Saturday, June 28, 2008

I Don't need No Stinkin' GPS

Like many a guy, I'm reluctant to ask for directions, but like many a guy I'm pretty good at finding my way around, and on the rare occasions that I get lost, I typically get unlost quickly. Consequently, I am as one with Joel Achenbach when it comes to global positioning systems.


Anonymous said...

If you've never been physically, geographically lost, I can tell you from experience, it's a feeling you'll never forget.

Anyone who uses GPS on the job, the first rule of field work is "carry a compass and know how to use it."

A recurring theme in Oscar Wilde's stories is the ultimate failure of society's institutions to support the individual. Sometimes GPS is like that too.

Shaun Mullen said...


You are right of course.

I have been seriously lost backpacking and averted real problems for my friends and I by having remembered my Army orienteering training and, yes, carrying a compass.

Your thought about Oscar Wilde is spot on.