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Interesting Defunct United States Airlines
What I learned from the Boston Career Forum
Getting FancyUpload to Work
Google Plus bar color changer extension
Home Sweet American Culture
Install Android 2.2 Froyo on iPhone 3G on Windows with pics and video
An Engineer's Nightmare - Ocean Tower, South Padre Island
Setting up the Arduino Pro Mini and Bluetooth Mate on Mac
Python on the iPad
Custom iPhone lock screens on iOS5
This past week I had the chance to ski in Vail, Colorado, and I took with me my BadElf GPS Pro as I skied up and down, into the Back Bowls and the Blue Basin. I’m always interested in recording all sorts of odd bits of data, so I figured my ski tracks would be fairly revealing.
BadElf tracks GPS points every second and, once done, generates KML files that can be exported relatively easily. But rather than purely visualize where I went, I wanted to see elevation and speed differences as well. So I threw the data into Google Earth and ran the time slider animation.
The visualization is nice and all, but I wanted some real numbers, so I stripped down the KML files (for some reason BadElf’s exports contain duplicate information) and concatenated them into the two days (Saturday and Sunday) that I skied. Day 2 follows Day 1.
On both days the peak speed is around 40km/h, though there are instances where I appear to cross the 60km threshold. It’s important to ignore the first couple of kilometers as it’s likely I’m on the shuttle bus from East Vail to the gondolas; also, on the second day, some GPS triangulation errors seem to introduce erroneous GPS points.
I was fairly surprised at the regularity with which one could observe increases and decreases in elevation. The break at the 30km mark on day 1 is likely lunch. An earlier start to the day on Day 2 means I also got nearly 30km more of skiing.
Finally, this representation was also surprisingly insightful. What you see here is heading — any stretch of similar color and very little oscillation indicates that I was pretty much headed in the same direction. These would likely be instances where I am either on a bus, on a ski lift, or having lunch.
Background: In 2013 I traveled 30,000 miles across Asia and New Zealand. I kept a web-based and paper-based diary, which was only recently recovered. This post will grow day by day as I add one new entry for each day I traveled. 2/7 Hong Kong Has it ever occurred to you how it might feel […]
Everyone knows Japan is a transit heaven, a carefully coordinated orchestra of trains and buses that shepherds what amounts to the entire population of Switzerland on any given day. Having moved from Switzerland, the other transit heaven, the one thing that I miss the most is a nationally unified transport structure that, coupled with an […]
I’m a card carrying member of the heavy, bulky DSLR Canon fanboy group, so getting my hands on a Lumix DMC-CM1 was something that took a bit of warming up to. But at the end of the day, it’s what camera you have in your pocket that matters most, and this has turned out to […]
Naoshima’s art museums feel like a cross between a hidden concrete paradise and an asylum. Tadao Ando is a genius, and Naoshima is an odd but deeply satisfying testament to his vision. Naoshima sits about an hour north of Takamatsu by boat, 3 hours south of Tokyo by train, and is more or less a […]
The views represented here are my own, and not of my employer. I don’t think a single day goes by where I don’t use Google Maps, and not merely because I work for Google. And as much as championing accessibility is something I wished I did more often, it’s not something that I think about […]
Introduction One of the highlights of traveling to China was having the opportunity to understand the unique technology silo it lives in, and how it manages to remain innovating and cutting edge, relevant to its users, and rapidly gaining traction on the international tech scene. Much of how it accomplishes it today seems to be […]
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