Now use your current location on all randymajors.org mapping tools!

This enhancement applies all of the mapping tools on this website: County Lines on Google Maps ZIP Codes on Google Maps City Limits on Google Maps Township Range on Google Maps Location Explorer on Google Maps Climate Info on Google Maps Time Zones on Google Maps Area Codes on Google Maps Historical U.S. Counties on Google Maps On all of these randymajors.org mapping tools, you always had to start by typing in a city, address, place, etc. Now with this latest enhancement, if you want to know more about your current location, you can just click the “⊕ Locate” buttons in the upper … Read more

Great Geo Guessing Game

GeoGuessr is a cool geography game that uses Google Street View.  The game randomly places you all around the world, and you get points for clicking on the map as close as you can to the place you’re viewing.  Sometimes you get lucky and know where you are based on some famous landmark, but very often you have to try to figure it out based on subtle clues in the scenery, roads, signs, people, flora and fauna.  So far, my personal best is just over 13,000 points in one round — how high can you score?

Kuala Lumpur twin towers: the world’s tallest twin towers

I was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last week and had a chance to visit and photograph the Petronas Towers.  At 1,483 feet tall, they were the tallest buildings in the world until 2004, and they remain the world’s tallest twin buildings ever built. Photo taken from the front entrance area of the Petronas Towers Taken from inside the “skybridge” on the 42nd floor.  It’s a double-decker skybridge, with the 41st floor being for tourists while the  42nd floor is reserved for tenants and their guests.  At 558 feet, it is the highest 2-story bridge in the world.  Per wikipedia, the … Read more

Moscow

Here are a couple of photos of Red Square and the Kremlin, day and night, from my Moscow trip a couple of weeks ago.  Saint Basil’s Cathedral is in the background.  It was about 60 degrees warmer than last time I was there — which is to say it was a perfect 70-something rather than 20 degrees below freezing!   It’s a great run to do laps around the perimeter of the Kremlin (it’s perimeter is 1.5 miles).

Ancient London photos

I meant to post these photos a few months ago.  I had some extra time over the weekend on a September trip to London and decided to explore a few of the more ancient sites of the city, including Temple Church, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Wall, Tower of London, and All Hallows-by-the-Tower.   Ancient London, Sep 2011

Temple, Basilica, Cathedral, and Church

Left to right:   Wat Arun Rachawararam, the Temple of Dawn, 1-Feb-2004 (Bangkok, Thailand – 17th century) Saint Basil’s basilica, 19-Nov-2003 (Moscow, Russia – 1554) Saint Louis Cathedral, 4-Aug-2003 (New Orleans, Louisiana, United States – 1720) Christ Church, 8-Jun-2003 (London, England, United Kingdom – 1845)

Road-trip to Belize, summer of 1990

Map of Belize Hand-drawn map of Belize, drawn after returning to Colorado.  We began the 1990 driving trip to Belize in Denver, Colorado, traveling through New Mexico, Texas, down along Mexico’s Gulf Coast, and into Belize.  Along the way, and in Belize, we camped on the beaches and lived off the land for several weeks. Ancient Mayan Artifacts Artifacts discovered at Shipstern, an unexcavated Mayan ruin in northeastern Belize.  Clockwise from upper-left: rock sphere used for grinding grain, bead, human tooth, black coral, small jade cooking axe/knife. Artifacts from a Shipwreck Artifacts discovered on the coastline near Shipstern, an unexcavated … Read more