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GCVote – Reading My Mind January 5, 2010

Posted by kinzuakid in Geocaching, Geocaching.com, Resources, Reviews, Software, Statistics.
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It’s tough to keep up with all the software and tool development in the Geocaching world as it happens so quickly.  I missed out on version 3.0 of CacheStats, for example and who knows how many revs behind I am on GSAK.  Plenty, I suppose.  But that’s not what this note is about.

I’ve been thinking about building a cache rating database to give the new folks something to look at before going out on their second or third search (or first, for that matter).  I was going to start by collating some opinions from like minded folks on their favorite caches and initially publish a list.  Next, after I moved the blog to a proper server I was thinking about firing up a simple database for these sorts of things to give the good local color a little more exposure.

I don’t need to do that now.  It’s already been done, with GCVote.

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Wherein I Get Pwned May 8, 2009

Posted by kinzuakid in Geocaching, In the News/Blogosphere, My Finds, Snark, Statistics.
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On my own blog, no less.

I made this braggadocio entry about my mileage and states knocked off the list with a find and then a single commenter weighs in: Lotrat, with some even more impressive stats.  18:32 with 56K miles and including a pair of smileys in China.

I’m jealous.  I was supposed to go to Hong Kong this year but kept missing my connection due to weather delays.  When I heard Lotrat was heading over there for a trip I knew he’d have a couple to throw in my face.  Punk.

Now go get one in North Korea and I’ll stay impressed.  Just one- that’s all you need to log.  😉

17 Down – 33 to Go! May 2, 2009

Posted by kinzuakid in Geocaching, My Finds, Statistics.
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I know, this is probably obsessive-compulsive, but I had a whopping half hour to myself on business in Maryland and just had to check that Geocaching box…

State Map as of May 1, 09

State Map as of May 1, 09

I have a personal goal of caching every US state in the next few years.  This map marks my progress nicely.  I do like the cool color coded state maps you can get from Itsnotaboutthenumbers, but this one will do in a pinch.  I generated this one using LogicWeave’s Cache Stats.  INATN (short form) actually has my favorite statistic right there on the front page when you upload your PQ:

Approximate cache-to-cache distance: 67623.42 miles (108829.34 kilometres)

That’s just over 54 miles travelled per Geocache logged.  I knew I got around for work a bit but these numbers just blew me away!  I love looking at maps like these.  If you have a blog or profile with your map posted, drop a link to it in the comments for all to see, especially if you have a map looking better (more complete) than mine.  And if you have a nearly complete county map for your home state, drop a link to that, too!

I’m happy to live vicariously through the caching exploits of others.  😉