Originally published 11/28/14
If you are familiar with the remarkable free computer program Google Earth, this will be just a note of passing interest. But if you are not familiar, and you download it, your life will be changed forever. You may start spending all your waking hours learning more about our world than you ever thought possible.
Virtually every square inch of the world has now been photographed in high resolution, many times over. Google Earth puts all these photos onto a virtual globe, and gives you the tools to fly anywhere, and zoom in on the details.
You can see your house and your car in the driveway. You can “drive” down streets and experience the streetscapes in seamless photography.
You can also experience 3 dimensional buildings from above. The Freeman House is the first such building appearing in Vienna.
Note the caboose in the lower left is just a blob on the ground, as is the roof of Dr. Gannon’s office in the upper left. But the Freeman House in the upper right corner has been enhanced. You can circle around it like a bird, seeing all sides accurately from the point of view of your location above it. Almost all large buildings in downtown Washington DC are now rendered in 3-D