Archive for February, 2008

A view from the street.

Friday, February 15th, 2008

On Tuesday, Google added additional cities to their Street View from within Google Maps, including Milwaukee.

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Our house and my now defunct Mazda can now be seen in a virtual panorama. You can explore the neighborhood, head over to my office, just a few blocks away and see the sights of Milwaukee right on the computer. It sure was a nice day when they were filming.

One of the great things about Street View is that you can get a look at your destination if you’ve never been there and look for landmarks when Google’s directions aren’t clear enough.

Less than a week later…

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Backyard Winter Panorama
We’ve had conflicting reports on the amount of snow that has fallen over the last 24 hours, but the sidewalks had at least a foot of dense, wet snow and some drifts were 18 inches or more. The street isn’t even close to being clear.

And to think that just a week ago we were on a beach in the Caribbean.

Yes, We Made it Back

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

We are back in Milwaukee and onto the grind. We came back to snow and the cold. While it is warmer now than when we originally left, it still feels very cold having been on the beach for a week. I can feel your sympathy.

I have two posts for the end of the trip that I’ll back post as I get a chance to finish them and plan on annotating the others with some cross links and such. I have over 1700 photos to go through and 3GB of video as well. Between four cameras I had an interesting time keeping track of everything. I just spent a solid hour or so weeding through some errant duplicates and doing a little color enhancement. I’ve got to get them cleaned up and posted on Flickr as well*. Unfortunately, I had a heavy deadline waiting for me when I got back so I don’t know when I’ll be able to finish all of that.

In the mean time, expect a little of the usual darkness.

*On that note, I almost didn’t pay for a Flickr Pro account for worries of Microsoft’s intended hostile takeover of Yahoo!. I did break down and get it with the hope that it would take at least a year for the deal to pass through the FTC and DoJ. Google’s DoubleClick deal took them nine month for the US and the EU is still evaluating it. At this point, Picasa Web is just not as strong and lacks some features that I like, though Picasa’s lack of Flash makes it much more iPhone compatible. We’ll just have to wait and see.