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My Quick Caching Stats

Following are a few quick stats on overall finds and the two Geocoins that I take with me on all finds. My full caching statistics page. Full Caching Stats

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Making 360° Tours

I have been playing around with my drone, getting some aerial shots of the local nature preserve. LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve, on Prospect Road, just a ways North of Geddes, and South of Cherry Hill.

I find 360° “Globe” panoramas to be intriguing, and have since back when it was a challenge to stitch pictures together, then make a .mov file, and even to get a player that would work on a web site.

Now it is so much simpler, and the options to make and enhance them are great.

Following is a “Tour” I made to go from one part of the preserve to another using the links inside the panos. Some of the icons you hover over to see information, some you can also click on to see a picture. The “^” icons is a jump to another location. You can go back and forth. Great fun indeed!

Use the icon in the bottom right to go full screen for the experience! Use “esc” to close again.

MySQL

Lately WordPress Site Health has been given me grief about needing to update some items to improve security and performance.

Some of the items I resolved, removing unused plugins, extra themes that I never used, etc. Being a bit of a hoarder by nature, I left a few that I thought I may use in the future, or thought it may be hard to locate again…..

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Playing around with Spiders

Quite some time back I turned off all access to web crawlers. Why? I’m not really sure anymore. I had removed the genealogy sections long ago because I was tired of people griping about it. While everything that was on it was in the public domain, a few did not like to see it aggregated. One especially threatened me, even though the information came from their local newspaper detailing their wedding, and their upcoming trip to Jamaica…not that is plain stupid. Thieves now know a) there is a house full of shiny new wedding presents, and b) exactly when the owners will be gone and for how long!
I digress.
If you had a prior link to the web page it still worked, but most search engines would never find it. Funny, most web people spend lots of time and energy working on “SEO” to get them higher in the search results! Me, I wanted it hidden. As an experiment I think I am going to restore it, and see how long it takes to get back on, and when in the standing.
So… we’ll see.

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Geocaching Degree

Well I was not able (yet) to be awarded a Doctor of Geocaching, but I was successful in getting my “Bachelor of Geocaching“.

Just a little fun thing that “Folboter JAF” does as part of his challenge hides.

You can look them up on Geocaching.com.

GC5CRR1 Bachelors = Got it okay.

GC5CRR2 Masters = Might be possible, at this time I have 29 of the 50 “credits” needed to graduate!

GC5CRR3 Doctors = This is a real challenge for sure. One I possibly will never qualify for… but then who knows.

 

FTF Magazine

I recently “discovered” FTF Magazine, a Print Magazine for Geocachers. It looked interesting enough to spend a few bucks to get a subscription. With the subscription you get a nice Geocoin that is trackable.

They also send a Discoverable tracking card. I had never seen these until I did some caching down in Ohio where they seem pretty common.

 

 

   

Playing Games – Snag the Tag


I saw a notice on the Geocaching home page about a program called “Snag the Tag“, so I investigated. On the home page was a link to purchase the “Hider Kit”. There was originally two types available, a large and a small. Since the large was sold out I grabbed a small right away, which was good since they sold out shortly afterwards. This project seems to be in a limited state so far, with maybe 600 (??) tags hidden on this “Mission Mammoth” project. Unlike geocaches these are one time hide/find. The owner hides the tag, some one finds it, takes it to claim online, and it is done. No logs to sign.

Shorty thereafter I received my tags and started to see how to do this. Not so hard.

  • Think of a location to hide the tag.
  • Put the tag in a container.
  • Hide the tag
  • Take some good GPS readings at the location.
  • Go to the website and put the information into the form provided.

To help they have some FAQ’s:

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