Good, Wholesome Things


There are very few things that I find perfect. It’s a strong word to use, perfect. Yesterday I found two perfect things, one the music of Mogwai, especially ‘I Know You Are, But What Am I?’ and my ‘Annual Travel Report’ from Dopplr.com.

I take perfection as the gold standard, something without fault. This is exemplified by Dopplr.com. It’s simple, you upload where you are going in the world and then tells your friends where you’re going and if they are going to be in the same area at vaguely the same time, you can meet up. They also provide an calendar subscription service to get the results pushed into your calendar of choice.

What makes it though is the annual travel report function. One page of a PDF reminding of how much time you clocked up away from home – for me 78 days – and for the energy conscious the amount of CO2 you’ve contributed to the atmosphere. The cherry on the cake however is the timeline. Clearly showing a selected subset of your past journeys with appropriate pictures to remind you of the experience. It may be sickly sweet but it works and works well.

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Author: Mark Iliffe

Traveller, Programmer, Geospatialist and Motorcyclist

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