Local Road Work




Local Road Work

Originally uploaded by sebrenner.

Tonight around 7 o’clock I noticed these two kids pull up in front of our house in a plain pickup truck with a flashing light bar on the roof. They get out and set a few cones on the street and started directing traffic. I am thinking, “What is this all about?”

They set a 2×4 in the middle of the road with one of the kids standing on it. The other kid pulls a paint bucket and a paint roller from the truck and starts painting the dividing lines on the street.

I realize Madeira is a small town but I expected the road maintenance would be handled by a little bit large outfit than two teenager with a 2×4 and a roller.

I was especially surprised by their very casual one-hand, no-flag technique of controlling traffic.

A Simple Google Earth Hack

I saw this cool map of ancient Rome overlayed on Google Earth and I thought to myself I bet I could do that.


Rare-Maps.com Boulder 1910So I took a few minutes and looked around for an old map of Boulder, Colorado. Rare-Maps.com, a local Boulder gallery had a cool map from 1910. I then open Google Earth navigated to Boulder and used the Add Image Overlay function.


The overlay function is pretty straightforward. You can zoom in and out, resize the overlay, and skew it if you need to. It took me a few minutes to get the correct sizing and positioning on the map. I think it helps to align a feature that is on both Google Earth and the overlay. Once the feature is lined up I scaled the overlay until most of the features matched. I say most because I noticed I couldn’t get everything to lineup. I think the overlay may be a little off on scale and we are use a flat image to represent a curved surface.


Here is the Google Earth file if you are interested in taking a look.

4001 Discovery Spam




4001 spam

Originally uploaded by sebrenner.

I recently got this great bit of spam. They are offering to let me refinance 4001 Discovery Drive for $150,000. It is a great deal since 4001 is a Qwest building where I used to work. I suspect it is worth many millions.

Flickr Rocks




Flickr Badge

Originally uploaded by sebrenner.

I recently committed to Flickr. Both financially, $20 a year, and my time, the time to get all my photos online and somewhat organized.

In the last seven or eight years I have planned to get my photos online. But despite several tries I never got more then about 100 up. It was too time consuming.

But now, with Flickr.com, I have about 1500 up and ready to share. Flickr makes it very easy to upload and to organize. By next week I think I will have all my photos up.

You can check out my collection at flickr.com/photos/sebrenner/.

If you haven’t tried Flickr before I think you will be impressed. Every photo is tagged with all the words I could think to describe the photo. For example this badge has the following tags:
Badge
ID
Me
Flickr

If you want to see all my photos from Colorado you can click the Colorado tag and you will get a complete collection of Colorado photos. If you want to see my camping photos same thing. Click on the camping tag and they are all there. And you can combine tags. Combining camping and Colorado will get you only the pictures related to camping and Colorado.

Flickr uses an interest technic to display the tags. They are shown alphabetically and the relative size of the type indicates how many of my photos share that tag.

Another nice feature allows you to browse other people’s photos too. After looking at my Colorado pictures you can click on the link to everyone’s Colorado pictures and see thousand and thousand of other’s photo related Colorado.

Please take a look and if you like the way it works consider joining. There is both a free version and Pro version. The only difference is how many photos you can upload.