Welcome to the Neighborhood

I have been living in Shanghai, China since the middle of May but have not got around to posting anything expect to my flickr account and the previous post, the photo of the Shanghai skyline. Today i discovered that a site called city8.com has a Google street view type service for Shanghai. For the uninitiated, Google street view gives you a street level view of the happenings along any given street in a city. They accomplish this by installing a 360 degree camera on the top of a van and driving up and down every street in a city. I’m assuming the photo is geotaged with gps coordinates at the time of capture, and using some proprietary technology they are placed on the map. Without further introduction, take some time and look around my neighborhood and let me know what you think. The place that should load up at the start is my apartment gate, from here use the controls to go up and down the street, and click around inside to pan around or zoom in.

PackageMapper.com

PackageMapper.comYes, yet another mapping post today, but anyhow, Armed with Google Maps and Ruby on Rails, PackageMapper.com visually tracks your packages as they meander around the US on the back of a brown or white truck. Call me crazy, but I like to know where my packages are at, and now I can. The only problem with the site is that the map is not updated as much as I’d like, but then again they do have limited resources so A+ for effort. Go check out PackageMapper.com.

Location by Zip Code

Ever wondered what area falls into your zipcode? Check out this amazing webapplication designed by Ben Fry. Simply start typing in your zipcode and it will begin isolating the region a number at a time. Below is an example for the numbers “57,” which happens to be the prefix for the entire state of South Dakota. This should prove to be an extremly usefull application, for wasting time that is… Click Here or the image to visit “zipcode” by Ben Fry.

Area for the Zipcode '57