This trip to the West Coast has been something of a first for me: its the first time I’ve traveled completely without paper maps – instead I’ve been depending entirely on digital maps and directions. My rental car, which by all accounts is excessively sporty and ridiculous , is equipped with a global positioning system (this one’s a Garmin) and I’ve downloaded Google maps onto my Treo, plus I use Hop Stop whenever public transit or walking is involved.
I like not having maps crumpled up on the floor of my car, or misfolded in my bag – I am a messy person, I can’t help it. But digital directions are very destination oriented. I do realy love knowing where the fuck I’m going – or at least, depending on the digital voice to tell me where to turn. But I don’t feel like I’ve gotten any perspective on the lay of the land of either San Francisco or Los Angeles as a result. I can navigate the blocks surrounding my destination point, but that’s about it. The tech I’m using gives very little idea of what life outside my little digital window is like.
Jeez, I think the SF geekiness is getting to me. Next thing you know I’ll be writing more and more about tech and less about sex. Well, maybe not.
Or maybe I’ll be make appearances on Geek Entertainment TV. Oh wait, I did that already.
Tomorrow maybe I’ll blog about boozing it up with alt pornsters, cuz that’s where I’m headed tonight. If you have access to the Internet (and I suspect you do), you can check out a whole hour of me on Reverend Mitcz’s Aural Salvation. Its on from 9-10 pm PST/12-1 am EST – just go to Music+ TV and click the “M+TV live” button when the time comes.