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3l diesel

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  1. Hi All, In the Literary sites category, of which I am a category officer, I have had to reject a couple of waymark submissions with a clear "not a waymark" rejection, the latest today. It appears that some entities are trying to flog some commercial application of absolutely no relevance to the category, nor Waymarking in general. It hasn't reached the stage of "can higher authorities take control of this please?" yet. The couple of rejections, I can so far handle, other than to ask here, why would anyone bother?? Are these robot style submissions or has someone actually gone to some effort to submit? Just wondering...
  2. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-09/history-of-gps-navigation-how-it-changed-the-world/11749104 Maybe of interest to folk here.
  3. Fair enough. I was actually seeking a "nay" and had sent a group email outlining reasons - too much to go into here now - but never mind, it is all only of a hobby/interest background. No one was hurt or going to be hurt either way. We will leave it and move on. Thank you for your explanation TH.
  4. So what actually happened? Were there "yea" votes that simply didn't show up because of a lack of comment?
  5. As a group officer, I had a waymark submission that needed a group vote. The votes at closing appear to be 2 against, 1 for. But the waymark has been approved and is published. Has the software doing the tallying "slipped up"?
  6. If this is a category proposal, then I would have to express my concerns about the abbreviation "WTF" as suggested. The unabbreviated form contains - at least in my neck of the woods - coarse, gutter or foul language. I have no doubt that some here might be able say "well so what?" But I have to ask, while it might be saying what it is, I think we should maintain some decorum within the Waymarking community and use something that maybe says the same, but in a more professional and non-offensive manner.
  7. ...and for those who always thought Australians "had a few kangaroos loose in top paddock" (a local expression for what might be happening in the grey matter that is supposed to between the ears) , how about this gem. Nothing to do with Waymarking, but anyway... too good to not share around. https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/qEGzVqDeRvA?autoplay=1&vq=large&rel=0&showinfo=0&start=0&end=
  8. Hmmm... without quoting replies, it seems there might be some sympathy to my thoughts about the local language first and then an English translation. But what has been said can't be a "rule". If a foreign visitor to a country spots a new feature eligible for a waymark, then the abilities in language of the waymarker needs to be placed first. We are not paid professionals. We are enthusiasts of a system of identifying what we call "waymarks" partly by the values of the coordinates they have on a worldwide map often as determined by a relatively precise GPS system. I would encourage the use of the local language - if possible, but that is not always the case. If a waymarker with multilingual waymark texts would like to rearrange the order of presentation, then maybe work on it to the individual waymarkers satisfaction. And I certainly would not stress about the order of several languages - we are supposed to be enjoying ourselves in this hobby. Having said that, language can be a funny thing. I have seen people "flare up", that is get angry, about some perceived slight against their native tongue. I have heard that because of the difficulties of translation, certain words in one language will never translate with exactly the same meaning (or feeling behind the meaning) into another. What results is comments, suggestive of the aforementioned slight, that the "other language" just isn't good enough. Very curious at times... But nonetheless, if possible, I would encourage the use of the native language of the waymark. But - no "rule" of demand. Let us keep this fun, so I am absolutely sure that the original poster has many waymarks which have been written up in an eminently correct manner. Let us hope there are many more of those "YES!" moments as originally posted!
  9. Could I suggest that in the short description of this building that the German text be placed before the English translation. I just feel that the language of the country of origin should be the first in both the Quick and the Long Descriptions if the waymarker is able to have multi-lingual text. I only have (a version, a variation, or perhaps a corruption of) English as a language, and a lot of Waymarking is centred on the English language, but I do think it is important to preserve the original language as a part of the waymark as it belongs there!
  10. Well I just had two nights camping in the Australian Alps. I heard dingoes howling to each other on the second night. But on the first night I had to contend with a Raven. He/she was there in the evening and the next morning even staring in my tent door while I was having breakfast. We are not supposed to feed wildlife as it makes them lazy and the food isn't the standard they should be foraging for. But the raven wore me down and took some muesli from my hand.... And at the second camp site, I was confronted with up to five ducks from the nearby Thredbo River who had apparently decided that it was "be kind to ducks week - give generously (or face consequences)". So here I am setting up camp, giving a groundsheet a flick which scared a duck which took fright and then came back rousing on me for scaring it... A few years back we had a Southern Cassowary and its chick hanging around the campsite. These birds are on the endangered list, but so are you if get offside. They are flightless birds nearly the size of an emu with very powerful legs and claws that would gore you if they lashed out. But this fellow and his young one (males raise the chicks in this species) was quite prepared to make his demands at the door! As for drop bears, well last night coming down a mountain pass, I saw the biggest wombat (a nocturnal marsupial that is often noted in road kill) I have ever seen scampering off the road. Just as well as they are incredibly nuggetty in construction and will destroy a car as much as car destroys them if hit. So these are some of the other hazards you may encounter whilst out Waymarking.
  11. I have to chuckle when reading this thread. Over here in the land down under, we have a close relative of the black widow known as the redback because of the distinctive red stripe along its back. https://australianmuseum.net.au/redback-spider (note the reference to the black widow in the identification). It carries venom that can make you quite sick if untreated after a bite. But it reminded me of an old silly song that was around years ago. It might be a bit "local", but I am sure some of you might get a giggle. "redback on the toilet seat". Having said that, a bite from a Sydney Funnel-web spider is a quite serious and life threatening matter. And so is a bite from an eastern brown snake, tiger snake, copperhead snake etc etc. ... and while we are at it, don't play with the northern Australian crocodiles either. (The things a travel agent wouldn't tell you in case you were put off visiting.!)
  12. Hi All, Last week, I made the overnight venture to visit Burning Mountain Earthcache (GC3YTYD) and Burning Mountain, Wingen, NSW, Australia in Places of Geologic Significance Waymark WMQQ72. My log for the earthcache was large and I included quite a number of photos. I referred to the earthcache log in my waymark log. I included two photos in the waymark of ten that I included in the earthcache. Now it is way easier to navigate through geocache images than waymark images. It seems that in geocaching, you can move from image to image by simply clicking a right or left arrow. But in Waymarking, it seems I can only view one image at a time and that by going through a process of several clicks on the correct spots to raise a particular image. Would it be possible to work through waymark images in a similar manner to geocaching? Or am I missing the simple and obvious?
  13. Thank you very much for that. I would not have known otherwise. The log has been amended.
  14. Hi All, Quick question, a few minutes ago, I logged a visit to a waymark. Looking back on the task completed, I clicked on my visit and discovered a grammatical error of not starting a sentence with a capital letter. Can I correct this (as well as any discovered spelling mistakes)?
  15. Interesting article claiming a relatively huge distance discrepancy. I understand surveyors use GPS to within millimetres. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-28/aust-latitude-longitude-coordinates-out-by-1-5m-scientists/7666858
  16. Thank you P and CTD for your replies. I think in my case, CTD's comments apply. I am sure I have had this problem before. Pity there is no ready edit function...
  17. Hi All, I think I have been down this path before, but is there a way of editing text attached to an uploaded image barring archiving/deleting the whole image and starting again? i neede to lern to spel gooder... Cheers.
  18. Many waymarks are written in the native language of the country they were found, but will often include an English language version. Many waymark reviewers have an English language background needing as much help as they can get!
  19. Hi All, I am the owner of a now ageing but working Explorist XL. I heard the "loss of external power" alarm the other day and the unit went onto battery power. I like the unit to sit on the car dash with the backlight on and so need external power for extended length travel. I can't get the unit to accept the auxiliary power. Presumably others have had this fault either on this or similar GPSrs. I have searched, but been unable to pin this issue down. Would any of you good people have any clues? Thanks, Vaughan.
  20. I would have thought that the "Remains of Settlements" category would have been ideal for these remnants.
  21. I have been at the saltmine (workplace in other languages) when an email has popped up saying one of the categories I am an officer in has a new submission. Taking a break from the work, I have been able to review and approve in a short time. But recently workplace pressures have precluded this "rapid response" and more often than not, the "my categories" menu shows that there are no waymarks needing review, meaning that another officer has already completed the duties, or even if there are waymarks to review, I haven't got time to act on it. Just remember that all officers are volunteers with other priorities hanging around, so if it is not approved immediately.... I have potential waymarks now stretching back over 12 months to submit. Somebody give me a kick in the rear end will you...
  22. I tend to think that Waymarking can be considered as an eclectic collection of oddities, curios and antiques based on their location as derived from the marvellous system of orbiting global positioning satellites. Maybe a newcomer will see an item waymarked, like a MacDonald's restaurant and say "pfftt, why would anyone bother" (I believe that this was a pointed criticism of the early days of Waymarking). (It can also be pointed out there are some validitys in locating a macca's, especially if you are hungry...) But other waymarks might stand out. I booked a holiday once with a very specific objective of visiting a waymark. I wasn't disappointed either! Certain waymarks will not appeal, but perhaps, some will. And in the process, a quite remarkable database has been built. Some waymarks have been added that in all likelihood will not receive great visitation, but there are other reasons for effort to be expended. Take the various War Memorials. I think that whilst most will detest the execution of War, it is a reality of history and will without any doubt continue to the end days. To waymark a War Memorial is often to catalogue a memory of those who have served, and those who have fallen and does show a mark of respect far above any "points" for having visited. But at the end of the day, we all have different tastes. What you find interesting and absorbing might be something I couldn't be bothered with, and of course vice versa. Just because there may be different tastes and interests doesn't deny the validity of those particular interests. Geocaching (and virtuals) would suffer the same way. Just why is it that there is satisfaction in finding a container and logbook that someone had hidden in a recess of a bus shelter? I haven't got a "rational" answer to that one, but I have still gone out after them!
  23. not youtube, but have a look at http://www.Waymarking.com/waymarks/WM6YT6_The_Roundhouse_Arthurs_Head_Fremantle (Ian would recognize this one straight away!)
  24. Hi Colin, With your ID looking enormously like a ham callsign, have you ventured down the path of APRS at all? I am yet to go in that direction myself, but have been looking at http://www.byonics.com/ ? Obviously you won't have direct access to maps, but it might give a leg in, because as gt.us suggested, accuracy is often not particularly demanded. I have also seen very cheap (<$40) "keyring" GPSr's on ebay. cheers Vaughan (vk2kbi)
  25. Interesting about the neon signs. They require a glassblower to shape the tubes and electricians to install and maintain them as they work at 10's of thousands of volts. Nowadays, signwriters have almost complete control over the signmaking process with flexible LED strips operating at perhaps 12 Volts. A sharp knife to cut off what you want completes the process. The power supply is far simpler. I have a sample blue LED strip that can be bent quite severely and is quite bright. But I will say it does lack some of that neon fluorescence. Little wonder neon are disappearing and some now becoming heritage items.
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