“Never wrestle with a pig. You just get filthy, and the pig enjoys it.” From that I learned not to argue much about religion or politics, too. But it’s OK to argue about which platforms are better; Mac vs. Windows, and iPhone vs. Android. Oh, and another one. Mud has legs.
Yellow Brick Road
We’ve read a few horror stories where someone followed Google Maps into a blizzard and obscure side road, got lost, then tried to hike out during the storm and ended up a human Popsicle. Gross, right? But who’s to blame?
Steve Sande found another one.
An accident on Peña Boulevard (a freeway leading to Denver International Airport) left the thoroughfare fully blocked. Since many of the people driving on the road were on their way to catch flights, they turned to Google Maps to find out where the blockage was and how to get around it.
You know what’s coming, right? Just remember that mud has legs.
Google Maps promptly showed a detour onto a dirt road near the airport, and many drivers dutifully followed the detour. One problem — recent rains had turned the road into a nearly impassable mud puddle. While some drivers with all-wheel-drive and 4WD vehicles were able to make it through the mess, those who were in sedans were stuck — literally.
Been there. Done that.
A few years ago Nathan and I vacationed on Maui. Hotels are easy to find. It’s an island, right? We decided on a B&B and that required digging through some unpronounceable Hawaiian names, and, of course, Apple Maps.
After driving down a few highways, and heading up the side of a mountain, Siri– Apple Map’s voice– took us within a dozen feet of our address. But the wrong location. Siri dropped us off at the end of a cul-de-sac about 50 yards below the B&B address.
Close. But not close enough. We had to circle around a few blocks, look more closely at streets and house numbers, but we finally made it and laughed. Later we laughed again at Siri’s pronunciation of Hawaiian words, tried Google Maps to get back to the B&B after dinner (fail), and decided they both had the same
English Hawaiian teacher.
Both Apple Maps and Google Maps are not perfect stewards to whatever destination you have in mind, and if you’ve used either one for a day of traveling beyond an interstate, then you know it pays to not put so much trust in what the map says, and rely on some common sense.
It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you? – Isaac Asimov