Monday, 13 October 2008

They've moved Chechnya!

To the outskirts of Dublin Airport.


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I've got nothing against your right leg...

The high resolution fly-in pictures on google earth can sometimes reveal some interesting things.

This guy is on a squallid, litter strewn street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Will post a KMZ later. Maybe.


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H

Hola!

I was going to use the famous Maze prison in Northern Ireland, but it's satellite quality, and I think it's been demolished now anyway.

But fortunately, H shaped structures are fairly commonplace. It was only ever a matter of getting round to finding one. And find one I have, at
61°47'52.35"N, 50°45'11.99"E

That's a place called Ezhva, in Russia, near the Sisola river.

Here you Have it.

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Tuesday, 7 October 2008

7 Billion Dollars

A dollar bill is approximately 6 inches wide by 2.5 inches high.

The square root of 7 billion is 83666.002653407554797817202578519

From this information, it is possible to work out that if you were to put 7 billion dollar bills flat on the ground in a square grid, they would cover an area of about 501,996 inches by 209,165 inches.

There are 12 inches in a foot. So that's 41833 feet by 17430 feet.

5280 feet make a mile, so 7 billion dollars would cover an area of 7.9 miles by 3.3 miles. That's just a little bit over 26 square miles.

That, by the way, is just a little bit smaller than the island of Guernsey.
49°27'45.08"N, 2°35'7.51"W

Edit: I made a bit of a mess of things here. While working out the maths, I lost a couple of zeroes. I worked out that 7 billion dollars in $1 notes would be enough to cover Guernsey. Then it was pointed out that the number I was trying to visualise (the recent bail out given to US banks by the US government) was actually 100 times greater than the number I was working with.

700 billion one dollar notes would cover an area of 260 square miles.

That's about the size of Menorca.

Note that the picture of Guernsey was taken from an altitude of around 13 kilometres. This picture of Menorca is taken from 42 km up.

39°57'1.89"N, 4° 3'40.89"E

Currently, the world's population stands at about... well, 7 billion actually. So that's about $100 dollars each then?

But I'm doing OK, so give my share to some poor bugger in Sierre Leone or something.


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Saturday, 4 October 2008

Oooooo!

Sometimes, having too many ideas can get in the way of things. So many things I want to do that I end up doing none of them.

I've been looking at how agriculture varies throughout the world, and how it's very similar wherever you go. I've found an old website that has lots of images from Google Earth, but from a few years back. Comparing the images then with the images now will show just how much things have changed for the better, and occasionally, for the worse. I've found a couple more faces,

And I have couple more letters, and that's what I'm going to do now.

Yes! Ladies and gentlemen! Lets hear it for....

The letter "O"!

O is for Old. In the context of The Whole Damn World (4.5 billion years old and counting) a mere 2 milennia is bugger-all.



The Colloseum is still where they put it, although it has been shaken by the odd earthquake.

41°53'24.95"N, 12°29'32.54"E

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