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(Boston Globe)   Close-up pics of the Earth, from space. Number 4 is not Mars, and number 22 makes Vegas 'burbs look as soulless as they probably are   (boston.com) divider line 208
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2009-01-15 09:53:00 AM
I heart "The Big Picture".
 
2009-01-15 09:53:03 AM
Wow. Those are good.
 
2009-01-15 10:09:28 AM
rikdanger: I heart "The Big Picture".

Agreed. These links are always spectacular.

Thanks subby!
 
2009-01-15 10:12:54 AM
I like this comment:

I like #12 of the sand sea. I wonder what the worlds largest water desert is?

But probably because I was listening to Mitch Hedberg on my way to work this morning.
 
2009-01-15 10:16:17 AM
This is an absolutely beautiful photo essay. Thank you for posting this, Subby.

See? Fark is occasionally good for something ;)
 
2009-01-15 10:22:51 AM
wow, these are great, subby

thanks!
 
2009-01-15 10:36:49 AM
Wallpapers for a year!
 
2009-01-15 10:58:01 AM
That Vegas one is unnerving. Very "hive".
 
2009-01-15 11:00:14 AM
Very awesome, subby. Love these submissions.
 
2009-01-15 11:10:29 AM
As an urban planner, the Las Vegas image made me cringe. That is a seriously messed up street system, there is no connectivity between the residential areas and commercial. This place is sterile, there is effectively no way that a sense of community can develop here.
 
2009-01-15 11:54:03 AM
That Vegas pic made me itch to play sim city. Now I'm counting the seconds to get off work.
 
2009-01-15 12:42:49 PM
Amazing. It's too bad that the U.S. contribution to such gorgeous photos of our wondrous planet is.....Vegas.
 
2009-01-15 12:51:36 PM
Flying into Vegas over the holidays, I was struck by how bland and indeed soulless these develops were.

Then I was hit again by the fact that many developments seemed devoid of life, at least for a Friday afternoon. I usually see cars moving in and out and around the houses when I fly into a city somewhere. Not so on the outskirts of Vegas.
 
2009-01-15 01:09:22 PM
For #22 I witnessed this scene from the ground when visiting Vegas a few years ago. Those developments just seem to go on forever. And every house had a big ugly metal A/C box on the roof. You don't see that here in Virginia. They are on the ground next to the houses here.
 
2009-01-15 01:11:14 PM
Great stuff.
 
2009-01-15 01:12:23 PM
urger: This place is sterile, there is effectively no way that a sense of community can develop here.

Which is essentially the single biggest complaint I've heard from friends and family that live(d) there.
 
2009-01-15 01:20:32 PM
I find it interesting that the only photo in that set that primarily shows mankind's efforts is the ugliest of the bunch.

Yes, humans have created some incredible works of art and beauty, but we've got nothing on the natural beauty of this pale blue dot on which we all live. Makes me feel so small and yet so connected to my fellow humans, as if we all need one another to make it through our lives.

Anyway, enough of this. I've got to get back to the Gaza v Israel threads.
 
2009-01-15 01:25:14 PM
No YOU'RE a Towel: That Vegas one is unnerving. Very "hive".

I'm going to go play Sim City.
 
2009-01-15 01:29:53 PM
Purty.
 
2009-01-15 01:31:17 PM
The pics of ice are clearly shopped. Global warming has killed all the ice. Al Gore says so.

If you disagree with me you think the earth is flat.
 
2009-01-15 01:31:33 PM
very cool, thanks submitter
 
2009-01-15 01:32:52 PM
all mass produced suburbs are that soulless and sterile.
cul-de-sac communities ftl.
 
2009-01-15 01:34:02 PM
Beautiful stuff.

Where is Richard Attenborough to narrate the captions? Hmmmm?
 
2009-01-15 01:34:09 PM
Subby was able to guess that urban LV is "soulless" from orbit? Having never been there? Damn, that's some accuracy. It has more panhandlers than any place I've ever seen, and absolutely everything is for sale.

You should be hearing from NASA.
 
2009-01-15 01:34:52 PM
In #3: Do they know it's Christmas after all?
 
2009-01-15 01:35:23 PM
#22

Resistance is futile.
 
2009-01-15 01:35:57 PM
No YOU'RE a Towel: That Vegas one is unnerving. Very "hive".

Do you and the subby realize that most of those homes--as scrunched up together as they are--contain a family with members who work or go to school or both and have friends and parties and favortie shows and books and hobbies and vacations and christmas trees in december and hot dogs in July and say hi to their neighbors and report suspicious activity and teach their kids how to ride a bike on those streets?

Don't be unnerved.
 
2009-01-15 01:36:03 PM
Walker: For #22 I witnessed this scene from the ground when visiting Vegas a few years ago. Those developments just seem to go on forever. And every house had a big ugly metal A/C box on the roof. You don't see that here in Virginia. They are on the ground next to the houses here.

They are next to the newer houses in Vegas now. I lived in a neighborhood pictured on the satellite. Unless your great with directions, its very easy to get lost when all the houses are exactly the same as yours. Every time I see a similar neighborhood on tv I automatically thinks its my old neighborhood in Vegas. Nope just one of the trillion look a like suburbs.

So glad to be back on the east coast in a house with siding...that I can differentiate from my neighbors!
 
2009-01-15 01:36:11 PM
Tr0mBoNe: I'm going to go play Sim City

Don't make me send Steven Van Zandt after you.

Oh, you said SIM City.
 
2009-01-15 01:36:20 PM
I noticed a lot of the are of Iran and arab countries. I wonder how that happened?
 
2009-01-15 01:38:27 PM
The one that made me feel bad was the one with the national park surrounded by miles and miles of badlands.
 
2009-01-15 01:38:53 PM
No YOU'RE a Towel: That Vegas one is unnerving. Very "hive".

urger: As an urban planner, the Las Vegas image made me cringe. That is a seriously messed up street system, there is no connectivity between the residential areas and commercial. This place is sterile, there is effectively no way that a sense of community can develop here.

welcome to most communities in the Phoenix metro area as well.

/still like it here
 
2009-01-15 01:40:20 PM
Not sure I would call MODIS imagery "close-up". It's like 250 meters / pixel.
 
2009-01-15 01:40:28 PM
urger: As an urban planner, the Las Vegas image made me cringe. That is a seriously messed up street system, there is no connectivity between the residential areas and commercial. This place is sterile, there is effectively no way that a sense of community can develop here.

It's sad how few of those houses have solar water heaters or PV cells on the roof. Vegas is perfect for that kind of thing.
 
2009-01-15 01:40:48 PM
bugenhagen: rikdanger: I heart "The Big Picture".

Agreed. These links are always spectacular.

Thanks subby!


These links always give me some biatchin' screen savers.

Awesome.
 
2009-01-15 01:41:16 PM
urger: As an urban planner, the Las Vegas image made me cringe. That is a seriously messed up street system, there is no connectivity between the residential areas and commercial. This place is sterile, there is effectively no way that a sense of community can develop here.

That picture could've been taken in any of the newer fringe developments of Phoenix: they're all poorly planned like that.
 
2009-01-15 01:41:25 PM
urger: As an urban planner, the Las Vegas image made me cringe. That is a seriously messed up street system, there is no connectivity between the residential areas and commercial. This place is sterile, there is effectively no way that a sense of community can develop here.

This. But then again this is Le Corbusier's legacy.

/In a way
 
2009-01-15 01:41:50 PM
Wow. "Amazing" doesn't even begin to cover it.
 
2009-01-15 01:43:13 PM
noticed a lot of the are of Iran and arab countries. I wonder how that happened?

Fewer clouds blocking the view?
 
2009-01-15 01:43:33 PM
LlamaGirl: Where is Richard Attenborough to narrate the captions? Hmmmm?

His brother David is the preeminent naturalist narrator.
 
2009-01-15 01:43:53 PM
flashfry: No YOU'RE a Towel: That Vegas one is unnerving. Very "hive".

Do you and the subby realize that most of those homes--as scrunched up together as they are--contain a family with members who work or go to school or both and have friends and parties and favortie shows and books and hobbies and vacations and christmas trees in december and hot dogs in July and say hi to their neighbors and report suspicious activity and teach their kids how to ride a bike on those streets?

Don't be unnerved.


If they all do those exact same things, then, yeah - still unnerved.
 
2009-01-15 01:44:15 PM
Bah - propaganda!
 
2009-01-15 01:45:00 PM
Incredible. Very Yann Artrus-Berhand
 
2009-01-15 01:45:35 PM
LlamaGirl: Beautiful stuff.

Where is Richard Attenborough to narrate the captions? Hmmmm?


You mean David. Richard is on Jurassic Island.
 
2009-01-15 01:47:30 PM
Thanks subby, you made my day!
 
2009-01-15 01:48:52 PM
So who's going to wrap these up in an email and add some story about how their daughter works for NASA, these being the pics she took from space?
 
2009-01-15 01:49:10 PM
renman73: If they all do those exact same things, then, yeah - still unnerved.

ha.

my take on all people disatisfied with their clinical "hive" neighborhood development full of automatons and people who don't acknowledge each other or carpool or anything:

organize a damn block party or stfu.

With Vegas weather and the in-and-out transient population you gotta work a bit to create camaraderie. Sure its the same in other communities.
 
2009-01-15 01:49:38 PM
Cubicle Jockey: noticed a lot of the are of Iran and arab countries. I wonder how that happened?

Fewer clouds blocking the view?


I'm thinking they couldn't move the terrain to Canada to take pictures of it there.
 
2009-01-15 01:49:45 PM
flashfry: No YOU'RE a Towel: That Vegas one is unnerving. Very "hive".

Do you and the subby realize that most of those homes--as scrunched up together as they are--contain a family with members who work or go to school or both and have friends and parties and favortie shows and books and hobbies and vacations and christmas trees in december and hot dogs in July and say hi to their neighbors and report suspicious activity and teach their kids how to ride a bike on those streets?

Don't be unnerved.


You're wrong. I was walking down one of those streets, and each house had a kid outside bouncing a ball. And they were all bouncing at the same time!!!

Except for this one kid who dropped his, but I believe he's going to be re-educated.

/my time is all wrinkled
 
2009-01-15 01:50:31 PM
"Little boxes, on the hillside,
little boxes made of ticky-tacky..."

/only one solution
 
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