I’m a big fan of unrelated bits of knowledge that clog up your brain function and sidetrack you from basic daily tasks. That’s why I was highly excited when I heard about some of the ocean-related new features in Google Earth 5. I can follow the migrational paths of sharks? Excellent. I can examine coral reefs in the Red Sea? Awesome. I didn’t even know they HAD coral over there.
Very highly excited, I downloaded the new version and set about trying to figure out how to key into that whole shark-tracking thing. Usually I am a somewhat tech-savvy person, a bit of a nerd but not so much so that I can’t talk other than in geek speak. However, the search function on this program gave me no help finding the sharkies and made me feel consistently dumb. I mean, how does shark migration get linked to data on shark attacks? I mean, I know the shark has to be in the area ot bite, but still – one is delightful knowledge, the other is potentially painful. As Seth Rosenblatt mentioned “For Google to fail so hard with its search algorithms is like Ford failing to stay on top of developing car tech.” Eventually I just scrolled around coastlines looking for something good, and eventually came across a shark icon, which gave me this. Hurrah!
I especially enjoyed the little ocean floor ‘swim with me’ video that allows you to view at least some of what teh shark would’ve seen while swimming.
Finally, I have yet to explore the Mars maps, but they look interesting, as does all the good ol’ night sky stuff. I look forward to spending future days pondering the available information, really delving in, and hopefully eventually being mroe able to instantly find what I want.