Google Street View

For our Frivolous Friday post, a story in pictures. One of our favourite things at the library is Google Street View.  Some of us use it to see the places we read about in books. Some of us just want to know where that French bookstore is located. And we’ve probably all dropped in on our homes to see what was going on the day the Google trucks went by.

But what about those unexpected images that get captured just because the cameras are pointed somewhere at the exact moment something interesting or terrifying happens?  Well, artist Jon Rafman has started the Nine Eyes of Google Streetview, a project that has him putting together all the unexpected images shot by the nine cameras on the Google trucks.

These photos are amazing, heartbreaking, funny, shocking and frustrating, but they’re all interesting.

Be warned, some of the images feature nudity and some can be disturbing, but take a few moments to scroll through the site.  You’ll be amazed and it’ll make you think about Google Street View a little differently the next time you log on.


Where is my tripod?

I take a lot of pictures at the library.  I like to keep a visual record of storytimes, summer programs and special events that take place in the library.  But it would be fun to get into the picture once in a while.  So what about a tripod?  Tripods are limited in where you can place them, however.  You must have a flat surface and be able to either set your camera on a timer or have a remote.  Now, there is a new kind of tripod that can be used almost anywhere!

This Stick-anywhere tripod uses a viscoelastic polymer base to allow you to place it almost anywhere, at any angle.  How great is this?  What about using your video camera in the same way?  You could get some really interesting views by placing the camera up high or back in an unobtrusive corner.

You can order the tripod here: