Using Google My Maps: planning my stay in San Francisco

So I have to be in SF for an internship this summer. As with all relocation there is the hassle of finding a place to live. After googling to find a suitable apartment, I realized that Craig’s list is the best place to go. I tried to avoid it at first since I just wanted to deal with apartment managers, but I realized that many apartment managements are bad (the reviews!). I thus resorted to Craig’s List (temporary and sublets) and housing options information from UCSF, such as this. Finding a place to live is a bitch because I won’t have a car (rely on public transportation). Thus I have to get a place that is close to public transportation stops (thank goodness public transportation in SF is great), especially close to where the company-sponsored bus stops are at. After finding an ad, looking up a location, weigh in a bunch of information (furnished, rent, utilities, etc), comparing it to bus stops, things got out of hand. I needed a program/service that plot out multiple locations. Google Maps came to the rescue! I used the My Maps feature (click on it), created a private map, plot out where the bus stops (company) are, 24 hour fitness, gyms, costco, etc. Next, each potential housing option, I saved it, along with it’s link (eg, craigslist) and additioinal information. This made the job a little easier (housing hunting is always a bitch!). Be sure to google or find out where the bad neighborhoods are, eg, tenderloin in SF.

Getting information and learning: google + wikipedia + wikibooks + wolfram alpha

When I want to find information, Google is my #1 resource. The syntax trick I use most which I learned in the research writing class (Writing 39C) at UCI is “The first word is the most important” (the first word narrows the search!). Some other tricks are “- Don’tWantThisWord” and ‘ “this quote exactly” .’ Google usually leads me to Wikipedia, an online collaborative encyclopedia, or Wikibooks, an online collection of collaborative textbooks, for my answers. These three resources are where a lot of my learning/review of statistics are found.

There is Google Knol but I don’t use it much (probably because my google search doesn’t yield these articles).

For academic articles, I search on google, but to restrict the results to just academic articles, I’ve been relying on Google Scholar.

Last but not least, Wolfram Alpha was recently released by Wolfram, the maker of Mathematica. Haven’t used it much, but it seems promising. The few reviews that I’ve read said that the search is a little tricky…you have to input the right words. Well, they’re not google afterall.