Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Seeing is Believing

I am not that big on satellite pictures and (Lord knows) I muster little enthusiasm for Google; but the photographs that Stephen Shankland posted on his Underexposed blog for CNET News probably provide the best way to get a good sense of how many people turned out to brave the cold just of the sake of situating themselves somewhere between the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument while Barack Obama took the Oath of Office. The images came from GeoEye-1, which will shortly be Google's new source for Google Earth and Google Maps. As Shankland observed, the crowd formed clusters around large television monitors set up for the occasion (as they had been at Sunday's concert).

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