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Re: Where are all the Monks?

by tkil (Monk)
on May 31, 2004 at 06:17 UTC ( #357738=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Where are all the Monks?

Note that you can get close to your latitude and longitude with simple mouse movement over a map such as ...

Or you can do the geeky thing: buy or borrow a GPS receiver, and let it tell you where you are. :)

ICBM address: lat +34 +, long -, elev +20m MSL (but GPS says +30m)


  1. Picky picky picky! Jepri correctly points out that I need an elevation as well. Seeing as I live about 50 meters from the ocean, and that GPS units are notoriously flaky at elevation, I'll swag it.
  2. Woops, seems I mistyped my location the first time. (In case anyone was confused by my living in the middle of the Mojave Desert...)

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Re: Re: Where are all the Monks?
by diotalevi (Canon) on Jun 01, 2004 at 00:06 UTC
    Is it geekier to have looked up your address in the census survey database and used that instead? Cuz that's how I found my exact location.
      Is it geekier to have looked up your address in the census database survey database and used that instead?

      I was going to give you crap for this method, because it requires you to trust the gub'mint...

      ...Then I remembered who runs those GPS satellites I'm so fond of. D'oh.

      I suspect the truly geeky method would be to use celestial navigation techniques, at least for latitude. Longitude ... harder nut to crack; most of the good time sources are gov't controlled, and most ephemeris tables are generated by the gov't as well. (Heck, longitude has always been political anyway.)

      Being a paranoid government-conspiracy nut is hard work!

Re: Re: Where are all the Monks?
by jepri (Parson) on Jun 01, 2004 at 02:30 UTC
    ICBM address: lat +, long -

    You need an elevation to go with that. Having your ICBM thunk into the ground without exploding is quite embarrassing (nukes don't go off on impact, they have to be triggered by a mechanism that makes Swiss watchmakers look pretty clumsy).

    I didn't believe in evil until I dated it.

      You need an elevation to go with that.

      Sigh. Some people are never satisfied.

      Anyway. I can eyeball it as about 20m, but my GPS tells me 30m; I don't know whether it's a different datum that causes it, or whether I'm being conservative in my guesses. (The USGS topo that I found shows my place as being right on the 20ft contour, so...)

      You did also help me realize that I mistyped my latitude. Going back and correcting it now.

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