Archive for March, 2006

Closing comments

Posted in Web Publishing on March 27th, 2006 at 01:52:00

I just closed comments on all posts older than this one. In the past 3 days, I have received 892 spam attempts-at-comments. Everything goes through moderation, so this doesn’t end up being an issue for anyone except for me, who has to sort through all the notifications and spam to try and find the wheat in the chaff.

I hate sites that do this, but it was getting *really* annoying, and nobody comments anyway.

Google Earth Browser Pane?

Posted in Locality and Space on March 27th, 2006 at 01:48:27

So, this weekend I was showed Google Earth-on-Windows has a “Browser Pane”, where you can do searches and so on from within Google Earth, and the application will send back extra requests when the Google Earth client moves and so on.

I’m looking into doing some stuff with this, but when I looked, the mac client has no such browser pane. I then looked up WINE’s records for Google Earth and found it doesn’t run under Ubuntu Breezy, which is what I’m running.

So, does anyone have any suggestions as to how I could either 1. Get a copy of Windows Google Earth running on OS X or Ubuntu 5.10, for the Browser Pane feature, or 2. Get an account on a windows box I can RDC to? :)

Keeping an Eye Out

Posted in Social on March 7th, 2006 at 14:21:34

Starting around April 1st, I’m going to be looking for a new fulltime position somewhere. If you have someplace you think might be good for me, and you know they’re looking for people, feel free to let me know.

Some of my previous work is pretty much the best resume I’ve got — the simple format I’ve got a text/pdf resume isn’t cleaned up yet.

I’m most interested in projects related to mapping, and take a secondary interest in anything open source. I primarily work in PHP and Python.

Contact can be made via email.

Grass Hacking

Posted in Locality and Space on March 4th, 2006 at 21:24:45

Working with Schuyler on hacking my cell/gps data — got it displayed on top of tiger/line data (At which point I said to schuyler, “Okay, so now we’ve got an extremely crappy version of what I already have with Google Maps. What’s next?”) Next step is to work on a voronoi translation of some kind to make centroids out of the data and see what that does.

In the process, have discovered that v.in.ascii appears to be completely broken in openosx grass.

We have also discovered that v.surf.idw can produce really pretty pictures… but on OS X, it gives something more like:

GRASS 6.0.0 (bostonlatlong):~/cell > v.surf.idw in=cell out=cell\_idw col=cid npoints=1
v.surf.idw:
8468 records selected from table
3538 points loaded
Interpolating raster map <cell_idw> … 247 rows … Segmentation fault

Hooray for segfaults, eh?

Cell Map

However, Grass is still really fucking cool.