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  1. quote:Originally posted by SuperGenius:I only regret being clueless! I wonder where I was during Math Class? Pepper Horizontals where it's at! Hiking? Marty kg6nee
  2. quote:Originally posted by SuperGenius:I only regret being clueless! I wonder where I was during Math Class? Pepper Horizontals where it's at! Hiking? Marty kg6nee
  3. the per-log 'decrypt' option doesn't seem to work on the new format, at least if the log is partially encrypted. kg6nee
  4. A stats page would be ok for those who want it, but that need is already being served and there are other features that it would be nicer to have sooner. Like GPX output from pocket queries. kg6nee
  5. if my numbers are right, somewhere between 1/3 and 2/3 of the people who visit my microcaches and sign the log don't both to log on the web site. This is also consistent with what I've noticed reading log books of caches I've visited. kg6nee
  6. quote:Originally posted by georgeandmary:As for Pain in the Brain, Green Achers put one out in Tracy, and Kablooey put one out.... well, I don't know where it is because I haven't figure it out yet. I submitted one possible solution but there must be more since mine was wrong. I have to go read it again... It's called "more than math" george Remember: Half the people you meet are below average. http://img.Groundspeak.com/track/5867_200.gif Do you mean More than Just Math? There are 6 solutions to the math problem, but as Kablooey told me, repeatedly, only one cache. kg6nee
  7. quote:Originally posted by georgeandmary:As for Pain in the Brain, Green Achers put one out in Tracy, and Kablooey put one out.... well, I don't know where it is because I haven't figure it out yet. I submitted one possible solution but there must be more since mine was wrong. I have to go read it again... It's called "more than math" george Remember: Half the people you meet are below average. http://img.Groundspeak.com/track/5867_200.gif Do you mean More than Just Math? There are 6 solutions to the math problem, but as Kablooey told me, repeatedly, only one cache. kg6nee
  8. I suppose this has already been requested, but I didn't find the thread in a quick search, so I figured I'd request it again. It would greatly help if the options for difficulty and terrain selection on queries were expanded to allow: "less than" and "greater than" as well as "between" For example: to make it easy to see difficulty when I load the .loc files into M$ streets and trips, I'd like to sort my queries into "easy" (less than 2) "medium" (between 2 and 3) and "hard" (greater than 3) kg6nee
  9. I think it's a very good thing to give back to the community by hiding caches, but I don't think the best way to measure that is by the ratio of finds to hides. I'd rather have 10 well thought out caches than try to maintain the 46 caches that a 5:1 ratio would suggest. I know there are cachers who can properly maintain 100 caches, but I'm not one of them. kg6nee
  10. There is a virtual on Mt Whitney at the summit. Also, there is a virtual called "H is for Highpoint". Thus, every highest spot in every county in the US is covered. kg6nee
  11. quote:Originally posted by Team 5-oh!: quote:...The fact is, your use of good English suggests, to my mind, that you are probably a pretty intelligent person... Wow do I feel sorry for you! Step outside and get some fresh aire. shh... he thinks i r intelligunt. don't disabuse him of that, so few peepul do. kg6nee
  12. quote:Originally posted by Team 5-oh!: quote:...The fact is, your use of good English suggests, to my mind, that you are probably a pretty intelligent person... Wow do I feel sorry for you! Step outside and get some fresh aire. shh... he thinks i r intelligunt. don't disabuse him of that, so few peepul do. kg6nee
  13. quote:Originally posted by ApK: quote:Originally posted by Marty Fouts:There's no such thing as 'good' English. The most absurd thing about that comment is that it's belied most clearly by your own good English. The fact is, your use of good English suggests, to my mind, that you are probably a pretty intelligent person (perhaps it's not accurate, but that IS more the point of this thread than anything you've said challenging a particular spelling variant or usage choice, when no one has even suggested them) and with that image in my mind, I can only figure that the arguments you are making are crafted solely for the purpose of being irritating. Others may be more patient, and I'll read their replies to you with interest, but this will be my last to you on the topic. ApK [This message was edited by ApK on September 14, 2002 at 12:41 PM.] I don't write "good" English. I write a regional dialect, and I can't spell worth beans. I have no idea why you think I'm trying to be an irritant rather than being responsive to my points, but it's pretty clear that even what you think of as 'good' grammer isn't communicating with you. Which part of "language conventions are regional, arbitrary, and variable means that there's no such thing as 'good' grammar'" are you having trouble understanding? If you want to understand what I'm trying to say, read the book I recommend. It's actually easy to read and it makes the point more clearly than I can. kg6nee
  14. quote:Originally posted by SimonG:Okay, I've wanted to reply to about a million posts in this discussion but held back. I can't resist any longer. quote:Originally posted by Marty Fouts:This forum itself hardly qualifies as absolutely vital so it's hard to see how any particular behavior in it can do so. This reasoning just baffles me. It wasn't vital for me to go to the supermarket this evening - I still think it's a good job I stopped at all the red lights along the way. Now I'd better run this through a spell checker before I post it... If you can point out to me forum behavior that has the attendant risk of running a red light, I'll reconsider my position. Come on, folks, lighten up. We're talking about informal chatting on a web board here. The phrase "absolutely vital" is way over the top when discussing what goes on here. kg6nee
  15. quote:Originally posted by ApK: quote:Originally posted by Marty Fouts:Or, in simple english: there are no standards. Does anyone else find this utterly wrong? Perhaps you can try explain this a little more clearly? It sound very much like you're saying the something analagous to "There's more than one GPS Datum, so there are none." So, we should feel completely free and correct in posting coordinates relative to, say, a spot in New Hampshire on the surface of an Easter egg, rather then WGS84? ApK That you pulled a sentence out of context and elided all of the material that established that context? Yeah, I find that "utterly wrong", or at least unhelpful, argumentative, and noncommunicative. If you really want to understand my point, rather than just argue from a knee jerk position, then I recommend that you read the book that I recommended. But here's a helpful hint: languages are not mathematical systems. They lack the precision, they are ambiguous, and they evolve. But if you want to just keep arguing, here's a point for you to pick on: Do you get your standard spelling from the OED or from Noah? Or, if you prefer: Do you get your grammer from the CMS or from Quirk? kg6nee
  16. quote:Originally posted by ApK: Overlooking a fault does not mean approving of it, or condoning it, or failing to recognize it AS a FAULT, nor does it mean not discussing it, when the fault in general IS the topic of dicussion, nor does it mean that it's not a good thing to try to correct the fault. And I've said it before and I'll keep saying it until I get tired or people stop trying to use it as an argument: THIS IS NOT ABOUT POINTING OUT SPELLING ERRORS!! NO ONE HAS TRIED TO CORRECT ANYONE'S SPELLING (execpt in jest or in an attempt at irony)! READ THE THREAD!! I'm beginning to think that all these people arguing against good English have that point of view because they simply don't understand English at all! Grr! ApK Apparently not, as you don't seem to understand the point I'm trying to make. Let me spell it out. Social conventions are just that: conventions. There's no such thing as 'good' English. The "fault" (poor choice of word on my part) in a social situation is a violation of an arbitrary convention. It's not the same as a wrong or sin. In simpler language: customs differ. kg6nee
  17. quote:Originally posted by ApK: Overlooking a fault does not mean approving of it, or condoning it, or failing to recognize it AS a FAULT, nor does it mean not discussing it, when the fault in general IS the topic of dicussion, nor does it mean that it's not a good thing to try to correct the fault. And I've said it before and I'll keep saying it until I get tired or people stop trying to use it as an argument: THIS IS NOT ABOUT POINTING OUT SPELLING ERRORS!! NO ONE HAS TRIED TO CORRECT ANYONE'S SPELLING (execpt in jest or in an attempt at irony)! READ THE THREAD!! I'm beginning to think that all these people arguing against good English have that point of view because they simply don't understand English at all! Grr! ApK Apparently not, as you don't seem to understand the point I'm trying to make. Let me spell it out. Social conventions are just that: conventions. There's no such thing as 'good' English. The "fault" (poor choice of word on my part) in a social situation is a violation of an arbitrary convention. It's not the same as a wrong or sin. In simpler language: customs differ. kg6nee
  18. If you'd asked a couple of weeks ago it would have been around 850. There's been a huge spurt of cache placement in the past two or three weeks. kg6nee
  19. quote:Originally posted by georgeandmary: quote:Originally posted by kurtuleas:I kinda cheated and tried to have the math teacher across the hall figure it out for me, but she said she didn't know how to do it with LAT and LONG. She DID explain what a centroid is, but with football, baby, work and commuting I just didn't have the time to figure it out. KURTULEAS Maybe I can give some lessons. I just got confirmation that my numbers were pretty darn close. I'm off by about 20 ft or so. That's close enough, and about as close as you'd expect to get considering rounding errors. I just don't have time to go get it tonight. Tomorrow. george Remember: Half the people you meet are below average. http://img.Groundspeak.com/track/5867_200.gif Guess I should have gone out and done Centroid yesterday instead of failing to find some of your caches. would have been fun to be FTF. Oh well, I'll get back to Tracy one day. -- once my ego gets over not finding 4 micros on the same day. Marty kg6nee
  20. quote:Originally posted by georgeandmary: quote:Originally posted by kurtuleas:I kinda cheated and tried to have the math teacher across the hall figure it out for me, but she said she didn't know how to do it with LAT and LONG. She DID explain what a centroid is, but with football, baby, work and commuting I just didn't have the time to figure it out. KURTULEAS Maybe I can give some lessons. I just got confirmation that my numbers were pretty darn close. I'm off by about 20 ft or so. That's close enough, and about as close as you'd expect to get considering rounding errors. I just don't have time to go get it tonight. Tomorrow. george Remember: Half the people you meet are below average. http://img.Groundspeak.com/track/5867_200.gif Guess I should have gone out and done Centroid yesterday instead of failing to find some of your caches. would have been fun to be FTF. Oh well, I'll get back to Tracy one day. -- once my ego gets over not finding 4 micros on the same day. Marty kg6nee
  21. quote:Originally posted by ApK:I agree that we don't have to spell check and proofread everything here. But think how much easier you may have had it in school...how much easier it would be GET YOUR POINTS ACROSS if you had gone about your life until then believing that grammar and spelling WERE important, and taking any opporunity to use them well, rather than ignoring them and only trying to use them correctly when you felt you really had to? ApK I can't recall a time when my utter inability to spell made it difficult for me to get my point across. kg6nee
  22. quote:Originally posted by jeremyp:I say it is absolutely vital to proof read even the most casual of written communications that are destined to be published somewhere e.g. this forum. This is not because of the spelling or grammar, but because of the perceived meaning of the _content_. I bet a lot of people have posted things here that they intended to be witty / funny / intelligent but when read back turned out to be deeply insulting or wrong. For the record, paying attention to one's spelling, punctuation and grammar is IMHO just good manners as it makes the post easier for others to read if nothing else (check out Geobadger's comments on this thread if you don't understand what I mean). ------- jeremyp The second ten million caches were the worst too. http://www.jeremyp.net/geocaching This forum itself hardly qualifies as absolutely vital so it's hard to see how any particular behavior in it can do so. As far as good manners, I was taught that it's good manners to overlook other's faults when you are in a social situation, and I can't imagine a fault easier to overlook than poor spelling. The word that seems to be missing from this thread is slack as in cut em some slack, jack kg6nee
  23. quote:Originally posted by ApK: quote:Originally posted by Marty Fouts:To all those folks who have the misperception that there is a standard form of the English language (and especially those who believe they know what that form is) I strongly recommend the book _Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language_ as a starting place. Unless, of course, you have a background in linguistics. In which case I wonder how you came by that misunderstanding. or, in the venacular: chill, dude. kg6nee There certainly are standards, they just change rapidly with a living language like English, as has been mentioned in the original thread already. ApK Or, in simple english: there are no standards. Having more than one standard is like having more than one watch. You never know what grammer to use. The thing that most people seem to miss about "standards" in language is that they're ambiguous, flexible, and, as you say, rapidly changing. After all, we all know that the standard for english spelling is the way *I* spell. kg6nee
  24. To all those folks who have the misperception that there is a standard form of the English language (and especially those who believe they know what that form is) I strongly recommend the book Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language as a starting place. Unless, of course, you have a background in linguistics. In which case I wonder how you came by that misunderstanding. or, in the venacular: chill, dude. kg6nee
  25. for my urban micros, it's definitely the location. I like to find places that are nearby but out of the way and use the micros to draw people's attention to them. kg6nee
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