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  • Originally posted by booond View Post
    What's weird is that Massachusetts is considered weird because people have health insurance and are well-educated. Only in America!
    That's true about health insurance, but every country has a region with more educated population than the rest of the country. Well... maybe except in Singapore, which is basically one city, and everyone there is very educated.

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    • I was googling my old SW Okla stomping grounds.. dropped down to street level and was surprised they have street level videos of very small and even ghost towns..
      Even more amazing, you can head west out of town six miles, turn left three miles down a dirt road and there is the burned hulk of my boyhood home... I "drove around" several sections and located the few remaining farm houses in that neck of the woods..how is it possible for google to have driven every section line road in the state/country/world??

      Even I have not done that.

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      • Originally posted by lonewolf View Post
        I was googling my old SW Okla stomping grounds.. dropped down to street level and was surprised they have street level videos of very small and even ghost towns..
        Even more amazing, you can head west out of town six miles, turn left three miles down a dirt road and there is the burned hulk of my boyhood home... I "drove around" several sections and located the few remaining farm houses in that neck of the woods..how is it possible for google to have driven every section line road in the state/country/world??

        Even I have not done that.
        I believe much of it is satellite imagery.

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        • It has to be from satellite but how do they get moving ground level perspective from pictures taken " vertically"????

          Obviously, this is not point and shoot photography..

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          • Originally posted by lonewolf View Post
            ..how is it possible for google to have driven every section line road in the state/country/world??

            Even I have not done that.
            Yes, but you, a single person, has been to every county courthouse in America, correct? Just think if you had almost unlimited funds and could hire a team of drivers with the Google camera rig strapped on the top of the vehicle.

            Heck, if Google could finagle a way to put cameras on mail trucks...

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            • Originally posted by TN1965 View Post
              The hardest college to get into in every state.

              http://finance.yahoo.com/news/graphi...203828160.html
              Check out NC... bambam and I must be pretty good.....

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              • Here's some fun:

                Regional swearing preferences

                https://stronglang.wordpress.com/201...rs-of-america/

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                • Twenty years in the Army and fifty years in the oil patch, I thought I had heard all the cuss words but I learned a new one(with ambiguous meaning) here.
                  I am not shocked by profanity but not comfortable using it myself, especially in polite mixed company, but admittedly I think them sometimes.
                  I consider many of the words mild expletives rather than curse words. Others are rude and crude but not hardcore cussing/profanity.

                  Thinking back, although my father "cursed like a sailor", I do not recall ever hearing my paternal grandfather utter a curse word.
                  On the other hand, my maternal grandfather, a large Choctaw, Sheriff of a county in west Texas, was constantly reprimanded by his petite Comanche wife for swearing.. and she never heard the really rough language.

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                  • Cities that will drown.

                    Some are beyond saving, New Orleans being an obvious one. When should resources be focused on relocating these cities rather than protecting them?

                    http://www.wired.com/2015/10/map-sho...erican-cities/

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                    • Originally posted by Daisy View Post
                      Cities that will drown.

                      Some are beyond saving, New Orleans being an obvious one. When should resources be focused on relocating these cities rather than protecting them?

                      http://www.wired.com/2015/10/map-sho...erican-cities/
                      If you can't get people to admit there is a problem it will be hard to get them to look at solutions.
                      Last edited by booond; 10-14-2015, 12:22 AM.

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                      • Originally posted by lonewolf View Post
                        It has to be from satellite but how do they get moving ground level perspective from pictures taken " vertically"????

                        Obviously, this is not point and shoot photography..
                        Not satellites. Mostly cars, but a combo of several transit modes:

                        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Street_View

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                        • http://mentalfloss.com/article/61362...p-1-each-state

                          I didn't qualify... sob.
                          Last edited by booond; 11-30-2015, 09:13 PM.

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                          • Here are another kind of "maps"...

                            http://www.neekly.com/26-pictures-wi...ire-existence/

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                            • A bit confusing. The wonderful short film Powers of Ten does a better job demonstrating our size in the universe.

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                              • Well, this is not "fun" at all...

                                http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/dat...eam-failing-us

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