Paul’s flight data shown as graphs, with airports as nodes and flights as edges.
How I created Flight Historian, my flight logging website.
My Personal Website History
I’ve been working on websites since 1999. Here’s a brief history of my sites.
I created a website for people going to an event to coordinate travel schedules and see each other’s flight times graphically.
Timelines for Electronics and Computers
I made a database and timeline generator for showing when I owned various computers, electronics, and parts.
Generating GPX and KML Maps With Ruby on Rails
How to use Ruby to create GPX and KML map data files.
1 May 2019
My “Worst” Layovers
Using math to figure out which of my layovers were the most out of the way relative to the net distance traveled.
7 Feb 2019
State Abbreviations Graph
Visualizing which US state abbreviations are one letter different from each other.
8 Jul 2018
Switching Flight Historian to ICAO Regions
I used to manually keep track of which airports were within the contiguous United States in Flight Historian’s airport data, but I realized that I could determine airports’ regions by looking at their ICAO codes instead.
7 Sep 2017
Flight Historian Version 2.1: Import Flights From Digital Boarding Passes
I’ve added to Flight Historian the ability to create flights by importing digital boarding passes from the Apple Wallet app.
29 Apr 2017
Creating Multiple Flash Messages in Ruby on Rails
On my Flight Historian application, a number of my pages make use of the Ruby flash and flash.now session messages for alerts. However, some of those pages needed to have multiple messages of the same type, which flash didn’t allow me to do. To fix this, I wrote my own messages structure.
5 Apr 2017
Parsing Boarding Pass Dates in Ruby on Rails
Boarding pass barcodes contain data that’s useful for automatically filling in flight data, but their dates are particularly difficult to parse.
16 Jan 2017
Flight Log Version 2.0: Flight Historian
I’ve relaunched my flight log as its own separate site, and it’s now known as Flight Historian.
31 Jan 2016
Introduction to the Flight Log
I travel reasonably often, and I consider myself a bit of a transportation nerd. It’s only logical that I would keep track of where I’ve flown.
7 Jun 2013