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mapping travel writing

Who—me, spend time wisely?

I really enjoy reading Maciej Ceglowski's travel writing over at Idle Words. It's not especially easy to navigate through it, though, if you want to peruse older entries, as entries aren't categorized or tagged; the best we've got is a not-quite-up-to-date topic archive.

So I got the idea in my head to make a Google Map with links to his entries. Yay for the Google Maps API! The geographic coordinates are as close as I could get them with a couple hours of effort; if you've got more accurate ones, by all means, please share. Or if you know of some travel or place-related post at Idle Words that I've overlooked, please share that too.

Maciej is currently puttering around South America enjoying two-dollar steak dinners and stunningly gorgeous vistas. To give you a taste of his entries, here's an excerpt from The Collapse of Perito Moreno:
The Perito Moreno is a giant mess of ice that flows out of the mountains in the southern Argentine province of Santa Cruz, near El Calafate, looking for trouble. In a world of sissy nature that requires protection, handholding, wilderness reserves, careful study and constant medical attention, the Perito Moreno glacier is a refreshing throwback. This glacier wants you dead. It wants to come out and crush you under billions of tons of ice, carve its name into your face, and maraud out into the plains of Patagonia until it reaches the sea. You don't have to go into the mountains looking for the Perito Moreno - it's coming out of the mountains to look for you. It wants to come over there and mess you up good.



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May. 5th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
Well, I recommend putting the items in GeoRSS format which can then be consumed by FoFRedux and/or MGeoRSS or other future RSS readers/aggregators. :)

May. 5th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
Re: GeoRSS
I couldn't agree more. :) But unless I commit to mirroring a geo-enhanced version of the Idle Words feed, it'll be up to them to produce it.
May. 6th, 2006 09:04 am (UTC)
Re: GeoRSS
Burf, I can try to stick some lat/long info on posts, but it seems even more self-indulgent than I'm being already.

There are some old entries from the Olympic Penninsula, Charlottesville, Montreal, Pasadena, San Diego, Maine, Oregon and France that are missing from the map, I'll try to dig them up and give you some coordinates.

Cheers for the neat map!

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