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SDC update.

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

I’ve been running way behind on these (life has gotten in the way) and am hoping to fix that soon.

In the meantime, I do have a post up about my experience last night at The Goodnight. The categories on this post might give you a hint as to how things went…

More SDC updates.

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Added February and March 2011, did some small updates to May 2011.

Saturday Dining Conspiracy updates.

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Added May, June, and July 2011.

There’s only been one SDC in August, and I need to get some information before I post that. Also, I need to back fill some information for one of the May conspiracies, and add Lawrence’s comments when he gets them to me. (This isn’t badmouthing him; he’s tied up and will get them to me as soon as he can.)

I’m thinking about converting the SDC to a more standard blog format, but I haven’t made up my mind if and how I’m going to do that yet.

Important safety tip. (#3 in a series)

Monday, January 31st, 2011

This has been said many times, in many places, but I think it bears repeating for reasons that I’ll illustrate shortly:

GPS systems are a guide and a tool. They are not absolutely perfect. They are human designed systems that can fail.

Also, no matter how insistent that voice is, and no matter how often it says “Recalculating”, your GPS system is not the boss of you. You are the person in control of the vehicle; you have the option to ignore it, mute it, or even throw it out the window. (I even know one person who took a perverse enjoyment in tormenting their car’s GPS system by driving in circles.)

Several things bring this to mind. Some folks who were attending Saturday’s SDC found that their GPS systems were showing a location for Korean Grill that was quite a bit off from the actual location. (By the way, Korean Grill is a pretty darn spiffy place; I recommend giving it a shot.) On Sunday, we had a similar experience trying to find the Gruene Door; somehow, we ended up in a residential area several hundred feet behind the Gruene Door, and more or less stumbled on the restaurant through pure luck. (Also: the Gruene Door was fantastic. I’d like to go back sometime soon.)

And then there’s this story from the Sacramento Bee:

“It’s what I’m beginning to call death by GPS,” said Death Valley wilderness coordinator Charlie Callagan. “People are renting vehicles with GPS and they have no idea how it works and they are willing to trust the GPS to lead them into the middle of nowhere.”

And then they get stuck in the middle of nowhere in 120 degree heat where there’s no cell phone service and wind up drinking their own urine to survive. Or just simply vanish until someone stumbles across their remains in the desert.

It does seem like there may be a little more to this than just GPS failures. (Why aren’t closed roads better marked? Perhaps with a big sign: “ROAD CLOSED. IF YOU GO PAST THIS POINT YOU WILL DIE.“) But the main problem still seems to be blind trust in a technology that can fail.

(Unfortunately, I can’t find a YouTube clip of the Hill Street Blues episode where Joyce Davenport lectures one of her clients on desert survival techniques. Too bad, because she’s actually got some pretty sound advice to offer.)

Recent SDC updates.

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Added May and June 2010.

Still pushing to get done before Armadillocon.

Recent SDC updates.

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Added July and August (to date, as far as I can go) of 2010.

I’m making a push to get the SDC logs completely updated before Armadillocon.

SDC update.

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

February 2010 added.

SDC updates.

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
  • March 2010 to date posted.

I’d appreciate it if people would take a look at the peeing Calvin. Comments here are okay if you don’t want to email.

Saturday Dining Conspiracy updates.

Monday, December 28th, 2009
  • Added November and October of 2009.