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Do you like maps?

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Do you like maps?

I have decided to start a topic that isn't related to computers. As many of the topics in here are.
Here goes:

For some reason I enjoy looking at maps. It might be sad, but I can sit and read a map for ages.

I am interested in what other people think to maps.:
Too hard to read? Why? etc, etc.
Favourite Maps?
Ever drawn a map?

DR
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My darn car, the wifes car, the living room, bedroom, and even my computer room has loads of map books! 'er indoors loves em! She can never leave a map or atlas at a boot fair! Since we never go anywhere, whats the point!!

Anyone got an anorak for sale? size 18!!!
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Its a known fact that women cant read maps so what is she doing with them all over the house??

Maybe she bought 1 and couldnt find it and bought another and so on........ :shock:
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spidster, redaveb,

In fact, womens brains are more developed when it comes to spatial awareness and numeracy, thus they are usually better at navigation.

It is in fact a myth that women can't read maps. Its due to a lack of eduction in these areas (pre 1950) that this myth has happened.

Many of the best cartographers I have met are women. Like anything, with training, I am sure we can all develop good spatial awareness.

Maybe your wife would enjoy going orienteering, it is a very enjoyable experience. Take a look at the basics at this site:
http://www.williams.edu/Biology/orienteering/o~index.html
You'l find the site has all the basics and links to more advanced areas.
I am sure you would score a few browny points for suggesting a weekend away, with this activity included..

All the best
David...

p.s. might be a good reason to use that new anorak. :lol:
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Actually, back in the old days, when I could walk, I was involved with the scouts, as VSL and later GSL, and the lads loved going orienteering. I agree, it is a good activity, healthy and eddikayshunal!
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Hi - I think maps are cool too - in fact the London A-Z used to be my favourite bedtime reading when we lived there. I guess there's something quite soothing about all that complexity reduced to simple lines. Interesting too. I also love old maps of familiar places and ordnance survey maps with lots of cute symbols and gradient lines. How sad is that!
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When I did a mensa exam years ago, there were a group of us which excelled in the perception and visualisation area - one of the areas concentrated on was mapping.

They are "fun" to look at, so long as I can associate the place I am looking at - for example - wouldnt like to have a look at a map of texas, as it means nothing to me whatsoever, but a map of new york I can look at as I have been to that area.
fraserc
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Registered: 06-04-2007

Do you like maps?

Not quite the same thing but, has anyone had a look at Google Earth ( http://earth.google.com/)? Not quite as good as the old OS but hours of fun (especially when you learn how to get lat and long to put into it - I'll leave that to the readers).

Cheers,

Colin
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I love maps, The schematic representation of topolgy and landmarks is fantastic. From a design point of view the challenge of function and form has been met admirably, especially in the A-Z and OS series. The way they slightly move things about in order to allow labels and clarity is amazing.

The London Underground map is a classic too. Golf course guides are often another great example of stylised feature highlightling.

@cfraser

Google earth is getting better all the time, and IMO already ranks up there with best thing ever Smiley