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OGF in Dark Mode & More

Posted by CharlieG on 3 July 2020 in English (English).

Hi everyone, I don’t know if you’ve seen Luciano’s great diary entry about his exposition in Ohunkagan, an evolving/historic city in Makaska, FSA, but I mentioned in the comments that I’ve figured out how to edit the way OGF looks to represent a Dark Mode. here’s the image of Ohunkagan using this dark mode. It’s a very wild idea as it acts like a new layer (like histor’s but dark) but it’s easy to set up and try on your own computer.

Before I tell you how to do this, here are some examples of what I mean by Dark Mode. Dark Mode is a reference to the way OGF and other sites look when the normal white background of websites are turned to black. A lot of the time, this can help at night when we don’t want to look at bright screens, or with people who see white text better than black text. I say white text because, to accommodate the black background, everything else is either color-flipped or altered to look lighter and create better contrast. I’ve talked to OGF members and other friends about whether if this is helpful or disgusting to look at–most say disgusting–but I think it’s an interesting sight. Anyway, here’s some photos:

5 pics of standard layer dark mode 5 pics of Ohunkagan in topomap dark mode 5 pics of Ohunkagan in histor layer dark mode

In my opinion, these photos look incredible, especially in TopoMap dark mode. Now, here’s how to do it yourself. Firstly, get Google Chrome browser. Secondly, press the three dots in the top-right corner, hover over More Tools, and click on Extensions. Once in Extensions, click on the three bars in the top-left corner and then Open Chrome Web Store. Once there, search up ‘Dark Reader’ and add it to Chrome. There might be more configuration to do, but this extension will turn virtually any website into Dark Mode through CSS, HSL, and Dynamic color inversion. In other words, this will turn OGF dark for free!

Thanks for reading through this ridiculously complicated entry and looking at the photos, I appreciate it. This isn’t an advertised ad or anything, I just wanted to share this with y’all. Happy Mapping! -CharlieG

Location: Central Highlands, Tasmania, 7140, Australia

Faultlines/Protection

Posted by CharlieG on 30 March 2019 in English (English).

Good morning! (If you live in the U.S.) I am CharlieG of Artenia, a country around the size of the UAE/Israel. While not present, Artenian buildings and coastline protection are built to withstand earthquakes and tsunamis. These are real occurrences on Earth and they should be brought to OGF, no matter how devastating. I cannot seem to find any support for the idea of the OGF world including fault lines, but I’m sure something could be worked out (maybe on a third-party platform). Earthquakes and tsunamis would drastically change coastlines and building structures throughout the OGF world, so lots of effort and brainstorming would go into this process. But, I think we could all work something out about this issue. I am ready to add coastline protection to my country’s coast, and you should too! Thanks for your understanding! -CharlieG

Location: -41.291, 136.418

OGN World News Center

Posted by CharlieG on 9 March 2019 in English (English).

Hello,

I’m sure most people on OGF have at least heard of the World News Center, but, if you haven’t, it was a database aimed at reporting emerging/breaking news all around the OGF World. But, as I look, the site is rarely updated, and only by the same few reporters. Also, I cannot find a way to edit in this site, so I’m not sure as to why OGF has dropped the name from its main site’s top taskbar and forgotten about it. You can find the site here: [https://ognnews.wordpress.com/]

If anyone remembers this, good for you! If you can answer my questions, thank you! If you have no idea what this is, keep mapping along. Thanks everyone!

-CharlieG of Artenia

Location: -40.567, 136.485

Update OGF

Posted by CharlieG on 10 February 2019 in English (English).

Hello!

I’m CharlieG from Artenia. But, in the real OpenStreetMap, I’m Gorbs. I map areas around my home in Suburban Philadelphia, USA. Recently, I’ve been getting into mapping extreme detail and residential areas, since that’s what most areas around me are comprised of, and what most areas are missing. While enjoying myself, I stopped mapping for a second and appreciated the updated design of OSM compared to OGF. I wondered why its top bar looked cleaner, why there were many more features for points, lines, and areas compared to OGF, etc. I noticed a while back (maybe 6-9 mo. ago) that OGF got an update, and the servers were down for about a day for me. Will this happen again soon? Could it? Not to be so arrogant in understanding how the server works, but I am curious as to why the major update has not happened yet.

Thanks for tuning in! -C

For some extra links,

https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/40.2008/-75.0705 An example near me of what residential, etc. areas should look like

https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/40.3505/-75.0847 What reality is in OpenStreetMap

https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/40.2551/-74.9288 What I’ve tried replicating

Location: -41.327, 137.148

Languages Around the OGF World

Posted by CharlieG on 11 September 2018 in English (English).

Hi, I’m CharlieG, owner of Artenia. Currently, my country is based on Ingerish like many other countries around the OGF World. I only know one other language–Hebrew–and Artenia was supposed to be a sort-of second Israel, but even newer (i.e. created in the 70’s) and less complicated (see the golan heights syria border and palestine disputed border). But, I did not choose Hebrew as mapping in Ingerish seemed the better thing to do, assuming that my country is first-world, new, and connected to many other Archantan countries. (and even farther countries)

I have stated in some Wiki articles that Native Artenian is a language–one that I haven’t made my mind up for how it is structured. This is when YouTube came into the picture.

DONG, a YouTube channel spread widely (with 1.6M subs), uploaded a video that showcased a language creator that was specific to your needs. It is called vulgarlang.com and you can buy it or try the demo online. I think this could be helpful for many people so that they can get together a whole language without needing to know another one. I sure could use this once I get to Native Artenia, but, for now, I’ll share it with the OGF World.

Thanks for taking interest, -CharlieG

Location: -40.573, 136.508

Potlatch 2

Posted by CharlieG on 20 July 2018 in English (English).

I keep downloading Adobe Flash Player but every time I want to edit with Potlatch, it doesn’t work. Does anyone know why?

Revamps in Ayala, Kalabag, & Darsons

Posted by CharlieG on 22 August 2017 in English (English). Last updated on 23 August 2017.

UPDATE 8/23/17: The motorways themselves are done in both cities, although I worked off of two existing, half-built, half-under-construction highways in Darsons. Still, I have been working on them non-stop for three days, and I’m glad to say that these cities’ motorways have been finished.

My plans have been sorta like Robert Moses’, without destructing neighborhoods. Ayala is modern, so it will demolish roads in the central city, but the cars still can use the new HUGE motorway to get there without having to walk more than a third of a mile. (Seeing distance)

The Ayala Thruway has further reached Kalabag, as those cities neighbor each other. I didn’t want to just make a 2-mile long stretch of a HUGE UNDERGROUND THRUWAY, so I extended it into Kalabag, and revamped the motorways to act like an outer beltway. (more like inner towards the top though)

Darsons was not 100% successful. I’ve changed plans over and over again, renaming and referencing the roads differently each time. But, I eventually figured it all out. Basically, there are two beltways: 1. The Inner Beltway 2. The South Beltway The South Beltway was called ‘I-706S,’ for South I-706. They put a cardinal direction in interstate numbers sometimes, so I did it this time. It was the original beltway, but when I saw Darsons as a whole, that’s where plans got out of whack.

The Inner Beltway was based off of existing highways, being renamed, revamped, and re-referenced. I’d say more than half of it was based on I-6, I-606, and others. BTW, I-706S was called I-466, but I changed it. Anyway, the Inner Beltway was 1/3 or more renamed to the ‘Darsons Interchange,’ as a glob of interstates and Arkansas (i think) routes clashed out and spilled on top of one another like a salad. I just called the stretch of I-606 that it was spilling out on the ‘Darsons Interchange,’ and not the beltway because it made more sense as five different routes were entering and exiting. At one point, a long point actually, there are four routes running the same road. I think I’m going to add HOV lanes/express lanes, EXACTLY like Ayala, but I don’t know. Listen, Darsons is a mess, I fixed it, but made it even more complicated along the way. If anyone can help make an express-lanes plan or a reroute plan, or to just leave it alone, come soon!

-Charlie

Location: 21.090, 149.321

Midistland and Khaiwoon

Posted by CharlieG on 4 February 2017 in English (English).

I have been working on Midistland for weeks now. I’ve worked not only on very minor parts of Tengah and Termapolis, but… I created many of the towns surrounding Tengah! That includes… Traysville, Bethesda, and Motorway Island. Please understand that I am experienced, even though I have only been here for a couple weeks. So, I am therefore moving on from the Tengah region in Midistland to Khaiwoon. Khaiwoon is SO perfect. I love everything about it. The cartography, the mountains, the swirves and curves… It’s really cool! So, I am requesting privileges for building with my Khaiwoon friends, isleno. I hope you listen to this, isleno! Thank you! Goodbye.

Location: 18.508, 89.493