All about tides.glory.snacks
You may already know this but I didn’t. A few years ago, a music events organiser called Chris got fed up with bands and equipment vans getting lost on their way to the correct muddy field. Map references, latitude and longitude need lots of numbers and a bit of training, so he got together with friends and they did their sums.
They divided up the entire world into very small squares – 3 metres by 3 metres. Although that added up to 57 trillion squares (that is 57,000,000,000) they realised they could give a unique label to each of those squares using only three simple words from a list of just 40,000. That is how the what3words app was born.
It is extremely useful in emergencies – separated from your friends in a festival crowd? A short message steers them exactly to you. An accident in the middle of nowhere? That precise square locates you. In everyday life, it makes it very easy to find places.
So… we’re using it in our ‘how to find us’ section and our building covers a lot of squares so we have a wide choice of 3 word labels. It is endless fun and we could label every part of the place, down to the laundry and the cupboards.
For example, to find our main entrance door, you put frogs.herb.slowly in to the app. These guys are clever. If you make a small mistake and put in frog not frogs, it doesn’t take you to the wrong part of Bristol, but to North 113th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin – to show you straight away that you’ve got it wrong (I couldn’t resist looking at that Milwaukee road on Streetview. It is a leafy suburban American street and they will be quite surprised to see you trying to check in).
Which of our long list of possible labels appealed most? Though they are the product of a random algorithm, some seemed oddly suitable . The floor space of our Café Matariki included pies.wages.fries though Janice points out that fries aren’t usually on the menu. Our (beautiful) changing and shower rooms encompass swaps.minus.rapid and (for after a really sweaty class) teach.scuba.expose. Studio 1 has voices.rally.deeply and of course, our instructors know how to do exactly that.
The winner at the moment? If you want to find Pacific Yoga and the Café Matariki, here on the Floating Harbour, put in tides.glory.snacks (though accent.castle.river and dock.idea.feast were close runners-up).
Download the what3words app and have some fun. It is taking off and being translated into many other languages. Lonely Planet are using it in their guides. Mercedes have put it in to their car GPS systems. My favourite – with a suitably Pacific theme – the Post Office in Tuvalu is using it to deliver the post to all those island houses which don’t have anything like a conventional address.
Bye bye for now from tides.glory.snacks and see you soon.