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Re: Husband going to the U.K.
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #811514 by kilroy
Oct 20, 2013 10:45pm
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Additionally, public transportation in the UK is pretty good. Even the smaller villages in Scotland have decent bus service. You can also look for a local train route. For example, many of the villages outside Edinburgh are covered by the Fife Circle train - lovely places like Markinch, Glenrothes, Thornton, and Aberdour.
Re: This day in history: 1982 Moscow Soccer Tragedy
Board: Atlas Quest Announcements
Reply to: #811477 by Dizzy
Oct 20, 2013 11:03pm
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Still too damn many. It's only a game, people!
Re: A reminder about planting
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #811460 by The Wolf Family
Oct 20, 2013 11:04pm
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Ryan: Please revise the plant logbook setup so that members can choose to omit listings of retired boxes.
Re: A reminder about planting
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #811472 by Cyclonic
Oct 20, 2013 11:07pm
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That is why LBNA needs a system to make boxes inactive at the very least, so they are no longer a part of search results.

What's the problem with archiving the box? You can un-archive a box just as easily, one click.

The problem with LbNA is that the box owners don't seem to care, they don't even bother to archive a listing when the box goes missing. Sometimes they'll edit the clue to mention that it's gone missing, and sometimes they'll even edit the box name to include "missing" in it somehow, but just clicking on the button to archive the d##n box is just too much trouble.
Re: Potential Themes for L&B XX..should we end up hosting it
Board: State: Texas
Reply to: #811509 by Team Awesome Pants
Oct 20, 2013 11:12pm
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How about a series honoring all the sites who are hosting events on April 1, 2014 to get folks in the Texas spirit?

I could host one here in Arkansas but I'd be the only one to show up. :)

Shiloh
Re: Updating clues
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #811508 by 3Daydreamers
Oct 20, 2013 11:14pm
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when a planter/owner realizes their clues are no longer as correct as they once were, why aren't the clues being updated?

We had somebody on here a coupla years back opine that clues should not be updated to reflect changes in the environment. The clues to a letterbox should be like a treasure map: Obtuse to begin with and possibly out of date. It's up to the finder to figure out that conditions have changed in the meantime and to adapt accordingly.

I'm not sure I agree with this contention, but it does have merit.
Re: Secrets of the Blue Diamond?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #811497 by The Wolf Family
Oct 20, 2013 11:29pm
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Can someone let me OFF THE CRAZY TRAIN??!!!!

You can check out anytime you want but you can never leave.
Re: A reminder about planting
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #811518 by Kirbert
Oct 21, 2013 12:23am
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Please revise the plant logbook setup so that members can choose to omit listings of retired boxes.

I don't rip out the pages of my real logbook with plants that have been retired. Why would I want to do that with an online logbook? =)

Anyhow, people can run searches for their plants with the retired boxes hidden. It would just be a redundant feature on logbooks.

Check out mine! =)

-- Ryan
Re: Google Maps
Board: Smart Phones and Other Handheld Devices
Reply to: #811230 by Kirbert
Oct 21, 2013 1:27am
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Once I got back on a wi-fi connection, everything got clearer on Google Maps -- because nothing, I mean nothing works on it without wi-fi! Including the help.

Here's how you save a map for viewing offline. There's a search field at the top left. You tap that, which of course brings up the keyboard so you can type something into the search field. You tap to tell the keyboard to go away, and lo and behold there's a bunch of other options that came up that were hidden by the keyboard! You scroll all the way to the very bottom, and there's a place to tap to save the current map for viewing offline.

It still won't let you save a large area; in fact, the area limit seems to have gotten smaller. You're no longer picking a box, but rather just zooming the entire map to a size. If it's too big it won't take it, so you fiddle and fiddle and fiddle trying to get the zoom just right so you can save something bigger than the neighborhood you live in.

Then it doesn't work. Not sure why it doesn't work, mighta been something I did, but it'd give a % progress that would go to some point and stop. It once went to 98% and wouldn't go any farther. So, the whole thing doesn't work. I'm going to be trying it some more tomorrow.

And another thing: That whole tapping on the search field doesn't work offline. Period. It just tells you you're offline. That means none of the operations that are under that same pulldown are available offline.

I've already decided that Google Maps blows chunks. I'm gonna be looking into other mapping apps, hopefully something that I can download the entire eastern half of the US and keep on my tablet for navigating. Perhaps that My CoPilot app. When I'm in some motel somewhere pondering letterboxes for the following day, then I'll try to load some Google maps for using offline just so that Box Radar might display them properly.
Re: Tablets vs. Smart Phones
Board: Smart Phones and Other Handheld Devices
Reply to: #811058 by Kirbert
Oct 21, 2013 1:43am
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Hunted three geocaches on Saturday just to make sure the tablet worked as well as I expected it to. It did. Found two out of the three, and I'm pretty sure the third had gone missing. I had no problem zeroing in on the GZ.

I had left my Garmin at home. No problem, didn't need it. Also didn't need any paper. I did carry a pen for signing the log book inside the cache; geocaches usually have a pen inside, but I bring my own anyway.

Unfortunately, I also forgot to bring along any trade items. Oh, well.

The c:geo app worked great for pointing toward the cache, tracking the distance, presenting the cache page, offering the hint (which can be decyphered at the tap of a finger), listing the most recent 20 find reports or so (text is a bit small), listing any TB's or geocoins in the cache, and even allowing me to add a waypoint for my own reference. The one thing it doesn't seem particularly adept at is helping me log my finds and DNF's. There is a field where you can type in something, and when you're through you can hit "upload" -- but I dunno where it uploads to, it didn't turn up in the cache logs. I didn't expect it to, since it didn't ask whether this was a find or a DNF or a "write note" or whatever. So what I did for these three was fire up my trusty laptop and log into geocaching.com and typed in these find reports the way I've been doing for years. I could do that on the tablet when I have a wi-fi connection, but I'd still either be typing or trying to cut-and-paste the notes I jotted down in the field.

After all this was done, I realized that I could end up with no record for myself that I had found the cache other than the online logs! There's no paper involved here. So, rather than deleting the listings of the caches I had found, I moved them into a "found" folder. I also created a "DNF" folder.
Reporting Gravesites
Board: Smart Phones and Other Handheld Devices
Oct 21, 2013 1:48am
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I'm not familiar with that Find A Grave thing or whatever it's called, but aren't people supposed to take photos of headstones and submit them? My new tablet supposedly records the GPS coordinates of each photo taken, which would seem ideal for such reporting. Could it possibly be a good idea to just go up and down the rows of headstones in a cemetery, snap a pic of each one, and then send the whole pile of them in next time I have a wi-fi connection? Without even typing anything? Because I might be willing to start doing that. There are lots of cemeteries around here!
Re: Reporting Gravesites
Board: Smart Phones and Other Handheld Devices
Reply to: #811526 by Kirbert
Oct 21, 2013 1:54am
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You don't just submit the photos to Find a Grave. You locate each person's memorial page, and as you upload, type in all the information from the stone. (Particularly if its at all difficult to read!) If the person doesn't have a memorial page yet, you create one for them, including all pertinent dates, and linking it to other family members as appropriate.
Re: Updating clues
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #811508 by 3Daydreamers
Oct 21, 2013 2:25am
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. I have started looking at the comments when I pull clues too in an effort to reduce my back-tracking.

sorry you've had such frustrating experiemces. Juat as a helpful hint, if you find info in the comments that you want to have on the trail copy it and paste it into the notes for the box. Then it will print when you print the clues.
Peace
CTEE
Re: Updating clues
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #811508 by 3Daydreamers
Oct 21, 2013 2:39am
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FWIW, I update the clues to all my 'boxes as conditions change except one. My first plant, it is a tribute to a boon canine companion and although the first field we often tramped thru is overgrown and nigh impassible, I leave the clue as originally scribed. It is easy enough to figure out that one does not *need* to pass thru and can walk right on by it. (If you can't figure that out--stifles an eevil laugh--you deserve to claw your way thru the second growth & buck brush! 0_o).

Respectfully,
Connfederate
Re: Try this!
Board: Cool Site of the Day
Reply to: #811191 by WiseOldOwl
Oct 21, 2013 3:24am
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says I'm Philly too. Not.
Clue update
Board: State: Maine
Oct 21, 2013 3:30am
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Time to reprint the clues for Life cycle of a butterfly Suzi. I realized that there was some barbed wire near enough to the preceding clue to move the box for safety sake. Please update. Question. If this were your box, would you have replanted away from the hazard, added an alert to the clue, or ignored the new information? I am allergic to the tetanus vaccine so I tend to be proactive when it comes to rusty barbed wire.
Re: Just noticed this group
Board: Walking4Fun
Reply to: #811500 by Point Reyes Wanderers
Oct 21, 2013 3:50am
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I'm currently on the Camino but should finish that trail in the next few days. I plan to go to the Wonderland Trail next. Add me (BBStacker) to your friends list and I'll look for you as well.
Re: Updating clues
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #811508 by 3Daydreamers
Oct 21, 2013 3:58am
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I only update my clues upon the information of certain boxers, of if I've actually gone and checked myself. For instance, I had one reported missing, they were sure it wasn't there, checked every tree. I went outlying the next day, found if safe and sound, right where it was supposed to be, absolutely no change in clues needed. I don't know if that's the situation you're running in to, but that's why I don't always update clues.
Re: Just noticed this group
Board: Walking4Fun
Reply to: #811500 by Point Reyes Wanderers
Oct 21, 2013 4:09am
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I just added you as a friend and looked at your stats. You are a walker! Would love to start a new trail with you. You will probably finish Wonderland about the same time I finish the Camino. Let me know where you go from there. My stats look horrible for the last two weeks but I've been very ill. Back on my feet again now and ready to rack up some miles.
Local yarn bombing
Board: Knitters and the Fiber Arts
Oct 21, 2013 4:21am
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We saw it yesterday as we were driving downtown. I thought it looked really neat and could tell that it took longer than overnight but I was somewhat discouraged when I looked online and saw that they were posing for the camera and not even trying to be stealthy. One of the things that always intrigued me about yarn bombing was that it could just show up overnight and out of nowhere. It's still a lovely bombing. Mom heard on the news they are leaving it in place until November 1st. This sculpture is right outside our art museum, which I thought was pretty appropriate.

http://www.ky3.com/news/local/pictures-yarn-bombers-strike-again-in-springfield/-/21048998/22533180/-/i60hdpz/-/index.html
Re: Dixie
Board: Letterboxing Help Desk
Reply to: #810945 by Raven
Oct 21, 2013 4:46am
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Me too!
Re: Husband going to the U.K.
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #811442 by purplerose froggyking
Oct 21, 2013 4:47am
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There are not tons outside Dartmoor NP and North York Moors NP but that doesn't mean they don't exist. The real question is, where is he going and where are you searching for the clues? ie, the percentage listed on AQ or LBNA is extremely low.
3 Blind Mice!! 3 Blind Mice!!!
Board: State: New York
Oct 21, 2013 5:03am
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See how they carve!! See how they Hike!!!
They all hike after the Farmer and his wife!
Who showed them just how to handle a knife!!
Did y'ever see such a creative family
As 3 Blind Mice??

HAPPY AQversary to all of you!! May all your trails be smooth! May all your carves be flawless! May all your finds be right where you want them to be!!

~tigs
Re: Thought regarding Sleepy Hollow
Board: Television: After the Show Ends
Reply to: #811495 by Captain Slick Kitty
Oct 21, 2013 5:04am
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My daughter and I are avid watchers of Sleepy Hollow, and we have been wondering about that also (and have also noticed his last name). Perhaps he will write about this someday!

My cousin has a different theory; he is beginning to wonder if the Captain is akin to Skinner from the
X-Files, giving them free reign to tackle and solve the mysteries, but trying to stay above the fray and deal with the people above him.

We shall see ......

Jaxx
Downeast Cowboy~~ it's your day!!
Board: State: Maine
Oct 21, 2013 5:08am
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Happy AQversary to another great guy who shares the same name as my hubby ;-)

The quiet presence beside our Seagull - and a pretty good boxer in his own right. We're all so glad the two of you are part of our community!!

May all your trails be smooth! May all your carves be flawless! May all your finds be right where you expect them!!

~tigs
Pixie! Pixie!! Pixie!! It's your day!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Oct 21, 2013 5:15am
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Pixie and the Sprites! Pixie and the Sprites!!
one of them's the mommy!!
The others are the mites!!
. . .Pixies and the Sprites! sprites. . .sprites. . .sprites. . .sprites. . .

(it's song day)

HAPPIEST OF AQversaries!!

May all your trails be smooth (for that stroller)! May all your carves be flawless (and as adorable as always)! May all your finds be easy and right there (for the sake of the sprites)!!

~tigs
Re: Clue update
Board: State: Maine
Reply to: #811531 by Robins Nest
Oct 21, 2013 5:18am
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Being proactive is good... but there is so much barbed wire in Maine that sometimes it's unavoidable... hidden when planted by spring growth only to be seen in the fall by finders who venture out when things go dormant - thus letting that wire be seen. If you can move it - good, but caution by the those venturing out is always recommended. No matter what you seek :)
Re: The zombie boxes are coming...
Board: State: North Carolina
Reply to: #811337 by The Wolf Family
Oct 21, 2013 5:19am
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who says you don't do creative clues??? yeah, right.

~tigs
Re: Pixie! Pixie!! Pixie!! It's your day!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #811542 by tiggermama
Oct 21, 2013 5:21am
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Happy Cake Day Jen!!!
Re: Try this!
Board: Cool Site of the Day
Reply to: #811530 by Grrly Girl
Oct 21, 2013 5:22am
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Actually, you do sorta sound like you're from Philly. Not completely, but a little. i'm blaming the RI thing.

~tigs (who has relatives from there)