I haven’t had much to write about because I have been spending most of my free time working on stuff relating to my nerd hobbies. By which I mean computers and airplanes.

I took a screen recording and turned it into an animated GIF, but the real version of this is in JavaScript. This is the path that Qantas 7 took yesterday when it was flying over San Diego County on its way from Australia to Dallas. Yes, I did not get all of the positions from out over the ocean; I had set my filter too conservatively.

Qantas flight

Remaining issues to be dealt with:

  1. How to visualize an undetermined number of planes?
  2. Having the visualization develop over time in a pleasing way.
  3. Getting the data into The Cloud.
  4. Better colors.