Invasion of Poland began this morning. Warsaw bombed. For more than a year, the folks at the Orwell Prize and the Orwell Trust have been posthumously blogging George Orwell’s diary entries in real time, 70 years to the day since each entry was originally written. See images from the diary and follow along in a Google Maps travelogue.
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Spend some time exploring the amazing map of the Mannahatta Project. If you zoom in and click around, you can explore every damn block on the island of Manhattan and see what was there before 1609. After nearly ten years of research, landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson, working through the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo, has used old maps and modern spatial analysis techniques to map every hill, valley, stream, spring, beach, forest, cave, wetland, and pond that existed on the island of Mannahatta. It also lists all possible animals, humans, and plants that could have been in there– on every damn block! The project claims the GIS database for the project is the most complete description of a landscape ever attempted. This year marks the 400th anniversary of of Henry Hudson’s arrival in New York Bay and other coinciding history goodness includes the exhibit Mannahatta/Manhattan: A Natural History of New York City, at the Museum of the City of New York and the publication of Sanderson’s book, Mannahatta: Natural History of New York City.
Pittsburgh artists Benjamin Kinsley and Robin Hewlet and the Mattress Factory museum teamed up with Google to create an interactive art piece using Google Streetview. They created scenes along Sampsonia Way in Pittsburg that could have taken place, but probably could never have all happened at the same time. A ten-foot plucked chicken sits behind a chainlink fence, two men have a medieval sword fight, a faux marathon runs by, firefighters save a cat in a tree, a garage band plays in a garage, and a high school marching band parades by in just a few blocks of Sampsonia Way at the same time. Read more or watch video of how they pulled it off.
Gentrify is a bitchin Gmaps mashup of Craigslist and Yelp. And it’s a great way to watch the gentrification of San Francisco in almost real-time. SF-only for now.
Google added a great feature to Google Maps today. It lets you see street level images in a few cities. So far it only looks like it works in San Francisco, NYC, Miami, Las Vegas and Denver. Let this nerd explain it. Or check it out yerself. A9.com had something like this a few years ago, but without Google’s muscle, it flopped I guess.
Wanna get a few pixels of your smiling face on google maps? Just be near Sydney Harbor on January 26th. Google is flying its Google branded plane low over Sydney on Australia Day and is encouraging people in the area to hoist a sign, arrange your family into a fun formation or just get a bunch of friends together to wave so people can be seen in Google maps. If all goes well, she’ll be a ripper of a snap.
Google has added another very cool and helpful mapping resource for Hurricane recovery and information. When you lookup an address in Google Maps, there is now an option to see a satellite photo of the post-Katrina flooding of New Orleans. The photo was taken Wednesday, August 31 at 10 am. Most places below Rampart Street seem dry.