“Sanka, you dead?”

“Ya man.” 😉 (Cool Runnings, 1993)

Why such a post-title, you ask?
For one I haven’t updated the site for a while. Well, I haven’t posted in a while, been doing some behind-the-scenes-stuff though (fixed the 404, changed the background, updated to WP 2.0.2, positioned some impact craters, etc.). So it’s about time for a normal post.

And two, the quote reminds me of some winter fun. I know it’s spring already, but last friday I went skiing in Europe’s longest indoor skiing facility (or so they say). 625 meters in all.

AlpinCenter Bottrop halfway downAlpinCenter Bottrop halfway down

I must admit it was a lot of fun, really. It does not compare to standing on a real outdoor mountain side, but one can easily spend a day at the slope, not in the least bit because all materials, food and drinks(!!!) where all-inclusive. (I confess, I’m Dutch ;-))
Though they should’ve put up some easy to spot road-signs and installed an airco in the bar/restaurant.

On returning home I started up Google Earth and found they’ve updated their maps and have almost all of Germany in high-res. Thus the slope is easy to spot. You can see the Center for yourself in Google Earth (KML), it’s the inverted question mark being constructed. Don’t worry, in real life it’s finished, I’ve been there remember? 🙂

Google Earth: Suspected Earth Impact Sites March 2006 update (KML)

SEIS database legendThe IFSG released a new database containing all the known suspected earth impact craters. I could not stay behind and updated the collection for Google Earth.

Google Earth KML Download the March 2006 edition of the SEIS database (200KB KML).

So if you happen to discover some craters yourself, now you can check if it’s in the collection of suspected and/or confirmed craters.

Addendum (2006-03-14): A few people noticed that some craters are far off from where they’re ‘supposed’ to be. Just take a look at the crowd at 0 lat. & 0 lon. or ‘Hongkong’ in the middle of Africa. It’s all because the positioning in the original database is sometimes missing or just plainly wrong. It was my deliberate choice to include all structures and not filter out the bad ones.
I’m slowly trying to find the right spot for some craters, but with 500+ structures it isn’t easy it’s quite a puzzle. 🙂 Especially if there are no visible cues on the ground. So if you have any suggestion as to where each crater really belongs, use the comment box below and I’ll update ASAP. Thanks!
Added note: It looks like the conversion from Excel to KML introduced some errors as well. My bad, sorry.

Photoshop + Fireworks: Where to from here?

John Nack on Adobe: Photoshop + Fireworks: Where to from here?:

Now that Adobe and Macromedia have come together, we’re busily planning our next moves, and it would be great to get your input.

If you’re a webdesigner/-developer this is an interesting read. Lots of thought for food here.

(BTW, John Nack is the Senior Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop. So let him have it. ;-))

Extend Firefox Contest Winners

The grand prize winners of the Extend Firefox competition are in. One of them is the one I use on a daily basis. In fact it’s the biggest reason why I’m using Firefox as my main browser. Props to Chris! 🙂
But IMHO the Web Developer toolbar is only usefull for us web developers (and people who are affiliated to them). Anyway, here are the three winners:

Grand Prize Category Winners:

I’ve installed Reveal and am evaluating as of writing. Can’t say I like it. It’s … just bizarre. 🙂

Ask.com Maps & Directions

The latest addition to the online mapping frenzy comes from none other than ask.com (that search engine that fired its card-bored butler remember?).

At map.ask.com you can find maps and directions. A first glance may remind you of that other mapping solution. But … this one is aware of roads in the rest of the world, outside of the U.S.A. (& UK), as Tagzania found out before me. Kudos to them. 🙂

Playing around with it though, this one caught my eye. An obscure censoring of a piece of The Hague, The Netherlands.
Ask.com censored part of the Netherlands.

As far as I know there aren’t any military, civilian or government installations in that area. Why anyone wants to censor a normal residential area with a kindergarten inside? Beats me.
Google does show the contents BTW.

Come to think about it. Currently there’s a lot of construction work going on in that park that’s being obscured… ahemmm

Update (2006-04-24): It seems that the latest image update of Google (Maps & Earth) also censors this specific block. Albeit in a more gentle way. Nonetheless, it still baffles me why. Maybe it’s a trap street?