Compared to last week’s prompt, this week’s, “link,” is a piece of cake.
How are you coping with staring at the same four walls, looking out the same windows at the same scene, day in and day out? Okay, most of us can get out and walk around the neighborhood, at least, but my knees are so bad that it’s pretty much not safe for me to go out walking. Mary takes me with her when she goes to run errands sometimes, and that lessens the frustration for me, but, let’s face it, I’m bored.
One of the ways I cope with this is to let the computer do the walking for me. One of my favorite sites is Google Maps. I’ll pick a site, say Pierre, South Dakota, type that into the search, and voilá!, it shows me a map of the city. I can see the map view or the satellite view, and I can even choose a location and find myself standing on the street, from which I can walk the streets and go looking for highlights. Or, I’ll hear of a location somewhere in the world, like Sukhbataar Square in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia and with a few clicks of the mouse, I can be standing in fromt of the huge statue of Genghis Khan that overlooks the square.
Recently, I heard of a couple more sites by reading about them on Apartment Therapy. One is Random Street View, which which uses the pictures from Google Maps and gives you a random view of somewhere in the world. If there’s a specific country you want to see, like Swaziland (or if you prefer the more current name of Eswatini), you can select the country and RSV takes you to random places within it. There are a lot of dirt roads in Swaziland, just so you know.
The latest I’ve learned about, and maybe the coolest, is WindowSwap. People around the world take videos of up to ten minutes out one of the windows of their house and send it in to the people who run it. They then put it into rotation for visitors to see. A visitor comes to the site and clicks a button, which launches a new browser window with one of the contributed videos playing in it. If you get tired of watching that one, there’s a button on the screen that’ll take you to the next random video. Some of the videos seem almost like photographs, while others show a lot of activity, and sometimes you can hear conversations going on.
Try them and see for yourself, and if you find any more sites, be sure and post the links!
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