redditor AKStafford decided to take a video of his drive from Chicago Illinois to Anchorage Alaska. Yes, it’s a 3,500 mile drive. Don’t worry it’s sped up 125x. According to the description, it was taken across the course of 6 days.
You might remember a few years ago I drove from Chicago Illinois to Rapid City South Dakota on a trip to visit The Badlands National Park. The mid-west is pretty boring to drive through. I’m sure Montana does get pretty good though. When I was there when I visited Yellowstone it was gorgeous, even if that was just the lower part of the state.
That is a full blown actual size Photo Mosaic. I love Photo Mosaics I make them all the time. I’ve made famous people. My mosaics though, are small computer sized (although, I have printed a few out, and they are pretty nice).
Google’s though is made of actual 4×6 photographs. Much more awesomeer. In total it’s 884 different photos. And I must say, it looks pretty damn impressive. I just don’t like the “lense flare” they put over the “o” and the “e.” I mean, come on, is that really necessary? And before you say that it’s just flash glare in that picture, watch the time lapse video below, it’s built into the mosaic.
Some of the photographs are pretty weird though. If you look at it large size some are clearly discarded rejects, but there are also excellent photos of different places and people, and in all they mesh together perfectly.
It took them 5 and a half hours to put it together, and 40-50 hours total to make it. That’s still quite alot. But when you think of it, you can just take the digital versions of the pictures, and put them into the software to make the mosaic, and then just match them up and glue them to a wall. Yea, easier said then done.
Also, it was done in the Google UK office, so all the photos are from around the UK, all were donated by UK Googlers, for a total of around 4,000, of which only 884 got used. Oh well, still looks good I think.
I think they need to make this a Google Doodle one day.
Ever wonder what it’s like driving a Street Sweeper? Probably boring, crappy job right? Well, take a walk in Bruiser’s shoes and you will find that, its awesome! Now, it is a long read, 80 pages, but it is so worth it. Plus I embedded it here for your reading pleasure you lazy person you. Now you have no excuse, unless its a cool excuse, like the glare from the sun reflected off one of the smiley faces used in the paper, and refracted to a high intensity laser and blinded you, but no one else because after you screamed, you waved your arms and knocked the shades askew, and the sun was never there anymore, and now everyone thinks you went to a terrorist website that blinds you when you click here for a new iPhone. Bruiser: A street sweeper’s tales.
street sweeper photo – wiki
PS Does anyone else think the Scribd logo looks a lot like the Picasa one?