Virtual Touring

Sometimes I want to be somewhere I’m not. Today, it was Yosemite. Fortunately, there’s a high-tech solution: virtual touring.

Here are a few of my favorite resources.

There are many more resources you can use for virtual traveling.

Do you use the Internet to “travel”? What are your favorite resources?

Update (2/15/2010). Here are a couple more resources I should have mentioned:

  1. Twitter — Chances are, there’s someone on Twitter tweeting about the location you’re interested in. Tweeting about the location likely will result in your being followed by that someone. For example, I tweeted about Yosemite and was soon followed by @THEYosemiteBlog. Doing a people search for Yosemite resulted in a lot more hits.
  2. Blogs — Finding blogs about a certain topic is easy. Google’s Blog Search or Technorati are great resources to find blogs.

Thanks for Asking…

My day was great! So great, in fact, that I just have to share a small part of it with you.

This is what central Oregon was like earlier today. Enjoy! ;-)

If you’re a true friend, you’ll watch all 7:10 of it.

Gee, thanks, YouTube…

You have no friends...

Democrat Candidates More Wired?

I added networking links for the declared presidential candidates on my Election 2008 page.

The Democrats have more networking links than the Republicans, averaging 3.0 links per Democrat compared with 1.7 links per Republican. I only counted links to Facebook, Flickr, Meetup, MySpace, and YouTube. A couple of the Democrats also had PartyBuilder; I didn’t count those links. If I had, it would only increase this disparity.

For some unknown reasons, the Republicans also make it harder to find their networking links. Duncan Hunter, in an apparent effort to maintain a consistent color theme, camouflaged the networking links in the right column; I found them only after returning to the site for a second time. John McCain hid his networking links two menus down in a press release, and even then they are just text links. Ever the maverick, McCain also posts his videos on veoh.com and reference what appears to be his one and only answer on answers.yahoo.com.

It’s not just the second (or third) tier Republican candidates not trying to do the “networking thing.” Rudy Giuliani (I’ll learn to spell his name before this campaign is over) has exactly zero networking links.

Are networking links necessary? One could argue not. After all, the Internet didn’t propel Howard Dean into the victory circle. Yet, I think that argument is a few years out of date. There’s nothing better than getting buzz going in the voters at virtually no cost. (And there’s probably one thing they’d like to avoid: getting unfavorable posts written about them, like this one…)

So will the networking gap affect my vote? Of course not. My vote will come down to the issues, not whether a candidate is my friend on MySpace or whether I can see pictures of her dog on Flickr.

The Gavel: More transparency in government

Nancy Pelosi has a blog called The Gavel. Of course it’s political. Of course it’s slanted. But, wow!

Where’s John Boehner’s?

Okay, I know the news of the day was that Republican Study Group claimed Pelosi was infringing C-Span’s copyright with the many YouTube videos (and then withdrew their objection). Now, it may be a contractual issue. Who knows? Regardless, this sort of openness should be not only allowed, but encouraged.

Like a Bird on a Wire

Thanks to Rob for e-mailing the link to this video. It brings back memories of energy conversion lab, working with high voltages keeping one hand in my pocket. Though those voltages were nothing like the voltages in this video.

By the way, have you ever pondered YouTube’s business model? Certainly, storing and streaming video can’t be cheap. Yet they provide the service for free. They make their money on ads, you say? I wonder. The ad I saw when watching this video was for YouTube itself. And the only ads you’re going to see associated with this video are those on blogan, not YouTube. The question remains: why does YouTube provide the ability to embed videos on others’ web pages?