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April 14th, 2005

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11:49 am - Mappo!
The one crucial thing missing from Google Maps is SCALE. Hello, I'd like a little scale key on my map when I zoom in and out. I'm a terrible guestimator.

But dragging the map is beautiful. And the satellite integration is even more beautifuller. Here are some sights.

Canobie Lake Park in winter (you can see the Yankee Cannonball and Corkscrew and Boston Tea Party)
Whalom Park in ruins
Mountain Park in ruins (you can see the L-shaped outline where the Mountain Flyer used to be, on the left side of the ruins)
Six Flags Over New England (the north side, from the Cyclone down to Superman: Ride of Steel)
Nitro, Six Flags Great Adventure. Explore around there -- the picture was taken before Superman: Ultimate Flight. Here's also Rolling Thunder, Viper and Medusa with a bit of the Mine Ride thrown in too.
Knott's Berry Farm with GhostRider on the lower right. You can also see Perilous Plunge near the top left.
It be Disneyland! The Hub is, appropriately, in the center of the shot. Clockwise from 12:00 you've got Cinderella's Castle (can barely see it) with the carousel building and Dumbo at 12, the Matterhorn at 1, the former Carousel of Progress at 3, Space Mountain at 5, Main Street USA at 6, the Jungle Cruise at 7, New Orleans Square and the Pirates of the Caribbean show buildings at 8, Tom Sawyer Island at 9, and Big Thunder around 10 or 11. Funky.

Some satellite images Google couldn't give me -- Coney Island was nothing but a big blur (funny, it's been like that for me on certain trips too) and there wasn't a big enough zoom for Knoebels. I know GlobeXplorer has high-def pics of the site, though.

What a nice way to waste part of an afternoon!

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Date:April 14th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
Both of those are cool. Too bad there are watermarks all over the images, or they'd make good desktops. It looks funny when the ocean is copyright Google 2005...
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Date:April 14th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
I think for cash money you can buy clean images. Ah, the upsell.

Cool zooms spatch!!
Date:April 14th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
We went to Mountain Park, yes?
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Date:April 14th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's what we hiked around!
Date:April 14th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
Excellent. That was much fun.
Date:April 14th, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
I just have to share the Texas Giant at Six Flags o'er Tejas. My (sentimental) favorite.
Date:April 14th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)


But I wanted to fess up ... I have shamelessly stolen your Yellow Bastard joke for the Red Sox blog. (http://blogsox.blogspot.com/)

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Date:April 14th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
Crap, now you've gotten me back fooling with the satellite images. It's fun, though. There's a blog out there called "Google Sightseeing" or something.

Oh, and looking at Disneyland I scrolled around and found BoozeLand! Yes, the magical land where the rides are about 5 bucks a shot or 4 bucks for a beer: The pool bar at the DisneyLand hotel, a free tram ride away from the park. Suh-weet.
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Date:April 14th, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC)
Here's The Great Escape / Splashwater Kingdom, which I grew up about ten miles away from, and visited many times.
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Date:April 15th, 2005 03:30 am (UTC)
Lest we forget Worlds of (no) Fun in Kansas City:

Google Maps
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Date:April 15th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)

Oh, Mountain Park, how I miss thee...

It was a fun little amusement park. It wasn't until I got older that I began to realize how ratty it really was.

I recently found out that someone I know had worked as a fortune teller there. Just a bit of trivia.

On an unrelated note, is there a way to get Google Maps to spit out just the URL to arbitrary coordinates? Maybe I'm blind, but I couldn't find one. For the one I stuck in my blog, I edited the URL by hand.
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Date:April 15th, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC)
OK, I did a bit of checking with photoshop vs. a map of Halifax, and it looks like the closest zoom is 1 metre = 1 pixel, and the scale halves with each zoom out, so 1 pixel = 2 metres at the second scale, 1 pixel = 4 metres at the next level, etc.

Anybody care to check this?

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