April 30th, 2008

interstate pi

Google Maps just needs one more feature...

Well, crap. It seems Google Maps will give me driving directions from one place to another, and it will let me make custom maps with various points marked on them... but it won't let me combine the two.

I know it's a bit early to be thinking about Midwest Furfest, but I will be visiting Chicago next month and checking out the new MFF hotel and surrounding areas. In the meantime, I decided to use Google Maps to search for convenience stores and restaurants.
HERE'S a custom map I made showing the new hotel and various useful places around it. You'll see a few more if you zoom out, and if you zoom waaaay out you'll see the two places I plan to stop for the night on my three-day drive up to the Chicago area in November.

HERE is the route I plan to take.

Dunno why I can't see both these things at the same time.

Well this was a crap day

Well, I was gonna play with my new laptop today, but the power went out around 11:30. So after running around in circles going aaaargh for a bit, I called the power company, ran around in circles on their phone menu, they told me to call another number, I ran around in circles on the other number's phone menu, and finally got word that they were aware of the problem (a "circuit lockout", they said), and it would be fixed around 1 pm. So I went outside to avoid heating up the house too much.

I did buy a few accessories for my laptop, though; a carrying case and a wireless mouse. When I got home, Mom was there and said we needed milk and Pepsi, so I went out to get those. Oh, and I still have to reset a bunch of clocks and take the trash out, after which I'm still not gonna be ready to play with the laptop. Hopefully tomorrow.
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