Ryan Explains it All: Online Directions

RYAN SCHENK EXPLAINS IT ALL!
Online directions!

When you’re looking for directions online using an online map program, the code running in the background is really intense. There are two steps: Geocoding and Driving Directions generation.

Geocoding is the process of taking a text string, in this case your zip code, and converting that into lat/lon coordinates.

Driving Directions, on the other hand, is the process of taking a lat/lon coordinate, and then, through the use of geomagnetic flux lines, normalized of course for solar storms, constructing a sort of computer model of a divining rod, which when coupled with a probabilistic finite automaton and run through an iterative simulation, can sense the interruptions of qi lifeforce caused by our highway system. Through a virtual meta-dowsing and coupled with a type of dynamic numerology, one can record the Mystical Path and True Will of this automaton’s divinations as it traverses the energy lines of a global-scale chiromancy. This is approximately a O( double exponential ) operation.

The good news is, Google Maps provides API services for driving directions, with geocoding built in!!

And there you have it!

Ryan Schenk Explains it All!

7 thoughts on “Ryan Explains it All: Online Directions

  • 11/19/2009 at 3:24 pm
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    Thanks Ryan! It’s all so clear now! You’re the best!

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  • 11/19/2009 at 4:38 pm
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    I couldn’t agree more. Yes, GPS is a lifesaver when driving through a busy, unknown city at night. But in general I find GPS wholly unnecessary and distracting. I have rarely had any major problem using sun and my intuitive sense of direction to find my way around.

    When mountain biking, it’s completely possible to accurately navigate using the direction of the sun and the volume of road noise I can hear in the background

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  • 11/19/2009 at 7:07 pm
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    using the sun and MY intuitive sense of direction has caused me to do three U turns on the same major road in Hyannis before realizing which way I ought to go

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  • 11/19/2009 at 8:17 pm
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    Prolly ’cause Hyannis is a dark, dark evil place. The geomagnetic flux is all messed up due to high concentration of crazies. That and the sun doesn’t shine there.

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  • 11/19/2009 at 9:02 pm
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    HA! What a fantastic pop culture reference for our generation.

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