Snapshots of Life Captured on Google Street View



Featured previously, artist Jon Rafman’s ongoing Nine Eyes of Google Street View project continues to find fascinating glimpses of life, cityscapes and landscapes through the nine cameras (eyes) mounted to the tops of Google cars that are mapping the world. The ‘all-seeing’ eyes capture whatever moves through their frame every 10-20 meters.

As Rafman explains:

“The detached gaze of their cameras witness but do not act in history. Street View photography, artless and indifferent, without human intention, ascribes no particular significance to any event or person. Bereft of context, history or meaning, the only glue holding the Street View images together is geospatial contiguity. Such a perspective does not easily contain the sublime.” [Source (PDF)]


Below you will find an updated gallery of snapshots Rafman has taken since the Sifter last featured his work in August 2012 (almost a year to the day!). Rafman is…

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DIY Digital Camera

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BigShots DIY Digital Camera

This is one of the best design ideas I’ve seen in a long time: the DIY digital camera by BigShot. It was create for children and adults and was designed for learning. When you buy the camera, it is disassembled like in the image below.


Digital Camera parts and pieces

In order to use the camera, you obviously have to build it first. The mission behind this idea is that a camera designed for learning needs three things:

  1. kit assembly
  2. Creative features
  3. Low cost

When you finally get the camera built, it is fully-functional.

We live in such a demanding society where we want everything and we want it now. Yet, we typically know nothing about the  things we want, i.e. a car, a computer, and even a house. There are specialists we call, and companies that take care of our problems for us. Think about it, when something goes wrong with your…

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Llyn Geirionydd

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Llyn Geirionydd

Llyn Geirionydd lies in a valley in North Wales where the northern edge of the Gwydyr Forest meets the lower slopes of the Carneddau mountains. The lake is almost a mile long and covers an area of 45 acres (180,000 m2), but is never any deeper than 50 ft (15 m).

The lake has a car park (with toilets) and the location is very popular in the summer. This car park site was once a waste tip site for the Pandora mine above, and indeed the planting of conifers in the area of the lake has considerably softened the effects of mining. There are few, if any, fish in the lake, and this, it is believed, is the result of the poisoning of the waters from the adjacent metal mines.

The current road follows what some believe to be part of Sarn Helen, the Roman road which…

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From Zagreb to Rovinj (Croatia): the luckiest hitch-hike and a picturesque seaside resort

Hitch-Hikers' Handbook

On the day we were going to hitch-hike from Zagreb to Rovinj (250 km) we left our host’s house without the faintest idea of how to get to the edge of town, which we normally check before. But this time neither HitchWiki nor our host was of much help to us, as both of the sources mentioned suggested asking a city bus driver for the best place to get off in order to hitch-hike, which given our very basic Croatian, seemed like a recipe for disaster. We got to the bus terminal, which was just a badly paved field with a casino and a newsagent’s kiosk, without any ticket or information office whatsoever, which evoked memories of marshrutka stations we frequented in the Caucasus region. We asked some people about the buses which were going towards the road we wanted and after being given some options, we waited patiently for…

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Forty years after fleeing US bombs, Vietnamese rediscovered in jungle

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This 2017 video is called The Vietnamese Tarzan. FULL DOCUMENTARY.

From the International Business Times in Britain:

The Real Tarzan? Father and Son Found Living in Vietnam Jungle Treehouse 40 Years After Fleeing US Bombs

By Hannah Osborne

August 8, 2013 3:07 PM GMT

Ho Van Thanh had lived in the jungle since 1971 (Thanh Nien News)

A father and son have been found living in the jungle 40 years after they fled their home to escape US bombs.

Ho Van Thanh, 82, took his then-infant son Ho Van Lang into the jungle after American troops bombed his home, killing his wife and two other children.

Lang, now 41, has lived in a tree house with his father in the jungle since 1971, 16 years into the 20-year war. They were discovered around 40km into the jungle by people from a nearby village.

Thanh struggled to walk…

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Irish Times report includes false claim about BDS impact on Jerusalem Light Rail

An Aug. 3rd story in the Irish Times on renewed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations (Gradual Israeli takeover of Palestinian land seems to leave little enough to negotiate) was slanted to a degree that it truly could have been written by the Palestinian Ministry of Propaganda.  Though we’ve only recently been following the Irish Times, if this report is any indication of the general orientation of the paper’s coverage of the region, we’re going to be spending a lot of time in the future scrutinizing their claims.


The story was written by Frank McDonald, (the paper’senvironmental correspondent), who cites such fair arbiters of justice as the kangaroo court of despots known as the UN Human Rights CouncilB’tselem, and professional Israel basher Henry Sigman to ‘demonstrate’ that talks between the two parties are doomed due to the encroachment of “settlements.”  McDonald even cites, to buttress his claims about…

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