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TexasAndroid @ 2010-01-12 10:17:54
TexasAndroid pictureUgly Bird
TexasAndroid @ 2010-01-07 10:23:29
TexasAndroid pictureShadow of North Korean Fighter in flight
I was sorting through the old images for No Longer There images, and the current image clearly shows a plane in this exact spot. Which makes it very interesting to wonder why there was a black "shadow" of a plane previously, but now a fully visible plane. And then there is the issue of whether this is actually a plane in flight, or sitting parked.

If it's in flight, then the only explanation I can think of is that it was edited out of the old imagery, which does not make a lot...
TexasAndroid @ 2009-02-13 13:35:35
TexasAndroid pictureWatch me fall!!
Yeah. The actual falling images appear to have been deleted.
TexasAndroid @ 2008-10-30 09:53:50
TexasAndroid pictureSpanish fishermen protest (30.05.2008)
Very interesting how it's in only the one view. Moving forward and back on the street we get views of the street at an obviously totally different point in time. :)
TexasAndroid @ 2008-10-16 12:36:20
TexasAndroid pictureThe Other World's Largest Bat
It can be seen much, much more clearly in the view from the intersection two clicks to the North.
TexasAndroid @ 2008-07-31 16:21:02
TexasAndroid pictureHerbie the Love Bug
I remember when the new movie was coming out, there was a contest somewhere to win one of these things. The contest announcement specifically said that there were dozens of them used in the making of the movie (the recent remake), and that the one being given away was one of these.

Anyway, the point is that there were quite a few of these used for the movie, not just one.
TexasAndroid @ 2008-07-07 11:39:29
TexasAndroid pictureMoments before Colliding
We've had other sequences where we see the same plane multiple times because of how both it and the camera plane are moving. Not exactly the case here, as those are definitely different planes, but I think something similar may be happening.

Remember, the GMaps are actually a series of many, many images stitched together. We have plenty of examples where it is obvious that adjacent images were taken at signifigantly different times, from Summer/Winter changes to roads with cars...
TexasAndroid @ 2008-06-23 13:47:54
TexasAndroid pictureHouse on fire
Very, very cool
TexasAndroid @ 2008-01-04 14:27:46
TexasAndroid pictureFire Trucks
Very, very nice. :)
TexasAndroid @ 2007-12-19 08:05:16
TexasAndroid pictureQuai de l'horloge
So.... Given the current possible categories, how would you suggest I do categorize this currently? If there's really nothing else that fits, and it was originally posted primarily for it's newsworthyness, and has little signifigance now that it is no longer newsworthy, then I would lean toward putting it into the No Longer There category, the home for maps that are generally no longer useful. But if you can give me a good different category under which to file it, it could likely remain out...
TexasAndroid @ 2007-12-18 09:05:20
TexasAndroid pictureQuai de l'horloge
Anyone know what this is? it's categorized only in the In The News category, but has no More Info link to why it's in the news, or even what it is.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-12-18 08:17:00
TexasAndroid pictureMerle Kilgore's House (former)
Map #40,000 overall!!!!!
TexasAndroid @ 2007-11-05 10:00:05
TexasAndroid pictureDom Fernando II e Gloria
Not here any more. Is she to be found at this other "usually anchored" spot?
TexasAndroid @ 2007-10-15 14:09:49
TexasAndroid picturePeepster, The
Almost due south, around a couple of turns of the building, is a phychedelic looking bus that almost certainly also has a large Peep on it's roof.

Also interesting spinning the view, and seeing where the Peepster is parked. Sometimes out from like in the linked view, sometimes in that little fenced in area to the South.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-10-15 11:29:18
TexasAndroid picturePeepster, The
TexasAndroid @ 2007-10-15 11:26:17
TexasAndroid picturePeepster, The
TexasAndroid @ 2007-10-04 10:12:29
TexasAndroid picturePacking tape over Alaska
This is interesting. First time I can remember such a similar satelite artifact/glitch being in multiple service's images. Very strange.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-09-26 16:27:45
TexasAndroid pictureRussian Icebreaker off the coast of Antarctica
Very cool!
TexasAndroid @ 2007-09-06 07:46:37
TexasAndroid pictureRace car on Walt Disney World Speedway
If you move around the track in the same view direction, you can see what is IMHO likely the same car two more times. It can also be seen in at least one other view in the pits. (Assuming it's all the same car which, while most likely IMHO, is but no means certain.)
TexasAndroid @ 2007-07-27 08:08:12
TexasAndroid pictureAmerica West 'Arizona Cardinals' special livery
TexasAndroid @ 2007-07-24 13:51:03
TexasAndroid pictureMilitary training at Lackland AFB
Not 100% certain that this should count as "Training", but it's definitelty military, and is a cool find in general, so I've given it the benefit of the doubt and given it credit. :)
TexasAndroid @ 2007-07-24 13:47:32
TexasAndroid pictureInflatable bouncy-house
Cool. In the East view you can see it deflated. :)
TexasAndroid @ 2007-07-20 11:25:57
TexasAndroid pictureSouthwest Airlines 'Triple Crown One'
Not just probably the same. AFAIK, except for the Shamu planes, there's only one plane with each of the other Southwest special liveries. (Shamu has three at a time, and I beleive has had at least 5-6 different planes bearing Shamu livery over time.

In general, I enjoy when we can 100% identify the same plane or ship in different places in different times. As kjfitz said, if you are just rotating the BEV view and seeing the plane in the same exact place, but a different angle...
TexasAndroid @ 2007-07-18 15:58:32
TexasAndroid pictureFire Training Exercise
Nice. This was one of the Hunt categories that I was not certain anyone would find, but was definitely hoping would show up. Great find.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-07-17 11:44:39
TexasAndroid pictureOceania Cruise Lines ship "Regatta"
Most likely the Regata, based on the line's web page, but cannot be 100% certain. In the year or so that they list, looking forward only, the only ship of their line to dock in Miami is the Regata, and the Regata docks there fairly regularly. But no way to know for certain that the same pattern held true in the past.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-07-17 11:36:00
TexasAndroid pictureOceania Cruise Lines ship "Regatta"
TexasAndroid @ 2007-07-16 14:23:03
TexasAndroid pictureCrop Duster
Indeed. My first thought upon seeing it was that it might be on the ground. But, no, it has the familiar ghost-twin image that shows motion in these things. Definitely in flight. And the vapor trails cen be seen behind it. :) Very cool.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-07-16 14:11:58
TexasAndroid pictureAmerica West 'Teamwork Coast to Coast' special livery
Apparently this plane is no longer painted with special livery:

TexasAndroid @ 2007-07-13 09:31:18
TexasAndroid pictureCrop Duster
TexasAndroid @ 2007-07-13 07:59:53
TexasAndroid pictureSouthwest Airlines 'New Mexico One'
And there we go. One of the non-Shamu special ones. And someone else submitted another one. Very nice.

I do want to stress that, just because someone found this plane at one location does not make it a duplicate if the same plane is found pictured at a totally different location. I personally like it when we can identify the same plane or boat in multiple locations. :)
TexasAndroid @ 2007-07-12 15:17:22
TexasAndroid pictureSouthwest Airlines 'Shamu' in Las Vegas
Gratz on this one. I do hope someone finds one or more of the other special Southwest planes, but the Shamu ones are certainly the most distinctive from above. (Speaking as someone who has done some hunting for them, and stopped in part so that I would not deplete the possible supply for when this category launched. :))
TexasAndroid @ 2007-06-04 16:01:22
TexasAndroid pictureFerry with bow opened for loading
I'm at work, and use Microsoft Photo Editor for thumbnails. The main thing that changed early this year was I had a PC rollover at work. Old PC went away, new PC replaced it. Still using MPE in old and new cases, but it never occurred to me that I might be using a different default pic type. I'll definitely check, and see if I can set the default back to JPG.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-06-01 15:51:56
TexasAndroid pictureBuilding fire with trucks on scene
Ok. I'm in a quandry here. Let me first say, very neat map.

It'd be cool for the first House Fire and first perfect game in the current hunt. And I'm sure you spend a *lot* of time finding this.

But I have a couple of qualms about approving this for the hunt category in question. First, I'm not sure this is technically a "house". Looks more like a small office or retial building. And secondly, I'm not sure that the fire is still actually in progress. Looks...
TexasAndroid @ 2007-06-01 10:24:58
TexasAndroid pictureStar Cruises ship "Star Libra"
Process of identifying it as the Star Cruises Star Libra:
1) Noted the star shaped logo on the stack
2) Was able to see the ship name on bow enough to see it was "Star ???", but not identify the latter part of the name.
3) On Wikipedia, looked up the list of cruise lines. Looked for a cruise line with "Star" in it's name, as a first guess, and hit right away with Star Cruises. A jump to the Star Cruises page on Wikipedia showed the correct logo, so I had the line...
TexasAndroid @ 2007-06-01 09:37:52
TexasAndroid pictureRoyal Caribbean's 'Monarch of the Seas'
I've gone ahead and named this the Monarch. It's definitely Sovereign class, and of the three Sovereign class ships, the other two work carribean itineraries. Monarch does California/Baja California iteneraries, which put this in the right spot to be the Monarch. Without being able to read the name on the bow, it cannot be 100% certain, but I'm fairly confident that this has to be the Monarch of the Seas.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-06-01 09:02:22
TexasAndroid pictureStar Cruises ship "Star Libra"
I cannot be 100% certain, because I cannot make an absolute identification of the other ship, but I think this is the same ship as is shown on this entry: http://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/22483/

If so, the one in the other entry was named the Norwegian Sea. The N-Sea definitely was renamed and repainted into the Star Libra in 2005. The question is whether that's the N-Sea in the other link. If it's not...
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-30 14:14:30
TexasAndroid pictureChopper close to the water
Link testing. My alternate north view is actually showing the same view as Effi's view, but there is a distinctly different North view with the copper, so link testing:

TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-30 13:55:23
TexasAndroid pictureChopper close to the water
And an East view. At first I thought this view was unrelated, with only the largest boat present, but looking closer in the glare in the water, I'm pretty sure that most of the boats from the other views are still there, just lost in the glare.

TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-30 13:49:28
TexasAndroid pictureChopper close to the water
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-30 13:25:37
TexasAndroid pictureChopper close to the water
Summarizing the views we have so far:

North view, from Effi, that started this all:

My South view of the low level chopper, that is the focus of this map:
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-30 13:21:27
TexasAndroid pictureChopper close to the water
Went looking for the chopper in the west view, and found a slightly different West view of the situation. No real new information, but it's not exactly the same view, as the position of at least one of the boats is different from the West view that Pdunn and I already linked. Including this mostly for completeness as we gather info.

TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-30 13:16:47
TexasAndroid pictureChopper close to the water
I think that's just clouds, not smoke. If you scan to the left and a little down in that view, you'll get a large cloud over the coast. So it's not a totally cloudless day.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-30 13:08:42
TexasAndroid pictureChopper close to the water
Something is definitely happening. I'm pretty much convinced that it's the same chopper in both shots, because the boats also appear to be the same. You have the same boats in at least 3 view, with the chopper in 2 of the three, (Link to the third view of the boats ...
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-30 11:33:33
TexasAndroid pictureMaltese Falcon, The (yacht)
Argh. I was just a few minutes too slow with my submission of this same ship. :) I guess a number of us are scouring the new BeV imagry at La Spezia. Still, a very cool ship. :)
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-23 18:42:22
TexasAndroid pictureAn average vacant lot on an average city block
Go to Maps in the one of the top bars to get to the area for seeing your maps. View in List mode. Number of views is one of the things that shows up in that mode.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-23 14:05:34
TexasAndroid pictureMissile at Universal Studios.
Looks permenant to me as well.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-22 16:20:57
TexasAndroid pictureSouthwest Airlines 'Shamu'
Or maybe not. A picture from the SW website (http://www.southwest.com/images/photo_gallery/shamu2.jpg) shows all three planes with brown backs. If there are only three of them at any one time, then obviously they got repainted at some point to convert the backs from brown to blue, or visa versa. And given that, there's really no way of knowing if the third plane in the separate view with the brown back is...
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-22 16:16:47
TexasAndroid pictureSouthwest Airlines 'Shamu'
So. Two blue backed Shamu planes, and one brown backed one. :)
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-22 16:13:58
TexasAndroid pictureIt's a (Speed) Trap!
Not to remove any of the Cool factor of this one, but I'm not 100% certain he's after speeders. Looking closely at the lanes that he's set up right beside, following them a bit in each direction, and spinning the view at several points, these are definitely reversible lanes. They run one direction at certain times of day, and the other direction at other times.

Now, the most common reversible lanes like this are also HOV lanes. High Occupancy Vehicle lanes. Minimum 2 to 3...
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-22 16:03:59
TexasAndroid pictureGorilla at a Car Dealership
Wheeeeee!!!! Someone finally found a gorilla. How many car dealerships did you have to scour to find that one? :)
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-22 16:01:39
TexasAndroid pictureoops!
Oops indeed. Nice find. :)
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-22 12:39:35
TexasAndroid pictureBig Apple Circus at Bayside Expo Center
Cool. It's always cool to me to see the same item in different locations on different maps, even if it's only a few miles or so appart. :) (We have the same thing on a couple of cruise ships, where we have different shots of the same ship in different ports.)
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-22 12:35:15
TexasAndroid pictureBaltimore Nipper
Descision by Nic has been made to count this one, and come back to the category next time, trying to be a bit more clear as to what is intended.

As for what next, I've asked Nic to re-add the Hunt category to this one if he can. If he can do so, then we are good to go. (The moderators like me can remove Hunt categories, but not add them to existing maps) If he cannot add it for whatever reason, we'll need you to resubmit it to get it back in the category. But let's give him a...
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-21 22:46:59
TexasAndroid pictureBaltimore Nipper
I used the word "humanoid", not "human". The rabbit is definitely humanoid. The chicken head is in someone's living room. I have no idea what that one is supposed to mean.

The category says "Muffler Man" style. And it links directly to the Muffler Man page on the other site. I very specifically said "style" to open it up to the entire collection that RoadsideAmerica tracks there. The purpose of this category is to get people to track down more of those style figures. I...
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-21 14:25:47
TexasAndroid pictureHorse race
Not 100% certain if they are "racing", or just out for a ride, but willing to again give the benefit of the doubt. :)
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-21 14:14:36
TexasAndroid pictureInflatible man
The mods have debated this one. It's hard to tell if it's an inflatable, as the category lists, or a permenent fiberglass figure. Since we cannot determine, we'll give the submitter the benefit of the doubt and leave this one in the hunt. :)
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-21 14:01:48
TexasAndroid pictureVigili Fuoco Piacenza
Yeah. This was another one of my suggested categories. I specified ladder trucks to make them a little more specifically identifiable.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-05-21 11:56:00
TexasAndroid pictureBaltimore Nipper
I have removed this map fromt eh Muffler Man scavenger hunt category. While it's a nice figure, the category is intended for a much more specific type of figure. Basically, the type of things that RoadsideAmerica.com tracks in their Muffler Man category, as linked to in the scavenger hunt category. There are a number of varients that RA tracks, but one key similarity is that all are humanoid. Part of the reason why this category is 2 points is that a lot of these figures have already been...
TexasAndroid @ 2007-03-05 11:30:22
TexasAndroid picture"Cruise Missile" in Flight
Looking at Google Sightseeing, they comment that it's actually a plane with black wings that blend in with the trees. And a closer look shows that to be true. Oh, well. Still looks cool.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-03-05 11:26:40
TexasAndroid picture"Cruise Missile" in Flight
Very Cool!!

With the contrail behind, and the normal movement ghosting artifact above, this is definitely in motion, not just sitting on the ground. Very, very cool.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-02-20 17:54:51
TexasAndroid pictureMoonlight Tower
Don't remember the exact name, haven't lived in Austin for a number of years, but I'm pretty sure that huge building is the local convention center.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-02-02 11:00:52
TexasAndroid pictureAlamodome
Interesting that the LL BEV pics are from Fall 2005. You can tell, because the dome is decked out for the Saints, who played several games in the dome while displaced because of Katrina.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-02-01 07:56:52
TexasAndroid pictureMargravial Opera House
No idea why the Live Local link was malfunctioning. The system was able to get the info from the link to generate a GMaps link, and I've replaced the LL link with the GMaps one. That appears to be working.
TexasAndroid @ 2007-01-24 15:49:21
TexasAndroid pictureStrange Sign
Just noting that this is not GE only. If you zoom way in, you can see it in GMaps as well. I've updated the URL to the close zoom.
TexasAndroid @ 2006-09-28 14:04:42
TexasAndroid pictureLouisiana Superdome after Katrina
All the katrina imagry was removed a while back. That's why the entry is in the No Longer There category.
TexasAndroid @ 2006-07-23 13:10:08
TexasAndroid pictureUnderwater Explosion
I would guess it's either a water intake or outlet from the nearby plant. But that's totally a guess.
TexasAndroid @ 2006-07-19 12:36:51
TexasAndroid pictureAloha Stadium
Nice catch. Very interesting. It's a convertable stadium, with movable stands. :)

From the More Info link:
The stands are movable, first of its kind in the USA. The stands are moved by air cushions into different configurations (football, baseball and concert configurations).
TexasAndroid @ 2006-07-19 12:32:05
TexasAndroid pictureBalleroy castle
I just do not understand these cases where they replace good, high rez areas with low rez.
TexasAndroid @ 2006-07-13 13:28:56
TexasAndroid pictureMiller Park
Needs new thumbnail. Now in high rez.
TexasAndroid @ 2006-07-05 14:49:50
TexasAndroid pictureBoatlaunch Offshore Barbados
New thumbnail needed. Now in high rez.
TexasAndroid @ 2006-06-30 09:28:00
TexasAndroid pictureBig Blue Boat (& 3 small tugs) in port d'Alger
I've tagged it as a Ferry for now, because of what appears to me to be a vehicle loading dock at the back of the vessel. If anyone knows better, please speak up.
TexasAndroid @ 2006-06-30 08:43:37
TexasAndroid pictureAmpudia castle
Nah. This is *Virtual* Globetrotting. So you've won a *virtual* trip to all the places you've posted. You can pick up your prize at the GE KML links. :)
TexasAndroid @ 2006-06-30 08:17:01
TexasAndroid pictureAmpudia castle
Map number 20,000!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats. :)
TexasAndroid @ 2006-06-29 16:26:46
TexasAndroid pictureColorful lakes in the Khara-Tumas Peninsula
Colorization has changed in the latest update. Now no longer blue, suggestign to me at least that the previous purple color was an image artifact.
TexasAndroid @ 2006-06-29 13:43:37
TexasAndroid pictureFrozen Lake, North Canada
No longer frozen
TexasAndroid @ 2006-06-28 15:30:25
TexasAndroid pictureDíli City - East Timor capital
Fires gone since recent update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-06-28 13:06:54
TexasAndroid pictureRAF Grimsetter (Kirkwall Airport)
Gone now. Obscured totally by a cloudbank. (Yeah, I know it's still under there, but it's no longer visible at all. :)
TexasAndroid @ 2006-06-28 12:25:09
TexasAndroid picturePush ups in prison
Except this is not what that is for. The GE icon is for when things are in high rez in GE, but low rez in GM. In this particular case you case still see the guy in GM, it just takes GE to get the super high rez thumb.
TexasAndroid @ 2006-06-28 12:23:30
TexasAndroid pictureHardy-Anders Field Natchez-Adams County Airport
New thumbnail needed. Now in high rez.
TexasAndroid @ 2006-06-28 12:18:02
TexasAndroid picturePush ups in prison
They likely use Google Earth, where you can get 1-2 levels of zoom better than you can in G-Maps on the really detailed images.
TexasAndroid @ 2006-06-12 08:50:13
TexasAndroid pictureCobb Field
Map 19,000!!! :)
TexasAndroid @ 2006-06-09 08:16:42
TexasAndroid pictureAirplane over Winkton
Anyone know what type of craft this is? It has a fairly unique body shape, sompared with most of the others around the site.
TexasAndroid @ 2006-06-06 09:22:03
TexasAndroid picturePlatform in harbour
Gone as of the latest update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-06-06 09:15:20
TexasAndroid pictureShip with floating barrier around it
Gone as of the most recent update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-04-28 08:47:57
TexasAndroid pictureClouds in Athens
Gone after last update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-04-28 08:44:14
TexasAndroid pictureCloud Glitch
Cleaned up in latest update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-04-28 08:40:43
TexasAndroid pictureBlack Hole in Siberia
Cleaned up in latest update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-04-28 08:38:40
TexasAndroid pictureLens Flares
Cleaned up in latest update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-04-28 08:37:52
TexasAndroid pictureLens Flare
Cleaned up in latest update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-04-28 08:36:26
TexasAndroid pictureLens Flare
Cleaned up in latest update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-04-28 08:35:19
TexasAndroid pictureImage seam error
Cleaned up in latest update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-04-28 08:34:04
TexasAndroid pictureGhost Planes
Cleaned up in latest update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-04-28 08:32:52
TexasAndroid pictureFull riverbed/Almost empty riverbed
Cleaned up in latest update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-04-28 08:30:47
TexasAndroid picturePart of a boat
Cleaned up in latest update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-04-28 08:29:34
TexasAndroid pictureOvau Island with half missing
Cleaned up in latest update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-04-28 08:28:30
TexasAndroid pictureOops. Bad alignment.
Cleaned up in latest update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-04-28 08:27:59
TexasAndroid pictureOld Photo Shadow
Cleaned up in latest update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-04-28 08:26:24
TexasAndroid pictureMixed Perspectives
Cleaned up in latest update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-04-28 08:24:33
TexasAndroid pictureTear in map and odd rainbow effect
Cleaned up in latest update
TexasAndroid @ 2006-04-28 08:20:31
TexasAndroid pictureQuarter cloud over Zagreb
Cleaned up in latest update