I'm drawing/painting a globe (in time lapse, so the sun appears to rise) and trying to figure out what shape, exactly, the longitude (not latitude) lines are when a globe is flattened into a circle (I know I can just trace them, but I've gotten curious). So, the outermost longitude lines are tangent to the circle, they are half-circles, and the centermost line is a straight line from pole to pole, it's the progressively flatter curves in between that I'm trying to figure out. Do they have a name? Are they catenaries? Are they the curves of progressively larger circles? How do I construct them (easily)? Example image: HERE
posted by sexyrobot
on Jul 26, 2013 -
I'd like to produce an offset-print-quality map, modeled after airline flight path maps, which graphically reproduces hundreds of point-to-point connections: in this specific case, between radio transmitters and reception locations. What software is capable of producing some variation on this, perhaps by putting in GPS coordinates? (OS X please.)
posted by mykescipark
on Feb 22, 2013 -
I'm looking for a battery powered LED light to replace the corded light in my illuminated globe. I'm transferring my globe from a single axis
mount to a Gyro-matic
(dual axis) mount. It's no longer convenient to have cord in this configuration, so I'd like to illuminate the globe with an LED light that can be switched on from the bottom base plate. I'd probably have to drill out a hole in the base plate to expose the switch. Any ideas are on lights or installation are much appreciated. Here's a link to the bulb replacement instructions.
posted by Bushmiller
on May 6, 2011 -
How do I find which places in the world are hot and sunny right now
? This is for the purposes of a vacation. I'm not interested in seasonal averages. I'd like to see a globe with sunshine icons on those cities that are currently actually hot and sunny, and I guess stormcloud or snow icons on those cities with precipitation.
posted by skylar
on Dec 26, 2010 -
A friend is looking to buy a floor-standing globe (something kind of like this
). They're not hard to find online, but she'd prefer to see one in person before buying. Does anyone know of a store in the Boston area that carries such globes?
posted by komilnefopa
on Jul 14, 2010 -
I have a student globe, dating from before the fall of the iron curtain (USSR intact, Germany in pieces, etc. etc.). I believe that it's from the early 1980s. I also need to free up some space in the hall closet, so I want to get rid of the globe. I think its worthless and can be given away without a second thought; my father disagrees. Who's right?
posted by .kobayashi.
on Jul 8, 2010 -
I'm looking for a B&W 70s picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a tuxedo with a large buck-toothed grin and bad hair backstage after winning an award (for, I assume, Stay Hungry
in 1977). [more inside]
posted by benzenedream
on Jul 31, 2009 -
Help me figure out how these scorpions are getting inside the bathroom light fixture. [more inside]
posted by snoelle
on Jul 9, 2009 -
Where to eat before an evening performance at Shakespeare's Globe in London? [more inside]
posted by Joleta
on Apr 24, 2009 -
Where can I find a free, vector map of the United States, with outlined states? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie
on Feb 14, 2008 -
Does the atmosphere rotate? In other words, is there a net shift in air around the globe, east to west? [more inside]
posted by conch soup
on May 9, 2007 -
Looking for a Snow Globe with a stripper in it.
Preferably with dollar bills as snowflakes.
No luck on ebay so far.
Any suggestions where I could find one.
posted by govtrust
on Dec 10, 2006 -
If I know the latitude and longitude of where I live, how would I find out the name of the place exactly opposite it on the globe?
posted by reklaw
on Dec 21, 2004 -