Google Earth

Thursday, September 8, 2005 2:38 PM
If you have some time on your hands and a fast connection, this Google program is pretty sweet. I've been zooming in on amusement parks across the country.

earth.google.com

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Thursday, September 8, 2005 5:13 PM
although holiday world is not well represented, i remember finding a plugin which will allow you to bring it up... can't seem to find the website at the moment, though.

-- alan j

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Friday, September 9, 2005 10:55 AM
There really isn't any good shots of that area in Google Earth, but you can make it out on the satelite images from Microsoft's page.

SFKK

Holiday World

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Friday, September 9, 2005 11:13 AM
Google Earth is a great site. As previously mentioned, if the area is 'grayed', or detailed in urban areas, you have a great shot.
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Friday, September 9, 2005 11:31 AM
How current are these are they some what live or recent with in hours or so?

Thinking I might be able to use it to tell how busy a park is and deciede if I wanna go.

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Friday, September 9, 2005 11:36 AM
Uh, Crash, that's Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, not Cedar Point.

The images are not live in any way... on average, they're usually between 6 months and a year old.

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Friday, September 9, 2005 11:55 AM

PhantomTails said:
The images are not live in any way... on average, they're usually between 6 months and a year old.

Reallllly? So is that why Six Flags Great America still has Shockwave in its' image? The same one that was torn down in 2002?

Or why Cedar Point doesn't have Wicked Twister, not to mention TTD?

Or even GADV. Superman isn't there or anything done since then...

or even, outside of amusement parks, why it doesn't show any major progress on Millenium Park in downtown Chicago (which despite it's name) which fully opened in spring 2004.

*** Edited 9/9/2005 4:24:15 PM UTC by redman822***

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Friday, September 9, 2005 12:09 PM
You have to use the "permalink" URL if you expect other people to see your image. You both linked to someone else's session and show what I assume is SFKK.
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Friday, September 9, 2005 12:13 PM
Hi guys,

I apologize for the links not working. I loaded them and then cut and pasted the addy not sure why it wouldn't work. Sorry for the confusion.

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Friday, September 9, 2005 12:28 PM
Look up BGT on GoogleEarth... You can see Shiekra! I think the whole thing was updated recently.
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Friday, September 9, 2005 5:09 PM
Geeze, redman, I've never seen someone get so pissed off over a satellite image program before. I've browsed Google Earth for hours, and the majority of the images that I've seen have been relatively recent. I can see that some of the areas are still several years back, but many around the country are also from a pretty recent timeline. I was hoping that the use of the term *on average* would suggest to people that the actual dates will vary, but apparently not. Step away from the computer and realize what you're getting angry over, friend...
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Friday, September 9, 2005 5:18 PM
The SFKK photo is from 2002, at best (Greezed isn't there).
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Friday, September 9, 2005 9:31 PM
Pissed off? Nah, I just had to point out that your "shotgunned" statement of "six months to a year old" was a bunch of malarkey. ;)

Perhaps I should have tossed in some smilies. :) :) :) (Does that make up for it?) ;)

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Saturday, September 10, 2005 8:57 AM
Well when you download the program it says its compiled satelitte images taken within 4 years or whatever it is. They tell you that they are not live whatsoever and that the imaes can be older or newer in certain spots depending on when the image for that area was taken.
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Saturday, September 10, 2005 12:58 PM
With the SFGAm photo, that picture was taken around April 7th, 2002 about 7am or so. If you view that with Microsoft's terra server (I believe that was the beta vesion of this before the "MSN Virtual Earth") you could see a date.

I was bored one day at work and a few years back and found my car using MS's terra server.

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Saturday, September 10, 2005 1:48 PM
Why are we using MSN's crappy program instead of Google Maps?
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Saturday, September 10, 2005 6:27 PM
Google Earth and Google Maps state the images CAN be up to 5 years old... or even as recent as last wednesday (New Orleans)
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Sunday, September 11, 2005 3:08 AM
I know this is going to sound dorky but...

I put placemarks for all the parks in RCDB's database for the United States in. It helps when looking for trips, and what parks are near by.

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Sunday, September 11, 2005 9:38 AM
Interesting. :-) A lot better than Terraserver.

-Tina

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