Neighborhoods after the storm

Clint and Christi’s neighborhood via satellite before and after Ike. Most of the houses and trees look intact (including theirs) which is good. It looks like the floodwaters have started to recede, too.

The seawall seems to have done its job and protected Galveston proper from the full power of the ocean. The pyramid-shaped buildings at Moody Gardens all appear fine, the NOAA facility still has roofs on all its turtle sanctuaries, and even our Starbucks building on the harbor side looks intact.

This is at 23rd and Seawall Blvd, the site of some gift shops on piers and the Balinese Room, a historic nightclub. Stretching beyond the seawall and straight into the surf, these did not fare so well:

Out on the Bolivar Peninsula where houses were built right on the beach with no seawall or elevation to protect them, the difference is much more dramatic. This is at Crystal Beach (see yesterday’s map).

After images from NOAA Satellite imaging, before images from Google Earth. Click here for the full NOAA catalog of Ike-related imagery (warning, the full-size images are very large).

Fun with geography

So many reasons to love google. If only they had an office in Seattle, i’d go work there… oh, wait… 200 desks in Kirkland and posted availability. But anyway, i digress…

Neat toy of the week is google maps. I love the active scrolling, it’s uber slick. The driving directions are not quite as complete as Yahoo’s but it is admittedly still in beta. What i’m really enjoying about it today is the satellite mapping feature. Lookit me, i’m big brother! I squash you like a bug!

Credit goes to Gabe for finding Area 51 via some exhuberant scrolling. Brian at work pointed out an ill-parked stealth bomber at a california airplane plant. You celebrity stalkers might enjoy spying on Creepyland Ranch for a glimpse of Jacko or (gasp!) the botox-doc making a house call. Wash your hands afterwards, and then head on down to the happiest place on earth, which seemed a lot bigger than this when i was in 4th grade. Not to be outdone, the happiest place in florida is also visible from space. And finally, never missing a chance to splash their logo on something, Safeco Field is even branded from the sky. Scroll N-NE a bit and you’ll notice the Salvation Army is, too. You know, for all those window-seat airline passengers who have been at a loss for finding used furniture, or who didn’t know there was a baseball team (as if!).

What can you find?