From Google Labs:
Animation: The paper references this movie showing how the distribution of requests to google.com around the world changed through the day on August 14, 2003.
Yahoo!, however does have a free geocoder! http://developer.yahoo.net/maps/rest/V1/geocode.html
Matthew Hazlett just wrote a great tutorial on using both of these APIs to create a map application that takes a street address and turns it into a Google Map!
Here’s the link.
If you need a good erudite excuse: http://www.red-gate.com/excusegenerator/Excuses.aspx