Archive for April 7th, 2007


Trip to Omaha in Google’s new “My Maps”

If, like me, you read websites like Slashdot and Ars Technica, you are probably aware that Google just came out with an interface for adding your own content to Google maps, called “My Maps”. Google’s description of how to access this feature and edit your own maps is here. Evidently, these are called mashups, for some reason. Anyway, I’ve been interested in geo-referenced photography for awhile, so I thought I’d give it a try. As a first attempt, I took pictures from our recent trip to Omaha and pasted them into the appropriate locations on the map. You can see my work here. I’m still learning all the features, but I feel like I’m getting the hang of it. A couple of issues that have come up:

  1. I would like the links I provide to full-size pictures to spawn a new window using the target=”_blank” statement inside the <a> tag. However, whenever I add it manually and subsequently save the map, the target statement disappears. If someone can help me figure this out, I’d appreciate it.
  2. I created the placemarks in non-chronological order. Now, I’d like to reorder the links to those placemarks in the bar at the left side so they’re in chronological order. However, there doesn’t seem to be any way to do this. Again, if someone knows how to do this, please let me know.

Please let me know if you have any ideas for how I could improve this. Thanks.

Update: I just revised the map. The placemarks are now in chronological order down the left column.  I have also added a few more placemarks and pictures, as well as comments for each placemark.  I hope you enjoy it.


New camera


While we were in Omaha, in addition to visiting Heather’s grandmother, we also visited a number of her other relatives. In particular, we spent some time with Heather’s Uncle Jeffrey, who has a reputation for having a large collection of stuff from all over. In fact, his house is like a museum. In any case, I mentioned to him that I was interested in photography and I showed him my K1000. It turns out that he had a K1000, but had given it, along with a number of lenses, to a friend of his. He was disappointed that he no longer had it because he seemed to want to give it to me due to my interest in it and experience with it.

The morning we were to leave, Jeff showed up at Heather’s grandmother’s apartment with a kind of suitcase and indicated that it was a present for me. Inside was a Konica Autoreflex T along with a flash and a couple of lenses. Among the lenses is a 57mm f1.4, which gives me 2 extra stops of low-light shooting over the 50mm f2 lens I have for my K1000. The camera has a mechanical timer, which will be useful for group shots where I also want to be in the shot. In addition, the camera is noteworthy because it was the first SLR to use TTL metering and what is now referred to as shutter priority for auto-exposure shooting.

I don’t think I’ll probably use this camera in shutter priority mode; rather, I expect I’ll shoot manually. However, the way I shoot manually with this camera could be different than the way I shoot with the K1000. This discrepancy has to do with the presentation of information inside the viewfinder.

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