aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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Posted by dav at 2003 October 13 03:05 PM
File under: Geek

I'm sure there's a bunch of online ways to convert a U.S. address to a lat/long, but for some reason I always have problems finding one when I need it. Anselm told me there was an open source lat/long server available that used the U.S. Census Bureau's Tiger data, so I tracked it down. Turns out it's that thing that won the 2002 google programming contest and was written by Dan Egnor whom I met yesterday. Dan must be the uber alles alpha geek of geo-geeking between that hack and his cool mobile Tron-GPS game (see my previous blog posting).

So I compiled his code on the headmap server and hacked in a few minor changes to turn it into simply an address->lat/long conversion server (his geocode server does much much more). You can try it out here: lat/long lookup. Since it's GPL I guess I'd be in violation if I didn't offer the altered source code, so email me if you want it, but the changes are so minor you'd probably be able to do it yourself just as quickly.

Comments:

"Tron-GPS game"... i look and look and couldn t see any reference to it... bouuhhhhhh.

Posted by: Paul on October 13, 2003 09:08 PM

"Tron-GPS game"... i looked and looked and couldn t see any reference to it... bouuhhhhhh.

Posted by: Paul on October 13, 2003 09:08 PM

Hi Paul,

I'm not aware of any online references, but I think he had just finished it before the weekend so he may not have published anything about it yet.

Keep an eye out on his website: http://www.ofb.net/~egnor/

Posted by: Dav on October 13, 2003 11:12 PM

cheers,
i hope you guys are well, give a kiss to Mie from me.
speak soon,

Posted by: Paul on October 14, 2003 07:26 PM

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