GCPC EPISODE 498 – May 2017 Cacher Coffee

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May 31st, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The GCPC hosts get together, drink some libations and discuss just about anything geocaching with this month’s cacher coffee. Stop on by and give us a listen.

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Chad’s Worldwind Geocaching Tour 2017

Sarah’s Stories

Evince is no more…

A reminder that if you use Evince as the checker in any of your mystery caches you need to find an alternative. Sadly this is apparently because the founder and website owner is deceased http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php… If you are attempting to solve such a cache and need to verify coordinates a polite message to the owner explaining the situation and asking them to check them for you is appropriate.

Archiving of Locationless caches…
https://www.geocaching.com/help/index.php?pg=kb.chapter&id=127&pgid=890

HeadHardHat’s Discussions

HACK YOUR HIKE WITH THIS ARDUINO PUZZLE GEOCACHE
http://hackaday.com/2017/05/03/hack-your-hike-with-this-arduino-puzzle-geocache/

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GCPC Mailbag…Send your geocaching email to:

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My name is Michael Egan, and I’m emailing you on behalf of MaritimeInjuryCenter.com. In light of National Drowning Month (May), I was hoping you might have some room for our information on The Geocaching Podcast.

A little about myself: I served US Marine Corp and US Navy units in The Gulf War. During shipboard firefighting training, I severely injured my knee on an open scuttlebutt. Later on during my service in the Persian Gulf, I became ill and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, likely due to toxic chemical exposure. I’m now a Disabled Veteran.

I help Maritime Injury Center in advocating for mariners, merchant marines and veterans alike. Now more than ever, I think it’s important everybody to understand the significance of the Jones Act and how it affects people lost at sea. You can find out more about the Jones Act at maritimeinjurycenter.com/jones-act/.

I applaud that work you’ve done at geocachingpodcast.com. For National Drowning Month, I would ask that you consider including Maritime Injury Center as a resource, supporting both maritime workers and our armed forces.

If you have questions or need copy, please let me know. If I don’t hear back, is it okay to try again in a week or so?

All the very best,

Michael
Semper Fi
Michael K. Egan
USN Petty Officer 3rd Class Disabled Veteran

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GCPC EPISODE 497 – Geocaching Dashboard and Profile Update

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May 17th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The GCPC crew discuss the new additions and updates for the Geocaching.com website and app.

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Make friends with the updated Profile and Dashboard
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/05/make-friends-with-the-updated-profile-and-dashboard/

Core improvements to the Geocaching® app
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/05/core-improvements-to-the-geocaching-app/

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From Al Van Dyke (unclecacher)

Just thought I’d share with you my favorite muggle story. Two of us were caching a series along a levy on the Ohio river that had a hike bike trail along the top. As we were hunting one of the containers, a man and woman (husband and wife?) came walking by.

The person I was caching with was brand new to caching, so he just continued searching as if they were not there (muggle unaware). As they approached the lady asked me what we were doing. Probably because I had stopped hunting when I noticed them approaching waiting for them to pass before continuing my search.

Before I could reply, the man said to her “Oh, they’re geocaching”. I would have liked to ask him if he was a cacher or, if not, how he knew about it. But they just kept walking right past me making it obvious they had no desire to stop and chat. That day I learned sometimes the best way to deal with muggles is to just ignore them and plunge ahead.

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GCPC EPISODE 496 – Geocaching Muggles Over The Years

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May 10th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The GCPC hosts discuss the delicate situations when geocaching muggles are involved. What is a Muggle and why should geocachers be cautious around them? Find out with us as we talk about this.

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How To Deal With Geocaching Muggles

Muggle Wiki – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muggle

What is a muggle?
A muggle in geocaching terms is a person who does not know what geocaching is.
In their eyes we can look odd, crazy, or even suspicious.

A general thinking about muggles:
From the Forums:

“I’m pretty new to Geocaching, so I’m hoping the community can help explain something to me – why the general feeling that Geocaching must be hidden from Muggles?
Is it just because of how often non-players may steal/damage/move a cache?
Or is it an exclusivity thing?
Thanks!”

Theft or vandalization of geocaches.

How has muggles changed over the years.
Discussion:

Geocaching when it was a more secret game.
Being much more covert back then

Types of Muggles – a sort of classification:

The Oblivious Muggle
This type of muggle just goes along it’s daily life completely oblivious of geocaching as a whole. They are most likely to just stumble upon you while geocaching. Usually too wrapped up with what they are doing to even notice you.

The Semi-Curious Muggle
These muggles are fairly aware of their surroundings and may notice a geocacher if they are not known to them. They may catch your body language and just out of curiosity may come up to you and ask what you are doing.

The Lingerer Muggle
These are one of the most frustrating muggles to geocachers. Lingerers usually stand or sit right next to a geocache minding their own business. When this happens you have to just wait until they leave before approaching ground zero.

“Murphy’s Law of muggles: If there is a muggle anywhere within 500ft of a geocache, they will be standing at ground zero”

The Whistle Blower
This is the muggle geocachers dread. It is usually the nosey neighbor that has to know every person walking up and down the street. They start to panic if an unfamiliar car of person is in their field of view and they are also the first people to call the police just because they can. Note some whistleblowers call the police just to be recognized as a good citizen and won’t think twice calling the authorities just to be in the spotlight.

The Active Anti-cacher
While they general have an idea of what it is, they don’t accept it as they way you describe it and associate many potential negatives towards it and do things like, actively destroy containers, promote it as organized littering, go so far as having social media campaigns against it because it destroys nature.

Just Found This Today. Flattered they used my work… :)
http://www.wikihow.com/Deal-With-Geocaching-Muggles
From My YouTube Video – GeoSnippits Geocaching Videos-How To Deal With Geocaching Muggles from September of 2010

Why Do Geocachers Look Suspicious To Muggles?
– We hunch over
– Strange Devices
– Our Body Posture – Looking over our shoulder
– Geocache with Confidence

Muggle Ideas
– GPS as a phone
– Construction Worker Vest
– Clipboard
– Approached by a muggle – what to do?
– Don’t lie, especially to official muggles.
– Tell them about geocaching
– Pamphlet!

Above All – USE COMMON SENSE!

LEO Encounters and People of Authority
You are not doing anything illegal, unless you are. Trespassing, etc.
Don’t Lie – Tell the truth
Have spare pamphlets in your pack

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GCPC EPISODE 495 – Really Great Travel Bug Hotels

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May 3rd, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The GCPC gang discuss Travel Bugs and what makes a really great Travel Bug Hotel.

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Pinterest Travel Bug Hotel Examples
https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=geocaching%20travel%20bug%20hotel&rs=typed&term_meta[]=geocaching%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=travel%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=bug%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=hotel%7Ctyped

Travel Bug Hotel Creativity

Pinterest has hundreds of examples of TB Hotels that you can make your own. You are limited to your resources and imagination.
Go over examples of different TB Hotels featured:
Giant Birdhouse – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/209910032608734278/
Pipe Cover – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/358880664029729529/
Cute Ammo Box – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/422142165059161156/
Actual Model Hotel – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/358880664041299033/
Elevated Hotel – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/358880664032312975/
Hotel in the Woods – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/358880664031419127/
Electrical Box – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/503066220857722697/
Guard Rail TB Hotel

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