404 – common sense not found

404 - common sense not found by Kim Bach

Number-sign from the street Gl. Køge Landevej number 404, part of a project proposed by Søren Johannessen of microformats.dk, to take a picture of all number-signs of a road for the official Internet error-codes 200-599 (Wikipedia: List of HTTP status codes).

I got all fired up by Søren’s geekish proposal, so when he suggested streets for me to hit, I went for it, and had not expected to run into any problems…I was wrong!

The first problem I ran into, is that there are huge gaps in the street numbers, meaning for instance, that Gl. Køge Landevej has a gap from number 198 to 220.

The second, and much more severe, problem I ran into was that, people on the street thought that it looked suspicious, and I guess I could have been more discrete, I already felt in my stomach that it was a wrong thing to do, before I was approached by two men that asked me what I was up to, and that their neighbourg had actually called the police.

I had a friendly talk with the people, and explained them exactly what I was doing. They felt that it was illegal, and that I should have asked every single household for a permission.

I think this highlights the problem geeks like me have, understanding that the world is not perfect, that people mistrust each other and the naivety I showed in undertaking this, I was just being a kid playing with “LEGO”, meaning no harm, but totally lacking common sense.

I will abandon this project, but as you can see, I snapped the number 404, the Internet error code for “not found” (Wikipedia: HTTP 404) I might pursue finding as many as possible of the 404 numbers, I think I can do that discretely.

According to Søren there’s a total of 133 streets with the number 404 in Denmark, 1 down, 132 to go 🙂

4 Responses to “404 – common sense not found”

  1. Søren Says:

    This is a brilliant idea! I will help you Kim!
    which other numbers do you need?

    /Søren

  2. Kim Says:

    Søren,

    That’s great!

    There’s actually TWO games, one to collect all numbers from 200 to 599, preferably from one road, and one to collect ALL 404 numbers in Denmark.

    Søren Johannessen of http://microformats.dk has KML (Google Earth) files for this http://www.microformats.dk/2012/06/04/gr%C3%B8nsp%C3%A6tten-404-og-andet-talmagi/

  3. You Know Me =) Says:

    Altså…
    Alle numre fra een meget lang vej er et ret ambitiøst og meget ærefuldt mål, eller er det bare helt skørt?
    Er det forresten ikke sjovest med flotte hus-numre fra alle mulige gader og stræder?
    Held og lykke med det i hvert fald! =)

    Ps. Det er synd, at du kom i vanskeligheder =(
    Folk er nogle fjolser!

  4. Kim Says:

    @You Know Me =) Det er, naturligvis, ret skørt, men en af den slags ideer Søren fra http://microformats.dk kommer på, og jeg lader mig ofte rive med, som det skete her. Vi samler begge på “404”

    Efter dette udviklede det sig til Vejbanko http://www.microformats.dk/2012/06/22/vejbanko-sommerens-nye-store-motionsdille/

    Sørens projekter involverer kort, og ofte foto, måske du kan finde inspiration hos ham.

    Det med “flotte” husnumre er en god idé!

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