Hedonism for your mind
Oh, but it is incredibly helpful when you're driving through a city looking for, say, a tiny donut shop, and actually have an idea of what you're looking for.
I tried finding a picture some of us could relate to for this post and it was weird because each of the retail or landmarky things I searched didn't have pictures. I was starting to think they only did residential streets!
SF was one of the first cities the first cities w/ Street View, and people have been part-horrified / part-mystified. I've just been disappointed they've not bothered to do all of Oakland yet. Afraid they'll get a homicide in the frame, I guess.
Equally amazing, if not even better is virtual earth by Live Maps. They offer 2D and 3D images,bird's eye views, road and aerial views. It's my favorite map program.
I know, right? Isn't that crazy??