Monday, 3 November 2008

the window

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves / Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: / All mimsy were the borogoves, / And the mome raths outgrabe. It was grey and damp this morning and I had to go to the hospital to get my blood checked. This took 10 minutes; result in two weeks. I walked out of the hospital and into Oosterpark where the autumn colours are getting stronger by the day. It would be even nicer in sunshine.


I took the bus to work at Muiderpoort Station and got off at Anna's Hoeve. It's slowly getting into shape again. This morning there was light behind one of the windows, and a brick driveway had had been laid next to house.

anna's hoeve

At work I spent more time on my power supply read-out program and compiled and installed the latest version of the apache http daemon.

I walked home through Jeruzalem and got a beef teriyaki salad at AH.


In the comments yesterday, Vincent asked what the 'find the spot' game was on Google Earth. The Google people send out a monthly newsletter in which a.o. they publish a small photo of somewhere on Earth. You have to find where. This photo is also published on the Google Earth BBS, in the Fun and Game section. Here other people also post photos or screen shots of locations and it's up to the participants to find out where it was taken.

An example: somebody posted this photo and said "find this window; it's easy".

the window (challenge)

So, I scratched my head and thought "if it is easy it must be a famous window". So I googled for "famous window" and found a photo on Flickr of the window in the book depot in Dallas from which JFK was shot. It looked like the window in the challenge.

I then googled the address of the book depot and plugged it into Google Earth, went to Streetview and zoomed in on the window and made a screen shot.

the window (solution)

You then post the screen shot as a reply to the challenge. Sometimes nobody gets it, in which case the challenger posts one or more hints. All in all a nice way to spend some time. You learn quite bit from this game, since you're flying back and forth between Google Earth, Google and WikiPedia to look for clues.

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