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Re: Old logbooks
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #923960 by Kirbert
Apr 9, 2016 8:39pm
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And notes in the physical log book in the box are to the people who find the box after me. That may not be the original intent when letterboxing first started out, but it's the scheme that makes the most sense to me now

I don't think there was any original intent on these matters cuz that implies an original agent, and I don't think there was such. I think it was more evolutionary. That said, it dismays me when I see an online comment like "the bonus box was a nice surprise" and so forth. Nice surprise for you, maybe, but you just spoiled the surprise for everyone else. (I do know that there was original agency in intending that bonus boxes actually be surprises (google "bonus definition"; ignore the definition related to salary and wages), whatever the word "surprise" means in modern letterboxing).

Of course, I can choose not to read the online comments, as I do, (except of course when researching and writing "novel length posts intended to impress", like this one, as one of my detractors puts it (tho all I am actually doing is writing my opinions on the game and its evolution as I feel about it, stream of consciousness style (cuz that's how I write), and nothing more (awesome band, BTW, download the sound))), tho it would be nice if AQ had a "hide online comments" profile option to make this less awkward. Maybe it does and I just don't know about it.

(((you can tell I'm an ex programmer, cuz I got all them parens to match, put most of the commas in the right places, and I even managed to parse most of that cruft, well, sort of)))

As for comments in the physical logbook, I imagine "logbook is wet" is a bit more constructive than "logbook is missing" :)
Re: Old logbooks
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #923983 by Sir Braemoor
Apr 10, 2016 3:17am
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...it dismays me when I see an online comment like "the bonus box was a nice surprise" and so forth. Nice surprise for you, maybe, but you just spoiled the surprise for everyone else.

Doesn't dismay me. That comment is deleted -- along with the ones that say "Dropped off a HH."
Re: Old logbooks
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #923221 by Rocklun
Apr 10, 2016 9:29am
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It was a spiral-bound book of 5" x 3.5" index cards, and the container was some old white Rubbermaid type of thing.

What was once considered the State Of The Art lgbk for this hobby had its definite advantages. One of which was being able to separate the thicker index card pages of even the most waterlogged lgbk. However, over half of its pages may be illegible due to the excessive bleeding of dye-based imprints. Whereas, all the pigment imprints will look even sharper and more vibrant on the wet pages.
http://www.atlasquest.com/tutorials/stamping/ink-pads/

Thanks to the worthwhile efforts of Rocklun (and others) letterboxes and its contents, having seen better days, can often be restored and replaced in a new watertight container for others to enjoy the trek to find. Thankfully, there are a few like Rocklun that enjoy the challenge of restoring a worthy letterbox and its contents that others may view as an inconvenience not worth the effort.
Re: Old logbooks
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924007 by Frenchie
Apr 10, 2016 12:39pm
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...over half of its pages may be illegible due to the excessive bleeding of dye-based imprints. Whereas, all the pigment imprints will look even sharper and more vibrant on the wet pages.

I'm not convinced this is a dye vs. pigment thing. There are dye inks that are waterproof, and there are dye inks that are "washable". And the pigment ink that I use, Brilliance, has not proven to be all that waterproof; it tends to blur when wet.
Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 12, 2016 5:08pm
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Since it seems to come up about once a month about "how to get that map of the states I've boxed in", I thought I would share one of the other ways I log my finds.

Google Maps

If I remember correctly, Kelsung has one of these. Anyone else?

Squatchis
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924280 by Squatchis
Apr 12, 2016 5:14pm
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That's gorgeous. How'd you do that?
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924281 by Wronghat
Apr 12, 2016 5:32pm
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If you have a Google account you can go to Google maps. Under one of the menus (I believe it's under/by the search bar) will be a "my maps" section.

Then you can make your maps create unique layers, pins, etc.

Also there are useful mapping tools that could be quite handy for certain situations.

One caveat on the whole layers of pins thing. You are typically limited to only three (i think this might be old info). I took advantage of a student package while I could and am capped out at 8. But one can find ways to work around this issue.
Re: Alternative Mapping
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Reply to: #924284 by Squatchis
Apr 12, 2016 6:35pm
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Love this! I will settle for just shading in the State, but mapping each and every box is really great use of technology. Thanks for sharing.
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924280 by Squatchis
Apr 12, 2016 7:00pm
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Here is what I use:

March 2016 Map
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924293 by PI Joe
Apr 12, 2016 7:48pm
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Oh, that one is nice too... I really like that you can actually see all the different counties.

SpringChick
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924293 by PI Joe
Apr 12, 2016 8:33pm
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Joe, how did you make yours?
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924293 by PI Joe
Apr 12, 2016 9:44pm
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this one is great too!
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924293 by PI Joe
Apr 13, 2016 2:33am
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I like the county maps.
Do the colors mean anything?
Here's mine
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924314 by Squatchis
Apr 13, 2016 6:26am
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Where did you get the county map and how do you update it?
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924321 by Sudoku Crazy
Apr 13, 2016 8:51am
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I outline the process here

It's not automated by any means. But well worth it.
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924305 by Sunia
Apr 13, 2016 9:04am
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Joe, how did you make yours?

The original map comes from the Census Bureau. I use MS Paint to fill in the counties as I box and cache. Red for geocahces, blue for letterboxes, and purple for both. You have to save the resulting colored version as a JPG image in order to upload it to AQ. I have added it to my AQ profile.
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924314 by Squatchis
Apr 13, 2016 9:06am
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Do the colors mean anything?

Red for geocaching, blue for letterboxing, purple for both. I do like your use of colors, it that for calendar years the boxes were found?
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924331 by PI Joe
Apr 13, 2016 9:08am
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I do like your use of colors, it that for calendar years the boxes were found?

I meant the colored pins on the Google map.
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924332 by PI Joe
Apr 13, 2016 9:14am
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Yes the Google map is by year, county map on density.
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924334 by Squatchis
Apr 13, 2016 1:46pm
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I'm all signed up with an account, but I can't get it to change colors even after adding a legend. What am I doing wrong?
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924358 by Sudoku Crazy
Apr 13, 2016 1:54pm
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Without knowing what exactly you're doing it's hard to say.

Assuming you have an account, have made your desired legend.
Then go to each individual state from the drop down menu in the top right and mark your travels as desired. Makes sure you save or update.

It does take up to an hour before the site updates changes, so you won't see any changes on the national map until then.
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924359 by Squatchis
Apr 13, 2016 1:58pm
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I just couldn't get the colors to change. Logging out and back in seems to have worked!
Passage of Time
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Apr 13, 2016 2:01pm
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Hello friends,

An out of state letterboxer wrote to ask if any of my old boxes were easy and active.
after 5 years, I didn't know, but I checked on one from Safari Man, and discovered that he had passed.

I am so sad. I will attempt to restore his boxes (Smallest Church near Coolville) for the visitor this weekend, but I am sad that so many of our boxes have fallen into disrepair. Anyone have any suggestions on what to do about this?

Just wanted to say "Hi" again.
Re: Alternative Mapping
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924329 by Squatchis
Apr 13, 2016 2:39pm
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Can you get the data bu exporting it? And how many boxes can you export at a time
Re: Passage of Time
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924361 by Capt Kirk
Apr 13, 2016 2:54pm
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Just wanted to say "Hi" again.

Hey!!!! Welcome back!!!

Despite any hopes you may have harbored to the contrary.... I'm still here!

But really, it's good to see you pop up again!
Re: Passage of Time
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924363 by wassamatta u
Apr 13, 2016 3:09pm
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Wassamatta U!

I remember that name!

How do you feel about me dusting of one or two of Safari Man's box locations to restore only the easiest of letterboxes for those passing through our area? Is this an acceptable practice? I don't carve well, so they'd have to be store-stamps and store-bought log books, but I'd like a few to remain active.

PS: I'm in SE Ohio, and these would be in the local town, or along a major transportation route.

-Kirk
Re: Passage of Time
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Reply to: #924364 by Capt Kirk
Apr 13, 2016 4:05pm
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I don't know Safari Man, but if you wanted help carving for tribute boxes I would be willing to help.

You can't really replace a box that has lost a stamp. If there is no stamp left, I don't think anyone would mind you doing a tribute in the same location as a retired box though.
Re: Passage of Time
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Reply to: #924364 by Capt Kirk
Apr 13, 2016 4:06pm
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You might try contacting granny butterfly before you do anything. I think she is caretaking many of Safari Man's boxes.

In the meanwhile, why not check up on all your plants, make repairs and update the status on them, so the curious out-of-staters have a reason to return?
Re: Passage of Time
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Reply to: #924369 by speedsquare
Apr 13, 2016 5:51pm
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You might try contacting granny butterfly before you do anything. I think she is caretaking many of Safari Man's boxes.

Yep! Granny Butterfly is Safari Man's sister, and she has inherited his boxes. Tributes and maintenance are always welcome things, but best to check with the owner when doing major overhauls/replacements.
Re: Passage of Time
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #924376 by wassamatta u
Apr 13, 2016 5:54pm
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I'm pretty sure Okie Dog is Safari Man's sister. Maybe Granny Butterfly is too?