January 2008

Some interesting and amusing posts have shown up over the weekend that I just couldn’t go without mentioning. Ed Parsons posted an article about Nestoria’s new property site based around OSM maps. In this article Ed brings up the obvious problem that OSM’s coverage isn’t quite there yet, and goes as far as comparing it to the infamous Rabbit phone. Cue much discussion in the comments. I had been intending to write a response on here over the weekend, but didn’t get around to it. I was reminded this morning though when I saw Fake Steve Coast’s response. Absolutely hilarious (especially the carefully researched graph). I’ve really been enjoying reading the blogs of Fake Ed Parson and Fake SteveC (FSC) over the past few months so I just thought I’d say that if you’re not already reading them, you really should be.

So, obviously there’s things I want to say in response to Ed’s post, but as FSC says, he’s declared a temporary ceasefire so I won’t bring up some of the things I was thinking, I’ll just point out that Google’s coverage hasn’t always been as good as it is now:

Google Maps Coverage

(Image found here)

Also, even now, there’s places where Google’s coverage just isn’t up to scratch:

Google maps compared to OSM on the Isle of Man

Google maps compared to OSM on Malta

(I must give props to Ed for at least using recent screenshots though, some people have used very out of date screenshots in some of their presentations.)

Just a quick one to mention a friend’s band that have a new single out this week. Parka are a great band originating from Glasgow but currently residing in East London. They’ve been around for a couple of years but are preparing for the launch of their debut album with the re-release of their “manic anthem” Disco Dancer. Mark, the keyboard player for the band, used to work for Multimap and I first heard this single just over a year ago. Instantly loved it but at the time it wasn’t available to buy or download (legally).

In December a collection of Multimappers went down to see them play in a small club off Tottenham Court Road. Though they weren’t headlining (they were on second) they were definitely the best band who played on the night and had a good selection of really great sounding songs. I’m definitely looking forward to their debut album but for now I’ll have to make do with the single.

You’ll see a little flash widget thingey on the right which you can use to have a quick listen to the track but I recommend you head over to their website – parkamusic.com – where you can listen to the whole song (it’ll start playing a random track, to hear Disco Dancer keep skipping until it comes up, there’s also a remix which is pretty good too). If you like the track then you know what to do, either follow the links on their website to buy it or head over to disco.parkamusic.com to be linked straight to the shop. They have a special pack of the 7″ Vinyl and CD that I’ve gone for, or you can just buy the CD using the link at the bottom of the page. I believe it’ll also be available on iTunes and probably other music download sites too.

Final note, they’re currently finishing off a tour – they’ve still got dates around the country for the next few months – I’m planning to go to their Liverpool gig on the 26th February so if you want to come along and you’re in the area, give me a shout.