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January 28, 2011

Globe Genie and MapCrunch


Wrote Rob Walker in his "Consumed" column in the December 30, 2010 New York Times Magazine, "On Globe Genie [above], created by Joe McMichael, an M.I.T. graduate student, you click the 'teleport' button and the main window displays a Street View [above] selected at random from whatever Google has available on whichever continent you've chosen. This could be a stretch of highway in rural Denmark, a corner in downtown Denver or the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro."

"MapCrunch [below] is much the same but lets you narrow your virtual travels to specific cities. In both cases, if you see something compelling, you can stop and look around via Street View, wandering as much as you like, checking out the pedestrians, street signs and other random imagery that has been collected."


In either case, there goes the day.

Try 'em both and you can write off the rest of the month.

Fair warning.

[via Milena]

January 28, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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