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Old 08-17-2010, 11:07 AM
 
Location: NC
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I can sit back and look at an atlas for hours. I especially like looking at city maps. People may call me/us a nerd, but when traveling to unfamiliar lands, who do those namecallers depend on to get from place to place?
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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I thought it was just me who was map crazy. Like so many others who have posted here, I started as a kid years ago enjoying them. Now I find Google Maps to be very informative and enjoyable. Not just the graphic streets and highways, but the many photos that others have added as well.

I’ve got a question about Google Earth. I’ve never used it because I didn’t want to download more online data/programs to the pc than I needed. Now that I have a newer pc with more speed and memory it shouldn’t be a problem for me. Will Google Earth require lots of pc memory?
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:09 PM
 
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Cartography rocks. Google earth is a bit bloated but well worth it.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:26 PM
 
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Google earth is both great and disappointing. Some areas are not available for close-in views. Also, some street views are blurry and hard to decipher. You have to take your chances. I understand the technology...basically cameras on top of of vehicles which had to cover many areas with less than perfect sunlight and/or weather. If Google can correct these problems, it will be perfect.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Thornrose
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I've been looking at maps since I was a kid. All for fun. I use to be able to tell grown ups how to get around when I was 8. I still look at maps and am obsessed with population figures, which is what initially brought me to city data. I am just fascinated with being able to visualize a city or town as I drive or walk through it from the map I looked at or am looking at. I can also get an idea of what other cities are like by just looking at their maps. I thought I was the only one who did this and was always considered a little weird for it. It's good to know that I'm not the only one!
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:55 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I love to relax and look at my atlas. Find new places on the maps and study them. Does anyone else like to do this?
ALL the time. I love it. I know nobody else who does this, until your thread, anyway. I totally "get it" - it's a lot of fun.

I love Googlemaps and Bingmaps, but I also look at my atlas, my AAA maps - anything. I plan trips that I may never take, I trace trips that I have taken, I look at places I've been to many times and I seek out places I've never seen before. I can look at maps for hours.
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Old 08-19-2010, 03:00 PM
 
Location: 5 years in Southern Maryland, USA
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You call might like this site: Geography Home Page - Geography at About.com
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:34 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Yeah I used to do that as a kid, still do sometimes, love looking at all kinds of maps, atlases, Google Earth etc, for the sheer joy of seeing where things were/how they interconnect. Used to draw the world map by heart and also draw maps of my own made up countries. Not only maps but I made up population, climate, geographical stats.etc.

When I'm travelling I feel totally lost without a map (not because I'm incapable of travelling without one, I just like to know where I am relative to everything else).
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:07 PM
 
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Yeah I used to do that as a kid, still do sometimes, love looking at all kinds of maps, atlases, Google Earth etc, for the sheer joy of seeing where things were/how they interconnect. Used to draw the world map by heart and also draw maps of my own made up countries. Not only maps but I made up population, climate, geographical stats.etc.

When I'm travelling I feel totally lost without a map (not because I'm incapable of travelling without one, I just like to know where I am relative to everything else).
Me too. I recently stayed at a hotel near downtown Santa Rosa, CA, went to In-n-Out for dinner, and got hoplessly lost trying to get back to my hotel. I'm not proud of it, but it took me two hours to find my hotel. A map or GPS would have saved me most of that time, but I guess being a "confident" guy, I thought it would be a breeze to get back. Nope. (However, I do not give Santa Rosa and environs high marks on directional signs!).
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Old 08-21-2010, 12:29 AM
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I can't believe this! I LOVE maps. Ever since I was a little kid I've loved looking at them. I used to make up my own, too. There's something about comparing different areas of the country or world, finding out about all sorts of places, from languages to climates to whatever. Google Earth is fun but I wish we could see more actual buildings on Street View.
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