Monday, March 30, 2009

Google Earth Historical Imagery - part 2

So, I found a great source of historical imagery from Buffalo, NY. The coolest part is watching the NY State Thruway (I-90) getting built from south of Walden Dr (open space that's now the Walden Galleria Mall) to about Main St (NY 5), as well as the old downtown.

I'm wondering why Google Earth hasn't found sources like this to use? They also have a 1920's version of the region. I haven't seen anything that old on Google Earth yet.

Sets also exist for Detroit and other areas. It would be nice to see Google update to include more sources.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Google Earth Historical Imagery

So, I've recently become hooked on Google Earth's Historical Imagery. There's a lot of interesting things that can be found in it. The jet I posted before is one of them.

Another that I just noticed is Mt St Helens, north of Vancouver, WA. If you watch the northwest face of the mountain over the time span they allow (8/94 to 3/09) you can see the trees re-growing.

I never would have checked for that if not for the Swiss/Italian border issues coming up, but it inspired me to look in my own backyard.

There are other areas that are fun to watch too. Malls, for example just keep growing. South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa CA, Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga NY or the Galleria in Houston TX.

All have seen profound growth nearby, and the growth of they and the areas around them can be easily seen in Google Earth. For anyone who is a fan of Edge City it's an interesting thing to see.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Get With the

So, something new I'm working with is Get With the, and the Cascadia Times. Please stop over, Paul is a great author and it's great to be working with him.

We have a great new issue about to come out, and I hope that you'll find it interesting. We love feedback!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A jet

A jet

So, here's a jet I found on Google Earth. Yes, a jet over a freeway interchange. I'm pretty sure it was I-4/I-95 in Florida.

$40/mo heavier

So, I had to add service to get Comcast to let me drop services outside 9-5. Yes, I have a phat pipe, but why should I have to lie to talk to someone and reduce my monthly bill from them?

It saves me $40/mo, and I still have a nice good internet connection but I'll have check out my local phone Co's. It's Verizon or Qwest, and I'm not a fan of either, but I don't like needing to redial my phone co and to lie to make things work out with a happy customer.


So, first call I was sent to a message about nobody being available and needing to call during business hours. Of course, this was to downgrade, as I chose through the menu.

Now I'm being connected to a rep to add service. Same options, but let's see if someone can help me save some money.

Of course, I'm put on hold immediately so I can buy something. Great work Comcast. Next, I'll ask what they can do to cut my bill down. Let's see if they can remove cable TV and cable phone for me.

(It's 2012 and I still am not paying for regular service.  I just can't justify the costs.)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

So, shit happens sometimes, but the Seattle PI is shutting down, that's not good. I've been a fan for a while (full disclosure, the Seattle Times had a letter from me, once.)

I lived in San Diego when I read them most, but since moving to Portland I've read them a bit as well. It's unfortunate that the press (as the first amendment calls them) is failing, but they have to walk into the new millenia. It seems that some sites are doing so, and some are not.

I hope the Cascadia Times can achieve such greatness, or at least survival on the web.

Thanks for stopping by

So, this is the start of, well, not much so far. I'm Dave Hogan, and in the middle of this recession/depression, I just decided to give my two weeks notice. My car was stolen, and after almost seven years of doing the same thing, I've decided I'm leaving my job.

So what am I doing? Well, the Cascadia Times is a new project I'm working with. Progress might be a little slow at first, but we have some great content and have some new things coming. If you like the Arctic, Inuits, and polar bears there's some great stuff coming!

I'm available for other contracts and have an extensive IT background to fall back on. Feel free to contact me and we can talk, but I like the idea of working with a non-profit for now.

I haven't been the best mammal for the environment, and I'd like to make amends there too. Going car-free and working for a 501(c)(3) sounds like something I can do for now.