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Re: Gadgetboxes!
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Reply to: #966463 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 6, 2018 6:15pm
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I have some stuff in the works... ;)
Re: Gadgetboxes!
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Reply to: #966433 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Oct 7, 2018 11:21am
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Thanks! I am super intrigued by these & can't wait to see some pop up nearby!
Re: Gadgetboxes!
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Reply to: #966447 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 7, 2018 11:25am
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I think it depends on location, clue, and gadget. As with any fantastic LB, following theme through on all points makes it a higher sought after box.
But for me, any box I find that someone has taken time to lead me to is special. I would think using a previous stamp would be fine, especially since the gadgetbox will add to the uniqueness.
Re: Gadgetboxes!
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Reply to: #966433 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Oct 7, 2018 11:43am
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Should it be assigned a new name (non-caching jargon) before it takes off?

If so, what about the word
"Fuzzlebox" or
"Bumfuzzler"

"Fuzzle" means to confuse.
"Bumfuzzled" is a southern term meaning a state of being confused, perplexed. (You know, standing around, scratching your head, with a dumb expression on your face)

Is there a way to link terms in the search engine? Maybe they could be interchangeable. ...?
Re: Gadgetboxes!
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Reply to: #966483 by All 4 Bama
Oct 7, 2018 5:06pm
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If so, what about the word
"Fuzzlebox" or
"Bumfuzzler"

While I'd accept the first one, the second one just doesn't work for me.

If you'll accept more suggestions from me, consider "widget box" or "gizmo box". Both widget and gizmo are synonyms for gadget, but these may provide enough distinction to be accepted by those who object to "gadget box" because it is too close to what geocaching uses. "Gismo" is also an accepted spelling variant, if you want to go even farther afield.
Re: Gadgetboxes!
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Reply to: #966498 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 7, 2018 6:43pm
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Personally, I liked "Fuzzlebox" the best too.
From your list, I really like "Gizmo box" too.
There's something about widget that I am not keen on.
Just a thought if GT felt it necessary to differentiate. I don't seek geocaches, so it is irrelevant to me. However, I can see how it might be good to distinguish between a LB & cache version.
Has anyone suggested this thought to Green Tortuga?
Re: Gadgetboxes!
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Reply to: #966507 by All 4 Bama
Oct 7, 2018 6:48pm
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However, I can see how it might be good to distinguish between a LB & cache version.
Has anyone suggested this thought to Green Tortuga?

What do you mean? Gadgetbox has already been added to the glossary, though I prefer two words unless it is being used as a keyword.

However, some people haven't liked "gadget box" because it is too close to the geocaching term "gadget cache". That is why we're having this discussion on what to call this newly discovered topic. (The concept may have been around before, but naming it is new.)

Can everyone at least agree that it should end with "box"? If so, click "Agree". If not, then click "Disagree".
Re: Gadgetboxes!
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Reply to: #966483 by All 4 Bama
Oct 7, 2018 6:56pm
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Should it be assigned a new name (non-caching jargon) before it takes off?

Since you responded to my post I’ll answer but I’m not in charge of it in any way. The discussion took off in the thread I linked to in my opening post in this thread. The discussion centered around how to find such a box if someone were to put one out. The suggestion was that it should be part of the box title (with which I agree). It was further suggested that if the term was in the title it should also be in the glossary so ‘boxers could look it up should they have any questions about it (with which I also agree)

In that thread Oberon Kenobi says he tried to put it into the glossary but couldn’t figure out how. So I announced I would ask Ryan. It wasn’t my idea, I was just trying to help. Now there seems to be this push to find a better name - even by OK himself. Honestly this seems a little unnecessary in my opinion.

Letterboxing has been around for quite a while and there isn’t a separate catagory for them. Nor at this time is there really a need for that. If they do “take off” there should be plenty of time for catagorizing and stuff.

I love gadget boxes and I plan to make and put some out. As it appears a few others participating in this thread might. Let’s hope so! But I think it will always be a very small subset of the hobby.

As I said, I’m not in any way in charge of it. I’ve made the case for the fact that “Gadgetbox” is not geocache-centric. Partly because of my history with caching (they prefer the term ‘field puzzle’) and partly because of the case laid out by Oberon Kenobi in the other thread. But if others believe it should have a different name, I say go for it.
Re: Gadgetboxes!
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Reply to: #966508 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 7, 2018 7:36pm
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though I prefer two words unless it is being used as a keyword.

I actually prefer two words myself, but I figured it would be less complicated overall since the one-word variation is more easily searched for. Keywords have to be one word, but even a search on the message boards will ignore the word "box" (it's too common and in practically every other post!) and "gadget" could get a lot of false positives. But a search for "gadgetbox" suffers neither of those problems.

So basically.... although I personally like the two-word version of gadgetbox box, I made it one word so it'll be more searchable.

As for what to call it.... I'm not really sure we need a name for it at all. We've gotten by without a special word for it for years and it's not very common. Being similar to the gadgetcache doesn't really bother me. I have nothing against geocaching or geocachers and we do have similar hobbies so if some of the terms we use are similar... so what? As far as I know, the term "muggle" was adopted by both hobbies completely independently of each other. And if we sway more geocachers into the letterboxing fold, it's that much easier for them to get up to speed with letterboxing terminology.

But mostly, I don't think it really matters in the grand scheme of things. A rose by any other name....

-- Ryan
Re: Gadgetboxes!
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Reply to: #966511 by Green Tortuga
Oct 8, 2018 12:00am
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I'm not really sure we need a name for it at all. We've gotten by without a special word for it for years and it's not very common.

I think that the idea is to make it more common and we should find something to call it.

A rose by any other name....

... Would still have thorns.
Re: Gadgetboxes!
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Reply to: #966513 by Oberon_Kenobi
Oct 8, 2018 5:43am
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If you want to make the word more common, plant more boxes. Ideally, all over the globe. Then everyone will be talking about them and gadgetbox will be more common. 😀
Re: Gadgetboxes!
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Reply to: #966439 by wassamatta u
Oct 22, 2018 6:25am
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I'm glad someone else mentioned the "X-Boxes" because he had some wonderful plants that were very much like these gadget boxes. I always liked the pun intended with the name too. :-)

Knit Wit
Letterboxer Escape Game
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Nov 1, 2018 11:57pm
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Ifv vou vhere to play unt escape game fvor zhee letterboxers at unt event, vhat types ov puzzles vould you like tuu zhee? Espvecially zhose ov unt letterbox theme.
Re: Letterboxer Escape Game
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Reply to: #967754 by Boris Badenov
Nov 2, 2018 7:26am
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Well, I didn’t make it out alive from Captain Slick Kitty’s escape room in Sleepy Hollow, so ima recommend NO puzzles 😝 😱 🗡 🐎 🎃 💀

Not bitter at all...Trishee
Re: Letterboxer Escape Game
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Reply to: #967754 by Boris Badenov
Nov 2, 2018 8:50am
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Only ze hardest and most creative puzzles. All ze puzzles.
Re: Letterboxer Escape Game
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Reply to: #967777 by Mu
Nov 2, 2018 9:30am
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Only ze hardest and most creative puzzles. All ze puzzles.

All zhe puzzles kan bezcome vhery difficult.
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Nov 4, 2018 2:37am
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Quack like a Goose
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Dec 11, 2018 1:04pm
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I see redden, I see wooden. Sometimes, but not here, I see golden and olden. But, for some reason, I never see greenen or yellowen. Why is that? Seems like a morphological debate for the linguists to work out, so of course I'll leave that to them.

Sort of like mouse -> mice; louse -> lice, house -> hice? What? Good thing I'm not a linguist, I suppose. Penny -> pence; die -> dice? I dunno, seems better than hice, doesn't it? I can't answer these philosophical questions, but I do know that the multiple hices I own (can I do that morphology) need their floors vacuumed. Well, that's not exactly true; the one hice I do own does need its floors vacuumed, and how often can uu uuse a word with a uu twice in a paragraph? UUUUse QQ simarily and I'll set UUUUUU up with cluues which u would not believe.

Anyway, onto the beef, or more accuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurately, the pork; we gut these beasts to cheese off the vegans. Can I say "cheese off" and reference pork to vegans? I dunno, not much is politically correct anymore; I think I should just lock myself in a one foot cube cell for the rest of my life so people stop getting in my face 24x7; but if I do, they will still get in my face 24x7 telling me my cell is too big, so I won't.

Ok, no more porking the vegans; they all know who wrote Shakespeare anyway. Besides, they know how to eat their veggies as well, especially those in the nightshade family.

How hard could that be? Of course, don't eat deadly nightshade, it will kill you. But some of the rest of it groups quite well, or so I'm told. Dried chili peppers are a key ingredient in my creole. Of course, no one cares about my recipes, but my creole is awesome. Even better is my sangria, of which I am in the process of making a batch. Even lazy caterers have to admit that this recipe is the best functional letterboxing clue of all time. Forget the letterboxing, and its necessary culture to stamp into 92 boxes in three seconds under a pavilion; make the sangria and enjoy it!

Pork, nightshade, hice, good music, sangria; it all seems all to complicated to me. I think I'll just stick to the latter and crawl off somewhere and celebrate Festivus (really, the spelling checker doesn't accept Festivus, are you kidding me?). The "airing of the grievances list" is getting longer by the nanosecond :-)

For the "restivus", even including the PC types, and I do actually respect a tiny bit of it where it makes sense, but even Sam Harris admits its impossible for most phenotypes to live on a protein free diet (life feeds on life, unfortunately, just as the owner of this website is feeding on my brilliant content :-))

I wish I could say more, but I don't want to. You don't want me to either. You know who I am. You know its all in good fun.

So, MERRY CHRISTMAS. I hope the clues in this post feed you well. I ain't gonna say "HAPPY HOLIDAYS", cuz that's just too PC for me. Can I say "MERRY FESTIVUS"? "HAPPY FESTIVUS"? I dunno. I do if I can, but I can't if I don't. Or something like that. I think I made the sangria too strong this time.

In all seriousness, good luck to all of you in your future endeavors.
Re: Quack like a Goose
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Reply to: #969275 by Sir Braemoor
Dec 13, 2018 1:05pm
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Categorizing myself as a vegan, and from a family of mostly vegans, the thought of all this bacon is rather upsetting to me. Much of this information seems rather familiar, known, and reflected in tried-and-not-so-true approaches we've taken, so perhaps we're just overcomplicating something (as often tends to be the case.)

Youur sangria is rather delicious and its effects cover up our woes of not discovering its deeper secrets.

*A duumvirate uunion of uunions vacuuming uunder colouured ruugs wouuld be fabuulouus!*

Festive Festivus to you, too, and thank you as always for the fun! ;)

~µµ
Re: Quack like a Goose
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Reply to: #969275 by Sir Braemoor
Dec 14, 2018 4:44pm
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Got a late start on my limoncello this year, should be done by Christmas.
Re: Quack like a Goose
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Reply to: #969275 by Sir Braemoor
Dec 23, 2018 3:09pm
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I was hoping there would be a Christmas clue from Sir Braemoor! Having exhausted everything I could think of involving slothful chefs and sangria, I was sure a nudge would immediately be obvious. But alas! I'm just as much in the dark as before. Must be me!! Sigh... Where is Aiphid when I need him?
Re: Quack like a Goose
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Reply to: #969275 by Sir Braemoor
Dec 23, 2018 5:21pm
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I'm disappointed. When I see "quack like a goose", I expect to see at least a brief mention of the featured waterfowl in the thread, but so far, there isn't any. Then I realized that geese don't quack, they honk.

Now I'm disappointed AND confused. This is something mysterious, isn't it ?
Re: Quack like a Goose
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Reply to: #969613 by BetsyLee
Dec 23, 2018 9:39pm
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If it walks like a goose,
And quacks like a goose,

Then it must be a...

Duck?
Re: Quack like a Goose
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Reply to: #969618 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Dec 24, 2018 6:43am
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And yet, we are the only ones willing to discuss this waterfowl mystery.

What say the principles: Why is this goose quacking? Is the duck honking?
Re: Quack like a Goose
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Reply to: #969623 by BetsyLee
Dec 24, 2018 7:39am
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Why is this goose quacking? Is the duck honking?

And what does the fox say?
Re: Quack like a Goose
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Reply to: #969625 by dancingpecan
Dec 24, 2018 8:21am
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And what does the fox say?

See for yourself what an actual fox says.
Re: Quack like a Goose
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Reply to: #969626 by Snark
Dec 24, 2018 8:41am
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That is the most ridiculously adorable sound ever. (Not the song, but the real fox.)
Re: Quack like a Goose
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Reply to: #969627 by dancingpecan
Dec 24, 2018 2:38pm
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True story. We live in a gated complex in the middle of town (Visalia, CA). About 3 weeks ago I was woken up by the strangest noise at about 3:00 AM. I got up and walked out onto the front porch. Yep, foxes. Chasing each other up and down the parking lot. Sounded a lot like that video. Weird.
Re: Quack like a Goose
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Reply to: #969626 by Snark
Dec 24, 2018 4:18pm
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Now I know what is making those sounds in our yard at night, and I appreciate your help with that. Thank you !

But still, no one has helped me to understand why this goose is quacking.

I'm starting to think that all of you are avoiding the waterfowl connection.
Re: Quack like a Goose
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Reply to: #969275 by Sir Braemoor
Jan 19, 2019 11:44am
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Has anyone been mixing up batches of sangria? I had a strange dream . . . . .