Archive for the 'Maps' Category

Making Music Videos With Google Earth

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

As many of you know, I’ve made a hobby in the past couple of years of making music videos. Well here’s a new twist on that idea: use Google Earth to generate some video, set it to music, and you have a nice geographical music video. Here are three nice videos made with Google Earth:
“My [...]

Houston Hybrid

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

The whole Internet seemed to be abuzz today with news of the latest Google Maps innovation: a hybrid map that combines map graphics with satellite photos (the detailed photos of urban areas are not satellite photos, but aerial photos taken from airplanes). I really like the hybrid views, but I think the image generation heuristics [...]

Aerial Sightseeing: the Mississippi River Delta

Monday, June 20th, 2005

Many years ago, I flew over the Mississippi River delta in a helicopter. The view was amazing, the river branching over and over again. Its structure looked just like a computer generated fractal. It looks different in this view, but still beautiful in a fractal kind of way.

Aerial Sightseeing Around Texas: Cadillac Ranch

Friday, May 13th, 2005

The guys over at Google Sightseeing did a good job of finding these Caddies buried in a field just west of Amarillo. I looked for Cadillac Ranch myself, and I found the area, but I never found those ten half-buried cars. As with some other locations, the Terra Server has a better view. Now if [...]

Aerial Sightseeing: The Oklahoma City National Memorial

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

This is one of those places that you can see much better with the Microsoft Terra Server than with Google Maps:

Click to enlarge.

The place in question is the Oklahoma City National Memorial, built to remember the victims, rescuers, and survivors of the terrorist bombing that destroyed the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building over ten years [...]

Aerial Sightseeing Around Texas: Amusement Parks

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

The Astroworld amusement and water park, just south of the Astrodome in Houston.

Moody Gardens and its pyramids, down the road in Galveston.

Aerial Sightseeing Around Texas: Johnson Space Center

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

Here’s a nice view of the heart of JSC. Over at Flickr, I have an annotated version showing the various places I’ve worked (and eaten) within JSC.

Aerial Sightseeing Around Texas: the Fred Hartman Bridge

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

This is the Fred Hartman bridge and its shadow. The Hartman is a relatively new and beautiful bridge that carries Texas Highway 146 across the Houston ship channel, joining Baytown and La Port.

Aerial Sightseeing Around Texas: State Capitol

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

Here is the Texas State Capitol building, located on Congress St between 11th and 14th streets in Austin.

I had intended to accompany this photo with an aerial photo of the Alamo. Unfortunately, the aerial photos of downtown San Antonio are fairly low resolution and uninteresting.

Aerial Sightseeing Around Texas: Dealey Plaza

Monday, April 11th, 2005

Here’s the most infamous place in all of Texas, Dealey Plaza, where John F Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. You can see it all in this aerial photo: Elm Street, the Texas Book Repository, and, of course, the grassy knoll.

Aerial Sightseeing Around Texas: the Battleship and the Monument

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

I thought I’d have some fun finding some interesting and historic sites around Texas with Google Maps. After finding the sites, I used the Microsoft Terra Server to find the same places and increase the magnification, where possible.

The Battleship Texas fought in both the World Wars; in 1948 she was retired and now she’s permanently [...]

Google, Microsoft, and the USGS

Friday, April 8th, 2005

Doing a little Google Sightseeing the other day, I discovered a few interesting things about Google Maps and Microsoft’s Terra Server: they often use the same source images. Maybe this isn’t a surprise to anyone who has followed the Google Keyhole acquisition more closely, and knows more about their technology – but it was a [...]