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Frank Taylor
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Entrepreneur, Internet/computer geek, Sailor, Photographer
Entrepreneur, Internet/computer geek, Sailor, Photographer

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Well, this is just sad. Google, the company that was the first to really promote #photosphere photography by fully supporting it on their social network Google+, once again does NOT support their own photosphere format on the desktop/web browser version of Google+. That's right, they don't display the 360 viewing of the photos. And, even more embarrassing, you can now upload standard photosphere-formatted photos (that were created with Google's camera apps and other tools) up to Facebook, and the photospheres now run just fine on both mobile and web/desktop versions of Facebook. Google...this is shameful.

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Had a major deja vu moment in VR yesterday. Downloaded a demo called "VR Spacewalk". This was exactly the VR sim that the NASA engineer I worked with at NASA in 1987-8 was building - a simulator for the manned maneuvering unit (MMU) that astronauts used to travel around the space shuttle and station. Yes, a space suit jet pack. At NASA we put the controls for the MMU sim on the arm of an office chair because we found people would get dizzy and fall when wearing the helmet VR display. People would even fall out of the chair! I didn't have that problem then or now, but had to close my eyes once when I accidentally lost control and spun out! Fortunately they have a control that stops all rotation automatically with one button in the demo. Follow the link to see a video of it in action.

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Enjoying diving in to the current state of VR with my recent acquisition of an Oculus Rift DK2 developer edition. While this probably looks a bit clunky to many people, it's way better than the heavy 10 lb helmet-based VR I worked with at NASA in 1987. And a LOT less expensive than the roughly $500K in HW it cost to make back then!
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Last week I posted a new video tutorial of how to fly the little-known flight simulator that is hidden in Google Earth. And this time with max HD settings! 

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Gotta love that new NASA GIF animation showing the moon passing in front of the Earth from 1 million miles out - and that's the far side of the moon folks!  Read more about it at the NASA web site: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/from-a-million-miles-away-nasa-camera-shows-moon-crossing-face-of-earth
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Pretty disappointed with the way Google transitioned to the new +Google Photos with a lot of missing features that were already supported by the Google+ Photos on both the desktop and the mobile apps.  And they decide to suddenly yank out continued support for the better tools! The biggest missing feature is no support for #Photospheres ! Shame on you Google! There were a huge number of better features for editing photos as well. The new Google Photos is so barebones in features I don't see any serious photographers being interested. It's like Photos was developed completely independently from the people who developed Google+ Photos and they ignored features they couldn't easily replicate or geared it towards people who have no idea how to do anything sophisticated. I get the feeling they think the best user is a dumb user.

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My post today in celebration of Google Earth's 10th anniversary.

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Flags flying on Tahina after our arrival back to the USA. 
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Our Tahina Expedition circumnavigation route is now complete. November 14, 2009 through June 11, 2015. Over 44,000 nautical miles, 32 countries, 5.7 years. We ended up in the exact same spot where we started, at a marina in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. What a trip! See the interactive map here (and links to the stories, photos, and details): http://www.tahinaexpedition.com/2011/09/map-of-tahina-expedition.html
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Tahina is back in North Carolina, USA!  We actually ended up in the exact same marina and slip where we started the circumnavigation in November 2009. It's been a long and wonderful journey and we have memories of many fantastic experiences, people and places. Read more at http://TahinaExpedition.com/blog
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