#1596 – Skyscraping

If I could send a GPS enabled device back in time to any point in my life it would be the few years I lived in the Boston suburbs. That was the most confusing crisscross of weirdly angled roads I’ve had to deal with. The day I felt the most hopeless was when I asked a police officer for directions and he had no idea how to help me. Even with my map.

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11 thoughts on “#1596 – Skyscraping”

  1. pan_dim_onium says:

    Are you sure he wasn’t a stripper dressed as a cop?

  2. Azkyroth says:

    Would this be a bad time to mention that GPS data is intentionally fudged by ~10 meters or so, so that America’s enemies can’t target missiles onto our hardened bunkers using our own satellites, since that’s almost the only time +/- 10 meters matters…and driving in New England is the other.

  3. Oooh, I’ll always refer to GPS as Gargoyle Positioning System from now on! Dad will be so confused! *Evil grin*

    Anyone else than just me who thinks that the skyscrapers look a bit like oddly-shaped Tetris pieces? I’m hoping that a small skyscraper will come down from the sky and land in that little gap…

  4. Ian says:

    Global Positioning System? Still 3rd from the Sun, right?

    1. onex says:

      Last I checked, anyhow. But doesn’t it have to do with _keeping_ the globe in position?

    2. das-g says:

      Which sun? There’s only around 300000000000000000000000 to choose from.

  5. Caveman says:

    I knew a few cops, and they really hate giving directions because generally they are doing something more important. So that cop may have just been trying to get rid of you.

  6. kingklash says:

    I couldn’t rely too much on a GPS, I navigate by landmarks, and if I’ve been to where I was going at least once before.

  7. pbarnrob says:

    What’s scary is that autopilots are about to depend on GPS; so the next really strong Coronal Mass Ejection that messes-up the satellites is gonna also make a mess of the ‘friendly’ skies!

    1. Chris says:

      What do they depend on now? Cloud landmarks?

    2. Chris says:

      Well he sure spent a lot of time pretending he didn’t know how to read my map.

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