Puzzled Pint Portland heat map

In response to the previous post (Puzzled Pint surveys and metrics), someone had suggested building a heat map. I built a fairly primitive one with Google Earth and a short Ruby script. The radius of each circle is proportional to the number of attendees. The height is random-ish and only varies to help distinguish overlapping circles. … Continue reading Puzzled Pint Portland heat map

Netninja site changes: Hipster PDA & Code

Background I have talked about my relationship with the Hipster PDA for years.  It is a sort of love/hate thing.  I find that the basics are invaluable.  I really love all the beautiful little templates and forms that people have made for the 3″ x 5″ form factor.  Alas, I find that most — if … Continue reading Netninja site changes: Hipster PDA & Code

Green Power!

One of the great things about Portland is not only the availability of green power, but the number of people who actually opt in to it. Posted in: One of the great things about Portland is not only the availability of green power, but the number of people who actually opt in to it. Posted … Continue reading Green Power!

Heat map of election hackability

The website “dvice” has a nice clickable map of the states and what sort of voting equipment they use–and consequently how prone to hacking and software bugs they all are. Click a state to see what kind of equipment each district uses and a little more detail on the systems. I have to say that … Continue reading Heat map of election hackability

Google Street View

I noticed something interesting with Google Street View today. Normally, there is this little paper-doll guy that you can move around on the street to indicate your position. Picking him up and moving him great distances causes his feet to swing around. I guess they updated the images for the end of October: Posted in: … Continue reading Google Street View

Street View in Portland!

It would appear that Google’s Street View has finally come to Portland. They must have come by on a weekend or really early in the morning, as my car is in the driveway. Posted in: It would appear that Google’s Street View has finally come to Portland. They must have come by on a weekend … Continue reading Street View in Portland!

A job at Google that nearly anyone can get

Interesting… Google Maps will pay you up to $10 per store for doing the footwork required to get local businesses into their database. It includes tasks such as taking a few pictures, recording store hours and payment methods, and other such research. (via Digg) Interesting… Google Maps will pay you up to $10 per store … Continue reading A job at Google that nearly anyone can get