This I find neat as heck! To get 360-degree photo tours of ancient Mexican monuments such as Teotihuacan, Chichen Itza and Palenque.
The entire project is simple, aimed at helping Mexico “open a window to the world, to encourage physical visits to the pre-Hispanic sites and thus in turn benefit cultural tourism,” Miguel Angel Alva, director of marketing for Google Mexico, said this week in an announcement from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, or INAH.
This project started about two years ago, and google had people ride around these monuments on bicycles taking pictures from all angles.
Anyway, do check them out.
You can also visit the ancient Zapotec city of Yagul, the Mayan archaeological site at Kabah, the pre-Columbian Maya walled city of Tulum, the ancient capital city of the Toltecs, Tula, the Mesoamerica city of Cholula, the pre-Columbian archaeological site at Paquimé, the archaeological site at Cuicuilco and the Mayan archaeological site at Becan.
The list continues!
And these are just the ones I’ve found so far! Google says that they have released imagery for 30 Mesoamerican archaeological sites in Mexico. If you find any more add them in the comments below.
LeBron James not only has the city of Cleveland against him, now he has gitmo detainees not on his side!
We’ve heard of prisoners who cooperate with authorities being rewarded with cigarettes, better food, perhaps an upgrade in digs. But in Guantanamo Bay, we’re told that the military brass have added pet cats to the list of perks accorded particularly helpful detainees.
At least that’s what one detainee’s attorney thinks. Carlos Warner, a lawyer representing Muhammed Rahim, an Afghan who was a translator for Osama bin Laden, gave the Loop a brief letter from his client. That note, which was just declassified, consisted of one line: “Dear Mr. Warner — Majid Khan has a cat.”
Khan, an alleged member of Al Qaeda who has agreed to testify against one of the chief planners of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is considered a “high-value”detainee and was held by the CIA in a secret prison for several years before his transfer to Guantanamo.
Warner says the cat-as-reward is just an example of problems plaguing the system used to prosecute detainees, complaining that the military has shut down talks with detainees’ representatives. “I promise that the solution is not providing kittens to those who cooperate,” he told us. “The solution requires an open dialogue with those of us who have close relationships with the detained.”
Khan’s attorney, Wells Dixon, said he could not confirm or deny anything about his client’s conditions in confinement — including whether or not he had a pet cat. And, not surprisingly, a Defense Department spokesman for the facility similarly couldn’t tell the Loop much. “It could be true,” he said. “But it might not. I just can’t confirm or deny.”
In addition to sharing the news of Khan’s cat, Rahim had another thought to share with his lawyer, who we should note, is from Akron, Ohio.
“Dear Mr. Warner!” he wrote in a separate freshly declassified letter. “Lebron James is very bad man. He should apologise to the city of Cleveland.”
Warner says the Rahim’s sentiment about the NBA star who left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat reflects his client’s tribal values, in which loyalty is paramount and “betrayals are not tolerated or forgiven, although an honest apology from an offending peer is valued.”