Around 6 months ago, I turned on my personal location tracking data in Google Maps on my phone, so I can see where it says I’ve been. You can download the data in a json file that looks like this:
I like the idea that all the places I have been on earth—when and where I went—could be translated into a secret message.
So I decided to see if I could transform my location data into writing. I got a list of English words from here, and then wrote a (janky) script to take the last digit of each value of each location object, and then find the corresponding word in the list.
I also added some logic to add in punctuation based on whether or not the resulting number was divisible by certain numbers.
At first, I played with a bit of randomness, but I realized that for this exercise, it was better to make sure that the script was written in a way such that the results would be the same each time. I think that contributes to the idea that the places I’ve been communicate a specific message. (And if anyone else imputed their own Google location data, they would get one result.) So I took out the randomness.
The results and code are here.
But here are some snippets I like:
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