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Re: camouflage bags
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #970282 by Baqash
Jan 13, 2019 5:52pm
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They seem to do very well, though. I've found a couple, and despite the simplicity of the design (top just folded over, no seal per se) they seem to stay dry inside. As opposed to the duct-taped Ziploc baggie idea, which never seems to seal closed properly, is usually infested with bugs, etc.
Re: Congratulations WDQT. BOTW!!
Board: Region: Northeast
Reply to: #970281 by Public Hand
Jan 13, 2019 6:17pm
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Tank hew berry mulch!
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
Board: Region: Midwest
Reply to: #970200 by Kiss'n Karin
Jan 13, 2019 6:21pm
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Thanks for all the kind words. Another thank you goes out to the planters of the 5000 boxes. Each box is unique and is like unwrapping a surprise package. For box number 5000, I did try to find an unusual box, and I did find it in box #300070.
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
Board: State: Missouri
Reply to: #970201 by Kiss'n Karin
Jan 13, 2019 6:35pm
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I appreciate all the kind words. One of you asked my age, and the answer is 85. Yes, I have slowed down since I started letterboxing almost 9 years ago. Now I seek out the easy trails and don't box if it is too hot or too cold. 5000 finds was on my bucket list. Now that I have reached that number, my next goal is to log in 1000 personal travelers. I have met many wonderful people along my letterboxing journey, and I hope to meet many more.
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970275 by photopam
Jan 13, 2019 8:32pm
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I start with a basic design in my head which usually morphs as I make the cards. I have a couple odd ball cards with a small degree of variation for my themes. Recently, I produced a set of cards and was disappointed when I looked back at my original sketch for the carve. I had reversed the negative space in my carving and I much preferred the original sketch. face/palm..
Re: Be my Pokemon Go friend?
Board: Games People Play
Reply to: #969770 by Super Hedge Hoggie
Jan 13, 2019 8:35pm
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I would love some new Pokemon Go friends too! My code is 2453 4867 7608

Yay!

-gollygee
Re: Are links safe?
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #970279 by Boxer Lover47
Jan 13, 2019 8:46pm
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Does AQ have a way of somehow 'vetting' these links?

Not really. If there's a problem post, people can report it and moderators can delete it, so I'd like to think that problematic links won't last very long.

But there are steps you can take. If you're on a desktop computer and hover over the link, check where it links to. If it links to youtube.com, it's probably not going to have any porn or viruses on it.

Another thing to consider is who is posting. If it's someone with a long history on AQ in good standing, they probably aren't posting links to dangerous or inappropriate sites. If it's someone who signed up a day or two earlier.... they're pretty unvetted and it would be prudent to be a little more careful about clicking their links.

Browsers will often tell you if you try to go to a webpage known to be problematic so you have that protection as well. Either because the browser itself flags the website as suspicious or because you installed McAfee or Avast or something that will block access temporarily asking if you're sure you want to go there before taking you to the page.

But that said, for the most part, it's kind of hard for a website to do real damage just by clicking to it. I'm not saying that it's impossible, but it's not easy. They typically have to trick you into installing software, or trick you into entering private information, etc.

So for the most part, I wouldn't lose sleep over it. Even if you do accidentally click to a bad website, chances are nothing permanently bad will happen without additional steps. But say no if it asks you to download or install something, or fill out a form (especially if they ask for personal information), etc.

-- Ryan
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970287 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Jan 13, 2019 10:55pm
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A LOT of trial and error. :)

Amen to that!!! We usually spend a few days thinking of of a design. We discuss different possibilities for each design consideration before finally settling on one.

After carving, we print a few to experiment with regarding color, background and composition. It’s during this time that we usually stumble across an idea we hadn’t thought of yet. At this point we frequently toss out our earlier ideas and go in a new direction.

Then we design the back to compliment the front design and many times carve another small stamp to go with the overall concept.

Not often, but it has happened after getting into it I get frustrated or dissatisfied and scrap the carve and start completely over and carve a new stamp.
for Ryan and Rhode Islanders
Board: Yakking It Up
Jan 14, 2019 7:49am
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Re: for Ryan and Rhode Islanders
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #970297 by Grrly Girl
Jan 14, 2019 8:13am
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what am I doing wrong?
I can't make a Tiny URL

I've never used Tiny URL so I can't help you there, but the first thing you can do to make the link shorter is cut off everything after the question mark and that will shorten it to https://www.atlasobscura.com/foods/polish-donuts

Which is a perfectly usable URL. This trick doesn't necessarily work with all URLs, but looking at all of the the text after the question mark, it includes terms like "source", "email campaign", "medium=email", etc., so it was pretty obvious to me that none of that is really essential. It's just used to track you and let them know where you got the URL, but none of it is needed for the actual page.

AQ doesn't accept the symbol ")" as part of the URL, mostly because it's not uncommon for people to write something like "I love Atlas Quest (https://www.atlasquest.com/)," and in that situation, a parenthesis is NOT part of the URL. It really shouldn't be used in URLs either, so AQ won't accept it as a URL and everything that comes after it will get cut off. Which, in this case, didn't matter because nothing that came after it was important for the URL to work.

-- Ryan

PS. I was in Poland last year for "Donut day." It was delicious. =)
Re: Mardi Gras Tracker
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #970266 by jlsd0218
Jan 14, 2019 8:18am
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You twisted my arm
Re: Mardi Gras Tracker
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #970299 by crosscresent
Jan 14, 2019 8:22am
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Whaaat???!!! You are back?? Well back for this swap at least? !!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhh!!!! *happy dance* I want to see your name in more swaps. ;-)
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970275 by photopam
Jan 14, 2019 9:11am
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I heavily consider the carve, which is the hardest part of creating a card for me. Once I have carved my image, I think I average two or three different card designs before I settle into the one that "works". I'll have to say that occasionally I create a card that is a pretty good match to my original vision, but more often than not my card morphs several times before it is finished. I just fiinished a set that I made 4 different backgrounds for, and ended up circling back to the original! I don't consider that experience a waste of time or resources though it was yet another learning experience
As a side note to this question, it was mentioned that sometimes it could take a few weeks to come up with an idea or concept for the card layout. I have to say that when people post trackers that have 1 month or less for a due date, it's too much pressure for me. I need to have time to pace my work and move from step to step in a relaxed way that works with my creative ability. I have noticed that when I do something in a hurry, it's not my best work and I also tend to make more prototypes than when I am a given the chance to think it out thoroughly.
Re: for Ryan and Rhode Islanders
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #970297 by Grrly Girl
Jan 14, 2019 9:12am
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I’ll have to pick up a few then box in Pulaski Park!

Warrior Woman
needs to get up there more often
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970301 by Gypsy Fiddler
Jan 14, 2019 9:28am
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Hope I'm remembering this correctly:

Louis Armstrong once recorded a song in the studio. Then he and his band re-recorded it again and again and again trying to get it just right. After 100 recordings, they decided the first one was the best and used it on the album.
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970301 by Gypsy Fiddler
Jan 14, 2019 9:41am
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when people post trackers that have 1 month or less for a due date, it's too much pressure for me. I need to have time to pace my work and move from step to step in a relaxed way that works with my creative ability. I have noticed that when I do something in a hurry, it's not my best work

That is my perspective also. I work slowly, and enjoy the process as I work. It’s relaxing for me. The day I find it stressful, rushed, and no longer enjoyable, is the day I’ll hang up my gouge and markers and be done.
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970303 by aMAZEing adventure frog
Jan 14, 2019 10:11am
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I've heard that too, AAF, and it is so true!
Sleeping Giant State Park
Board: State: Connecticut
Jan 14, 2019 10:22am
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CT DEEP says Wharton Brook SP has reopened and they expect Sleeping Giant to open back up this spring.
Re: Congrats to carry on grandma
Board: State: Missouri
Reply to: #970201 by Kiss'n Karin
Jan 14, 2019 10:44am
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((A big cheer for one of our favorite boxers, carry on grandma, for finding her 5000th box,πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸ‘))
A Belated Happy Letterboxing Anniversary to you! It is a pleasure to have met and talked with and shared time with you at A Space Odessey Event. What is always a treat is when we would find some of your letterboxes, and better yet, when you would be logged in the journals of letterboxes we’ve found, in other states, not just in Missouri! Keep on keepin’ on!
Re: Ryan.... I have a question
Board: Suggestion Box
Reply to: #970223 by Green Tortuga
Jan 14, 2019 10:48am
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Awesome! Thanks Ryan!

BB
A few spots open
Board: Postals
Jan 14, 2019 11:08am
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https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?trackerId=10057

All about that face... carve a face, any face. Starts Mid Feb.
Well i feel dumb lol
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Jan 14, 2019 11:33am
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Just spent all morning combing over all my new ltcs, getting all my finds logged in aq, can't figure out why my aq Number of ltcs will not match how many I have...two of them come up as "postal" and I have in fact logged them. Also, I have one that doesn't have an aq Number. It is her diviness by waves and waterfalls. Its a Bette midler mermaid. Any help?
Re: Well i feel dumb lol
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #970311 by Neoterra
Jan 14, 2019 12:12pm
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I don’t have a specific answer for you but I’ve found you can get better responses to things like this by posting questions directly to the tracker itself.

Welcome to LTCs!
πŸ˜„
Re: hats off to Kelsung
Board: State: California
Reply to: #970264 by fleetwood7
Jan 14, 2019 12:16pm
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He has 3 different rooms at his Upland location, and 2 at the San Dimas location. We are trying Grandma's Surprise this Saturday.
Re: How many?
Board: LTC: Tips, Questions, and Stuff
Reply to: #970304 by Wise Wanderer
Jan 14, 2019 12:26pm
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I do this too, but if I have too much time I tend to wander away and get lost in thought, put it aside as i ponder, forget about it a while, then I am rushed as the due date is tomorrow.

I need a good balance of thinking time and a deadline. :)
Re: Well i feel dumb lol
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #970311 by Neoterra
Jan 14, 2019 12:31pm
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Message Waves and Waterfalls directly.
Re: Well i feel dumb lol
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #970313 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Jan 14, 2019 12:47pm
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Thanks, I'm new and each one I get is "my prescious" lol
Re: New coloring Puzzle Postal Tracker is now closed
Board: Postals
Reply to: #970284 by IrishRef
Jan 14, 2019 1:38pm
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This coloring puzzle is now full.
Re: Mardi Gras Tracker
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #970300 by Linden Leaf
Jan 14, 2019 5:21pm
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Leaf,you talking to me? 🀣
Awe!! That's sweet. Ya. Worked on these all day πŸ€— whew. I am rusty!!! So is my steadler. And there is glitter all over the kitchen floor.

Ive boxed a few times recently, too! πŸ˜ƒ
Re: Mardi Gras Tracker
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #970327 by crosscresent
Jan 14, 2019 5:57pm
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Yes I am talking to you, crosscresent!! It's okay if you're rusty. And glitter is always fun :-) LOL if you have any extra I would love to trade with you... even if I have to wait till after the tracker is over and you get cards back