Author Archives: mstickles

The Antarctic “Castle”

Recently I ran across several YouTube videos talking about a formation in Antarctica that people claim looks like the walls of a motte-and-bailey castle, and some push it as evidence for pre-modern habitation of the Antarctic continent. The formation – … Continue reading

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Top spam sources

Currently my family gets somewhere between 6000-9000 spam emails per week, most of it addressed to three of my email addresses and two of my kids’ emails. Since I manage my own email (through the webhost for another personal website), … Continue reading

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“Won the Popular Vote”?

In the wake of the recent U.S. presidential election, over 3 million people have signed an online petition asking the Electors of the Electoral College to cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton instead of President-elect Donald Trump, and one of … Continue reading

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Map Services Comparison

The various mapping services available on the Web have different capabilities. This post explores some of the differences in what each of the three best-known services can – and cannot – do. The majority of the figures below do not … Continue reading

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New Google Maps URLs – Photo Options

Unfortunately, it is pretty much impossible to create a photo URL for Maps without having already accessed the photo via the standard web interface. To illustrate, let’s look at the URL Maps provided for an image of the Pittsburgh skyline: … Continue reading

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New Google Maps URLs – Street View Options

In this post we will examine the easily settable options available for Street View. There aren’t very many. First, let’s take a look at a minimalist example of a Street View URL (i.e., leaving out everything that Maps can fill … Continue reading

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New Google Maps URLs – Directions Options (Part 3)

In this post we’ll look at various other options for restricting the route selection – “avoidance” options, transit preferences, and arrival/departure time. There are three things you can ask Maps to avoid when determining routes – highways, tolls, and ferries. … Continue reading

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