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Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Google Street View

Google's Street View Car Today Sean and I were walking back to work from Tim Hortans here in downtown Toronto when we saw one of the Google Street View cars drove by. It was shooting photos of Bay Street. So, when they finally release Street View for the Toronto region, you might just see us there. We actually were walking along one of the side dead end streets when it passed us. About a block down the road, it turned around and passed us going the other way. Knowing it was going to come back, we ran over and sat on a rock in a park and tried to look like supermodels. We sat apart on purpose so it wouldn't look like we were holding hands... What is Street View you ask? Where have you been? It is an add-on to Google Maps. Zoom into a major US city like New York or San Fran. Once you zoom into the downtown core, you will see a little Street View button appear. Click over and bring on the good times. Looking for one of the REI's in San Fran? Here is a link. As you can see, there is plenty of parking on the other side of the street. I found a photo of the Chevy Cobalt car that Google uses. The car we saw today had California plates so it looks like they shipped up the fleet to Toronto. Strapped to the top of the car was a funny looking 360 degree camera that is used to take the photos. You can find lots of good technical information on Gizmodo. As you can see, we I get excited about the little things...
I couldn't be there but I have been activity reading other blog updates on the highlights of the 2007 West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium. It seems that everybody is gaga over Dubside's new black Sterling's Kayak. It looks like a real work of art indeed! The dates have been set for next year's symposium. Book your plane tickets now for September 19, 20 & 21, 2008! Below is a list of links to thoughts and highlights of the weekend: Dubside's Ice Kap - Kayak Wendy State of the Art - The Dash Point Pirate Fire Dance With Me - The Dash Point Pirate Sweetwater wins the 2nd Annual IR Vacation to Hell - Kayak Journal Podcast West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium Highlights - The Dash Point Pirate
Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Do you know this guy?

Authorities hope to identify this kayaker as part of their investigation into the disappearance of Marianne DeMartin of Evesham. The Burlington County, NJ Prosecutor's Office released an unidentified man's photograph Monday as part of a continuing investigation into the disappearance of an Evesham woman two years ago this week. Investigators don't feel that he is a suspect in the case but a photograph of the bearded man was downloaded into DeMartin's laptop computer a couple of weeks before she disappeared on September 23, 2005. "Quite frankly we don't have any fresh leads in the case right now . . . but this (photograph) in no way, shape or form should be interpreted to mean this is a suspect or a person of interest," Bernardi said. Her family recently lunched a website (www.mariannedemartin.com) to collect information on her disappearance. More info: courierpostonline.com
Members from the Surfrider Foundation - Sebastian Inlet Chapter want to remind all watermen and women, as well beachgoers of all ages, that the annual Paddle for Clean Water is scheduled to take place this Sunday, September 23, 2007, at Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral.
Rapid Media, publishers of Kayak Angler magazine, announces the creation of two new film categories in its 2008 Reel Paddling Film Festival and World Tour. The two new categories are Best Kayak Fishing Film and Best Instructional Paddling Film.

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