Apr 23, 2007

700 images and counting

I noticed this morning that we had crossed 700 images on the site (there are 708 as of this writing). Simon here was the 700th.

It's great fun to see the different pictures going up. The images that recently came from the Unitarian Church in Sarasota, Florida have been particularly fun.

Keep at it!

Coding For Peace

Apr 13, 2007


For a while now we have been wanting to get images from Friends For Peace onto maps...we finally have it.

Before you get too worried, no, there is not going to be a point on your house from your image (more on that in a minute).

There are two places you can see maps, first is on the browse page where we have put a menu of states. If you want to see all the pictures submitted from people in Ohio, just select Ohio from the menu. The second place is on the search results page. So if you do a search for "dog" you can now see a map of all the dogs. Google Earth users can also pull those results into Google Earth, which will update the search results so you can see them over time.

Now, for those of you concerned about (or interested in) how the points are placed, let me explain how I set this up. First off, all points are generated using the location of the zip code covering the city provided when the image was uploaded (for cities with more than 1 I calculate their average location). From that point I then randomly shift the location just a little (within a couple minutes of the original point), so that they aren't all stacked up on top of each other. I also located the markers 8 KM off the ground; while Google Maps doesn't currently respect this last setting, when you look using Google Earth you'll see the points move around a bit as you zoom in, and after a while they will fly past you, making it even more clear that they aren't exact locations.

Take the dog search for example. My dog Patrick lives with me in Claymont, DE. While the marker does appear somewhere generally over Claymont, frequently the random shifting causes him to be located on one of the nearby highways...I can assure you that he's not an outside dog, and lives mostly on my couch, not the highway.

Coding for Peace

Apr 7, 2007

Pictures from NTC

Last Wednesday, we ran a photobooth at N-TEN, during the science fair. It took us a couple days to get all the images posted, since we were in sessions most of the time.

We got an overwhelmingly positive response from the people at the conference. We tagged all the images using the 07NTC tag that was requested on the N-TEN blog, so they are appearing with the other pictures from around the conference. If you want to see where we've been all week, check out the photo stream.

Coding for Peace

Apr 5, 2007

Images from another era

Whenever we take on a project to encourage peace, one of the questions we ask is can this make a difference? Our archivist was nice enough to take a few minutes to look through some pictures from past peace movements. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of what he found.

Coding for Peace