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Postby POTUS » Sat Apr 23, 2005 11:31 am

1. Downtown in general
2. The airport
3. Lake Manawa exit, Council Bluffs (look, an eyesore!)
4. Just a country mile north in Blair, Nebraska!

I have already started to use google maps in my urban planning.  The west side of the city doesn't have great satellite images, but they will work.  I am not concerned though, because there is little urban planning to do there, all the good stuff is east of 72nd Street.

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Postby projectman » Sat Apr 23, 2005 2:26 pm

I love these satellite pictures. Eppley looks pretty abandoned though. A whole 3 planes.

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Postby POTUS » Sun Apr 24, 2005 12:45 am

Okay, so I had nothing else to do today.

Below are pictures of:
1. Aircraft carrier at NAS Coronado (where I spent my last 6 months in the Navy.)
2. The Hoover Dam
3. Memorial Stadium, Lincoln
4. The Pentagon (in case you couldn't tell)
5. The Space Needle and Experience Music Project
6. The Statue of Liberty (again, in case you couldn't tell)
7. Worlds of Fun, Kansas City
8. World Trade Center site, after

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Postby Swift » Sun Apr 24, 2005 12:58 pm

yeah google maps is awesome.

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Postby POTUS » Fri Apr 29, 2005 9:19 am

Anyone know what this is? I do. This kind of stuff makes me proud to be American.

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Postby lpgforms » Fri Apr 29, 2005 2:20 pm

I live down in Bellevue, and my former neighbor Chris, who was the store manager at the WalMart in Council Bluffs until last year, coordinated and did most of the work plowing that farmer's field each fall since 2001. It would take him about 10 days to do each message

It was in the flght path to Offut along 75. Chris told me that that President Bush was impressed with his efforts after seeing it, and the prez has a picture of it in his office.

Sadly, Chris moved on to a new SuperWalmart in Southwest Missouri last August. There was no message for our airmen this year.

But it's real cool that the Google images has a photo of it! I'll have to send it to him

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Postby TitosBuritoBarn » Fri Apr 29, 2005 4:34 pm

I like how its spring time over a fourth of Worlds of Fun and winter in the other 3/4ths.

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Postby Brad » Fri Apr 29, 2005 7:38 pm

This is dangerous. I can see myself on it for hours.

Zephyr, there is a lot of information on this for your railroad project!!!
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Postby almighty_tuna » Fri Apr 29, 2005 8:05 pm

No kidding. I spent an embarassing amount of time searching airports across the country to find airplanes which just took off. Incidentally I found an accident on a DFW freeway.

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Postby zedmib » Fri Apr 29, 2005 11:09 pm

I too have spent time looking at the satellite photos. If you go to Alliance airport north of Fort Worth there is an AN-124 parked on the east ramp.
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Postby almighty_tuna » Sat Apr 30, 2005 1:07 am

My finds of the night are a stealth fighter and flying wing at a base between Lancaster and Palmdale, CA.

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Postby OmahaDevelopmentMan » Sat Apr 30, 2005 12:50 pm

Is area 51 blocked off on this, my trial ended two days ago.

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Postby TitosBuritoBarn » Sat Apr 30, 2005 1:44 pm

Yes it is.

If you go to DC, you'll notice the Capital building has been blurred out too.

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Postby POTUS » Sat Apr 30, 2005 2:57 pm

What a wonderful web we weave.

We spend so much effort trying to free ourselves from... ourselves. A minority rises up against a majority. One person takes a stand. Laws are passed, people are murdered, headlines are made. On one hand we create things like the First Admendment, and to lesser degrees the Freedom of Information Act. In the other hand the censorship, confidentiality, classification, and coverups. Just what are we fighting for here? Ultimate freedom or ultimate security. Humans individually may not be suicidal, but as a species we sure are.

Why do I even spout all this? Because Google has taken the time to blur out Area 51 and the Capitol building. Shining examples of two places created to maintain our freedom blurred by some unidentified government hand (or perhaps so ingrained into our society, Google censored the aerials themselves). I say let the people see the satellite images of the Capitol Building and Area 51, so that they fear the real enemies, and not the supposed protectors that reside within.

Or something like that.

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Postby MTO » Fri May 27, 2005 11:10 am

I like how its spring time over a fourth of Worlds of Fun and winter in the other 3/4ths.


On that same note, it is the same way in Omaha at about 43½ St.
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Postby almighty_tuna » Fri May 27, 2005 12:01 pm

That I can't answer, but if you go to Phoenix and look at Sky Harbor, then scroll east along the canal you will come to where they spliced images together.

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Postby Mike » Mon Jun 20, 2005 9:46 am

OmahaDevelopmentMan wrote:Is area 51 blocked off on this, my trial ended two days ago.


Check this out, pretty interesting stuff.

http://www.livejournal.com/community/th ... 37956.html

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Postby POTUS » Fri Jul 01, 2005 12:07 am

And now, some images from Google Earth.

Image where to get coffee when downtown
Image view of 72nd and Dodge
Image Rosenblatt and the Zoo

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Postby KCPowercat » Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:33 pm

tuna....that's so weird, I thought the bomber was only based at Whitman AFB in Knob Noster but that 2nd shot clearly shows one in CA???

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Postby eomaha » Wed Jul 06, 2005 12:41 am

Probably just luck... at different times of the year you'll even find a B-2 on the tarmac at Offutt.

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Postby almighty_tuna » Wed Jul 06, 2005 1:22 am

Yeah, I think they are at Whitman, but while trolling around for interesting things I thought I'd check out CA. My in-laws used to live in Lancaster and when we visited them we saw pleeeennnty of "WOW is THAT plane" goin on. So I thought there's definitely going to be some brew ha ha sitting at the base.

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Postby Swift » Wed Jul 06, 2005 1:32 am

I remember one time in highschool, afterschool during track practice, all the sudden this stealth bomber appears in the sky. It was just meandering along, slow as heck. It was really eerie.

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Postby DTO Luv » Wed Jul 06, 2005 6:13 pm

My grandpa saw a stealth bomber one time. He lives out int the middle of Nebraska (or nowhere) and he was out one night doing something with the horses and he heard this weird hum and he looked up and se said the bomber wasn't more the a hundred feet up and it was just creeping along. I guess the pilot thought it would be funny to spook some rancher.
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Postby POTUS » Sat Jul 23, 2005 11:32 pm

The wonderful world that is Google Maps has added a new feature called Hybrid. It takes the sattelite imagery and overlays a street map. Have look see for yourself.

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Postby Brad » Sun Jul 24, 2005 1:41 am

I have seen a B-2 flying around Omaha a Few times, Usually once or twice a year, I also say a pair of B1B's flying around the Cox Classic two years ago.

Nothing beats the LOW flyover of the B2 during the national anthem at the NASCAR race at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City Kansas. The "Protect One 400" august 2003!
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Postby Asten » Sun Jul 24, 2005 2:13 pm

Brad wrote:I have seen a B-2 flying around Omaha a Few times, Usually once or twice a year, I also say a pair of B1B's flying around the Cox Classic two years ago.

Nothing beats the LOW flyover of the B2 during the national anthem at the NASCAR race at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City Kansas. The "Protect One 400" august 2003!


The downside is all the NASCAR |expletive| all around <grin>

I'll stick to airshow flyovers, myself. :)

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Postby MTO » Fri Jul 29, 2005 12:00 am

Hey all check out Virtual Earth @ http://virtualearth.msn.com/. The images are older than Google’s but you can zoom closer “especially in west Omaha.
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Postby Linkin5 » Fri Jul 29, 2005 12:19 am

wow that zooms in really close!

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Postby loyalomahan » Fri Jul 29, 2005 12:31 am

Anyone notice something else nice about Microsoft's initial virtual Earth map? :D

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Postby omahapropertymanager » Fri Jul 29, 2005 7:48 am

loyalomahan wrote:Anyone notice something else nice about Microsoft's initial virtual Earth map? :D


That the maps are very outdated?

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Postby Uffda » Fri Jul 29, 2005 7:53 am

Internet sleuths discovered that anyone using Microsoft's new "Virtual Earth" Web site for a bird's-eye view of Apple's corporate headquarters saw only a grainy overhead photograph of a single warehouse and a deserted parking lot.

Apple's sprawling campus and eleven modern buildings -- nowhere to be seen.


http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/0 ... index.html

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Postby POTUS » Fri Jul 29, 2005 8:04 am

I noticed that Omaha got a dot on the initial image when you start that map service.

All the parks, cemetaries, and golf courses are colored green. The roads are colored too. And the big items like MAC are labeled.

Nonetheless, I use Google Earth now.

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Postby loyalomahan » Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:56 am

Anyone notice something else nice about Microsoft's initial virtual Earth map?


Omaha is prominently displayed smack dab in the middle of the screen... absent is KC (no space left in Missouri with St Louis) and Denver. This is great -international- exposure. Can you imagine how many people are seeing Omaha pop-up in the center of their screen and saying to themselves... "Omaha". I think that's pretty cool.

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Postby omahapropertymanager » Fri Jul 29, 2005 2:46 pm

Any guesses on how old the maps are on the Microsoft site? I noticed the Qwest center building is not there, neither is the FNB Building. I also looked for Ironhorse Golf Course wasn't there either which would mean that the pics are from at least 1999 because my friends and I used to camp there in high school before the golf course came.

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Postby Brad » Sun Jul 31, 2005 6:11 pm

omahapropertymanager,

You know you can get the best maps right at you work! :wink:
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Postby omahapropertymanager » Sun Jul 31, 2005 11:00 pm

Brad wrote:omahapropertymanager,

You know you can get the best maps right at you work! :wink:


That is true! I haven't had a chance to mess with them yet, but I'm sure I will!

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Postby POTUS » Fri Aug 05, 2005 6:22 pm

This is the town where I lived in Germany from 1988-1991. It's called Sulzbach, and it's about 100 miles east of Frankfurt.

Google Earth: Rehashing Memories Via The Geek In All Of Us.

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Postby POTUS » Fri Aug 12, 2005 6:35 pm

This is an image of the Platte River west of Valley, NE. In the middle of the Platte is an island. That island has a lake. Ha! Only in Nebraska.

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Postby POTUS » Sun Dec 11, 2005 12:13 pm

I was surfing around Omaha with Google Earth today when I noticed they had updated some areas of the metro. I don't know when they did this, but my guess is the images are from early 2005. The Qwest and UPC are done (as seen in the picture) but SoMa has only a few foundations poured and one building up.

Anyways, nice of Google to update the Big O.

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Postby TitosBuritoBarn » Sun Dec 11, 2005 3:01 pm

They finally have an image above my home in the Zorinsky Lake Vicinity as well.


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