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post Dec 28 2007, 10:06 AM
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Another collaboration project that is almost ready to be launched! Rob (Wolfie, Wolfman, Wolfinator) and I have came up with a great idea to build a program to track everyones kiteboarding sessions on land, snow and water. Rob has been diligently building the database program from scratch to be put on the back end of our discussion forum.

I will let him tell you more about it, but I have seen the screen shots and it is going to be the Slickest thing around. Riding spot, date, kite selection, wind speed, wind direction and hours logged are just some of the cool drop down menus you can fill.

Our vision is to compile this data and have some interesting facts come out of it. Who rides the most on water, snow, and land, Who rides in the most extreme conditions, and Who only rides during certain conditions (light, moderate, high winds) are just some ideas. I think titles can be established with catchy nicknames like "Kite Slut" - only rides when there are 12M conditions (Lando) laugh.gif . You will have the ability to keep your record private or included in the compilation.

Keep your records for 2008 so you can back load the data.

Rob, tell us more!!!

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post Dec 28 2007, 12:46 PM
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QUOTE(Turtle @ Dec 28 2007, 11:06 AM) *
Another collaboration project that is almost ready to be launched! Rob (Wolfie, Wolfman, Wolfinator) and I have came up with a great idea to build a program to track everyones kiteboarding sessions on land, snow and water. Rob has been diligently building the database program from scratch to be put on the back end of our discussion forum.

I will let him tell you more about it, but I have seen the screen shots and it is going to be the Slickest thing around. Riding spot, date, kite selection, wind speed, wind direction and hours logged are just some of the cool drop down menus you can fill.

Our vision is to compile this data and have some interesting facts come out of it. Who rides the most on water, snow, and land, Who rides in the most extreme conditions, and Who only rides during certain conditions (light, moderate, high winds) are just some ideas. I think titles can be established with catchy nicknames like "Kite Slut" - only rides when there are 12M conditions (Lando) laugh.gif . You will have the ability to keep your record private or included in the compilation.

Keep your records for 2008 so you can back load the data.

Rob, tell us more!!!

John




That sounds sweet!! of course I need to ride to have any data to share. but I am heading to Fla this January Wahooo

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post Dec 28 2007, 05:32 PM
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are u gonna have cell phone updates as well just like fox 2 weather strait to the celly?
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post Dec 28 2007, 06:05 PM
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Can you say billable hours? smile.gif

Sounds good.
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post Dec 29 2007, 04:13 PM
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hey Turtle, I thought this was top secret tongue.gif


well guys, things are coming along nicely... should have a beta version available for folks to start playing with in January. The hope was to launch Jan 1st, but holiday stuff has pulled me away from working on the site a little more than expected...

I don't want to divulge everything before we launch, but basically it works like this:

1. you set up your profile, which includes the kites, boards, wetsuits, line extensions, and other goodies that you own. These items are then available to you each time you log a session in the form of drop-down select boxes. If you happened to borrow someone's gear during a session, sessionDog will allow you to enter that when you enter your session as well.

Your profile also includes your weight, which is cool because then people can ask sessionDog which kites are being flown by riders within a specified weight range, for a given set of wind conditions. Also, you can "hide" your weight such that it isn't directly associated with the user's name.

Another feature under the profile section is the ability to set goals. Then each time you ride you'll have the option of specifying if one of these was met. At the end of the year you can look over your sessions, see how many of your goals were met, and when you met them.

In addition to setting goals, you can store the skills that you have.


2. each time you ride, you login to the site and enter your session details. You start by entering the date and location and go from there. There are drop downs that allow you to select the wind-range, the temperature, water conditions (flat, chop, waves), etc... You also select the gear you used for those conditions and whether or not any goals were met. There's a text field for entering comments about the session, and an attachments button to allow you to upload photos, etc.... Most of the fields are optional so you don't have to know all of the details if you don't want to... you could just enter text, for example. The wind range allows you to specify if you're guessing or if you actually measured the wind, which will be useful for queries into the database later. Also, I'm working on importing wind data from noaa and/or anemometers capable of storing wind data and uploading it to a PC.

It may sound like a lot, but it only takes a few seconds to enter the data. A lot of work is going into making this part intuitive and easy....


3. you can ask SessionDog all kinds of questions. How many times did I ride this year? Where did I ride this year? How many times did I fly my 6m Assault? Who rode the most this year? Who knows the most tricks? The list is endless once the data is there....


If anyone has any questions or suggestions let us know!

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post Dec 29 2007, 09:34 PM
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i cant wait for this.
sounds like a very great idea.
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post Dec 30 2007, 01:27 PM
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Sick Rob! Love the idea of setting and reaching goals! And to be able to go look at what you accomplished over the season. Great idea fellas.

T
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post Dec 30 2007, 09:30 PM
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QUOTE(Thomas61 @ Dec 30 2007, 03:27 PM) *
Sick Rob! Love the idea of setting and reaching goals! And to be able to go look at what you accomplished over the season. Great idea fellas.

T


Thanks man! I just can't wait to see what you guys think once it's up and running! shouldn't be too long now...
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post Dec 30 2007, 09:38 PM
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QUOTE(wolfie @ Dec 30 2007, 11:30 PM) *
Thanks man! I just can't wait to see what you guys think once it's up and running! shouldn't be too long now...



This is an amazing idea. It will really allow everyone new and seasoned riders to see whos riding and where...might want to add a section for perspective riding locations for the next day.....just an idea what do you think?


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post Jan 2 2008, 07:33 AM
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SessionDog Data Log

1/1/08
Stony Creek - Shelby Township, MI
32 Degrees
Ice with approx 8-10 inches of snow on top
NW 13-18mph Approx

Who rode on 1/1/08 - all used snowboards
John W 16M 2 hours
Brian LeFeve 12M 3-4 hours
Tom S 8-12-16M 4-5 hours
Tommy 12M 3-4 hours
Shubes 16M (borrowed from Tom S) 2-3 hours
One other Dude! (9M Foil) 3 hours ?

Rob anything else we should keep track of to back load data?

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post Jan 2 2008, 10:52 AM
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QUOTE(airforce86 @ Dec 30 2007, 11:38 PM) *
might want to add a section for perspective riding locations for the next day.....just an idea what do you think?


Thanks for the suggestion batman! this might be possible... I'll definitely keep it in mind as I'm building the site and we'll see if we can get it in or not.

Thanks!
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post Jan 2 2008, 11:13 AM
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QUOTE(airforce86 @ Dec 30 2007, 09:38 PM) *
This is an amazing idea. It will really allow everyone new and seasoned riders to see whos riding and where...might want to add a section for perspective riding locations for the next day.....just an idea what do you think?


I think that is really covered in the Forum under "Where you riding on the Great Lakes". Since it may not happen I don't think we need to make it part of the program. We do want to keep the forum as the hub and the session program an add on.

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post Jan 2 2008, 11:22 AM
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Nice job on the summary Turtle! It matches very well with the fields that we currently have.

Nobody needs to add anything else, but two things can be added if desired:
1. if line extensions were used, you can record the length of the extensions
2. surface conditions: shall we say "Wet Powder"? Choices include "Wet Powder", "Dry Powder", "Packed Powder", "Hard Packed", "Ice", and "Slush".

Hope you guys had a good session! I tried on Whitmore lake, but got skunked angry.gif

Good idea posting the details here. Keep it up and we'll move the info into SessionDog as soon as we can!

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post Jan 2 2008, 07:32 PM
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1/1/08
Nick Chmielewski
Mitchell's Bay Chatham-Kent County ON CA
34 degrees
Ice with 1-2" snow
NW 15-20 mph
9m Best Yarga
Used snowboard
3 hrs

1/5/08
Nick Chmielewski
Mitchell's Bay Chatham-Kent County ON CA
40 degrees
Ice with 1-2" snow
SW 15 mph
12m LF spec II
Used snowboard
2 hrs


1/9/08
Nick Chmielewski
Mitchell's Bay Chatham-Kent County ON CA
42 degrees
W 33kph
06' 16m Ocean Rodeo Diablo
06' Naish Sol 133
1 hrs


1/26/08
Nick Chmielewski
Mitchell's Bay Chatham-Kent County ON CA
33 degrees
SW 15-20 kph
06' 21m Ocean Rodeo Diablo
used snowboard
4 hrs


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post Jan 2 2008, 08:30 PM
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Thanks Nick!

Everybody keep em coming! It's good kick in the butt for me to keep working hard on the programming so that this thing gets up and running soon! laugh.gif
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