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The first thing I discovered was that MarineTraffic.com now covers Hong Kong so I have embedded a really cool map showing all the boats in the channel and hererabouts more or less real time (allowing for the delay in updating) in a seperate website which will be dedicated to things about the East Lamma Channel.
I was moderately proud of myemail alert It was a trivial mashup I cobbled together using Yahoo Pipes basically taking 2 XML files which the HK Martime Department (God bless them) generates daily, consolidating and converting them to an RSS feed sorted alphabetically by Vessel Name. I discovered that the pipe was still working but the alert function ie sending the emailing wasn't and I still haven't worked out why. Academic really because I decided to embed a script into a post on the new Blog which takes the the pipe output as a JSON file and renders it into the post. I did consider using a script to embed the RSS feed but I thought JSON would be neater (and it works!!)
As it happens when I developed the movements pipe I had also done another based an XML file which lists all the ships at anchor in Hong Kong.Since I was on a roll I decided to embed this feed into a post too.
As a matter of principle any site related to ships and the sea should have a link to the local shipping forcast.(ie the weather for seagoing folk) The Hong Kong Observatory has a couple of general RSS feeds but none specifically for sailors. Typically ships rely on radio or NAVTEX* broadcasts by Hong Kong Coast Radio Stations for their weather information. There are however web pages listing both the Maritime Forecast and the forecast for the South China Coastal Waters . So this afternoon I knocked up a quick pipe which generates a feed based on the Coastal Waters Forecast and I embedded it into a post too. (I embedded it as an RSSfeed because it was easier to format.)
Obviously I will probably add other posts of a nautical nature to Lanna Channel blog in the future but before ending this post I think it fitting (and necessary) that I should explain about the background image and my relationship with the young lady in the water... she is in fact the daughter of an ex colleague.... I once held her in my arms when she was a wee baby in nappies (without dropping her!!) .... and yes she has blossomed.... and isn't she a sweetie!!... I am sorry Tony I couldn't resist her cheeky smile ... and the context is relevant even if it's not the Lamma Channel .. So what if it the Singapore Straits!!!!|