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  1. Besides a hiking stick that happens to be handy for keeping people/animals at arms length, I carry one of these (with a parachute cord grip): in plain sight on the shoulder strap of my camelbak. I don't want to need it and then end up charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Besides, it's right in reach!
  2. I think the original of this genre was: Masquerade, by Kit Williams (also solved) link to more info
  3. That sounds like a story! Any chance you logged that somewhere?
  4. Don't know if this will help your situation, but what I do sometimes is stand still, read off the bearing (notthe heading), set my magnetic compass to it and then start walking in that direction. Mostly though, it sounds like a datum issue. According to the eTrex manual: ( http://www.garmin.com/manuals/eTrex_Owners...00andabove_.pdf )So one thing you could try is leaving the batteries out of the unit for like a week. This should clear out all settings. Or if you can get to the System page (press the page button until you get to the Menu page, then select Setup, then select System) you should see a Defaults button that will do the same thing.
  5. We all know that. My objection is that non-cachers might not know that, and it could *appear* that we are a danger. Similar to my objection to using ammo cans without geocaching stickers on all sides.
  6. Soy-Based Biodegradable Pixie Dust Recliner rest area. (A very easy but cool virtual)
  7. Is it really a good idea to be Waymarking nuke plants? It seems to me that it is just inviting problems from people who don't understand the game.
  8. Off topic, but if you are into Google Maps like me, check out: http://moon.google.com/
  9. Crackhead - I can't remember if I mentioned this, but I'm a professional software developer with a lot of experience programming for Windows. Any interest in me looking at your parsing code to see if I can figure out why you're only getting the first one?
  10. Here's the info on gsak. I haven't used it either, but I may try sometime. http://www.gsak.net/help/hs1000.htm And there's a thread on the forums here.
  11. Well for one thing, his program helps make a web page, so users don't have to have *any* special software (besides a browser) to see it. As you mentioned, some mapping software isn't free. Google Earth is a huge download and:
  12. Cool! But I've had some problems with <Marker and <MSG. (I think they come when the GC waypoint name is too short.) For some reason if I replace the < with _, it works. It doesn't matter if it's Mozilla or IE. For example, this cache: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GCFFA made into this page http://users.ameritech.net/jeffhoover/test.html Gives: Error: missing ; before statement Source File: http://users.ameritech.net/jeffhoover/test.html Line: 29, Column: 13 Source Code: var GCFFA<Marker = new GMarker(new GPoint(-83.9788,42.4240)); This page is the same, except for the </_ change: http://users.ameritech.net/jeffhoover/test2.html Crackhead, could you change the < to _ ? Thanks, Jeff
  13. Crackhead, I haven't looked at your app yet (I will after this post), but it sounds great! What are you writing it in?
  14. Given my fear of "muggle finds box and breaks it open" (possibly breaking contents), I'd personally go with something like an IOU: "Congratulations on your first-to-find! This card entitles you to one <insert_expensive_item> from <insert_geocaching_handle>. Contact me on geocaching.com to claim your prize."
  15. Most (not all, though) 'cachers understand the game and are honest and wouldn't want to get the final stage without getting the other ones. On the flip side, muggles might bust open a locked container to see what's in it, but they might leave a cache alone once they open it and read the note explaining what it is. I don't see a real problem with what you propose, but why not just hide the final stage in a place less likely to be muggled? And what about making it a members-only cache. That makes it less likely that a 'cacher will skip stages. (OK, so I type slower than briansnat)
  16. Another tutorial: http://home.comcast.net/~teamcoychev/paperless.htm
  17. Is this a blond joke? No American that's smart enough to drive a car (let alone test someone's driving ability) thinks Australia is one of the US states. OMG! But maybe she takes a bus to work. As for checking the written test, she probably doesn't actually look at the content, just grades it like: A, C, C B, D - wrong, C, B, ... Now we know for sure that the Sec of State hires "unskilled" workers.
  18. Very nice app! I'll be interested to see how you did it! Will you be upgrading it to use the official API?
  19. This has probably been touched on before, but here are my thoughts: Many 'cachers read "guideline" and interpret it as "generally suggested but not required". I'm in that camp. We all seem to agree that "rule" would mean violations would not be approved. I think some of the friction here is that the reviewer appears to be applying 528' as a rule: less than 528', then no approval. Period. But the site calls it a guideline, so there is an expectation on the part of some of us that there will be at least flexibility in enforcement, or perhaps no enforcement of the 528' limitation. I propose GC.com adopt the following rewrite: Cache Saturation As a rule, caches placed within 0.10 miles (528 feet or 161 meters) of another cache will not be approved. The goal of the 0.10 mile limitation is to reduce the number of caches hidden in a particular area and to reduce confusion that might otherwise result when one cache is found while looking for another. Special requests can be made of the reviewer, and the opinon of a second reviewer may be requested, but ultimately the decision of the reviewer(s) is final. Example of exceptional cases where caches might be approved within 528' of each other include: significant difference in altitude, significant physical barrier between the caches. On the same note, don't go cache crazy and hide a cache every 600 feet just because you can. If you want to create a series of caches, the reviewer may require you to create a multi-cache, if the waypoints are close together.
  20. LOL! That is *so* me! Here's a page that claims: Personally, I carry a 'Shroom Stick. It has a tiny mag compass in it that I thought was stupid at first, but I actually use it 'caching to get moving in the right direction when I'm standing still and my GPSr can't know what direction I'm facing, just what bearing I need to head in.
  21. The Google Maps API lets developers embed Google Maps in their own web pages with JavaScript. You can add overlays to the map (including markers and polylines) and display shadowed "info windows" just like Google Maps. http://www.google.com/apis/maps/
  22. Thumbs down from me. It sounds like a way to get geocaching banned in places. Hiding one cache every 2-3 days is a recipe for a bunch of badly thought-out caches. I'm also not sure that rapid growth of geocaching is even desirable. If things grow too fast, it may be difficult to adapt to changes. I'd rather see a continuation of the gradual growth that our game has experienced. But if you don't have enough caches in your area, start a local/regional club.
  23. Ditto. I can't ever forget to bring extra batteries for my Brunton.
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