The streets are full of interesting and potentially useful things that have been thrown out.
This will save energy, reduce landfill, save people money, and clean up the streets.
Garbagescout is for anyone who is curious or excited to find things in the garbage.
The home page lists the most recent posts to Garbagescout. The first line of the listing, to the left of the image, is a description of the item @ a location. Clicking on the picture or the "details" link will take you to a page with a larger picture.
To keep up with the latest using your RSS reader, there are feeds.
You post it to the photo sharing site flickr, and tag it "garbagescout".
In the photo description, put description @ location.
The description text must take the format
description description @ specific location
It's best to specify borough or city, or zip code if you know it:
Address posting hint: For the Google Map to work, you should write out the street name like "8th" rather than just "8".
Within reason. It should be something you think might have value to someone: an artist, someone furnishing a home, an experimenter looking for electronic parts, a filmmaker looking for props, a repairman, etc.
The most common error is that the garbagescout code can't figure out the address. Is the address in the photo description, after an @ sign? More info here.
We are still testing our code. To help us, please contact jim at nachlin dot com, and thank you for helping us make this site better.
The system that decodes the address into a latitude and longitude is picky. It actually uses data from the 2000 US Census, and expects addresses to be formatted in a certain way.
Use the Zip Code. Try writing "west 12th street", rather than "west 12 street". For intersections, use the ampersand (&). In general, the building number works better than an intersection, so try to look for the address of the nearest building and then use that.
If you have any more tips, do contact us.
Garbagescout is a conversation, both practical and philosophical, about what we throw away.
GarbageScout was created by Jim Nachlin.
Feel free to contact me directly with technical problems, suggestions, info about broken stuff, or offers of money @ jim at nachlin dot com.
I will license the source code for the current incarnation of garbagescout for $40 for individual or charitable use, or for $200 for commercial use. That does not include any technical support, so you would have to know a bit of perl and PHP, and how to set up a MySQL database and a web server. I will answer reasonable questions about the code. The code you are buying is licensed to you under the terms of the GPL. Contact me @ jim at nachlin dot com for more info.
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