Today’s post is a short, silly follow-up to my earlier, equally silly post, Legends of Google Chrome Logo Design. That was a proof-theorem-lemma sort of parody.
Click on any image to enlarge. Higher quality resolution is not guaranteed.
The image to the left looks like it was screen shot, downloaded, then uploaded about a zillion times, using a far lossier compression algorithm than anything in use today. That only adds to its charm. Maybe?
I don’t know why Ant decided to title it like this, but I liked it. Better yet, go visit Ant’s strange, fun, almost-sweet website, Ant’s Quality Foraged Links.
I nearly forgot the entire point of this post, about Google Maps recent use of WebGL!
Recent Google Maps enhancements
Google Maps offers various practical views such as satellite, hybrid street map overlaid on satellite, street-level (“Street View”) and even a photographic view inside businesses that participate in Google Places. Google Maps Street View coverage as of 2 March 2012 is represented by the blue shaded areas in the extremely friendly map below.
Google Maps street view coverage
Mapping fans have created some amazing special effects by combining, or layering, Google Maps with other Google services and non-Google specific features. I am referring to Panoramio and WebGL, respectively. Google Panoramio is a high-quality photograph sharing application, acquired by Google in 2008.
Street View Stereographic, by NotLion via Github, is a combo demonstration of WebGL, Panoramio and of course Google Maps Street View. If the details on Github are too sparse or too technical to understand, try reading the Google Maps Mania post about how to view any Google Maps Street View as a stereographic projection.
Is WebGL an open standard?
I don’t quite know the answer to that! Maybe the responses to this question on StackOverflow, about the difference between WebGL and OpenGL will be helpful.