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  1. A quick Google search revealed that FB has added a new search engine since Sir Karp was looking. http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-search-for-old-facebook-posts/ As far as companies collecting information on you, don't kid yourself that by staying off of social media that your habits aren't well known by many companies. Amazon knows almost everything you've ever been interested in buying (or have bought) online, and Google knows everything you've ever searched for and the relationship and pattern of your searches. Your mail provider can read your email (Google uses automated routines in gmail to provide targeted advertising). By logging caches on geocaching.com you are providing Groundspeak a specific record of when and where you've been. In no case am I suggesting that any of these companies are using this information for nefarious purposes. I'm just saying that staying off of social media doesn't preclude companies from knowing a ton of information about you.
  2. While I had to pull out of this event due to some guests deciding to visit from out of town, I thought I would share my practices regarding cache machine planning and how to avoid finding caches on the Do-Not-Find list. First off, I use GSAK to load my GPS. Like rambudo, I have a large GSAK database (I keep mine for the state of Washington) and update it before heading off on any caching adventure. My GPS holds 12000 caches and so I'm not unafraid to have more than are on the cache machine list. Here's the process I use in GSAK (which I assume has an up-to-date database of the area): 1) Create a filter for cache inclusion 2) Refresh caches in the filter 3) Copy newly refreshed caches to new DB 4) Remove caches from Do Not Find list in the new DB 5) Load this DB to my GPS 6) Boot the GPS and make sure it loaded up correctly. 6) Delete this new DB. I assume this could all be automated by a suitably motivated and talented GSAK macro programmer. The Do Not Find list would probably have to be a publicly available bookmark list that you turn into a PQ or perhaps simply be link to a Google docs file with a list of GC codes to avoid.
  3. I don't want to be pushy jholly, but your bookmark list is really useful. Any update? I see it is in fact up now that I check on it (and I didn't check before replying to this thread initially). Whether you did it before and I didn't notice or just finished it - either way a big thanks!
  4. I don't want to be pushy jholly, but your bookmark list is really useful. Any update?
  5. Anyone interested in doing a little science while caching in the mountains? The UW is looking for people to upload geotagged pictures of forested places around the northwest that will help them to determine snow pack levels as part of an effort to understand local effects on snow pack. All you need to do is upload geotagged pictures to a UW web site and they will do the analysis. For more info, check out the web site below: http://depts.washington.edu/mtnhydr/research/PNWsnowforest.shtml
  6. I'm unfamiliar with this area being a Seattle area resident, but did want to point out that the Oregon BLM does allow caching in appropriate areas. It may well be that this area is one of the areas they want protected. See http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/geocaching.php for details.
  7. Most of my Saturdays are spent exploring the community I live in finding caches. You can find lots of interesting spots even in the local areas that are near your house that you probably don't even know they are there. There are lots of parks, interesting historical spots, and great geology that are around here that you can find through geocaching. One good way to do that is by using the Favorite Points feature on geocaching.com. Caches with lots of favorite points might be because of the great container, stunning vista, or interesting history or geology, but there is typically a good reason for the them to have a lot of favorite points. I often pick camping trip locations based on the caching opportunities around that area and there are lots of geocaching events which are tied into hikes or even rafting trips (see http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC4WCK5_skagit-eagles as an upcoming example). Even when I'm traveling for business, I'll take an extra day (of vacation) and geocache in that area to see the spots in a way you won't get exposure to in most any other way.
  8. As the parent of a teenager and a 20-year old, I can tell you that while most kids have Facebook accounts, that has not been their main social media page for quite some time. The majority of Facebook active accounts seem to be from middle-age or older folks (including my 82-year old mother-in-law). Facebook's ability to filter based on who you want to follow or what groups you want to join makes it self-selecting. From a technical point of view, it's a better social media platform than the forums are for that reason alone. The upshot is that seeing what somebody else has on their newsfeed does not mean your newsfeed will look like that. You only follow people who you want to know what they are up to (typically family and friends) and join groups who you care about what they are saying (e.g. Cachers of Puget Sound).
  9. It's easy to find great caches by using the favorites feature. To find the most favorited caches in a state, go to the geocaching.com page and log in, select "Play -> Hide and Seek A Cache" from the menu. Pick the region you are interested in (typically state or postal code are great ways to do a search) and enter the appropriate values. Once the results of the search come back, you can sort based on favorite points by clicking on the blue ribbon icon on top of the column to bring up the most favorited caches. Events are often not scheduled this far in advance, but you can easily see what events are scheduled by doing the same search, but sorting on the "Placed" column (this is actually the default). As events that you would plan to attend are always in the future, they are at the top of the list.
  10. The Totally Tubular series of caches is a good start. I'd recommend any cache from Dayspring or goblindust as likely being a great option. The easiest way to find caches like this is to sort a search by Favorite points. Some of the caches will be favorited for other reasons, but anything with a clever container tends to rack up favorite points. Here is a link to a list of caches centered at Geocaching HQ sorted by favorite points.
  11. You can add me to the list. It's not completely nonfunctional, but pretty close. I get about 650 caches downloaded (with many timeout errors) before finally getting an API error message. I assume this is related to the site update last Tuesday, but I guess that isn't a given. My question - is the fix to this something Groundspeak is working on or is this a change that requires 3rd party apps like GSAK to get updated?
  12. Thanks for creating this bookmark list, as it is quite helpful. One idea that might make it even more helpful would be to edit the names of the bookmark list entries to include the number of the cache as part of the cache name so they sort based on Travis's route. For example GCWZKJ Twin Ivy Colored Trees happens to be stop #102, so it's possible to change the name of the entry in the bookmark list to "102 - Twin Ivy Colored Trees", and for cache #5 on the list, the name of the cache in the list can be changed to "005 - Nano Mania Part 6", etc. I've used that technique to help enumerate caches on bookmark lists for various challenges I've worked on to great effect. I do realize this would be a fair amount of effort and so if you don't want to pursue it, I would certainly understand.
  13. In my opinion, the vast majority of missing trackables around the Seattle area are not missing because of a certain individual, but rather do to the large number of people who are relatively new to the game and take trackables and then misplace/lose them, perhaps because they stop geocaching or don't do it again for 8 months or a year. New cachers are much less likely to understand the concept of trackables than experienced cachers and may not even log them online to begin with. While there are certain individuals who are better at collecting trackables than placing them back out, that does not account for most missing trackables. Just my $0.02.
  14. Wild guess: he might have logged your cache with the geocaching app. Maybe using this doesn't count as logging into the site Mrs terratin That's my best guess too. That may also explain why they never bothered to email the answers. I don't know much about the smart phone apps, but I'm told that they don't show up on the audit of PMO listings either, not that I care who views my listings. I only use PMO listings to limit visits or when I have muggle problems. Any way, their log was nice and harmless and I don't like deleting peoples finds, but this user won't get my normal thanks for the visit email either. There are lots of applications that use the API that don't require a direct site visit. I sometimes log my caches directly from GSAK for example. I don't know if an API call would trigger an update of the last log in date. You should still expect to get an email with the info you've requested though; as it doesn't matter what application they use to log the cache.
  15. crs98

    North HOTM

    Who's Miranda? I had no idea you had an airedale. We have one as well, though I don't take Pauli out with me as often as you do. She does love to be a geodog out on the trails when I do take her though. Pauli is cute, you should bring her/him along sometime. I am sure there would be some Airedale play! You know the type I am talking about, the crazy I am insane type of energy they sometimes get. I'm sure she would love it, though she is getting a bit long in the tooth and has a weak heart. The issue is usually me though. I'll have to find a time that works for me to go on one of the HOTM and I'll bring the pooch.
  16. crs98

    North HOTM

    Who's Miranda? I had no idea you had an airedale. We have one as well, though I don't take Pauli out with me as often as you do. She does love to be a geodog out on the trails when I do take her though.
  17. Our group did not run into any of Washington's finest, but we did run into a couple of birders out on the trail along Padilla Bay who were aware of the cache machine. The way they phrased their reply made me think that they were aware of it before the event started, but I suppose I may have been reading that into their words and they had simply run into a number of cachers out on the trail.
  18. I don't have a lot of finds down in Pierce county and none are tree caches, but I do have PQs that cover that area that I load into GSAK and then ran a filter to select caches with a tree climbing attribute. There may, of course, be others that the CO didn't set the attribute on, but here is a list of some that might work for you: GC3N8MK, GC3F7W1, GC2VB1N.
  19. Sorry for the late log on this topic, but I was perusing the obituary to see if this topic had been discussed. This is a real problem in the Seattle area. I've launched 51 bugs and/or coins over the past two years and 17 of them are now listed as unknown location and a few others may very well be missing. Of the 17 that are missing, well over half of them disappeared from caches in Seattle before they had a chance to leave the area. Many of the cachers I know in Seattle are no longer putting out trackables locally because there doesn't seem to be much point -- they last a cache or two and then are getting collected.
  20. Maybe the servers are just still loaded with other tasks following the update, but I haven't seen a PQ that should have been generated last night yet. It's usually generated by about 5am at the latest and it's now 7am with no PQ yet. I don't have the email and it's not available for download either.
  21. I happen to have a new mystery cache that is located close enough to HQ that it qualified for a Souvenir. I found this out when I posted a note for it last night. Should one qualify for a Souvenir just by posting a note?
  22. I haven't looked through the last week's worth of notes, but this hadn't been reported as of then and it's been bugging me. Every time I log a find on a trackable, the log inserts a copy of the coordinates where it was found on the user confirmation page. It doesn't display this in the logs, just the one spot where you confirm what you just entered. I'm not quite tech savvy enough to add a screen capture here since it's on my local PC not a link (which is what the tool above seems to want), but I'm happy to email it in or add it if somebody tells me how... I use Firefox 3.5.7.
  23. It's possible to change the date, and I will if there is sufficient interest and the date doesn't work for most people who are interested and we can find another date that would. At least one other person has responded to me directly that the date doesn't work for her either. I am starting with the assumption that weekends work best since many (including myself) work and would have a difficult time doing it on a non-weekend. I'm out of town the previous weekend on business, so that would be out for me. I am booked on the 19th, but could do it Saturday the 26th if that works better. I really don't want this to get too much later into the year because the rain can easily start coming down and turn this into a full fledged five-star cache again.
  24. As the cache machine is officially the day before and the event isn't till 2pm, you could make it back if you really wanted to. Having said that, I know most people who go to the cache machine won't be back to this side of the mountains till later in the day.
  25. Good Hope, Good Luck is a 5-star terrain cache hidden in a small pond in Edmonds, WA. It's rated as a 5-star terrain cache because during most times of the year it requires a boat to access the cache. In dry years, however, the pond dries up enough to allow people to wade a bit and slide through the muck to reach the cache site without a boat. That's convenient because the pond doesn't have any access to a boat launch--you have to carry one in to the pond to try that approach. As 2009 has been one of the hotter and drier summers in some time, I'm hoping that it will be more accessible later this fall. Rather than just trudge through the mud myself, I'm hoping to entice others to join me in the attempt. I've somewhat arbitrarily picked Sunday, Sept. 20th at 2pm as the date for trying this (mostly because that date isn't already booked with other commitments for me). I've chatted with the CO (Joe and the JAE Family) and he plans to be there to laugh at all of us who attempt to get to the cache through the muck. I had thought about organizing an event cache in support of this attempt, but a careful reading of the Geocaching.com guidelines indicates that this activity isn't what an event cache is supposed to be; they suggest organizing such a hunt in the forums (hence this post). Depending on the interest, I may decide to organize a post-hunt dinner that would be an event cache. I'd even allow sufficient time to allow people to go home and change clothes before heading into the restaurant. If you're interested, please write a note on the web page or email me about your interest. Also let me know if a post-hunt event would interest you. --crs98
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