Is so damn cool. Not only did it allow me to ask this question, to which I got some great information offline from someone I knew could help, but it’s also making the reporting of news a whole lot more interesting.
I would like to note that one of my fellow grad cohort members, Jeff Stephens, developed and built a similar application (with the help of the inimitable Kevin Reynen) several months back. Google effectively made that project no longer cutting edge, but Jeff and Kevin deserve a lot of credit for thinking this up independently. Also, the local focus, tagging, and descriptions (and topo maps!) made the project super cool.