Google Earth: Zero Hour +1
If Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith was responsible for a productivity loss of $600 million (for people playing hooky), then the release of Google Earth has
to be responsible for at least $100m. So the next question is...what's next? When you think about all the Google Maps hacks, from craigslist
, to GasBuddy (offline), Chicago Crimestats
and Transit Maps
, London Traffic Cams
, various sight seeing sites
, NYC Subway Stops
, plus integration with BlogWise
(broken?), Yahoo Traffic
, and the US Census
, you might wonder what else could be integrated into gEarth?
Things I'm hoping for? How about integrating historical markers, daytrip resources, factory tours
, social demographics
(like Nationmaster), politics (fundraising
, election results
, registration, polling place location
, election irregularities
), mapped to do lists, real-time weather and traffic, things that aren't there anymore, custom atlas creation
, IMDB movie location shoots, tighter integration with topographical maps
, WiFi access Points
, a News Attention Index
, Job Searches
, and tighter integration with the USGS
As shown in the gEarth interface (left hand side, first one in "Layers"), their online community
is already working on using, improving, and customizing gEarth's new features, including some updates (Caution, requires the integration of *.kml file, *.eta, or *.kmz files.)
posted by rzklkng
on Jun 29, 2005 -
Matthew White's Historical Atlas of the 20th Century.
One of those amazing internet reference sites created by some guy (okay, Matthew White). Lots of fascinating, incredibly researched stuff: complete lists
of all manmade megadeaths in the 20th century, the 100 most important works of art
of the 20th century, maps
showing changes in the types of government by decade, comments on Wikipedia
, and much more. Also, some fun stuff, like what the US would look like
if every secessionist movement succeeded. Previously posted in 2001, but much updated and worth a second look
posted by blahblahblah
on Jun 2, 2005 -
Do You Live Near a Brothel? It turns out that I do
, and they're at Sacramento State's Art Department, the local office of NOW, and the Sacramento Film Commission, among others. Dubya, as it turns out, lives near a bunch of them as well
, including the Center for Public Integrity and the local branch of the DC Public Library.
You can find out the houses of ill repute near you, too, by simply entering your zip code and the word "brothels" in the Google Maps search box. It's supposed to be returning destinations for that type of local business. Oops.
Google has no comment.
posted by robhuddles
on May 13, 2005 -
"Social Explorer is dedicated to providing demographic information in an easily understood format, data maps. We serve hundreds of interactive data maps of United States. Here, you can visually analyze and understand the demography of the U.S., explore your neighborhood and learn about the people that live around you."
posted by jokeefe
on Mar 25, 2005 -
is a skill pretty much taken for granted now, but it wasn't
. Accurate maps were once prized state secrets, laborious efforts that cost a fortune and took years (or even decades) to complete.
How things have changed. (Yours now, $110
) It took almost 500 years to map North America, but it's only taken one tenth of that to map just everything else. In the last 50 years, we've been able to create acurate atlases of two planets
and one moon
(with a second
in the works). Actually, we've done a lot more than that
. We're actually running out of things to map.
posted by absalom
on Jan 27, 2005 -
demonstrates the potential of open web APIs by plotting recently uploaded Flickr
photos onto their locations using an interactive map of the US. Map24
mixes Mapquest and Keyhole
(previously discussed here
) by doing realtime zooming on your driving directions; good for not losing context on those tricky merges. The National Map
lets you see overlaid info from the US government's geologic surveys. What are some of the best designed interactive map sites?
posted by acid freaking on the kitty
on Jan 12, 2005 -
The Rise and Fall of the Black Voter
is a remarkable sequence of maps graphically describing the realignment of voting patterns in the U.S. during the past century (read this
for a bit more context). It is an excellent companion to the purple
maps of the most recent election, and a nice antidote to simplistic
comparisons of pre-Civil War and recent electoral college maps. Republicans can bask in the glow of their successful "Southern Strategy
," while Democrats can take heart that change, while often slow, is still possible
posted by googly
on Dec 15, 2004 -
Use the free 7 day trial while it's available!
This lil program lets you zoom in pretty darn close on just about any spot in the world. And it is FREAKING COOL. I don't have much better commentary than that, sorry. You can zoom around to your favorite locations, tilt the camera, show all road names, rotate views - and once you've got a bunch of stuff plugged in its really neat to just click between them and watch the flyby.
I can't believe this isn't a double post, but couldn't find it on search. Have fun!
posted by glenwood
on Nov 21, 2004 -
Two Americas, but not the ones you might have thought.
Apologies for perpetuating ElectionFilter, but this page has, in addition to all the blue/red/purple maps we've seen, a bar graph at the bottom of the page that I find fascinating. To quote the authors, "It appears that there are, as the pundits have been telling us, 'two Americas,' but they are not the ones people usually talk about. They are 'divided America,' where people split roughly evenly between Republican and Democrat, and 'decided America,' where everyone is a Democrat. " (via Crooked Timber
posted by Kat Allison
on Nov 7, 2004 -
Fool's World Map:
"This is a project visualizing the world map which many fools in the world imagine. If you can see this map comfortably, you are definitely a fool." The creator updates and reformats
the malleable map based completely on capricious, erroneous geographical inconsistencies found within oblvious statements from his comment logs. Examples: (095. Upper right side of Germany became Australia due to a posting by another stupid American thinking "Australia is beside Germany.")
and (001. Due to a Texan who thinks "Japan is accessible from Texas by car", Japan and Texas is land-attached.").
He also has a page
of user-submitted maps, where he encourages you to create your own global eyesore and send it to him.
posted by naxosaxur
on Aug 3, 2004 -
Piri Reis Map
I am a sucker for those books that hypothesize that Earth was visited by extra-terrestrials in the distant pass. One artifact that is brought up in nearly all of them is The Piri Reis Map
, a document that seems to be a map includes parts of the world (such as Antarctica's ice-covered mountains) that were thought to be very recent discoveries. But, are they a hoax
posted by synecdoche
on Apr 21, 2004 -
If Mapquest just isn't cutting the mustard, or you feel compelled over the holidays to take your geekery to new and mysterious depths, the National Map Viewer
from the U.S. Geological Survey is your new best friend. The dynamic interface lets you layer roads, topos, and satellite imagery on top of one another at your whim. And if you're really hardcore, make your own app by downloading and mining the Census Bureau's TIGER database.
Note: Map viewer and interface may not be friendly to all browsers; this is a common limitation of government websites.
posted by PrinceValium
on Dec 24, 2003 -
Ancestry Maps from the 1990 census:
Which states have the highest percentage of people of Danish
? Who (perhaps) doesn't realize
that we almost all came here from somewhere else? Using the data provided on 1990 Census question 13, which asked respondents to identify the ancestry groups with which they identified most closely, the State of Minnesota provides us with these nifty Ancestry maps. More info here
on 'the ancestry question' from the US Census Bureau. link via ::crabwalk.com::
posted by anastasiav
on Oct 28, 2003 -