Saturday, August 16, 2008

So True

Xkcd nails it again. Now, I'm a solid devotee of Google Maps. I probably have a rather unhealthy attachment to it, honestly, to the point that I feel a shudder of horror at the thought of using something so positively primeval as MapQuest. But it does occasionally have some snafus. Or more accurately, this world of ours doesn't quite live up to the perfect order implied by Google. And of course, Google's employees like to leave little jokes here or there. For a while, requesting directions from anywhere in North America to anywhere in Europe would direct you to New York harbor, followed by the line "swim the Atlantic", continuing with road directions from Calais. Google's got jokes.

2 comments:

elephantschild said...

I don't trust the turn-by-turn directions on Google. But then again, I'm such a visual person, and disinclined to follow directions for anything, that it makes sense that I'd rather rely on the map itself.

Evan said...

Oh, agreed. I suppose that's why I like Google so much more than the other driving directions websites; they all just give you the directions and a little map as an afterthough. With Google, I just plot the route, and I can look around as much as I need to to get it all in my head before I head out. At most, I'll just write a few exit numbers or a few key turns on a scrap of paper. Plus, being able to pull and shift the route on the interactive map, adding intermediate destinations and such, is pretty sweet.