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Old 07-19-2010, 11:37 PM
 
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Yes, but not as much as I used to. I could map out most of the major cities and some of the highways of the US by head, but I'm not so good with the rest of the world. Google Maps and Earth are manna.
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I like google earth because I like to see what human civilization looks like from space, its facinating. This might just be me but sometimes I pretend earth is an undiscovered planet and I'm looking at it for the first time, I turn all the boarders and lables off and just explore the earths cities and land marks. Just like what someone could be doing from millions of light years away, I like to see what they'd see.. I just think its interesting.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:14 PM
 
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A person from light years away would probably have all the boarders and labels already implanted in their brains, so no need!
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Rome, Georgia
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Admitted map/demographics geek, signing in.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Silverthorne, Colorado
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As a little kid, I looked at and studied maps and atlases ALL the time, and now I know the country (at least west of the Mississippi and parts of the Southeast) by heart!

I went to Germany a couple months ago, and we bought a road atlas for Germany, Switzerland and Austria (Perfect, becuase we hit all 3!) and I couldn't stop looking at it and studying all the towns and whatnot.

Sometimes, well I did this a lot when I was younger, now it's more of an "extremely bored" kinda thing, but I drew maps of cities that I just randomly make up out of my head. It's pretty cool I guess.

It'd be cool to be a cartogropher, but I'm coing to college for a bigger passion: Meteorology.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:59 PM
 
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I started a thread like this last year, and a lot of people do like maps - myself included.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:20 PM
 
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Me.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:21 PM
 
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Prefer real maps over anything "google" by far.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Prefer real maps over anything "google" by far.
I think google earth is more authentic than a map. since its actual satalite images
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Old 07-22-2010, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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I have done and still do everything everyone here has mentioned concerning maps. Studying any map anywhere, making my own maps, etc, etc. I like what you can find via computer, but nothing beats a good, detailed map on paper.

I used to take the metro Atlanta map when I was younger and take colored pencils and "help" the smaller suburbs grow by annexing in large swaths around them with the requisite pink, green or orange.

I collect maps from all over. I especiall love street maps that show city limits. Whenever I get a new Rand McNally Road Atlas, I will go page by page with an older one and see what changes I can find.

So, that is about as nerdy as it gets, but hey, have found a group of fellow nerds. I knew Aries4118 was as bad as me, but look a whole thread full!
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