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Google Earth Fractals
"The following is a "photographic" gallery of fractal patterns found while exploring the planet with Google Earth. Each is provided with a KMZ file so the reader can explore the region for themselves. Readers are encouraged to submit their own discoveries for inclusion, credits will be included. Besides being examples of self similar fractals, they are often very beautiful structures ... not an uncommon characteristic of fractal geometry."

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googleearth  paulbourke  photography  nature  earth  fractals  satelliteimagery 
january 2016 by robertogreco
Along the Frontier of Resolution — Medium
"But there’s also something strange tucked into that range of foothills in Google Los Angeles. Another kind of division. There’s an edge. A frontier.

Like the manifestation of superstitions supposedly held by nervous sailors in stories of early global sea exploration, we eventually come upon an unsettling and disorienting digital edge while exploring Google Earth. This boundary is common to most Google cities. Some edges are more complex and considered than others, weaving along boulevards and thoughtfully avoiding housing developments. The edge of Google Los Angeles, on the other hand, is callous and doesn’t divert for mere homes and office buildings. In Alhambra, east of Los Angeles, the edge erases roughly half of the 12-story steel and glass headquarters of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works —dissecting the tower almost exactly along its diagonal.

Prior to the ascent of ubiquitous digital earth browsing platforms (such as Google Earth and Bing Maps) and mobile mapping and traffic navigation applications (such as Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze), the comprehensive rendering of the city would have been a comparatively rare space of encounter. This might have commonly consisted of a flat map published by Rand McNally or Thomas Bros. Maps, publishers of The Thomas Guide, the once coveted fixture in the automobile of any serious Southern California motorist.

Any other point of encounter would have been novel or privileged—say the panoramic vista from the viewing deck of some tourist attraction or monument (The Gateway Arch in St. Louis or the Eiffel Tower), or the vista on display in some executive office suite (see Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point, for some cinematic examples).

The view afforded from the seat of a passenger airliner or an adequately elevated interstate overpass would have been a much more common site to experience and examine the city, its expanses, and its boundaries — albeit a relatively brief and transient view. The frame of the airplane or automobile window — a geometry of steel encased in plastic or some similar finishing material, surrounding a glass barrier— dictates rather forcefully the experience of this view; It’s difficult to feel connected to a landscape when the frame reinforces a sense of separation."
google  googleearth  maps  mapping  resolution  2014  ianbesler  thomasguides  history  imagery 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Earth View from Google Maps - Chrome Web Store
"Earth View displays a beautiful and unique Satellite image from Google Maps every time you open a new tab.

Click the Globe icon in the lower right corner to launch the current view in Google Maps."
chrome  extensions  googleearth  satelliteimagery  earth  via:jenlowe  canon 
october 2014 by robertogreco
Journey to the Centre of Google Earth - Simon Sellars
"Google Earth is more than the God’s-eye view – more than just us mortals seeing through the eyes of God. In Google Earth, we are God. We see over, under, inside and out. We see into the beyond, with a second sight unavailable to our mortal selves. We see ghosts of dead friends and dead strangers. We see ourselves. If the colonial God’s-eye view in Mercator maps is an uneasy settling of the planet (hoping the savages will stay in their place and not upset the prescribed order), then Google Earth, with its forking paths Google Maps and Google Street View, is a parallel world bleeding into this one."

"Paul Virilio, urbanist and theorist of cyberculture, once told an interviewer about a science fiction story in which artificial snow was seeded with tiny cameras and dropped from planes. He explained, “when the snow falls, there are eyes everywhere. There is no blind spot left.” The interviewer asks: “But what shall we dream of when everything becomes visible?” Virilio replies: “We’ll dream of being blind.” Desperate, I will dream that same dream, but even gouging out my eyes – all eighteen of them – will not be enough, for the imprint will remain, the augmented overlay, glowing like tracer bullets in the radioactive darkness of the mind’s eye. Remember, I can never unsee.

Then I will dream of death, but even death won’t save me, for I will have left enough data, enough tweets, enough cookies and enough honey traps from my online browsing patterns to allow unscrupulous marketers to harvest the information and construct a digital version of me. It will be a magnificent feat of malware, social engineering composed of my online leavings. This digital construct will traverse the Google Earth just as I do now. It will spam my friends and family, and it will tweet the same observations about Street View as I do. Actually, not “the same observations about Street View as I do”, but “the same observations because it is me”. No one will tell the difference. In the future, we are all sentient spambots.

My digital doppelganger will see me in Google Earth, reflected in the hubcap of the Street View car. It will see me reflected in the illusory facade of the PricewaterhouseCoopers building, watching myself watching the Barcode Project. It will see me in the machine, which has taught me how to remember a past I never had and a future I will never see.

The machine will teach my doppelganger how to live, at the same time as it teaches me how to die. No one will tell the difference."
maps  mapping  simonsellers  2014  googlemaps  googlestreetview  streetview  googleearth  cartography  time  paulvirilio 
june 2014 by robertogreco
Technology and Photographic Art : The New Yorker
"The New Yorker’s Tech Issue hits newsstands this week, and it got me interested in photographic projects that are anchored in various technologies, from antiquated processes to Internet crowd-sourcing. Here’s a selection of technology-based works that I find myself returning to, accompanied by text from the artists."
technology  photography  jessiewender  penelopeumbrico  georgesteinmetz  jonrafman  trevorpaglen  richardmosse  michaelbenson  shimpeitakeda  mishkahenner  katebreakey  jamespomerantz  dougrickard  santiagomostyn  thomasruff  carlovanderoer  jasonsalavon  dornithdoherty  emmawilcox  googleearth  googlestreetview  cyanotypes 
november 2013 by robertogreco
Rhizome | The Universal Texture
"By capturing screenshots of these images in Google Earth, I am pausing them and pulling them out of the update cycle. I capture these images to archive them - to make sure there is a record that this image was produced by the Universal Texture at a particular time and place. As I kept looking for more anomalies, and revisiting anomalies I had already discovered, I noticed the images I had discovered were disappearing. The aerial photographs were getting updated, becoming 'flatter' – from being taken at less of an angle or having the shadows below bridges muted. Because Google Earth is constantly updating its algorithms and three-dimensional data, each specific moment could only be captured as a still image. I know Google is trying to fix some of these anomalies too – I’ve been contacted by a Google engineer who has come up with a clever fix for the problem of drooping roads and bridges. Though the change has yet to appear in the software, it’s only a matter of time."
algorithms  art  google  googlemaps  maps  googleearth  via:stml  clementvalla 
august 2012 by robertogreco
"Built on the idea that every past is a place, HyperCities is a digital research and educational platform for exploring, learning about, & interacting with the layered histories of city and global spaces. Developed though collaboration between UCLA & USC, the fundamental idea behind HyperCities is that all stories take place somewhere and sometime; they become meaningful when they interact and intersect with other stories. Using Google Maps & Google Earth, HyperCities essentially allows users to go back in time to create and explore the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment.

A HyperCity is a real city overlaid with a rich array of geo-temporal information, ranging from urban cartographies and media representations to family genealogies and the stories of the people and diverse communities who live and lived there. We are currently developing content for: Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, Rome, Lima, Ollantaytambo, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Tehran, Saigon, Toyko…"
seoul  shanghai  tokyo  saigon  telaviv  berlin  ollantaytambo  lima  rome  chicago  nyc  losangeles  storytelling  googleearth  googlemaps  usc  ucla  atemporality  timetravel  hypercities  visualization  research  history  geography  maps  mapping  cities  urban 
april 2012 by robertogreco
James Bridle – Waving at the Machines | Web Directions
"These are sculptures by Shawn Smith. There’s going to be an ongoing problem with this, that if you sit way at the back, you might not see quite how pixelated these things are. There’s a whole different art-​​historical dissertation about what that means, the distance of the viewer."

"James Bridle’s closing keynote from Web Directions South 2011 was a a terrific end to an amazing couple of days, but don’t despair if you weren’t there. You can watch a full length video, read a transcript with the bonus of all the links James refers to, or even listen to a podcast.

So sit back, relax and enjoy Waving at the Machines."

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newaesthetic  stml  artisyourfriend  vantagepoints  via:straup  art  future  robotflaneur  hawk-eye  gta  gregkessler  jenhesse  renderghosts  imaginaryplaces  carinaow  shawnsmith  maloescouture  minecraft  andygilmore  coll-barreau  gerhardrichter  helmutsmits  douglascoupland  beforeandafter  architecture  2011  fashion  camouflage  pixelization  waysofseeing  humans  design  8-bit  satelliteimages  googleearth  googlestreetview  tomarmitage  tomtaylor  thenewaesthetic  jamesbridle  jenshesse  marloescouture  gehardrichter  grandtheftauto 
december 2011 by robertogreco
'Collecting' Swimming Pools And Stadiums: Art Made From Google Maps : The Picture Show : NPR
"How many baseball diamonds are there in Manhattan? According to Jenny Odell, 116. And how does she know? Because she's put in the time scouring satellite images of New York City's surface on Google Earth, collecting every sighting of a field, compiling and displaying them all at once like so: [10 images]

Odell, who was born in the Californian town of Mountain View, where Google would eventually set its roots, calls her project "Satellite Collections."

She is drawn to the parking lots, pools and silos she finds while scanning the satellite images because, she writes in an email, "they're things we often overlook or take for granted as part of our environment; but somehow, from a satellite point of view, they reveal themselves to be (somewhat) ubiquitous signs of human civilization, popping up in certain places while the surrounding area may simply be desert or mountains. From this perspective there's something very fragile and nostalgic about them.""
googleearth  satelliteimages  satellites  satelliteview  photography  art  collage  jennyodell  googlemaps  michaelwolf 
july 2011 by robertogreco
The Wilderness Downtown
"An interactive film by Chris Milk…Featuring "We Used To Wait"…Built in HTML5" [For Chrome only, it didn't work so well on my Macbook, but I found the concept intriguing.]
chrome  google  googlemaps  googleearth  memory  film  html5  maps  mapping  location  googlestreetview  video 
september 2010 by robertogreco
Nagasaki Archive (En)
"In a situation like this, we started to consider if there is something new that we can engage, here from Nagasaki, the very place where the A-bomb struck. With all the abundant valuable resources in Nagasaki, a new approach to take advantage of them lead to this project. This project enables to access all of those resources from all over the world, which was formerly unable to do so. Moreover, by mapping the information with topographic data, the user can enhance the experience of what it was like when the A-bomb struck Nagasaki, in detail. "Nagasaki Archive" is an attempt to reorganize all of those information on a digital virtual globe (google earth). In order to make Nagasaki the last place on earth where the A-bomb struck, we hope that many people to interact with and learn from "Nagasaki Archive"."

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japan  ww2  wwii  secondlife  history  googlemaps  googleearth  socialstudies  images  teaching  atomicbomb  classideas  maps  mapping  nagasaki  us 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Street View Partner Program [Legoland California and SDSU are two of the examples]
"Do you manage a unique property (pedestrian mall, amusement park, university campus, etc.) that users would like to visit in Street View? Through our Partner Program, you can now request Google to collect imagery of your location. Once the images are added to Street View, people all over the world will be able to virtually explore your property. To learn more, check out our FAQs."
googlemaps  streetview  googleearth  mapping  maps  sdsu  legoland  california  sandiego 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Destinations - Time Spent Alone
"“Where do you want to go?” and “Why do you want to go there?” are the basic questions behind Destinations. Continuously changing, the main page shows people’s responses to those questions. It is an introspective exercise and a forum for the exploration of shared aspirations.

You are invited to share your responses to the above questions. If we like what you’ve shared, we’ll include it in the main page rotation.

When sharing, you might want to create a username and login. That way, you can keep track of all your contributions and update them later if you want to tweak your wording or position the map just so.
Now more social.

We started a twitter account for the whole timespentalone series, but Destinations is the main attraction. Now, whenever you submit a destination, we'll twitter it and post a link to your submitted page. Follow us over at'"
googleearth  geotagging  googlemaps  maps  mapping  interactive  twitter  gis  writing  netart  via:foe 
may 2009 by robertogreco
More Geo-Games: Ship Simulator on Google Earth - O'Reilly Radar
"Frank Taylor of the Google Earth Blog just posted about Ships, a new ship simulation plugin that uses the API ( Frank's movie review). It's one of the Plugins he's going to dissect in his Google Earth workshop at Where 2.0 tomorrow (use whr09rdr for 20% off that last-minute registration)." See also:
games  googlemaps  simulation  geolocation  googleearth  ships  navigation  maps  mapping  simulations 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Six free Apple iPhone downloads you don't want to miss | iPhone Central | Macworld
"This week, my recommendations include both a mobile news and sports aggregator, an on-device TV guide, a satellite mapping program, a voice over IP (VoIP) calling app and an Internet radio service. My personal favorite: the sports app, SportsTap."
iphone  applications  sports  radio  pandora  fring  googleearth  tv  television  csiap  ios 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Google Earth's ancient Roman holiday | Latest Digital Media News - CNET News
"Google Earth is extending its satellite perspective to paint a picture of what the ancient city of Rome looked like nearly two millennia ago.
googleearth  tcsnmy  ancientcivilization  ancienthistory  ancients  rome 
november 2008 by robertogreco
YouTube - Earthscape iPhone App
"New Google Earth-like iPhone app first demoed last May now available. Review by Frank Taylor of Google Earth Blog "
iphone  applications  googleearth  maps  mapping  ios 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Cows have magnetic sense, Google Earth images indicate - Los Angeles Times
"German scientists using satellite images posted online by the Google Earth software program have observed something that has escaped the notice of farmers, herders and hunters for thousands of years: Cattle grazing or at rest tend to orient their bodies in a north-south direction just like a compass needle....Similar results were found in field studies of 2,974 red and roe deer in the Czech Republic, the researchers reported today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers had been studying magnetism in smaller animals and were looking for a way to extend their work to larger species."
science  googleearth  cows  magnetic  deer  animals 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Cool Tool: Free topo maps
"there are two ways to acquire topo maps for free. The easiest way is to download a free nifty app for Google Earth, called the Topographical Overlay, that will add a KMZ "layer" of official US topo maps on Google Earth. Once installed you can toggle it on or off...another way to print free topos. You can download, for free, a high resolution PDF file of any US topo map made"
maps  googleearth  mapping  geography  diy  us  gis  hiking  camping  kevinkelly  free  travel  gps  earth  topo  topographical  topographic  backpacking  biking 
august 2008 by robertogreco
" We lead the world in the field of GPS technologies, tracking, and data collection techniques. We will continue to develop innovative products and software that can be used to protect families, help law enforcement personnel, and allow government agencie
googleearth  gps  hardware  privacy  tracking  arg  gadgets  location  location-based  locative  maps  mapping  surveillance 
june 2008 by robertogreco
edublogs: We Tell Stories - Penguin's interactive web-first literature
"Almost as intriguing as the story itself is the backstory to how these six (or seven ;-) multimedia Web 2.0-ey ARG-type games have been created, and the challenges both authors and coders came up against."
arg  storytelling  stories  multimedia  maps  mapping  literature  writing  interaction  interactive  internet  online  web  twitter  googlemaps  googleearth 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Google Earth Blog: Deer Blogs His Own GPS Position in Google Earth
"In what may be a short-lived cool geo hack of the day, a deer named "Thor" now has his own blog where he shares his GPS position every five minutes. Someone named 'Siberian' at the Google Earth Community posted how he managed to make this happen"
googleearth  geography  gps  animals  location  locative 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Google Earth Blog: Powers of 10 in Google Earth
"Richard decided to at least show a subset of the powers of 10 in Google Earth. You can't zoom much beyond the Earth in GE, and you can only zoom in to a level where you can see the size of the people in the picnic."
googleearth  images  scale  eames  poweroften  google  earth 
february 2008 by robertogreco
CR Blog » Blog Archive » The Bible According To Google Earth
"Scenes from the Bible have been imagined by countless artists over the centuries, but never quite like this. God’s Eye View portrays four key Biblical events as if captured by Google Earth. Above, The Crucifixion."
art  earth  google  googleearth  googlemaps  maps  photography  religion  bible 
december 2007 by robertogreco
Now on Google Earth: Map where Congress spends your tax dollars | Tech news blog - CNET
"The Sunlight Foundation on Tuesday released a downloadable Google Earth layer that plots what it says are some 1,500 earmarks attached to a proposed U.S. House of Representatives defense spending bill."
maps  money  politics  government  defense  military  spending  taxes  googlemaps  googleearth  google  mapping  geography 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Google Earth Blog: Back to School - Educational Uses with Google Earth
"Below you will find a sample of possible useful content for Google Earth in a variety of subjects such as geography, literature, science, history, and more."
googleearth  google  teaching  learning  schools  education  reference  geography  science  literature  history  mapping  maps 
september 2007 by robertogreco
The world on your desktop |
"As the internet becomes intertwined with the real world, the resulting “geoweb” has many uses"
cartography  maps  mapping  internet  web  online  data  information  geography  geotagging  googleearth  landscape  mashup  surveillance  technology 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Wayfaring: Maps, your way. (built on Google Maps)
"With you can explore maps created by others, or create your own personalized map. Share them with friends or the whole world."
online  annotation  internet  maps  mapping  geography  web  tools  social  software  collaborative  make  howto  cartography  collaboration  googlemaps  socialnetworking  wayfinding  wayfaring  directions  travel  googleearth  geotagging  locative  location  location-based  storytelling  visualization  tourism  walking  tagging 
november 2005 by robertogreco

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