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Tasks / Centroid Exploration

Find the exact middle of nowhere.

1 to 100 players
15 points
Level 1
In the zone of: BART Psychogeographical Association
Created by Peter Garnett

Terms: inversionweek, madeingarnett

36 completed :: 22 in progress
Interested in collaborating on this: (no one yet!)


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posted by Waldo Cheerio on October 2nd, 2008 1:14 AM

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posted by [smedly] on October 21st, 2008 2:08 PM

this seems amost certainly impossible...
and besides, once you determined where The Middle of nowhere was, wouldn't you, by the simple act of defining it as The Middle, be imparting upon it a certain "sense of place". Once regarded as a defined point with its own individual sense of place, how could it remain the middle of nowhere? It would then become a point on the edge between two equal zones of 'nowhere'.
maybe this task should be: "Find and Destroy the Middle of Nowhere"
mmm, i'm conflicted

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posted by Little Timmy on November 9th, 2010 4:22 PM

You're right. Once you define a point, it's no longer nowhere since you have also determined 'where' that point is. That makes it somewhere.

However, if you define a point which is in Everywhere, then it isn't in a place since the only value of location that applies to it is logically assumed by all things: it's in the universe. The universe is nowhere, since there is nothing else in existence which can be used to define the location of the universe.

Here it is, further explained:

Plenty of Nowhere
posted by Morte on October 21st, 2008 3:34 PM

Well, you could find the exact frame and time stamp that is the middle of Nowhere, which is a great movie by the by. Or our British brethren could go take a picture in the middle of Nowhere. Alternatively, you could post a picture of the central page and or central theme of Thomas Berger's 1985 novel Nowhere. Or you could even draw a map of Nowhere, Kansas, from Courage the Cowardly Dog.

There are plenty of songs and music videos titled Nowhere as well, and the truly ambitious could try to get their hands on a copy of the blueprints for The Bridge to Nowhere.

There are plenty of ways to complete this within the exact spirit of the task.

And I don't mind if anyone takes any of these as a springboard to completing this task, either.

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posted by Tøm on October 21st, 2008 5:24 PM


As in, our Acle?

Oh hell yes, where's Adam?

Adam!! Find us a bus route!

i'm not convinced
posted by [smedly] on October 21st, 2008 7:58 PM

of course, i looked into those options too, but i'm not convinced that doing any of those (apart from maybe going to Nowhere, Norfolk) would be worthwhile to do as a task. and they wouldn't really have much to do with psychogeographical endeavors.

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posted by Adam on October 22nd, 2008 12:26 AM

Tom the X1, A47 and X47 all go to Acle.

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posted by Tøm on October 22nd, 2008 6:34 AM

Why are we not on a bus, right now, to do this task?

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posted by Morte on October 22nd, 2008 7:36 AM

Well, the task says to *find* the middle of Nowhere. It doesn't say you have to go there, but I understand your concern.

I wish I was in Norfolk, I'd be right on that bus with you guys. It mentions that it is a swamp/salt flat, so be careful, ok? Watch out for R.O.U.S's.

You'll need a pre-1862 map of Acle parish to find the right spot. This is the best link I found for getting your hands on an old map, but it looks like you'll have to go to or contact the Norfolk Record Office. I did find this 1850 map. Unfortunately I don't know the area to be able to look in the right place. Godspeed.

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posted by Adam on October 27th, 2008 12:06 PM

Consider me on it. I'll find the middle of Nowhere.

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posted by Morte on October 28th, 2008 8:48 AM

If you guys do go, I want to be in on it, at least in spirit. I can send you a picture or something.... :P

level 1?
posted by done on October 22nd, 2008 7:52 AM

That task is kind of difficult, I find it should be at least a level 3.

Spirit of Tasking
posted by Rao on October 24th, 2008 10:06 AM

They were probably thinking that it would force new players to think outside of the box.

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posted by Jennifer Juniper on October 22nd, 2008 9:59 AM

"Nowhere" is an adverb. Don't only nouns have middles? And I just realized that the dictionary is usually the first place I turn to get task ideas. Gawd, no wonder I get hung up on particulars.

Verbs can have middles too.
posted by Flea on October 22nd, 2008 10:41 AM

I was in the middle of [verb]ing when [unpleasant event].


Although, strictly speaking, "noth" isn't a verb...

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posted by Jennifer Juniper on October 22nd, 2008 11:26 AM

Yes. I think the direction I am heading in my thinking about this is that everything (including everything that is not a thing) may have a middle.

[pleasant event]?

the middle of nothing
posted by The Cloud Man on October 28th, 2008 3:44 AM

Circled in red.


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posted by Morte on October 28th, 2008 8:47 AM

You could have posted this as a completion. I would vote for it just on the smart-ass factor and the fact that you drafted the h.

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posted by The Cloud Man on October 31st, 2008 8:32 PM

It would be a poor completion, seeing as it's wrong... How embarrassing. The red circle is not the middle at all. The real middle is north west. I can't be bothered to redraw it.

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posted by anna one on October 28th, 2008 12:09 AM

I found Nowhere. Who wants to go with me to discern it's middle?

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posted by Morte on October 28th, 2008 8:46 AM

Which map did you use? I'm just curious, and I love old maps.

@ Morte: Google.
posted by anna one on May 3rd, 2009 7:52 PM


posted by Art Catrambone on May 22nd, 2011 8:52 PM

I find it strange that the tasks aren't organized by date from newest to oldest, in fact they aren't organized at all, just posted mine and found it on pg 3


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