Greg graduates. He was a student, but now he is an alumnus. We are very proud and happy that we are finished with tuition payments.
I drove from Charlotte to Clemson for graduation weekend. I arrive at 4:30, just as Greg is finishing cleaning out his college apartment. Fran is in Charlotte, helping Alicia. I am staying on campus, in an actual student dorm room.
Greg, Emmy and I meet Erika, Steve, Karen and Dwight for dinner at Sullivan’s Grill, in Anderson.
The next day I pick up Greg and Emmy and we go to breakfast at the Harcombe dinning hall, on campus. Then we go back to Greg’s place and play Yahtzee.
At 2:00 we go to The Smokin’ Pig for lunch. Everybody from the night before is there, plus Mike, Emmy’s dad, and Jack, Greg’s friend from Myrtle Beach. The wait is long but the food and fellowship are worth it.
The graduation starts at 6;30. It is the last of three. It’s not as long as we thought it would be.
After the graduation we go to Greg’s for a pizza party with some of his friends.
I have a great time visiting with Greg, family and friends.
I wrote some Perl programs a while ago to help me with route planning and documenting my tracks. I thought they might be useful to others, so I cleaned them up and made them available on my website, under Tools for Cruisers, Utilities.
You must have Perl on your computer to use these utilities. I use ActivePerl for Windows.
I usually open a command prompt window to run these utilities, but I included a bat file so you can use the utilities with Windows Explorer. (I don’t use a mac, but I’m sure you can run these Perl programs.)
There are two utilities:
clnrte.zip – Clean Route will process GPX route files to optionally renumber all waypoint names in numerically increasing order and/or replace waypoint symbols with the default “Waypoint”, or any other symbol name.
gpx2csv.zip – Create a Comma Separated Values (CSV) file from a Route or Track GPX file. A route file will have Waypoint, Latitude, Longitude, Distance (NM and Feet) and Bearing. A track file will have Latitude, Longitude, Date, Time, Depth, Elapsed Time, Distance (NM and Feet), Speed (knots) and Bearing.
When you down-load these utilities there is a txt file that explains how to use them. Look for some posts in the future that show how to use these utilities.
I turned 60 today. I had a great birthday. First I went out to lunch with Fran, Alicia and Jackson. Then I got my hair cut and got a senior discount because I was 60. Next I had cake that Fran and Jackson made.
Finally, Fran and I went out for dinner to Chillfire Grill and had a great meal.
After creating the Distance Time Speed calculator I thought about creating a calculator for finding distance and bearing from two locations, or a second location from a location, distance and bearing. While investigating how to do this I discovered how to get a current location so I integrated this in the tool as well.
I also added the abilities to convert between three formats of latitude/longitude and to pass a distance to the Distance Time Speed calculator.
Here is a screen shot of the tool on an iPad.
To use this tool you enter a location as a latitude/longitude pair. You can enter a location manually, or get your current location, if supported by the device. In this example, I get my current location by pressing “Set Current Location” (press it 2 or 3 times for the best accuracy).
It found my current location, with an accuracy of 16 feet. Next, I enter Location 2 in the format “dd mm ss” for a latitude of 35° 35′ 32″ N and a longitude of 081° 02′ 13.6″ W. The tool accepts latitude and longitude in several different formats. This lets you copy and paste from other tools, such a Google Earth.
When I press “Submit” I get the distance (in nautical miles and feet) and the bearing (in true degrees).
The distance is 1.436 nautical miles, or 8722 feet, and the bearing is 145 degrees true.
There are three formats for displaying latitude and longitude. (The tool will keep the original precision independent of the display format chosen.) If I want to see my locations in a different format, I can use the tool to convert between formats. In this example I want to convert from degrees minutes to degrees minutes seconds. I press the “Format” button and select “dd mm ss”.
When I press “Submit” the format will change.
If I want to calculate the speed to get from Location 1 to Location 2 in 21 minutes, I can send the distance to the Distance Time Speed tool by pressing “Send to Dist Time Speed Calculator”.
Then I enter 21 minutes.
When I press “Submit”…
I see that my speed is 4.1 knots, or 4.7 mph.
In the next example I calculate where I will be if I travel from my current location for 1.42 nautical miles at a bearing of 43 degrees true.
When I press “Submit” I will see the latitude and longitude of my location.
The formulas used by this tool are not 100% accurate so you may see some difference if you calculate a distance and bearing and the use the results with Location 1 to calculate Location 2.
Another feature of the tool is the “Swap” button. This will swap Locations 1 and 2. You can use this feature to calculate the distance and bearing traveled between two locations. For example, press “Set Current Location” as you start of your trip. (You may better accuracy if you press it 2 or 3 times.) When you finish your trip press “Swap”, “Set Current Location” (2 or 3 times) and “Submit” to see distance and bearing traveled.
I learned a lot developing this tool and I think that I came up with something useful. At least I think it will be useful. Hopefully you will too.
Fran and I are still in Charlotte, waiting for our next grandchild. We didn’t plan things this way, but it is nice to spend Easter with some family. The Easter Bunny came and Jackson got a T-Ball set, an airplane and lots of candy.
We had a huge spiral ham for dinner. Looks like we will be having left-overs for the next few days. But that’s okay because we have stuff to make bean soup.
It was raining this morning, so we hid eggs inside, but it cleared up and we went outside later.
It was a great day and we were happy to spend it with some family.
When we are cruising on Questeria, we are always doing distance, time, speed calculations. Traveling on the Intra-Coastal Waterway, ICW, complicates it even more if we need to convert between nautical miles and statute miles. It’s not hard to do all this when you are sitting at a desk with pencil, paper and calculator handy, but it becomes more challenging when steering a boat.
I had some extra time, so I decided to write a web utility do this. Here is a screen shot of the utility on an iPhone 5.
You can convert between nautical miles and statute miles or knots and mph and you can calculate distance, time or speed by entering two values.
For example, if I am cruising up the ICW, look at my ICW guide and see that the next bridge that I need opened is 8.7 statute miles away, and I look at my GPS and see that I am doing 5.2 knots, I enter 8.7 into the Statute Miles field and 5.2 into the Knots field.
Then I press “Submit” to see how long it will take.
It shows me that it will take me one hour, 27 minutes and 14 seconds. It also tells me that 8.7 statute miles is equal to 7.56 nautical miles and that 5.2 knots is equal to 6.0 mph.
The values in the fields will stay until overwritten or cleared by pressing “Reset”. So say that after 4 nautical miles, I am still doing 5.2 knots, and I want to see how much time is remaining to get to the bridge. I need only change the “Nautical Miles” and clear out the time.
Then I press “Submit” to see the new time.
I see that I have 41 minutes and five seconds to get there. It also tells me that 3.560 nautical miles is equal to 4.097 statute miles.
This tool is on my website, under Tools for Cruisers, then Distance Time Speed. You can use it on any device, with a web browser, that is connected to the internet. Sorry. There is no off-line version at this time. I hope you find this useful. Stay tuned for a post on the Location Distance Bearing tool, which can work with the Distance Time Speed tool.
I’m in North Carolina, but Questeria is in North Florida. On Monday we got a call from Alicia, and Fran got a flight to Charlotte. On Tuesday I got a rental car. On Wednesday I drove to Marathon, FL. On Thursday I drove back to the boat in North FL, and today I drove to Alicia’s.
Everybody is fine and we will wait here until the baby is born.
I installed WordPress on my website and I am trying this format. I will leave Journals 1-6 in their current format and use WordPress for new blogs/journals.
I will try to make these entries more casual and include more than just cruising. I will use “categories” to mark my posts so readers can choose just to look at cruising posts.