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  1. I have my own life list. I think it is all doable, although not all of it is within my control.
  2. If folks want to rip content, the lack of a full feed is not going to stop them. You do what you feel is best. A full feed is a courtesy to your audience.
  3. RSS is Really Simple Syndication. It allows a site to syndicate its content without a user sucking up the bandwidth to visit the site. Your software creates a feed every so often. Those who subscribe to it check every so often for updates. For those who read a variety of blogs, news sites, etc., it makes managing the daily read much easier. I have several hundred feeds I read daily. If I had to go out to each site, I would read far less. My software aggregates the news I am interested in and displays it. I am totally unfamiliar with PressPublisher. My cursory look showed no documentation on their site. I imagine that somewhere in the admin panel there are settings for how much content to display in the feed. Best of luck.
  4. What would be good (at least for me) is if you included the full text in the RSS feed. I would find that helpful.
  5. see my above post....... Ah, that didn't register. Thanks. Of course, that can open the door for allowing some people to claim a sighting but not permit others. I can see the fora replete with topics of Joe Cacher allowed Cacher A to sight him but will not accept my request. It should be fun.
  6. How would you handle the false claim of having run into someone? I envision virtual sightings will pop up too.
  7. So not to derail this thread, I'll respond privately to this post.
  8. Batona

    Jott.com

    I used to use Jott to call in my tweets for Twitter. It does a decent job, but it is not perfect. Fixing spelling errors grew to be a pain and I have since abandoned the idea. Using it to log caches is an interesting idea. Good to see interesting technology put to use.
  9. I don't see a comment system there either. As for leaving a comment for the above story, you can where the story was originally published.
  10. I had already sent this to superhoser72, but seeing no locals responding and others expressing interest, allow me to offer the following. There are plenty of caches in the area. This is a virt at the harbor. Click on the closest caches from there to see what's in the area. There are also a couple terracaches in the area. One takes you up to Fell's Point. That is a beautiful area. May I also direct you to shutterspots. Shutterspots turn virtual caching on its head. Rather than provide coordinates to a plaque, monument, etc., you are provided images of a spot. The challenge is to get yourself where the person took the photographs. I have a few shutterspots listed in the area that shouldn't be too difficult (one, two). I am sure someone will mention a good spot for blue crabs. All I will say is you will NOT find good food at J. Paul's at the Inner Harbor.
  11. Most of the time I use metric (and decimal coordinates) in the GPSr. This began playing other GPS games that required getting within so many meters. It makes it easier not to switch back and forth . . . I just keep it that way now. I recall Mr. Walsh, my 8th grade mathematics teacher, telling us that the US would be on the metric system by 1980. That prediction did not work out so well.
  12. No, it is not normal. That is some judgment! I am not against making judgments, but I certainly do not hold the disdain for those who have more hides than finds that you have shared. From what little you shared, it sounds like you found a cache you did not care for. Why sweep everyone who has more hides than finds into judgment because of one cache you did not care for?
  13. FWIW, Terracaching.com does not forbid cross listing. It is generally frowned upon, but one is free to do it. There are plenty of caches listed there that are listed here. If the listing is approved by one's reviewers and not voted off, it remains.
  14. I have been a fan of this thread since 9Key posted it last August. Unfortunately, I do not have a readily available solution to his lament as I am one of those who has changed his logging style. I am now what RK deems a parasite. I could attempt to explain why that is, but that would throw this thread off topic. Rather, allow me first to document how my first logging change came about. That may provide some perspective as to how logging has changed. Before I ceased logging online, I wrote logs that detailed a bumbling cacher fortunate to find his way home, let alone a cache. While that was factual, the emphasis of the logs were on the misfortunes I encountered. There was anonymity at that time. It was fun and there was some back-and-forth play in the logs with other unknown cachers. All that changed once I met the caching community. Prior to the first event I attended, I had met but a couple folks on the trail. When I walked into the Burger King people called me by name. That freaked me out. With each log, I posted photographs. The effect of that was that everyone knew me. At that event, the local caching community began to form. And immediately I was placed in an uncomfortable position. Out with some of the "big names" for some caching, the first place we went had two caches hidden. It was decided to split into two groups and log both caches, despite having only visited one. That one event erased the magic geocaching held for me. All of a sudden I had what, for me, amounted to an ethical issue with what we had done. It bothered me so much I drove 90 minutes one way at a later date to find the other cache that I had logged. Interestingly, I met a few people at that event who became friends. We then began caching together frequently. That hampered writing self-deprecating logs as they would follow (or proceed) with the "straight" logs. At this time the number of caches locally began to take off. Like many have lamented previously, I felt the quality of the then-current crop dropped. 9Key acknowledged what many have witnessed over the years, people emulate what they see others doing (monkey see, monkey do). Now, the magic was gone and the quality, for me, was dropping. I began keeping two sets of logs in my database: a public one and a private one. Unfortunately, I made some mistakes when I posted my logs online and published the "private" ones. I would delete them and upload the correct log, but the damage had been done. Even so, there were some memorable logs during this period. The After Effect It wasn't long after that that I ceased logging online altogether. At that point, not much was lost. Sanitized, short logs were the norm publicly. Honestly Logging Many folks state that we should be honest in our logs and that will make a difference. As a matter of fact, I am posting here spurred on by the post of av8tors32. I recognize the handle. I found a cache of his/theirs after I ceased logging online. He stated above: Here is the log from my database for the av8tors32 cache I found. I wouldn't characterize the log as "too polite." I do not think having posted that would have changed anything. Do you, av8tors? I have attempted to document what a good cache is. Folks railed on me for that. What I have since learned is that everyone approaches geocaching from his own perspective . . . as do I. So, I then posted my approach to caching, understanding that not everyone approaches it as I do, but at least they would know what to expect from my caches. That has not been well-received either. I would have preferred to have written a different kind of log for av8tors32's cache, but I had no audience at that point. Audience And that seems to be the crux of 9Key's lament. Online logging supposes an audience. I removed myself from the geocaching community for numerous reasons. I no longer have an audience to write for. I am okay with that; I write for myself most times (including now). My logs are a pretty good length, in general, these days. My logs now document, pretty much in a factual manner, my experience finding a cache. I am not against adding commentary if I feel like it. I sometimes embed a running story throughout caches that I found during the day, trying to find a different voice that would make the experience of documenting a past event more exciting for me. Those logs, for the most part, remain stored privately in my databases. Every now and then I publish a few on my site when the mood strikes. So why post this publicly to an audience? Every now and then it seems profitable to share one's perspective even if others do not agree with it. Most issues with geocaching have different facets. Often it appears there are but two perspectives, neither understanding the other. I see this issue from a perspective I have not seen represented yet. I agree that online logging has changed since I began caching. I have changed how I log since I began caching. Caching has changed since I began caching. I think they are inter-related and as a whole, I would not characterize it as a positive. But what is one to do? Drone on about the good ol' days or move forward? While I lament the lost art of logging, I move forward. Moving Forward Moving forward, for me, has entailed changing my expectations from cache finders. If a cacher wants to post images of clouds giving me the finger, so be it. If cachers want to complain about puzzles being too hard, so be it. If cachers want to eschew my caches because they can't be FTF, so be it. I am confident there are some(one) out there who understand my approach and appreciates my caches. If the one, some, the majority, all want to post nondescript, uninteresting logs, so be it. I understand the lament. I document this issue, as I have many others, for that is how I feel at this time. But in the end, I move forward.
  15. I am sorry for the tardiness of my response. This does seem to be what I am looking to do. I will hack around a little this week to see if I can make it work like I hope. Thank you.
  16. As mentioned above, my Magellan is known as Maggy. My Garmin is known as Rocky. FWIW, the kayak is named Lucy.
  17. I have started building a cart. I have followed Firemeboy's tutorial. All is going well until I began thinking about what I want the player to do in each zone. Rather than merely visit the zone, the player will be responsible for finding a number. The idea that he'll gather numbers in each zone, add them together and provided he does that correctly, a set of coordinates will be revealed to a final location. My issue is how to go about scripting this. Any ideas would be appreciated.
  18. Somewhere else I read the version loaded on the Colorado does not provide a completion code. I can see why the site would prevent the older file from being uploaded, but that doesn't explain why it uploaded a day later unless there was a code changed on the server. I suspect that was not the case, so I am still confused as to what happened.
  19. Batona

    Wherigo

    I requested that folks ask Groundspeak to come east to demonstrate a game locally at an event. That, apparently, is not of much interest around here. I am not particularly interested in having this thread derailed by those who desire to take potshots at the game and post off topic. Therefore, I will further request this thread be closed. Thanks all.
  20. Batona

    Wherigo

    According to Groundspeak, they'll come to the area to demonstrate Wherigo if there is enough interest locally. There was recently an event in Chicago to do just that. Whether playing Wherigo is something you pondered or not, an event like this would be a lot of fun: lots of cachers, an opportunity to network with Groundspeak, a chance to play Wherigo, etc. They ask that we let them know our interest using Eventful.com. While I browsed the requests, I was surprised none had been made for the Philadelphia area. With so many geocaching groups in the area, I would think we could easily "demand" (Eventful's language) enough interest. Philadelphia seems like a logical choice: big market, easy to get to, large audience to draw from. If you are interested in having this event locally, you can make the request ("demand") here: Philadelphia Wherigo Event page
  21. Well, I do not know what changed, but I just was able to upload the file tonight. Go figure . . .
  22. I completed the Wherigo Player Tutorial cartridge today. The cartridge I played was called Wherigo Tutorial, not Wherigo Player Tutorial. Both are on the Colorado. I suspect Wherigo Tutorial was loaded by Garmin (it states downloaded by Groundspeak) and Wherigo Player Tutorial was downloaded by me. Is it possible an older version played will not be uploaded? How do I troubleshoot this so I know why the file will not upload?
  23. Interesting. I note the following are caches you have archived: Gwinnett Co Fairgrounds Micro The Kobayashi Maru The Orca 30044 You were selfish archiving these instead of putting them up for adoption? Some of the reasons you list for archiving these are: "Since this one is gone I'll archive it instead of replacing it." "a few things have happened since we placed them that has made it difficult for us to responsibly maintain them." "1) The final container is gone 2) I no longer live close enough to maintain it easily 3) The final stage was a horrible cache anyway, but it was my first and I was learning, so I'm not willing to keep it alive. 4) Maybe someone else will place a cache at, or near, the same starting place as this one and give locals something else to hunt."
  24. D'oh! I forgot the greatest famous person I met on the hunt: the Philly Phanatic! I was traveling down Ocean Drive heading into Sea Isle on 23 November 2002 heading to ski's Follow the Gull cache when traffic came to a crawl. The Phanatic was in the middle of the road doing a promotion for some car wash. He approached and tossed an Armor All pack and a flyer in my open window.
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