Thursday, November 10, 2005
You Can See My House From Space
I said to a friend recently, "The vacant lot across from my house has been cleared. They're going to build new houses where my blackberry bushes used to be."
She replied, "I know. I noticed that on a satellite image of your neighbourhood."
Could it be true? Could my friend keep tabs on me from outer space? Yes, apparently she can.
The above picture shows my neck of the woods. The big pale shaped box-like thing near the top and in center is the new monster-sized house going in across the stree from me.
I downloaded the free version of Google Earth tonight and have spent a giddy evening soaring and sight-seeing over my town (well, virtually anyway)...ooh, look there's the bridge! There's the college! Hey, what's that lumpy thing? Is this my street? Is that my house?
I could actually see a red car parked out in front of my workplace.
You can also zoom in on other places in the world---the Eiffel Tower, the Great Pyramids, the Hoover Dam, that little restaurant in Italy you remember so fondly, secret UFO landing-sites..the possibilities are endless.
It's a little spooky. This is the basic FREE version, remember. I'm sure the governments of the world shell out a few extra dollars for the upgraded version. I think spies may have it easier nowadays with this new sort of technology.
They can probably zoom in on license plates. They can probably tell you haven't cut your lawn in a while. You may THINK nobody's watching you scratch your bum...
Give them time and they'll know what colour tooth-brush we're using.
Heh heh, just a little healthy paranoia to go with my new toy. :)