Once again, Google has been asking me, via messages on my Android phone, to submit photos of Seattle locations for Google Maps. Most recently I snapped an image of the inside of my jacket pocket while walking through McGraw Square downtown:
They were pretty happy with this one, as you can see:
A year ago was my first submission, “A dark night at Green Lake”:
I’ve volunteered to become a “Local Guide” for Google so I can offer additional aid. I’m suspicious about how well they really like my pictures, however, because I can’t find them on Google Maps.
I’ll keep trying. Maybe a close-up of one of my fingernails as I stand beneath the Space Needle would garner more appreciation.
I’ve been sadly neglectful of this blog. I’ll post a few photos from the long cloudy winter:
Ebey’s Landing in February
Rattlesnake Ledge in March
A rare bit of snow seen from our deck in December
An obstructed view of Space Needle fireworks on New Years
Dreaming of a purple Christmas
A note from Google often pops up on my phone after I take a picture. It identifies my location and asks me if I want to submit the picture to Google Maps so others can see it when looking at that map location.
I usually ignore this, but last week I was down at Green Lake late in the evening and accidentally took a completely black image. Google suggested that I submit the picture. This time I agreed and added the photo. I suggested a caption, “A dark night at Green Lake.”
Last night I received this thank you from Google along with a copy of my picture.
It feels good to contribute. As you can see, this is exactly what Green Lake looks like when there’s no light. If you’ve been there, you’ll probably recognize it.
Decided to attend NECSS in Manhattan. That’s the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism. Some of the NECSS highlights for me included:
- Most of the medical-related sessions. Of particular interest was hearing doctors give accounts of dealing with patients who are also seeing and getting advice from alternative health providers.
- The Skeptical Extravaganza of Special Significance was very entertaining and funny thanks to the wonderful George Hrab and the wide variety of stunts and activities.
- Bill Nye was both amusing and inspirational when discussing climate change.
- Richard Wiseman’s keynote. He combines engaging and enlightening in a perfect way.
In addition to the conference, I got pizza, of course. Multiple times. A little place called Amadeus was the local slice source for me. Also visited Central Park and the American Museum of Natural History. I spent hours at the latter, including attending a spectacular Hayden Planetarium show. Also saw a very fine production of Matilda.
(1) The naked cowboy (2) Hailing a cab. (3) Massive brick edifice. (4) Entrance: Chelsea Pods. (5) Where Kong died. (6) Colorful Matilda stage. (7) Famous museum dino. (8) Large museum head. (9) Walking the Highline (elevated park). (10) Strawberry Fields.
Paragliders run off the edge of a cliff at Pooh Pooh Point on Tiger Mountain.