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Last Hussar28 May 2016 3:39 a.m. PST

This is pretty cool.

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TL;DR version. Company has gridded the entire planet and given each a 3 word name (such as turned-ever-sudden). This means that if you are looking for a place that doesn't have an address (a specific point on a road, field, or live somewhere that doesn't have addresses, like Nepal) people can easily find you- easier than working out lat-long etc. Great for disasters, but also means that you can get a future drone delivery to your back garden! Imagine being at a festival/re-enactment event etc in a field and phoning a lost friend.

'Where are you?'
'Rate.handle.snacks'


The site is here

https://map.what3words.com

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2016 4:51 a.m. PST

And now the trick is to memorize them all.

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2016 7:20 a.m. PST

How small are these grids? My house has 4 or 5 addresses itself. The sunroom facing the lake is "seabirds.insight.urgency".
Oddly enough seabirds are in sight. wink

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2016 7:41 a.m. PST

Ahh, I see now. My house is roughly a 3X7 grid size. This would make smart bombs even smarter.

If my kids want drone delivered beer right onto the dock where they are fishing it's "ordinarily.limo.peeps". Appropriate.

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member28 May 2016 7:59 a.m. PST

Longitude/Latitude grid references can be taken as close as you like and have been around for a while – so wuld be easy to allocate words for that system.

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member28 May 2016 8:02 a.m. PST

But I'm node.erupts.following if anyone is interested…

Last Hussar28 May 2016 9:41 a.m. PST

They are 3m x 3m. While obviously Lat-Long is as accurate as you want to make it, most people can remember 3 words easier than 51.7273N 0.6287 (or what ever if the 2 systems you want to use.

I've not tried it my phone my laptop doesn't have GPS but I think if you tell it where you want to go, it will navigate. Great for finding people in a crowded park or beach.

Nice looking area, Bowman. Neighbour has a float plane, I see.

Last Hussar28 May 2016 9:48 a.m. PST

I'm at doing.friday.honey! That is just about ideal :)

jpattern228 May 2016 10:30 a.m. PST

Very cool. I'll have to get that app later.

Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2016 12:00 p.m. PST

wider.iterating.lightheaded Fascinating, and somewhat terrifying at the same time.

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2016 2:03 p.m. PST

Nice looking area, Bowman. Neighbour has a float plane, I see

A few do. Alas, one less as of 3 days ago.

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Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2016 10:42 a.m. PST

sued.webpage.clearer Neat app…

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2016 10:30 a.m. PST

That's pretty neat. If they can get this adopted it will save all kinds of lives and money and time. Hopefully they can eliminate the harder to pronounce and impolite words, etc.

Terrement Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2016 9:35 a.m. PST

middle.of.nowhere

JSchutt31 May 2016 4:37 p.m. PST

sex.before.four

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2016 11:31 a.m. PST

Low tech guys like me don't readily know what they are looking at. Last week, I tried to get my laptop to use what three words app. I couldn't see how it is done. So I sent an email. I just got a reply, saying, "Use our maps" at our website. So I went there, again, only this time I saw the three words at the bottom, c. the middle of our property. After carefully comparing Google Earth's top view with that on what three words, I can locate my addy where I normally sit to use my 'puter: "caves.neat.square". Fun(ny)! My driveway opening is "soap.asserts.verbs".

But Google Earth is behind the curve. When I type in "caves.neat.square" it says, "We couldn't understand this location." They need to get with the program!

Mapquest at least tries, giving a variety of "caves" results; even a "Sitgreaves", "Seagraves" and "Neaves".

Last Hussar02 Jun 2016 3:12 p.m. PST

JSchutt

Bragging just makes enemies…

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2016 6:21 a.m. PST

Interesting default: if you go to bed leaving what three words where you last moved it, within your space (in my case, the mouth of my driveway), in the morning it has moved to the default location of your street address, which is c. the center of the property. That is "data.exile.drill" for our yard….

Last Hussar05 Jun 2016 4:11 a.m. PST

That might be a GPS thing – my accuracy circle is often 2-3 squares in radius, so the pin might wander.

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2016 7:24 a.m. PST

Here's another interesting coincidence: I was playing around with permutations of "bunk.crowds.punks", adding on or taking away "s" from the end, and then I made up a couple of three-word combinations. In all, probably half a dozen or so locations, and all of them but the last one ended up on land. Surely that's akin to rolling 2-4 on 2D6 five times in a row. And that's about my usual range for rolling when I line up to shoot in our air war gaming. :)

Btw, if you look at "bunk.crowds.punks", that is centered over my stereo system, i.e. the east end of my livingroom….

Last Hussar05 Jun 2016 11:05 a.m. PST

How big is your stereo!!!

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2016 12:41 p.m. PST

Well, I meant the receiver and DVD deck. Some of the speakers, and the TV trolley, are inside the same square. Other speakers are in adjacent squares….

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