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romulusnr @ 2012-08-08 12:49:59
romulusnr pictureDavid & Arlene Page's House
Oh wow. Arlene "Tuny" Page is my cousin (once removed).
romulusnr @ 2012-07-30 11:55:14
romulusnr pictureHomomonument
And the reason for that is because the word "homo" has not been used as a derogatory slur in Netherlands as it has in the U.S.

From Wikipedia:
"The word homo occurs in many other languages without the pejorative connotations it has in English"

If this monument were called, for example, "Flikkermonument", or "Pottenmonument", however, there *would* be stadiums of angry Dutch gays and allies -- "flikker" and "potten" are Dutch slurs for gay, whereas "homo" has...
romulusnr @ 2010-04-06 10:25:55
romulusnr pictureJuly 12 2007 - US Helicopters Kill Reuters Journalists, 2 Children Wounded
Thanks! :) I'm around, just overcommitted.
romulusnr @ 2010-04-06 09:18:18
romulusnr pictureJuly 12 2007 - US Helicopters Kill Reuters Journalists, 2 Children Wounded
admin: bing imagery was yahoo not bing, sry
romulusnr @ 2009-07-08 15:01:00
romulusnr pictureCoffee Pot-shaped Building
romulusnr @ 2008-09-02 13:27:52
romulusnr pictureDom Sovetov Pridnestrovskiy
:) It's hard to get the scoop on the unexplored places these days.
romulusnr @ 2008-07-22 14:36:59
romulusnr pictureAflandshage
Actually now via LL-BEV I see what looks like an AN/FRD array northwest of the central compound.

And the second radome is a much smaller one right next to the large white one.

In addition in the fields to the east are what look like LF/VLF arrays; one star array and two parallel arrays of different lengths.
romulusnr @ 2008-07-22 14:23:44
romulusnr picture'News 3' / 'SRP' in field
Yahoo caught up to LL-BEV.
romulusnr @ 2008-06-18 23:33:38
romulusnr pictureFormer AN/FLR-9 site HFDF in Italy
CENSORED in Live Local! Compare the base area in different engines
romulusnr @ 2008-06-18 23:22:31
romulusnr pictureAN/FLR-9, Ramasun Station, Thailand
Also thanks to oliverd with helping find the proper location.
romulusnr @ 2007-12-03 12:33:46
romulusnr pictureTrain Ferry being Loaded
This ferry route is mainland America's connection to the Alaska Railroad.
romulusnr @ 2007-09-26 13:04:58
romulusnr pictureStrange Circles

The pipeline ran from Rixford PA to Bayonne NJ. There is a forthcoming documentary on the Tidewater Pipeline.
romulusnr @ 2007-09-26 13:00:11
romulusnr pictureStrange Circles
Industrial Directory of New Jersey, 1918:

"There is also a pumping station of the Tidewater Pipe Line Co., at which 7 men are employed".

romulusnr @ 2007-09-26 12:48:33
romulusnr pictureStrange Circles
TopoZone calls the spot a "tank farm" and shows dots where the circles are.
romulusnr @ 2007-09-26 12:20:03
romulusnr pictureStrange Circles has this spot labeled as "Tidewater Oil Pump Station"®ion=High%20Bridge&lid=1132802
romulusnr @ 2007-09-26 12:17:04
romulusnr pictureStrange Circles
The circles are orderly -- either in a triangular pattern or aligned along the river. Looks like there were once storage tanks (or silos?) there. Vegetation clustered around the edges of the tanks before the tanks were removed, and since then vegetation and has taken over the spots. If my theory holds, this has been quite a while since it looks like either the structures were dirt-floored or else erosion has caused the dirt to cover them up. One of the circles has a hatch-mark appearance in its...
romulusnr @ 2007-09-26 11:56:19
romulusnr pictureShwedagon Paya
Add In The News.
romulusnr @ 2007-09-24 11:10:57
romulusnr pictureVIP speaking at South Carolina State House
romulusnr @ 2007-09-24 11:10:43
romulusnr pictureVIP speaking at South Carolina State House
Could it have been this?
romulusnr @ 2007-09-24 10:47:27
romulusnr pictureSeattle Ferry
Is this the Bremerton or Bainbridge ferry?
romulusnr @ 2007-08-01 11:43:18
romulusnr picture'News 3' / 'SRP' in field
In current LL BEV the field reads "Arizona's Family", another reference to KTVK.
romulusnr @ 2007-08-01 11:39:37
romulusnr picture'News 3' / 'SRP' in field
That "News 3" logo was used by KTVK between 2003 and 2005.
romulusnr @ 2007-08-01 11:38:45
romulusnr pictureOprah Maze
The current LL BEV thumb is of Jay Leno and says "Arizona
romulusnr @ 2007-07-30 16:14:01
romulusnr pictureMidway Drive-In
Actually it's gone now.
romulusnr @ 2007-02-06 01:20:21
romulusnr pictureGranary Burying Ground
Tourist fiction for the Granary ground suggests that Mary Goose, who is buried here, was "the real Mother Goose". This dubious story continues to fuel the long-running mystery about the author.
romulusnr @ 2007-01-16 16:17:15
romulusnr pictureBlue Whale Skeleton
it looks like the ribs are on the ground waiting to be put into place, only the top ones are in.
romulusnr @ 2007-01-04 16:48:07
romulusnr pictureOdd Markings Near Djibouti
I'd by that for the circles, but that doesn't explain the brooms.
romulusnr @ 2007-01-02 14:37:49
romulusnr pictureSedan Crater
romulusnr @ 2006-12-31 12:37:09
romulusnr pictureUnion Station (Denver)
Add city name to title? There are Union Station's everywhere.
romulusnr @ 2006-12-18 19:22:14
romulusnr pictureQwest Field with WSU game in progress
I read on the GE blogs that someone compared the play being shown with the play-by-play of the two games, and determined it to be the 2002 game. Sometime i'll find the link...
romulusnr @ 2006-12-18 17:35:39
romulusnr pictureAttack Formation
That must be similar to why Seattlites know no reason to cross Lake Washington or the Duwamish.
romulusnr @ 2006-12-14 15:06:44
romulusnr picture2002-12-16 - Crash aftermath due to landing-gear failure
Here's the crash report:
Seattle Times story on the crash:
Wikipedia article on the plane model:
romulusnr @ 2006-12-12 15:28:00
romulusnr pictureBurned down warehouse
I think they are lettered sequentially. shows a rendered model of a warehouse design matching the burned (and neighboring) building, and calling it "the K and L warehouses project at Bonneuil."
romulusnr @ 2006-12-12 14:41:12
romulusnr pictureChina - Hong Kong border crossing
Current imagery shows completed construction.
romulusnr @ 2006-12-11 14:37:49
romulusnr pictureQwest Field with WSU game in progress
OK, I guess not.

But. Seahawks Stadium was renamed Qwest Field in June 2004. If we assume that the roof was re-painted before September of that year, then this game (with "Seahawks Stadium" on the roof) is either 2002 or 2003. That makes it either the Aug 31, 2002 game against Nevada or the Aug 30, 2003 game against Idaho.
romulusnr @ 2006-12-11 14:26:15
romulusnr pictureQwest Field with WSU game in progress
Wouldn't that make it the Apple Cup, when they play UW?
romulusnr @ 2006-12-11 14:04:33
romulusnr pictureLarge Concentric Circles in the desert
Actually TZ doesn't have the circles or the diagonal road running southeast from it, so these are newer than 1989.
romulusnr @ 2006-12-11 14:01:38
romulusnr pictureLarge Concentric Circles in the desert
Point is off a bit, I get 34.229612,-116.334196 in GM and TZ
romulusnr @ 2006-12-11 13:53:54
romulusnr picture2006-12-04 - Kim family found
And what's interesting about this to me is that, after I heard initial corrections that the car had been "6.3 miles further", I went to Google Pedometer, measured the road carefully, and got this same spot.
romulusnr @ 2006-12-06 01:36:32
romulusnr picture"Snow" covered craters on the Galapagos
Fixed now.
romulusnr @ 2006-12-06 01:30:12
romulusnr pictureCensored Noordwijk
The trippiest (and most effective) blur-out to date.
romulusnr @ 2006-11-22 17:00:31
romulusnr pictureDestroyed Iraqi Air Base
You can see the remains of the plane bombed at the end of the video, near the "crossroads" of the secondary runway and a taxiway that cuts through it.
romulusnr @ 2006-11-22 16:59:37
romulusnr pictureDestroyed Iraqi Air Base
This is almost certainly the "H2" airfield. This was attacked on March 31, 2003. This airfield's anti-aircraft had fired on allied planes patrolling the "No-Fly Zone" prior to the 2003 invasion. It was also the source of SCUD attacks on Israel during the 1991 war.

Here's video of this field being bombed:

romulusnr @ 2006-11-22 15:44:02
romulusnr pictureBurned down warehouse
This is either Warehouse K or Warehouse L, judging by the shape.
romulusnr @ 2006-11-22 15:33:21
romulusnr pictureSuspension roof on a bulk reservoir
A stumper. Mina is the city where pilgrims reside during the Hajj, maybe this is a large tent used for some ritual, but I can't find one that happens there or what these hills are named.
romulusnr @ 2006-11-22 13:03:58
romulusnr pictureVOR/DME antenna array
romulusnr @ 2006-11-21 16:00:27
romulusnr picturePrison Cemetery
Come for the bodies, stay for the rodeo!
romulusnr @ 2006-11-17 23:55:48
romulusnr pictureStade Mohamed Benhaddad
This is just south of an area marked as Kouba on a 1965 map. That means this could be the Stade Omar Benhaddad:
romulusnr @ 2006-11-17 22:05:54
romulusnr pictureOdd Markings Near Djibouti
Military. Note the military aircraft in the compound to the northwest, just south of the west end of the airport. Also note that the compound with the shapes is surrounded by multiple fences with periodic guard stations.

This area is Camp Lemonier, a the US anti-terror HQ in the Horn of Africa. ...
romulusnr @ 2006-11-14 01:41:21
romulusnr pictureMenwith Hill Listening Station
It looks like the PUSHER is just south of the running track. It looks abandoned.
romulusnr @ 2006-11-10 16:55:27
romulusnr pictureMountainside logos
In the center, translated, the words are "Always Ready" and "We Will Win". The coat of arms is the symbol of the Ministry of Defense; a llama, tree, and cornucopia.

One over to the NE, an MTU-20 is a bridge-laying tank, used in assaults, and of Russian origin.

Two over to the NE, the sun and sword is the symbol of the Peru Army.

One over to the SW, the word above the tank is "Armored".

Two over to the SW, the crest there is a mystery...
romulusnr @ 2006-10-11 13:25:42
romulusnr pictureClear cutting the forrests
Given the shapes and location I wonder if it could be related to illicit trades, as discussed at
romulusnr @ 2006-10-11 11:54:05
romulusnr picture320th and Pacific Highway
Better cache of the statefarm page:
Pls update More Info link.
romulusnr @ 2006-09-09 12:37:08
romulusnr pictureDrawbridge up
Tacoma's 11th Street Bridge, not to be confused with the other bridge on 11th Street which goes over the Thea Foss, which is a vertical lift and not a drawbridge, and which is really called Morgan Bridge but everyone still calls 11th Street Bridge.
romulusnr @ 2006-07-24 15:47:02
romulusnr picture"Van on pier with ocean backdrop" Movie Shoot
It's true about LL and directions, but I've not seen this before *without* changing the view direction. Is this some sort of "flyover" simulation where you get different imagery depending on which direction you *navigated* from? Because while the direction of the shots are the same, (north), the view angle is clearly off.
romulusnr @ 2006-07-21 15:12:23
romulusnr picture"Van on pier with ocean backdrop" Movie Shoot
If you navigate around and back enough, you'll manage to find a completely different pic of the same spot, with a lot more cars in the blue area.

It's extremely weird.
romulusnr @ 2006-07-04 00:59:32
romulusnr pictureHospital Heliport
Looks like an H in the middle to me.
romulusnr @ 2006-06-30 12:44:49
romulusnr pictureHydropolis - Underwater Hotel (future site)
Accg to the site, this is where the entrance will be built.
romulusnr @ 2006-06-29 14:21:00
romulusnr pictureA sad looking island
Doesn't look quite as cool in the hi rez.
romulusnr @ 2006-06-28 19:13:49
romulusnr pictureUnfinished development in Kuwait
There's been expansion in the current imagery, but still vacant spaces in the lower west-central area (Hurry and claim your spot before they're all gone!)
romulusnr @ 2006-06-28 19:13:05
romulusnr pictureUnfinished roundabout outside Kuwait City
There's loose development (or maybe just trailers) there in the current imagery.
romulusnr @ 2006-06-28 13:18:19
romulusnr pictureLibyan communications facility with very tall antennas
Smells like VLF to me, which would make it military related. Could be radionavigation. Can't find much on any VLF in Libya, but I'll put in some queries.
romulusnr @ 2006-06-28 13:05:34
romulusnr pictureCreative Camouflage
I believe this is the camoflage technique known as "undermaintained dirt and rust".
romulusnr @ 2006-06-28 12:26:47
romulusnr pictureHerd of Elephants
Shuld have the GE flag on it, the thumb is much finer than GM res.
romulusnr @ 2006-06-28 12:20:29
romulusnr pictureLéopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (DKR)
OMG. African coastal and southern hi-rez? This could become problematic for my time management. :)
romulusnr @ 2006-06-28 09:35:03
romulusnr pictureUS Capitol Building
WH, Treasury, and Capitol aren't pixelated in GM anymore.
romulusnr @ 2006-06-20 13:20:22
romulusnr pictureAttack Formation
Damn. Seattlites really would perform an assault via kayak, wouldn't they.
romulusnr @ 2006-06-09 18:08:18
romulusnr pictureRTZ (Russian time station)
GE imagery shows a number of arrays here; aside from two isolated masts, there are what look like three linear aerials of 2.5 mi, 1 mi, and a slightly curved .5 mi aerial, the latter supported by powerline-style towers. I'd guess there's a lot more here than just a time station.
romulusnr @ 2006-06-05 19:15:01
romulusnr pictureCentral Valley Modified Community Correctional Facility
The building in bottom right is the minimum-security McFarland Community Correctional Facility. The larger structures are medium security.
romulusnr @ 2006-06-05 16:18:28
romulusnr pictureCentral Valley Modified Community Correctional Facility
The identical facility to the north is the Golden State Modified Community Correctional Facility:
romulusnr @ 2006-06-05 12:18:43
romulusnr pictureNorth West Cape Project
This is a VLF transmitter array.
romulusnr @ 2006-06-05 12:18:17
romulusnr pictureNorth West Cape Project
00022.8:NWC:US Navy NCS Harold E. Holt, Norh West Cape, AUSTRALIA:MSK
NWC is currently only active at; 00019.8 kHz ( see this )
Operated on behalf of US Navy by RAN. Royal Australian Navy is reported to be
using the facility for national submarine communication.
NISBS capable ( Nato Interoperable Submarine Broadcast System )
romulusnr @ 2006-06-03 15:22:47
romulusnr pictureGBZ Criggion VLF transmitter
Update more info link:
Also since these were demolished in 2003 add No Longer There cat.
romulusnr @ 2006-06-03 03:53:49
romulusnr pictureFTA27 French VLF station
Why 10 of them?
romulusnr @ 2006-05-31 14:02:25
romulusnr pictureDowntown Federal Way
Interesting. Pavilions II was not finished in the GMaps imagery but was for YM. Meanwhile, Rainier Bank was being built in the YM imagery, it must have still been a BK in the GM imagery.
romulusnr @ 2006-05-30 17:07:24
romulusnr pictureRNAS Anthorn (closed)
Home to one of Britain's VLF transmitters;
romulusnr @ 2006-05-25 17:44:18
romulusnr pictureSurrounded Boat
In current imagery the white frothy stuff is not there at all, though the same boat (and little boat to the SE) are.
romulusnr @ 2006-05-24 12:39:03
romulusnr pictureNigerian oil field?
Also the "odd roads" I was referring to are probably irrigation, though that only makes them more strange to me.
romulusnr @ 2006-05-24 12:38:11
romulusnr pictureNigerian oil field?
It's damned peculiar to me that the only clouds in a large part of this area occur right by these things (and in the cloudy area to the SE, and maybe this is my imagination, but there seems to tend to be a puft of thicker cloud near them). Is it conceivable that steam/smoke from the wells or their equipment can cause small clouds?
romulusnr @ 2006-05-24 12:35:49
romulusnr pictureEastham Refinery
My bad. I went to Ellesmere looking for a refinery, figuring the one I found would be Stanlow. Little did I know there were two. Sounds like a great town for outdoor activities...
romulusnr @ 2006-05-24 12:30:41
romulusnr pictureGCHQ CSO Morwenstow
romulusnr @ 2006-05-23 17:19:07
romulusnr pictureMenwith Hill Listening Station
There is widely rumored to be an HFDF array here, but I don't see one. Could it be that empty section on the center right side?
romulusnr @ 2006-05-22 17:37:49
romulusnr pictureHigh-Frequency Direction-Finding Antenna #2
The Russian system was nicknamed "Krug"
romulusnr @ 2006-05-22 13:55:15
romulusnr pictureFormer secret intelligence base
This point is an AN/FRD-10 Classic Bullseye array.
romulusnr @ 2006-05-19 18:48:56
romulusnr pictureAN/FRD-10 HFDF
Looks more like its currently on a reservation, and being developed over.
romulusnr @ 2006-05-19 17:03:58
romulusnr pictureClassic Bullseye listening antenna array
romulusnr @ 2006-05-19 13:53:18
romulusnr pictureAN/FLR-9 circularly-disposed antenna array
See also HFDF, Classic Bullseye
romulusnr @ 2006-05-19 13:52:01
romulusnr pictureElmendorf Air Force Base
See also HFDF and Classic Bullseye
romulusnr @ 2006-05-19 13:39:29
romulusnr pictureClassic Bullseye listening antenna array
Classic Bullseye == HFDF.
romulusnr @ 2006-05-19 13:38:07
romulusnr pictureAN/FRD-10 Classic Bullseye Antenna
Note how the trees around the antenna were also cleared to about half a mile from the outside antenna ring. Not something you see very often with these as they tend to be placed in already flat and open areas.
romulusnr @ 2006-05-15 19:51:48
romulusnr pictureEnergetikas
Hmm. GE was quite useful. I'd tried about the same, using Ymaps, but didn't come up with that much detail.
romulusnr @ 2006-05-12 18:57:44
romulusnr pictureEnergetikas
I'd love to know how you found that out :)
romulusnr @ 2006-05-11 12:05:40
romulusnr pictureAfrican Venice - Neighborhood on islands
This appears to be part of the slums of Claratown, an area where soccer star and presidential candidate George Weah grew up. One description refers to Claratowns "muddy streets"; could these be flooded streets?
romulusnr @ 2006-05-05 18:57:39
romulusnr pictureGulf of Mexico
romulusnr @ 2006-05-05 18:43:45
romulusnr pictureDome of a Home
Must not have been built at the time of the LL thumb.
romulusnr @ 2006-05-05 15:59:26
romulusnr pictureCarikar
This is actually a whole mess of shabby villages in a farming crescent north of Kabul. Carikar is actually on the western edge.
romulusnr @ 2006-05-05 14:29:27
romulusnr pictureCalifornia City Correctional Center
I think I've confirmed this. Check out the Yahoo view of Bonnevile Flats and do some zooming. The low-res view is pure white with splotches of high-contrast blue and green. The high-res views also have these colors, but are otherwise clearly B/W imagery. (See for links to views)
romulusnr @ 2006-05-05 14:22:23
romulusnr pictureBoscobel "Supermax" Prison
Seems that way. The highways to the north and south of the prison line up perfectly, as does the river and other roads further to the north. There's also a cleared strip running SW-NE north of where the prison would be; compare with the YM or GM views and you see that this lines up with the northern edge of a huge swath of clearing running NE from the prison.
romulusnr @ 2006-05-05 13:26:41
romulusnr pictureCalifornia City Correctional Center
Wicked. If you zoom out a bit, you get newer imagery that shows the facility. It looks almost as if the colors of the newer imagery are ghosted onto the older but higher-res imagery.

Makes me think maybe their high-res imagery here is really B&W but they fake some color by blending in the hue of the lower-res imagery. Wonder if more of these can be found?
romulusnr @ 2006-05-05 13:03:22
romulusnr pictureDon Valley Stadium