jellyfish in your mind (Trayce), Saturday, 23 October 2010 10:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

haaaaa!

markers, Saturday, 23 October 2010 14:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

fuckin guys

cant believe you sb'd me for that (darraghmac), Saturday, 23 October 2010 16:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

One of my editors forwards a Macks Reed story to the writing staff probably once every month or so (October's entry was about Clarence Thomas.)

Each time, I get that same feeling I got when my boss saddled up to me one day and asked, "Tre, do you know what a sockpuppet is?"

http://tinyurl.com/whitepony (Pleasant Plains), Saturday, 23 October 2010 23:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

aw thats nice to hear

max, Sunday, 24 October 2010 03:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

This image, captured by the Street View feature of ubiquitous searcher (a fact about Google which may hint at the search engine itself is increasingly God-like, if not actually God) has been interpreted by thousands as a glimpse of God captured on camera

max, Sunday, 24 October 2010 03:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

hmm

max, Sunday, 24 October 2010 03:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

From: Andrew Johnston <astrosand✧✧✧@gm✧✧✧.c✧✧>
Subject: http://gawker.com/5667404/did-google-street-view-find-god-above-a-swiss-lake
To: Max Read <✧✧✧@gaw✧✧✧.c✧✧>

fake,gay and photo choped

max, Monday, 25 October 2010 16:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

display name potential there

I Want to Change My Password... (bnw), Monday, 25 October 2010 16:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

America's next top media critic

markers, Monday, 25 October 2010 17:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

photo choped

cathedral-sized jellyfish in your mind (Trayce), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 00:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Man loses seven stone after seeing himself on Google Street View

Bob Mewse, 56, weighed 21 stone 3lb after years of feeding his sweet tooth with cakes and biscuits.

He was so horrified a year ago when he saw himself on Google Street View – a mapping service that uses a 360-degree camera to record images – that he decided to start losing weight.

Mr Mewse lost a third of his body weight after drastic changes to his diet and a strict regime of exercise. He now weighs 14 stone (89kg)

Tub Girl Time Machine (Phil D.), Tuesday, 16 November 2010 13:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

germany, the land of the ghostly floating boxes

circles, Friday, 19 November 2010 02:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

- "You've got plenty of square feet in here, utilities are paid, new flooring and a new refrigerator were just put in last January… One of the prettiest little houses you're going to find here in Topeka."
- "Sounds great! So, uh, why is the rent so much cheaper than the other houses we've looked at?"
- "Well, your across-the-street neighbors …"

Pleasant Plains, Thursday, 7 April 2011 16:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

shudder

the best reggae summer club there used to be in Helsinki (kkvgz), Thursday, 7 April 2011 16:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Virtual road trip!

a giant and leaky bag of mayhem (Jesse), Sunday, 8 May 2011 14:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

I always expected that was going to be one of Google's next applications, yeah. But maybe it's way too much network traffic even for their infrastructure.

StanM, Sunday, 8 May 2011 21:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

http://robotflaneur.com/

nothing you couldn't already do, but still fun

iatee, Sunday, 19 June 2011 03:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

random teleporting flaneur. following actual routes - with faster refreshing - would be much better.

i love the smell of facepalm in the morning (ledge), Sunday, 19 June 2011 09:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

I prefer this to the Virtual Road Trip thing above which pretty much does what you want, because:
1. moving between adjacent streetview feels slow and clunky, which saps the joy out of following a route
2. if I'm looking at an unfamiliar city, I don't know which bits are interesting to look at, so I don't want to pick the route myself - I'm quite happy to zap randomly between unknown locations, some of which are central and may contain glimpses of famous landmarks (possibly not from the usual angle) and some of which are pleasingly off the beaten tourist track

I just had a pleasing teleport around SF, which I visited for 4 days in 1999, so it's a good combination of mostly unfamiliar + a little bit of "hey I think we went down the next street across" for me

(but setting the refresh time might be good, though at least you can pause if you get an interesting one, and skip if you don't)

sambal dalek (a passing spacecadet), Sunday, 19 June 2011 10:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

pressing 'x' to stop teleportation wasn't working for me
also, I got stuck on that thing where the camera pans whenever the pointer moves, and couldn't get out of it. (I guess I just don't know the trick; to get out of it I'd left click, which would zoom me in, then I'd have to zoom out etc)

vmic damone (rip van wanko), Sunday, 19 June 2011 21:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

http://www.mapcrunch.com pretty good for random teleport fun

blueski, Sunday, 19 June 2011 21:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

they really need to get the car out at night, as an option for selected locations

blueski, Sunday, 19 June 2011 22:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

Well, as long as they stay in the city.

Pleasant Plains, Sunday, 19 June 2011 22:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

I 'travel' a lot via Google Maps Streetview. Yesterday, I drove down the north coast of Yorkshire to Robin Hood's Bay and then tooled around on the Moors. Later I went from Castellane to Moustiers Ste Marie via the Verdon Gorge.

publier les (suggest) bans de (Michael White), Wednesday, 3 August 2011 18:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol i tweeted something yesterday 2 the effect that if you couldn't go 4 a drive but wanted 2 u could just use google maps in street view mode

markers, Wednesday, 3 August 2011 18:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Oh, and I tooled around downtown Aix-en-Provence and the old part of Nice.

publier les (suggest) bans de (Michael White), Wednesday, 3 August 2011 18:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah i tried to recreate a vice city style drive around in miami. and realised just how fooking big compared to a video game a real city is.

Summer Slam! (Ste), Wednesday, 3 August 2011 18:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

This is one that I plan to use someday on my borderline blog.

When I have time and Wyoming comes back into the rotation...

≝ (Pleasant Plains), Wednesday, 3 August 2011 18:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

I had either this thread or the o_O thread to post this in.

Or maybe I should have posted it in Attention Tuomas - I have Finnish question

≝ (Pleasant Plains), Thursday, 4 August 2011 19:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm enjoying this app, which I discovered about 5 minutes ago!

Click on "GO" on the upper right and it kaleidoscopes!

http://rorschmap.com/?lat=41.89002071845417&lng=-87.6522518713623&z=14

weakness for Cinnabon; rampant heterosexuality (Je55e), Thursday, 4 August 2011 20:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

Click here and then move forward.

≝ (Pleasant Plains), Thursday, 4 August 2011 20:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

Oh my god. I have some friends who must never see that video.

weakness for Cinnabon; rampant heterosexuality (Je55e), Thursday, 4 August 2011 20:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

Florida's outrageous color palette has gotten way out of hand.

weakness for Cinnabon; rampant heterosexuality (Je55e), Thursday, 4 August 2011 20:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

That's a cool site, Je55. Check out the Heartland.

≝ (Pleasant Plains), Thursday, 4 August 2011 20:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

That reminds me, I need to see if my friend has a J I can bum.

weakness for Cinnabon; rampant heterosexuality (Je55e), Thursday, 4 August 2011 20:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

That is really cool, PP.

weakness for Cinnabon; rampant heterosexuality (Je55e), Thursday, 4 August 2011 20:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

Do You Want To?

≝ (Pleasant Plains), Monday, 8 August 2011 14:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

Why have I never noticed the aeroplane in Russell Squre before?

Aphex Twin … in my vagina? (Karen D. Tregaskin), Monday, 8 August 2011 14:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

it only showed up a month or two ago.

ledge, Monday, 8 August 2011 14:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's flying pretty low for such an urban area, right?

≝ (Pleasant Plains), Monday, 8 August 2011 14:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

It is not flying, it has no shadow.

Aphex Twin … in my vagina? (Karen D. Tregaskin), Monday, 8 August 2011 14:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

i don't think you can tell how high it is? only how much higher the camera is (twice as high according to my calculations). typical approach height over london might be 2-4000 feet tho.

ledge, Monday, 8 August 2011 14:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

er not feet, metres. i think.

ledge, Monday, 8 August 2011 14:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

you wouldn't see the shadow because of the height. not in the same frame anyway.

jed_, Monday, 8 August 2011 14:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

i don't think you can tell how high it is? only how much higher the camera is (twice as high according to my calculations). typical approach height over london might be 2-4000 feet tho.

I wasn't even thinking right when I said that. Of course, the plane would appear larger in relation to how close it was to the camera, not the other way around.

≝ (Pleasant Plains), Monday, 8 August 2011 14:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ned T Rifle found another one over Tottenham.

http://t.co/Ttidxfv

Aphex Twin … in my vagina? (Karen D. Tregaskin), Monday, 8 August 2011 14:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

There's something about these I find unsettling to look at, like the thread of shipwreck photos.

oppet, Monday, 8 August 2011 15:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

That's one big piano to the left of the Tottenham plane as well.

Matt DC, Monday, 8 August 2011 15:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

Old news, but you ain't trippin.

≝ (Pleasant Plains), Monday, 8 August 2011 16:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

http://www.whatwasthere.com/

iatee, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 04:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

That is so awesome!

Je55e, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 04:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

Sometimes I like to pick out random cross streets in New Orleans and "drive around." 1604 St. Thomas Street, down in the warehouses near the river, features a burned out, gutted car.

Hawaiian mime montage (Dan Peterson), Monday, 30 January 2012 20:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

I used to live on St. Thomas! It was much nicer where I lived (Irish Channel). So weird to go for a run near the levee and see a ship towering way above you.

garbage corn fan (Je55e), Monday, 30 January 2012 21:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

New Orleans and Detroit are two depressing cities to explore randomly on Google Street View.

pplains, Monday, 30 January 2012 21:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

i've been doing this in Ciudad Juarez

bulge renaissance (+ +), Monday, 30 January 2012 22:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yikes....

I don't find NOLA that depressing overall. There are plenty of blighted areas (and the Lower 9th Ward, obviously), but it's deceptive b/c even totally livable and even desirable areas look ramshackle compared to other cities.

garbage corn fan (Je55e), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 01:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's just crazy that even in 2011, you get photos like this one of NOLA.

pplains, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 02:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeh, you're right. It is pretty heartbreaking. I was there about a year ago and along I-10 on the edges of town, there were still several huge apartment complexes (the kind of generic sprawling ones with dozens of 2-4 story buildings) that stood empty and untouched from the day Katrina came through. It's some zombie apocalypse looking stuff :(

garbage corn fan (Je55e), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 02:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

I couldn't find the complexes on Street View, but they're like these, but wrecked and falling apart with no one to even demolish them.

It's surreal, and it's got to take its toll on people who see them every day. I was only there for 6 months, but even that made me feel *off* - too dramatic to call it "crazy," but not just right.

garbage corn fan (Je55e), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 03:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

THERE I AM DEPRESSED ARE YOU HAPPY??

:)

garbage corn fan (Je55e), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 03:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was looking at SW Detroit, actually seemed kind of nice! Leafy streets with single-family houses that were a little weathered but not run-down or anything. Looked at Zillow and all these houses are valued at $25K each.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 31 January 2012 03:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yep, Detroit is depressing as fuck.

Gonjasufjanstephen O'Malley (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 3 February 2012 21:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

You can drop the little orange man into any residential neighborhood of Detroit proper and likely see something like that on any block.

pplains, Friday, 3 February 2012 21:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh I know, there was just something about this particular view that captured my imagination.

Gonjasufjanstephen O'Malley (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 3 February 2012 21:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah definitely. Some are surely sadder looking than others.

How does someone abandon a castle.

pplains, Friday, 3 February 2012 21:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

I would love my very own midwestern castle.

kate78, Friday, 3 February 2012 21:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

however, I'm not going to Detroit to get it.

kate78, Friday, 3 February 2012 21:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Midwestern Castle, you say?

pplains, Friday, 3 February 2012 21:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's actually a pretty beautiful corner in jvc's pic.

garbage corn fan (Je55e), Friday, 3 February 2012 23:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

I went to high school in Charlevoix, MI where this thing is located

Besides weddings and parties, they hosted rock concerts. I once parked on a hill near it and listened to Ratt and Ugly Kid Joe. Pretty sure they were playing the same night? But I could be merging memories to save mental bandwidth.

garbage corn fan (Je55e), Friday, 3 February 2012 23:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Welcome to Miami Beach

pplains, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 16:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Found this today while "driving around" the upper ninth ward in New Orleans. It's the Club Desire, an early showcase for Fats Domino.

Advanced Uncle Meat recovery system (Dan Peterson), Monday, 7 May 2012 19:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

cool find, dp

pplains, Monday, 7 May 2012 19:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://web.mac.com/jsdart/Site/5years_later.html#6

pplains, Monday, 7 May 2012 19:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wow, that interior shot is crazy. Here's info.

http://www.regional-modernism.com/2008/10/club-desire-threatened.html

Advanced Uncle Meat recovery system (Dan Peterson), Monday, 7 May 2012 20:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nothing much about this one. Patton Oswalt tweeted about an L.A. 7-11 last week and I found this dude whizzing past it.

pplains, Monday, 7 May 2012 20:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

andorra, croatia and chile now viewable on GMSV

i get so excited when they add new places!

these wilburys taste like wilburys (donna rouge), Friday, 28 September 2012 03:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

Welcome to Namie, a Japanese city that has been quarantined since the 2011 tsunami.

20,000 people have yet to return to their homes. Google Street View gives those people a tour of the city's current state.

pplains, Thursday, 18 April 2013 16:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

This is kind of weird - Google Streetview is usually so good about blurring faces. I've even seen artwork on signs blurred because the mapping thought it was a real face.

But, on the one street in America where you probably would demand to have your face blurred, GSV has been leaving everything out in the open.

pplains, Monday, 20 May 2013 15:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

pplains, Monday, 20 May 2013 15:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

holy shit. makes sodom and gomorrah look tame by comparison.

dylannn, Monday, 20 May 2013 16:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

thought this revive was gonna be about this awesome site which is awesome & should have its own thread & is absorbing & great,
http://www.geoguessr.com/

daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Monday, 20 May 2013 17:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oh, cool

My first try: 10070 points

Guessed the right continent for all of them
U.S. plains guesses were close
Thought Alaska was Washington or Oregon

That was fun!

Je55e, Monday, 20 May 2013 17:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

we did discuss that here: Guess the City

dylannn, Monday, 20 May 2013 17:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

Does deserve its own thread. B/c it's a game I don't suck at.

Je55e, Monday, 20 May 2013 17:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

I LOVE THIS GAME.
I can only assume that PP hasn't posted about it yet because he is currently engrossed.

kate78, Monday, 20 May 2013 17:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm pretty good at it, but once I guessed someplace in the Missouri River valley in the US and it turned out to be Finland. :\

Huston we got chicken lol (Phil D.), Monday, 20 May 2013 18:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

...and who knew that so much of Australia looks like Africa? Or vice versa?

kate78, Monday, 20 May 2013 18:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

I knew that was Portugese, not Spanish. Dammit!

I kinda suck at World Geography, truth be told.

pplains, Monday, 20 May 2013 18:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

This is all I want to do all day.

Was greatly helped in one round by the truck that said a company name and "SCOTLAND" on it. Guessed outskirts of Glasgow, but it was Aberdeen.

Was very proud of guessing w/in 100 km of a place in Argentina b/c it looked arid and the truck in the picture was a Mercedes.

Je55e, Monday, 20 May 2013 18:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

New high score.

kate78, Friday, 24 May 2013 18:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

My first try: 17,230
Was helped greatly by two road signs in somewhat clear view.

Not helped by Brazilian farm looking like the Great Plains of NoAm.
Also not helped by guessing that remote African rolling highway was located in inland South Africa, not the Northwest corner.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 24 May 2013 22:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm lucky I can sound out Cyrillic. One time it plopped me right down in front of the main train station of what was helpfully labeled, in 20 foot letters, СМОЛЕНСК.

Huston we got chicken lol (Phil D.), Friday, 24 May 2013 22:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ok, 2nd try: 29,363. I'm going to stop playing this as I know this is the kind of game that will lead to my downfall:

Can you beat 29,363

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 24 May 2013 23:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

wao, got within 100km for somewhere in the middle of australia, i'm retiring with that as my final attempt.

ohmigud (Merdeyeux), Friday, 24 May 2013 23:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

Albert got .005 km on one of those. Beware.

pplains, Friday, 24 May 2013 23:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

just got 19011

cajunsunday, Saturday, 25 May 2013 06:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

Argh, rural Finland looks EXACTLY like northern Minnesota.

Dan I., Saturday, 25 May 2013 07:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

I am mostly terrible at this but it's p. compelling! I did just have a good-ish game (read: lucky) until I thought a woody backroad in West Virginia might be in Belgium.

(also I would have been really lucky with place #2 as I was dumped down right outside a big sign saying Kapuskasing - 'cept I had no idea where that was. Turned round and there was a Tim Horton's, though, so that was a pretty good clue)

Do you lose points if you move around before guessing?

susuwatari teenage riot (a passing spacecadet), Saturday, 25 May 2013 10:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

I tried cajunsunday's and got 28875 (click that link to challenge me).

Grampsy, Saturday, 25 May 2013 12:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

I found myself on a rocky, red-earthed desert highway with SIMON PONCHO written in the dirt by the side of the road and was sure it was Mexico. it turned out to be Manitoba, damn. I'm pretty much hopeless at this game when there aren't any street signs or shops nearby.

unregistered, Saturday, 25 May 2013 13:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

You lost the challenge with 7847 points against 28875/

:/

ohmigud (Merdeyeux), Saturday, 25 May 2013 14:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

did you cheat, grampsy? how did you get within 0.008 km of some spot in the middle of nowhere in Tasmania?

unregistered, Saturday, 25 May 2013 15:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

enough with the Brazil already, whats wrong with Daventry once in a while?

MaresNest, Saturday, 25 May 2013 15:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

How are you playing this game? I just rotate, but don't move anywhere, then just take a guess. I'm not very good.

Jeff, Saturday, 25 May 2013 15:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

Come at me, bros

Totally cheated with another tab open, btw.

pplains, Saturday, 25 May 2013 15:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

I decided to go the other way and challenge you without moving the camera at all.

You lost the challenge with 3702 points against 27907.

:/

ohmigud (Merdeyeux), Saturday, 25 May 2013 16:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

anyone care to beat my unimpressive score (11811 points)? don't cheat like Grampsy!

unregistered, Saturday, 25 May 2013 16:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

8446 against you, unreg - hopeless.

ljubljana, Saturday, 25 May 2013 17:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

I just rotate, but don't move anywhere, then just take a guess. I'm not very good.

That's what I've been doing too. I'm also not very good.

I've used the "zoom" function on some streetsigns, though, and once I accidentally moved while trying to zoom and I don't think it made any difference to my score. Then again I haven't stopped to work out the scoring, so...

susuwatari teenage riot (a passing spacecadet), Saturday, 25 May 2013 17:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think you can move all over the place if you want. It's got that "return to original location" button that resets everything.

pplains, Saturday, 25 May 2013 17:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

is googling street signs cheating?

cajunsunday, Saturday, 25 May 2013 18:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

(asking for a friend)

cajunsunday, Saturday, 25 May 2013 18:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

xpost - Grampsy seems to be ok with googling street signs, but it's frowned upon by those of us who are not Frauds.

unregistered, Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

It is a guessing game. Seems to me that doing active research would take most of the guesswork out it.

parodic pastry (Aimless), Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

cool building.

cajunsunday, Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm guessing Iowa

MaresNest, Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Saskatchewan, Iowa.

pplains, Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

what is that, a grain elevator? awesome

unregistered, Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://esask.uregina.ca/entry/grain_elevators.html

dylannn, Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

Obviously, no Canadian would reference "Liberty" on their grain storage building. It would be too boastful.

parodic pastry (Aimless), Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

actually i managed to close the page before finding out where it was. I'LL NEVER FIND OUT.

cajunsunday, Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

there are fewer of them ever year--

In 1950 there were 3,035 primary elevators in Saskatchewan, with storage capacity of 283 million bushels and twenty-two licenced buyers. Twenty years later, in 1970, there were 2,750 elevators, with storage capacity of 225 million bushels. After that the number of elevators declined tremendously, so that by 2004 there are only 197 primary licenced elevators, with a storage capacity of 2.8 million tonnes (100 million bushels). Although there are only six major grain companies as buyers, there are now approximately fifteen terminals owned by farmers—wholly or in some joint venture with a major grain company.

dylannn, Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://saskgrainelevators.blogspot.ca/

dylannn, Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

guys, it said LIBERTY SASKATCHEWAN right on it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty,_Saskatchewan

dylannn, Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

VANISHING SENTINELS II

This 371 page full color book contains:
Diagrams and descriptions on how a wooden grain elevator operated
Maps showing where the railroads and elevators were from 1950-2010
and which remain today;
The histories of the Western Saskatchewan grain elevators
(When they opened, which companies owned them, and their known fate);
Photos of the remaining wooden, steel and concrete elevators with some that
have been demolished from 2000-2010,
and their present location as of December 2010.

dylannn, Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://goo.gl/maps/CPqBu

pplains, Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

pplains, Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

thanks for that. I just booked a ticket to Liberty, Saskatchewan.

cajunsunday, Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

beautiful country out there, buddy. good fishing up at last mountain lake. craven country jamboree down the road the first week of july, randy travis, kenny chesney, tim mcgraw.

dylannn, Saturday, 25 May 2013 19:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

New high score on cajunsunday's/Grampsy's game!

Didn't cheat, just spent four hours playing. And there are two of us.

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Saturday, 25 May 2013 22:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

guys, it said LIBERTY SASKATCHEWAN right on it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty,_Saskatchewan

― dylannn, Saturday, May 25, 2013 12:28 PM (3 hours ago)

You guys are all cheating. The real rules of this game are that you are not even allowed to look at the screen: a 3rd party must act out the scene via charades and then you throw a dart in the general direction of a map.

Reading the name of a grain elevator is just wayyyyy over the line for me, for example, consider blind people or those without a computer for example.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Saturday, 25 May 2013 23:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

If there's one thing that 112 years on the planet have taught me, it's that anything worth doing is worth doing "by all means necessary".

Grampsy, Sunday, 26 May 2013 14:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

Things I hate:

• Russian locations because I can't read Cyrillic.

• Locations where you can't move anywhere, just look around yourself.

• I swear, if I get dropped down on some stretch of a 1000 km dirt road in the middle of Australia again...

pplains, Sunday, 26 May 2013 15:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

Man, I just got dropped underwater on the Great Barrier Reef! Best result ever! Turtles! They streetviewed the Great Barrier Reef, ffs!

http://maps.google.co.uk/help/maps/streetview/gallery/ocean/heron-island.html

ailsa, Monday, 27 May 2013 00:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

haha, it's amazing what those Google cars can do! if you walk around a bit, you can climb out of the water and watch a couple of guys practicing their scuba diving in a resort swimming pool.

unregistered, Monday, 27 May 2013 00:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

I got dropped here today.

Oh maintenance (doo dah), Monday, 27 May 2013 02:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

what on ilx? that car does get everywhere

pplains, Monday, 27 May 2013 02:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

26951 - Challenge me and feel free to cheat like a motherfucker.

― pplains

got 11762 on this one - I tend to be happy enough with anything over 11k especially on one like that with wide open spaces

suare, Saturday, 1 June 2013 12:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

For doing this I do a panorama and i zoom but i dont move away from my original location, mostly get scores of around 12K, had 15k occasionally, 16300 is best so far but that came from getting 2 of them within 10 miles

suare, Saturday, 1 June 2013 12:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh and no research in another tab obv!

suare, Saturday, 1 June 2013 12:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

I got dropped here today.

― Oh maintenance (doo dah), Sunday, May 26, 2013 10:34 PM (6 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Is that Florida? The little radar dish, the wide open spaces and the huge buildings on the horizon say NASA to me.

Huston we got chicken lol (Phil D.), Saturday, 1 June 2013 13:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

New high score.

― kate78, Friday, 24 May 2013

i got a new high score with that one too! 17102, tho the football stadium was a bit of a give away

suare, Saturday, 1 June 2013 13:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

My first try: 10070 points

Guessed the right continent for all of them
U.S. plains guesses were close
Thought Alaska was Washington or Oregon

That was fun!

― Je55e, Monday, 20 May 2013

14057 at this one, got the alaska one super close and another US one within 7 miles but got one of the others on the wrong continent which let me down

suare, Saturday, 1 June 2013 13:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

Wait you mean you can play exactly the same locations as another person played?

Je55e, Saturday, 1 June 2013 13:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

Apparently so! Weird - I didn't realize you could do that.

Je55e, Saturday, 1 June 2013 13:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

It is Midway Atoll, Phil. Prompted me to look it up, it was only a WWII name for me.

Oh maintenance (doo dah), Saturday, 1 June 2013 13:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

i just got 19,241 but was helped by landing on the doorstep of petra and a lucky guess at vancouver.

So: The Answers (or something), Saturday, 1 June 2013 17:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

OFF TOPIC but I just accidentally dragged 'javascript:void(0)' into my Google Maps directions destination, and it sent me to the Wall Street Journal's London office. What does it all mean?????

Bob Bunsen (Merdeyeux), Saturday, 1 June 2013 17:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

This is frustrating and fun--why is it so obsessed with Finland, though?

ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Monday, 3 June 2013 01:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

I find this game really has a boner for Finland, northern Norway, the prairie provinces of Canada, western Australia, Ukraine, and western Russia.

kate78, Monday, 3 June 2013 17:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

And Brazil. Don't forget Brazil.

Yesterday, I did get plopped down next to a beach on which were parked four fire trucks that said OXNARD FIRE DEPT. I didn't even have to turn once, let alone move, and got it within .05km.

Huston we got chicken lol (Phil D.), Monday, 3 June 2013 17:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

I got one that set me down right outside the Ketchikan Ferry Terminal. Another on the Confederation Bridge.

kate78, Monday, 3 June 2013 17:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

are the locations randomised or from a selection of pre-chosen places?

NI, Monday, 3 June 2013 20:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

I landed on Midway again!

Oh maintenance (doo dah), Monday, 3 June 2013 20:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

i always enjoy getting close-up people shots. i found this amazing one of a bunch of guys running towards the google car but i didnt manage to screen shoot it in time.

check out this guy!

cajunsunday, Monday, 3 June 2013 20:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

cajunsunday, Monday, 3 June 2013 20:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

You have to name him.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 3 June 2013 21:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

I got one that set me down right outside the Ketchikan Ferry Terminal

I've had that one too. So, pre-chosen rather than random, I reckon, otherwise what are the chances?

ailsa, Monday, 3 June 2013 21:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

The one that plunked me down in the middle of a logging road in a BC forest sure seemed random.

I have been noticing this unintentional Soderbergh filtered way of going from the grainy standard cameras from the 2007 days of yore to the high-def ones of today. Sometimes you'll catch the scenes side-by-side, and can back up and down from one year to the next.

pplains, Monday, 3 June 2013 21:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

I've gotten the Ketchikan one and nameless dude, so yeah, probably not totally random. But they still seem to give me "road in Australia with no identifying features" a lot.

Vinnie, Monday, 3 June 2013 21:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

Kinda neat to find a place on there where it's always Christmas.

I was cruising through some neighborhood - maybe in Baltimore - where the yards had gravestones and the front porches had cobwebs. Of all times they pick to drive the camera around, they pick Halloween.

pplains, Monday, 1 July 2013 16:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

When did Google Maps get animated 3d driving directions? I guess they are walking and biking too?

Talking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) Blues (doo dah), Monday, 1 July 2013 17:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Annoying *new* streetview. They've removed the static navigational arrows, so you have to just click on the road to move around. Which is terrible because if you get a road that goes over/under another road you'll end up teleporting.

also horrid huge road labels don't seem to be removable.

prop forward turned celebrity chef (Ste), Saturday, 20 July 2013 10:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

hmm, I still have the arrows (although I can't see them unless I look down at my feet)

Remember! The cormorant is a big brrd. It has got a long neck. (unregistered), Saturday, 20 July 2013 23:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

...and they only allow you to move forwards and backwards, whereas there used to be 4-directional arrows at upcoming intersections. yeah, this is definitely not an improvement.

Remember! The cormorant is a big brrd. It has got a long neck. (unregistered), Saturday, 20 July 2013 23:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

No, not creepy at all. Nuthin' like being caught in somebody's scope inside a Maryland parking lot.




Though this guy doesn't seem tgaf.

[√] Full license plate number on display
[√] Coming out of a liquor store
[√] Camo skin on truck
[√] All petered out.

pplains, Saturday, 14 September 2013 00:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

[√] Carrying an apparently heavy backpack and small triggering device.

nickn, Saturday, 14 September 2013 00:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

[√] roofrack for transporting deceased venison

obi wankin' obi (Autumn Almanac), Saturday, 14 September 2013 00:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Excuse me, Ma'am? We hope you enjoyed your shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond, but may we check your bags real quick?"

"A'ha!"

pplains, Saturday, 14 September 2013 01:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

This is the tiniest entrance to a Walmart that I think I've ever seen.

pplains, Saturday, 14 September 2013 01:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

Is your "Nawlins" album all from Street View?

disgruntled punter (Je55e), Saturday, 14 September 2013 02:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah, I think they might even be posted up on this thread somewhere. I was just amazed at how they didnt blur out any of the faces.

pplains, Saturday, 14 September 2013 02:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

I guess they are redoing Japan at the minute, lotsa little pokey back streets to cover in those cities, must be difficult.

many machines on ilx (MaresNest), Saturday, 14 September 2013 08:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

The day Google gets the "street" that my parents live on is the day they have finished the entire world.

Jeff, Saturday, 14 September 2013 10:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

http://bit.ly/17ttxFQ

kinder, Saturday, 14 September 2013 11:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

conrad, Wednesday, 2 October 2013 09:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

not streetview but fucked up:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/18/tech/web/google-maps-dead-body/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

christmas candy bar (al leong), Monday, 18 November 2013 22:11 (11 months ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...
4 weeks pass...

http://goo.gl/maps/vXrSo

, Wednesday, 8 January 2014 14:06 (9 months ago) Permalink

time is a train that make the future flag post (snoball), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 14:08 (9 months ago) Permalink

"Purple Haze, all in my brain
New Baltimore don't seem the same
Acting funny, but I don't know why
'scuse me, while I GIS the sky"

time is a train that make the future flag post (snoball), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 14:18 (9 months ago) Permalink

It's like something out of a Poe story

Le passé, non seulement n'est pas fugace, il reste sur place (Michael White), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 14:55 (9 months ago) Permalink

to me it looks more like

signed, J.P. Morgan CEO (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 8 January 2014 14:56 (9 months ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

I love browsing around and finding a Google Street View from 1976.

pplains, Saturday, 19 July 2014 19:09 (3 months ago) Permalink

a biscuit/donut hybrid called “bisnuts” (stevie), Saturday, 19 July 2014 20:31 (3 months ago) Permalink

the google earth van passed in front of me last week! so i may be on streetview w/ a blurred face sometime soon.

clouds, Tuesday, 22 July 2014 21:15 (2 months ago) Permalink

a blurred cloud.

Jorge Wah Wah (anky), Tuesday, 22 July 2014 21:36 (2 months ago) Permalink


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