Following a bouncing ball from Aaron Davis' Read Write Collect to Hacking an Ontario Extend Visited Countries Map I found myself looking at the URL for a map of the world and countries visited. I’ve had the list in my “where” page for ages – although I also just realised that I’d left off Malaysia after our trip to Borneo a couple of years ago.
So where next? I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you….
Satisfying my own curiousity and not intending to annoy or irritate anyone with this, I took a punt at answering a simple question that may have been asked rhetorically, and certainly wasn’t aimed directly at me – “How many Murri nations have you visited?”
The entire continent makes the crowded SE corner map almost invisible, and I spend most of my time at home here in Victoria, so here’s a best guess of where I’ve stayed over the years:
A topic dear to my heart, via http://norman.walsh.name//2011/10/18/gpxGoogle and a few quick hacks on the GPX from today’s lunchtime walk:
plotTracks(mapdata,"mapA"); plotTracks(mapdata, "mapB"); plotTracks(mapdata, "mapC"); plotTracks(mapdata, "map"); <2017-11-15 Wed> Update – currently broken During migration from Org mode & jekyll to Org mode & hugo.
A quick check of the map today and I saw that the aerial photo of home had changed — a closer inspection has me puzzled.
Up until a few weeks ago, the Google Maps and Google Earth view of Oakleigh showed our neighbours as a vacant block — not surprising, the house was bulldozed last May. There was also a huge flash of light reflecting from a parked car’s windscreen, which made it very easy to find!
I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.
Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.