Willyiam wrote:Here's something interesting: Back to the "Who is Online?" button. When the world map appears, if you double-click near the pushpin of your choice, but not on the pushpin, the map will zoom in. If you keep zooming in, you can get to a street view. I zoomed in a few times on your pushpin and noticed that you live in Canada, somewhere near Mississauga.
I was born in Brampton, Ontario Canada and spent a good deal of my childhood in Toronto with my grandparents and on an island in Georgian Bay near the Eaton island. The Eaton's used to own the Eaton department stores.
The Eaton catalog was as integral to the Canadian identity as the beaver and the Hudson's Bay Company. Alas, Eaton stores are gone and the HBC is now owned by an American.
My wife's family have an island in Georgian Bay, surely one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
It's amazing how quickly people assimilate and normalize the most marvelous paradigm-shifting inventions, such as Google maps. I can't help but mentally gasp when via Google maps I walk around a neighborhood in some far part of the world I recently visited. If there is a news story I'm interested in that is tied to a specific location, I sometimes zoom in on it and the story takes on a reality it wouldn't otherwise have. Amazing.
Google maps really is making the world smaller. Imagine, we can now set ourselves down on pretty much any street corner in the world and take a look around. Not in real-time, of course. That day may yet come.
As are forums such as this one that connect us, live, with people around the world. I sometimes think back to 1983 and earlier, before the advent of the home computer, the internet, and all the rest. For us old folk that wasn't long ago. And compared with now, it was such a different world. I recall running out of cash on a weekend. That sunk my plans for going out to dinner -- no way to get cash. I recall my mother speaking to someone in New York via the telephone -- we were all very impressed. And I recall exchanging letters with someone in Europe -- a process that took weeks in some cases.
The internet's ability to make the world smaller exceeds that of telegraphy, the telephone, radio, and television.