Links: Google Earth in cartoons, and as art

  • Google Earth and mainstream consciousness I: Ubikcan flags a recent Doonesbury cartoon by Gary Trudeau highlighting the use of Google Earth to track human rights violations.


    (Read the whole thing)

    Ubikcan highlights to another one from the New Yorker a few months ago that I had not previously noticed. And while we’re on the topic, let’s not forget one of my all-time favorites, the Ogle Earth cartoon in the New Yorker from 2006?:-)

  • Google Earth and mainstream consciousness II: Sydney art collective The Glue Society produced a work that consists of retouched satellite imagery to depict biblical mythology. Says Glue Society’s James Dive: “We like to disorientate audiences a little with all our work. And with this piece we felt technology now allows events which may or may not have happened to be visualized and made to appear dramatically real. As a method of representation satellite photography is so trusted, it has been interesting to mess with that trust.” Click here to see their work as depicted on Creative Review’s blog.
  • Mapping in the dark: What about using maps in the dark, for example when driving? IDVUX blog discovers a genial solution — run a color-inverting filter on the client side:

  • KMLer update: The latest version of Valery Hronusov’s KMLer 2.0 ArcGIS extension for Windows supports extended data fields. ($20-$50)
  • Mac geocoding I: Mac photogeoreferencing tool HoudahGeo is up to version 1.3. ($25)
  • Mac geocoding II: SnapMap is an upcoming application for representing your photos in 3D and across a timeline. There’s a video demo, and they’re looking for beta testers.
  • Dedicated IGC viewer: For hang-gliding Windows users with .Net installed, a tool for replaying your flights’ IGC files that has dedicated controls and views that uses the Google Earth engine. This thread on OZ Report discusses the application. (You could also use a web-based IGC-to-KML converter or IGC2KML. (the latter comes recommended by OZ Report’s Davis Straub.))

3 thoughts on “Links: Google Earth in cartoons, and as art”

  1. A few comments:

    1. It is Davis Straub, not David Straub.

    2. The intent of the viewer is to “fly” the path of trackmarks in the IGC file. This is the functionality that has been asked for in GE’s tour mode. As it is, tour mode has a static camera altitude and view. This viewer’s camera follows the altitude of the trackmarks, and you can pan left/right as you “fly”.

    3. For an example of how this IGC viewer can best be used in GE, go to this discussion:

  2. On the Macintosh, the “Universal Access” preference panel includes options to invert the screen for easier reading by people who have various visual problems. This also works for night use.

    There is a freeware application for the Macintosh, Nocturne, that also does this, with a more fine-grained control. I often use them in the summer, so I can sit outside and work/play on my Mac after sunset.

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