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Modular bike routes

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[UPDATE June 14, 2014] I created a composite map of all five modules (loops). All loops are displayed with the same line symbol (red semi-transparent). Since some route segments are part of more than one loop, some segments appear darker than others. I hope this makes sense.

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All routes begin and end at “The Base” — the three flagpoles in Johnson Park (blue point marker). Click on the map below for a higher-resolution image. I will add route descriptions soon.

All five loops bike route module map Start-Finish point
All five loops bike route module map Start-Finish point

Some tech info for the geonerds: I collected the route data using my Google Nexus 4 phone and the Google My Tracks app (thanks to for the app recommendation). The app’s KMZ files proved to be somewhat unyielding to work with (thanks to for helping with that), so I ended up exporting the data as GPX (another Terry Stigers suggestion).

Next I used QGIS 2.2.0-Valmiera (64-bit) with the OpenLayers plugin to display the “tracks” segments of my GPX files over a Google Physical layer base map.

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[UPDATE June 08, 2014] Another bike route module has been mapped. Johnson Park (Loop 5) is 4.88 miles long, and begins and ends at “The Base” — the three flagpoles in Johnson Park. Map below, .

In the next few days I will publish a composite map of all five modules along with general description of each.

Johnson Park (Loop 5) bike route module map
Johnson Park (Loop 5) bike route module map

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[UPDATE June 01, 2014] Another bike route module has been mapped. Rutgers Busch – Golf Course (Loop 4) is 5.84 miles long, and begins and ends at “The Base” — the three flagpoles in Johnson Park. Map below, . More modules, detailed route descriptions, and a composite map to follow in the next few days.

Rutgers Busch - Golf Course (Loop 4) bike route module map
Rutgers Busch – Golf Course (Loop 4) bike route module map

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[UPDATE May 31, 2014] Another bike route module has been mapped. Rutgers Busch (Loop 3) is 3.86 miles long, and begins and ends at “The Base” — the three flagpoles in Johnson Park. Map below, . More modules, detailed route descriptions, and a composite map to follow in the next few days.

Rutgers Busch (Loop 3) bike route module map
Rutgers Busch (Loop 3) bike route module map

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[UPDATE May 26, 2014] Another bike route module has been mapped. Rutgers Golf Course (Loop 2) is 4.11 miles long, and begins and ends at “The Base” — the three flagpoles in Johnson Park. Map below, . More modules, detailed route descriptions, and a composite map to follow in the next few days.

Rutgers Golf Course (Loop 2) bike route module map
Rutgers Golf Course (Loop 2) bike route module map

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Inspired by , who designs modular software and cooks modular meals, I decided to design a modular bike route and share it with my fellow cyclists in the New Brunswick/Highland Park area. The idea is to compile a number of short bike routes that begin and end at the same point, which will allow cyclists to combine different modules into a composite ride of their choice.

I just completed the first module — Rutgers Livingston (Loop 1). The route is 6.02 miles long, and begins and ends at “The Base” — the three flagpoles in Johnson Park. Map below, . More modules, detailed route descriptions, and a composite map to follow in the next few days.

Rutgers Livingston (Loop 1) bike route module map
Rutgers Livingston (Loop 1) bike route module map

 

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Amazing art or ugly map?

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[UPDATE April 24, 2014] This “ugly” map bears a striking visual resemblance to the . So yeah.

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As a map geek I have been looking at all kinds of maps for 20 years. No map can surprise me, or so I thought until today. I just saw the amazingest map ever, reproduced below with permission ().

Imagine my shock when I found out that this map was the winner of an “Ugliest map” contest, conducted by at the University of Minnesota. Do you agree? Do you think this is an ugly map, or amazing art? Vote in the poll below the map.

[UPDATE April 01, 2014 (no joke)] The map creator is Daniel Taylor — “a very successful undergrad” at the University of Minnesota (via Prof. Hecht).

Amazing art or ugly map?
Amazing art or ugly map?

 

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Map: 24 countries where Windows Phone outsells the iPhone

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Windows Phone is not dead. The maps below show the countries where Windows Phone outsells the iPhone. Those countries are: Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ecuador, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

The top map is a static (image) map; the bottom map is interactive. Data source: . Maps by me.

Map: 24 countries where Windows Phone outsells the iPhone
Map: 24 countries where Windows Phone outsells the iPhone

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Top professional tennis players by country — 2013 edition (ATP — men)

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Below is a map of the top 100 ATP (male) professional tennis players by country as of May 28, 2013. The map shows that Spain and France are a hotbed for men’s professional tennis, with 13 and 12 players in the top 100, respectively.

This map is an update of a similar map I published last year, with a few minor tweaks. I used source data from the , and Google’s mapping technology. Below the map is the source data in a Google spreadsheet.

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I will publish an updated map for the WTA (women’s tennis pro tour) tomorrow. [UPDATE: posted]

Number of top 100 professional tennis players per country, ATP tennis rankings as of May 28, 2013
Number of top 100 professional tennis players per country, ATP tennis rankings as of May 28, 2013

See also maps for the top ten tennis countries in the world for 2013.

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Tennis courts — what is the actual distance between the baseline and the fence?

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I am a club tennis player. Every once in a while I run into the back fence or curtain. One of my partners — a younger and much faster guy who runs for every ball — hits the back fence much more frequently. We were wondering whether the pros at large tournaments have more room behind the baseline than us tennis hackers. I decided to find out.

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It turns out they do.

I used my  skills and aerial photography from Google Maps to compare the courts at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York and the courts at a local East Brunswick, New Jersey park.

The image below illustrates my findings (the distances between the baseline and the fence are in feet). In summary — yes, the pros do have more room, but not that much more. In addition, I found that no two distances between baseline and fence were the same. Measurements are approximate, +/- 1′.

UPDATE: For completeness, . There is no standard.

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Tennis courts with labeled measurements -- US Open and community park comparison
Tennis courts with labeled measurements — US Open and community park comparison

NOTE: This article originally appeared in August 2011 on .

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Where in the world do the top 100 professional tennis players come from?

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[UPDATE May 28, 2013] See new updated ATP map posted today. New WTA map will be posted tomorrow. [UPDATE: posted]

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Men are from Spain, women are from Russia

After spending four full days on the grounds of the on the eve of the , I decided to put together two simple maps showing where the world’s top professional tennis players come from. According to the August 20, 2012 rankings of the and the , the most female players in the top 100 come from Russia (10), the most men from Spain (12). The US has eight women and nine men in the top 100.

Below each map is a link to a table (Google Docs, no login required) showing the data used in that map.

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Number of top 100 professional tennis players per country, WTA tennis rankings as of August 20, 2012
Number of top 100 professional tennis players per country, WTA tennis rankings as of August 20, 2012

Table: .

Number of top 100 professional tennis players per country, ATP tennis rankings as of August 20, 2012
Number of top 100 professional tennis players per country, ATP tennis rankings as of August 20, 2012

Table: .

No women from Latin America, no men from China

[UPDATE 08/26/2012] I superimposed both maps to create a third, composite map of all 200 top professional tennis players (by country).

Composite map of top 200 professional tennis players per country, ATP and WTA tennis rankings as of August 20, 2012
Composite map of top 200 professional tennis players per country, ATP and WTA tennis rankings as of August 20, 2012

Table: .

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Weather page

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This weather portal aggregates weather data feeds from different sources. It includes weather widgets from the Weather Underground (Raritan Yacht Club station in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and Cedar Brook Manor station in Somerset, New Jersey, both below the map), and a radar/cloud cover/public alerts map from Google.

Interactive weather map

Push the Layers button to add or remove map layers.

 

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