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Msg: 4570
Green Tortuga Subject: The updates are up!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Author: Green TortugaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 12:35 AM
P-257F-1761M-20815Premium
I've gotten all of the updates uploaded. It's amazing that this site now takes about an hour for me to completely upload. Yeah, it's a dial-up connection, but that's a lot of stuff to be uploaded!

I'll still be kicking the wheels for the next hour or so, but I don't plan to be breaking anything if there's any night-owls who want to start recording plants or finds or whatever.

Anyhow....  Here's some new things to look out for since most of the changes this time around won't be readily apparent:

  1. Now you can sort the boxes you've found and planted alphabetically or by date. It seems some people had been using logbooks to find a specific box to update but couldn't remember when it was planted. *shaking head* Well, now it'll be easier to do that. =)
  2. More types of stuff in your logbook including: Postal boxes you've signed up for but haven't yet received, events you signed up for, adopted letterboxes, and attempted finds.
  3. Yes, attempted finds. Now you can record attempted finds. To do so, just log it like you were logging a regular find, and there will be a checkbox or radio button to mark it as just an attempt. This is the foundation of a much bigger feature planned for the future so if you aren't excited about it yet, you will be. ;o)
  4. You can now record finding a box more than once for all types of boxes. Multiple finds won't actually show up in your logbook nor in your F-counts, but if you want to update the "last found" date because you recently checked up on a box--even one you'd already found in the past--you now have that option.
  5. Searches for letterboxes will no longer stop after the first 500 letterboxes. I figured out a way to optimize the SQL code and it can now return an unlimited amount. (Well, the amount really isn't "unlimited" per se, but it's much larger than the number of all letterboxes, so it's just not a concern anymore!)
  6. Since AQ now can track attempted finds, you can also hide those pesky, hard-to-find boxes from your search results. ;o)
Plus a few minor tweaks and bug fixes, as per usual. =)

Happy trails!

-- Ryan

Msg: 4571
Scooters Mom Subject: Re: The updates are up!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Author: Scooters MomProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 2:45 AM
P-41F-1555M-375Premium
Reply to: Msg 4570 by Green Tortuga

Update number 6 (recording attempted finds) is great. I just hid some boxes that we've attempted, others have attempted, and feel sure are missing. Now they won't be staring at me everytime I do a search. Thanks, Ryan. It just gets better and better. Scooters Mom

Msg: 4573
true indigo Subject: Re: The updates are up!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Author: true indigoProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 4:30 AM
P-43F-565M-152Inactive > 3 months
Reply to: Msg 4570 by Green Tortuga
This is amazing. Everytime I turn around, there is something new and exciting being added. Thank you for making Atlasquest something I can't help but mention to every letterboxer I talk to (even if it does stir up discussion on the LBMA yahoo group). true indigo - proud premium member of Atlasquest
Msg: 4574
CapeCodLetterboxer Subject: Re: The updates are up!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Author: CapeCodLetterboxerProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 5:53 AM
P-59F-689M-265Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 4570 by Green Tortuga

love it love it love it!!!!

-CCL

Msg: 4579
Subject: Re: The updates are up!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Author: Lock WenchProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 8:19 AM
P-391F-1125M-2956Premium
Reply to: Msg 4570 by Green Tortuga

Ryan....you rock! I love the new features. I had just joined as a premium member and I see every dime of my membership is well worth it. Keep up the great work!

Lock Wench

Msg: 4580
Weyrwoman Subject: Re: The updates are up!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Author: WeyrwomanProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 8:53 AM
P-15F-71M-212Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 4570 by Green Tortuga

I was just posting an attempted find, and forgot to set the month back to May.  The date I gave was in the future.  The message it gave made me LOL.  Thanks for putting your sense of humor in the small things.  That's what makes this site so fun.  It has a great personality.

Weyrwoman

Msg: 4581
Green Tortuga Subject: Re: The updates are up!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Author: Green TortugaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 9:12 AM
P-257F-1761M-20815Premium
Reply to: Msg 4580 by Weyrwoman
I was just posting an attempted find, and forgot to set the month back to May.  The date I gave was in the future.  The message it gave made me LOL.  Thanks for putting your sense of humor in the small things.

Yeah, but I have to be careful with that message. I once got an New Zealander telling me that it WAS the future when she was trying to record a find for that day. =)  So now it'll only reject the date if it's more than 24 hours in the future!

On another note, it seems none of the notifications when a found or attempted found is listed have been going out since the update. I've now fixed the problem (*I think!*), but if you'd been sending messages for the owner, they haven't gotten them. =(

-- Ryan
Msg: 4582
Trailhoundz Subject: Microbox containers?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Author: TrailhoundzProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 9:37 AM
F-6M-19Inactive > 1 year

I'm planning a series of stamps that I think will have to be microboxes. It'll be a challenge, because I love carving big! :o)

What does one USE for microboxes? I've heard of filmcanisters, which I don't have around anymore (35mm film? What's that? LOL).

Thanks for any advice! The only thing I can think of is to use acrylic paint plastic "bottles".  But I think to get the stamp and logbook out would be impossible.

Any suggestions? I'm new to letterboxing and haven't been 'around much' so I'm kind of flying blind here, LOL.

Trailhoundz

Msg: 4585
Subject: Re: Microbox containers?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Author: dewberryProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 10:08 AM
P-241F-975M-1452Inactive > 3 months
Reply to: Msg 4582 by Trailhoundz

What does one USE for microboxes? I've heard of filmcanisters, which I don't have around anymore (35mm film? What's that? LOL).

A boxer around here I know gets 35 mm film canisters from a camera supply store just for asking. 

I have had good luck with getting surplus containers from American Science & Surplus www.sciplus.com (please just ignore the commercial plug if you're against that sort of thing).  They have small plastic containers of various kinds, depending on what they have around.  I bought some film containers that I don't see now and I also have used the baby blue ones they have now--they're like film containers, but they have a screw on lid.  I think these are better camo-taped, because bright blue is hard to disguise!  Read the descriptions carefully, sometimes it's hard to tell how big the containers are.  But you can't beat the prices.

Dewberry

Msg: 4586
Subject: tickled Pink with excitement
Board: Movie Moments
Author: Penguin PatrolProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 10:37 AM
P-218F-989M-1252Inactive > 1 year

I just ran across this. I can't wait to see it when it comes out. I did'nt know it was being redone!

http://www.mgm.com/pinkpantherthemovie/

Liz

Msg: 4587
Subject: Re: Microbox containers?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Author: Penguin PatrolProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 10:47 AM
P-218F-989M-1252Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 4582 by Trailhoundz

Hi there Trailhoundz,

Film canisters can be gotten for free, as mentioned by Dewberry. I have ran across everything from film canisters, Altoids tins, very small baby-food sized rubbermaid containers, travel-sized soap, toothbrush, and shampoo containers, ect. The variety is limitless. I prefer the film canisters because I can get them from my local CVS drug store for free. I asked the people that handle the film development to hang on to them for me and they do. They also come in handy for holding Speedball blades, beads, needles, and many other little things I use for letterboxing. Good luck finding something that works for you.

Liz of Penguin Patrol

Msg: 4590
CapeCodLetterboxer Subject: Re: Microbox containers?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Author: CapeCodLetterboxerProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 12:46 PM
P-59F-689M-265Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 4582 by Trailhoundz

I sent out a HH recently in a small spice jar. it was about 1 1/2 tall and about an inch wide. i glued the stamp to the inside cover. I also recently planted a box...if you will.... in a parm cheese plasic cantainer. i  glued the top all shut  and taped it so you can only unscrew it to get into it.

i'm always looking at any kind of container different. since i've been boxing lol

-CCL

Msg: 4592
Maiden Subject: Re: Microbox containers?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Author: MaidenProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 1:27 PM
P-939F-3422M-2169Premium
Reply to: Msg 4590 by CapeCodLetterboxer

if you have a craft store, check their beading section. I found small white snap on lidded containers about two/thirds as tall as a 35 mm film caniser and not much wider there for about .10 a piece.

Maiden

Msg: 4593
Weyrwoman Subject: Re: Microbox containers?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Author: WeyrwomanProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 1:39 PM
P-15F-71M-212Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 4582 by Trailhoundz

Quote:  I'm planning a series of stamps that I think will have to be microboxes.

The Pine 4 You series in Wilmington NC has the first 3 stamps in the 35 mm film canisters (stamp only).  The 4th stamp is in a larger tupperware with the log book.  You don't stamp in until the last box.  That may be an option.

Weyrwoman

Msg: 4594
Subject: Re: Microbox containers?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Author: bzmomProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 1:44 PM
P-10F-160M-233Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 4593 by Weyrwoman

As someone mentioned before, you can get 35mm film canisters from just about any 1hr photo processing place.  They are supposed to save them for recycling anyway.  We get them from our local Wal Mart all the time for school projects.

bzmom

Msg: 4596
Subject: Looking for some of my HH
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Author: opaProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 2:48 PM
P-4F-128M-9Inactive > 1 month
Hi there :)
I'm in search of my hitchikers...
Girly and Cromag
The Bad Joke Fairy HH
Witch's Broom
Wandering Ghost

Thanks!
Msg: 4598
Sits N Knits Subject: Re: Containers
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Author: Sits N KnitsProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 4:07 PM
P-45F-659M-1738Premium
Reply to: Msg 4556 by Lock Wench

I have a letterbox in a hollowed out book myself. I have it in a lending library at a coffee shop.

And I know of a couple (I can't remember their trail names) Who plan on putting a LB in a fake bird house...I think that is so cool. 

And if I can find it, I have a film canister that's actually oval shaped. I think will make a great micro hitchhiker.

S~N~K  

 

Msg: 4599
Gallant Rogue Subject: Re: tickled Pink with excitement
Board: Movie Moments
Author: Gallant RogueProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 4:39 PM
P-105F-557M-149PremiumInactive > 1 month
Reply to: Msg 4586 by Penguin Patrol

I think there is a Pink Panther Series scheduled for the Fall Mystery Gather...

Msg: 4600
Oceanwytch Subject: Lock 'n Lock Boxes
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Author: OceanwytchProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 5:26 PM
P-17F-590M-130
Does anyone know where to get the Lock 'N Lock boxes online? I know I can get them at Target or Wal-Mart, but I was hoping to find a website for them. They are the best containers....plus, they make small ones that are great for microboxes.
Msg: 4601
Subject: Re: Lock 'n Lock Boxes
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Author: Lock WenchProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 5:35 PM
P-391F-1125M-2956Premium
Reply to: Msg 4600 by Oceanwytch

I've purchased them online through Target.com  $20 for 23 piece set

Msg: 4602
Subject: Re: Letterbox highjacking
Board: Geocaching and Other Stashing Games
Author: Maphead MikeProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 5:37 PM
P-27F-817M-123
Reply to: Msg 4549 by colls n DB

Part of the problem is that geocaching recognizes "letterbox hybrids" as a cache type. Under caching's rules, it's a letterbox hybrid if it has a stamp. Neither text clues, nor a seperate listing on a letterbox site is required, although most hybrids are cross listed.

That means that some geocachers (especially new ones) believe that they are familiar with letterboxing based on what they have seen on that site as a hybrid. They may not be familar with "real" letterboxing, as seperate from geocaching. They would see a letterbox and assume that it's just another type of cache. Contrast that with letterboxing, where most of us know about caching, either through caching's publicity, or by encounters with the more numerous crowd over there.

The solution is proper labeling and communication. I would use the phrases "Do Not Trade - Leave in Box" on the back of the stamp, that's shorter and to the point. The same phrases on the baggie holding the stamp would be good too. I've left disposable cameras in my geocache (for self-potraits) with that labeling and they've stayed where they belong for three years and forty visitors.

When I find two close by (and I've chosen more than a few hikes for the chance to find some of each at the same time), I make sure to mention the letterbox in the cache log, with a reminder to treat the letterbox as they want their cache to be treated. Cachers are good people too, and that and good labeling are usually sufficent. Also, let each owner the other is nearby. In the case of newer letterboxers, point out any (lack of) labeling issues that might cause a problem.

In my most recent encounter with one of each side by side, I got a gift card (with a decent amount of value still on it) for Applebees out of the letterbox. The cache was a micro, so I didn't have to trade for it.

Msg: 4603
Da Kool Kats Subject: Re: Lock 'n Lock Boxes
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Author: Da Kool KatsProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 5:42 PM
P-102F-1931M-116Premium
Reply to: Msg 4600 by Oceanwytch
In the SF/Sacramento area of California they can be found individually in oriental markets.  There is a Japanese Dollar store in Japantown, San Fran where they are a dollar and a large Korean market here in the Sac area that carries all sizes, various prices.

If you have an oriental market near you, I would give it a try.
Da Kool Kats
Msg: 4604
Subject: Re: tickled Pink with excitement
Board: Movie Moments
Author: Penguin PatrolProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 6:22 PM
P-218F-989M-1252Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 4599 by Gallant Rogue

Yeah, gee, I wonder who could be carving it? *wink*

Liz

Msg: 4605
Subject: Re: Microbox containers?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Author: WINKProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 1, 2005 6:32 PM
P-13F-327M-669Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 4592 by Maiden
College Book stores ALWAYS have something too.
Msg: 4607
Subject: Finger Lakes NY gathering is almost here!
Board: Event News and Planning
Author: TurtleMcQProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 2, 2005 4:46 AM
P-71F-406M-302Inactive > 1 month
Thinking about coming to the Finger Lakes Gathering in Ithaca, NY next
Saturday, June 11th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.? We've already heard from more
than sixty attendees-to-be representing at least six states and one foreign
country (O, Canada!) and have plenty of room for more.

New boxes have been sprouting up all over the place along with the
wildflowers and weeds around here, so there's more reason than ever to
visit even if you've been to Ithaca before. Word on the street (and in the
towers) is that one particular Tompkins County mystery box will be slightly
more available than usual on the day of the gathering, and it's one you
don't want to miss.

If you're interested, many new details have been posted here:

http://www.atlasquest.com/events/event.html?gEventId=2

As always, we'd be happy to answer any questions about the gathering and
the Ithaca area, so feel free to ask.

TurtleMcQ and Mama Bear
Msg: 4608
Subject: Re: Letterbox highjacking
Board: Geocaching and Other Stashing Games
Author: MoWizLizProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 2, 2005 5:24 AM
P-105F-1023M-2254Premium
Reply to: Msg 4602 by Maphead Mike
Thanks for all the information and tips everyone.  I appreciate it. 
Msg: 4614
Trailhoundz Subject: Re: Do many boxers go out alone?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Author: TrailhoundzProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 2, 2005 9:47 AM
F-6M-19Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 4051 by Green Tortuga

I box with my two retired racing greyhounds (thus our name, "Trailhoundz" :o)).  But technically, that's just one human. Sometimes I go out with my boxing bud Spudhund and her greyhound too. :o)

I am careful when I go alone and try not to get too paranoid. Last year on the WetCanvas website (an art forum) a woman posted that she was out doing a plein air painting along a quiet road.  A car pulled up behind her and the guy got out, pretended to be curious as to what she was painting. He then tried to rape her.

I trust that my big scary looking dogs will scare off any creeps, but try to be aware of my surroundings and ALWAYS carry my cell phone.

~Trailhoundz

Msg: 4615
Trailhoundz Subject: Re: Microbox containers?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Author: TrailhoundzProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 2, 2005 9:49 AM
F-6M-19Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 4605 by WINK

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions!!! I LOVE the idea of hiding stamps in film canisters and then having a regular container with the logbook at the end. I'll see if any of the drugstores up here in CNY can give me some extras, LOL.

Thanks ya'll!!

~Trailhoundz

Msg: 4616
Subject: Re: The Great WDW Treasure Hunt
Board: Virtuals
Author: CatGirl and 00ProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 2, 2005 9:52 AM
P-9F-27M-20Inactive > 1 year
Reply to: Msg 2797 by Letterbug

Whenever I try to get clues for these boxes, a little thing comes up that says "No disk in disk drive.  Please insert disk"  An explanation?

Msg: 4618
Scarab Subject: AtlasQuest crawling slow today
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Author: ScarabProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jun 2, 2005 10:53 AM
P-156F-1232M-330Premium

fyi.  Responding very slow today.  Another DOS attack?  I'll try again later.

By the way, many thanks for all the new cool features.

Scarab

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