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July 11, 2007

Seattle, Washington
Fun With Google Earth

About two months ago, some folks at Google Earth rang me up and asked if I wanted to work on a project with them. This was not a difficult decision, as Google Earth is pretty much the coolest thing anyone has ever done with a computer.

I put together a list of favorite places and wrote some stuff to say about them. Then a lot of fancy technical stuff happened and here is the result.

And here's where you can download the KML file with all the stuff in the video.

Melissa and I shot the intro and outro about two weeks ago in Sweden. I had a cold, so I sound really stuffed up, and Melissa got sore arms cause she had to hold the camera over her head the whole time. It took me half an hour to get those six sentences right, and we had to start over every time a car drove by.

Here is what I learned: talking on camera is about 10 times harder than dancing.

In case any of you went to my sister's new site last week and found you weren't able to actually buy anything, after many hours on hold with customer support in India, she's got it working now. If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's in my last post.

I'm back from the wedding in New York. I learned how to be a best man, which is not very difficult. You mostly just stand there. Really, the only hard thing is the speech, and my brother-in-law gave me some excellent tips on that.

"Keep it under 2 minutes. Three jokes, then say something sappy."

I'm back in Seattle now and officially off the hook for the summer. I'm not going anywhere for at least...7 days.