A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke

By Stephen Clarke

In line with Stephen Clarke's personal reports and with names replaced to "avoid embarrassment, attainable felony motion, and to avoid the author's legs being damaged through a person in a Yves Saint Laurent suit," A 12 months within the Merde provides excellent leisure for Francophiles and Francophobes alike.

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Latitude is the distance north or south of the equator measured in degrees from 0 to 90, with 0 at the equator and 90 north at the North Pole. Longitude is the distance east or west of the prime meridian, measured in degrees. The prime meridian is located in Greenwich, England. A degree is 1/360th of a circle; in this case, the circle is the circumference of the earth. Latitude and longitude are usually expressed in degrees, minutes, and seconds. A minute is 1/60th of a degree, and a second is 1/60th of a minute.

With the aid of a map and compass, this breakthrough in navigational capability can take you anyplace you desire. Page 12 2 Navigation Tools GPS Receivers A GPS receiver is a sensitive microwave radio receiver combined with a sophisticated computer. Control buttons and a display screen complete the receiver. The technical specifications can be a bit intimidating. It is somewhat difficult to compare different instruments since they are constantly evolving. The following discussion describes features you should consider when buying a receiver.

Do not rely on 2-D navigation unless you are going to be at a constant, known elevation, such as on water. Some GPS receivers do not allow you to enter an altitude; they assume you are at sea level or the last computed altitude. Errors of several miles can result from using 2-D navigation on land. The receiver will start 3-D navigation as soon as it receives four satellites. Some receivers do not have obvious warnings that they are in 2-D mode. It is essential that you know how to determine if your receiver is in 2-D or 3-D mode.

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