First 2nd-to-find :-)

Yep, another trek up Knox Mountain in Kelowna found us finding a NEW cache, The Christmas Knox Mountain Cache.

Check the log for more details but this was a first for us too – our first Travel Bug, now to get the little bugger on his way¦

Yesterday we bagged to others, the ever elusive Mom’s Easter Cache – we tried this one in the summer but the lush foliage thwarted us. This time there appears to have been extensive logging, much sawdust, many stumps and logs, that made it easier. I hope the location survives¦this is a fun one.

The second we found (actually the first of the day) was another in the same park – Kelowna. a good find in a neat area.

Out for more tomorrow.

Another cool concept in caching…moving caches! What a feast!

You never know what you’ll find while surfing caching sites. Here’s a great concept I can’t wait to see developed in the Edmonton area; Moving Caches!

Are you never first to find at a cache? Well that all ends now! If you?re fast enough you will be FTF on our caches! Yes it?s true that you may not be quite as fast as you thought, and find only some flagging tape where a cache should be, but sure enough, a day or two later it will show up somewhere again ready for you to discover its secret location.

Game, Set, Cache! is a moving cache for the Eastern Fraser Valley area. It is a 350ml Lock’n’Lock container with a roll of flagging tape, log book, sharpener, and pencil (and perhaps something special for the FTF!). There are no trading items in this cache. When you find it, tear off a piece of flagging tape from the roll and fix it to something where the cache was located. Remove the cache, post the find here, rehide it elsewhere, and then update the new location. The rules for the cache can be found by clicking on the link below and under the General Rules for the Moving Cache Game.


[source: MovingCache.com]

Local Edmonton Caches – sample export from GeoToad

Brilliant Brat has devised another cool scheme to display all the Caches within 50 miles of home base:

  1. set up GeoToad to build both, .html and .gpx files at a particular frequency. This is accomplished by calling GeoToad from a batch file with the native ms scheduler in Win2k.
  2. I’ve actually got two batch files, one for grabbing HTML, the other for GPX. I just add another line for each region (based on postal codes – also very cool) I want to update.
  3. also have the batch file copy the resulting files to my shared webserver space – enabling me to grab these files while away from the home computer.
  4. Load the resulting GPX file into GSAK. Then use GSAK to create a file for Mapsource. GSAK is great at managing all those waypoints you collect over time.

This is almost like magic 🙂 Gotta love technology.

[UPDATE] I just found this AWESOME overview of GeoToad.

Do Bloggers deserve the rights of Journalists?

There’s an interesting piece in today’s New York Times – an opinion
piece – that discusses the Blogger’s right/privilege to maintain the
privacy of their sources. In the US it’s called the First Amendment
right. In Canada:

Freedom of the Press is enshrined in Section 2 of the
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982), part of the Canadian
Constitution, which states that everyone has the right to freedom of
thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press
and other media of communication
http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/charter/index.html.

But, since Blogging has such a low Ëœbarrier to entry’ – Bloggers
don’t have to attend Journalism school, cut their teeth in the boonies
working on weekly papers, work weekends and graveyards covering the
newsroom, learning the craft, understanding why a story leads (or
doesn’t) – a blogger may have little experience with (or care about)
the other side of the coin, the Journalist’s responsibility to
objectivity and truth.

Journalists know that there are many sides to a story, and objective
journalists attempt to present all sides fairly, without colour or
prejudice. Journalists report on the facts. Can we say the same about
bloggers? What about Blogs hosted by a biased PR or Marketing company –
do they get the Journalist’s Privilege the same as a News Blogger?
Interesting questions that time will answer.

[Sources: Micro Persuasion Blog | Canadian Connections: Canada and Press Freedom | New York Times (subscription required) ]

Many 30 second moments…

Halo: Combat Evolved (Halo 1) released on November 14, 2001. Three
years have passed (minus a day or two) and Halo2 has been the game de
jour for many Xbox owners. Heck, First Person Shooter (FPS) fans have
even bought Xboxes just to play Halo – the original was that good. But
does Halo 2 live up to the very high expectations placed on it by fans,
fuelled by the Microsoft marketing machine?

For me, right now, the short answer is no. Here’s why¦ Continue reading “Many 30 second moments…”

On Co-operative gaming…

One of the cool things that my wife and I do together is play video games. Yep, we both enjoy them. I’m lucky, I guess.

Halo (the original) was one of the first for Xbox that we both could play the campaign game supportively, co-operatively. This is very important – as our First Person Shooter (FPS) skill levels differ, so we can both play to our strengths – covering each others weaknesses.

As well, there’s something cool about having a shared experience in a virtual world – something you can talk about over breakfast, plan strategy on the drive to buy groceries, whatever. It’s a way to share this predominantly male hobby with your significant other.

So, Halo is fun. Playing Halo campaign with your mate (especially if one of her favourite movies is Aliens) is more fun. Anticipating Halo 2, discussing it, reading about it, drooling at the screenshots – you got it – even funner(TM).

Then over the weekend, I’d read that Halo 2 will not support co-op campaign play over the system link, or internet.

Major Disappointment. We were looking forward to:

  • Full Screen (2 Xboxen, 2 Monitors, 2 Halo)
  • Voice communication with live headset
  • Involving others via internet hosted games

Sigh – what will be included with the released version of Halo 2 will be co-op campaign mode playable on a single Xbox – same as the original. After all this development time, they’re basically giving us a slightly improved game, but no real benefit to those who enjoy
playing the game with others – rather than against others.

The competitive FPS folk out there will not really miss this feature, but as someone who does enjoy co-op gaming, Halo 2 is already disappointing. We’ll still buy it, still play it, and likely still love it, but this one feature would have made it gold.