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Visiting Every Latitude and Longitude Intersection

Hemos posted more than 9 years ago | from the interesting-projects dept.

Science 265

Kevin A. Pieckiel writes "The Degree Confluence Project's goal is to visit every latitude and logitude degree integer intersection in the world and journal it on this web site. An excerpt: 'The project is an organized sampling of the world. There is a confluence within 49 miles (79 km) of you if you're on the surface of Earth. We've discounted confluences in the oceans and some near the poles, but there are still 12,889 to be found.' A neat project, indeed." As Timothy noted, I've posted before, and in Slashback form; a while back.

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Longitude... (-1, Troll)

mfh (56) | more than 9 years ago | (#9806997)

> The project is an organized sampling of the world. There is a confluence within 49 miles (79 km) of you if you're on the surface of Earth. We've discounted confluences in the oceans and some near the poles, but there are still 12,889 to be found.

Speaking of organized samplings... if these guys weren't total nerds, they could have a girlfriend at each confluence! Now *that's* a lot of longitude!

Re:Longitude... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807010)

Speaking of organized samplings... if these guys weren't total nerds, they could have a girlfriend at each confluence!
The confluence at 69, 69 has been reserved specifically for this purpose. Blindfolds are suggested.

Re:Longitude... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807153)

And fur coats. Honestly, that's in northern russia, and would be freezing cold. Hence, shared bodily warmth.

Here's a mapquest link [mapquest.com]

Re:Longitude... (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807050)

Speaking of organized samplings... if these guys weren't total nerds, they could have a girlfriend at each confluence! Now *that's* a lot of longitude!

Assuming the girls know about the extra relationships, and are ok with it, that's a lot of latitude!

FP (-1, Offtopic)

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Antofagasta, Chile (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807014)

That's a real party confluence. I bet I know why there are no pictures available.

Re:Antofagasta, Chile (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807099)

That's a real party confluence.
I thought Antofagasta was the secret GNAA retreat!

They should... (4, Interesting)

rokzy (687636) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807026)

...take loads of photos at each one to make a 360 degree photo. would be a nice way of seeing what the world is like.

Re:They should... (2, Interesting)

chimpo13 (471212) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807042)

If you want to buy me a GPS unit, I'll try it as I circle the world on a motorcycle. I've got a Canon A70 camera, so I'm part of the way there.

Too Many Bored People (-1, Troll)

moehoward (668736) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807029)


Sheesh. What a waste. I'd have more respect if they visited every White Castle or all of the Ikea stores.

The only benefit I can see from this is that it is a great target for sarcasm and ridicule. Beyond that, I'm at a loss. And how does this qualify as newsworthy on Slashdot?

Re:Too Many Bored People (2, Informative)

new account for mod (787682) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807044)

And how does this qualify as newsworthy on Slashdot?

News for NERDS!!!

Re:Too Many Bored People (1)

dbc (135354) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807054)

I'd have more respect if they visited every White Castle

OK, just don't make me eat there. eeuww.

Re:Too Many Bored People (1)

kusanagi374 (776658) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807057)

There's no fun in visiting white castles or ikea stores, since common people can do that as well. Stuff like this is that lets us brag about how "geek" we are.

Re:Too Many Bored People (1)

switcha (551514) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807200)

There's no fun in visiting white castles or ikea stores, since common people can do that as well.

And 'common' people can't visit lat/long intersections?

The real difference is that WC or IKEA visits have a purpose, while visiting a coordinate in West Bumfuck, Indiana yields..well..not a whole hell of a lot. *camera click* Yay.

Re:Too Many Bored People (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807302)

Normal people barely know that GPS exists, let alone how to turn off the map and read latitude and longitude- so how would they get there?

It's the journey, stoopid! (2, Interesting)

wiggling (737944) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807348)

In many cases, it's the journey, not the destination. Think of how much of this great globe they've seen while doing this, and how much of it far, far off the beaten path. Boy, I envy them!

I took two days off work this week to travel from 37.6284 -92.3288 to 37.7503 -923973, spending the night at 37.6950 -92.3067 [topozone.com] . It was great!

Re:Too Many Bored People (3, Insightful)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807058)

Well, if you live in the area and are looking for some place to hike, a Confluence is as good a goal as many other hiking locations.

And it'll be off the beaten path.

Re:Too Many Bored People (2, Informative)

Anonymous Crowhead (577505) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807072)

I'd have more respect if they visited every White Castle or all of the Ikea stores.

Here's something close: Project Denny's [p7a77.net]

Re:Too Many Bored People (0)

pinchhazard (728983) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807085)

You know, fuck you! This is hella neat. Why don't you go back to your breakfast of boners and toast?

Re:Too Many Bored People (1)

Tongo (644233) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807137)

hehe omg, "breakfast of boners and toast".

I have to remember that one....

Re:Too Many Bored People (4, Interesting)

typhoonius (611834) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807128)

Wow, no one has a sense of wonder anymore.

It sounds to me like a great way to use both the internet's worldwide reach and its ease of publishing to do something extrordinary: enable anyone to see any part of this big blue ball of ours. You can read about countries and landmarks in encyclopedias, but you really can't get any idea of just how gigantic and diverse our world is without a project like this.

Re:Too Many Bored People (2, Interesting)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807146)

And how does this qualify as newsworthy on Slashdot?

News for nerds. Stuff that matters.

Finding Confluences is something that normally requires an understanding of maps, GPSs, or at least a desire to learn something about finding their location.

Sounds geeky to me. Since you are so bored of learning about confluences maybe you should start reading more Slashdot.

"A neat project, indeed." ?! (2, Funny)

nusratt (751548) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807033)

Why?
How is this project any more interesting or useful than a confluence of any other human-specified arbitrary classification, e.g. visiting every peak who altitude in cubits is a prime number?

Re:"A neat project, indeed." ?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807060)

because longitude and latitude have historical significance. let me guess... you're American?

Re:"A neat project, indeed." ?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807082)

let me guess... you're American?

exactly, who cares about the rest of the world

"historical significance"?!?!?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807118)

And feet and miles and pounds didn't have historical significance?

What about the constitution of the first French Republic? Or the Second? Or the Third?

Heck, didn't last month's Italian government have some sort of "historical significance"?

But no, you just jump on the "beat up on an American" bandwagon over some comment on the lack of significance of arbitrary locations?

Re:"A neat project, indeed." ?! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807199)

Just because you are responding to a dumbass doesn't mean it is a good idea to act like a dumbass yourself.

Re:"A neat project, indeed." ?! (5, Interesting)

GoogolPlexPlex (412555) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807086)

The concept is to produce a photographic record of the world, where the photographed locations are sampled evenly across the surface of the globe. (approximately - they are closer at the poles, but in those cases use only every second or third confluence). This is different to other outdoor photographic collections, where the images have an "artificial" grouping density around points of interest such as mountains, lakes etc. The idea is to produce a set of images where the ratio of "boring" to "beautiful" images approximates how the world is actually like, in terms of area.

Re:"A neat project, indeed." ?! (4, Informative)

Bingo Foo (179380) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807277)

"Evenly sampled" is used loosely here. For example, the lucky stiff who gets assigned to one of the poles can take fill in 1/180 (360/64800) of all the data points without taking a step!

A tessellated icosahedron would be better from the standpoint of even sampling, but the coordinate transformations from the GPS-ready latitude and longitude numbers would be prohibitive for most recreational gee-whiz participants.

Re:"A neat project, indeed." ?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807180)

Why?
How is this project any more interesting or useful than a confluence of any other human-specified arbitrary classification, e.g. visiting every peak who altitude in cubits is a prime number?


Maybe because they have a nice distribution across the globe? It would be an extremely diverse adventure.

Re:"A neat project, indeed." ?! (4, Insightful)

typhoonius (611834) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807218)

How is this project any more interesting or useful than a confluence of any other human-specified arbitrary classification, e.g. visiting every peak who altitude in cubits is a prime number?

Yes, it's arbitrary, but you're missing the point. The project's objective is to photograph every area of the world. Why not use latitude and longitude confluence? It's a universally understood metric, it gives a pretty diverse snapshot of the world (not too specific, not too broad), and it gives them an easily quantified goal.

Re:"A neat project, indeed." ?! (0, Offtopic)

i.r.id10t (595143) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807251)


What's a cubit?

He did a good Gator Growl show...

Fun, but.. (5, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807034)

Some of these are going to be on private property and restricted access (e.g. military) sites. A local GeoCache was on a confluence, but pulled because it was on private property. Probably best to ask permission before tresspassing, lest the intrepid explorer find their butt full of rocksalt or buckshot.

Re:Fun, but.. (4, Funny)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807151)

I can see it now...

"I was unable to get to 70W by 45N, because there was an Army base there. Update: Someone's knocking on the door."

Re:Fun, but.. (1)

rolux (99682) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807320)

That why they have, on the project's website [confluence.org] , letters to landowners, in Bahsa Indonesian, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
And, yes, someone even managed to get here [confluence.org] ...

I wonder if... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807036)

half way through this project this guys will wonder, "why are we doing this again?"

Re:I wonder if... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807065)

Maybe they should ask the guy who's visiting each Starbucks [starbuckseverywhere.net] in the country before leaving?

[Will the] guys will wonder, "why are we doing.... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807077)

[Will the] guys will wonder, "why are we doing this again?"

Yep. Probably around 9 or 10 AM tomorrow when they sober up....

The definition of confluence (1)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807038)

I think a Slashdotting counts as "two or more streams"...

confluence n.

1. A flowing together of two or more streams.
2. The point of juncture of such streams.
3. The combined stream formed by this juncture.


What if... (1)

AnthonyPaulO (732084) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807039)

it intersects in the center of the White House?

The highest/lowest/coldest/hottest/.. intersection (3, Interesting)

otisg (92803) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807040)

It would be interesting to see a summary listing spots that are the most extreme in any way.

Re:The highest/lowest/coldest/hottest/.. intersect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807207)

that would be my desk I think.....

Re:The highest/lowest/coldest/hottest/.. intersect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807231)

Hmm... for some reason, the view from 90N 90W looks exactly like the view from 90N 90E...

Re:The highest/lowest/coldest/hottest/.. intersect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807374)

but what color was that bear?

I dunno (3, Interesting)

iamdrscience (541136) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807043)

I don't mean to be overly-critical of this, but while I think this is a very interesting idea for a project, but I'm not sure the result is half as interesting as the idea. I think it would be a more interesting read if it were just one person or a small group of people visting all of these intersections.

Actually, that's a lot to read, I think somebody should do the same type of thing, but with intersections of lines that are multiples of ten. I mean, you would still get a reasonably complete view of the world and all of the places in it.

Another idea to make the product of this more interesting would be 360 degree panorama shots at each intersection. Again, this would be somehting more easily accomplished if it were just one person or a small group of people doing this.

Hmm... (2, Interesting)

iamdrscience (541136) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807079)

I'd be curious about how many of these intersections lie inside of buildings or other private property. Has anyone found an intersection yet that could be unvisitable? You know, something like an intersection in the middle of a military complex or something?

wtf (0, Flamebait)

fonzer (796314) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807046)

why do they keep posting meaningless or nearly meaningless stories on slashdot considering that this story was already posted before i really don't need to see it again

Re:wtf (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807247)

why do they keep posting meaningless or nearly meaningless stories on slashdot considering that this story was already posted before i really don't need to see it again

You got pretty far into it for being so meaningless.

Re:wtf (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807559)

So why don't you waste even more of your 'precious' time to winge about it?...

Puerto Rico (1)

niktheslick (766163) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807051)

Random spam

my bro and I got puerto rico... it was a good time.. Anmyone want'n to spend some quality time with a brother or father this is a great project.

Yes, but... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807052)

Can we get celebrities [slashdot.org] to do the visiting?

Methinks the shark /. jumped this morning just did its own jumping...

Neat use for your GPS (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807055)

I might try this sometime- but I think 45N 121W is right smack dab in the middle of the Warm Springs Reservation....

Re:Neat use for your GPS (2, Informative)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807135)

Never mind- it's been visited, along with every other non-ocean Oregon confluence.

Oh perfect. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807068)

Random pictures at arbitrary points on the planet.

Sounds just like every other photo blog.

I found them all! (4, Funny)

Burdell (228580) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807069)

...but there are still 12,889 to be found.
I found every single one of them. They're all right here on my globe.

Re:I found them all! (1)

Epistax (544591) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807486)

If superman visited each one of them, would time go backwards?

37N 116W, I Double Dog Dare Ya! (2, Informative)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807083)

37N 116W

Good luck, you'll need it!

Re:37N 116W, I Double Dog Dare Ya! (1)

Frostalicious (657235) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807175)

37N 116W Good luck, you'll need it!

No problem. Of course I will shortly afterwards be visiting 40 48'N, 73 53'W

Re:37N 116W, I been there! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807216)

that's here [calle.com]
Doesn't seem too bad, I was stuck in Beatty, NV for 6 weeks on a low-budget movie shoot, that's only 25 miles away.

Area 51? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807227)

Can't get the site to come up, but 37N runs through Arizona. I can't think of anything worth double-dog-dare status in Arizona, so I'm going to hazard a guess that it's in neighboring Nevada, and those coords are for Area 51?

Re:37N 116W, I Double Dog Dare Ya! (2, Informative)

rgmoore (133276) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807228)

Believe it or not, they do have an "incomplete" visit to the site here. [confluence.org] The only reason that it's incomplete is that the visitor didn't take the requisite 6 photographs. He did include a picture of his GPS [confluence.org] at that location, though. Another person has asked for permission to visit, which seems like a reasonable approach to the problem.

Re:37N 116W, I Double Dog Dare Ya! (3, Informative)

strabo (58457) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807252)

37N 116W


Good luck, you'll need it!

Heh - looks like someone [confluence.org] has already taken that dare [confluence.org] .


06-Jan-2004 -- Up front, I must admit that I did not visit this confluence personally. However, the friend of a friend of a ... who did visit asked me not to use his name.

Idea for them (1)

cr0y (670718) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807094)

They should put a mirror of the website at every point they visit to defend against the inevitable /.ing they are going to receive :o)

I've heard that before (1)

ElektroHolunder (514550) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807095)

Somehow, Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged comes to mind.

What would be really cool . . . (1)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807100)

Set up a solar powered WiFi node and weather station with satellite uplink at every confluence!

Stefan

Hooter's! (1)

sciop101 (583286) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807119)

Picture with waitress(es) at every Hooter's. Receipt for Beer and Hotwings optional.

Excessively Redundant? (2, Funny)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807169)

Hasn't another project [starbucks.com] already acheived this and begun interpolation?

And on top of that, we already have another project to visit all those locations [slashdot.org] , which have have been marked with a retail location by the previous project.

So while some redundancy may be a good thing, this sounds like overkill.

Re:Excessively Redundant? (2, Funny)

Mad Bad Rabbit (539142) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807560)

That's ok, by the end of the decade there'll probably be a Starbucks at every degree confluence, so both projects can neatly overlap.

You've got to be kidding me. (0, Flamebait)

Isldeur (125133) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807177)



May I be the first to say (if not think):

Get A Life!!

Seriously though. All this effort. Can't you people donate this time and sweat to something that will help someone? Or do you really feel that you're helping people by picking your nose at every random spot here to timbucktoo?

Re:You've got to be kidding me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807289)

Yeah!! People should spend their time making disagreeable comments on Slashdot!!!

'Scuse me (0)

fiannaFailMan (702447) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807178)

Visiting Every Latitude and Longitude Intersection
Isn't there an infinite number of these?

Re:'Scuse me (1)

strider44 (650833) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807314)

read it - it said INTEGER intersection in the article.

You could at least take the time to copy and paste your quotes.

Re:'Scuse me (1)

Sigma 7 (266129) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807336)

Isn't there an infinite number of these?
Does it really matter if there is an infinite number?

If you read the article, you would notice that they are only talking about integer degree intersections, not every single possible point on the Earth. Even if they did refer to every single one of those infinite points, it wouldn't make it impossible as humans make contact with a large number of such points at any given time (and as a result, it would just be gradually painting areas as visited.)

(BTW, who modded Insightful? It definatly wasn't.)

"... to be found..." what bullshit (0)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807179)

I bet you these points have already been found, just nobody has made such a fuss about them and catalogued them. It's a bit like saying that Lewis and Clark discovered a route to the west or that Livingston (or was it Stanley) discovered Victoria Falls. The local folks have been there for ages.

Send me the money instead (1)

penginkun (585807) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807191)

Hey, if you've got all this money burning a hole in your wallet, why not send some to me? I promise to use at least some of it to pay bills and thus get out of debt.

Wait a minute... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807194)

Isn't this what the US is doing on it's "war on terror"?

Lost in flight (3, Interesting)

Camel Pilot (78781) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807197)

I once worked with a fellow who wrote software for ICBM's and he commented that one of the worst places to be in the event of a nuclear exchange was at Lat 0, Long 0 because there where several possible failure modes where the missiles would try to find their way here [confluence.org]

Simply not doable - politically or logistically (0)

forgetmenot (467513) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807203)

Oooooookaayyyy..

So how about the confluences in North Korea, Tibet, Turkmenistan, Iran, etc... to name but a few.
These aren't places you can just "go to".
Even in places where you CAN go (politcally, legally) you still can't (logistically) like the whole north half of friggin Canada or Siberia.

Sounds like someone got drunk, had a brain fart and posted without thinking it through.

Humanity has no hope.... (2, Informative)

jotaeleemeese (303437) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807291)

.... with so many uber parochials as yourself.

You can take your camera to Iran and Tibet, no problems.

Even to North Korea, if you apply for the right permisions and follow the instructions of your guard.

Turkmenistan is tough but not impossible.

Dude, try to learn a ltitle about the world (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807364)

Excuse me?

I'll agree with North Korea. But Exactly what is th eproblem with Tibet? A lot of tourists are travelling there, there is no problems going there. How do you think all those souvernir salesmen in Lhasa make their living?

And Iran is, even though your president called it part of some fictious axes of evil, a very open and friendly place. In fact, it's probably the most "advanced" society in the middle east.

Stop watching Fox News and switch to Discovery or something instead. Or even better, try to travel outside your continent.

Re:Simply not doable - politically or logistically (2, Informative)

Jardine (398197) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807372)

Even in places where you CAN go (politcally, legally) you still can't (logistically) like the whole north half of friggin Canada or Siberia.

You do know that Canada isn't bone-chilling cold year round, right? People live in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. People hunt there, people mine there. There are few places that would be nearly impossible to get to.

This idea is all wet! (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807210)

I'm willing to bet the pictures from about 9,000 of these look pretty much all the same -- since they're all in the middle of the ocean!!!

Land use & terrain documentation (2, Interesting)

wiggling (737944) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807265)

This is so wickedly cool! says the guy who knows the latitude and longitude of his home. :) I spend plane trips staring out the window studying the changing patterns of terrain and land use. Folks who snooze while passing over "fly-over land" can see what the rest of the country^Wworld look like and how it differs from place to place. It would be really interesting to come back in 100 years, do the same thing, and compare the pictures.

People who cannot appreciate something like this cannot be real nerds!

Arrrrr...Ye be leavin out good places (2, Interesting)

tpconcannon (619066) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807295)

As a member of the Loyal Order of Shellbacks, I can attest that I and the crew of the good ship T.S. Enterprise crossed the equator at 85 degrees West , and 0 degrees North/South. There are many a mariner whom have completed this right of passage across the seven seas, none of whom will forget, either.

GNAA Announces Launch of GNAA Europe (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807309)

London, England - Top GNAA officials have confirmed the long-rumored launch of the company's new European division, putting to rest myths that the organization had reached stagnancy in its membership.

The announcement came on the heels of the 2nd quarter membership and financial report of GNAA, Inc, which had reported a 15% decline in new memberships, down from 250,000 in the previous quarter. Investor confidence in the public company's stock dropped shortly afterwards, amid rumors of corruption and poor management in the highest levels of GNAA.

"The launch of GNAA Europe should put to rest these myths, as well as open up an entirely new market," announced GNAA spokesman penisbird, speaking from the new GNAA Europe headquarters recently constructed in downtown London. "For years, statistics have shown that Europe, with its generally more liberal atmosphere than that of the United States, contains a higher percentage of gay niggers. As GNAA membership places stringent standards on both the race and sexual orientation of its applicants, a higher percentage of potential candidates can only work to our advantage. From our consumer polls and surveys, we expect to accept nearly 10,000 members into GNAA Europe in the first week alone."

The new GNAA Europe headquarters, described as one of the most technologically advanced and nigger-friendly corporate headquarters ever built, is a sure indicator of GNAA's current success. With its lavish outside garden, complete with African sculpture from renowned sculptor Gary Niger, as well as its grand lobby featuring a 3-story ceiling and ornate gold decorations, the building has attracted much attention from tourists and local residents alike. Even more impressive is that which is not seen by the casual visitor: the specially constructed "pleasure centers," accesible only to GNAA members, allow for extravagent orgies with more than 100 participants each. Located on the upper floors of the building, they provide food, entertainment, and bedding for orgy-goers, as well as a wide selection of sex toys, including whips, chains, lube, dildos, gloryhole booths, and even a sample of GNAA's mysterious new pleasure-enhancing drug, code-named "NIGGERSEED."

Since its inception in 1992, GNAA, the Gay Nigger Association of America, has been dedicated to uniting gay niggers for one common purpose: to be gay niggers. Its rapid growth after its IPO showed strong public interest in the endeavor, which is the first of its kind. More recently, GNAA has posted profits in excess of $500 million every quarter in the last 4 years, placing it among the most profitable of organization of its kind.

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GNAA Announces Launch of GNAA Europe (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807310)

London, England - Top GNAA officials have confirmed the long-rumored launch of the company's new European division, putting to rest myths that the organization had reached stagnancy in its membership.

The announcement came on the heels of the 2nd quarter membership and financial report of GNAA, Inc, which had reported a 15% decline in new memberships, down from 250,000 in the previous quarter. Investor confidence in the public company's stock dropped shortly afterwards, amid rumors of corruption and poor management in the highest levels of GNAA.

"The launch of GNAA Europe should put to rest these myths, as well as open up an entirely new market," announced GNAA spokesman penisbird, speaking from the new GNAA Europe headquarters recently constructed in downtown London. "For years, statistics have shown that Europe, with its generally more liberal atmosphere than that of the United States, contains a higher percentage of gay niggers. As GNAA membership places stringent standards on both the race and sexual orientation of its applicants, a higher percentage of potential candidates can only work to our advantage. From our consumer polls and surveys, we expect to accept nearly 10,000 members into GNAA Europe in the first week alone."

The new GNAA Europe headquarters, described as one of the most technologically advanced and nigger-friendly corporate headquarters ever built, is a sure indicator of GNAA's current success. With its lavish outside garden, complete with African sculpture from renowned sculptor Gary Niger, as well as its grand lobby featuring a 3-story ceiling and ornate gold decorations, the building has attracted much attention from tourists and local residents alike. Even more impressive is that which is not seen by the casual visitor: the specially constructed "pleasure centers," accesible only to GNAA members, allow for extravagent orgies with more than 100 participants each. Located on the upper floors of the building, they provide food, entertainment, and bedding for orgy-goers, as well as a wide selection of sex toys, including whips, chains, lube, dildos, gloryhole booths, and even a sample of GNAA's mysterious new pleasure-enhancing drug, code-named "NIGGERSEED."

Since its inception in 1992, GNAA, the Gay Nigger Association of America, has been dedicated to uniting gay niggers for one common purpose: to be gay niggers. Its rapid growth after its IPO showed strong public interest in the endeavor, which is the first of its kind. More recently, GNAA has posted profits in excess of $500 million every quarter in the last 4 years, placing it among the most profitable of organization of its kind.

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which lattitude/longitude? (1, Informative)

PTBarnum (233319) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807346)

I looked at the site, and didn't see any indication of which version of lattitude/longitude they want people to use. There are several different models which can give slightly different coordinates for the same physical point (e.g. NAD 27, NAD 83, WGS 84).

Admittedly, the confluences under each grid are almost always within 100 meters of each other, which is what the project organizers consider acceptable accuracy, but it is still suprising that they don't make it explicit.

Re:which lattitude/longitude? (1)

PTBarnum (233319) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807390)

Never mind, they say it's WGS84 in the very first paragraph of the information page. I'm just blind.

dumb (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807381)

This is stupid. It won't happen. Why is it even remotely interesting and why is it being posted here?

What is this, High School? (5, Interesting)

huskerdoo (186982) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807408)

Why is it that when someone comes up with an idea/goal, the Slashdot crowd has to belittle the idea as insignificant? This reminds me of high school when anyone who acted a bit different was made fun of because they didn't go along with the status quo. Yawn.

People, you are hackers/nerds! You are supposed to encourage each other to set goals and follow through on them.

Yes, I am biased. I visited five confluences when I was in Australia. Because I had to change my travel plans for the first confulence visit, I ended up meeting a girl which I dated for a year.

Life is short, go do something with your lives, don't tear down anyone who chooses to follow through on an idea, rather than just sit around and watch reruns of Friends.

I tried to do this once... (2, Interesting)

Ariane 6 (248505) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807499)

There's a confluence about 20 miles southeast of my house. One night I convinced a friend of mine to help me go look for it, so we broke out the GPS and hit the road. After whacking our way through some overgrown forest, the place turned out to be in the middle of some farmer's paddock - I got to within ninteen feet, then cut and ran when an enormous black horse woke up and started stamping its feet at me.

My friend thought I was completely insane, but I know better :)

49 miles? (2, Funny)

bcrowell (177657) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807502)

There is a confluence within 49 miles (79 km) of you if you're on the surface of Earth.
I'm posting from Mars, you insensitive clod!

The worst part is that it's almost impossible to get a first post from here...

GNAA Announces Launch of GNAA Europe (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807513)

London, England - Top GNAA officials have confirmed the long-rumored launch of the company's new European division, putting to rest myths that the organization had reached stagnancy in its membership.

The announcement came on the heels of the 2nd quarter membership and financial report of GNAA, Inc, which had reported a 15% decline in new memberships, down from 250,000 in the previous quarter. Investor confidence in the public company's stock dropped shortly afterwards, amid rumors of corruption and poor management in the highest levels of GNAA.

"The launch of GNAA Europe should put to rest these myths, as well as open up an entirely new market," announced GNAA spokesman penisbird, speaking from the new GNAA Europe headquarters recently constructed in downtown London. "For years, statistics have shown that Europe, with its generally more liberal atmosphere than that of the United States, contains a higher percentage of gay niggers. As GNAA membership places stringent standards on both the race and sexual orientation of its applicants, a higher percentage of potential candidates can only work to our advantage. From our consumer polls and surveys, we expect to accept nearly 10,000 members into GNAA Europe in the first week alone."

The new GNAA Europe headquarters, described as one of the most technologically advanced and nigger-friendly corporate headquarters ever built, is a sure indicator of GNAA's current success. With its lavish outside garden, complete with African sculpture from renowned sculptor Gary Niger, as well as its grand lobby featuring a 3-story ceiling and ornate gold decorations, the building has attracted much attention from tourists and local residents alike. Even more impressive is that which is not seen by the casual visitor: the specially constructed "pleasure centers," accesible only to GNAA members, allow for extravagent orgies with more than 100 participants each. Located on the upper floors of the building, they provide food, entertainment, and bedding for orgy-goers, as well as a wide selection of sex toys, including whips, chains, lube, dildos, gloryhole booths, and even a sample of GNAA's mysterious new pleasure-enhancing drug, code-named "NIGGERSEED."

Since its inception in 1992, GNAA, the Gay Nigger Association of America, has been dedicated to uniting gay niggers for one common purpose: to be gay niggers. Its rapid growth after its IPO showed strong public interest in the endeavor, which is the first of its kind. More recently, GNAA has posted profits in excess of $500 million every quarter in the last 4 years, placing it among the most profitable of organization of its kind.

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GNAA Announces Launch of GNAA Europe (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9807514)

London, England - Top GNAA officials have confirmed the long-rumored launch of the company's new European division, putting to rest myths that the organization had reached stagnancy in its membership.

The announcement came on the heels of the 2nd quarter membership and financial report of GNAA, Inc, which had reported a 15% decline in new memberships, down from 250,000 in the previous quarter. Investor confidence in the public company's stock dropped shortly afterwards, amid rumors of corruption and poor management in the highest levels of GNAA.

"The launch of GNAA Europe should put to rest these myths, as well as open up an entirely new market," announced GNAA spokesman penisbird, speaking from the new GNAA Europe headquarters recently constructed in downtown London. "For years, statistics have shown that Europe, with its generally more liberal atmosphere than that of the United States, contains a higher percentage of gay niggers. As GNAA membership places stringent standards on both the race and sexual orientation of its applicants, a higher percentage of potential candidates can only work to our advantage. From our consumer polls and surveys, we expect to accept nearly 10,000 members into GNAA Europe in the first week alone."

The new GNAA Europe headquarters, described as one of the most technologically advanced and nigger-friendly corporate headquarters ever built, is a sure indicator of GNAA's current success. With its lavish outside garden, complete with African sculpture from renowned sculptor Gary Niger, as well as its grand lobby featuring a 3-story ceiling and ornate gold decorations, the building has attracted much attention from tourists and local residents alike. Even more impressive is that which is not seen by the casual visitor: the specially constructed "pleasure centers," accesible only to GNAA members, allow for extravagent orgies with more than 100 participants each. Located on the upper floors of the building, they provide food, entertainment, and bedding for orgy-goers, as well as a wide selection of sex toys, including whips, chains, lube, dildos, gloryhole booths, and even a sample of GNAA's mysterious new pleasure-enhancing drug, code-named "NIGGERSEED."

Since its inception in 1992, GNAA, the Gay Nigger Association of America, has been dedicated to uniting gay niggers for one common purpose: to be gay niggers. Its rapid growth after its IPO showed strong public interest in the endeavor, which is the first of its kind. More recently, GNAA has posted profits in excess of $500 million every quarter in the last 4 years, placing it among the most profitable of organization of its kind.

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English Only? (1)

kbogert (792477) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807534)

It is interesting that a site about going to all corners of the Earth trying to create an "Organized Sampling of the World" is available only in English.

Can I get a grant for this? (1)

earthforce_1 (454968) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807540)

It sounds like a great way to tour the world on somebody else's nickel. Maybe I can bring back a tacky souvenier (or at least a sample of the water) from each location.

Been there, done that, great stuff! (4, Interesting)

RabidMonkey (30447) | more than 9 years ago | (#9807557)

I've done one confluence (http://www.confluence.org/confluence.php?lat=46&l on=-79 [confluence.org] ) in Ontario now, and attempted a few more. My brother-in-law and I like them because they give us somewhere to go and a reason to go there.

In fact, I spent a week at the beginning of July trying to get some in Northern Ontario, but gave up. I never realized how swampy and densely tree'd the north is. It was really great to get out and see part of my country, as well as giving us a great appreciation for the people who first settled up there and the hardships they faced.

I highly reccomend everyone pick a confluence and go for it, even if it's done. It's a great excuse to get out and see your country and meet people. All you need is a GPS and some boots. For even more fun, pick somewhere where you get to canoe or kayak, or ski or mountain bike. It's great exercise and can mesh nicely with Geocaching.

Go, get some, and stop being so negative people ... people are saying it's a waste of time, that this isn't a good project. Whos to say that programming whatever application you're working on isn't the same waste because who cares, theres already 15 other mail clients out there, or 27 other people who have already ported X to Y system .. thats not the point. Stop being so narrow minded.

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