Who’s Looking Down On You?

Stanford Ave House

My friend, Ray Lear, sent me an image of Berkeley from space and I recalled that there is a web server called www.terraserver-usa.com.  Click on the image to see an image I downloaded from the web of our house on Stanford Avenue in Kensington just North of Berkeley.  You can zoom out and see the surrounding area on this page.

Here are some other locations you might want to visit.  See if you can guess where they are.

Location Longitude (E/W) Latitude (N/S)
Bellaire -95.46322 29.71955
California -122.88421 38.47927
Brenham -96.46366 30.14890
An Observatory -110.77179 45.27747
Sixmile Creek -110.74392 45.23781
Big Mesquite -102.83257 29.40853
New Jersey -74.30104 40.70246
Houston -95.53934 29.78756
La Posada Hotel (more…) -110.69637 35.02268
Soldier Meadow Hot Springs -119.22488 41.36079
Black Rock Mystery -119.19528 40.76147
Lake Catherine & Banner Peak (more…) -119.19128 37.69640

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I want my MTV… and my remote… and my iPod… and my TiVo


Christine Rosen talks about what she calls Egocasting.  It’s a play on the concept of selective consumption of various media like what an iPod, or TiVo might provide.  I’m clearly on the egocasting track and I like it, but she makes some good points against this attitude.



“What is true of the television set is also true of its most important accessory, the device that forever altered our viewing habits, transformed television programming itself, and, more broadly, redefined our expectations of mastery over our everyday technologies: the remote control. The creation and near-universal adoption of the remote control arguably marks the beginning of the era of the personalization of technology. The remote control shifted power to the individual, and the technologies that have embraced this principle in its wake—the Walkman, the Video Cassette Recorder, Digital Video Recorders such as TiVo, and portable music devices like the iPod—have created a world where the individual’s control over the content, style, and timing of what he consumes is nearly absolute. Retailers and purveyors of entertainment increasingly know our buying history and the vagaries of our unique tastes. As consumers, we expect our television, our music, our movies, and our books “on demand.” We have created and embraced technologies that enable us to make a fetish of our preferences.”