Mashup Shows Nuclear Explosion Effects

In the extra-crispy department, I caught this on the Wired blog. Basically it’s a Google Maps mashup that will show you how cooked you’ll be should a nuclear device land on your head. You can find it here.

It uses some examples of bombs from both history and the present day, along with an “Asteroid Impact”, which by all indications would really, really suck. Key in your address, select a weapon, and try to figure out how far away you need to get you and your laptop (and loved ones) (and maybe cats) to keep from getting flame broiled.

Sobering. Cool, but sobering. To show how much of a geek I am, the first thing I looked for was jaggies in the circles due to GM’s inability to draw ellipses.