Here’s a cool way to spend a minute or 10. Land Lines, just launched by creative coders Zach Lieberman and Matt Felsen, in collaboration with Google’s Data Arts Team, makes good use of the search giant’s extensive database of Google Earth satellite images.
What you do is start by either deciding to “draw” or “drag,” with both options effectively letting you make directional gestures on screen. Then, like cartographic magic, detailed images of the world’s roads, rivers, farmland, and coastlines manifest to mirror the movements of your mouse pointer. Trying it for a while, and it seems that the planet has a topographic answer to every line we can conceive.