Thot

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  1. I stumbled across it. I can't remember where now.
  2. I'm the last person to care about jerimy's arbitrary and capricious rules, but I thought traveling caches were outlawed a long time ago. This one seems to be alive https://coord.info/GC4241 So, what's the deal?
  3. But, it's still active. It just moved to Houston recently.
  4. All three of my caches in Challenger Park have been muggled twice and one of them three times in the last few months. Best I can tell, no other caches in the park have been bothered. In the screen capture below you can see that all caches are active except mine. One of mine that is disabled isn't grayed out?? But, I looked at the others and saw none have gone missing in the last several months. So, I decided to look at the "Audit Log" to see who had been to the cache pages since the last find 'til it went missing. I don't see anyone who went and didn't find or log a find or DNF. But, I see they have been found by people not in the Audit Log. According to GC's definition the Audit Log is supposed to show everyone "who viewed your cache" So, how could people be finding it yet never visiting the cache page?
  5. I see. Given the number of people who cache using a cell phone, it makes the function pretty useless.
  6. Thanks for the replies. I forget I don't get emails telling me that people have responded.
  7. I've seen at least a couple of these on the back of pickups. Saw one today. It's a little difficult to tell from the picture but the flag is entirely black and white except for the one white stripe that's colored red -- the blue is black and all the reds are black. I assume this is supposed to be a message. Does anyone know what that message is?
  8. How far can you move a cache before you have to archive it and make a new one?
  9. Thanks for the info. I believe I can find a place that's within 528 feet. One of the problems is two other caches already overlap into my zone. And I'm guessing if I move into the overlap it may raise flags. My cache was there long before the overlapping ones but those technicalities never influenced Prime Reviewer.
  10. My Snake Tree cache, the 8th oldest in the Houston area is up for adoption. See latest log.
  11. Current Projects Smash Childhood Cancer OpenZika Help Stop TB FightAIDS@Home Outsmart Ebola Together Mapping Cancer Markers
  12. I’m inviting you to join the Houston GeoCaching Society team on the World Community Grid. The World Community Grid is a platform for distributed computing. If you aren’t familiar with distributed computing, it’s a system that makes use of the idle time of home computers everywhere. Some projects require more computing power than the most powerful computers can provide. Such projects are made possible by using a collection of computers world wide. World Community Grid supports projects attempting to solve problems in biology, medicine and the environment. To be accepted for the World Community Grid, a project must make any discoveries and data public domain – that is, available to all researchers. Follow This Link to register. It will make you a member of both the World Community Grid and the Houston GeoCaching Society team. After joining you will need to need to download and install the World Community Grid software Here. This is the software that enables the distributed processing. If by chance you already participate in the World Community Grid, use This Link. Then click on the join now button when the page appears. Here are their currently ongoing projects: • Computing for Clean Water • The Clean Energy Project • Discovering Dengue Drugs • A Cure for Muscular Dystrophy • Helping Fight Childhood Cancer • Human Proteome Folding • Fighting AIDS There are several dormant or completed projects. Originally I joined to support Influenza Antiviral Drug Search But, after joining I discovered Phase I of this study was complete and Phase II hasn’t started yet. You can see a list of all the research projects by going to the main page Here. Hover over the Research tab and click on any of them to learn more. The active projects are the links above. Each person chooses which projects they want to support. To add or change the projects you are supporting/running hover over the My Grid tab and click on My Projects. The team is in a friendly competition with other teams for the amount of computing time contributed. Make a New Years resolution to help others and the world, then check it off your list today as one resolution kept.
  13. I'm here to encourage others to join. This is really a chance to participate in something worthwhile that costs you almost nothing. Here's the current roster.
  14. This is getting spooky. I'm beginning to hear an echo when I come here. When I go to Geocaching, Travelers, Puzzles and maybe others I haven't checked I have the latest topic, maybe going back months. Is this site gradually (or not so gradually) going dark? Where'd everybody go? So anyway, I would like to figure out which Travelers have actually been in one of my caches. It has a lot listed in the history but many/most/almost all have been people dipping bugs, not putting them in the cache. I haven't been able to sort the wheat from the chaff. Anybody know an easy way to tell which travelers were ever actually in a cache?
  15. To me the first chart is the most meaningful. It shows the change clearly. The chart distinguishing between caches labeled small vs micro has more issues. The small cache designation wasn't adopted until somewhere in 2005 or later. Before that most people called them micros. My earlier data with smalls must have been people who relabeled older caches small once that designation became available. For example, people relabeled caches placed and labeled small in 2003 may have later changed them to small. My data uses when the cache was placed and I can't know if the size was changed later. My observation is there's been size creep over time. Some new cachers are labeling caches small that in prior years would have been labeled micros. I've imagined this may partly be because newer cachers have seen so many of the tiny containers (nanos, Bison tubes, etc.), which didn't use to exist, a large pill bottle seems like it must be a small. My intent was to show the decline of regular (they were called regular for a reason) caches and the second chart muddies that. I omitted 2001 & 2002 because my data's bad back then and geocaching had growing pains with some odd things going on. For what it's worth in 2001 (the first year of caching) 96% were regular caches and 4% micros in my iffy data. Percent of Caches
  16. So, is there a local geocaching page I should know about? I'm really sorry to see this website go. It was a place I could get answers to my many questions.
  17. Right, and he gave up his domain too.
  18. Am I the only one who didn't know the evince coordinate checker is defunct? I'm having to redo all my puzzle and multi fill in the blank pages.
  19. You can do that. The history of each bug is on the bugs page. But when you have a hundred bugs and each bug has many actions you have to tediously go to each bug and then hunt through page after page of logs to find the real drops it's more than I'm willing to do. In the old days I wrote programs that would do this automatically but GC changed their website to prevent that. As an example, one of my little found caches has 31 bugs recorded. I took the first one on the list as a random sample. That bug has 165 total actions in its history. If this is typical I would have to go through up to 5000 logs, keeping records along the way, to determine if which bugs were actually placed in the cache.
  20. This a large cache.
  21. My test for a micro is the volume (not shape) of a tennis ball or less. If it's greater than a tennis ball and less than a quart container it's a small. I used to say a two quart container but with size creep and all . . . A large should be a gallon or more. Incidentally, there are so few large containers they were not considered in my study.
  22. That's the problem with not getting notices from HGCS, I didn't know about your post 'til just now. Thanks for the kind words Kenny and the rest of you, please SIGN UP!
  23. Almost four years ago this bug disappeared from a cache that is still active. It's had a couple of lives. Late last year I decided to resurrect it. When I do that I like to put the replacement in the cache where was last if the cache is still active. In this case it was, so I made a new copy. The owner of the cache agreed to drop it in, so I packed it up and mailed it to him. The day he said he dropped it in I plucked the old one out of the either and put it in the cache. The very next day a guy took it and stopped caching that very day. I emailed him about a month ago requesting he put it in a cache near him so it could continue. He didn't reply. I'm considering making yet another copy and trying again. If someday this guy puts the one he has in a cache there will be two copies floating around. Anybody know what happens then?
  24. I have to buy a new Nuvi (pun not intended). I've never been satisfied with the one I have for geocaching. Are there any recent models that are geocaching friendly? By geocaching friendly I mean: .gpx exports from GSAK can be added to it much like to the 62 The unit then shows the descriptions, logs and hints in addition to guiding you to the cache location.