Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Streets of Sugar Land

For those few who haven't yet heard of it, Google Street View is a feature of Google Maps. Google had a specially-equipped vehicle drive down streets in hundreds of cities in the US and Europe, taking images every few feet. These images are available to anyone with an Internet connection.

I didn't realize it until a few days ago, but they pretty much covered all of Sugar Land, including the swankienda where I hang my hat.

There's our house. Now, I know that the streets are public property, and anyone can come along and snap a picture. It doesn't show anything that really invades my life. It does show that it was garbage day.

But still. I love the InterTubes and the rich oceans of information available at the click of a mouse, but there is a price, and that price is a degree of privacy. It will be very interesting to see where the next hundred years takes us.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Storm Damage

Tropical storm Eduoard passed through our area yesterday. There are a lot of people telling us that "it was only a tropical storm" and "you got off lucky". Well, I just want to remind people that even a tropical storm can leave devastation in its wake. Here's documentary evidence of the path of destruction left by Eduoard.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Paparrazi to ducklings

There's a little lake not too far away, and I was driving by it when I saw a duck herding her little ones alone. I had recently acquired a new compact digital camera that could take video, so I stopped by one evening, found the birds, and shot some video.

The papa duck served as bodyguard, hissing at me, sounding just like a ticked-off cat. I snagged the video and left them to their avian business.