Random Places

I am driving from La Mirada to Las Vegas later this evening. I’m going to BbWorld’08, the annual Blackboard conference. It’s at the Venetian Resort & Casino, but to save my employer money, I’m staying right next door at the Casino Royale ($69/night instead of $249).

To make the trip interesting, I decided to stop at two random places along I-15 on the way there. I decided to randomly choose a GPS coordinate between 116 and 117 west, and a coordinate between 34 and 36 north, and stop along the freeway at those two places. I typed this on my computer:

C:\biola>perl -e “print rand();”
0.8985595703125
C:\biola>perl -e “print rand();”
0.28814697265625

So I’m stopping at 116.8985595703125 west, when I-15 crosses that line (around Yermo). I’m also stopping about 28.8% of the way between 34 and 36 north, which is 34.5762939453125 north, a little north of Victorville. Here are what the places look like on Google Maps:

Random place 1
This is where Interstate 15 crosses 116°53’54.814453″ west longitude.

Random place 2
This is where Interstate 15 crosses 34°34’34.658203″ North.

Fortunately, both of these locations have a frontage road. I’ll post some pictures after I actually visit these places.

Oh… I suppose I should explain why. I like numbers, I have a GPS, I like randomness. No other reason that that. If I only look at the interesting things along the way, I might miss the mundane. So I’m intentionally stopping at these two mundane places, just to see what’s there.

5 Responses to “Random Places”

  1. shaun Says:

    Matthew, that’s fantastic.

  2. marty Says:

    hi, now I understand why you are not answering your Skype call. Look forward to the pic from your random locations

  3. Matthew Says:

    My friend Dave says he’s heard a name for this kind of thing: “Geohashing”. Here’s a web site describing what it means:

    http://wiki.xkcd.com/geohashing/Main_Page

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