Garden input

As spotted on the Optimus project blog:

Large concrete Russian keyboard keys on grass

This is a standard Latin and Cyrillic double-layout on a monumental concrete keyboard installed in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg (shot on Sunday).

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How cool is that! Doubly-so that it is in both Russian and English. But then I have a particular fondness for Russia.

I’d love to have one of those in my garden. I’d love to have a garden big enough to have one of those installed.

Quite inspiring.

Google Maps Street View

Have you seen the new feature on Google Maps: Street View? It allows you to see a 360° high-resolution view of certain cities at street level. Currently the only cities available are in the USA (from West to East):

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Denver, CO
  • Miami, FL
  • New York, NY

Check out the video (imbedded above) on YouTube of the Google Maps Street View; it’s a very entertaining introduction, created by the fine folks at the Googleplex.

Closer to home

I’d love to see this implemented for St Andrews, so that we could use the information on the university website (will mash-ups be available for Street View too?); we currently use Google Maps on the University maps page.

Unfortunately, at the moment the ‘satellite’ view of St Andrews is very low quality on Google Maps.

Microsoft, however, are one step ahead and can provide Scotland’s oldest university with the following wonderful aerial views of St Andrews at Live Search Maps. (The postcode linked to, by the way, is where my office is.)