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Cheerygirl
Unless....unless....the snaps were taken 9 years ago before I got the house re-furbished.  In which case, I should be hanging my head in shame.

posted by johnmacnab on January 21, 2011 at 5:26 PM | link to this | reply

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I made a big mistake Cheerygirl, and browsed through the Google map this morning to see what one of my old homes in Scotland looked like.

It was a mess. Before I immigrated to Canada and sold the house, I had the outside re-plastered.  That was only 8 years ago and you wouldn't believe the state it is now.  I must make another New Year Resolution 'Do not re-visit the past.'  I did notice however that my old neighbour had a different car, so I must get in touch to see when he bought it.

I'd hate to be in the same position as my niece.  All we have to worry about here is the cold.

posted by johnmacnab on January 20, 2011 at 7:47 PM | link to this | reply

Azur

It must be traumatic to know that you may never see some places because of the floods.  As long as you don't lose any friends because of them.

I suppose you could, if you knew when the Google photos were taken, compare the area online. 

posted by johnmacnab on January 20, 2011 at 7:41 PM | link to this | reply

Yep the satilite photos can see you alright. It's not wise to do any thing you don't want a camera to pick up on outside your front door you might be displayed for a couple of years doing it if someone looks up your address on it. :(

My husband's family is in Australia. We are both Australian but living in England for the present and those floods came pretty close to them. Lots of prayers went up for them and they were fine. But it is a scary thing when those floods come alright. 

I wonder when they take those photographs? If you knew you could do all kinds of funny things couldn't you? Not you personally just people in general outside their houses ha ha.

posted by Cheerygirl on January 20, 2011 at 9:26 AM | link to this | reply

I am glad your niece was OK in this bout of floods
Quite a few of my favourite places are out of action for the forseeable future.

I suppose one can use Google Maps to compare how things were before and after the floods too

posted by Azur on January 19, 2011 at 11:35 AM | link to this | reply

TAPS
I think Whacky may have the right idea - really heavy curtains and a satellite filter on the chimney.

posted by johnmacnab on January 18, 2011 at 10:26 AM | link to this | reply

majroj Re: Try GoogleEarth!
I downloaded it this morning but had to leave for gym -it's just as well as I was becoming so absorbed at the simple act of rotating the earth.  I can see this is going to be a monumental cause of prognostication.

posted by johnmacnab on January 18, 2011 at 10:20 AM | link to this | reply

I have spent many hours with the little yellow man.  In doing so, it has made me wonder who might be looking down upon my place with the satellite view, and with what intent.

posted by TAPS. on January 18, 2011 at 9:25 AM | link to this | reply

ginnieb
Now we can explore it online in more ways than we thought were ever possible. 

posted by johnmacnab on January 18, 2011 at 5:27 AM | link to this | reply

sam444
It is fascinating, isn't it sam444.  But it feels very peeping Tom-ish.

posted by johnmacnab on January 18, 2011 at 5:24 AM | link to this | reply

Try GoogleEarth!

I have many maps on paper, including AAA, Nat Geog., Thomas Brothers books., etc. I have all the NatGeog maps on CD ROM (up to 2000). But I use old maps online and GoogleEarth to learn more about local history and its remnants.

http://www.blogit.com/Blogs/Blog.aspx/majroj/676420

posted by majroj on January 17, 2011 at 7:18 PM | link to this | reply

It's a different world for sure...
...or at least one we can see differently now!

posted by ginnieb on January 17, 2011 at 3:55 PM | link to this | reply

I hear you loud and clear, the privacy is gone! How cool to see stuff, though! sam 

posted by sam444 on January 17, 2011 at 3:06 PM | link to this | reply

Pat_B
One good thing about Google maps is that your exploration of a previous neighbourhood brings you up-to-date; or at least only 2 years out of date as opposed to a false 30 year old memory.  Mind you, the 30 year old memory could well be the better choice.

posted by johnmacnab on January 17, 2011 at 10:39 AM | link to this | reply

I used the Google map to "drive by" my little house in Seattle,
the one I so reluctantly left in '04. I did a walk through the neighborhood where I used to work, and spent several days thereafter in a cloud of regret. I shoulda stayed there. It's not that I hate it here in the Midwest, some kids and grandkids are here. But that was home. With Google maps it really is a small, accessible world.

posted by Pat_B on January 17, 2011 at 5:57 AM | link to this | reply

chris2303
There was a lot of grumbling over here as well, chris2303, but it soon passed.  But after seeing those Google map photographs it is easy to see why there was a lot of grumbling. 

posted by johnmacnab on January 16, 2011 at 5:45 PM | link to this | reply

Whacky
I think the heavier curtains would be an excellent idea, Whacky.  If you are on a main road you will have been Googled, and you'll be amazed at the quality of the photographs.  Hunker down Whacky.

posted by johnmacnab on January 16, 2011 at 5:43 PM | link to this | reply

that's why there was a lot of grumbling
about lack of privacy from the google street cars, as well as the email information they were picking up at the same time.  well at least that was the case here on the island of england anyhoo...

posted by chris2303 on January 16, 2011 at 4:16 PM | link to this | reply

I'm putting up heavier curtains...
Can google peer through my windows? OMG they will see the mess in my back yard.   I think I'll go google my house. 

posted by Whacky on January 16, 2011 at 3:58 PM | link to this | reply

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