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  1. Well, as the owner of the archived cache, may I make a point?


    Last winter, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. So I decided to archive all my caches, thinking I wouldn't be able to support them. As it turns out, there's no reason why I should have archived the virtual and locationless, as they don't get many hits.


    I've been checking when people log the virtual or locationless caches. I've just been too lazy/busy/sick to unarchive them.


    So, I've sent email to GC asking them to please unarchive all of my locationless and virtual caches. This is especially a good idea, since I plan on starting to hide traditionals again.



  2. ironchef 0wnz me. Half of my dnfs are on his caches and all of his caches but one that I've found required return trips. And the one that I found on the first try is one that he says was deliberately made easy to find.


    Of course, if you hang out on #geocache, you might have seen the URL I posted to the photo I took, showing an ironchef cache, on the day I logged a DNF for that very cache.


    Marty Fouts


  3. There are no famous people in my family.


    On the other hand: Vinny was my grand dad's brother


    and my other grandad's brother California Joe got around to founding the town of Fouts Springs in California.


    Oh, and somewhere along the line, my Nez Perce relatives made the mistake of giving aid and shelter to some dumb white guys who were looking for a northwest passage, but you've probably never heard of thos white guys.


    Unlike nearly ever other irishman, I am not related to brian baru.


    My granddad was a moonshiner during prohibition and the great depression.


    And I was responsible for five of the first six things on thislist.


    So, as I say, nobody famous in my family.


    Marty Fouts


  4. quote:
    Originally posted by ~erik~:

    I refered the cache submitter to the guidelines, which ask that something of this sort be combined as a multicache.




    I disassociate myself from the uncalled-for personal attack on Erik.



    That said, and with all due respect, I don't believe that the guidelines call for poly-caches to be combined as multi-caches. Nor do I see any reason why they should, provided:


    * each cache in the poly-cache (except the final) can be done as a standalone cache and *as such* meets the guidelines


    * the final cache is clearly labeled as a puzzle cache and explains that you need to solve all of the other caches in the poly-cache before approaching it.


    There are plenty of poly-caches in existance that satisfy that requirement. I believe that some of them were even approved by Erik, although he might not have known that they were poly-caches.


    I will say that some of the best caches I've solved have been poly-caches and that two of the difficult caches still on my DNF list are both the last stages of poly-caches.


    It would be a sad blow to the hobby if poly-caches were suddenly to become unacceptable.


    Marty Fouts


  5. Some time ago, in #geocache, I put forth the idea that I called "polycache" -- a series of separate caches linked by a theme leading to an ultimate final cache.


    IIRC, the idea was well received by the people there, although I have not gotten around to building a polycache.


    I will note that it's not an unusual idea. There are several other polycaches in existance, and they've been around nearly as long as the sport -- all I did was try to contribute a name for them.


    I think polycaches are a great idea and a great logical extention.



    I'm making general comments. I don't know anything about the issues around the question that strated this.



    That said, if there is no reason to reject any of the caches on their individual merit, then the entire themed-cache set should be accepted as a series of caches.


    Marty Fouts


  6. We were just chatting on #geocache, and the question of searching the forums versus putting a question out and having "some smartass" do your research for you came up.


    So, I ask, which smartass does your research?


    Marty Fouts


  7. quote:
    Originally posted by Morty's Twisted World:

    ...The admins are tearing me apart with my creative caches. Well mainly Admin Mtn-Man is.


    Morty, my man, let me give you one word: plastique.


    er wait, I mean: chill.


    Mtn-Man's one of the gud guys, m'kay?



    So does anyone have a detailed set of rules?


    No. 'detailed set of rules' is fer bureacrats, not hobbies. Well, except chess, but chess isn't really a hobby, it's sort of a slow death wish.


    Now where was I?



    I read the rules on the cache creation page, but those are extremely vague.


    Yeah. I hear the 10 commandments have that problem to. Still, they more or less work for those who more or less try to make them work.


    Work with me here, Morty.



    I tried to hide a I micro that doesn't have a log book, ...


    My cache was archived by Mtn-Man this morning, stating that I can't hide a cache without a log book. What's the deal?!?


    The rules changed. Doncha just hate it when that happens?



    Anyone help clarify things for me?


    Sure. As the hobby grows, things that worked when it was small aren't such a good idea any more. When that gets noticed, the rules change. Not everbody gets the memo, but life's like that.


    And why are the rules so stinken strict?


    strict? strict would be if you could only use 50-mm ammo cans bought specifically from cheaper-than-dirt and painted cammo brown; and you had to have a form signed in triplicate by the land steward approving your cache.


    You want strict? You couldn't handle strict.



    This sport is suppose to be about having fun. Is it not?


    Of course it is. So's CalvinBall. Know how we tell we're geocaching and not playing CalvinBall?


    That's right, Billy, we play by the geocaching rules.


    Seriously, the situation's fluid. Follow the forums for discussions on the changing scene. And, by all means, come to the geocache IRC channel and meet the meat.


    Marty Fouts


  8. Hi Marky,


    I've got some bad news. I've audited the logs on my caches and it looks like I have to delete 3 of your finds.




    But really: Congratulations on an amazing feat.


    and to all: Happy New Years and may all your caching wishes come true.


    Marty Fouts


  9. quote:
    Originally posted by The Rat:


    Hexadecimal ciphers in general only began to appear when computer cryptology did, and there is no chance this group could break a true computer-based encryption scheme unless we have someone here with pretty sophisticated tools. So I suspect that it is just a variant on a common paper-and-pencil cipher. I don't know of any that use sixteen symbols, though.


    I pulled this out of your excellent analysis because it's the only point I feel I can comment on just now:


    It doesn't have to be sixteen symbol code. There's no reason why hex digit pairs can't represent bytes, giving us a 256 element code.


    Marty Fouts


  10. I'm getting confused trying to keep track of the various postings in this thread that have to do with Venona, so I've set up my

    Ranom Venona Extracts

    page with what I think are the most relevant extracts from the discussion.


    Oh, and while I was at it, I put up a copy of my C program that helped me decide it's probably not an "ordinary" Henrietta-16 code.


    Marty Fouts


  11. I should have read the NSA papers on VENONA before I tried simple decryption. If Venona isn't having us on, and is actually using the VENONA cypher for the message, then it's a one-time pad, and there are only two ways to break a one-time pad cypher:


    1) the way VENONA was broken, slowly, over time, and as a result of a mistake in the way the pad's constructed.


    2) by finding a copy of the bad.


    Too bad fizzy's in the Carib, 'cuz I'd love to know more about that book and what he found in it besides refractory


    Marty Fouts


  12. quote:
    Originally posted by SuperGenius:

    sure why not.


    It’s a darn shame our children are clueless what real rock and roll is all about.




    Horizontals where it's at!


    I raised my kid to know from rock and roll icon_wink.gif


    Marty Fouts


  13. quote:
    Originally posted by wa6ube:

    Greetings to all .. I've been Lurking on the geocaching site for a while, and finally updated my profile ..


    I'm active on HF:

    SSB - voice





    I'm in Silicon Valley, but actually live on

    Mount Hamilton -- about 430 feet MSL ..

    great spot for VHF/UHF ..


    I have a packet PBBS on 24/7

    callsign = wa6ube

    freq = 145.05 (unless I'm checking mail on

    144.97) ...


    I just ordered some geocaching stuff, in order

    to create a cache in Silicon Valley ..


    would also like to arrange a gps-based picnic

    in the South bay -- coordinates to follow a little

    later ..


    Trish ..


    Hi Trish,


    Welcome to geocaching.


    If you want to set up a picnic in the valley, you might consider making it an event cache. That's one of the easiest ways to let other geocachers know about it.


    Also, if you haven't found us yet, we've got a couple of active threads going in the south and southwest forums where you'd be greatly welcome.




    Marty Fouts


  14. quote:
    Originally posted by georgeandmary:



    I was just looking at the state map zoomed into your area and I can't believe how many caches there are around you. I think you can thank Marky and Joani's Take a Cache, Place a Cache cache for some of this. I think a weekend trip is in order. icon_biggrin.gif




    It's all your fault, you know. If I hadn't found some of you and George's micros on my first central valley cache-a-thon, i'd have never started hiding micros, and Marky would never have thought to ask me where i get 35mm cans. icon_wink.gif


    Marty Fouts


  15. quote:
    Originally posted by georgeandmary:


    Of seen a few really powerful small round magnets on containers that really impressed me. They looked like small round batteries instead of the black ceramic looking ones that I use.



    sounds like rare earth magnets to me.


    expensive but very powerful.


    Marty Fouts


  16. Twice as many caches have been placed within 100 miles of me in the last six weeks as there are in the entire state of Montana.


    And Montana is 80% of the size of CA.


    Of course, the total population of the state is about that of the city of San Francisco.


    Marty Fouts


  17. I can get into the lab, but I haven't since '87


    Originally posted by fizzymagic:

    This Venona thing is getting kind of interesting. I got an email from Lamneth today to go check a book in the Lab library. So I went, and found the book, but nothing inside it. Then he tells me a building number given to him by Venona, which is NOT the main library, so I went there and found another copy of the book, and inside was a note to Lamneth! Weird. There are more details, but I'll save those for later if Lamneth lets me tell them.


    How would this guy put something into a book at the Lab? It's not exactly the easiest place in the world to get into, you know. So I conclude that "Venona" works at the Lab. How many cachers (aside from me) do we know that fit that description? I'm starting to get curious about this guy.


    Marty Fouts


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