Monday, February 18, 2013

Traveling the World Without Leaving Your House

Screenshot from the Secret Door site; the place is called Riksveg 890, Finnmark fylke in Norway
I have heard people in awe of the Google Maps Street View—some are for voyeurism purposes—but consider me a late bloomer, I have experienced it today. And yes, it is helluva awesome. The website is called the Secret Door. Learned about the Secret Door as I stumbled upon Venture Beat.

Once you click on the door, you will be randomly traveling to places like The White House, Rome's Colosseum, and even to a tiny library in Nunavut, Canada. 

The feeling is beautiful, it's heavenly actually, seeing serene forest Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave in France.

Saint Nicolas de la Grave 

You can drag the screen or click on the arrows and it brings you to the next spot: it's like you're trekking there yourself. There's a background music which is kind of working like a sleeping pill. You can put it off by clicking on the icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

So here are the screenshots of the places I've gone to today. Enjoy!

Google's Headquarter bulletin board; located in North Carolina

Russian and Turkish Spa, Miami, Florida

London, England

Tate Modern, London

I forgot to check the name of this stadium; I was busy circling the place, it was so huge.

The location appears as boxes, they must be in Chinese characters.

Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan

Earthquake-hit Plaza Maiya in Japan; yes they show stuff like this.

Russian & Turkish Baths, Miami, Florida

Tate Modern, England. You can zoom in and see the details of paintings, Victorian chairs, and others

Dauin, Dumaguete, Philippines
Borealis in Norway. Click the image for larger viewing. It's like seeing a place in 360 degrees. 

Try it now, just click on the door.
The Secret Door
The Secret Door is presented by Safestyle UK

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Words I Learned Today (WILT)

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"...And Franco knows what that feels like, more than Sherman or McCarthy or Gordon. I ask him if his vituperative art works taking aim at the blogosphere are a form of revenge. There is, after all, some pretty nutty stuff out there..." Source: Peter Aspden interviews James Franco for Financial Times


"Rod Stewart’s “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” starts to play in the background – an ominous portent – but Franco is in a relaxed, giving mood. Did he find it difficult to compartmentalise his complicated life and multilayered work?" Source: Peter Aspden interviews James Franco for Financial Times


"I am a little zonked, I say, having just arrived on an early flight from London. “I’ve just flown in from LA,” he out-zonks me instantly. “But I’m used to it.” We both order cappuccinos." Source: Peter Aspden interviews James Franco for Financial Times


"But Franco, 34, is not just an actor. He is also an artist, a writer and a scholar. Indeed, depending on your point of view, he is either the most erudite and cleverly subversive commentator on the relationship between fame and art since Andy Warhol or a pretentious, self-referential fraud." Source: Peter Aspden interviews James Franco for Financial Times


"I strongly doubt that Lacson will welcome LGBTs coming to his defense (he has strongly denied being gay and in fact let it be known that he is a henpecked husband) which would account perhaps for the LGBT's silence." Source: Marie Yuvienco reports over the alleged sexuality issues of Senator Ping Lacson for

Monday, February 11, 2013

A View From The Top

Last month, flying back to Davao from Manila, I decided for the first time to seriously take a photograph of the clouds, sky, and the sunset.

Photos are edited with RawTherapee. I used Google Picassa Editor in layering over the texts.

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Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila, Philippines

Good thing the PAL crew asked me where I'd like to be seated.

Three layers: cotton-like clouds in the bottom, could be dark smog in the middle, and sky on top.

Saw three rainbows in one flight, lovely.

Is this what they call Bokeh?

I felt like I was an astronaut looking at the Earth behind me.

Ohlala, the cotton candies!

Bye Luzon! The weather went bad when we reached Visayas or it was Mindanao I think.