Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2009 14:36:53 -0230
Reply-To: Joy Hecht <jhecht@ALUM.MIT.EDU>
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From: Joy Hecht <jhecht@ALUM.MIT.EDU>
Subject: Re: maps vs GPS
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On Sun, Oct 11, 2009 at 2:24 PM, Rocket J Squirrel <
> Yeahbut, I /did/ qualify my statement as a. hoping not to paint with too
> broad a brush, and b. said that I talking about my experience only with
> women and maps, wondering whether this was true for those women within one
> standard deviation of the median. This leaves a lot of room outside the SD
> range for men who can't read a freakin' map to save their lives (such men
> become accountants or lawyers, I suspect) and women who can read maps
> (such women become scientists or engineers, I suspect).
Well, I'm not a scientist or engineer - but my female friend who can't read
maps is a lawyer! LOL!
> Mike "Rocket J Squirrel" Elliott
> 84 Westfalia: Mellow Yellow ("The Electrical Banana")
> 74 Westrailia: (Ladybug Trailer company, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
> Bend, OR
> On 10/11/2009 5:34 AM Maggie Dew wrote:
> Despite Mr. Squirrel's observation about women and maps (and I am
>> going to have to have a talk with R.J.), I dearly love maps and have
>> quite a collection of them. My jobs always seem to require finding
>> remote places - whether I'm doing archaeology or working as an on-call
>> nurse in the middle of the night. I find maps and GPS to be
>> complementary but I don't rely solely on just one of those
>> technologies. I have two GPS units - a Garmin handheld and a Garmin
>> unit with a map display that rides in the car. They don't always do
>> the job in rural areas, and a map isn't always totally accurate
>> either. When doing the nursing job, I rely on whoever did the
>> original recording to give good directions. That is often very
>> frustrating when trying to locate a home in the middle of the night.
>> Information such as "turn left at the red mailbox" or "turn in 1.6
>> miles" are helpful. Both kinds of data are useful. Not useful (and
>> I'm not making this up) are directions that say "black jeep in the
>> driveway." So, was it up on blocks???!!!! No, it actually belonged
>> to a visitor who was only there on the day of the original visit. If
>> you are giving directions, be specific and throw in whatever landmarks
>> that might be helpfpul. Also consider that not all odometers are
>> exactly accurate - or even working!
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