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tightsocks Jan 17, 2013 01:54 PM
Which way am I going?
I always hear people rattling off directions and locations like, "Head west on Acme Blvd" or "The house is on the north-east corner of the street."
How do they know which direction is which way and orient themselves like that?

Granted I am extremely stupid. I need to look at my hands and then think for a few seonds to tell left from right most times...

Also, I always thought that north is always 'up' on a map, but that doesn't seem to be the case with Google Maps.

I'm lost.
 
Spheric Harlot Jan 17, 2013 02:39 PM
If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is in the south around noon.

If you see the sun rise, you're looking roughly eastwards.

If you're seeing it set, you're looking roughly westwards.
 
ShortcutToMoncton Jan 17, 2013 03:01 PM
I honestly can't believe you're asking this.

You don't know the sun rises in the east and sets in the west? That the Arctic is north and the Antarctic is South?

All of which may have been arbitrarily determined, yes, but come on....
 
Uncle Skeleton Jan 17, 2013 03:07 PM
Carry one of those doohickies that magnetically keep track of which way is north, then you don't have to "know" you can just check. They're small and you can keep it in your pocket. They're called a "Garmin."
 
tightsocks Jan 17, 2013 03:21 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by ShortcutToMoncton (Post 4212368)
I honestly can't believe you're asking this.

You don't know the sun rises in the east and sets in the west? That the Arctic is north and the Antarctic is South?

All of which may have been arbitrarily determined, yes, but come on....
How is that going to tell me if a house is on the east or west side of a street?
 
andi*pandi Jan 17, 2013 03:54 PM
Look at the sky, and know what time of day it is? If the sun is setting, the house is on that side of the street.

Also in some big cities, streets run east/west or north/south.

I naturally have a pretty good sense of direction, and can usually find north. Ish.
 
mattyb Jan 17, 2013 04:08 PM
You should get a computer to help you.
 
ShortcutToMoncton Jan 17, 2013 04:15 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by tightsocks (Post 4212375)
How is that going to tell me if a house is on the east or west side of a street?
Everything I just said will tell you your answer. If the sun is rising on one side of the street, that's the east side - and if it's setting on the other side, then that's the west side. If the sun is rising and/or setting parallel to the street, then the street runs east/west, and the houses are on the north and south side respectively.
 
tightsocks Jan 17, 2013 04:49 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by mattyb (Post 4212382)
You should get a computer to help you.
If it can get my bank statement and have it tell me the directions that would be great...
 
Spheric Harlot Jan 17, 2013 05:29 PM
iPad with cellular data will do both.

Thank me later.
 
tightsocks Jan 17, 2013 05:54 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot (Post 4212396)
iPad with cellular data will do both.
Will it tell me which side of the street I'm on?
 
Spheric Harlot Jan 17, 2013 06:46 PM
Yes. It has a compass, which is a wonderful tool that will actually tell you which way is north, it will guide you to wherever you need to go, and it will allow you get your bank statements.

You can do this with an iPhone, too. But getting your bank statements is a little less practical (though possible).
 
Uncle Skeleton Jan 17, 2013 07:20 PM
I once saw a woman sitting on a bench on the street holding her iPad up to her ear like a giant phone. So apparently it can be used as a phone too.
 
Spheric Harlot Jan 17, 2013 07:56 PM
No.
 
andi*pandi Jan 17, 2013 08:54 PM
skype?
 
Patrick Jan 18, 2013 12:06 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by tightsocks (Post 4212350)
Also, I always thought that north is always 'up' on a map, but that doesn't seem to be the case with Google Maps.
This should be the case; I don't think it's possible to reorient the maps either on their webpage or their app. You can do it with Apple Maps... but then of course you'd have to put up with Apple Maps.
 
Uncle Skeleton Jan 18, 2013 09:01 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by Spheric Harlot (Post 4212420)
No.
I use my iTouch as a phone using Talkatone. Only works over wifi, but I imagine that's because there's no 3G option for ipods. I think it also makes callers listen to a google voice prompt, so that kind of sucks.
 
Spheric Harlot Jan 18, 2013 09:20 AM
You're not going to have any fun holding the iPad up to your ear like a phone, though, even if you use Skype, Facebook chat, Google Voice, Talkatone, or whatever else.
 
Uncle Skeleton Jan 18, 2013 09:40 AM
Maybe she usually uses a bluetooth headset but it ran out of batteries
 
Gankdawg Jan 18, 2013 03:41 PM
In the US, satellite dishes (like for Dish Network or DirecTV) point generally south.
 
Waragainstsleep Jan 18, 2013 05:19 PM
I thought that US roads were always aligned to north/south and east/west as long as they were in the usual grid pattern?
 
Uncle Skeleton Jan 18, 2013 07:40 PM
Far from "always"
 
subego Jan 18, 2013 08:41 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep (Post 4212580)
I thought that US roads were always aligned to north/south and east/west as long as they were in the usual grid pattern?
Some pitch it 45° (Washington D.C.), some follow natural features (Manhattan).
 
andi*pandi Jan 18, 2013 09:04 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by Waragainstsleep (Post 4212580)
I thought that US roads were always aligned to north/south and east/west as long as they were in the usual grid pattern?
Boston laughs at your "usual grid pattern."
 
tightsocks Jan 18, 2013 09:38 PM
If I'm trying to point out an item in a display case to a clerk where we are facing each other I have a hard time figuring out when to guide them to their left or right...
 
subego Jan 18, 2013 09:41 PM
I don't even know my own left from right. I have to imagine myself writing.
 
Spheric Harlot Jan 19, 2013 01:53 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by subego (Post 4212600)
Some pitch it 45° (Washington D.C.), some follow natural features (Manhattan).
Manhattan is nowhere near 45 degrees. It is also prototypical for the North-South (upper-lower)/East-West arrangement (lower East Side, 52 West and Broadway,etc.)
 
subego Jan 19, 2013 01:58 AM
Reading comp fail. :P
 
Spheric Harlot Jan 19, 2013 02:05 AM
That's what I get for posting before 8 A.M.
 
turtle777 Jan 19, 2013 02:28 AM
Damn luddites. How did they even register here to post ?

-t
 
Waragainstsleep Jan 19, 2013 09:07 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by turtle777 (Post 4212636)
Damn luddites. How did they even register here to post ?

-t
Easy, you just hit the button to the left of the... wait, no maybe its to the right...
 
Waragainstsleep Jan 19, 2013 09:14 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by andi*pandi (Post 4212604)
Boston laughs at your "usual grid pattern."
I must have gotten that from TV or something. There is also a running joke in Europe that american cars have poor handling because they never have to go round proper corners. At least not with out (almost) stopping. I realise its an exaggeration, before I am bombarded with examples of how the "greatest corner in the known world is in such-and-such a US city".

I'm sure we'd all have grid systems too if our roads hadn't started out as bridleways. Milton Keynes tried, bless it.
 
Uncle Skeleton Jan 19, 2013 09:25 AM
Some of our cities predate the automobile too ya know :P
 
Waragainstsleep Jan 19, 2013 11:00 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by Uncle Skeleton (Post 4212660)
Some of our cities predate the automobile too ya know :P
Yeah but theres predating and theres predating.
 
andi*pandi Jan 19, 2013 12:11 PM
Boston's roadways: engineered by cows.

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