FUN WITH MAPS….Friday it was census tracts, today it’s aerial photographs.

Head off to MSN’s TerraServer site and you can get an aerial photograph of anyplace in the United States. You can’t exactly spy on your neighbors since the photos are from a 1994 survey, but it’s still kind of fun.

The photo at right is of the neighborhood I grew up in, right here in sunny Orange County. You can see my house, the house where my best friend lived, the school I attended through third grade, the railroad tracks (stick a penny on the tracks and wait for a train!), and the nearby ditch, always good for hunting frogs and tadpoles.

Check it out. It’s a fine way to while away a few spare minutes on a weekend.

UPDATE: Kieran Healy has some doubts that I’m revealing the full truth about my old neighborhood….