Thursday, August 21, 2008

EarthBrowser web plugin satellite example

Good news! The US Space Command has just granted my request to redistribute satellite orbit data. Expect to see satellites coming to EarthBrowser soon.

Here's the first public example of the EarthBrowser plugin, it requires Flash 9. it shows the current position of the International Space Station. Use your mouse wheel if you have one, or click the globe and use arrow keys to zoom out and see the Hubble Space Telescope and the TOPEX/Poseidon satellites.

This is a simple example with no extra datasets or interface elements and limited zooming. I hope to have the Javascript API available sometime next month.

Imagine a zero-install, completely programmable virtual globe that understands KML on your website.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

My iTunes Pirate Album

My alter-ego has been revealed...

I'm the drummer first mate on the pirate rock band HuckleScary Finn captained by my best friend Kevin Hendrickson. I'm afraid that I can't take credit for the huge resurgence in pirate themed activities here in the Portland area, but I'd like to think I got in on the ground floor.

Notable Portland Oregon Pirate links:
• Portland Pirate Festival
• Captain Bogg & Salty (best pirate band in the world).
• International talk like a pirate day
• Captain Henry's Pirate Store (a pirate merchandise only store)