Monday, May 21, 2007

"Do As I Say, Not As I Do"

Want to read a real geodrama?

The owner of a geocache called Rock House Cave discovered that some cachers had taken an easier approach than she intended, so she deleted their "Found It" logs. A heated debated arose, during which I placed a note on the cache page (which the cache owner later deleted):

My impression of a true 5/5 cache is one that doesn't allow any potential for a cacher to sign the log without overcoming 5/5 obstacles. A fair number of my more difficult caches incorporate little-known and/or difficult-to-discover approaches that are easier than the more obvious ways of getting there. If a cacher stumbles upon, or studies their way to a more efficient approach than I revealed in the cache description, more power to them.

Jeremy himself (what's up with his boring profile page?) even weighed in.

I came across an interesting tidbit on how the cache owner in question had committed a similar offense on a puzzle cache a little over a year ago, so I placed another short-lived log (see the screenshot) for the 25+ cachers who were watching the cache page. As of this writing, I have received positive comments from 17 of those cachers.

You can read more of the subsequent exchange on the Emerald Valley Cachers forum.

All I can add at this point is that, although I have never found a Chubby Forest Monkey cache, I had hoped to find as many of her remote ones as possible. Until now.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Yet Another BSOD on My (OSU's) Dell Doorstop

Caused by a conflict between Windoze and an anti-virus program...sheesh. Where is my Mac Pro!?

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Elevator Lobby Near My Veal Pen

This is the elevator lobby by my office...uh...cubicle.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Slow Traffic Keep Right!

I'll admit I tend to drive within the top 20% when it comes to highway speed, but only when traffic allows. I grew up in times and places where it was understood that, unless you are actively engaged in passing another vehicle, you stay in the right lane. I am now commuting on a 4-lane highway that I used to drive daily about eight years ago. Back then, it seemed rare to see cars lined up in the left lane, with the right lane clear, but nowadays, I see examples of what you see in this pic more than anything else.

I have come to the point where I can accept people hanging in the passing (left) lane, until someone approaches from behind, at which point, you really should move over to the slow (right) lane. Driving slow in the passing lane prompts people to pass on the right, which is more dangerous than passing on the left. And if I have to go into why that is, then stay home and don't drive. At least stay out of the passing lane unless you're passing somebody!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

No "Discovered It" Logs Allowed!

I was in the vicinity of one of my seldom-visited caches yesterday and stopped by for a maintenance visit. I noticed a really nice geocoin had been sitting there since the cache was last found nine months ago, so I jotted down the number to log a "Discovered It" log later (I don't make it a practice to grab nice trackable items from my own geocaches, but rather let others enjoy a pleasant surprise when they visit them).

I thought the coin owner would appreciate some news that their coin is still there, and I wanted another cool coin icon on my profile page. I placed my "Discovered It" log on the geocoin, only to have it deleted by the cache owner with no explanation. When I emailed the cache owner, he referred me to the geocoin's page, where it says, "Discovered it" logs will be ruthlessly deleted without warning or exception."

Wow, I never saw that kind of rule before, and I'm still trying to understand the logic and motivation behind it...

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Pablo Mac is (temporarily) GPSr-less!

Aliex and I went on a cache maintenance visit to Pablo's Singletrack Mind, and this is the last pic I took of my beloved Garmin 60CS GPS receiver before selling it to my nephew, DCRude.

Don't assume I'm getting out of geocaching just yet; I'm temporarily between GPS units. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Great Global Warming Swindle

Accepted theories about man causing global warming are "lies," claims a controversial new TV documentary.

The Great Global Warming Swindle - backed by eminent scientists - is set to rock the accepted consensus that climate change is being driven by humans.

"The environmental movement has evolved into the strongest force there is for preventing development in the developing countries."

- Patrick Moore, Co-Founder Greenpeace

To former environmentalist Paul Dreeson, the idea that the world's poorest people should be restricted to using the world's most expensive and inefficient forms of electrical generation is the most morally repugnant aspect of the global warming campaign. "Let me make one thing perfectly clear: if we're telling the third world that they can only have wind & solar power, what we are really telling them is, 'you cannot have electricity.'"