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Post by Silent Observe » Sun, 18 Sep 2005 05:38:59


Well, I've been playing with Google Earth (http://SportToday.org/) lately.
And I've developed a fly-over at Interlagos. It consists of a series of
placemarks that I placed at each turn plus the start/finish line and
adjusted the range and tilt so when when you play the whole file in GE, it
looks like you are flying in a helicopter through the course. You can play
with the tour speed tour pause to your liking in GE at Tools/Options then
click the control tab. I have mine set a little faster than the default with
0 in the tour pause.

I thought some of you that have GE would enjoy it so I uploaded it and you
can download it at http://SportToday.org/
If you don't have GE, you can get it at the link at the beginning of this
post.

If you all (y'all) like it, I'll try to create fly-over's for the other
tracks that are in hi-res on GE. If you create one, let us know so we can
check it out.

SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Playing with GE can be highly ***ive and
possibly lead people in your social circle to believe you vanished from the
planet ;=)

 
 
 

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Post by Da Fra » Sun, 18 Sep 2005 09:29:19

On Fri, 16 Sep 2005 16:38:59 -0400, "Silent Observer"

Quote:

>Well, I've been playing with Google Earth (http://earth.google.com/) lately.
>And I've developed a fly-over at Interlagos. It consists of a series of
>placemarks that I placed at each turn plus the start/finish line and
>adjusted the range and tilt so when when you play the whole file in GE, it
>looks like you are flying in a helicopter through the course. You can play
>with the tour speed tour pause to your liking in GE at Tools/Options then
>click the control tab. I have mine set a little faster than the default with
>0 in the tour pause.

>I thought some of you that have GE would enjoy it so I uploaded it and you
>can download it at http://www.g-2-productions.com/ge/flythrus/f1/Brazil.kmz
>If you don't have GE, you can get it at the link at the beginning of this
>post.

>If you all (y'all) like it, I'll try to create fly-over's for the other
>tracks that are in hi-res on GE. If you create one, let us know so we can
>check it out.

See if you can get Monza ? I get very low res just where i think it
should be (NE of Milano). Same with Spa i think, but Suzuka came up
very nice, even with some cars(sedans) on the track.  

I was mucking about it to perhaps get an idea how long before images
get updated, thinking that it may be a number of weeks, but since then
i've found out they can be 3-4 years old. The NASA worldwind site
kinda woke me up to why that is.

In fact that's good, as i was thinking the neighbour i don't really
like must be dead, because his car never moved from the driveway.
Alas..  ;-)

ps: what's a .kmz ?

--

Regards, Frank

 
 
 

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Post by Silent Observe » Mon, 19 Sep 2005 00:38:37

PS, Just saw this on the GEC:

            September 16: Major Data Announcement
                  09/16/05 09:28 PM   Edit     Reply     Quote     Quick
Reply

      Global Imagery Updates

      Very High Resolution Areas
      Jacksonville, FL 2004; Los Angeles, CA 2003; Oxnard, CA
2004;Tampa/St.Petersburg 2002

      New High-Resolution Areas
      Wilmington, NC; Myrtle Beach, SC; Quito, Ecuador; Caracas, Venezuela;
La Paz, Bolivia; Canary Islands; Brussels, Belgium; Rotterdam, Netherlands;
Belgrade, Serbia; Vilnius, Lithuania; Riga, Latvia; Kiev, Ukraine; Mumbai,
India; Bangalore, India; Hyderabad, India; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
Hiroshima, Japan; Kobe, Japan; Osaka, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Nagoya, Japan;
Sapporo, Japan; Shanghai, China; Saertu, China; Havana, Cuba;

      Updated or Additional Coverage Areas
      Nashville, TN; Quebec, Canada; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo,
Brazil; Venice, Italy; Milan, Italy; Birmingham, UK; Plymouth, UK; Dublin,
Ireland; Frankfurt, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Warsaw, Poland; Istanbul,
Turkey; New Delhi, India; Taipei, Taiwan; Seoul, South Korea; Pyongyang,
North Korea; Stockholm, Sweden; Cape Town, South Africa;

      Enjoy!

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Post by Niall Wallac » Mon, 19 Sep 2005 21:57:31


Quote:
> PS, Just saw this on the GEC:

>            September 16: Major Data Announcement
>                  09/16/05 09:28 PM   Edit     Reply     Quote     Quick
> Reply

>      Global Imagery Updates

>      Very High Resolution Areas
>      Jacksonville, FL 2004; Los Angeles, CA 2003; Oxnard, CA
> 2004;Tampa/St.Petersburg 2002

>      New High-Resolution Areas
>      Wilmington, NC; Myrtle Beach, SC; Quito, Ecuador; Caracas, Venezuela;
> La Paz, Bolivia; Canary Islands; Brussels, Belgium; Rotterdam,
> Netherlands;
> Belgrade, Serbia; Vilnius, Lithuania; Riga, Latvia; Kiev, Ukraine; Mumbai,
> India; Bangalore, India; Hyderabad, India; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
> Hiroshima, Japan; Kobe, Japan; Osaka, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Nagoya, Japan;
> Sapporo, Japan; Shanghai, China; Saertu, China; Havana, Cuba;

>      Updated or Additional Coverage Areas
>      Nashville, TN; Quebec, Canada; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sao Paulo,
> Brazil; Venice, Italy; Milan, Italy; Birmingham, UK; Plymouth, UK; Dublin,
> Ireland; Frankfurt, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Warsaw, Poland; Istanbul,
> Turkey; New Delhi, India; Taipei, Taiwan; Seoul, South Korea; Pyongyang,
> North Korea; Stockholm, Sweden; Cape Town, South Africa;

Sadly the hig res area roubnd milan misses Monza by aroudn a kilometer
 
 
 

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Post by Bugbear.197 » Tue, 20 Sep 2005 08:55:41

Love your work!!!!
 
 
 

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Post by a425coupl » Tue, 20 Sep 2005 12:26:29

Quote:

> On Fri, 16 Sep 2005 16:38:59 -0400, "Silent Observer"
> >Well, I've been playing with Google Earth (http://earth.google.com/)
> See if you can get Monza ? I get very low res just where i think it
> should be (NE of Milano). Same with Spa i think, but Suzuka came up
> very nice, even with some cars(sedans) on the track.

Yes, interesting.  I was looking at some a couple days ago.
One track 'I drove up the freeway to' was also in such a
"low resolution" area I couldn't make it out.

Mind telling me how specifically you get to Suzuka?
Or how you search to find other tracks?

 
 
 

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Post by Da Fra » Tue, 20 Sep 2005 14:38:50

On Sun, 18 Sep 2005 20:26:29 -0700, "a425couple"

Quote:


>> On Fri, 16 Sep 2005 16:38:59 -0400, "Silent Observer"
>> >Well, I've been playing with Google Earth (http://SportToday.org/)
>> See if you can get Monza ? I get very low res just where i think it
>> should be (NE of Milano). Same with Spa i think, but Suzuka came up
>> very nice, even with some cars(sedans) on the track.

>Yes, interesting.  I was looking at some a couple days ago.
>One track 'I drove up the freeway to' was also in such a
>"low resolution" area I couldn't make it out.

>Mind telling me how specifically you get to Suzuka?
>Or how you search to find other tracks?

Well, that one i've found by typing in "Suzuka, Japan". If the area is
high res, it is quite easy to find a track by zooming out a few
levels. But if it's low-res, forget it. It's just green blobs. :(
I'll tack some coords on the end of this, but if you want to search
fro the rest, fire up GE and an instance of your browser and point it
to formula1.com. click on the circuit icons and select "circuit" when
the page loads. This, towards the end of the writeup, gives you an
idea of where the circuit is in relation to known cities and places,
the interactive circuit gives you the layout of the track.
Then you go back to GE, make sure "roads" are clicked on and type for
instance "Suzuka, Japan" and if you get hi-res ove that area, then pan
around until you find the track. Suzuka was easy as the outlay of the
track is so unique, you just can't miss it.

It can be a bit of doing though, but at least it's a perfectly useless
time wasting exercise. ;-)
For instance, find ***y Magny cours, it's apparently half way
between Lyon and Paris. Great.. that's only about a zillion square
Kms.

Anyway, here are the first few i've just looked up :
Type the coords into the search pane(fly tab) exactly how you see them
below. ie : S 37 51 1 , E 144 58 15
Most of them should take you above the pit buildings, or near enough.

Suzuka E 136 32 23, N 34 50 37.5
Melbourne: S 37 51 1 , E 144 58 15  
Sepang ??
Bahrain ??
Imola:  E 11 42 54 , N 44 20 39
Barcelona: E 2 15 39, N 41 34 13
Monaco: E 7 25 46.2, N 43 44 24.9  ; Loews. Keep getting lost on it.
Nurburgring ??
Montreal: N 45 30 5.4, W 73 31 21
Indianapolis: N 39 47 37, W 86 14 15

The other nine is yours to find.. for now anyway. ;-)
Have fun.

--

Regards, Frank

 
 
 

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Post by Da Fra » Tue, 20 Sep 2005 14:41:59

On Sat, 17 Sep 2005 01:03:41 -0400, "Silent Observer"

<snip>

Quote:
>A .kmz is a Google Earth file. It is written in KML (Keyhole Markup
>Language) which is very similar to HTML and uses XML. A kmz file can contain
>a single placemark, a series of placemarks (such as the one I put together
>for the fly-over) or placemarks with image overlays. One file that I
>downloaded from a post on the GEC contained most of the tracks in the
>current F1 series and some from past F1 seasons.
>I commend you on your internet safe practices protocol for asking about what
>the file is before downloading or opening the file. I don't know if your
>antivirus software does this, but mine scans any file that I download or
>open on the internet. I haven't heard of any kmz files giving anyone any
>problems, but I have found some zip files on GEC that I just ignore. No
>telling how large the files that are compressed in them are and if there are
>any executables hidden in a zip file.

Thanks, i was more puzzled as to what software would be required to
run it. Which, i guess, indirectly shows my very deep involvement with
GE and the GE community. :-)
Of course i scan most everything and manually. The scanner is supposed
to scan on demand, but old habits die hard. I'm also not sure how deep
they will explore compressed archives, but i belive all the decent
ones will enter at least one level deep.

--

Regards, Frank

 
 
 

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Post by Da Fra » Wed, 21 Sep 2005 06:51:31



Quote:
>> Monaco: E 7 25 46.2, N 43 44 24.9  ; Loews. Keep getting lost on it.
>Here's Silverstone (fortunately one of the higher detailed areas of the
>UK)
>N 52 4 43 W 1 1 0

>The reason you keep getting lost around Monaco is because they've put
>the images together incorrectly.  If you look around the harbour
>chicane (just out of the tunnel), you can see a join, and the roads
>have been misaligned.  The best way to find it is to find the swimmming
>pool complex, trace the circuit back around Tabac, and then suddenly
>the track disappears into the harbour...

Ahh, thanks. So i'm not completely stupid, just unobservant. :)  

--

Regards, Frank

 
 
 

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Post by Nick » Tue, 20 Sep 2005 20:49:48

Quote:

> Suzuka E 136 32 23, N 34 50 37.5
> Melbourne: S 37 51 1 , E 144 58 15
> Sepang ??
> Bahrain ??
> Imola:  E 11 42 54 , N 44 20 39
> Barcelona: E 2 15 39, N 41 34 13
> Monaco: E 7 25 46.2, N 43 44 24.9  ; Loews. Keep getting lost on it.
> Nurburgring ??
> Montreal: N 45 30 5.4, W 73 31 21
> Indianapolis: N 39 47 37, W 86 14 15

Here's Silverstone (fortunately one of the higher detailed areas of the
UK)
N 52 4 43 W 1 1 0

The reason you keep getting lost around Monaco is because they've put
the images together incorrectly.  If you look around the harbour
chicane (just out of the tunnel), you can see a join, and the roads
have been misaligned.  The best way to find it is to find the swimmming
pool complex, trace the circuit back around Tabac, and then suddenly
the track disappears into the harbour...

 
 
 

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Post by Dave » Tue, 20 Sep 2005 19:20:42


Quote:
> On Sun, 18 Sep 2005 20:26:29 -0700, "a425couple"


>>> On Fri, 16 Sep 2005 16:38:59 -0400, "Silent Observer"
>>> >Well, I've been playing with Google Earth (http://SportToday.org/)
>>> See if you can get Monza ? I get very low res just where i think it
>>> should be (NE of Milano). Same with Spa i think, but Suzuka came up
>>> very nice, even with some cars(sedans) on the track.

>>Yes, interesting.  I was looking at some a couple days ago.
>>One track 'I drove up the freeway to' was also in such a
>>"low resolution" area I couldn't make it out.

>>Mind telling me how specifically you get to Suzuka?
>>Or how you search to find other tracks?

> It can be a bit of doing though, but at least it's a perfectly useless
> time wasting exercise. ;-)
> For instance, find ***y Magny cours, it's apparently half way
> between Lyon and Paris. Great.. that's only about a zillion square
> Kms.

> Anyway, here are the first few i've just looked up :
> Type the coords into the search pane(fly tab) exactly how you see them
> below. ie : S 37 51 1 , E 144 58 15
> Most of them should take you above the pit buildings, or near enough.

> Suzuka E 136 32 23, N 34 50 37.5
> Melbourne: S 37 51 1 , E 144 58 15
> Sepang ??
> Bahrain ??
> Imola:  E 11 42 54 , N 44 20 39
> Barcelona: E 2 15 39, N 41 34 13
> Monaco: E 7 25 46.2, N 43 44 24.9  ; Loews. Keep getting lost on it.
> Nurburgring ??
> Montreal: N 45 30 5.4, W 73 31 21
> Indianapolis: N 39 47 37, W 86 14 15

> The other nine is yours to find.. for now anyway. ;-)
> Have fun.

> --

> Regards, Frank

As another person that idles away far too much time in useless timewasting
here are some of the others I found

Magny Cours: e 3 09 45 n 46 51 49 (HiRes)
Nurburgring: e 6 56 37 n 50 19 57 (LoRes)
Silverstone: w 52 04 14 n 52 04 14 (HiRes)
Imola: e 11 42 49 n 44 20 28 (HiRes)
Monza: e 9 16 54 n 45 37 12 (LoRes)
Spa: e 5 58 07 n 50 26 35 (LoRes)
Sepang: e 101 44 12 n 2 45 35 (LoRes)

 
 
 

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Post by Phil Newnha » Tue, 20 Sep 2005 19:36:01

Quote:

> As another person that idles away far too much time in useless timewasting
> here are some of the others I found

> Magny Cours: e 3 09 45 n 46 51 49 (HiRes)
> Nurburgring: e 6 56 37 n 50 19 57 (LoRes)
> Silverstone: w 52 04 14 n 52 04 14 (HiRes)
> Imola: e 11 42 49 n 44 20 28 (HiRes)
> Monza: e 9 16 54 n 45 37 12 (LoRes)
> Spa: e 5 58 07 n 50 26 35 (LoRes)
> Sepang: e 101 44 12 n 2 45 35 (LoRes)

If you search google groups for lat long on rasf1 you should find a list
that a few people put together a while back. I've got a copy
somewhere... if I remember, I'll post it.

--
Phil

http://www.usefilm.com/photographer/31307.html

 
 
 

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Post by a425coupl » Tue, 20 Sep 2005 23:18:44

Quote:



> >> On Fri, 16 Sep 2005 16:38:59 -0400, "Silent Observer"
> >> >Well, I've been playing with Google Earth (http://earth.google.com/)
> >> --but Suzuka came up very nice, even with some cars
> >Yes, interesting.  I was looking at some a couple days ago.
> >One track 'I drove up the freeway to' ---
> >Mind telling me how specifically you get to Suzuka?
> >Or how you search to find other tracks?
> Well, that one i've found by typing in "Suzuka, Japan".
> I'll tack some coords on the end of this,

Da Frank (and others), Thank you very much.
In addition to providing information, you have given
me 'tools' to use, helpful for many things.

Ways to find things:
1.  Home in on location (i.e."drive up freeway").
2.  Search for word / title (often several possible).
3.  Search by coordinates.
any other ways???

Quote:
> It can be a bit of doing though, but at least it's a perfectly useless
> time wasting exercise. ;-)

Yes.  As mentioned, I'd just been playing at this, but my
lack of tools made it very wasteful of time, so I had not
felt it worth posting about.
Thanks all.
 
 
 

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Post by Risto Lankine » Tue, 20 Sep 2005 19:58:02


Quote:
> Type the coords into the search pane(fly tab) exactly how you see them
> below. ie : S 37 51 1 , E 144 58 15
> Most of them should take you above the pit buildings, or near enough.

> Suzuka E 136 32 23, N 34 50 37.5
> Melbourne: S 37 51 1 , E 144 58 15
> Sepang ??
> Bahrain ??
> Imola:  E 11 42 54 , N 44 20 39
> Barcelona: E 2 15 39, N 41 34 13
> Monaco: E 7 25 46.2, N 43 44 24.9  ; Loews. Keep getting lost on it.
> Nurburgring ??
> Montreal: N 45 30 5.4, W 73 31 21
> Indianapolis: N 39 47 37, W 86 14 15

Hockenheim N 49 20 E 8 34 (lo-res)
Hungaroring: N 47 35 E 19 15
Silverstone N 52 04 W 1 01

A few bonus tracks...
Estoril N 38 45 W 9 23 30
Laguna Seca N 36 35 W 121 45 (lo-res)
Sonoma N 38 09 40 W 122 27 15

 - Risto -