Street View

Tuesday, July 2, 2013









One of the best things about having a teenager is that they introduce you to some interesting things. I know mine has gotten me to read books I would have otherwise passed over, showed me videos that made my sides hurt from laughing and most recently, Fisher (my teenager), showed me the blog 9-eyes. 9-eyes features a collection of google map street view images curated by Jon Rafman. He has spent hours going through "googles streets" and pulling out the most fortuitous scenes captured by google cameras. Some are pretty dark, some funny and some are quite beautiful. I left out the darker ones here on my blog, though I have to admit to me they are the most striking and beautiful ones. It's amazing to see what "secretly" goes on in the streets around the world. So I highly recommend visiting to see all the images I left out. He then showed me the site GeoGuessr, ack! Have any of you been to that site? I ened up spending the greater part of my afternoon day guessing where in the world I was. It's pretty fun addictive. For more info on 9-eyes visit here.

*(Whilst playing GeoGuessr I thought of you, Meghan, because the two countries I kept confusing were South Africa and Australia!)

15 comments:

  1. I could marry Google Street View. Without it, I'd spend waaaay too much money on plane tickets every time (read: every day) I got the urge to "visit" Paris. I love these little scenes! Off to play GeoGuesser...can I complain to you when it sucks up my entire day? Thanks twinsy ;) xoxo

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    1. you can complain ; ) fisher and i had a competition today which ended up lasting a crazy amount of time. he won with something like 24,000 points. i am pretty sure each of our turns (finding 5 places) took us well over an hour each. oy vey.

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  2. I'm pretty sure this is how the rest of my day is going to go! I'm so intrigued to see more photos! That first one seems really haunting in a way actually.

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    1. i agree. so many of the images are quite haunting. it's incredible to see these moments that were captured.

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  3. These two sites are incredible! I have now found my two favorite lunch time things to do at work besides blog.

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    1. i am glad i am you like them too! both evoke this sense of "being there" in a way i am not sure i have ever really experienced online before.

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  4. Wow this is so amazing, I can't believe these shots were taken by Google maps. I am blown away.

    I always thought I would be able to keep up with pop culture and all the on goings on the internet, but as I get older I find myself more and more out of touch. It must be nice to have a teenager around to keep you in the loop. Max has his students to keep him up to date, I am always the one dragging behind.

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    1. fisher definitely keeps me in the loop and i get to fill him in on the past. it works out perfectly :)

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  5. OK, I just visited the GeoGuesser site and I can see how that would take up one's entire day. I don't even dare check out the other site you mention until the weekend comes around...

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    1. the other site isn't nearly as big of an investment. i admit i did scroll through a few times but it didn't take too long ;)

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  6. Haha, oh my. I've seen some odd things on Google Maps but these are just great. Kids are brilliant!

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    1. i know it's really a different perspective - which is why i think it's so fascinating.

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  7. Just spent far too much time than I should've going through 9-eyes - my husband caught sight of it over my shoulder and got sucked in too! Brilliant! Thanks Christine and Fisher!

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  8. Oh, I have to click over to both sites tomorrow, I know I would be sucked in and then I would be late for work and I am planning for a short work day today. I am drawn to the image with the horse, its so sad to see it scavenging for food, the image is haunting...On a funnier note I love that the one seagull is looking straight into the camera, probably thinking what is that thing ;)

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  9. Good find by your teen. And that's super sad that the horse is eating trash :(

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