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  1. As far as I am aware, there are three geocachers at OCM-BOCES in Syracuse, NY. Wish there were more! Anton, N2RUD
  2. The evolution of geocaching, more or less.. 1. GPS Sats - SA turned off 2. Cache hunts begin on Sat Nav newsgroup 3. Geocaching.com website opens 4. Ammoboxes & Tupperware become standard items 5. Hitchhikers appear in caches 6. Micro-caches used, especially in urban areas 7. Multi-caches appear 8. Virtual caches appear 9. Letterbox-Hybrid caches appear 9. GC.com replaces player-owned Hitchhikers with GC.com-owned Travel Bugs 10. Locationless caches appear 11. What will come next? The point is that it's healthy for geocaching to grow and change. It's pointless to try to "stop" it's growth or to stop the creativity and ingenuity of geocaches to invent new concepts for the game. It's hard to believe that some people are already falling into the "NO CHANGE!" mindset. Have we grown to the point of having conservatives and progressives? Will we soon have political parties within this sport? Give up this silly argument over what IS or IS NOT geocaching, and keep on inventing new concepts for the game. The ideas that don't work will fall away, or never get off the ground. The simple fact that so many people enjoy virtual and locationless caches is proof that they work just fine. You decide for yourself which caches to play. Please don't try to tell me which caches I can play. Is the argument really just about who scores more "finds", with some players being so competitive that they can't enjoy a silly sport like geocaching without having their Type-A personalities get in the way? If that's it, then ask GC.com to establish a separate "Find" category for locationless caches, to give more definition to the scores. Or not. Is it really so important how many "real" vs. locationless caches you've found? I play all kinds of caches. If someone cares to know exactly what I found, they can check the list on my profile page. Does anyone really bother doing that? I could care less what other players find, and am just happy to know they're enjoying the sport. If some of them have 400, 600 or 1,000 finds after their name, so be it. Are they lieing? Were they all locationless caches? Does anyone really care? We need to encourage the sport to grow and evolve. Setting to many limits and making lots of rules will eventually backfire, and hurt us all. Keep your mind open, and go with the flow. Don't become the Geocaching Gestapo. Trying for total control didn't work then, and it won't work now. Anton, N2RUD Anton - N2RUD Syracuse, NY
  3. quote:Originally posted by BrianSnat: However,if I'm only going to be carrying one knife around (as I do) its going to be a Victoranox Swiss Army Knife. Only carry ONE knife? Well, there's the problem. I carry the little Vic on my keychain. As for friends and colleagues "borrowing" my knife...well, I make a lot of friends when they get to use the Opinel. Everyone asks about it because most have never seen one. Some remember they used to have one, but lost it, and didn't know how to get another one. I take care of that, and make a new friend, or a maybe a better one. But more to the point, I mentioned Opinel pocketknives here on the Forums because I think they make a really good geocache prize. You can get a smaller one for around $6-8. Did you know they come in about 8 different sizes, staring with a keychain size, and going up to a very large store demonstrator that's about a foot long. The most common sizes are Nos. 6 and 8. Most of the Williams-Sonoma cooking stores carry the No.8, for example. Anton Anton - N2RUD Syracuse, NY
  4. Musee de l'Opinel - en Francaise! http://www.opinel-musee.com/ Anton - N2RUD Syracuse, NY
  5. quote:Originally posted by BrianSnat:I'll just stick with my Victorino Nothing like brand loyalty to get people started, eh? Okay, let's say I keep a Vic in the glovebox in my truck...for the occasional uplanned bottle of wine. (Gee, when does that ever happen?) And yes, I have a Leatherman minitool in my desk. Of course, an Opinel doesn't compete with the Swissies and Mini-tools for those times when what you really need is a toolbox. An Opinel is more about style, and less about function. Can you tell me you really don't like them? For what it is, at $8-9 dollars, you gotta love 'em. But for the techno-geeks, you know, those nerdy guys who love Palms and GPS receivers, I'd still recommend a solid single-blade pocketknife over a Swissie. Want to see what I'm talking about? Go here and have a peek: http://www.benchmade.com Anton - N2RUD Syracuse, NY
  6. Hi there, I enjoy using old technology that still does the job: analog radios, fountain pens, and simple pocketknives. You can keep your Swiss Army Knives and Leatherman Pocketools. Do you have an Opinel pocketknife? The Opinel has a very simple, yet elegant design, with a locking ring and a pearwood handle. There's one in the Museum of Modern Art in New York just for that reason. It's a great knife for camping and picnics. At a price under $10, you might even put one in a cache! The Opinel Pocketknife - a French tradition http://www.sav.org/e/opinel.html http://www.tiac.net/users/knives/Opinel.htm http://www.bavaria.com/entertainment/frenchday_us.html Anton - N2RUD Syracuse, NY
  7. What is your favorite brand/model battery for a GPS receiver? Anton, N2RUd
  8. I've got five recently placed geocaches that have not been logged. Used to be they were logged within 24 hours, or a couple of days. What's up? Is anyone else noticing a decline in activity, or is it just a fluke here in Central New York? Anton, N2RUD Syracuse, NY [This message was edited by Anton on May 27, 2002 at 06:24 PM.]
  9. Regardless of how some players may feel about locationless caches, these two seem pretty popular! - Anton Diners Club - favorite funky restaurants http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.asp?ID=21289 Historic Forts http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.asp?ID=21378 Anton, N2RUD Syracuse, New York
  10. Savvy Traveler - feature story on Geocaching http://savvy.mpr.org/show/features/2002/20020517/feature1.shtml "It started out as a travel game for gadget geeks. The gadget, in this case, is GPS, or Global Positioning System. Using several satellites, GPS allows you to pinpoint your location to within a few feet. When the government gave civilians access to the technology, some folks made a sport of it. A high-tech treasure hunt called Geocaching. Correspondent Jeff Tyler has this peek into a growing subculture." Anton __________ NYGPS http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nygps/ RIC http://www.classroom.com/community/email/archives.jhtml?A0=RIC
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