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.)

Battlefield 2 Top Gear remake

Here’s a YouTube video that brings together two of my favourite things: my favourite TV show (Top Gear) and my favourite PC game (Battlefield 2).

It’s a remake within the Battlefield 2 game environment of Jeremy Clarkson’s task to out-manoeuvre a British Army Challenger 2 tank. It lasts about 8 minutes.

(If you can’t view it embedded within this page then you may be able to watch it on the YouTube website.)

Popeye on Family Guy

On Friday night I returned from playing at Powerpoint, Edinburgh and sat up watching two episodes of Family Guy on TV.

This is one of the funniest clips I’ve ever seen. I was crying uncontrollably, with tears rolling down my cheeks. And in the cool light of day, I still find it incredibly funny.

(If you can’t view it here on the blog you may be able to view it on YouTube itself.)

Why you should never mix alkali metals with water

This video clip (from the Sky One TV show Brainiac, featuring the ever wonderful Richard Hammond and the splendidly clever and down-to-earth Jon Tickle) is what the internet is all about: it’s educational, informative and fun. Oh and it also shows common household objects being (safely) blown up, which is always a bonus.

(Spotted on Digg.com today.)