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Re: Maps

Posted: Mon, Feb 05 2007, 11:27 PM
by Frodos Majik
When we post up a field, how about we say who is doing the flying at that field, in the description. Then we will know who to contact, if interested in doing some flying at any particular spot. :idea: :wink:

Re: Maps

Posted: Tue, Feb 06 2007, 07:25 AM
by Mike
Most excellent idea. I'll edit my previous postings.

Re: Maps

Posted: Mon, Mar 12 2007, 12:32 AM
by Jeff
Wow, all of those locations are far for me. I'm really in the boonies for this group...

Re: Maps

Posted: Mon, Mar 12 2007, 09:10 AM
by Mike
The group is growing all the time, and most members haven't put anything on the map.
Please post your locations on the map, you never know who else may be living nearby.

Re: Maps

Posted: Mon, Mar 12 2007, 09:45 AM
by Babbman
I added the fields that Chris and I use in the Aurora area and one in the Lisle area.

Chris, can you add in the field by your house with any required details?

Re: Maps

Posted: Mon, Mar 12 2007, 01:38 PM
by Jeff
Mike wrote:The group is growing all the time, and most members haven't put anything on the map.
Please post your locations on the map, you never know who else may be living nearby.


I'm new to this. I don't have any locations yet. :P

Re: Maps

Posted: Mon, Mar 12 2007, 05:53 PM
by Sheyala
I added my two favorites from down south even though I don't live there anymore. Maybe someone else can make use of them!

Re: Maps

Posted: Mon, Mar 12 2007, 06:21 PM
by Mike
thanks everyone, this map is looking good!
Jeff, sorry there isn't anything near you yet. :(

Re: Maps

Posted: Mon, Mar 12 2007, 09:20 PM
by TheBigKiteGuy
Sadly, I no longer have a home field. I travel so much, I usually don't get to fly on the same field twice in a year. So, I have not added any fields to the map.

Re: Maps

Posted: Tue, Mar 13 2007, 01:40 PM
by Babbman
Should we add another category to the map page to list where/when festival events are taking place?

Not only would it be good to know exactly where we are all going but may help to provide a few more flying spots to be used when festival events are not taking place...

Re: Maps

Posted: Tue, Mar 13 2007, 07:35 PM
by Mike
Good idea. The big festivals are on the map right now. More to come as I get more information.

Re: Maps

Posted: Tue, Mar 13 2007, 08:05 PM
by Babbman
Also, I am going to take a ride over to Fermilab this weekend to see if there is a spot for flying on campus in the public areas. I called their public relations office the other day and they welcomed us to come out and see if any of their public areas would work for flying. It is rather wide open and prairie-like.

Being that it is a world class teaching/working physics lab, containing people and scientists from all over the world, I would have to believe that someone living on site would see us and take an interest in what we are doing..

Well, there is always hope, eh?

Pushpin #22 on the map... the pin is on the public area they call the 'Dog Training Area'. If nothing else, turn on the Aerial View and check it out as it's quite an interesting area... if there is nothing, I'll pull the pin...

Re: Maps

Posted: Sat, Mar 17 2007, 02:42 PM
by Jeff
The maps are currently only visible when you log in. Would there be any problem with turning on 'sharing' so that it can be viewed outside this account?

Re: Maps

Posted: Sat, Mar 17 2007, 04:48 PM
by Mike
The festival maps are already public. This link takes you to the festival maps without logging in:
click here
So you can book mark the above page to go to it without logging in.

I didn't make the "Kite Flying Fields" public because I didn't know what kind of info was going to wind up there. It doesn't seem too personal, so if no one minds, I'll make it public after a week or so. I'll wait a week to give time for everyone to see this post.

Re: Maps

Posted: Tue, Mar 20 2007, 12:27 PM
by Jeff
Babbman wrote:My preference would be to use google earth with a ikeclub.kmz or personal .kmz file that we could keep on the forum and update as neccessary...


I'm pretty much a Google Earth geek. I've got mine loaded up with placemarks for people I know, vacations spots, restaurants, you name it. So you can bet that I'll use it for this too. In fact, I've already loaded all the map data so far into a file for myself.

I'll offer it for other Google Earth users to look at as well. I don't intend it to be official, or to supplant any other mapping system that we use here. It's just a fun tool that I use, and you can feel free to use my file if you like.

You can subscribe to it as a Network Link, and it will automatically connect you to the latest version of the file that I have loaded on my personal webspace.

In "My Places," right click and select Add>Network Link...

Make the name whatever you like. But in the box for "Link," enter the following... http://www.limelightvidpro.com/ike/IKE.kmz

Enter it just as shown, it is case-sensitive.

I plan to keep it updated, but don't rely on it as an official source...if I get too busy, I may forget to put something in there.

Re: Maps

Posted: Tue, Mar 20 2007, 07:52 PM
by Mike
that's cool Jeff. Thanks!
There isn't anything real official here yet. We're playing around with different ideas so it's nice to have new ways to do things.

Re: Maps

Posted: Thu, Apr 05 2007, 09:19 AM
by Mike
Google has added the ability to create your own maps now too. It crashes Firefox sometimes though.
I put in three festivals just to test.
It seems to run a bit faster than microsoft's system.

Is it any better for folks on dial-up?

--right now you can't edit the maps, just view them. I may keep it that way to avoid spamming and random web miscreants.

Oh yeah, click here.

Re: Maps

Posted: Sat, Jun 30 2007, 11:31 AM
by Jeff
OK, this is cool. :up:

I have been keeping information on flying location and festivals in a Google Earth file. I gave out the address of the file to link to for those who use Google Earth. It creates a network link that updates automatically, which is cool.

But not everyone uses Google Earth.

Not to worry, Google likes to integrate all their stuff.

If you go to Google Maps and put the address of the file ( http://www.limelightvidpro.com/ike/IKE.kml )in the box at the top, you can view the Google Earth data right on Google Maps! (I'm a geek. I love it 8) )

Or, just click this weird looking link:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... 6&z=7&om=1

Re: Maps

Posted: Sat, Jun 30 2007, 01:46 PM
by Mike
That's very cool. Very close to perfect. I like the icons!
When they make it easy to get driving directions to those spots, it will be fantastic.

Re: Maps

Posted: Sat, Jun 30 2007, 04:37 PM
by TheBigKiteGuy
I think that this is my favorite Google Earth satellite image.


D river wayside


Now you know what a kite festival looks like from space.