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Not sure about this.


Can’t Hark sent me this link, and I’m still not sure what I think of it. See, this outfit thinks lat and long, or UTM, or any of our other number-based navigation systems are just too gosh-darned hard for human beings to remember. So they’ve proposed an alternate scheme that slices the world into 57 trillion three meter squares and assigns each of them a unique three word address.

They avoid rude words, homophones and very long words. High population areas get short, punchy words, middle of the ocean not so much. It functions, so far, in nine languages. If you’re curious how it works beyond that, their FAQ is good.

To be honest, though, the main point is exploring the map to find inexplicably amusing word combos. I cannot, of course, give you the three word code for where I’m sitting right now. One of you jokers would surely call in a tac nuke on me, just for shits and giggles. It’s pretty funny, though.

I can tell you — depending on the exact location of the maternity ward — I was born at either kings.meal.punch, frosted.feast.nation or crash.upgrading.artist.

Is this a good idea? I don’t know. Go play with the map. And thank you, Can’t Hark.


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: January 14, 2016, 11:09 pm

This is only one step removed from a return to Egyptian Hieroglyphics.

Map co-ordinates have a system where a grid square can be found very quickly. Having random words assigned to a map location requires indexing those word to the map grid somehow.

For example, when calling for directions to some unknown place, being told to turn left at John Brown’ Barn doesn’t help much.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: January 15, 2016, 12:39 am

I want to be born at Aunt.Jemima.Pancake ! I call dibs on that location name.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: January 15, 2016, 1:43 am

I’m currently at “hidden veal trick” which is hilarious because its in CA.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: January 15, 2016, 2:08 am

Cue the Dead Pool. We have a winner.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 15, 2016, 2:47 am

Indeed, Skandia Recluse. You can take lat. and lon., convert to radians, and plug those into a simple formula to calculate the great circle distance between any two point on Earth. Lemme see these innumerate twits do that with their word salad world.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 15, 2016, 2:58 am

Right now I’m sitting in flowers.pebble.enroll but I’m about to go to bubbles.amazingly.coiled to take a dump.

(I did change the words but didn’t change ’em much. I also am averse to tac nuke strikes.)

Comment from smedley
Time: January 15, 2016, 3:28 am

I live at Drop Farmer Daily

Comment from Pupster
Time: January 15, 2016, 3:31 am


It’s still a bit glitchy. I zoomed in on my house and got the three word combo for my living room, then when I searched on that combo it put me north of Greenland on an island.

Twit was one of the words.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: January 15, 2016, 4:03 am

Interesting but of limited use as noted by others – as a coordinate mapping system anyway. However this strikes me as a fantastic password generator and a clever way to help remember them.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: January 15, 2016, 6:25 am

I’m spending the night at snuggle cookbook incoming but by tomorrow I will be at lifelong lemons central.

Hmmmmm maybe I’ll just stay here on second thought….

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: January 15, 2016, 7:20 am

Aw, rats! Alan “Diehard” Rickman just died.

Comment from Can’t Hark My Cry
Time: January 15, 2016, 1:45 pm

You’re welcome! Sorry I didn’t stop by last night–I was too busy playing with the map (and I honestly didn’t think it would show up here so fast).
There are certainly some rough spots to be ironed out. I live on the second floor of a two-flat; if you type in my address you get a spot in the street between us and the neighbors; if you type in my co-owner downstairs neighbor’s address (different, but contiguous, street number) you get our kitchens. So … still, I think it has real potential. One problem with numerical coordinates is that if you commit a typo, it’s not obvious on the face of what you’ve typed; this makes that a less likely problem.
Oh, and there’s a phone app–Android or Apple only, at this point. It uses the phone’s GPS; I can actually see that being useful. But, yeah–still some bugs; still, that’s true of any innovative concept.

Comment from Can’t Hark My Cry
Time: January 15, 2016, 2:03 pm

The Android app does seem to be less than reliable. It thinks my office is at vivid.adjustable.warrior; not by a long chalk!

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: January 15, 2016, 2:27 pm

The address where I grew up is messed.shapes.robot.

My high school is evening.rankings.origin.

The approximate location of the Coors Brewery in Golden, CO, is closely.resides.fizzled.

Somehow I doubt this’ll catch on. . . .

Comment from technochitlin
Time: January 15, 2016, 3:29 pm

roughly.somehow.carloads, nukes be damned! There’s a certain poetry there, if you know me…

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: January 15, 2016, 10:52 pm

I’m in doors.scar.pens; my mother is upstairs in fields.rushed.join, watching Downton Abbey. Which points out a lack in the system: elevation.

The John Hancock Building in Chicago is 17 x 26 squares; undulation.dimes.atoms is near the west side and toward the north side… on any of the building’s 100 floors.

I just thought of a stupid use for this system: tracking the action in a football game in excessive detail. For instance, each end zone of the field is 3 x 16 squares, so one could record where a touchdown pass was caught (or dropped).

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: January 15, 2016, 11:13 pm

Wolfus Aurelius – January 15, 2016, 2:27 pm: My high school is evening.rankings.origin.

No, that’s the middle of the hallway down the central section of Warren Easton Charter High. The middle of the Canal Street entrance hall is garage.jetted.hosts. The flagpole is original.ideal.reviews. If I could find a floor plan, I’d give the “coordinates” of the principal’s office, the checkout lane in the cafeteria, and the girls’ locker room.

This system really does allow for absurdly excessive detail.

Comment from Davem123
Time: January 18, 2016, 3:11 am

Live.Long.Prosper is in Normandy, due West of Les Chemins Du Mont St. Michel. I was hoping for an extraterrestrial location.

Happy.Happy.Happy is due East of San Francisco, near Livermore. Clearly there’s something fundamentally wrong with this system.

Celebrity.Dead.Pool is not found. I know where to find it, though. Next Friday at 6pm WBT. See you all there!

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