Bypassing all its criticisms- invasion of privacy issues, cursor navigational problems, serial killings as they occur- Google street view is a fine application. The ability to teleport to anywhere in the world is Star Trek at your fingertips. Beam me up, I mean, beam me down to Barbados, Scotty.
Where Google comes down to earth is with its overhead view option. This satellite imagery, used often by television news stations, is boring. There’s nothing interesting about the top of something. You won’t hear an actress or a model say “ oh my best feature is the plan view of my head.”
And this is what it boils down to: University level technical drawing. There are three planes that configure the whole make-up of the universe: front elevation, end elevation and plan. The plan, the plan, the plan is plainly uninspiring. Take any overhead view anywhere in the world and what you see is a various mix of shapes and sizes, mostly rectangular oddities. Every car that is photographed this way, from a Ferrari to a mini metro looks the same: a basic child’s drawing, albeit with a ruler to make the sides straight.
The tops of buildings are especially dull. What must the makers of the Burj khalifa think? Their tall building has been flattened to resemble the same size as my garden hut. ( we don’t call them sheds. A shed is a parting of the hair. Who says TR’s posts aren’t educational?).