I haven’t thought about writing a bio using Google Earth instead of Microsoft Word until I saw this post: http://www.archdaily.com/88467/the-indicator-following-the-white-rabbit-through-google-earth/. I wonder if Google Earth Tool can be another form of memoirs after physical books, ebooks, documentary movies and audio books.
And then, I took a test and marked in Google Earth all the significant places in my life, and tied them up into a video tour. I know I can always add new texts\ pictures\ videos related to my experience in these places in the future. However, because I am using a free-version wordpress blog, I cannot share the kmz file I made in Google Earth. But I picked the following 6 screen shots. They are neighborhoods where I lived more than 3 months, and the screen shots are of the same scale (Eye at 2000 meters).
Conclusion of this practice: (1) I made a good transition from living in huge condo buildings in China to small houses in the States; (2) I don’t mind living in cul-de-sac neighborhood if it’s served by convenient transit; (3) New York is really dense, and Kansas City really has beautiful suburb; and (40 I don’t think the concept “block” really applies to urban context in China… in a lot of the cases.
南昌航空大学, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
Northwood, Ann Arbor, Michigan
7 Corners, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jackson Heights, New York City, New York
Kansas City, Missouri