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s4xton
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 2:00 pm    Post subject: Lakers Map Reply with quote

How difficult would it be....

To scrape the coordinates of all the caches that are known to have Lakers game pieces and generate a map?

If we don't have something public of this type, Rickrich will do it on his own and school us all (assuming he's playing)... unless die-hard gamers manually check all the caches on the recent activity list...

It might be useful for non-metro players as well, so they don't have to check 100 cache pages associated with pieces when there might only be 2-3 in their 40 mile radius.

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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like this too. . .

If someone donated the code we could pretty it up and host it.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes! Please.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's an interium solution I could do tonight.

I'll add a town/city field to the grab & drop forms. That way we can capture/display the location of the cache the laker is in. Sound good?
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ecellent. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chad, if you can provide me with a URL that contains a tab-separated text file with the various information about the laker (lat, lon, name, etc), I will whip together a shell script to create a map from it. I'd rather start from an easy tab-separated text file than scrape the information. Since you run this joint, there is no reason to scrape the HTML and turn it back into a databasey thing so I can process it.

PS.

Actually, I guess you only know the cache name and laker name. Whatever, I can get
lat/lon. Just put whatever info you know about the laker in a tab separated text file.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rickrich wrote:
Chad, if you can provide me with a URL that contains a tab-separated text file with the various information about the laker (lat, lon, name, etc), I will whip together a shell script to create a map from it. I'd rather start from an easy tab-separated text file than scrape the information. Since you run this joint, there is no reason to scrape the HTML and turn it back into a databasey thing so I can process it.

PS.

Actually, I guess you only know the cache name and laker name. Whatever, I can get
lat/lon. Just put whatever info you know about the laker in a tab separated text file.


Cool!

Do we want one map per Laker, or a state map with all of them? I would think the latter since just clicking on the Laker's cache name brings up the cache page which already has a map.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think a map is a great idea. I like the idea of a clickable state and/or metro map with all the lakers on them.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, my guess is that we will need two maps. One of the metro "potential energy well", and one of the state. I'll make both clickable.
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2004 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll get my part done tonight.
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2004 4:07 am    Post subject: Re: Lakers Map Reply with quote

s4xton wrote:
If we don't have something public of this type, Rickrich will do it on his own and school us all (assuming he's playing).

If you are playing along at home with my Linux geo-* toolset, here is how I create a clickable map...
http://geo.rkkda.com/lakers/lakersmap (shell script for geeks)

I am now running this a few times a day, but it could be incorporated into the main website code. The unadorned maps are here:
http://geo.rkkda.com/lakers


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RJ
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2004 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice spread! If it's anything like that sample rickrich, it's gonna be cool. Thanks for doing that.
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2004 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice rickrich! Please make the statewide truly statewide (go to the Canadian, Iowa, and Dakotas borders). I will be dropping off Lakers this weekend which would be in MN but off the map.

I will be incorporating the maps into the look and feel of the website tonight. rr, could you take a moment and explain to me (in a private email/PM) how I get the code set up on the mngca server (i&i) and also how to fire it off from a php file? That way it can be updated everytime a laker is moved.

Thanks again - this is sweet!
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2004 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rickrich and Towlebooth - thanks for making this happen. This is very, very cool.

Towlebooth - if these maps work like Rickrich's other maps, it should dynamically show more of Minnesota if there are laker pieces in other parts of the states.

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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2004 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

s4xton wrote:
Rickrich and Towlebooth - thanks for making this happen. This is very, very cool.

Towlebooth - if these maps work like Rickrich's other maps, it should dynamically show more of Minnesota if there are laker pieces in other parts of the states.


My ignorance shines brightly. Thanks.

Hope to continue to make this thing better as we go along. By the third round of play it should be pretty swell!
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