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Re: OT: Currents, North, etc.

From:Christian Thalmann <cinga@...>
Date:Friday, July 6, 2001, 22:30
Roger Mills wrote:
> > I'm curious: has anyone ever tried to make a globe of a con-planet? I'd > like to try and have several ideas, but thought I'd ask before re-inventing > the wheel...... > For a first effort, I'm thinking of buying a largish beach ball and painting > on it, but I can see how getting the lat. and long.lines straight and > accurate might be a problem; or creating paper gores and pasting them on > (the professional way I think). etc. etc. > Is it possible to buy a blank globe, with lat. and long. already imprinted? > Any suggestions?
I used Infini-D to spherically project a map of Pii onto a ball, and to render a couple of polar views plus an equatorial spin animation from it. It worked quite well, except for the fact that the surface areas got scaled quite a lot, and that the geographical locations of certain countries didn't really fit their intended climate. =\ -- Christian Thalmann