December, 2013 Archives

Strava ExplorerThe Strava Explorer has been beefed up to not only reveal more information from Strava’s database, but to include street-view images from Google.

The first step is to get Strava’s top segments for geographic area. You can either use geolocation, or include a coordinate in the URL, like ?home=40.78,-73.97. Or you can just pan and zoom the map, or enter place names in the input field, then hit the “find segments” button.

Each segment is shown in red, with the name written by the starting point. Clicking on the name will bring up further information. A menu lets you choose between the leaderboard or “stats and streetviews,” or both. The leaderboard will show the names of the people with the top ten times (shown in the right-hand column). As you hover over a person’s name, their photo will be displayed, if available. Hovering over the table’s heading will pop up the “stats and streetviews” information, if it isn’t already on-screen. The “stats and streetviews” area displays more information about the selected segment. Additionally it will display streetview images from Google Maps. Use the menu to control how many images to display: either just the starting point, or also the ending point, or also the one-third and two-thirds mid-points, or all points. Points are determined by how to draw the route; they are not distributed to mark distance. Thus, a straight route will have fewer points than a curved route. As you hover over an image a marker will appear on the map showing the place and heading of the street view. Another option lets you animate all the images together, creating a flip-book impression of the route. » Continue Reading…

Mashing Up the Strava API

Hundreds of Santas made their annual pilgrimage to the National Mall for Santarchy 2013. A goofy rite of Christmas, people dressed up as Santa Clause or an elf or related Christmas characters. Here are a few photos:


James Bond Santa
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The More the Jollier

A Summer breeze blew through Town last weekend, as twisted variety show Crack returned with its “Trip” show. The drama started with our hostess Summer Camp being told by her proctologist that she has only 90 minutes to live. Determined to live life to the fullest, she buys a round-the-world ticket, resulting in an international array of performances. Crack is really just an excuse for folks to get together with that “let’s put on a show” attitude. At its best it’s home-made and silly, and at its worst, it’s even better. Here are just a few photos from the show.


Summer Camp
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