this may be of some local interest
Google, of all companies, should be trustworthy to make U of M look great, right? Well, I'm sure this wasn't intentional, but they better get it cleaned up, quick!
I decided to check Google Maps to see if they had updated their satellite photos of Ann Arbor yet to include the stadium additions. They did, but the photos were taken when the field was stripped off! It's bare concrete. it looks terrible!
C'mon, Google! Wait for a new photo on the next satellite flyby. Edit the old field back in there. Something! Now Michigan stadium is gonna look like a construction zone for the next 5 years! They did it the last time, too! The last photo was up forever, when they had a section of seats all torn out to get a crane in there.
Google recently incorporated Google Earth into their online maps. I did a flyover to check out the satellite view of the renovation progress. Little did I know that Google Earth can also see into the future. The completed stadium is shown (must be a UM grad working in the Earth dept). Pretty cool to see how the stadium will look like from different angles. Too bad they don't show Denard owning some people on the field...then again, he probably moves too fast for satellites.
So I was linked over to the FBS Google map recently, which pinpoints each Division I-A program and maps each conference's sphere of influence. (Type "NCAA FBS Schools" into Google maps and it will come up.)
I was thinking about an idea to map each week's games onto a Google map automatically - then one who loves maps and geography (like myself)
Our Fearless Leader isn't hip with the Google APIs and he has plenty to work on with the blog content anyway, so I am asking the board: anybody with mad computer skilz have any idea how to do this? The script/tool would have to:
-Read the game info (teams, location and time etc) from a schedule/manifest
-Generate map points for each game
-Possibly modify the flag shapes/colors on the fly. There could be color-coding for start time and whether the game had kicked off or gone final.
I'd be happy to take a stab at this if someone has an idea how to get started. I have software engineering experience but I'm just not sure where to begin.