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  1.  (1450.1)
    While in procrastination mode I decided to explore the "Member Map" thing a bit. The Google satellite images are getting really sharp now. I can zoom in on my house close enough to see the dogs in the backyard. Shaddap, dogs.

    So playing a hunch, I scrolled over to Jolly Old, to see if I could find Warren's house. Well, his pin puts him square in the middle of the intersection of Church and Chancellor Roads. He probably doesn't live under the street, but in one of those nearby row-houses. So I scroll around a bit and -- there's some naked guy in the yard behind one of the houses having a smoke! Say hi to your fans, Warren!
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    Near my house on Google Maps (don't bother looking at the maps, I lied like I would hope Warren has) there is a car on fire.

    You'd think I'd remember something like that. Or that someone would have said to me 'did you know there was a car on fire outside your house today?' when it happened.

    But, no.

    There is also an added photo of a helicopter that landed on the grass across the road.

    I miss every interesting thing that happens near my house, but Google knows it all. This scares me. What else does Google know?
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      CommentAuthorZ
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008
     (1450.3)
    Google knows all.

    The member map is an intriguing little feature.

    I've actually wondered why people haven't tried following the GoogleVans and putting up flyers/ads up on lamposts just ahead of them. Then again, they probably already thought of that possibility.

    - Z
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008
     (1450.4)
    It's worth noting that you can just enter your city without the rest of your address.
    That's what I did, and looking at the map just now and zooming in on satellite I see that that puts me in the middle of downtown right in front of the building where I go to get my passport renewed.
    Among other things.

    I assure you, I do not actually live in the government buildings.
    I am an actual live human and not a robotic experiment.

    BEEP!
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2008
     (1450.5)
    I am an actual live human and not a robotic experiment.
    Aw, Vee, don't break my heart...
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      CommentAuthorkahavi
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
     (1450.6)
    I find it amusing that the satellite photo of my city is about two years out of date.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008 edited
     (1450.7)
    Google Earth missed a grand opportunity by not showing Savannah during the height of the pre-St. Patrick's Day pilgrimage. Zoom in close enough and you could probably smell the beer...
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    I prefer Google Sky. Being able to zoom in 600 light-years is quite more fascinating for me.
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    living in the uncharted backwaters that is scotland, google maps don't have hi-res maps for where I live. but you can see the old airfield down the road quite clearly from the crappy quality images.
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    yeah, the google image of our house is at least 5 or 6 years old... it also still has the old graveyard and chapel that used to be next door but now isn't.

    exhuming very old bodies in clay soil isn't a fun thing to have going on nextdoor...

    HA, but the road map is up to date... right opposite my house they built a new road with new houses in the past 2 years, so on the satelite/map mixed image there is a road clearly going into the middle of a field.
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
     (1450.11)
    @Ariana Aaaaa! Don't look don't look! Can't a (totally nonrobot) girl change in private? Sheesh.

    Eeeek!

    (None of you are allowed to notice what a mess my study is. Please just hum a jaunty tune and move along now.)
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    @Vanessa

    - smiles -

    Your wires are hidden well.
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      CommentAuthormadmatt213
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008 edited
     (1450.13)
    The GoogleVan knows where I live!

    This post inspired me to check out Street View (has been at least a month since I last did so) and I've discovered they've posted a large portion of Detroit and its surrounding cities (I am housed in one such city), and sure enough, the GoogleVan has driven directly past my apartment. Funny thing is, I've wondered if Google was driving around here, because back in the fall I remember seeing a white van with some attachments on the roof. If only I could remember where that was, so I could see myself passing the van.
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008 edited
     (1450.14)
    @Spiraltwist Not to get all purple in my prose but .... so many values that are not greater than or equal to 3 for you!
    Infinitely many, in fact.

    Also also also ... isn't it just so right for 3 to be associated with affection? It's just soooo cute and has such charming properties (well, what number doesn't, I guess - I'm the kind of girl who loves them all, you know).
    Oh three.
    Three is so my boyfriend.

    Oh god. I need to stop editing this post to add things.
    You don't know how badly I want to launch into an excited little babble about the infinite.....
    I think I better go take a cold shower.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008 edited
     (1450.15)
    (None of you are allowed to notice what a mess my study is. Please just hum a jaunty tune and move along now.)

    Ah, but Vanessa, isn't that how you know it's a study?

    And isn't there something poetic about love needing less than three . . . either two . . . or one?

    *slinks into the shadows*
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008 edited
     (1450.16)
    @Artemis_of_OZ - Oh dear. No no no. There are an infinite number of values less than three, not just 2 or 1. I see nothing wrong with loving 2.888 people at a time, for example.

    (Actually, truth be told, I see nothing wrong with loving large numbers of people, but we're associating love with values less than three for the moment because it is amusing.)

    Of course, it wouldn't work in this instance to love 2.9999..... people where the 9 repeats infinitely since that would bring us back to three! Ha HA! SNORT!

    Personally, I've always thought the square root of two was rather fetching.

    When I first wake up in the morningafternoon I tend to love approximately - 2003663613ยท2exp(195000)+1 people.

    Yeah .... but I'll stop now before I get kicked off the forum.
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    Yeah .... but I'll stop now before I get kicked off the forum.


    I can't for a moment imagine that happening. You're too gosh darn cute.
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      CommentAuthorhmobius
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
     (1450.18)
    Just to distract everyone from the hole V has dug, I found this this morning. The Google vans are everywhere
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2008
     (1450.19)
    @ScottBieser - Awww... thanks ... well, I suppose at least my little babblefest is in the zoo section.

    @hmobius - Whew! Thanks for the save.
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    @ Vanessa * CommentTimeMar 18th 2008

    i know you posted that picture a while back; but you just launched me into a blade runner moment. thanks.

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