In a slight segue, I had no idea that old generations of Google Maps tiles are still available for the asking, as this comparison page makes clear. Here you have the Swedish spy base, obscured in older version of Google’s global dataset, and visible in more recent updates. This answers James Fee’s recent question as to what happens with older generations of Google’s imagery. Now wouldn’t it be great if a there were a server-side script/network link combo that overlays older Google Maps tiles in Google Earth, so we can catch more Hyderabad land scams? Anyone? Google?
Can’t afford your own planetarium? Are you sure? Can I interest you in the Elumenati portable inflatable dome with fish-eye lens? It doesn’t work with Google Earth just yet, but it does run Second Life, as well as SketchUp, according to Eluminati team member David McConville. Several scientist friends who have seen it have come away raving. Apparently, it brings the immersive visualization of a virtual world to a whole new level.
For my own reference more than anything else: Microsoft’s Photosynth is out as a technology preview. It still sounds too good to be true, IMHO. Postcards, maybe, but my shots — unlikely.
Notes on the political, social and scientific impact of networked digital maps and geospatial imagery, with a special focus on Google Earth.