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February 4, 2007

Sailing Feb 4 – Escorting the Queen Mary 2 Into S.F. Bay

Here is the Google Earth file showing our excursion around the bay, including a jaunt out into the Pacific to welcome the Queen Mary 2. Unfortunately, my camera malfunctioned, so images here will have to wait. We left Sausalito around 11:00AM, and motored or sailed (under genoa only because the main is still at the […]

November 23, 2006

More AIS and Google Earth Examples

Here is a Google Earth “KMZ” file that shows the AIS data received at my house from the ships entering and leaving San Francisco Bay. This data was collected from Nov 14 through Nov 22, with some gaps here and there. I’ve been working on my program that creates the Google Earth files from the […]

October 7, 2006

Oct 7 Fleet Week Sail

We took VALIS out to Alcatraz for Fleet Week, and what an interesting day it was! In addition to some impressive ships, and some amazing demonstrations of air power and grace, we learned first-hand (again) what boaters mean when they say that anchoring is the second-most stressful thing we do (anchoring next to dozens of […]

October 5, 2006

More Google Earth / AIS Stuff

After playing with this stuff for several days, I have added some cool features to my AIS data postprocessor programs. Many of them are invisible, added to make the system more convenient, but one nice feature is that each ship now has all its tracks combined into a “folder”, allowing you to show or hide […]