lat/lon still on the "to do" list? April 26, 2004 7:10 AM   Subscribe

The survey thread reminded me: are latitudes/longitudes for the "users near this user" feature still on the to do list?
posted by snarfodox to Feature Requests at 7:10 AM (12 comments total)

It sure would be nice if the zips were converted to lat/long and all the non-USAian members updated their info. Because a map would be very, very cool. Surely Matt wants to ride this pony? It's so cute.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 8:40 AM on April 26, 2004

I too would like this pony. I promise to curry it and feed it apples.
posted by languagehat at 9:44 AM on April 26, 2004

Curried pony?
posted by DrJohnEvans at 10:52 AM on April 26, 2004

mmmmm... curried pony.... with apple chutney.

Id like a lat-long widget pony as well. and a Danish meetup!
posted by dabitch at 11:21 AM on April 26, 2004

Yeah, it would be kind of neat. I'd be happy to do the map generating btw (it's pretty much a modified version of Image::Worldmap so if matt wants to do it himself there's not much stopping him either.

And I'm all for a danish meetup, as long as it's not in danmark.
posted by fvw at 11:28 AM on April 26, 2004

Ooh, ooh, yes please (again)
posted by dg at 3:15 PM on April 26, 2004

Yes yes yes.
posted by dash_slot- at 5:04 PM on April 26, 2004

wow, I didn't know there was a cpan project to automate mapping. Kickass.

Yeah, I can do the long/lat. Right now I'm converting us zip codes to rough long/lat estimates, so it won't be impossible to just switch over. I just have so many little fixes to do I don't know when I can do it. Hopefully soon.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:36 PM on April 26, 2004

I think you overestimate "to automate mapping". The map is in cylindrical projection, so you just divide the coordinates by 180 and add your (0,0). The CPAN module mainly does a simulated annealing approach to placing the labels. Once you have densities like in northern america on the survey map labels are out of the question though.
posted by fvw at 12:31 AM on April 27, 2004

This is the only pony I want. All other ponies are only good for glue compared to this pony.
posted by five fresh fish at 5:34 PM on April 27, 2004

what fff said. this is the prettiest pony of them all and i really, really want it. i will never ask for anything else.
posted by t r a c y at 11:51 PM on April 27, 2004

My Little Pony.
posted by five fresh fish at 10:00 AM on April 28, 2004

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