How to import OpenStreetMap data into PostgreSQL

1. Download data and software The instructions are fairly generic, so should work for both Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. I wrote them for Windows, but I’ve since then switched to Mac OS X. PostgreSQL+PostGIS I assume that you do not already have Postgres/PostGIS installed on your system. Download PostgreSQL+PostGIS for all platforms here:¬†http://www.postgresql.org/download/ …

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Google fusion tables cheat sheet

See below for commands using the Fusion Tables API. Example table is the oldschool message wall public table. Note that examples are shown first without the required url-encoding. Authenticating: Getting the auth token To authenticate you may use the following test account myjdoe. account: myjdoe@gmail.com password: JoesSecret curl -H "Content-type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded" -d "accountType=GOOGLE &Email=myjdoe@gmail.com&Passwd=JoesSecret&service=fusiontables&source=skipperkongen.dk" https://www.google.com/accounts/ClientLogincurl …

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How to load Javascript dependencies dynamically

Loading jQuery using plain Javascript:: // inject e.g. jQuery into a webpage var thescript = ‘http://code.jquery.com/jquery-latest.min.js’; var newscript = document.createElement( ‘script’ ); newscript.setAttribute( ‘src’, thescript ); newscript.setAttribute( ‘type’, ‘text/javascript’ ); var head = document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0]; head.appendChild(newscript);// inject e.g. jQuery into a webpage var thescript = ‘http://code.jquery.com/jquery-latest.min.js’; var newscript = document.createElement( ‘script’ ); newscript.setAttribute( ‘src’, thescript ); …

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jQuery ASCIIMATION plugin

Today I’ve authored a simple plugin for jQuery that does ASCIIMATION. It was inspired by the classic Star Wars asciimation. You can have a look at the google code repository for jQuery asciimation or check out the online demo starring a spinning planet Earth. I’m going to use it in an upcoming demo project.

Turning big hard problems into smaller, less hard problems.

Here I have captured a thought process I had while reading about algorithms for hard graph problems. The thoughts are inspired by MapReduce, distributed merge sort and the more colorful newspapers of the world. Summary of thoughts Given an instance of an problem (think Max Clique, Traveling Salesman or another hard graph problem)… Thought 1: …

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