Pac Tom Project

22 Apr

This is pretty mindblowing.  This guy, Tom, is trying to run every street (1031 miles) in the City of Pittsburgh and has logged the progress.

From the site:

Hi! Pac Tom is my project to run the length of every street in Pittsburgh. Check out the rules. It’s called Pac Tom because it’s like a very slow version of Pacman without the ghosts or power pills, and my name is Tom.

The above beautiful map is particularly interesting.

It shows the shortest route from Tom’s house from any place he’s been. The colors indicate the direction that he should be running on that segment to decrease the distance to his home. Green means East, red means North, violet means West, cyan means South.

The site is amusing and full of other graphs, maps, etc. And you can follow Tom’s project.

Click here to explore the genius that is Pac Tom

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2 Responses to “Pac Tom Project”

  1. Tom 7 May 14, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    Thanks for finding it! 🙂 I had actually bookmarked your blog because I also love Pittsburgh and maps, and was thinking of sending you my stuff. I’ve made significant progress on the North Side since that picture: http://pac.tom7.org/release/shortest.png

    or for arbitrary zooming pleasure, the PDF: http://pac.tom7.org/release/shortest.pdf

  2. pittsburghmaps May 14, 2012 at 2:15 am #

    awesome, your project is totally fascinating.

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