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I don't know if it's an easter egg, or if I just missed the memo, but if you're in Google Maps, and look at Street View (ie drag the little yellow person onto the map), there's a hidden (and geekily cool) feature.

Right click on the Street View picture. Along with the usual 'zoom in / out' etc. there's a 3d view. Select that and the image changes to an anaglyph, so you need the funky red / blue 3d glasses to view it.

I don't know if it's something they've programmed Flash to do on the fly, or if they've created an anaglyph for each Streetview image they have, but either way, it's very cool.

If only I could get away with wearing 3d glasses at work ....
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I like maps. I've probably bored many of you (especially when I'm drunk) about maps, and the underground, and isochronic vs topographic maps, and how computers allow us to do things with maps that we could only dream of in paper.

But I'm also, at heart, a book person. I like having the weight of a book in my hands, sat curled up on the sofa with a pile of cushions behind me, coffee and biscuits within reach, and a new book to open.

So I'm overly excited at the moment.

When I left UCL my colleagues were very generous with their leaving present, and very wise. Because they gave me a reasonably large stack of book vouchers, and those vouchers have been sitting there for a while, because I wanted to work out what to buy with them. You have to be careful with vouchers, much like giving cash as a present - it would have been easy to take the vouchers and dent my Amazon wish list significantly. But then I'd have had a pile of gifts that would have disappeared onto the shelves and while I'd have enjoyed them, the impact of the gift would have dissipated as the atoms of it dispersed in the Brownian Decimal Classification scheme I use for my shelves.

So instead, I've just ordered a copy of this: the Times Atlas of the World. One of the most respected atlases available and, more importantly, something I'd never have justified buying for myself. A memory of my time at UCL, and of my colleagues there.

And a fantastically interesting book as well.

I'm just glad that [livejournal.com profile] catpookabuilds exceedingly good shelves.

(And I'm going to owe my postman an apology ...)

More maps

Mar. 5th, 2010 04:15 pm
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With thanks to Annie Mole of Going Underground fame:



A re-imaging of the human body a la Harry Beck, from Sam Loman of Just Sam. Click on the image for a larger version.
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So, if you make a Freedom of Information Act request to the Post Office for a list of all their postboxes, and then a seperate FOI request for their last collection times ...

And then you plug that data into Google Maps ...

What do you get?

http://www.dracos.co.uk/play/locating-postboxes/

A lovely website that enables you to put in the first part of a UK postcode and get a map showing you where the post boxes are there.

And in the best Web 2.0 way, if there's an unidentified postbox on the list, you can add it to the map yourself.

(I know, I know - who uses the post any more? But it's useful for those occasions where you might need to.)
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The ever delightful Going Underground has just posted a link to the interactive subway maps for Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, published by ExploreMetro.

http://www.explorebj.com/subway/

You can click on a station to get the first and last trains for each line that runs through that station. You can click on one station and then drag to another, and the software will calculate your average journey time, best route and cost of the ticket.

And it's worth keeping an eye out for the amusing 'loading' messages between screens; I particularly liked 'polishing station attendants badges'.

There's even a wikipedia with information about each station. TFL has something similar, but it's buried deep within the TFL website, and not at all easy to find.

Well worth a look if you're a map-geek :-) (And if you'd like to find out more, I've just syndicated the [livejournal.com profile] exploremetro blog to LJ.
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Mind the Gap Banner

I think a couple of you ([livejournal.com profile] invisible_al and [livejournal.com profile] wulfboy in particular) might like to see the banner for a new RPG campaign I'll be running in about a month or so .... :-)

ETA: It's going to be Neverwhere meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels using the Unknown Armies system.

No player spaces left, I'm afraid.

Yes, I am an awful tease.
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http://www.tom-carden.co.uk/p5/tube_map_travel_times/applet/

This is a proof of concept, but based on real underlying data. Tom has written a java applet which redraws the tube map based on time rather than distance or connections (which is what the Harry Beck map does).

It's a work in progress, and Tom's got several things that he'd like to add to it. But like other map-sites I've linked to before, it's a thing of beauty because it turns the notion of what a map is on its head, much like Harry Beck did back in the 30's.

Enjoy playing with it.

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