Random shit I wanted to post that has no feasible connection whatsoever to any definition of "rawness"

Ok, I'm all for technology, but this is just creepy.

Just when you were getting used to the potential for being spied on with its satellite maps, Google Maps has now introduced Street Views. Meaning: you can plug in any San Francisco address or intersection and get a frickin street-level view, and walk on down the street and turn corners and everything. This is fuckin scary. You can zoom right in and see in the goddamned windows if you want.

It looks like they must've taken a camera around the City at some point and saved the footage. Obviously I'm not going to link you to my home here (totally creepy to see your windows right...THERE, by the way), but if you wanna test this out and get a sense of the total weirdness that is Street View, hit up this link. It'll take you to a street shot of one of my favorite coffee shops, The Grove, which happens to be next to an equally great bar, Harry's on Fillmore. Play around with it a little - you can do a 360 degree turn if you want, you can frickin zoom in and check out the lattes those poor unassuming chicks out front are drinking, and you can almost read the writing on the menu there by the front door. WTF. Creepy.

I've got hours of playing with this shit to do. I mean, I could give you a shot-for-shot lowdown on any run I take. This is crazy. If you want another fun address to plug in, type in "Ferry Building, Embarcadero and Market, San Francisco". You'll get a good shot of Pier 1, the palm trees and what looks like a weekday Farmers' Market.

I think this is only in SF so far, but it's just a matter of time till it expands, I'm sure. Whoa mama. Is nothing sacred?

P.S. Happy First Birthday to my favorite little Chucky today!

Comments

Toni said…
Oh, don't even get me started on the implications of technology like this (and much else) for domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking victims...
Clay said…
hey Rachel, hopefully my presence at your page isn't in itself ultra creepy (your sis has you as numero uno on her blog, and i don't want to work on this freakin grant), but i totally empathize regarding your thoughts on google. If you're on gmail, it scans the contents of your emails and custom-advertises on the side bar. Google Desktop integrates the information on your gmail account with all of the information stored on your harddrive. in other words, they could have access to any email you've ever written and any content that you've saved on your computer. Hell, google just purchased YouTube, so I'm sure they can easily monitor the content that one posts online. Basically, if Google was the CIA, we'd all be f**ked. I really wouldn't be surprised...

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