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    Re: Dependence on GPS
    From: Tom Sult
    Date: 2009 Nov 03, 20:26 -0600

    Love it!  I will have to start traveling with my sextant as well.  I
    thinking it is a conversation starter!
    Thomas A. Sult, MD
    IntegraCare Clinic
    On Nov 2, 2009, at 8:10 PM, frankreed@HistoricalAtlas.com wrote:
    > Thomas, you wrote:
    > "In fact just yesterday this iPhone GPS got me in trouble (ok it was
    > operator error). [...] My wife has been quite generous telling all
    > about my navigation prowess!"
    > Ha. Yeah, I've had a few of those, too. I don't much need my GPS-
    > enabled phone for position-finding, per se, it's all the data that I
    > can access through Google Maps and other services that makes it so
    > liberating. The underlying data is comprehensive but also has a fair
    > amount of "noise". On a recent cross-country trip visiting submarine
    > museums, I happily drove up to a brand new H.I. Express motel
    > following the instructions from my smartphone. And when I pulled up,
    > oh yes indeed, it was new --so new that the windows hadn't been
    > installed yet. :-) So that's when I cursed GPS navigation and dug
    > out my sextant (not really, of course, but I do indeed usually have
    > not just one but two sextants in the trunk of my car when I drive
    > around, for teaching and photo-ops, not for navigation).
    > I recently visited the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford,
    > CT to peruse a whaling logbook from the mid-1840s with some
    > interesting "lunars" navigation in it. It wasn't really hard getting
    > there, but I am quite sure that I would have made some wrong turns,
    > wasted a lot of time, and perhaps I would even have gotten so
    > frustrated as to abandon the plan, but the smartphone took me right
    > there. So navigation by artificial satellites enhances research in
    > natural satellite navigation.
    > -FER
    > >
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