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  1. Actually, trackables are like threads in any topic: once you start one, you never really know where it will go, and when you get tired of watching it wander you have no way of killing it.
  2. Also known as the Cher method. * * * I'm basically done with geocaching, but I don't see any reason to officially call it quits. I might still use the activity as something to do with my sister's kids, or whatnot. A couple of years ago, I changed perspective on the hobby and switched from a finder to focusing on coming up with new cache designs. Basically, it was an arts and crafts hobby at that point. That really helped me to keep an interest in it for a little while longer. Right now, I'm changing the nature of the game for myself and trying to find caches without any help from the website. It's a whole lot harder that way, looking for physical evidence and searching for likely spots, but it gives me a new angle and a renewed interest. Eventually, I'm sure I'll tire of the whole thing and hike those trails for their own sake, again. I've never had any activity keep my interest forever, though geocaching certainly holds the record, so far.
  3. That works best when you follow this rule: You see, if you drill a proper hole you can prevent it from walking away and disappearing. Then, once you tag it, you can toss it in your duffle bag and transport it to wherever. Although, I must confess, the last one I found was dumped in a river, and the hole certainly didn't help with the longevity, either. Of course, I was talking about a TB...
  4. TB's are like cachers: they get a cute name, posted pics and an occasional story, but in the end, they're just a number. The person above me is best known as number 6508841.
  5. Someone left me a television remote stolen from one of the nearby lodges. Now I get to figure out which one and give it back. I'm thinking of branching out and starting a new species.
  6. But that was my point- they did indeed get extra help from the CO. They had the coords wrong (just as I had) but asked the CO if they were right, and got additional info on it (which coord was wrong and that they were off by one digit.) I would consider "additional info" to be extra clues, or a more elaborate description. There's nothing additional about coordinates. It just happens that they helped to fix the erroneous coordinates, which is very much more important than making for a fair FTF race. Remember, the first finder is also the beta tester.
  7. Think about it this way: if the coordinates were bad, then they did future finders a huge favor. If they weren't bad, then there was no advantage to making the call. It's no problem. If they had the cache owner on the phone and didn't even ask for additional clues, then I'd say they did well.
  8. Nanos are not functionally different from micros. It's just a difference of degree, meaning that there's no clear line between very small and impossibly small. At least, with the other sizes, there's a functional distinction, based on what they can contain. As it is, we've got plenty of people trying to slide the definition, and that's with functional differences set into the definitions. Just imagine the trouble in keeping the distinction between micro and nano, where one is tiny and the other is tinier.
  9. That reminds me: 1. Bug spray with DEET will ruin a flashlight lens. Maglites have a replaceable lens, but it isn't cheap for what it is. This reminds me: 2. Always bring water for anything more than a simple park-and-grab. I usually can count on my wife to remember it, but on one of my few solo geocaching hikes when I didn't remember to bring water, I was lucky enough to meet a fellow geocacher who brought extra. I didn't think it was much of a hike when I started. also: 3. If it sounds like a ridiculously daring hide, then it probably is. Caches that ask to be muggled probably will be, very quickly. 4. There is no glue on the market that can stand against the forces of nature. Bolt it, clip it or wire it, or be prepared to make frequent maintenance visits. The strongest glue in the world is only as strong as the weakest mating surface. 5. Wood is the most effective camouflage out in nature, but it shrinks when it dries, swells when it's wet, and it generally requires very frequent replacement. 6. About one in ten finders can properly close a container with a complicated closure mechanism. About one in ten finders cannot properly close any kind of container. I've made both kinds and learned my lesson. Recently, I had someone complain that he couldn't unscrew the lid, so the log wasn't signed. The lid was a soft rubber cap that pulls straight off. I had a feeling that might happen, but there's no way to make a closure any simpler than that, so what can I do? No container is so robust that it never needs to be checked on. Someone, somehow, will leave it compromised. 7. When looking for a cache, keep in mind that this is not your job. You're not getting paid for it. If you aren't having fun, then there's no reason why you shouldn't move on. 8. When looking for a cache, assume nothing about the legality or the safety of the hide. Think for yourself. At the end of the day, if you are uncomfortable about what you did, then you have no one to blame but yourself. The cache is available for anyone who chooses to seek it. That choice belongs to the finder. 9. Don't hide a cache if you can't handle criticism. Also, rethink hiding a cache if you have obsessive tendencies, because you might lose sleep over it. 10. Don't spend too much time on the forums. Much of the participation is motivated more from the joy of chatting or bickering than the joy of caching.
  10. I notice you gave that angry CO a good picture of your caching partner in that reflection Yeah, people need to realize that when they put out any kind of positive effort, meaning that they're making something and presenting it to the public for an ostensibly good purpose, that they stand a very good chance of getting criticized. This is true for business endeavors, volunteer work, and all kinds of things. They need to be able to stoically decide whether or not the criticism has merit. If it does, then fix the problem, or learn from it. If the criticism is baseless, then it doesn't really matter, unless it becomes a kind of negative spam. People who react very badly to criticism should reconsider cache ownership, because it's not the sort of thing you want to get into at all if you can't take it.
  11. Leapfrogging is when a team splits up into two groups. One group finds every second cache and signs on behalf of everyone. The other group finds the ones skipped by the first group and signs on behalf of everyone. Please don't do it. Unless you actually find a specific cache yourself, your name should not be on the log.
  12. ...discuss twisted knickers. Yeah, you're going straw man on us, Toz. The statement was not to imply that the web site should not change, in order to suit our HTML. The suggestion was to imply that a large number of changes on the web site neither improve nor worsen the design, but change for change's sake, which happens to be an inconvenience to those of us who format our profiles to fit the current design. Indecisiveness can be a problem for any business. Never mind that, though. Let's talk about twisted knickers and different flavors of ice cream, ubiquitously irrelevant subjects, but ones that find their way into many geocaching discussions.
  13. I agree. Yoda's profile takes a very long time to load, but it does come up, eventually. I'm not sure how many people would wait for it.
  14. Thanks again. There's an old saying about an artist who keeps improving his painting until he royally messes it up beyond all hope. These web designers need to know when to call it good enough.
  15. It exists, but the USSRC site is no longer selling it. Here's a copy of the old web page (please don't try to order one from this page, because it's just a copy of the original page and won't get you anything): http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:C1yG4dwEi1QJ:www.spacecampstore.com/GPS-Adventure-Maze-GeoCoin-MEGP50/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us This is what it looks like: I can't locate any other site selling this coin. I think you're out of luck.
  16. It's funny that you mention lamp post caches, because I don't think there are any such caches in the OP's area.
  17. A box near the upper right has "Admin Tools." Look for "Disable."
  18. Forgive? Or Absolve? "I'd absolve a traditional CM ..." Maybe only the Catholic CMs get absolved, while Protestant CM are forgiven. A Protestant would say that the Church Micro is justified. It may not be sanctified, though. Are we allowed to discuss soteriology in here?
  19. Also, once the initial search is performed, you get a new search box at the top, pre-filled with the text, "schepenbrief van bochoute." If you add the specific site to this (site:geocaching.com) so that it reads, "schepenbrief van bochoute site:geocaching.com," then it will narrow the results to only web pages at Geocaching.com.
  20. I went to https://images.google.com/. Click the icon of the camera at the right end of the search box. I think this cannot be done on a smart phone. Paste the url of the image into the box, and hit enter. Somewhere down the page is a heading "Pages that include matching images," and the first link is from Geocaching.com. Using this feature has a nasty habit of bringing up porn, so if you don't want to see that in the future, you'll want to adjust the search settings in the upper right corner (a gear icon). There might be a more direct method than what I did, but this was a pretty easy way to do it.
  21. It's found on this cache page: De schepenbrief van Bochaute
  22. You're allowed to do that. It's not a problem. I wish Groundspeak made it easier for us to repurchase tags with the codes that we already own, but they don't. I don't know if they still do, but they used to sell the tags with an included copy tag that you could release if the first one was lost. Also, I think you can reset the travel bug page and start over, if you wish.
  23. I've heard of this, before. People call it a "shadow person." This is the Wikipedia article for it: Shadow People
  24. June. The listed "last visit" date may be April, but his last find was two months later. Edit: you're right, though. He hasn't visited the website since April.
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