True Scale Red Deer Map

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  1. swanny macrumors regular

    swanny

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    Oct 14, 2006
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    Saturday
    Morning
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    Cool

    TRUE SCALE RED DEER MAP

    Well what's what? How can we proceed in the distortions caused by the medium?
    So in a fruitless attempt at truth and honesty for the world of the web, I have created a "true scaled map" of my region. If your screen is set to the proper or "close" resolution, the map viewed will appear at the approx. "exact" size of the file. It, the image will print at true scale too.
    No it not perhaps 100% accurate but it is an attempt to bring some semblage of truth to the web.

    True Scale Red Deer Map

    Go = http://www.cabis.org/redmap.htm

    Now if we could get a "color" standard?

    humbly yours

    sir
     
  2. skunk macrumors G4

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    Always a pleasure to try and work out what the hell you're on about, Swanny. :)

    Carry on.
     
  3. swanny thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well thanks there skunk...
    No time to explain sorry...
    Gettin old don't you know...
    Just move along folks...
    No story here...
    Just an old putz at work in his laboratory deep in the bowells of an Amazon Jungle volcano...
    Well not really...
    Sittin in my apt watching the paint dry...
    Ah
    Twas merely an exercise in "futility"...

    Well actually this was rather difficult to determine because
    the scale of all my source maps was out of wack and didn't configure
    to the screen resolution or the dpi or dots per inch.
    I ended up actually having to "walk" or pace out some of the distances to get a true sense of things.
    There were then needless to say "many" variables.
    Even at that it's still a fair ways "out" but it is a start.
    The map itself is an overlay of a satellite map and a city map
    with small photo images taken from various points and some artistry thrown in.
    It thus is a rather "composite" true scaled map of my approximate location.

    sir


    oh well

    sorry...

    "hope the rain don't ruin the rubarb"
    Class mate 1980 Arch Technology

    no I couldn't figure it out either, although
    it was somewhat catchy...

    sir
     
  4. skunk macrumors G4

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    The only thing ruining the rhubarb is a missing aitch. An aitch of an inch to a foot, to be precise, in a non-Mercatorial sort of way.
     
  5. wimic macrumors regular

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    this is one of the few times that i've truly been lost in translation.

    i think i understand what you mean though - true maps are hard to come by because they're either usually based on satellite imagry and would, therefore, be distorted by the atmosphere (light refracts), and also by the curvature of the earth (given that it's a large enough area). interesting thoughts...

    although the latter blurb i'm still kind of lost on.

    true or false... one in the bush is two in the hole? interesting notion.
     
  6. swanny thread starter macrumors regular

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  7. skunk macrumors G4

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    I expect they will greet your pronouncements with raptorous applause.

    Maps should show how far it feels.

    As you were.
     
  8. Don't panic macrumors 603

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    after recovering from the disappointment generated by the utter lack of any cervus elaphus pictures in the thread (let alone of a map of its distribution), i managed to resist the urges of brain implosion caused by trying to follow your reasoning.

    Some of the blurbs remained imperscrutable, but i think i got the gist of it.

    since the need to standardize the screen/print scale of maps does seem excruciatingly impelling, I feel therefore compelled to ask a few questions:

    . Why 800x600? Of all the computers i have access to (many) not one uses such low definition unless it's linked to a projector. If you are going for a standard, and you get to choose, why not use a good one, or at least a common one?

    . Why the low resolution of the map? what's the point of including the embedded pictures if they are just blurry spots? (btw, could you add a red deer one? please?)

    . If I set the screen at 800x600 in a 12", 17" or 24" monitor, the size of the map on the screen is of course completely different. what was the point again?

    . When i print the page, i get the overlapping text, but no map, just a white page. A massive snowstorm perhaps?



    oh, and for all other disappointed red deer aficionados out there, here is a nice shot of the buggers
    [​IMG]

    and of their distribution (well, in scotland)
    [​IMG]
     
  9. swanny thread starter macrumors regular

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    Why why why
    nag nag nag...
    well the answer is

    "budget cuts"
    thats right were working on a zero margin for "serious" error
    budget and well...

    good points though
    I in my confusion and solitaryness can not be expected to
    build Rome over night
    and I just discovered that google maps doesn't say it but
    seems geared to a 17" screen at 800 by 600 resolution...
    thats right I forgot about screen size... its a 15 imac monitor G3
    opps...
    Oh and you can't print the screen cause its a table background
    image. but heres the link
    go = http://www.cabis.org/reference.jpg
    and the low dpi is because of file size (only have dial up)
    and as far as the res 800x 600 well we can't forget about the old gear and poor folk...

    there should be a limit on the number of questions here


    anyway... Red Deer AB doesn't have any red deer, the Easterns
    thought the elk were red deer or something...
    we do have white tailed deer and mule deer. and elk and cougars and fox... and pizza... beer and
    hockey but... we got no red deer today...

    but some slack is in order seeing how its saturday....

    so

    as I was... am... might be...

    sir
     
  10. Cube54 macrumors regular

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    Hahahaha :cool:

    Did anyone else here notice if you click on swanny's crappy-map link that there are 2 live webcam links to Banff & Calgary Alberta but none for Red Deer!

    Being from Calgary and having had the misfortune to drive by Red Deer I can assure everyone there is a reason why no live webcams exist there. :D :D
     
  11. swanny thread starter macrumors regular

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    Heres a few autumn shots of the ranch...

    Go = http://www.cabis.org/search/autumn.html

    Not sure what to say...

    Oh yes I know...

    sorry ... "they're not to scale"...

    carry on...

    sir
     
  12. Cube54 macrumors regular

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    swanny confirmed - No live webcams in Red Deer :rolleyes:

    Anyone want to read some Red Deer jokes?? :D
     
  13. swanny thread starter macrumors regular

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    What's a "webcam"?

    Is that like a camera powered by spiders.
    We have a few cars like that here in Red Deer
    but no cameras.

    Where can you get them?

    Do you have to go into the big city, like Airdre or Inisfield?

    Calgary, wheres that?

    sir
     
  14. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    I heard that everyone in Red Deer drives big Ol trucks..
     
  15. skunk macrumors G4

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    Eccentric reticulation.
     
  16. freebooter macrumors 65816

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    Cube54: Please explain, if possible, the need for so many Calgarians to put down other places in the province.

    Swanny: You seem eccentric. Good.
     
  17. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    The entire town is 15 x 20 cm? How do people travel on such tiny roads?
    Ah, tiny cars! Now it all makes sense.
     
  18. swanny thread starter macrumors regular

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    BC: Yes the ratio of trucks to cars one day in the parking lot
    was about 5 to 1, now how they can afford these hugmugous
    shiny new tonka toys is somewhat puzzling.

    Skunk: eccentric reticulation
    Interesting combo of meanings...
    well despite your outward "cleverness" you seem to be genuinely
    clever skunk. Remind me, if necessary, not to get on your bad side.

    Free: why thankyou free, I accept the compliment.

    Meow: I said "true scale" not "true size"

    I stand in confusion as per the norm...

    another day another kraft dinner...

    sir
     

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