Monday, August 16, 2010

World's Largest Message Created by Tracing a GPS Route.

Nick Newcomen had a lot of extra time on his hands to let the world know how much of a Ayn Rand fan he is...
Traveling for 12,238 miles across 30 states over a 30 day period Nick traced his route between the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean with his car's GPS to spell out "Read Ayn Rand."
"The main reason I did it is because I am an Ayn Rand fan," he says. "In my opinion if more people would read her books and take her ideas seriously, the country and world would be a better place - freer, more prosperous and we would have a more optimistic view of the future."

Newcomen, unlike previous GPS artists, actually traveled the lines he traced on the map. He used a GPS logger (Qstarz BT-Q1000X) to "ink" the message. Starting his trip in Marshall, Texas, he turned on the device when he wanted to write a letter and turned off the device between letters. The recorded GPS data was loaded into Google Earth to produce the image above.
"The first word I wrote actually was the word ‘Rand', then I went up North to do the word ‘Read' and finished it with ‘Ayn,'" says Newcomen. this guy 'really' does have a lot of time on his hands.

via gizmodo

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