World Oceans Day – This is a good thing – the UN has declared today World Oceans Day. I like the idea of “Wear Blue Tell Two” – wear something blue and tell two people something about the oceans they don’t know. Google is doing their part at least by releasing a cool collection of Google Earth files telling people about the ocean. I like the one that shows you where plastic trash would end up if you dropped it somewhere in the ocean (based on currents/winds). And, if you haven’t loaded Google Earth in a while, Google Earth 5 came out in February with a wealth of information about the oceans and lets you see the oceans like never before.
Did you know the world’s coral reefs are dying? Read more from NASA here.
3D Design Competition – Today is also Frank Lloyd Wright’s 142nd birthday. In honor of this, Google and the Guggenheim have announced a new 3D competition called Design It: Shelter Competition. According to Google’s announcement: “…the competition is inspired by Wright’s assignment for his apprentices at Taliesin: If you wanted to study to be an architect with Wright, you had to design and build a shelter in the desert outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Then you had to live and study in it.” Deadline is August 23rd. Watch the video for an overview. Speaking of 3D – Google also featured another modeler who has contributed to the 3D Warehouse.
By the way, it would be cool if someone created a collection of placemarks of locations where you can see 3D models of Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Google Earth. Here’s a thread of placemarks showing locations.
New Imagery Tour Idea – Last week Microsoft came out with a slick tour of some of their latest new imagery for Virtual Earth … err I mean Live Local Maps… err I mean Bing Maps (the latest name). As soon as I saw it, I realized Google should be doing tours of their new imagery (like the one that came out Saturday). Using the new Tour mode in Google Earth, you could really show off new imagery (and 3D Terrain) in a snazzy way – you could even add some nice background music while you watch GE fly from place to place. It could be even cooler than Microsoft’s! 🙂 Google recently started doing 3D tours for 3D models – so why not the imagery and terrain?