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Last question, what is your favorite thing about cartography?
Mixing art and science, virtually visiting the world. It's also great at parties, trying to explain what I do :)

Usually it goes like that for me at parties:

- What do you do?
- I'm a cartographer

- Euh, ok, and what do you do?
- I make maps!

- Maps!? Euh, ok, like road maps?
- :angry: ...

;)


True story, this happened to me in America:
I met a friend of a friend and whilst chatting, she admitted that "When I heard you were a cartographer, I thought you took photos of cars"... :rolleyes:

Other favorites are:
- But all maps have already been made, haven't they?
- Oh, so you go up in the plane and take the photos?
- Oh, so you know your way around everywhere then?
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- Oh, so you know your way around everywhere then?


Hmm, judging from personal experience, not exactly! :lol:

You think explaining to "civilians" what a cartographer is/does is hard try explaining in a few words what a GIS person does (or someone who creates GIS software!). :huh:
"so you work with GPS?" (if they have a clue what that is)
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- Oh, so you know your way around everywhere then?


Hmm, judging from personal experience, not exactly! :lol:

You think explaining to "civilians" what a cartographer is/does is hard try explaining in a few words what a GIS person does (or someone who creates GIS software!). :huh:
"so you work with GPS?" (if they have a clue what that is)


Shameless little plug...

And if I have trouble explaining what I do to strangers, imagine what my parents or my grandmother have to go through when somebody asks them "Oh, what is Hans up to these days?" :D
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Last question, what is your favorite thing about cartography?
Mixing art and science, virtually visiting the world. It's also great at parties, trying to explain what I do :)

Usually it goes like that for me at parties:

- What do you do?
- I'm a cartographer

- Euh, ok, and what do you do?
- I make maps!

- Maps!? Euh, ok, like road maps?
- :angry: ...

;)

That's nothing my grandmother was upset at me for taking cartography because she thought I was training to snap pictures in the pornography business. :lol:

"There is much beauty that we fail to see through our own eyes teeming with life forms that give us that perception of our reality.  Leaves on the trees blowing gently in the wind, or scarily, the waves pounding through high surf, or lightly on a warm summer’s day; that opportunity to sit or swim in the water on a white beach.   That comfort to shout, “The universal conscious do you hear me?  I am alive, guide me dear logos towards the path of rightnesses.”  Earned what has been kept, no longer to be absorbed into a life filled with cold damn winds and  that stubborn fog clouding  my vision with nothing but darkness."


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That's nothing my grandmother was upset at me for taking cartography because she thought I was training to snap pictures in the pornography business. :lol:


:lol: ...that had to be a bit awkward.

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