the sad state of address search in maps

Something I started doing about 16 years ago in the late-2000s is using direct GPS coordinates to get to places. Why? Address search sucked. It's not that the address couldn't be located, but rather the place I was directed to was incorrect.

Sometimes the destination was a little incorrect by putting me on the wrong side of the street. Other times it was really wrong by putting me over a block away from where I wanted to be. For example, in large shopping mall areas that take up acres of space, I don't want to be directed to the mall entrance. Rather, I want to be sent directly to the store entrance. Big difference.

I learned early on that the only thing that really works 100% of the time is using coordinates, so that's what I've been using for over 15 years. However, the way I do it these days has changed slightly.

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how to cool down a car without air conditioning

I thought this was common knowledge, but I guess it isn't, so I'm stepping up to the plate to tell you how it's done.

Like many other people, I drive a car with four doors and power windows. But even if you don't have power windows, this can still be done.

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press CTRL+F5 to pay respects

Yes, I redesigned my site. Don't freak out about it.

This is the first redesign I've done in a while. A long while, actually. Years, in fact. I have regular readers, so yeah I had to write about this. When a site has a specific design that it carries for a long time and then changes, the regulars get alarmed by that.

So what prompted the change?

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