Sunday, November 27, 2011

Google Street View Weirdness

I've been using Google Maps with Street View to take some virtual tours of places I haven't visited in a long time to see what's changed. It's fun and a lot cheaper than a plane ticket.

I was virtually strolling around Avignon when I stopped to change directions and saw this (click on image to see larger version):

I know the gentleman on the left there is nothing more than the victim of a camera glitch, but usually the stretchy shadows and echoes vanish once you stop moving the viewer. This time it didn't, so the guy looks like he's melting into the sidewalk. Very Daliesque and uberweird -- and sparked an idea for a cool story that I can't write until I finish all my deadlines so I am now staying far, far away from Google Street View.

Aaron Hobson has a nice collection of beautiful landscapes here; likewise screen-shot while he was playing with Google Street View (like swiped from Gerard over at The Presurfer.)


  1. bluebamboo9:04 AM

    Whoa, that's not what I saw at all...I saw something coming out to get him.

    Interesting, thanks!

  2. I guess I need to pay closer attention to the people in Google street view! :lol: And I'd really love to read the story when you're done.

    Very cool!

  3. Immediately plot bunnies started bouncing around my head. Grumble. I wish they'd go away!

    Thanks for the reminder to use google maps. Very cool

  4. That's a cool idea (revisiting old haunts via Google maps).

    The image sparked a couple of ideas over here too!

    Hmmm... witnessing the spontaneous generation of a man on the street as he slides into this plane?