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I can see my house from here!

Well, not from here. This is a promotional image from what many think is the coolest non-game application in VR: Google Earth.

When you get up close to things the details are kind of shit, but it’s derived from the other Google Earth, so you can go absolutely anywhere. You can fly like Superman! You can tilt and whirl and zoom. You can see everything from overhead, or fly right into the landscape. You can go faster, you can go slower.

You could also get pretty motion sick, if you’re prone to that. The default mode is supposed to mitigate that – whenever you move the image vignettes. I hate that. It makes it look like I am *not* flying around like Superman. Maybe Superman with glaucoma. Anyway, not cool.

With most applications, I have to disable the anti-motion-sickness devices because they ruin my fun.

I’m very chuffed today. I found two places I have never been able to find on Google Earth or Google Maps: my mother’s farm in Middle Tennessee and the family cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Both deep in the woods, which can make it hard to follow roads. I’ve tried and failed many times on flat maps, so maybe VR does make some applications work better.

You can take screenshots in VR, but I haven’t worked out the process of getting them off VR and onto my computer. Anyway, from a Superman-eye-view, both houses look like Legos dropped in the bushes, so you aren’t missing much.

Next I want Superman’s heat vision so I can fly over those bastards in Davos and burn them to a crisp. Good weekend, everyone!


Comment from Timothy J. McCorkle
Time: May 20, 2022, 8:24 pm

I’m reading arthur c clarks ~”The Light of Other Days”… It has a real VR/quantum space/ time travel/ Theme…as for those prudes at Davos,,, X-ray vision! I see cancer in their future! With Important bits Falling Off!

Comment from zoomyn
Time: May 21, 2022, 12:02 am

Just inquirin , when you are rigged up and waltzing light fantastic, have chungii rattaspotamuses spIed on you?

Yanno, a mischief of Black Death Elves-on-the-shelves critiquing, lampooning & hooting along to those Voyeur Rat Goggle sign/mime performances?


Sorry, occurred to us that Oculus immersion might be commensal to half-bags of cat chow vanishing…. Be calm and Stoat on!

Comment from BJM
Time: May 21, 2022, 6:37 pm

@Stoaty re Davos…twenty more will take their place.

TWIP has few laughs and this one made be snort coffee outta my nose (not up my nose that would be Amber Heard weird).

Any one else watching the Depp trial? The Behavior Panel ain’t buying her batshit crazy story…it’s almost as entertaining the Sussex implosion.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 23, 2022, 6:36 pm

It sounds like the trial would be great fun, but following it would take more time than I’ve got.

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