Audio and Video: Freefly and “I’m a Denier”

posted at 5:40 pm on March 30, 2007 by Bryan

First up, the Friday Freefly over at Blackfive. Comparing and contrasting two Aussies.

For dessert, a little Al Gore tunage, Monkees-style.

And one last bit of fun came in from a reader:

1 – Go to
2 – Click “Maps”
3 – Clcik “Get Directions”
4 – On “Start Address” type: Boston, MA
5 – On “End Address” type: Le Havre, France
6 – Click “Get Directions”
7 – I have a Saturn. Do you think it is good enough for item # 9?

Breaking on Hot Air



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That Google Easter egg works for any US-to-Europe direction, with the same Boston-to-Le Havre segment.

Excellent finds.

steveegg on March 30, 2007 at 5:53 PM

HA! Google has a good sense of humor :P

lorien1973 on March 30, 2007 at 5:55 PM

Whats curious, though is that it always makes you swim to the English Channel. I could really swim directly to “Cork, Ireland” but google wont let me :(

lorien1973 on March 30, 2007 at 5:57 PM

Uncle Jimbo to CNN “…keep hiding under your bed and ordering room service..”


Zorro on March 30, 2007 at 6:36 PM

You gotta love Uncle Jimbo!

Viper1 on March 30, 2007 at 6:49 PM

It may work for crossing the Atlantic, but it doesn’t work on the West coast. For example, it only says “We could not calculate driving directions between los angeles, ca and honolulu, hi.” Clearly, a case of West coast discrimination!!!

GEC on March 30, 2007 at 7:18 PM

Not only does the “Get Directions” not work from the West Coast, but the trip to Europe is always through Boston, MA and LaHavre, France even if you start in New York, Baltimore, New Orleans, or Miami or end in London.

I thought “Get Directions” is supposed to be the most direct route.

You swim from Miami. You don’t drive to Boston, then swim to LaHavre.

slp on March 30, 2007 at 8:02 PM

Bryan, everybody knows Saturn’s can’t swim.

Kini on March 30, 2007 at 8:42 PM

Pshaw. Google maps, downtown Roseville, CA.

Washington and Vernon. In the real world, they don’t intersect. In Google World, they do.

I did a wireless mapping gig that involved driving lots and lots of city streets – many missing roads (not just new construction), roads on the map that have never existed in the real world, blocked roads listed as connected, etc.

There was even a city block whose streets were rotated 90 degrees on the map.

Cartography appears to be a lost art.

Merovign on March 30, 2007 at 11:34 PM