Forget Big Brother

    Forget Big Brother.  I’m watching! 

    Not in real time, of course.  I downloaded Google Earth this weekend.  I spent a little time strolling down memory lane from my laptop on my kitchen table in Japan.  

    One great feature about this is that I got the coordinates of my house.  That way, in the one-in-a-billion chance the entire neighborhood gets leveled by an earthquake or typhoon, I can still theoretically find where I live fairly easily.  Of course it would be my luck that I’d be at work or on vacation when my house got levelled, and I’d have to find it again.  I do understand this was a huge problem in the wake of Hurricane Andrew back in 1992. 

    Hey, everyone! I can see your house from up here!

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4 Responses to Forget Big Brother

  1. Mom says:

    If we stand in the yard and wave, will you see us???

  2. Jeff says:

    When you start google earth and you are staring at the globe, begin scrolling the mouse wheel to zoom inward. Keep going until you can zoom no more. You will soon notice that you are zooming upon the United States, and then upon the town of Lawrence Kansas. Eventually, at maximum zoom you will be centered roughly upon the apartment in which I lived during law school (Meadowbrook Apartment complex Building FF). I guess this means thats that Lawrence, Kansas is the center of the world. I’m not sure what it means about me — however, I thought it was interesting.

  3. Chris Penningroth says:

    Did the founders of Google go to KU? If not, I’ll take that as evidence that Jeff, you are indeed the central figure of current world history!

    No, Mom, it’s not real-time imagery. Where you live, I’d almost never see you through the clouds!

  4. Jeff says:

    The chief architect of google earth evidently went to school at KU and lived in that apartment complex.

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