Monthly Archives: April 2012

[MAP] CyberSaftey Outreach Centres
Date Created: April 26, 2012  Date Modified: May 2, 2012

I was surfing thru the datasets on data.gov.au and thought id import the KML from the Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy‘s CyberSaftey Outreach centres.

View KML – CyberSaftey Outreach Centres in a larger map

There are around 800 datasets available, in various formats, so theres something for every interest.

This rant was posted in Google, Government, Government 2.0, Internet, KML, Maps, Web on by .

[VIDEO] The How and Why of Climate Denial
Date Created: April 25, 2012  Date Modified: May 2, 2012

My sister tweeted this article to me earlier today on the motivation behind climate change denialists. The article mentions a program airing tonight on ABC television titled I can change your mind about… Climate, it includes a clip that didnt make the final cut; Im choosing to share said clip because too many Aussies have their heads in the sand on the topic of climate change.

Not being one to television very often Im hoping to catch the program on iView…

This rant was posted in Climate Change, Economy, Government, Green, Politics on by .

[VIDEO] This is why I need an Xbox (and another copy of Skyrim)
Date Created: April 15, 2012  Date Modified: May 2, 2012

I had been putting off buying an xbox just for Forza 3, but this makes me want to get the box, and kinect, AND another copy of Skyrim. I did buy Oblivion for both PC and PS3 so precident is set.

Skyrim Kinect FTW!!!
UPDATE: Since Im on the Kinect tip, here is another vid that Im posting for me to watch later

This rant was posted in Games, Kinect, Oblivion, Skyrim, Xbox on by .

3D online: WebGL or Flash?
Date Created: April 10, 2012  Date Modified: December 27, 2012

I was sent a screen grab of a 3D laser scan from a colleague, he just wanted the pic on the web. I though ‘well someone paid a lot of money to have this laser scan done, we can do better than place a screen grab of it online’ and inquired about the actual 3D file in the hope it was of a 3d format I had experience with..

My first thought was to plonk the file into Flash and just add some controls, tho Flash requires a browser plug-in and so I started looking into webGL. The only downside with webGL is IE support (tho there is a plug-in), so Its a toss up between 3-rd party plugin or no IE. Looking at analytics for the DEC web will answere whats more suited for my “market”.

I decided to go with X3D file type over VRML and to use that native in the cool kids browsers you need to , that way the server knows how to handle the file type. Otherwise it will treat it like XML. This is done simply enough with cPanel.

Not having a licence for Max here at work (and not likley to get one) I had to make use of Blender, which is perfectly fine for what I want. An engineer friend offered use of his CAD workstation but I declined for wanting to do this with tools at hand. There is a script on google code that adds export to WebGL functionality…

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8-Bit Maps [LINK]
Date Created: April 9, 2012  Date Modified: May 2, 2012

Google released this as their 2012 April Fool’s joke, I know Im late to publish it but I keep refering back to it and so I want a quick place to find it (I should have tweeted it last week!).

http://maps.google.com/?t=8

This rant was posted in Google, Hacks, Links, Maps, Web on by .

Just Two Weeks Until Lawyers’ Time-Travel Seminar [LINK]
Date Created: April 9, 2012  Date Modified: May 2, 2012

I found this link on Lowering the Bar, a Legal humor website I follow; tho this is not the useual content provided, it still piked an interest.

Lowering the Bar

via Just Two Weeks Until Lawyers' Time-Travel Seminar [Updated].

This rant was posted in Links, Politics, Time Travel on by .

DEC Education Portal
Date Created: April 3, 2012  Date Modified: May 2, 2012

I just recently worked on the DEC education portal, which was to conglomerate the handfull of community education sites; Ribbons of Blue, Airwatch and WasteWise, into one web portal. Some irony here that would be missed by most readers (Discourse of Deranged readers may remember!), that is Ribbons of Blue being a Swan River Trust initative, SRT being a former employer of mine–and when I was employed by the Trust, I was not allowed to work on their site.

UPDATE: this is the view from my office:

A view money just cant buy

and to give you an example of how close to the foreshore Cygnet Hall is:

Closer to the foreshore than Swan River Trust!

http://education.dec.wa.gov.au/