Thursday, September 07, 2006
Anyone remember Sniglets, you know, from back in the ‘80s? They were words that should be in the dictionary, but aren’t. So, for example, “execuglide” is using a wheeled office chair to move from one part of the room to the other. Lately, I have two recent concepts that I feel need to be snigletted (is that a verb?), but haven’t come up with the right term yet. Both of these instances, however, engender similar feelings.
The first concerns mapquest. Now, ordinarily, I love mapquest, which is such a huge improvement over calling for directions. I say that, but every now and again, mapquest will give you a set of directions that is completely, utterly, totally wrong. And, because the service is normally is so good, you’re not expecting it, and often don’t have a map handy just as you take the wrong turn. Let’s just say that you can get really, really lost this way (especially, say if you just moved to California and you’re in San Francisco and don’t know where you are going).
The second concept has to do with SSRN. You’re working on an article, something that’s timely, fairly recent, and are plugging away at it. You’ve done the standard preemption checks and literature search and have reached the conclusion that no one else has already taken the topic. And then, viola, forty pages in, you check SSRN, and guess what? Someone has developed “your” idea, and it certainly was a good one, cause hey, it’s going to appear in the NYU law review!
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Tracked on Oct 6, 2006 3:08:54 PM
(1) When the directions led me astray in San Fran., I felt "Mapquashed".
(2) After someone posted on the same topic I was writing about, I realized my project had reached its "SSREnd".
Posted by: Adam Kolber | Sep 7, 2006 7:37:02 PM
Ooooh, Adam, those are good. I guess they probably do need two distinct sniglets, but both of these do involve the same slowly sinking feeling...
Posted by: Miriam Cherry | Sep 7, 2006 8:58:10 PM
(1) When the directions led me astray in S.F., I Mapquestioned where the hell I was going.
(2) After someone posted on the same topic I was writing about, I was very disonpointed. (But Adam's is way better.)
Posted by: Laura Heymann | Sep 7, 2006 10:45:46 PM
I like Adam's, too! And how about a "Mapjest" for the erroneous pointer and a new acronym for the latter: YRT: Yesterday's Research Tomorrow. !
Posted by: Jamie Colburn | Sep 7, 2006 10:46:00 PM
Related, no matter where you're going in Arlington Va., Mapquest wants you to take Route 50. There's got to be faster ways...
Posted by: Bruce Boyden | Sep 7, 2006 11:39:15 PM
More good suggestions... SSR-empted?
Posted by: Miriam Cherry | Sep 8, 2006 12:46:18 AM
Posted by: Dell Adams | Sep 8, 2006 4:57:44 AM
On SSRN, you were ex-post-ulated.
Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Sep 8, 2006 5:59:00 AM
Posted by: ABC | Sep 8, 2006 8:47:50 AM
I believe that driving off without verifying your online mapping problem is the prime example of "Putting the Cartography Before the Horse."
Posted by: Rich B. | Sep 8, 2006 11:37:11 AM
When dealing with Mapquest in San Francisco, particularly after an earthquake, you have to be careful because it comes with "no fault assurance."
Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Sep 8, 2006 1:00:17 PM
Oh, but I believe it does telegraph hills, especially if you are rushin'.
Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Sep 8, 2006 1:03:43 PM