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May. 13th, 2011

03:29 pm - Google Sun In My Eyes

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It's amazing. I'm using Google Street View to find gas stations along my road-trip route to Anthrocon, which I do by means of a simple set of steps:

1. Scroll along the route in Google Maps, looking for promising-looking freeway exits. "Promising-looking" means there are buildings nearby that may be gas stations.
2. Find one. Drag the little yellow Google Street View homunculus onto the crossing road near the buildings.
3. When the Google Street View imagery pops up, pan around in it looking for gas stations: brightly-colored canopies over gas pumps, familiar signs that say "Shell" or "Chevron" or whatever.

Sometimes the Street View photos were taken late in the day, and the sun is low enough in the sky to appear in the panorama, washing out part of it with a huge white cloud of glare. The amazing thing is that as this cloud of glare goes by as I'm panning around, I cannot help squinting as if it were the real sun.

It's not the real sun, of course. It's physically no brighter to look at than the white background of this LiveJournal text field I'm typing in. Yet I squint at it (and not at this text field). Sometimes I even catch myself raising my hand to my eyes to block it out! HISSSS! The day-star, it burns us! BUT WAIT IT'S FAKE, WTF, BRAIN?

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From:deckardcanine
Date:May 13th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
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I've noticed the same inclination in myself. You know how eyes are. Put a gray square inside a thick black border and an identical square inside a thick white border; if you don't look close, they'll seem different shades of gray.
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From:nefaria
Date:May 14th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
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I usually use my Garmin when I'm running low on gas in strange territory. I have to be careful in places like central Pennsylvania, sometimes the exits lead to roads with no gas stations at all.
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From:woyro
Date:May 22nd, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
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i'm actually ON Google street view!

enter 654 Monroe Ave, 14607 (Rochester, NY)

the fat little postman in his postal shorts who is standing between 2 white cars is me!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:May 22nd, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Cool! Although your head and torso are blurred out.

In some neighborhood in Britain somewhere, you can see these two guys in the Street View imagery, following the Google car around in an SUV and stopping to pose for the camera. :}
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:May 22nd, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
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Ooo, and even better than that is these two crazy Norwegians in scuba gear!
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