* I wonder how many other places this occurs. I have not noticed this before … but no doubt anything as big as Google Earth, in a grand attempt to map with satellite imagery and street view imagery, is a patchwork of images. It’s stitched together very well in most places. But it’s possible for the imagery to be out of date, but also for the dates of imagery to vary even in what you are seeing today. And since the Google vehicles have to drive the streets to get the Street View imagery … no doubt that is not all done (Rome wasn’t built in a day) in one day or one week even.
At the coordinates: 26°12’46.86″N by 80° 9’23.25″W … if you zoom in to Street Level View … zoom all the way down until it starts showing actual panoramic view photography … Ok. Now you should be at the corner of Gateway Drive and Powerline Rd. (a.k.a. “845”). Make sure you have the compass adjusted so that you are facing EAST. You may already see a Duncan Donuts tractor trailer truck at the intersection on “845” at the light facing NORTH. This is even curious by itself because I believe he is in the left had turn lane and right down the street is a Duncan Donuts – BUT it is still under construction in this time line? Is he delivering them stuff before they open?
Use your mouse and grab the center of the picture and pull the picture to the left – you will be panning towards the right. Now in this “Timeline” (let’s call it) the restaurant CHECKERS is open. The sign is there with promotional stuff for their food products. The American flag is flying proudly.
Checkers is Open (Google Earth Street View)
Turn your view again back to where you are facing EAST. You can use your mouse to move fowards and backwards. Move forward … further … further … the Duncan Donuts truck will get bitter then will disappear as you are warped out of that timeline and into another one. You will notice the picture quality changes – it gets a bit clearer – darker – and sharper. Use your mouse again and turn the view to the right … you are almost turning around completely because you are further away from the corner where the CHECKERS resteraunt is. The sign is gone out of the frame of the sign structure. The American flag is not flying. CHECKERS is closed! As in went out of business.
Checkers is Closed (Google Earth Street View)
But if you go back to that other timeline you will see that it’s open for business. You can also use your mouse wheel to roll down that timeline going WEST and you will see that the Duncan Donuts facility … is under construction. It’s not open for business yet. So that begs the question of where the Duncan Donuts tractor trailer truck was going (in this timeline) turning left to go WEST right by it.
Duncan Donuts (Not Open) Under Construction
You can get into a certain spot by the Duncan Donuts facility where you can roll forward and backward (it’s kind of East and West but my compass has me looking SSE at a nice angle where I can see the side of the building. At that spot I can jump across timelines and instantly see the old Under Construction Ducan Donuts and the new Open for Business Duncan Donuts.
Duncan Donuts Open
Duncan Donuts Open #2
So using Google Earth you CAN sometimes warp the fabric of space time. Jump the space-time continuum. Or maybe it’s just in the stitchwork where the old images are along one path (timeline) that a google vehicle drove. It hasn’t been replaced with newer imagery, and the newer imagery is where they did update it with a new drive-by and new imagery. In this case it seems to be separated by the EAST and WEST sides of Gateway Drive.
Anyway in Google Earth they do have the ability for users to go back to historical, older, imagery from the satellite view. But I don’t know if they have the ability … or care about the ability to put such a history “slider” control into the Street View part of the program. Or if it even matters.
* From the movie Deja Vu: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0453467/faq
Why all the talk in the movie about not being able to change the past?
All the talk in the movie about not being able to change the past is just a red herring to throw the audience off track. Obviously, Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) WAS able to change the past since he saved the ferry. Also discussed in the movie was that when a person goes back in time they would create a new timeline that either would continue parallel to the original timeline or the original timeline would cease to exist. If the timelines were to continue parallel then people in the original timeline would not experience any change of events. So in theory no one can change their own past. They can only create a new timeline for another version of themselves.
* What’d he say? what’d he say? They can only create a new timeline for another version of themselves. Well that’s worth $10 billion right there…
Agent Pryzwarra: Say we do create this new branch. What happens to the old one to this one?
Denny: [referring to Shanti] … Ask the radical!
Shanti: Well, it might continue parallel to the new branch. Most likely, it ceases to exist.
Denny: The idea is we cease to exist, alright? Or this version of us, anyway. Umm, we never came here, we didn’t meet Doug, we don’t remember it ever happening.
Agent Pryzwarra: Well, that’s worth 10 billion right there.
* Another favorite part of that movie …
Doug Carlin: Is she alive or is she dead?
Denny: Alright: Life, like time and space, is not merely a local phenomenon.
Doug Carlin: [Screaming] Oh Alright! Am I asking a hard question?
Denny: [Muttering] Looks like I picked a bad week to stop snorting hash.
Doug Carlin: I’ll tell you what: I will speak slow so that those of you with Ph.D’s in the room can understand. Here, look. Here’s a monitor, right?
[Throws a chair against the monitor, breaking it]
Doug Carlin: Now the monitor is broken. It’s dead. It’s not temporarily transitioned to another state of entropy, it’s *dead*. Right. Now is *she* alive or is she *dead*?
Denny: She’s alive.
Doug Carlin: Alright. Now we’re getting somewhere.
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