Links: Joshua Slocum, Chemical Brothers, Other Links

I’m in London this week visiting with moderators of the Google Earth Community (GEC), and other bloggers like Keir Clarke of GoogleMapsMania, and Stefan Geens of OgleEarth. On Sunday I got to see parts of the Red Bull air race on the Thames. Met up with Keir and Barry Hunter of Nearby. Yesterday we got to visit the Google London offices (only they didn’t let us bloggers wander around very much for some reason). I’ve been visiting many places in London I’d previously only visited through GE. Expect a post about the visit sometime after I get back. In the meantime, here are a few items of note:

  • Joshua Slocum – The classic 19th century book “Sailing Alone Around the World” is a favorite of sailors (or wannabes). Someone named ‘osprey_lightning’ at the GEC has finally posted a KML file showing the route of Spray (the name of the boat) as Joshua made the first solo circumnavigation. This is going to be one of my new favorite GE files. [UPDATE Here is a video describing the KML file by its author. Thanks to ‘danescombe’ for the tip.

  • Chemical Brothers – The music group has made the news with a “global video project” centered around the theme of their new singled “Midnight Madness“. They are having a contest to see who can make the most interesting video somehow using Google Earth. I’m wondering if Google is somehow involved, or if they are just attempting to ride the coattails of Google Earth popularity? I think its a cool idea – especially if you’re trying to get the attention of the tech world.

  • Other links – Stefan at OgleEarth does a great job of rounding up a bunch of news I’ve not had time to write about myself. Definitely some noteworthy items there.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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