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Sunday, November 10th 2013

9:21 PM

Map Geek 13: Traps and Oddities

Thought of another map geek idea. Copyright traps always fascinate me. Found a few more.

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Wednesday, July 10th 2013

6:08 PM

Map Geek 12: Omaha by the Slice

Map Geek 12: Omaha by the Slice

gc version
ox version
 
 
For Map Geek 12 I snipped some OpenStreetMap sections of Omaha, removed or obscured identifying labels, and labeled specific areas or objects. To find the final (this is the first ? map geek cache) these items need to be identified and researched. 
 
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Thursday, July 4th 2013

11:09 PM

Travel Bug Map

Interactive map of my travel bugs (current or last location).

 

Check the first half dozen or so blog entries in the archive for a tutorial on how to create an interactive TB map like this one. 
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Thursday, June 13th 2013

10:25 AM

Map Geek 11: Bugeater Demonyms

Map Geek 11: Bugeater Demonyms (gc version) (ox version) took several weeks to complete. I never could find a clever place to hide it. I ordered a book from Amazon that I waited to receive and then read cover to cover, "Labels for Locals." It was fun to research, though, and making the maps and charts was enjoyable.

The US map made up of neighboring demonyms was done with Tagxedo. The map of goofy Nebraska demonyms was made with GSAK, GPSvisualizer, BaseCamp and GIMP. The round map of central US states was from a Google Doc public map labeled in GIMP. 
 
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Thursday, June 13th 2013

9:30 AM

Map Geek 10: Omaha for Music Lovers

Map Geek 10: Omaha for Music Lovers

geocaching.com version here.
opencaching.com version here.
 
A couple of years ago I tried writing down all of the memorable live music experiences I had. In the process I discovered websites like songkick, setlist, etc., that seek to document where concert artists played, when, and what they played. For decades cult artists like the Grateful Dead, Little Feat, the E St. Band and Bob Dylan have had obsessive fans sharing setlists and bootlegs.
Using these sites and my own notes I had a pretty good list of great musicians and where they performed in Omaha. Using Google Maps I got lat/long coords of each venue. I listed these in GSAK, exported a .gpx file, and used GPSVisualizer to plot a nice-looking map with OpenStreetMap. I then used GIMP and OpenOffice (especially the "fontwork" utility) to create the rosters around the map and the quiz and answer charts.
 
 
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Friday, May 24th 2013

7:42 PM

Map Geek 09: USA (United Springfields of America)

Map Geek 09: USA (United Springfields of America) (here for OpenCaching version) celebrates the profusion of US towns named Springfield. I constructed some fun interactive maps and timelines with Google Fusion Tables and Preceden, but since they're coded with iframes Geocaching.com and OpenCaching.com strips them out. So I'll post them here.

 
 

Make a Timeline at Preceden.com

 
Feel free to zoom and click. The yellow markers are states with one Springfield, the blue markers none, and the green markers more than one. I wish gc.com and opencaching.com would allow these fun interactive maps on cache pages, but they're too afraid of malicious code. 
 
Here's the interactive version of the town names chart (I used a static version on the cache page):

 
I used GIMP to turn a regular Springfield highway sign into a silly one.
 
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Friday, May 24th 2013

7:27 PM

Map Geek 08: 100 Years of the Lincoln Highway

There are many caches in place honoring the Lincoln Highway, but (a) the close proximity of a nearly-4-mile original stretch with brick pavers and (b) the 100th anniversary of the highway's inception made me want to add another.

 
Map Geek 08: 100 Years of the Lincoln Highway (here for OpenCaching version) features a map from 1919 with the coast-to-coast route and a map I constructed by (1) making pocket queries along the Nebraska portion of the route and (2) opening the KML string in Google Earth and taking a screenshot. 
 
 
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Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

9:22 AM

Map Geek 07: One State, Divisible

Map Geek 07: One State, Divisible (here for OpenCaching version) takes a dozen Nebraska maps representing various data. After using GIMP to alter them, removing identifying labels, I just normalized their size and uploaded them.

 
Here's an extremely silly and unnecessary infogr.am graphic for scoring:

 
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Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

9:05 AM

Map Geek 06: Name That Nebraskan!

Map Geek 06: Name That Nebraskan! (OpenCaching version here) is somewhat similar to Map Geek 05, but it highlights actors, athletes, and one other (con-)man who were born in Nebraska. Many folks renowned for being Nebraskans (Johnny Carson, Warren Buffett, etc.) weren't actually born here. 

 
I wanted an empty Nebraska map as a base, so this time I created the set of waypoints in GSAK and used GPSVisualizer and its online tools to map the points onto a basic outline map. Then I used GIMP to lay in the photographs.
 
Here's the basic waypoint map:
 
 
Here's the end result map:
 
Interactive Google Fusion Tables version:

 
I did the information in a Google Docs spreadsheet and grabbed screenshots.
 
 
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Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

8:43 AM

Map Geek 05: The Big "O" Goes Hollywood

 

Map Geek 05: The Big "O" Goes Hollywood (OX version here) highlights celebrity natives and film settings. To make the map I created the list of waypoints in GSAK, exported it and opened it in various map programs, off- and online. The best results came from using an OpenStreetMap in BaseCamp, grabbing a screenshot, and using GIMP to replace the markers with stars. The map started like this:

 

 
and ended like this:
 
Here's an interactive map made in Google Fusion Tables. (Not embeddable on a cache page, unfortunately, but fun nonetheless.)
 

 
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