Notes From Google Earth...and the Antikythera Mechanism
turbotodd 100000388Y Visits (2055)
I had two whole lunches and a breakfast at the Google cafeteria in Mountain View during my visit there late last week. Fine Indian cuisine one day, veggie pizza the next.
Yes, it was umm, umm, good, but I might as well have been traversing Grand Central Station, so many people were flooding the cafeteria at once.
My recommendation: Stagger lunches using the Google Calendar, kinda like back in grade school.
Failing that, they may need a new Google HR job posting: Official Google Human Lunch Traffic Controller.
While at the Mountain View campus, I saw the place where Googlers can get their oil changed during the workday. I also witnessed an RV parked off to one side where you can get your haircut.
Hey, Google's got nothin' on the IBM Austin site -- we have putt putt!
I had a good visit while there (and no earthquakes!), made some new friends (both from Google and other customers), and gained a few insights, although I can't say as the kimono got opened too wide in terms of either future products or strategic direction.
Then again, that's what Twitter is for.
I did learn that Lenovo has a killer Olympics iGoogle page that brings together in a single view some excellent Olympics Widgets (including a Lenovo blogs widget, a map of the Torch Relay's final throes, and Google maps of the Olympic venues in Beijing. What, no Beijing Pollution-ometer?)
It seems we've come a long way from the games of the ancient Greeks, whose Antikythera Mechanism helped the original Olympians predict sonar and lunar eclipses so that they could set the dates for the original Olympic games.
Me, I don't need no stinkin' two thousand year old computer to tell me which way the sun rises!
No, while in Kal-ee-forn-i-a I got myself a deep dive on Google Earth with one of that team's engineers, where I learned about layers and Wikimapia (think Wikipedia for maps).
So be sure to keep an eye for Turbo-induced solar eclipses in the virtual realm as we approach the start of the 2008 Olympiad.
That opposition you'll see between Mars and Neptune towards the middle of the month?
Don't worry, Chicken Little, the sky ain't falling (although there may be some unavoidable particulate matter).
No, that's just me pushing pins on the Hercules family of constellations in Google Earth "Sky" mode.
Next stop? Ptolemy's geocentric star maps from the Almagest!