Sep 11, 2013

Google Street View Pandemonium


      A couple of years ago, me and my boyfriend went to London. Before the trip, I told him the name and address of our hotel and the name of the nearest underground station and he looked up the path we had to walk on Google Street View. When we got to London in the middle of the night and got off the tube, he immediately knew which way to turn and recognized all the streets and our hotel as if he lived there all his life. I thought it was the coolest and cleverest thing ever. It's really neat that you can just look up everything on Google Street View and never feel lost, don't you think? Well, actually you can't look up everything, some spots of our lovely globe aren't on Google Street View and my home country Slovenia is one of them.
      About 3 years ago, our information commissioner, Mrs. Pirc Musar, victoriously announced that she singlehandedly stopped the Internet giant Google from filming our country and preying on its poor citizens' privacy and she wasn't the only one - Austria and some other European countries were firmly against it too. That year really wasn't a good one for Google because they had to stop everything they were doing for Street View in Europe since there were just too many obstacles a. k. a. people against it claiming to ban Google cars from conquering their land forever. Little did all the grumpy nay-sayers know - you can't say no to Google. Nobody can. On 9th of July 2013, Google in fact began filming our little shy country, starting with the capital. The joke's on you Mrs. Pirc Musar.
      The biggest reason why people like our information commissioner didn't accept Google cars with open hands was the fact that those cameras can capture things, which would be better left un-captured such as naked people getting out of their car trunks, naked people bathing in public fountains, naked people chilling in front of their house, naked people just living it up in general, people scratching themselves, people scratching other people, people unwilling to walk, people peeing, people hiding in trash cans, people running in scuba gear, people giving birth, people losing their baby and lots of other craziness, but you know what? That's life. And my guess is if people are naked in public they a) want to be seen or b) don't give a fuck - regardless of the cameras. What all the Pirc Musars of the world were doing was protecting people who were doing something which they shouldn't be doing, like peeing in public. If you're not on Jersey Shore, you shouldn't pee in public, dead simple. And if you still decide to drop your pants and squat in the middle of the street in broad daylight, your dumb peeing ass deserves to be eternally commemorated on the world wide web.
      But people are somehow still very protective of their privacy and instead of tipping their hats to Google for actually putting together something useful, they started flipping their fingers in great numbers. Tell me - what are you doing that you don't want your neighbors to see? Is it something naughty? Is it something vicious? Is it something illegal? Or do you just want to hide the fact that your life is just as boring and uneventful as the majority of other people's existence? Before you answer, let me tell you another story illustrating how giving up a little privacy can sometimes go a long way.
      A friend I met in Denver got stopped by a police officer for speeding and even if he told the officer that he couldn't have seen the speed limit sign because he had just turned on that street, he got a speeding ticket. Months later, he and the officer went to court and he took out his smart phone and showed the judge on Google Street View that he couldn't possibly see the sign because he didn't pass it and the judge canceled his ticket. So if you ever happen to see one of the Google cars, you might consider blowing the driver a kiss instead of being rude. Or you can put on a show.

What I'd wear today: Shirt - H&M, shorts - DIY, rings - eBay + H&M
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      Peet

20 comments:

  1. How pretty are these pictures? Got a hot date? I literally laughed aloud at some of your points in this. "Your dumb peeing ass deserves to be eternally commemorated on the world wide web." LOL too good.

    xo Ashley
    thetiniestfirecracker.com

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  2. I think google maps are so amazing! I love seeing the street view of a place that I am going to before I get in the car as I am a visual person and it helps me. People are weird with their privacy! Who knows what they are doing! :)
    Love your DIY shorts! Very cool!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  3. I'm getting a sweet spa vibe with these flowers.

    http://petitemaisonoffashion.blogspot.com/

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  4. Rofl .. oh, my .. good post. Gawd, I must get rid of my black berry and get an iphone.

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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    1. I don't have an iPhone either, but I'm sticking to my Nokia. Probably for ever.:)

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  5. Hi Peet! For me Google maps, Google streets view and other tools as these from Google are very useful and I always use them to know where I have to go if I dont know the place. I think privacy troubles are exaggerated, I dont get in fact them. Lol for that guy, he did right! Btw, nice stuff, I really like the shirt! Kisses! xo

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  6. hahahahahahah!!! I LOVE google street view! I'm a proper stalker, every time someone tells me where they live I check it out and freak them out with my knowledge of their neighbourhood! *I'm a deliberate weirdo* is that a thing?

    LOL xx

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    1. You're one of those girls, hmm???:P

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  7. hahaha I've seen each one of the links and I'm still dying because of the laughter. How many people can be naked on the street? They are a plague!
    And how this guy got into the trash? What about the birth? for the love of god i can see the umbilical cord!

    I like google street view. Few months ago my boyfriend told me that he would take me to Paris. We sat in front of the computer and visited the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Then I got tired and told him to take me to New York ... We spend a great time there. The best trip we've done =)

    And if you are so stupid or uninhibited enough to be in your garden`s house naked ... you deserve appear on google.

    XXX
    http://muerdelaespina.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. That's a really cool idea - an afternoon cyber-trip! I'm doing that too!!

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  8. eeek, I haven't used Google maps - that sounds a little high-tech for me. I put it in the same category as Ebay. I'm so lazy with technology!

    Wherever do you find those pictures ha ha, that's hilarious. Naked people are like a car crash, you don't want to look, but you have to hence the reason I clicked on them, knowing what was coming!

    How interesting what you said about your photography - I can really see a difference babes, so keep doing what you are doing. Me on the other hand likes someone to talk to whilst I'm 'posing' or I get bored lol!

    Thanks for clarifying what you said about the tags. I will aim to get the answers to the questions in a future blog post - I'm honoured to be selected by you hun!

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    1. I can't wait to read your answers, babe!;)

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  9. Totally agree Google maps are amazing ans anyone who talks aboit privacy should worry more about other thing s like who's hackin into your account and spying on what your ddoing. Not what happens on the road! That's public property anyways

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  10. The Google cars don't bother me (except for that stuff where they allegedly accidentally gathered the passwords from peoples' computers as they drove by - they apologized for that. That was a great idea and well done by your boyfriend, familiarizing himself with where you were going using Google's Street View before he got there. If I ever travel I'll try to remember to use it if I can.

    Those Street View photos are funny! I never thought about it that way. It's not like they are taking aerial photos of people sunbathing nude in private settings. I remember John Lennon of the Beatles singing lyrics that went something like: "Why don't we do it in the road?" That would have made a good Google Street View photo. I suspect a lot of the people who pee in public have been drinking a wee bit. I think Google does remove or blur some views for privacy if people ask them to, but I have to agree that if people are running around naked in view of the street then they shouldn't be too freaked out if they get seen or photographed Though some people might get inadvertently filmed through their windows and get freaked out. I suspect some people do it for the thrill thinking it's just taking a chance but that they won't get seen around the world. I love that last possibility of putting on a show. I saw one of the Google Street-Cam cars once but I wasn't fast enough and didn't manage to get my panties visible before they were gone. Maybe I'll have more luck next time.

    Your outfit looks lovely - you did a nice job with the DIY shorts. I love the flowers too.

    P.S.: Thank you for the wonderful comment on my blog!!!

    http://www.full-brief-panties.blogspot.com/

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  11. have a great weekend darling! and thank you so much for your comments!
    muah*
    mariana

    http://asouthbreeze.blogspot.pt/

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  12. Hi Peet, I always learn so much from you! I live in the middle of nowhere, RSA, so its safe to say that I will be safe from Google Street Viewer for the next decade or so. You're so right, if people are doing idiotic things in public, then they should be shamed! Maybe this service can also be used to name and charge the offenders for doing crazy illegal things in public. And seriously, what is that dude doing in the car trunk!! Was he kidnapped or something, that is the only explanation I can think of, lol. Really fun post as always hun!

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    1. I'm really puzzled about the guy getting out of the trunk! WTF was that?!?! That has to be one of the world's biggest mysteries.:)

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  13. Omigod!! What is up with people!? Ive never even seen a Google car but then i dont hang out naked in my car boot so I think Im golden if they have taken a pic of me >:D

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.nz/

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  14. Really pretty pics! So far I'm still pro Google Street View as it has helped me so much finding place I've never been to :D
    xx

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