Monday, May 28, 2007
Google Earth Is F*cking Cool.
During our trip to Paris I used Google Maps quite a bit to locate shops, restaurants, galleries, etc. that we wanted to visit. Just today, I figured out what the My Maps feature (f*cking cool in its own right) was all about and began to make a map of the places we visited on our trip (beginning with the restaurants and our hotel) for my Mom to referrence when she’s in Paris in a couple of weeks.
While I was making this map I noticed a button just above the map labeled, ‘KML’. Intrigued, I clicked it and a file was produced and downloaded to my desktop labeled with the title of my map, Paris, and the suffix, .kml. Having no idea what a .kml file was, I clicked it. No luck – “Application not found”. So, I googled, “What is .kml?” and found this. I immediately proceeded to download Google Earth and have been zooming around Paris and St. Louis ever since. A deeply interactive virtual globe, Google Earth is a genuinely amazing resource, tool and toy.
Here is a user created demonstration of some of the capability – an 8 minute tour around the globe.