Street View

Visit random corners of the Earth via Globe Genie

Visit random corners of the Earth via Globe Genie

MIT grad student Joe McMichael created Globe Genie, a fun chat roulette-like experience, but instead of randomly connecting you with a stranger (or, as if often the case, their penis), it instantly transports you to a random corner of the world (or at least the random corners that have been visited by the Google Maps Street View camera). As The New York Times writes, with a press of the “teleport” button “this could be a stretch of highway in rural Denmark, a corner in downtown Denver or the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro” (and no surprise penises!). I think the usage of the word teleport is fitting…

The most beautiful images on Google Street View

The most beautiful images on Google Street View

I’m a big fan of artist Jon Rafman’s one part detective and one part curatorial digital project, 9 Eyes. He scours Google’s Street View and other blogs to find and compile compelling snapshots of what he writes “captures what Cartier-Bresson titled “the decisive moment,” as if I were a photojournalist responding instantaneously to an emerging…

Sad Panda is spotted by Google Maps Street View car

Sad Panda is spotted by Google Maps Street View car

The Google Maps Street View cameras caught the Sad Panda (one of my favorite New York City characters) walking down Washington Street. Last November the man behind the Panda mask was revealed and the story really is sad.

Here are some other famous moments and personalities captured by Google’s Street View camera:

Where's….?

Where's….?

This guy might be at Sundance Film Festival right now, but click here to see who the Google Maps Street View camera car spotted in 76 Putney High St, Wandsworth, UK. I don’t want to spoil it for you. Just go check out the link above for your today’s “what the cuss?!” moment. Also, incidentally,…