March 16, 2009

Street view

Call me slow.. but I only just discovered Google's Street view functionality in Google Maps. For cave persons like me, who haven't heard of it, its a feature available on certain locations which gives you a view of the street in terms of a photograph. So what's cool is that through a sequence of pictures, you can move up/down a street and turn 360°C to see buildings, stores and what not. Though it's a bunch of stills, it's like the oldest animation trick in the world, the movement of frames and pictures gives an illusion of you moving as well. I just checked out the amazing resolution in my Paris home. It of course led to the inevitable. I checked out every address I lived in. I particularly delighted in checking out UC and going up and down from Riddle Road to ERC... my most dedicated route. It was pure nostalgia.. and with every turn I took, I remembered the 2.5 glorious years I spent there.. the friends I made, the experiences I endured. And they left a huge smile on my face. Next on the nostalgia track, I waded through the ghostly empty streets of Ames, retracing my favorite joints, the cinema that this blog witnessed as the maximum movie reviews and finally to San Diego, the last of my US stay.... the long walk from Regents to Gennessee every morning... such an overdose of nostalgia... and really worth every bit of it. You should check it out too... just go to Google Maps and enter the address you want to see and when it finds it, click on the red bubble in red on the left pane and when it finds the location on the right, in the ensuing bubble, see if you can find the 'Street View' link. And have a blast! Find familiar places, famous monuments and what not...

9 comments:

Ram said...

Yeah, you can see everything... I've also noticed your home from Street View clear up to the point of showing those bamboo blinds.. thank goodness they weren't open when the shot was taken ;) Invasion of privacy but a clean tool for planning a visit ;)

Jaya said...

Yeah.. I guess u can report an issue if u don't want to be seen perhaps. I guess the US has blocked all sensitive areas from being viewed. Poor France is far behind on that count.

The Muse ... said...

Amazing look on the blog!

Jaya said...

The Muse -> Thanks a bunch. Please keep visiting!

Monsal Varga said...

I cannot count the hours I've spent with goole maps and - just like yourself - becoming nostalgic. Specially about my life back in Italy... those were the days :)

Damn, I'm already nostalgic!

:D

Jaya said...

Monsal -> Haha... I predict another hour or two with Street View for you today!Thanks for visiting n commenting!

Ram said...

here's something you don't wanna see on street view ;)
http://is.gd/o4ky

Jaya said...

Bala -> Geez.. sure something everyone wants to see down the streets of nostalgia... eew!

Sachin said...

Yes, thats true, nostalgia strikes u surely with the street view. It's really amazing. I too visited the places I visited most personally. The view of Morgens 201 and 113 from MLK, riddle road, Waycross road on which I went to work. It was fun. I have kept myself away from it to save my time. But one day, I won't be able to stop. Really, those were the days....

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