Monday, March 26, 2007

Cover Up

I don’t want to look up a map on-line. I want an actual map. On paper. One of those big fold-out things that I can never put back together again.

I’m planning to spend some time in North Wales after Easter. I’ve been given the names of some places to go and visit. I don’t know where they are or what else might be nearby. So I want a map. I don’t want to Google it, or Multimap it or Streetmap it. I don’t want screen-sized. I want to spread it our over the living room floor. I want to draw on it. Maybe trace some ley lines. Go ‘oooh’ and ‘aaah’. Take it with me on my journey to explore as I go. Although I have no sense of direction and my navigational skills are non-existent, I do love maps. They looks so pretty, so interesting, and the paper they are printed on is fab. Wonder what they smell like? Funny that, I don't think I've ever smelled a map.


Neither do I want an Ipod and Itunes. I don’t just want the music. I want the whole package. The album cover, the words, the credits. When I was a teenager, the symbol of cool was to walk around carrying an armful of ‘albums’. Buying a new album was just so much fun … such an experience. I’d get home, put the CD on and then read the album cover. I don’t just want a tune.

It’s also why I won’t do on-line DVD rental. A DVD in a plastic sleeve with a return envelope. Is it too much for you to send me the cover? Same goes for Blockbuster by the way. Let me read about the film and who’s in it. Gimme a box to hold and refer to as I watch the film.

I don’t like reading off the screen either. I have trouble doing it actually. I even print out emails to read them. Seems I can only make sense of things when they are on paper.

There’s a lot I love about t’internet, though increasingly I only use it for blogging and chatting. But I don’t want to go too far into a virtual world where things are just the image, the sound, the text, the shared file, the download. I want the physicality. I want the whole package. I at least want the cover.

In the meantime I need to go on-line to find out where I can buy a map of North Wales.

I love maps too! Especially really big ones. Online maps are crap because you only get one tiny square and you still can't see where it actually is!

Go into Millets in Cardiff - they sell ordnance survey maps which is just what you need.

I'll get a map of France and Spain and we can plan our route for June!
Woo Hooooooo!!!!!!!!!! How much fun will that be?????????
Any news????
Hello Peter,

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