Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cool Google Earth Shots Of The Day

I was playing with Google Earth the other night and started looking up famous landmarks. I must say -- pretty cool stuff. Click any pic for a better view.

Mt. St. Helens


Stonehenge. ('Tis a magic place, where the moon doth rise with a dragon's face.)

Eiffel Tower

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Taj Mahal, India (home of Dell customer service)

The Great Pyramids

A segment of the Panama Canal

The Teton Range

Sydney Harbour, with the Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Hollywood Sign

The Parthenon, Greece

Ellis Island

Temple Mount, Jerusalem

Niagara Falls

Machu Picchu, Peru ("The Lost City Of The Incas")

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

Arc De Triomphe, Paris

Venice, Italy

Colosseum, Rome

Diamondhead Crater, Hawaii

Google Earth gives you the option to have the program superimpose 3-D illustrations of buildings over its satellite photos, which comes in handy when the angle of objects in the photo does not match your viewing angle, as seen in this shot of the Statue Of Liberty without 3-D.

The same shot (almost) with the 3-D enabled. I'm not sure which is the lesser of two evils: one is weird and one is fake. But it's a small complaint.

Another example...

The fountain pool at the Bellagio in Las Vegas without 3-D enabled.

And a wider shot of the Vegas Strip in 3-D.

London, with Big Ben in 3-D

Devil's Tower, Wyoming (from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind) in 3-D

St. Louis Arch (3-D)

Classic 80s Music Video Of The Day: Cruisin'

Who remembers this one? Today was the first time I'd heard it in probably 20 years, but the chorus will roll through my brain every now and again: "Lucy and Ramona, and their brother Sunset Sam." The song came out in 1979 but it's more an '80s tune to me than a '70s tune.

Yes, that's Michael Nesmith from "The Monkees." He did a lot of stuff after The Monkees.

Homer Simpson's Words Of Wisdom Of The Day

From Sheila and Updated with your additions from the last time I ran this.

When will I learn? The answers to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle - they're on TV!

Bingo! I love that game, but I can't remember what to say when you win.

Ah, beer. The cause of and the solution to all of life's problems.

What's the point of going out? We're just going to wind up back here anyway.

Lisa, vampires are make believe, like elves, gremlins, and Eskimos.

Save me, Jeebus!

Facts are meaningless - you could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!

I'm not impressed easily. Wow! A blue car!

Well, crying isn't gonna bring him back, unless your tears smell like dog food.

I don't hate your mother, I just won't be sad when she dies.

How is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain - remember when I took that home winemaking course, and I forgot how to drive?

Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'Sir' without adding, 'You/re making a scene'. there anything they can't do?

Trying is the first step toward failure.

Because they're stupid, that's why. That's why everybody does everything!

You know those balls that they put on car antennas so you can find them in the parking lot? Those should be on every car!

When I look at the smiles on all the children's faces, I just know they're about to jab me with something.

It's like something out of that "twilighty" show about that zone.

Marge, you being a cop makes you the man - which makes me the woman; and I have no interest in that, besides occasionally wearing the underwear, which (as we discussed) is strictly a comfort thing.

It's not easy to juggle a pregnant wife and a troubled child, but somehow I managed to fit in eight hours of TV a day.

English? Who needs that? I'm never going to England!

I like my beer cold, my TV loud, and my homosexuals flaming.

Without our immigrants, who will kick our field goals, or train our white tigers?

Oh no! What have I done? I smashed open my little boy's piggy bank, and for what? A few measly cents, not even enough to buy one beer. Wait a minute, lemme count and make sure...not even close!

Or what? You'll release the dogs? Or the bees? Or the dogs with bees in their mouth and when they bark they shoot bees at you?

You're saying butt-kisser like it's a bad thing!

Well, let's just call them, uh, Mr. X and Mrs. Y. So anyway, Mr. X would say, 'Marge, if this doesn't get your motor running, my name isn't Homer J. Simpson.'

Those guys were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

Extended warranty? How can I lose?

Hey, I asked for ketchup - I'm eatin' salad here!

I think Mr. Smithers picked me for my motivational skills. Everyone always says they have to work twice as hard when I'm around!

Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand!

I'm trying to fix your mother's camera. Easy, easy - Hmmm. I think I need a bigger drill.

You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is 'never try'.

Oh, everything's too damned expensive these days. Like this Bible. It cost 15 bucks! And talk about a preachy book! Everybody's a sinner! Except this guy.

Don't let Krusty's death get you down, boy. People die all the time, just like that. Why, you could wake up dead tomorrow! Well, good night!

If you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now, quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers!

You couldn't fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine.

Go ahead and play the blues if it'll make you happy.

I'm a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are.

With $10,000, we'd be millionaires! We could buy all kinds of useful things like... love!

All right, let's not panic. I'll make the money by selling one of my livers. I can get by with one.

Woo hoo! 350 dollars! Now I can buy 70 transcripts of Nightline!

Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything. 14% of people know that.

When I held that gun in my hand, I felt a surge of power - like God must feel when he's holding a gun.

You know boys, a nuclear reactor is a lot like women. You just have to read the manual and press the right button.

We'll die together, like a father and son should.

Son, a woman is a lot like a... a refrigerator! They're about six feet tall, 300 pounds. They make ice, and... um... Oh, wait a minute. Actually, a woman is more like a beer.

Now, Marge, don't discourage the boy. Weaseling out of things is what separates us from the animals. Except the weasel.

You can't go wrong with cocktail weenies. They look as good as they taste. And they come in this delicious red sauce. It looks like ketchup, it tastes like ketchup, but brother, it ain't ketchup!

I'm normally not a praying man, but if you're up there, please save me, Superman!

Oh, they have Internet on computers now.

Books are useless: I only ever read one book, "To Kill A Mockingbird" - and it gave me absolutely no insight on how to kill mockingbirds! Sure it taught me not to judge a man by the color of his skin, but what good does THAT do me?

Shut up, brain, or I'll stab you with a Q-Tip!

I am so smart, I am so smart, S M R T, I mean S M A R T.

I saw this movie about a bus that had to SPEED around a city, keeping its SPEED over fifty, and if its SPEED dropped, it would explode! I think it was called "The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down." (Samsmama)

If there's a better use for the Internet, I haven't found it! (after Homer creates his website and uses it to spread only innuendo and gossip...) (Juicy S. Trixx)

"How could you?! Haven’t you learned anything from that guy who gives those sermons at church? Captain Whatshisname? We live in a society of laws! Why do you think I took you to all those Police Academy movies? For fun? Well, I didn’t hear anybody laughing, did you? Except at that guy who made sound effects. Makes sound effects and laughs. Where was I? Oh yeah! Stay out of my booze." (Josh)

Why won't those stupid idiots let me in their crappy club for jerks! (Stephaknee)

Lord help me, Marge--I'm just not that bright. (Siress Yorkie)

Oh Margie, you came and you brought me a turkey, on my vacation from workey. (Seth D.)

If something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing. (hockeyjen)

Classic Vid Of The Day: The Assumption Song

Reminds me of that shaving cream song we used to hear as kids.


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