Faster than Google

So I’m walking the streets of Palo Alto and I pull up to a crosswalk, and this guy pulls up next to me, and we begin to share a brief standing ceremony. Me, standing there, trying with all my might to not have any purpose or direction, and him, about to engage his device.

I am a big appreciator of devices, and especially of the people who keep coming up with such useful uses. My device has the same new feature that the guy next to me had. I haven’t yet remembered I have it. I think now I will. Into his device, my neighbor said, “Google search, Tamarine restaurant, Palo Alto.”

Soon, he was about to learn from his device everything he could ever want to know about the relationship between where he was, and where the restaurant was. But not soon enough…

I looked at him, got his attention, pointed, and said, “Cross street. Turn left. 2.5 blocks. Walk time: 1.9 minutes.”

He smiled and put his device away.


  • Jochen Posted October 25, 2011 2:32 am

    You should think about making an “Tommy-Angelo-App”, serving the world with directional and tilt advices.

  • admin Posted October 25, 2011 8:38 am

    “You should think about making an “Tommy-Angelo-App”

    It’s on the project queue!

  • TJ Posted October 25, 2011 11:11 am

    Excellent Tommy! I enjoy the 1.9 minutes part the most.

  • ZenMadman Posted October 28, 2011 7:13 pm

    I also like that you give the pedestrian more credit than Google. They think people walk slow.

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