Google Maps: I am Looking In Your Window.

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From a technical perspective, Google's new Street View stuff is really very, very cool.

It's slightly scary... though I can't quite place why. It's not like anything they've captured is special. I heard an argument that they're helping criminals "case your house from their couch"... but I'm sorry, I just don't see that. Still, there's something disturbingly spooky about the fact that my house can be viewed on-line from anywhere.

Plus, the fact that they shot our city in the wee hours of a weekend morning (I know because I leave for work before dawn and my car is still there), with empty streets... just makes the whole thing feel post-apocalyptic. I'm reminded of This Silent Earth.

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