I went to my Google Earth training class today. Have you ever looked at Google Earth? Get the free download here. I need to practice and play with it. But from what I’ve seen so far, it’s pretty cool!
You can type in your address and get an aerial view of your home. You can type another address and fly to the Eiffel Tower. Going to London? Fly there (virtually), search for hotels and see exactly where they are in relation to all of the places you want to see. You can even see the sky view of the stars in that location.
Some of it really gives you the feeling that Big Brother watching you. When you enable the street view, you can navigate down to the camera bubbles and get a 360 degree view at that point on the street. The Google people (or whoever does it) haven’t gotten around to every street corner in the country, yet. The magic camera-people have been in front of my sister’s house, but not in front of mine, my parents or my brother’s. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before they come tooling around the ‘hood with their 360 camera. I wonder who has that job… Hmm…
Apparently you can use the latitude and longitude coordinates and do some cool things with math and specifically trigonometry. I wonder how long it will take me to figure that out!