Messing around on Google Maps last night, I noticed that my “timeline” is now available on mobile. I had a look at my day on Thursday 10th, and got this:
My travels that day were rather more complex than this seems to make out (also, we actually avoided Iraq and Syria) , but I quite like the idea that I flew all the way from Dubai to northern England, just to get a cocktail.
And so yes, I’m up in the UK for a little while, doing hometown glory and family stuff. Google Now has gone mad, giving me bus timetables, suggesting things to do and making me cry over the exchange rate. It also suggested that I “explore” my local area. That might include the Sandygate Road ground – the oldest football ground in the world and the home of Hallam FC, the world’s second oldest football club.
Something tells me that their groundsman might not be too happy about the Google Maps shot of that historic pitch though:
That halfway line… It’s… It’s a bit wonky, isn’t it?
I wonder if it’s like that every week or if someone had had an off day just before the satellite passed over? Also, I wonder how noticeable it is/was at pitch level.
What if the left winger got substituted at half time because his manager thought he hadn’t crossed the halfway line enough, not realising that it was further up than it should have been? (On the flip side though, he was delighted with the unusually good penetration on the right.)
I’ll pop up to Hallam later this week and peep over the wall.
For a limited time only: Play pac-man on your local streets:
Go to Google Maps, find yourself an area with lots of roads (Cape Town CBD will do nicely), and look for the big Pac-Man icon on the bottom left:
At which point you zoom in to street level and Strand Street et al become your feeding grounds:
Control Pac-man with the cursor keys, eat the blobs and look out for the ghosts. What? Oh. Sorry. I didn’t know you’d played it before.
Apparently this is an April Fool’s ‘Eater Egg’ from Google, so it won’t be around forever. So go play now.
(Hint: use dual carriageways to avoid being eaten)
…I don’t think we’re in Africa anymore.
There’s something wrong with this, isn’t there?
Google Maps seems to have gone a bit Apple if it thinks that the Southernmost Tip of Africa is actually some distance into the ocean.
This could lead to all sorts of confusion with continents and countries claiming to be bigger than they actually are: North Korea Syndrome, I think it’s called.
Anyway, we were there yesterday (the Southernmost Tip, not North Korea):
…and we left with dry feet, so today’s lesson is not to believe everything that Google Maps tells you.