The cool thing about web-surfing (does anyone use that phrase any more?) is the weird connections you come up with.
Like … seeing the office I worked in from 1998-2000.
How did this come about?
One of my favorite blogs for eclectic stuff is bookofjoe. About a month ago, while flipping through it using Google Reader, I saved this post to look at when I had more time: it recommended a page called “How Much Is Inside” at the site Cockeyed.com that measured stuff. You know … how big is such and such … how much is that?
Lots of cute stuff there: how big is a million dollars, how many feet of noodles are in a package of ramen, how much gold is there is a bottle of Goldschlager?
So I clicked on how big is an acre. (I always tell people that it’s a football field between the 5 yard lines, which is accurate to within 1%).
Anyway … someone decided to measure this by putting a camera on a helium balloon, and photographing the ground. It didn’t work well, but it looks like they had a lot of fun.
What they ended up with is this photograph:
It shows one acre on a quad on the campus of the University of New Orleans.
I’ve walked down those sidewalks perhaps 200 times. I parked in the lot at the top left perhaps 2,000 times.
And there’s my old office: the right side of the middle bank of windows on the third floor of the building at the top right.