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Mapping for Haiti

My heretofore unexplained absence from the internet is related to the volunteering work I’ve been doing for the Haiti earthquake. It’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s also been a great learning experience. One of the tangible outcomes from this is a map I’ve developed with another Googler, which plots out hospitals and showcases recent aerial and satellite imagery for the affected areas. Find it here:

http://www.google.com/relief/haitiearthquake/index.html

January 21, 2010

Cataloging Ebay Purchases the Hard Way

So as part of the wwiigis.org effort, I’m buying a ton of World War 2-related imagery from Ebay, including a lot of neat aerial photography. Once I win an auction, I save the auction page in Firefox via ‘Save Page As’ which writes out an html page, and folder containing images for that auction. In getting a separate blog post together, I wanted to have access to the auction title and auction photograph for each auction, without having to manually go through a million folders. So what follows is a quick and dirty Python script that gets the job done, albeit in a pretty ineffecient way. I’m sharing this script on the assumption that there’s one other person in universe in a similiar situation, who doesn’t want to waste an hour in programming land.

Click continue, below, for the code. And check out the latest images, also below (soon to be live on wwiigis.org):

Continue January 9, 2010

Rainy Season Reading List

With the California “Rainy Season” almost upon us (aka me), it’s time to ready the reading list. I’ve already started a few, and a few others I’m anxious to start reading:


Now that I’ve got a complete fly fishing setup (thanks Leon and Cheryl), it’s time to learn how to use it. After about 40 pages though, it’s safe to say I’m still no Brad Pitt in A River Runs Through It.

Gone through four chapters so far, and can’t put it down. The book is definitely living up to its billing as a must read for anyone who’s interested in post-Weimar Germany.

A quick read at 450 pages, this promises to provide *the* history of the German air force in World War II. Not sure how much I’ll get out of this, but at four bux, it’s a nice addition to the collection.

A re-read and a must-read. The definitive look at the closing phases of the war, Toland does a great job of stitching together stories from all sides of the conflict — the Germans trying to bargain for their lives, the Ango-American tension, and the barbaric march through Germany by the Russians.

What can I say, I love bees.

The story of the Allied race to acquire Germany aviation technology (e.g. the Me-262) before the Russians could do the same.

January 6, 2010

TecmoSports.com!

I am now the proud owner of the domain, http://www.tecmosports.com. Tecmo Sports being the producer of some especially great sports video games back in the 1980s/90s (think: Super Tecmo Bowl). So now the challenge is to come up with something cool to do with the site. I’m torn between making it an actual sports news page, or just showing sweet Bo Jackson touchdown runs…

or…

Replaying painful Vikings moments from my childhood

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