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Mangani
post Feb 19 2006, 05:44 PM
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I have made some exciting progress recently in converting my DeLorme Topo USA® data for use with Google Earth®. This will allow anyone willing to download a free copy of Google Earth® to view all of the reports I have geolocated. Previous discussion is here. Attached is an up to date Google Earth .kml file of BFRO reports of creature sightings. Clicking on a place mark icon for a report on the Google Earth map will reveal a hyperlink to the BFRO report.

I have also created separate files for BFRO track sign reports, and auditory reports. The idea behind segregating the report is to minimize the screen clutter when viewing any one type of report, and to allow the viewer to turn on / off the report files to combine as needed in Google Earth.

I hope to have these files and others showing reports from other research orgs such as TBRC available on my BigfootMaps page shortly, but I am experiencing some web hosting issues so please be patient.

[edit]Apparently I am not allowed to upload a .kml file. Moderator help please?[/edit]

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post Feb 19 2006, 06:52 PM
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Sweet! :new_thumbsupsmileyanim:

Downloaded the file from your site. Awesome! For some reason, though, I can't click on the URLs in the placemark balloons. Must because I'm running the Mac beta.

Great work!
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post Feb 20 2006, 12:44 PM
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QUOTE(Thigmo @ Feb 19 2006, 07:52 PM) [snapback]298062[/snapback]
Sweet! :new_thumbsupsmileyanim: ... Great work!

Thanks. More progress as I learn my way around Google Earth.

First, I figured out how to consolidate multiple .kml files into one compact .kmz file.
Second, that file has now been hosted at bbs.keyhole.com.
You can download it here. The link from my web site will also work.
Third, the file now includes up to date reports from TBRC.

I will be adding my remaining data to the Google Earth file as time permits.
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post Feb 20 2006, 02:29 PM
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OK, I am on a roll. (IMG:http://www.bigfootforums.com/style_emoticons/default/new_specool.gif) Have now added all of my data to the file. Please beware though, that there is a lot of data available for display and it may be a little taxing for computers with modest graphics processing power.
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post Feb 20 2006, 05:11 PM
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Awesome! Thank you for the effort.
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post Feb 20 2006, 06:25 PM
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Great work mangami, makes mine look amateur. :laugh:
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post Feb 21 2006, 01:55 AM
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Awesome.

Great Job

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post Feb 21 2006, 09:33 AM
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Thanks for the positive feedback. It's really nice to hear that my effort is appreciated by others.

For casual readers who may not comprehend what we have here, it may be worth noting that that the file includes over 3,000 mapped reports and that I have invested well over a thousand hours of my time on this project.

So I think those who haven't seen the result yet are likely to be surprised. Google Earth really is a slick tool for this sort of thing. But for best results it will help if you have a fast graphics card and large screen, so "your mileage may vary" somewhat if you do not.

Also I'll take this opportunity to mention that there are still untapped sources of reports online and elsewhere which could be added to this project. Please let me know if you are working on any of them and are willing to share your work, so we do not duplicate the same effort.
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post Feb 21 2006, 10:57 AM
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You should get a Bigfoot Researchers Award - also known as a "Footie". I printed off your maps a couple of weeks ago and it still is on my computer table. Great work and we all appreciate your effort.
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post Feb 21 2006, 12:28 PM
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I just checked out your Google Earth link and really appreciate your efforts in this matter. Great job.
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post Feb 21 2006, 04:24 PM
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Thanks for listening, I'm glad you were able to pull it off. I wasn't able to convert any of your files to google earth, and had given up on it. I was just going to start from scratch. This is great, thanks a lot. As I've said in other map threads. If someone else has data in google, it's easy to share and combine, making a standard map really possible.
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post Feb 22 2006, 03:13 PM
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QUOTE(tugboatwa @ Feb 21 2006, 12:28 PM) [snapback]298609[/snapback]
I just checked out your Google Earth link and really appreciate your efforts in this matter. Great job.



Nice work mangani, persistance pays off.
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post Feb 22 2006, 03:33 PM
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That is some serious work you guys have put in
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post Feb 22 2006, 04:36 PM
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Great job!!! It's very interesting to see all that you have inputed on Google map. Thanks for all your work...
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post Feb 22 2006, 07:58 PM
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Just downloaded your database. Very nice work!!! Thank you for your efforts!!!
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post Feb 22 2006, 09:57 PM
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Nice job Mangani... I just downloaded Google earth about three weeks ago. It has
consumed my spare time ever since. The first placemark I wanted to make was the
Patterson Gimlin film site. I was all over the net using this forum and other websites
to find it's exact location. I believe that I found the GPS coordinates on Bobie Short's
Bigfoot encounters. It was a great exercise in patience. I have a small understanding
of what you went through to accomplish your sighting library. I would encourage
everybody who has enough computer capacity to download this free software. It has
taken my curiosity for bigfoot to another level. THANKS for your efforts.
I would be willing to help with future cataloging if I got some coaching and tutoring.
You can reach me through PM.

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post Feb 23 2006, 09:27 AM
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QUOTE(galahad @ Feb 22 2006, 10:57 PM) [snapback]299056[/snapback]
Nice job Mangani... The first placemark I wanted to make was the
Patterson Gimlin film site. I was all over the net using this forum and other websites
to find it's exact location. I believe that I found the GPS coordinates on Bobie Short's
Bigfoot encounters...

Thanks Galahad.

Unfortunately, Bobbie Short's Bigfoot Encounters is one of the more obvious report sources that I have not gotten around to mapping yet. You may be very tactfully pointing out that the coordinates she provides for the Patterson film site are about two miles from the ones I used. There was some logic behind the location I chose, but since I did not record the specifics at the time, I am going to take Bobbie's word as gospel, and change my data. The change will be reflected in the next version of the Google Earth file.

Now is a good time to say that I totally welcome corrections such as this. While I believe I have made a solid effort to locate reports correctly, the result is only as good as my assessment of the information at my disposal and there is almost always room for error.

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I would be willing to help with future cataloging if I got some coaching and tutoring.
You can reach me through PM.

I tried to PM you, Galahad, but
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This message can not be sent because the recipient has their personal messenger disabled or their personal messenger inbox is full.

I suspect the moderators may not have given you PM priveleges yet.

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post Feb 23 2006, 01:22 PM
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Dear Mangani,
I got your post and have researched your conclusion that I cannot receive PM.
Must post a few more times. Maybe a moderator can intercede. It is ok with me
if you send me a PM.

You have done a magnificient job of identifying sites. I was trying to relate how
difficult it was for me to locate the Patterson / Gimlin sighting. The process is
tedious and I respect your efforts. I used Bobbie Short's information because it
was the first GPS coordinates I could find. I do not know her sources but she
does seem to do due diligence.

I would like to help with sightings in the Pacific Northwest, my particular area
of interest.

Keep up the good work. I hope to hear from you.

Galahad
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post Feb 23 2006, 02:56 PM
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QUOTE(galahad @ Feb 23 2006, 02:22 PM) [snapback]299198[/snapback]
I would like to help with sightings in the Pacific Northwest, my particular area
of interest.

Keep up the good work. I hope to hear from you.

Tell you what, it would be simpler if you PM me after they turn on that feature for you. Then I will know when you have PM access. (IMG:http://www.bigfootforums.com/style_emoticons/default/new_specool.gif)
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post Feb 23 2006, 04:54 PM
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QUOTE(Mangani @ Feb 23 2006, 02:56 PM) [snapback]299215[/snapback]
Tell you what, it would be simpler if you PM me after they turn on that feature for you. Then I will know when you have PM access. (IMG:http://www.bigfootforums.com/style_emoticons/default/new_specool.gif)


I guess I better get busy and write some more posts.
does this reply count??

Galahad
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post Feb 23 2006, 06:19 PM
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QUOTE(galahad @ Feb 23 2006, 05:54 PM) [snapback]299243[/snapback]
I guess I better get busy and write some more posts.
does this reply count??

Galahad


Yep! I think you have to get to 15 in order to PM someone...
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post Apr 10 2006, 09:34 PM
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Excellent work Mangani! (IMG:http://www.bigfootforums.com/style_emoticons/default/woot.gif) Thank you so much for sharing your hard work with us all! :appl:
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post Apr 10 2006, 10:46 PM
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Outstanding! Thanks.

Google Earth is a great great program. It is probably the best computer application to come along in the last 5-10 years.

By-the-way, to solve the upload attachment problem, you could probably just change the extension to txt or jpg, then the person that downloads it change it back to the kml extension. You got that problem solved anyway, but just a thought.
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post Apr 11 2006, 08:33 AM
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Appreciate the feedback. I am currently working on adding more data from the International Bigfoot Society site. So stay tuned.

I agree that Google Earth is an absolutely superb application. IMO it is reason enough, all by itself, for anyone still using a dial up connection to upgrade to broadband.

With all the consistently positive comments on this thread, what more does it take to get a few stars for a topic on this forum? :new_whistle: Seriously, a little more recognition wouldn't hurt, as there are probably lots of members here who haven't yet realized what this project is about and what a slick tool it can provide for them.
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post Apr 11 2006, 10:48 AM
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Mangani,

Excellent work! I just downloaded Google Earth and have started playing around with your file. I didn't know the extent of the sightings in my neck of the woods. The shear magnitude of work you have done is amazing.

I had a couple of questions as I was reviewing the reports. They are:

1. Is there a way to sort by date meaning month or year?

2. Is there a way to classify and sort the reports similar to what the BFRO does A, B, C..

GoodScience
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