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AS3 latitude and longitude positioning in a Mercator and Equirectangular projection

For a project for thefactor.e I was playing around with placing latitude / longitude coordinates to x y positions and as easy as this sounds it is quite a search through different type of projections and formulas. This post will sum up two of those projections which are mostly used, a mercator and a equirectangular projection, with the as3 codes behind them. To illustrate it all I made a little demo.
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Relational Particle Concept

A couple months ago I got the assignment of thinking up conceptual way to represent lots of data that also would have certain relations with each other or being assigned to a group or something. What I came up with was a relational particle system.

What does it do in essence?
Well it represents every data item as a little particle and the particle will inherit some of the data properties. On the base of these properties relations with other particles are made when a single particle is selected. The particle that has a relation with the selected particle will be atracted to the selected particle and in this way form a group of related particles. The other particles that do not have a relation will try to keep away from the group.
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Google analytics in Flash / Flex

Last week I had to implement some google analytics in a flash application that I created for “artsen zonder grenzen“. I love the way that this can be done now directly from within the flash or flex application but I also noticed how crappy this api was written.

For instance (taken directly from the api):
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Flash on the beach ‘08 report

Wow that was a week. A week full of beer, beach and seminars. I will give you a couple of highlights for me.

Stefan Richter showed some nice examples on what to do with flash media server… nothing really new to me on what was possible with it but I loved the examples that he did. It was inspiring.

Andries Odendaal was also a highlight for me…damn dude, how can you fuck up a presentation like that, you are probably a genius but I couldn’t stand watching you struggling there on stage. And if you had the same problems with your computer last year you should have replaced it by now I think.

Luckily for me came Chris Orwig after that talking about photography. Chris was talking about the impact of photos and the story that they can tell. Great presentation, I would love to follow a course at your school because I learned a lot during your seminar which was only an hour. Do not focus on the technical aspect and materials but on just making the shot because it could never happen again. The story about the student who tried to make a portrait of his dad but didn’t because the circumstances weren’t right and then the father died before the student had shot the portrait had a real impact on me and is so true!
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Great tool: ASDebugger

Ids klijnsma, friend and colleague of mine, has made this great tool that I’d like to give attention to. It’s a new and great actionscript debugger for as3 flex and flash projects.

While the flash and flex ide have great debuggers it’s always a problem when your project is already online and if you want to trace complicated objects. ASDebugger does this trick for you.
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