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20 July 2009

A Little Privacy, Please...


This weekend, my husband had gone to the nearest large town which is about 60 miles away. He noticed a bunch of square bales of hay in a ditch along the highway and since we were in need of hay for the horse, he made a mental note to stop on the way back and see if the farmer was willing to sell a couple of bales so that we could see if it was to the horses liking..they can be quite picky when it comes to hay.

On the way back, he pulls into a driveway that he assumed belonged to the farmer and indeed he was right. The farmer said, "no problem, take as many as you want..you just pick them up from the ditch...if the horse likes it, I'll have quite a few of the same within the next couple of days". In my husband's euphoric state of actually finding square bales of hay, he didn't get the farmers name nor his number...argh!

So yesterday, he was going to make the return trip but no one wants to drive 60 miles and come up empty handed.

"Hon, how do I get Google Earth?"
"Just download the program..pretty easy." I had no clue why he would want Google Earth...it isn't something my husband would do on the internet.
"It's downloaded...how do I find that highway between here and the nearest town".
"Just type in our town and go backwards from there."
"Here's the farmer's house..pretty cool. Well, I can't go now, there's nobody home!"

I looked over at his computer and saw this very neat close up photo of the farm complete with little things running around in the yard...chickens. Then I got this absolutely awful feeling in my stomach. I was spying on this poor farmer and his home. I didn't like it one single bit.

I do enjoy the advances we have made in technology...I use so many of them every day..like writing a blog, twittering etc. I realized that some of them take away our total privacy. Anyone..not just our government, who I understand is going to be monitoring our mileage and gas consumption shortly as well as a plethora of other things that I am not even aware of..can view what I do. Is it just me or do you feel a lack of personal privacy?

Have a terrific Monday all!!

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27 comments:

I'm Julia said...

Oh yes, I have an opinion on this. I know someone whose street view shows her bent over working in the flower bed, not a flattering angle!

More importantly, showing people's license plates, their children playing, etc is dangerous & creepy. Aerial views of private residences don't bother me, but the street view should be reserved for public buildings, in my opinion.

Marbella Designs said...

Can you say Big Brother, yikes! I like to forget that we live in a scary world.
Thanks for your comment. I've tried everything and still no list, boo hoo.

SoDear2MyHeart said...

Oh, Darlin! You have me wiping tears from my eyes as I fall over with peals of laughter! I'm not saying I know everything, but I'm 99.9% sure that the picture you're looking at on Google Earth is at least a couple of months old! When I look at a "current" picture of my place, it shows our old truck (2 years ago) in the driveway...and unless its found its way home....Wait! I'll go check...Nope, it's not there! I would say it's safe to go get that hay!!! Square bales are priceless as my two equine critters are quick to point out...
Google Earth has become the new "Where's Waldo?" Where's my house, where's my house, where's my house??? THERE IT IS!!! Where's my OLD house? THERE IT IS!!! Well, they're certainly not keeping it up the way we did! Where did our old barn go? We have found it indispensible when shopping for a new home...how close is school? What do the surrounding properties look like? Maybe not an immediate snapshot, but an idea of what you're looking at... At least they haven't come up with "Google Kitchen" or HEAVENFORBID "Google BEDROOM!"
Cheers!

Poke Salad Annie said...

that google earth thing is odd, isn't it? in canada, they don't allow the google peeps to film the steet view stuff, only satelite pics, and frankly, i'm glad of it. although it has a certain appeal, i'm happy that noone is peeking in my windows from half way across the world :)

Snap said...

Don't get me started! :D

Divine Mrs D said...

I hate stuff like that! Secretly, I'm hoping that I don't get a promotion at work because they force a Blackberry on you. I don't want them to be able to contact me at all times!!!

briannelee said...

Scary! That is weird and cool at the same time...

clairedulalune said...

Yes, I feel it is going a little bit too far, I can't even pick my nose in public anymore, terrible! Least I know no one wants to see that, so I might take it up again! Hope you are well!

Sarah said...

Yeah...makes my hubby uncomfortable to say the least!! I'm pretty sure most of the images are old - you have to pay a pretty penny to get live pics.
Oh and whoo hoo - free hay!!!!
Hugs, Sarah

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

I agree the images Ive always seen are old ones...my boy friend does land surveying and he will pull it up to show me a places he is working on and it is always old images on there even though the date shows its recent its not!!! But the thought of people actually being able to see you at any time is rather creepy!!!

drollgirl said...

i love anonymity and i don't want to be found or watched by some freak on google earth! bah! this gives me the heebie jeebies!!!!

Sandra said...

So if I go outside and show the broad side of the moon, so to speak, I could be seen from space? Too bad for those looking!

Hello Lindello said...

I find it amazing, but on the same note kinda creepy what technology can do these days. Especially from anywhere!

BomshellShocked said...

I'm not as much scared of the government as I am embarrassed by the condition of my roof!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

I enjoy my anonymity but compare to other countries...it isn't that bad...NOT YET perhaps! Lovely week dear! XO*

Judy said...

I really had never thought of that...I guess there is not much privacy these days, all you have to do is give your SS# and your whole like unfolds.

Junkin' Yaya said...

I know exactly how you feel! My hubby pulled up our house and OMG you could get in so close to the house that you could read the license plate on my car!!!! I was HORRIFIED! I am with ya girlfriend! And just to note...our picture was NOT an old one!

xo...deb

Moonshadow said...

It depends on when the google car with the camera drives by and takes pictures as to how old the pictures are. They got a picture of my neighbor walking across the steet.

Nancy said...

Big Brother!

Scary!

Liss said...

You need to live in Australia as we are considered of no importance. Google earth hasn't been updated for over 3 years. The satellite picture of my house on google earth is of an unbuilt house. Though google street view is very cool.

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

Theres an award waiting for you..come over to my blog and pick it up!!!!!

Julia said...

It's incredible what we, as average citizens, can do and have access to, isn't it? I just watched an episode of a TV program that was filmed in the early 1990's and they were terrified of computers and their capabilities. Although it was quite funny it made me wonder what we've given up! Of course, without it I couldn't have met you and other beautiful bloggers, and that would make me sad. Tough!

Alisa said...

Oh yes! I completely agree with you!

High Desert Diva said...

Yeah....Google Earth is definitely cool and freaky at the same time. Happily, it cannot find our address. (Mapquest (aerial) doesn't get it right, either.) There's something to be said about living in the boonies.

Relyn said...

I'll never forget the first time I taught with Google Earth. Blew my students' minds. I projected onto the SMART Board and showed Earth, then our continent, and slowly changed the addresses until they saw the top of our school. It was amazing. Blew them away. Then we did a quick run around the world to see the Eiffel Tower. WOW!

The Cottage Cheese said...

Hi love! How are you?

I'm torn on this technology issue as well. It's weird to me that someone can google my home address and see an actual street view of my house. Kind of creepy. Then again, it was a huge advantage to have a bird's eye view of the houses we would consider looking at to buy, to see if they were in heavy commercial areas, close to the interstate, in trashy neighborhoods, etc. This was particularly handy when we were looking to buy a home in another town. Plus, google earth is so much fun to play with.

alissa said...

i hear you - google earth freaks me out. I wish there was a way you could opt out - make my little part of the earth blurry so no one could ever look it up!