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  1. Seems like fun and apropos places for a cache. Anyone ever seen one / placed a cache near one? (Link to article below the quote.)


    In the 1920s, America began coast-to-coast Airmail service, but the pioneer pilots had trouble navigating the route, since navigation charts of the day were fugazi and you couldn't exactly pull over to ask a farmer for directions. And traveling at night, when it would have been most efficient, or in bad weather was impossible. To solve this Congress then funded these gi-normous arrow-shaped Airmail Beacons, some up to 70 feet long, to trace a route across the country.

    Navigational Arrows Article found here.

  2. OpenStreetMap is one of the largest online group projects on the web. Google's relationship with the project has thus far been tumultuous. For instance, someone with a Google IP address was found to be vandalizing the project, inputting false information in several cities, such as directing one-way street signs in the wrong direction.


    This highlights my fear of relying on OSM. Look at all the crap on Wikipedia. How can I trust what is in OSM if anyone can add to and/or update the maps?


    How can I trust what is in Geocaching.com if anyone can pick up a cache and move it 50' away?


    Seriously. I think your fears are misplaced, particularly if a one-way street sign pointing in a wrong direction (as the example given) prevents you from finding a piece of Tupperware in the woods.


    The larger point is, bigger players in the online world than Groundspeak are being forced to abandon Google Maps due to a price squeeze.


    We'd all be better served letting them figure out how to best navigate the new business landscape (so to speak).



  3. Related:


    Foursquare Says Farewell to Google Maps, Joins OpenStreetMap Movement

    Foursquare is parting ways with Google Maps in favor of crowdsourced maps created by the OpenStreetMap project.Foursquare announced the change in a blog postWednesday, explaining its decision to make the big API switch. To power the new maps, Foursquare is partnering with MapBox, a startup which calls itself “a beautiful alternative to Google Maps” and uses data from OpenStreetMap.


    “As a startup, we also often think about how we can make life easier for other startups,” the Foursquare blog explains.


    Foursquare says it chose MapBox for three reasons: its use of OpenStreetMap, which will continue to get better; it allows for design flexibility, so Foursquare can pick fonts and colors to match the rest of the app; and it’s powered by the open-source Leaflet java script library.


    During the company’s January hackathon, one engineer proposed the question “What would the world look like if we made our own maps?” and answered it using data from OpenStreetMap, a crowdsourced global atlas.


    Foursquare also sited Google Maps’ pricing as a reason they were looking to make a switch.


    OpenStreetMap is one of the largest online group projects on the web. Google’s relationship with the project has thus far been tumultuous. For instance, someone with a Google IP address was found to be vandalizing the project, inputting false information in several cities, such as directing one-way street signs in the wrong direction.


    LINK: http://mashable.com/2012/02/29/foursquare-openstreetmap/

  4. Hi, been geocaching for a while using a very basic Garmin. Recently bought an iPhone 4s and downloaded the app which look great. Is there a way of adding in co-ords into it for a multicache ? I cannot seem to find how to do this. Thanks


    When on the map navigation screen, tap the flag icon in the upper right of your screen. You'll then be able to set the waypoint to either your current location, the geocache location or to any point in between (by tapping the LAT or LON buttons then setting the rollers to where you want the waypoints to be).



  5. But UNDER a BUCK?


    Yes, under a dollar apiece if you shop around and if you buy multiples (same text) at the same time (buy bulk, in other words).


    Remember, these aren't Travel Bugs. They're cheap-o aluminum dog tag blanks that are then punch-pressed with the text you give them. You take the Travel Bug information-- the tag you pay $5 for-- and then transfer it to the dog tags. You still have to buy a Travel Bug (once). You can't get around that. But if you're going to send its info out into the wild, where it stands a reasonable chance of disappearing forever, and you plan to re-release the same Travel Bug code again once that eventuality comes to pass (like what you were indicating you'd do with the "COPY" Travel Bug tag), then why not plan accordingly?


    With the dog tags, I'm forever able to re-release the same Travel Bug info every time it disappears. They're durable, reasonably attractive (complete with color options), approximate the size of a Travel Bug and are relatively inexpensive to create if purchased in multiples. (Even without purchasing multiples, they're far less expensive than buying new Travel Bugs each time you want to re-release a themed traveler.)

  6. I'd like more info on the dog tag copies.


    I don't know what more I could tell you. There are literally thousands of places online that will do custom imprinting of dog tags for you. Even shopping malls will sometimes have a vendor kiosk that will prepare them for you while you wait.


    Google "custom dog tags" for the online resources. Some take PayPal, others credit cards only. The online ordering forms are simple to understand and easy to fill out, and the tags will usually arrive within a week or so after you complete your payment.





  7. my reasoning behind starting this thread is.......

    we need to inform Travel Bug tag owners that the COPY TAG is perfect for a re-release.


    there are way to many idle tracking numbers out there and way to many people that don't know that they can do a re-release.


    My solution has been to immediately transfer the TB tracking information over to an imprinted dog tag. It's the dog tag that then gets attached to an item, and not the original Travel Bug tag itself.


    The imprinted tags normally sell at a discount on multiples, and I can have three made for less than a dollar apiece, giving me one to release and two for re-release later on.


    Of course, should all three go missing, I can always have additional dog tags imprinted and re-released ad infinitum using the information on the original Travel Bug tag (which I've kept).


    My first example:




    The text I've had imprinted on to the dog tag reads (within the 14 characters-per-line limitation (including spaces), and where ###### is the unique tracking code):


    - TRAVEL BUG -


    -- ###### --






  8. There's also the question of how long these other services will be free. They aren't selling any advertising on the GS pages. I'm certain that Google knows it has competitors, and I expect they priced their service to undercut anyone else who is charging enough to make a living. And with Google charging for map loads, the other services will be hit with all the freeloaders like GS dumping Google for the next free service in line. How long before GS has to change again anyway, running away from paying for services? My guess is that within a year or two, there won't be any free service for this purpose which even comes close to being acceptable. GS has gone to all this work only to postpone the inevitable. Servers and bandwidth cost a lot of money, and someone pays for them or they go dark.


    I think Edward is spot-on here....

    Finally, a voice of sanity amongst all this angst and all this blaming Groundspeak for a problem they didn't cause. Thank you, paleolith and Sky King 36!






  9. I might be a monkey, but I grew up around cattle.


    If you are looking for a LARGE (finger-length), VERY STRONG (base magnets, ceramic-coated), INEXPENSIVE (for their size) magnet option, look for a "feed store" in your area-- a place that sells large animal (horses, cattle) health supplies.


    Once you locate that (if you're not too Urban Jungle-bound), call and ask if they carry "cattle (or "cow") magnets."


    They come in different shapes, many of them being tapered, but they also come in long, flat rectangles. What you'll need is one (or more) like this:




    Feed stores usually sell them individually or by the box (six-count, ten-count, etc.).



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