Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography WonksMaphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks by Ken Jennings

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For one as directionally challenged as myself I'm still not sure what possessed me to pick up this book. Perhaps, as the author suggests, I could spend more time with maps. My ability to think in terms of space would be enhanced and I would think to myself "I should go left here" when in fact I actually SHOULD go left instead of REALLY needing to go right. I love to see new places but always have to count on someone else to be the navigator.

Lots of fun facts in here. Didn't know that the Geography Bee was so intense. Didn't know that some of the original mapmakers were so ... inventive. Didn't know of the history of Google Maps (even though it is actually a very recent development). Didn't know geocaching was so cutthroat.

All in all a fascinating way to spend an afternoon stuck on the couch. Dumb back pain. :[ Cool book. ;]

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