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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

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Tuesday April 12, 2005
12:06 PM

using google maps to balance my checkbook

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Sometimes, a transaction shows up in my online bank statement that I can't identify. This is nearly always because it shows up as an address instead of a business name. Most credit charges show up by name, but debit charges sometimes just say "1234 Street Drive."

Today, balancing my checkbook, I saw a charge for $15 or so from 2106 Union Boulevard. I thought this was the diner, at first, but dinner at the diner was more expensive, and clearly right below this charge. I couldn't remember what it was, and I no longer had the receipt in my pocket.

I fired up, plugged in the address, and squinted at it. I saw the red roof of a pizza hut, and the marker was just a few blocks to the left. The only parking lot as bit as the one under the marker is at Blockbuster, but I haven't rented a video in months. It had to be the comic shop next door! With that, I remembered that I had bought Invincible volume three this weekend.


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  • This sounds exactly like the typical usage case for that Orwellian SkyNet/Total Information Awareness thingy that Tom Ridge wanted a while back. If SkyNet already knows everything about everything, then why shouldn't you be able to put it to civilian use, like using a sat map to balance your checkbook?


  • On a similar vein, this is a good integration [] of real estate classifieds and Google Maps.