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  1. I didn't add functionality for Play Anywhere cartridges in Kit because of what Play Anywhere cartridges are. You see, being playable anywhere, they're less tied to a map location and more to certain dimensions, such as a football field. Had I created a Kit that would translate an entire game to the player's current position, chances are, given the map-based approach in Kit, people would create Play Anywhere cartridges tied to certain map features. This would then become a problem when the entire cartridge is uprooted and placed elsewhere. It's just too easy for people to create a poor experience. In addition, all I have in Kit are questions and messages. That's hardly ideal for a Play Anywhere cartridge experience. Sure, the cartridge could just ask questions, but that's a little boring--not to mention the province of a mystery cache.
  2. Back when we had profile pictures on our profile, I would change mine at least every month. I did that to show I was active--and it was a fun thing to do. When profile pictures went away, so did my habit of taking a photo of me every month. I have few photos of me over the recent years. I was out in the desert last week, drove up a hill, and took this photo. I'm using this photo and the cache there for my recent milestone find, 100K. I think it's one of the better photos I've taken of myself in recent years, so thought to post it here. I really need, though, to post a photo here without me in it. Yes, it's raining in the desert in the background. In fact, I had to weather a heavy rain where I was just half an hour prior. Anyway, it'll take me a while to go through the trip's photos and decide which I might want to publish. Oh, and before I forget: Canon EOS R5, 23mm, 1/60s, f/18, ISO 320, HDR
  3. Oh, a heron. I've been trying to get a quality shot of those for a while. Back in March, I was shooting with an 800mm f/11 lens. This meant at 1/2500s, I had to go up to ISO 3200 to get still shots. These two below might be good by others' standards, but the sharpness is lacking for what I'm trying to do (and that's make the best photos I possibly can). Like caching, I'm not competing against anyone, but I'd rather use common interest to establish relationships and encourage each other to do better and improve. Anyway, these two photos were from March this year. What happened is in October 2020, I bought a new Canon camera and an assortment of lenses. This is my fourth Canon camera. When I started caching, I carried my first Canon with me, but then it was easier just to bring a smaller camera and then a cell phone. I didn't have that many lenses, and the ones I had were adequate. I have quite a large geocaching photo archive now, but most are snapshots and not artsy. Skip ahead about fourteen years to the pandemic and I wanted something else to do to balance out (one-a-day) caching and work. Now, I'm trying to carry that camera with me everywhere I go. It will be really interesting when Halloween rolls around and I see what I can do at haunted attractions, which have been my bread and butter photographic interest since prior to my starting geocaching. Do feel free to share your photographic stories. And if anyone wants to see how I combine photography and geocaching, check out my Epic Logs bookmark list and look for the one for "The Triple Crown". The log is spread over eleven log entries and is fully illustrated with photos I took along the way. Some people don't like long log entries. Others love it when I author an epic log. I never go into a cache intending to write one of those. It just sort of happens when I start telling my story. But I do hope people are entertained, encouraged, motivated, and inspired. If so, that's all I can hope for and perhaps I've contributed positively to the community when all is said and done.
  4. And this was at GC1B7XQ, "Hanging Rock Multi-Falls". I found the earthcache twelve years ago, but returned a week ago because I had improved my photography skills and was there for photography and not caching. Caching and serious photography are usually mutually exclusive for me: caching requires me to visit a ton of places and not linger in any one spot while serious photography requires me visit relatively few locations and take my time crafting a compelling photograph.
  5. This was close to GC997GE, "Reynolda Gardens - Hidden Forest". I happened to visit there at the right time.
  6. Yeah, you have no control over the text displayed in those buttons. It's the UI that sets the text. The "Combine With" button shows up when you've told Wherigo a certain item can be used on another item. That text is set exclusively in the UI.
  7. You could do so via author script, but let's see if we can come up with a way that works directly within Urwigo. From what I understand, you don't actually want to run the entire OnEnter event again because you didn't want to start with the message box. Instead, you wanted to start with the if/else condition. The input object would work in that you could call the input again and the same code would rerun. However, that's a little too late in your process. I could have suggested you mock up the message box like a multiple-choice input with only one answer, but that would show the message again and the UI that gets rendered is slightly different from a normal message box. About the only thing I can suggest is to recreate the if/else test in the incorrect answer action. This would give you exactly what you want. The downside, though, is you'd be duplicating some of your code.
  8. Forest-Ghost is right. I have a few options in Kit for downloading the cartridge: ZIP, GWZ, and GWC. You'll need either of the first two to upload to Groundspeak's Wherigo site. The last one is for loading directly to a Wherigo player app. Don't extract the lua file from the ZIP and attempt to upload it to the Wherigo site. (The GWZ is just a ZIP file, but with the file extension renamed per the way the Wherigo site preferred it.)
  9. I believe that is the case. A little deterrent is fine. After all, no one can prevent the easiest method of circumvention: word of mouth sharing of the final location. So, instead, I advocate for making cartridges an enjoyable, not overlong experience, so people who do skip the cartridge are only depriving themselves of the best part.
  10. I've come across this situation in several different ways: The trackable is not activated. The cache owner intends it as a prize. I usually keep the coin or whatever as a prize. I don't trade the item or give it away because it was as gift to me. Sometimes, the owner intended for me to activate the trackable and send it on its way. I'd hope the cache owner would let me know that, but that's not usually the case. The trackable is activated The cache owner activated the trackable and wanted the FTF to move it to another cache, yet called it an FTF prize. I've gotten into trouble because if it's termed as an "FTF prize", I don't usually look up the trackable to see if it's activated. The cache owner would then contact me and sometimes "ask" me to move it to another cache, with varying degrees of politeness. The cache owner later intended to adopt the trackable to me. When that happens, at times I move it along and other times I just keep it. A year later, the cache owner saw I had kept the activated trackable, so wanted to use the number and move the trackable. It looked like the person had made a mistake, putting the wrong trackable in the cache? The cache owner asked for the FTF prize back so s/he could circulate it in the wild. I have no choice but to comply because I'm the top cacher in the area, have many different unactivated trackables, the person is a casual cacher, and I like being nice to people.
  11. I usually use the freeware Microplant Adapter to convert videos.
  12. I think Groundspeak is pouring more effort into their Adventure Labs at the moment. After thirteen years of Wherigo, I'm used to it. And after thirteen years of Wherigo, I still run across cachers who call me because they don't realize when they get to a zone and nothing happens that they might want to check to see if there's an NPC with whom to interact. (To the person who did call me on Saturday, I mean no disrespect. This is just a great example of how something this flexible might not be readily apparent to everyone.)
  13. After doing an earthcache at the beach, I came across a dead fish. It looked funny, so I created a meme out of it. I call it "Glad Dead Fish". Enjoy my odd sense of humor.
  14. Canon R5, 95mm, 1/5s, f/18, ISO 100 N 37 23.582 W 80 02.273; McAfee Knob, VA; along the Appalachian Trail I hiked four miles up a mountain with my photography equipment and a tripod hanging from the backpack. If you want to read about my experience in full, I have an epic log (eleven logs long) on the cache page as it required I make three separate hikes. It's rare I write epic logs because they take five to ten hours to write and illustrate. Critiques of my photos are always welcome.
  15. Canon R5, 24mm, exposure bracketed (1.6s, 0.8s, and 13s photos), f/18, ISO 400 Thanks to @LifeofRiley21 for placing a cache on the bridge. N 35 34.202 W 79 14.437 Canon R5, 17mm, 1/160s, f/16, ISO 160 I hiked up to Tinker Cliffs along the Appalachian Trail with my photography gear (ugh). This hike is the second of three I need to do one virtual, which is to visit three tall peaks in Virginia along the Appalachian Trail (GC7B6G9). For several photos along the ridgeline, I had to edit out a ton of flies. They knew how to do a photobomb swarm! N 37 26.119 W 79 59.944 I still don't say I'm a professional photographer. I just take photos, edit them, and they go in my archives and that's about it. I figure I'd share a few. I actually don't know what else to do with photos after I take them. Some people said I should offer prints of them or something. I don't know who would buy prints, though.
  16. That's odd. I'm wondering if the emulator had a problem and put the new zone at the north pole, judging by the distance. Well, after I finish work for the day, I could always get Kit to export the cartridge to a GWZ or GWC, load it into Groundspeak's emulator, and see if that emulator has problems. If it agrees with Webwigo, then there's a problem in Kit for those coordinates (but I haven't updated Kit in a while, so this would be a problem across many people's cartridges, not just yours, and I would have heard about it earlier). Were you to move the map pin, would Webwigo recalculate the distance or is it always pointing that far away? (I should visit Europe one day. All those old buildings look different from what I see around the US. Well, I'm not going to be able to do so during a pandemic, not part of my 100K bucket list, and it would be a while until work would allow me to take a week or more off. I tried taking two days off and ended up having to work until 3:30 AM on my day off because of it since a problem arose that no one else wanted to or thought they could handle. Sigh...)
  17. There are some sites that take the three strings and compute the coordinates. If they do so in JavaScript, you could look at that.
  18. Honestly, I almost took the bait, but that would have had me launch into a tangent to the conversation. As a moderator, I shouldn't do that. You're welcome to create another thread to discuss specifically these generalities, likely to no further enlightenment or revelation, though I'd suggest in all topics inviting people with experience to contribute concrete examples and views.
  19. That's a good question that I can't provide a full answer. Let me just focus on my video and then provide observations from my time out there. I lost count of the number of trips I've made to Nevada and the desert areas of the surrounding states, but at least I've seen a lot. The side road itself was always next to the main road. It's how the sage was cut. The parenthesis curves we turn onto are what I'm wondering about. If these were created by geocachers getting as close to the cache as possible, I wonder why they didn't go right next to the caches. You'd figure people would begin driving even closer to the cache as time went on, yet there wasn't any evidence of that. However, every now and then you might see trucks and campers pulled just as far off the road. The dirt roadsides are also graded every year or two, and you see a lot of tracks from those vehicles. Though it's possible some geocachers might drive over the sage, I'd say geocachers form an insignificant part of the problem as you see quads and offroad vehicles every now and then. And the number of shotgun shell casings and litter that's out there, too... I never did get to do the alien head geoart. I knew it was walking, so the three or four times I was out there, the groups I was with always skipped it because of that. Honestly, it did occur to us to drive it, but then it was followed up with a "you're not supposed to do that" and the conversation ended there. On some other trips, I remember following a power line road and some other roads. Many times, I really wondered why there was a road out here to begin with (prospectors?). Caches tend to follow those roads--you can even see them on satellite imagery. Seriously considering going off road to get closer to caches just never came up. We'd just follow the roads where they led and stop as close as we could while still on the road. That was just what you did. At times, you could tell when one car drove over to a cache. Doing so certainly wouldn't make the clearcut paths you saw in my video, though. And when we saw something like this, we'd just think they were lazy morons who risked tearing up their vehicle or puncturing a tire. Not many caches were that far out there, and those that were a hundred meters distant were just seen as part of the game to walk that final distance. I did get to do the Heart of Mojave Desert geoart (shaped like a Gx) with mondou2 and others. We left the cars in the parking area and walked the distance. There was never talk about driving it and, at the time, I didn't see evidence it had been driven. If I may make a tangent, I remember they were shoving water bottles into backpacks. I walked up, took two bottles and put them in my hiking pants pockets. They looked at me strangely. It was supposed to warm up to 110F (43C) that day and that's all the water I was taking for an eleven mile hike (the outer heart, then I'd be able to guzzle and stock up at the cars again before the inner design). I'm always dehydrated--I still am, while typing this--so the water I take with me is more for emergency purposes instead of normal use. I just don't like having anything on my back or weighing me down. Let's see, then there's Yerington. I guess I've been there about half a dozen times. Larry's caches were usually beside the road, so I didn't see any evidence of offroad driving, unless you want to count if a sage came close to the road. He'd just find a road and put out caches along it. There was the state star series, but we walked that. Sure, there was a way to get off the road, but you had all this sage in the way and it would have been faster just to walk. Other places and power trails, you usually had a berm from people coming by and scraping the road every year. I wanted to do the eagle series, but I knew it was a walking one. Larry told me some people had driven it. I didn't want to do that, so never did find the series. That's fine: there were other things to find. Really, if you want to be critical of cachers' impact upon the desert, I'd suggest instead being critical of all the foot trails cachers make from the car to the cache. It's not major, but you can tell people have walked that way, same as people who have used the desert for other reasons. They don't last--the foot trails, not the other people--which at times is somewhat of a disappointment when you have a few dozen sage bushes to look through and then have to realize it's a small rock pile some thirty feet away. But, in conclusion, I'd say the only ones who can answer this question fully are the cache owners and those first to find the caches. I can only provide my observations and try to make them as unbiased as possible. You're always going to have the inconsiderate people doing stupid stuff. The best we can do is set a proper example.
  20. What a coincidence. I checked Facebook and it reminded me of the trip I took to ET Highway mkII with bucknuts, busterbabes, and repmul. I was hanging onto the van like I enjoy doing and bucknuts thought I was taking video. I said that was a good idea and ducked inside for the camera, which is why I have the video. We're not going at a fast pace for being serious, so this is laid back. In this two minute forty-three second video, I found five caches using the container swap method. You can also hear one time when I stomp my foot to signal to the driver I had sufficient grip on the roof rack for her to start moving the vehicle: again, that's proper safety. You can also see we're all a little loopy (no, no one alcohol that day, and I've never drunk alcohol in my life). I'll state again that while doing power runs is a lot of work, if you're with a good set of people, it's enjoyable as long as you only do these runs for a few days. I can't remember any bad, tedious, or boring times from that trip. The content was fairly boring--caches over and over--but the company and companionship, the laughs and stories told along the way, made this a wonderful experience I'd do again. Granted, I'd want sufficient time between trips, but these were fun times. I do have several videos from that trip, but I don't have too many videos from other number runs because I was more focused on the caching part. (I do have a video where we almost set someone's FJ Cruiser on fire in the desert because it caught fire to the shrubs on which it was high center. Disappointingly for everyone's entertainment, the video cuts off the moment I notice and see the fire. I was living it, you can understand why.) (And, yes, some people I'll not name do cache by divide and conquer. You can't compete against that unless you also do that. I am not, but I'm not competing, anyway, against anyone other than where I think I should be on my activity level, and that's just to keep me playing the game, same with my streak.) My purpose for sharing all this is to show number runs aren't all boring and loads of work. Like most things in life, it's what you make of the experience and how you have fun along the way. I don't want to dissuade people from number runs and I don't want number run people not to find quality caches. I always like a good sense of balance between the two. The thing is, some of my best times were had when I was finding a few hundred or more caches with people, possibly because you're cramming a lot of living into a single week. Oh, don't worry: I have stories of singular caches with people, singular caches solo, and solo number runs. That's one of the things that matters to me a great deal with this game: living and amassing my own stories, though I tend to forget a lot of them as time goes by. If you haven't tried number runs, give a lot of thought to the people you'll be going with as this one thing will greatly determine the fun you have. And when you do number runs alone, it's more contemplative. On the last solo number run I had, September 2019, I made sure to stop every now and then to take some photos. This is my favorite from the trip (yes, I brought a drone with me): If you're wondering, the power trail is some hundred feet to my right, up the hill, where I parked. I saw this stream down there, so stopped and took a break, ate an apple, took some photos. (Huh. I remembered that apple before I read my log for the cache. Considering I didn't have much to eat in the car, I guess that apple left an impression, save for where I tossed the core.) If I didn't find everything that day or week, that was fine. The caches were taking me to some interesting places. However, it was work alone, so these nice breaks were essential. I could really have used some company, though. Still, I had to take some time off work, so regardless whether I could find anyone or not to cache with, I had to go.
  21. What are you talking about? By then, they'll have something like Google Glass. But don't look to be the first to do something like that as I already created an app for Glass and made a video of the first time someone had ever found a cache using Glass. I'm still an old fogie and want my hand-held GPSr, not a smartphone.
  22. Allow me to draw a parallel, then. Some people enjoy running. They get together with others and run every weekend. They sometimes participate in marathons, half marathons, and so on. Other people don't care for something like that. They'd rather walk somewhere, hike, or ride in a car. That's fine. I do find that about two weeks for number runs every year and fifty weeks doing whatever other caches as slow as I want tends to be nice. I can't cache too fast in my own area or I'd run out, so one a day and perhaps twenty a weekend elsewhere is fine. I don't think I'd be bored doing geocaching with you. Remember, it's all about balance. I'm not all about doing numbers and quick caches. For example, I'm working on completing a virtual that has me hiking to some of the three tallest peaks on a section of the Appalachian Trail some three hours away. That's as opposite you can get from number runs. I like caching with others more since I'm usually alone, so I tend to do whatever it is people with me want to do and I enjoy doing it with them. But if you enjoyed tree climbing, BMX caches, or something else that's not my interest or I'd feel safe in doing, you might be part right. You see, I also enjoy photography, so I certainly wouldn't mind taking photos of you while you're doing those things.
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