There are many ways to stalk your “friends” these days. The Facebook, My Space, and cell phones with GPS devices are a few examples of modern stalking tools. Google Earth is another tool you can use to stalk your “friends.” You can look up where they live, where they work, where they go on vacation, etc. and then tell them things about these places. When they ask how you know, you can creepily reply, “because I can see you. Or, rather, my satellite can see you.” You just have to hope the images on Google Earth are recent enough to cull out important details. Also, you might want to make sure that your new “friend” doesn’t know where you live so that the cops don’t show up at your door too quickly.
When a new acquaintance tells me where they live, I sometimes look them up on Google Earth. So far, I’ve resisted slyly asking my new friends, “So, do your neighbors still have a red car?” or, “Can we have a barbecue on that great back porch at your apartment?” and such. I don’t want people to think I’m too strange. But it is fun to look at where people live, and Google Earth is so easy to use.
One of my favorite forms of procrastination is playing with Google Earth. Because I am a geologist, I feel less guilty about this form of procrastination than other activities. At least I’m learning more about the Earth, right? Now that I live in Boston, I also often use Google Earth to find my way around. The aerial views are fantastic for navigation by foot. I used Google Earth to find my way to the dentist the other day. None of these silly street maps– aerial maps are the way to go!
For those of you who will be stalking Rebecca and myself on Monday night, here are a couple of images to help you along. Just head to the little dot that says, “Redline.” We’ll be there.
And, just for kicks, here’s a picture of where I am right now. Do you see me? I’m waving to you out my office window. Really. Just look harder. Look fast, though. I need to return to my giant magnet and my crystals.