[SASAG] Next meeting is Thursday, February 8

Tim Maher tim at consultix-inc.com
Mon Feb 5 10:39:46 PST 2007


On Mon, Feb 05, 2007 at 06:00:10AM -0800, Scott McDermott wrote:

>       Location: EE1 Building (Electrical Engineering)
>                 Room 403
>                 University of Washington Campus
>
> Directions are linked to the EE Department's web site below. 

Err, not really!

> Directions: http://www.ee.washington.edu/directions.html

That page forwards to http://www.ee.washington.edu/contact.html, which
lets you click for a "Map of the entire UW campus", or a "Close-up map
of the north central UW campus",

If the prospective SASAG attendee chooses the close-up map, which is
the most appropriate one, the resulting page
(http://www.washington.edu/home/maps/northcentral.html?ee1) shows a
map whose legend lists EGA, ELB, and EEB (with coordinates 12-N)
for Engineering--but /not/ the desired EE1.

It gets worse.  The map's horizontal markings are I-Q on the top and
J-L, and O-P on the bottom, and the vertical markings are 2-11. The
kind of cursory scrutiny we generally give web pages would probably
lead many web surfers to conclude that the 12-N region is not included
on this map!

However, with further study and some ingenuity one can deduce 12-N by
extrapolating from 11 to the unmarked 12 position, and interpolating
between the marked L and O positions to the unmarked N. (Could it be
intentional that only those with "slide-rule" mentalities will succeed
in finding Engineering on this map?)

Anyway, the result of these calculations is the location of the
"Electrical Engineering" building. However, one is still left
wondering what the relationship is of EEB to the specified EE1!

As an infrequent visitor to the UW campus, and someone who has had
difficulty in finding "EE1" for SASAG in the past, I have a suggestion.

I think it would be helpful if somebody could mark up an image of the
Engineering Building to specify which vertex (or port, wheelchair-ramp,
etc.) corresponds to EE1.

TIA,
-Tim
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