• my house is second up from the corner here, with my old car in the driveway
  • this is a little hill, too steep to plow

Google's freaky maps

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You want to freak out your spouse and loved ones? Find your house on Google Maps, then zoom all the way out to a planet view. Ask them to come into the room, then zoom all the way down to where you can see your car in your driveway.

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  1. treebjen 110 months ago | reply

    *cough*sprawl*cough* :-)

  2. hawaii 110 months ago | reply

    I must live too close to a military base or something. After a certain depth, the photo disappears and I get, "We're sorry but we don't have imagery at this zoom level for this region." The same thing happens at all these satellite photo spots, so it might also just be that Honolulu's not worth sending a satellite over. But somehow I doubt that.

  3. mathowie 110 months ago | reply

    At this depth, it's done with a plane, and I bet you can't fly over major cities or near military bases, even for USGS data collection.

  4. afsheen 110 months ago | reply

    I don't think major cities are the problem, since I'm pretty sure there's the same amount of detail over my house in LA and my parents' house in Atlanta.

    My old dorm in Maine, however, won't zoom in past the "zip code at a glance" view, which is probably because it's less than a mile from a navy base.

  5. treebjen 110 months ago | reply

    ... I could swear that Keyhole had imagery for Ann Arbor, Michigan (about a year ago) that GMaps doesn't seem to have. Sort of odd.

  6. lester_nelson 110 months ago | reply

    It doesn't seem to want to zoom in all the way for Soldotna, Alaska, either. And the level it will zoom to doesn't look like a photo, but an impressionistic painting.

  7. somebear 110 months ago | reply

    Most of the "out in the hicks" places I tried to look at got the "We're sorry but we don't have imagery at this zoom level for this region" message. Places like LA or D.C., however, show up just fine.

  8. VTscapes 110 months ago | reply

    I live in one of those'out in the hicks' places.. Could we actually be storing vital information without our knowledge??lol...

  9. Vidiot 110 months ago | reply

    Stalk Matt!

  10. Andrew Huff 110 months ago | reply

    Interesting plough/harvest patterns in the fields south of you.

  11. mmahaffie 110 months ago | reply

    I think the system is using a variety of imagery (satellite and aerial) from a variety of sources. The satellite imagery usually has a pixel-resolution of more than a meter (5- 10- sometimes even 30-meter pixels). Where there is only larger-pixel data it will stop zooming in past a certain level; after it becomes an impressionistic painting, it becomes blobs of color.

    Interestingly, there are places (zoom in to Central Delaware, for example) where you can see the different imagery data sets next to each other. The green stuff is someone's satellite data, the black and white swath is more recent, hi-res aerial imagery taken by USGS of the Dover AirForce Base and environs as part of homeland security work.

  12. froman98 110 months ago | reply

    The land around the neighborhood looks like a circuit board.

  13. joaobambu 110 months ago | reply

    Great idea; Need to get my groove going with google maps!

  14. Yakima_gulag 110 months ago | reply

    damn if i could just follow the car that is out there with the loud @$$bass until he goes to his house......

  15. somebear 110 months ago | reply

    Realtime satelite pictures on goole maps, now that would be the coolest, albeit a bit unrealistic (for now).

  16. LancerE 57 months ago | reply

    These memory maps are fun to look at, but what's even more fun is looking at the 4-year old comments that talk about times before every square inch had a detailed aerial view (: I remember those days

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