|Santa Claus||GEROCS4EVR||12/14/05 11:26 AM|
OK - Christmas is about the celebration of the birth of Christ. However, that fat jolly guy in the red suit is what attracts the attention of the little ones.
So - how can I make something so that GEarth will show the travels of Santa Claus? If you've never been to NoradSanta.org on Christmas eve, you are missing a really cool presentation. But it would be so much better in GEarth - especially for my granddaughter, Grace, who will be with us this Christmas. (Grace loves "the world" on my computer - so much that her parents had to uninstall GEarth on their own computer because Grace learned how to open it. Grace is five years old!)
How could something be built that will refresh every 15 or 20 minutes, moving to another area of the globe, with a photo of a local Santa (Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, et .al.) and a short story about the culture of the country that Santa is 'visiting' at that time?
I'm sure it would be more that a kmz file, so that takes a project like this out of my abilities. But when I see GEWar armies moving, and jewels being planted at random, all by some remote server, then I know that someone can incorporate Santa's travels on December 24/25 into a great GEarth presentation.
I've done a Google search for "Santa Claus"+"Google Earth" and nobody has done this yet - I think it would be extremely cool. And Grace would have yet another reason to think that her Grandpa is the best Grandfather on earth!
|Re: Santa Claus||petey310||12/15/05 2:02 AM|
i was thinkin the samething about that cyber santa claus goin around the world. that would be cool.
|Re: Santa Claus||GEROCS4EVR||12/15/05 3:30 AM|
But how would you do it?
|Re: Santa Claus||echodawg||12/15/05 9:08 AM|
Have you tried to e-mail norad from the link on the santa site?
I did the other day but have gotten no response yet.(I was hopeing to slip it in before someone else mentioned it)
Anyway maybe if a few of us sent similar requests we may get a responce.
Maybe if a GE rep made the request it would help.
Check out my new blog about Newport Rhode Island with a growing list of local GE links. http://newportri.blogspot.com
|Re: Santa Claus||PenguinOpus||12/15/05 9:11 AM|
Actually, Google Earth didn't exist last year, so... Keyhole+Santa might have found something. There was a Santa radar last year, this year is still in discussion (it's a matter of scale ).
|Re: Santa Claus||Valery35||12/17/05 8:17 AM|
|Re: Santa Claus||PenguinOpus||12/19/05 8:35 PM|
For those thinking about attempting this... I will be doing something this year. Scale/volume is a big issue (as we discovered last year), but I think we have a plan.
|Re: Santa Claus||Jator||12/20/05 1:27 AM|
I often email noradsanta staff and get responces particulary from a canadian major but dont do the AOL thing you end up talking to someone from india who has no idea what your talking about
|Re: Santa Claus||Appletom||12/21/05 5:41 AM|
Mr. Penguin, I would be delighted to see this file. I made an identical request on Google Earh Hacks ( http://www.googleearthhacks.com/forums/showthread.php?p=21446#post21446 ) on December 13, one day before GEROCS4EVR asked here. It's kind of cool, both GEROCS4EVR and I have grandaughters named Grace.
Anyway, this would be the greatest thing ever, I would love to see the Tracking_Santa.kmz file.
|Re: Santa Claus||Frank4||12/21/05 5:50 AM|
On a related note, read my entry today for Santa's Route in Google Earth.
|Re: Santa Claus||Valery35||12/21/05 6:48 AM|
Very good! I it download and fly with daughter.
But by it most of all they were pleased by kangaroo.
|Re: Santa Claus||ear1grey||12/21/05 7:33 AM|
This may be worth showing the kids. I spotted the basics earlier whilst looking at several (disappointing) Santa threads.
With the lines switched off, challenge the kids to find Rudolf. Then help them find Santa - guided by Rudolf's nose.
|Re: Santa Claus||jeepguy||12/21/05 2:58 PM|
I hope so , my little one loved it when they did last year .... she was running in and out of the computer room checking where he was..
I hope it comes back
|Re: Santa Claus||PenguinOpus||12/21/05 3:33 PM|
Ink is helping Opus improve on last year's journey. Look for an announcement on the 23rd.
|Re: Santa Claus||Appletom||12/23/05 6:20 AM|
Thank You Penguin! I cannot wait and Grace will again be in awe of her grandpa's abilities
|Re: Santa Claus||Valery35||12/23/05 11:54 AM|
Have a good holiday and a happy new year
|Re: Santa Claus||PenguinOpus||12/23/05 5:35 PM|
|Poor Santa||danescoombe||12/24/05 4:54 AM|
If Santa carried one 1.5 kg parcel to each of the 1.3 billion houses in tthe world on the night of 24th Dec.
He would have to travel at 54.16 million k/m/p carring a load of 1.950,000 tonnes.
Now travelling at this speed with this load, Santa would quickly reach what aeronuatical engineers call the 'Thermal Thicket'. This is a heating effect caused by air friction rubbing against the structure of a moving object.
A load that heavy, travellng at that speed, would reach an external temp of 3,200,000 degrees C in 0.000,0045 milliseconds .
Poor Santa would Vapourize so fast--- he would not know a thing about it.
ps Happy Christmas
|Re: Poor Santa||KingConn||12/24/05 6:38 AM|
You just told us that Santa would vaporize!!!
Let's pretend we don't exist
Let's all go to Antarctica
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|Santa!!!||Valery35||12/24/05 8:54 AM|
Hi Take present also
|Re: Santa!!!||PenguinOpus||12/24/05 9:13 AM|
That is _really_ cool. Thank you for sharing!
|Re: Santa!!!||Valery35||12/24/05 10:12 AM|
You Today Santa Klaus. And to you gift.
|Re: Santa!!!||kddamron||1/2/06 4:04 PM|
Where did u see santa penguin
|Re: Santa!!!||PenguinOpus||1/2/06 4:34 PM|
Look inside Rudolph's glowing red nose.