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Getting lost with Google Maps

Somewhere in the world, yesterday

Continuing my intermittent series of 'possibly interesting things I saw on Google Maps', here's a question - what's the limit of the 'directions' feature?

For example, can you get driving directions from any place in the world to any other place in the world, as long as both places are on the same land mass? Spoiler: no.

Monday 7th of November 2016

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Does Google maps hate Birmingham?

Britain with a big magnifying glass over it.

I read something recently that suggested good content had provocative titles, which on closer inspection boiled down to phrasing them in the form of a question. That way you can also get away with titles that are complete lies, but draw people in, such as "does Facebook poison orphans?". I think I may have a promising future ahead of me in tabloid journalism.

Anyway, back to the point. Have you ever noticed how Google maps at certain zoom levels displays some places but not others? Have you ever wondered how they decide which places to show? Well, okay, probably not, but I have, so let's have a look at that.

Monday 15th of August 2016

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A game for Christmas

It's been pretty quiet here at Custard Towers for a while now, for entirely reasonable reasons. Nonetheless, I'd like to apologise to both my readers and hope that this small offering of a seasonal game makes up for it.

Wednesday 23rd of December 2015

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A simpler interactive HTML map

The world, beautifully rendered by my hasty hand

Making a map interactive on a webpage has always been a bit of a pain. The basic problem is that elements on a webpage are rectangular, whereas countries and regions of the world are, well, lots of different random intersecting shapes. Clicking on a part of the map and turning that into a meaningful location isn't so hard, but highlighting regions when you hover over them is more difficult.

There's various ways around this problem, from the simple (using an imagemap) to the complex (licensing some complex SVG plugin). But how about good ol' fashioned straightforward HTML, CSS and JavaScript?

Thursday 9th of October 2014

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Google maps movie and tv quiz

Copyright Google

Who likes the new Google maps? I'm not sure. It seems a bit slower than the old one. It's probably doing more stuff, but from a user perspective I can't see anything particularly worth the trade-off. And what happened to 'search nearby'? Way to take out the most useful feature, Google.

But enough of that. Who wants to play spot the thing from a movie on street view?

Tuesday 15th of April 2014

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