Timeless just wrapped up its 2nd season, and it is a great show. You should watch it! It hasn't yet been picked up for a 3rd season, and I hope that it is.

But that's not going to stop me from making fun of their computer displays, because come on you guys, it's not hard to do latitude and longitude correctly -- it's right there on your phone...

That first one is supposed to be "San Francisco, today" (which probably means "early 2017", and somewhere in The Presidio or Marin). So first of all, I think it's a safe bet that if there's a season 3, they're going to 1934 Argentina. Or at least there's a post-it note on the writers' room wall that says that. But, the coordinates are wrong! +41.881412, -87.71697 is in the middle of Chicago. If you flip the sign on the latitude it's closer to Argentina, but still about a thousand miles out in the Pacific. (I do appreciate the overlay window running xmatrix, though.)

The second one is actually supposed to be 1888 San Francisco (and why doesn't that one display the day and month?) but the coordinates are differently wrong. +38.881010,-57.75649 is over a thousand miles out into the Atlantic. Flip the sign on the latitude and... we're back in Argentina!

Now maybe after all their mucking about with history, the current Timeless universe measures latitude and longitude in different units, or has a different prime meridian or something, but I don't see a coordinate system that makes both the Argentina and San Francisco points line up. They're not off by a consistent amount or even in the same direction.

Bad illustrator, no time machine for you!

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4 Responses:

  1. James says:

    Good illustrators don't get time machines either.

  2. Pronoiac says:

    (space-time fabric whooshes)

  3. David Konerding says:

    I watch this show but I can't stand it. Maybe if they got rid of Flynn.

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