Your day will get better when you watch this: Google Street View Hyperlapse

Google Street View Hyperlapse stitches Street View images into fantastic mini movies. You can build your own hyperlapse here.

Be sure to check out this demo video as well (and try not to smile while you watch this thing — it’s impossible):

Via “Four short links: 10 April 2013” on O’Reilly Radar

Notable things: Josh Hamilton to the Angels; Death Star petition: Your move, White House; Google Maps returns to iOS

Josh Hamilton is going to Anaheim (Yes, Anaheim. I refuse to call them the Los Angeles Angels). When he arrives he’ll get $125 million over the next five years.

Two thoughts:

1. Thank God the Red Sox didn’t do this. Thank God.

2. Is the greater Los Angeles area sitting over a massive oil field? I know there’s a lot of TV money floating around that market, but the gush of cash from the Dodgers and Angels has made the Red Sox and Yankees look like tightwads.

Today’s installment of I Love The Internet (ILTI):

That’s not a moon! It’s an engine for job creation!

A petition to construct a Death Star has received the necessary signatures for official White House comment.

As of this writing, “Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016” has 25,956 signatures.

(Via BuzzFeed.)

A few weeks ago I wondered if Apple would keep the Google Maps iOS app in approval purgatory, as it had done with another Google product.

Here’s my answer.

People are going on about how this is a big win for Google. And it is. But it’s also a win for iOS users. Now, we have a Google Maps app that’s got the one huge thing the pre-iOS 6 version was missing: voice-guided turn-by-turn directions.

So, let’s recap: Apple ditched Google Maps as the default, Tim Cook apologized, we all “suffered” with the Apple maps for a few months, then an improved Google Maps app appeared in the App Store.

I’ll take it.

Notable things: Duck Hunt Zapper + famous movie scenes, Nigerian princes know suckers can’t spell, iTunes 11 arrives

In this edition of I love the Internet (ILTI):

The Duck Hunt Zapper in 23 gun scenes.

(Via BuzzFeed.)

“How could anyone fall for this Nigerian prince scam? The spelling and grammar are dead giveaways,” said 99% of the population.

But hold on there, smart guy. Turns out those errors could be an intentional filter.

ITunes 11 is out.

Apple says, “… this is the best iTunes yet.”

It wouldn’t take much to back up that claim. The old iTunes was a bloated spreadsheet-with-album-art abomination.

And while I’m on the topic: Firefox needs a diet/makeover, too.