questionshave you ever seen your house in a snow globe?

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Is this some creepy way to find out where we all live?

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So, they're showing a frame from streetview (or "satellite" if not available) behind a snow animation and a lens effect ... interesting.

@eraten: It looks like it's all client-side javascript. i.e. the only thing that's getting your address is your browser.

For added fun, try putting in an address that has internal streetview data, such as a museum, train station, or, maybe, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. :)

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Which makes the assumption that your home is on street view....
A satellite shot just isn't very interesting.

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Try things like "your face" or "your mom" or "ball town usa"...

I find it interesting that they don't site where they're getting the images from. Google should sue fo' sho.

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@bsmith1: This close, they always look like landscape. But nope, you're looking at balls.

/Barry Zuckerkorn

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@eraten: How else is Santa going to bring you your stuff? Has he missed your house in the past? This is why.

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Fun link - thanks! Especially amusing to me since I live in Central Florida. Snow on palm trees? :-/ BTW: I think the photos are from your local County Property Records - they are in the public domain.

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@gmwhit: You know I respect and appreciate you, but it's taking the pictures from google's maps and streetview services. You can see it in their code.

For anyone interested, it's right here:
http://www.draftfcb.com/holiday2011/js/script.js

(Note all the URLs from maps.googleapis.com )

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"But for those less fortunate, we've made a donation to the Coalition for the Homeless on your behalf."

Awwww...... I liked it, and I'll share it. Thanks for posting it!

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@psaux: I bow to your superior knowledge. :-) The photo I viewed seemed like the same one on the records site. I wonder if that (google) is where Zillow gets theirs, too?

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I tried my neighbor's house, and it didn't show up. That being said, I am putting on my tinfoil hat and retiring from this question.

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@jsimsace: How odd. I tried your neighbor's house & found it quite nice. BTW: The tin-foil hat is flattering to you. Do believe you'd look better if you bent the brim down...a more rakish look, you know?

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@gmwhit: What a coincidence! I checked your neighbor's house and the snow feature didn't work....maybe it's the temps? I think I need a couple more beers to get to rakish though. ;)

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@jsimsace: Wanna know something funny? I secretly laughed when you said you checked your neighbor's house. That's exactly what I did. I mean, I checked my neighbor's house. Paranoid about putting in my own address? Well, probably. Anyway, it was a lovely photo - it really looks like that. And, it did have snow falling on their palm trees.

Hands @jsimsace a couple of Bud Light Platinum's. (Left over from when a workman was here.) Bend that brim down now! ;-)

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heh, this is pretty cool! Thanks.
Agree with the above that it pulls from Google, also, it's way better if you actually have Street view...kinda lame with just a satellite image...

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It's pretty cool, but did I just add myself to hundreds of junk mailing lists?

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Keep getting this error:
We apologize for the Apple/Adobe conflict in using this browser. Please try again in any other browser.
LOL. I click OK and the site works just fine.

I try random foreign address in and it works too.
It's pretty awesome! But quite scary... and I'm really wonder if they are actually keeping our addresses?

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@gmwhit: Not quite on the same page of the Paranoia 101 handbook as you...Google street view for my address hasn't been updated since before we built here. :) Now that I know you pay your workmen with beer, what else do you need done around there? I'm very good at cleaning pipes. ◔_◔