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Re: Mooky & Dipper make the Pepe site
Board: Region: Southeast
Reply to: #4557 by knit wit
May 31, 2005 5:18pm
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Perhaps, a box could be placed at the Low Point (away from the ocean) just to get the point across in North Carolina.
Re: Mooky & Dipper make the Pepe site
Board: Region: Southeast
Reply to: #4553 by Green Tortuga
May 31, 2005 5:56pm
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Why would a national park be "off limits"?

Virginia's highest point was absolutely beautiful.  Did you see any ponies?

Re: Mooky & Dipper make the Pepe site
Board: Region: Southeast
Reply to: #4560 by speedsquare
May 31, 2005 5:59pm
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When it comes to "unfriendly" high points... We'll need to find the nearest friendly spots to plant LB's. We've already had to improvise with Rhode Island's privately owned highpoint.
Re: Mooky & Dipper make the Pepe site
Board: Region: Southeast
Reply to: #4561 by Mooky
May 31, 2005 6:18pm
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Why would a national park be "off limits"?

The NPS isn't fond of letterboxes. *shrug*

Virginia's highest point was absolutely beautiful.  Did you see any ponies?

Absolutely! =) But you know, the actual highest point is rather anti-climatic. Just a bunch of trees around blocking the view....

-- Ryan
Re: Mooky & Dipper make the Pepe site
Board: Region: Southeast
Reply to: #4562 by Mooky
May 31, 2005 6:25pm
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Yep, I was thinking that, too.  Texas and Washington's highest points are both NPS territory.  It'd definitely be interesting to try to plant those LBs--the one in WA would require year round crampons, ice picks and a can of deicer just to open the container once you're there.  ;)

dvn2r ckr

Re: Mooky & Dipper make the Pepe site
Board: Region: Southeast
Reply to: #4564 by daelphinus
May 31, 2005 6:41pm
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Texas and Washington's highest points are both NPS territory.

So is California, Alaska, and Tennessee. I'm not sure about Colorado, but I have a hunch it might be too. And while Maine's is not in a national park, I'd be completely shocked if they allowed it! They take "leave no trace" more seriously than even national parks to, which I think is commendable.

National parks are bad about building services for visitors which attracts more visitors and damages the environment they want to protect. Baxter SP in Maine is the only place I've ever been where nature comes before people! No paved roads, no running water, no potable water for that matter--it's quite commendable in my book, but for that reason, I'd seriously doubt they'd allow letterboxing. In fact, I hope they don't! =) It's nice that there is a place where people are second class citizens to the environment.

-- Ryan
Re: Mooky & Dipper make the Pepe site
Board: Region: Southeast
Reply to: #4561 by Mooky
May 31, 2005 6:48pm
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<> Those danged ponies ate my first aid kit when I was there. I have never forgotten this, and someday will have my revenge. ;-) DebBee
Update, updates, updates.....
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
May 31, 2005 9:40pm
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I shall be doing a rather extensive update later tonight (probably around midnight, PDT) and some features of Atlas Quest will break temporarily in the process. It would probably be a good idea not to add or edit any information (boxes, finds, posts, etc.) during this time since it could be lost in the process. Doing searches for letterboxes or viewing a person's logbook or profile won't hurt anything.

Basically, after 11:00 Pacific time tonight, it would be a good idea to use the "look but don't touch" policy. =) At least not until you wake up tomorrow morning!

For those of you who log in first thing in the morning tomorrow--if you see anything strange or that doesn't seem quite right, please let me know! This is a very big update and I'm sure a few minor blips will slip through.

Happy trails!

-- Ryan
Re: Parasite
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Reply to: #4543 by Jensgreycar
May 31, 2005 11:52pm
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Hi Jen!
A parasite is a stamp that hitch hikes along with a hitch hiker.  It can't survive without it's host hiker.  I'm not sure if it has a logbook or not but they are kinda funny because a hitch hiker is in itself a parasite, so your parasite has a parasite!

Aahhh . . . The biology of Letterboxing! ;-)
The updates are up!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Jun 1, 2005 12:35am
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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

Re: The updates are up!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #4570 by Green Tortuga
Jun 1, 2005 2:45am
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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

Re: The updates are up!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #4570 by Green Tortuga
Jun 1, 2005 4:30am
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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
Re: The updates are up!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #4570 by Green Tortuga
Jun 1, 2005 5:53am
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love it love it love it!!!!

-CCL

Re: The updates are up!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #4570 by Green Tortuga
Jun 1, 2005 8:19am
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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

Re: The updates are up!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #4570 by Green Tortuga
Jun 1, 2005 8:53am
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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

Re: The updates are up!
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #4580 by Weyrwoman
Jun 1, 2005 9:12am
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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
Microbox containers?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Jun 1, 2005 9:37am
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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

Re: Microbox containers?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #4582 by Trailhoundz
Jun 1, 2005 10:08am
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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

tickled Pink with excitement
Board: Movie Moments
Jun 1, 2005 10:37am
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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

Re: Microbox containers?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #4582 by Trailhoundz
Jun 1, 2005 10:47am
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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

Re: Microbox containers?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #4582 by Trailhoundz
Jun 1, 2005 12:46pm
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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

Re: Microbox containers?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #4590 by CapeCodLetterboxer
Jun 1, 2005 1:27pm
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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

Re: Microbox containers?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #4582 by Trailhoundz
Jun 1, 2005 1:39pm
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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

Re: Microbox containers?
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #4593 by Weyrwoman
Jun 1, 2005 1:44pm
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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

Looking for some of my HH
Board: Hitchhikers, Cooties, and Fleas
Jun 1, 2005 2:48pm
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Hi there :)
I'm in search of my hitchikers...
Girly and Cromag
The Bad Joke Fairy HH
Witch's Broom
Wandering Ghost

Thanks!
Re: Containers
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #4556 by Lock Wench
Jun 1, 2005 4:07pm
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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  

 

Re: tickled Pink with excitement
Board: Movie Moments
Reply to: #4586 by Penguin Patrol
Jun 1, 2005 4:39pm
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I think there is a Pink Panther Series scheduled for the Fall Mystery Gather...

Lock 'n Lock Boxes
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Jun 1, 2005 5:26pm
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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.
Re: Lock 'n Lock Boxes
Board: Traditional Letterboxes
Reply to: #4600 by Oceanwytch
Jun 1, 2005 5:35pm
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I've purchased them online through Target.com  $20 for 23 piece set

Re: Letterbox highjacking
Board: Geocaching and Other Stashing Games
Reply to: #4549 by colls n DB
Jun 1, 2005 5:37pm
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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.