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With 4 big pieces from Ikea recently - I wish I’d seen this before it most of it went in the recycling. Especially since I spent $10 at Target for a cardboard scratcher for Scooter. He seems to want to keep using the intact boxes we want to save (for the next move).
my brother just came into my room so excited to show me these photos of a pigeon he met
Brother! Hello brother! Today met human, let human borrow telephone! Photo of human, photo of self. New friend for life!
(Just where are pigeons stashing their smartphones these days?)
If you’re not familiar with the geocaching I keep mentioning - here’s a nice little intro to it. Not to mention that for Earth Day (and all through the year), Geocaching.com encourages CITO - Cache In Trash Out - events, where you organize a meet-up to clean up an area. Last year, one near me did a removal of non-native plants to a natural area.
You don’t even need a GPSr anymore if you are in an area with cell phone coverage; if you have a smartphone, you can use the app; at $10, much less than a GPSr.
Go Play Outside - Geocaching 101
In celebration of Earth Day, why not turn off the devices and consoles and take part in a more 4D adventure? Geocaching is an outdoor game that employs the use of GPS technology and waypoints to uncover real-world “treasure”. Lara Croft used GPS caches to unlock challenges and explore the island upon which she became shipwrecked. Walter White used GPS coordinates to mark the site of his buried treasure (and, when that didn’t pan out, his brother-in-law Hank). Now millions of people worldwide use GPS coordinates to hide and uncover secret spoils in not-so-plain sight.
GPS coordinates come in handy in Black Ops.
Geocaching is a global game that uses GPS technology to encourage people to get out and explore the world around them. While there are a lot of variations on the game, each tailored to a specific geek subset, a great place to start learning about tech savvy past time is Groundspeak’s geocaching.com.
Geocaching started when selective availability was officially removed from the Global Positioning System in May 2000. This change in GPS technology made unearthing specific locations more accurate and reliable. On May 3, 2000–a mere day after SA was obsolete, the enterprising Dave Ulmer of Beavercreek, Oregon planted a black container full of goodies that has become the birthplace of geocaching. Ulmer advertised the coordinates of the cache on a Usenet newsgroup (45°17.460′N 122°24.800′W), and within 3 days the cache had been found and the discovery logged.
A map of geocache waymarkers.
The quirky hobby has grown by leaps and bounds, largely thanks to the Jeremy Irish and Groundspeak. Irish and his network of pioneering friends (Bryan Roth and Elias Alvord) started Groundspeak as a listing site to catalog caches in 2002, and today the service boasts over 6 million registered cachers. Caching isn’t exclusive to Groundspeak, however. Munzees, for example, were developed in 2011; these caches are not physically hidden “treasures”, but instead are stickers with a scannable QR code that employs smartphone technology to log caches in a freemium game model. Munzees are hidden and found similarly to traditional caches, using a listing database and GPS locator; these caches are worth points, and the game can be played in a more competitive sense using this database. Google’s Ingress creates a sci-fi narrative and presents real GPD locations as portals or checkpoints in a creative, MMO version of geocaching (not dissimilar to Google’s Pokemon April Fool’s game).
Geocaching is as easy as walking out the door. Chances are, within a mile of any given starting point there is at least one geocache waiting to be found. To begin scavenging, create an account at a geocaching database in order to discover and log finds. Download and open the app to view a map of nearby caches waiting to be discovered. Walk, drive or bicycle to the destination, reading any available clues or hints left about the hiding spot by the cache owner. Beware: lookers-on and other people who aren’t familiar with the game are called “muggles” (after the Harry Potter terminology for the uninitiated). Do not let a muggle spy scavenging efforts; people who don’t understand what a geocache is could visit a site after it has been exposed and remove or damage its contents, compromising it for the next hunter. Once a cache has been found, there is typically a “log” to be signed with a caching codename (username on geocaching.com, for example). If the cache was located using a mobile phone app, users may mark the cache as found using his or her Groundspeak account.
A magnetized Altoid container tucked along a roadside guardrail waits to be discovered.
Caches vary in size, shape and camouflage. One thing that almost every cache has in common is that it must be large enough to contain a “log” (a peice of paper on which to identify conquest of cache using an established codename). While logic suggests that this would make caches relatively big, a popular type of cache called a nano is smaller than the average thumbnail and is often very easily disguised. Containers are sometimes large enough to contain trinkets or good such as trackables and geocoins (two game peices designed to be transported, traded or collected). Ammo cans, tupperware, Altoid tins, old film canisters–there is no one kind of geocache.
A “nano” cache unscrews to house a tightly wound logbook for geocachers to sign.
Arguably, the greatest draw to geocaching–the element that gives the game staying power–is the limitless ingenuity of adult hide-and-seek. Caches can be epoxied into the caps of chain link fences, tucked inside hollowed out logs, disguised as a wall outlet, stuck inside a non-functional sprinkler head, hung like an ornament in the branches of a tree, or inside the “skirts” of lamp posts. There is no end of possibilities for hiding places save for the boundaries of ingenuity. Night caches or puzzle caches offer increased difficulty for expert level cachers looking for a challenge. Destination caches guide explorers through state parks to enrich a hike. Geocaching is a game that invites members to contribute as much or as little as desired, and there are no guidelines on how often to play, or where, or when for that matter.
There are no tangible rewards from caching. Players don’t get money, level up or unlock extras by finding a greater quantity of, or particular/“rare” geocaches. The incentive to search is to challenge the imagination, as well as to test the limits (and explore the more playful side of) GPS technology. Caches are placed in locations that the cache owner visits frequently, that hold significance to the cache owner, or that are a unique destination; in this way, geocaching offers players a unique opportunity to explore the nooks and crannies of a neighborhood like a detective or bounty hunter.
In keeping with the tenets of being a good neighbor to the environment, cachers are encouraged to practice the Cache In Trash Out philosophy when playing. Leaving a creatively hidden cache is part of the mission while caching, but leaving an area cleaner or prettier than it was found is one of the ways that geocaching contributes to a community. This hobby is free to play, but hard to quit. Begin playing today, and be counted as one of the many dorks who love to say: “Don’t mess with a geocacher. We know all the best places to hide a body.”
Blueprint of IKEA
Not only the above, but the one near us has two floors. We bought a new bed Saturday. It’s a really nice change from the air mattress we slept on for the last three months tho.
I am slightly irked that we went too late to get a free dinner both days we went. And, because I was singing it with youngest fry, now I can’t get that Jonathan Coulton song out of my head.
"I-KEEAAH AL-LEN WRENCHES!
ALL OF THEM FOR FREE!
ALL OF THEM FOR MEEEE!”
Over the weekend, youngest fry had a birthday party to attend at a Laser Tag place in Fullerton. It was a good drive from home, so while waiting, oldest fry & I had a snack and then did some hunting for nearby geocaches; luckily, there were three right in the shopping center. We found two (one a basic lamppost cache, and the other with helpful hints about making stir-fry) but struck out on the last one, which was right outside a busy Costco; it hadn’t been found in some time, so maybe it had been muggled, or the camo was just too much for us. It was too hot to be efficiently stealthy, so we gave up.
We consoled ourselves by finding a couple of Futurama plushies on clearance for 60% off at the Toys R Us around the corner. Hynotoad is quite happy on top of the Television.
All Glory to the Hynotoad!
Free recorded seminar on the IPCC report on climate impacts and adaptation from SEI
Curious about the IPCC’s adaptation report? Here’s a free webinar discussing the report and its implications.
On 25-29 March, Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) met in Yokohama, Japan, to approve the Summary for Policymakers of its report, Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, and accept the underlying document – the second part of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.
SEI and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) hosted a seminar to provide an overview of the IPCC report and discuss its implications for Sweden. The event was organized in partnership with the SMHI-hosted National Centre for Climate Change Adaptation and the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Although Sweden is not considered to be highly vulnerable to climate change, it is experiencing changes in rainfall, temperatures and winter conditions, among other impacts. Recent SEI work has highlighted flood risks, for example, as well as adaptation needs in Sweden’s forestry sector. Ongoing SEI work is also emphasizing the importance of indirect impacts – how climate change effects in other countries affect Sweden through global trade, supply chains, and other means.
The seminar was held from 10:00 to 12:30 in Stora Hörsalen at Garnisonen, Karlavägen 100, Stockholm. Except for Richard Klein’s presentation (starting at 05:35 in the video below), the entire event was in Swedish.
The programme was as follows:
10:00: Welcome and introduction
10:10: The IPCC report Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability – background and main conclusions, with a focus on adaptation – Richard Klein, SEI and IPCC
10:50: Climate change impacts around the world: How will Sweden be affected? – Henrik Carlsen, SEI
11:10: Business adaptation to climate change – Maria Sunér Fleming, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
11:30: How is Sweden adapting to the indirect impacts of global climate change? Panel discussion with Henrik Carlsen; Maria Sunér Fleming; Malin Mobjörk, Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI); Pär Holmgren, social commentator and former meteorologist at SVT; Mette Lindahl Olsson, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB); Henrik Lampa, H&M; and Robert Paulsson, Swedish Board of Agriculture
Download Richard Klein’s presentation (PDF, 1.3MB)
Download Henrik Carlsen’s presentation (PDF, 3.5MB)
Watch a video of the full event:
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HAPPY EARTH DAY 2014!
In celebration of Earth Day 2014, the Bureau of Land Management is introducing three vintage posters and postcards depicting some of the spectacular landscapes of our National Conservation Lands. As a part of a continuing series, the purpose of the campaign is to highlight these ruggedly beautiful and culturally rich places that belong to all Americans.
The inaugural posters and postcards artistically portray three different areas, illustrating the diversity of the landscapes protected under the system. They are Eagletail Mountains Wilderness Area in Arizona, Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana and Headwaters Forest Reserve in California.
There are now nearly 900 designated areas of National Conservation Lands spanning almost 27 million acres – or 11 percent of the lands managed by BLM. They include national monuments, national conservation areas, wilderness and wilderness study areas, national wild and scenic rivers, national scenic trails and national historic trails.
Learn more about your National Conservation Lands: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/NLCS.html
Incidentally, Earth Day is also my grandmother’s birthday. She loved the outdoors and taught me the basics of gardening, composting and fishing- that they’re related and how to handle an earthworm. To this day, I’ve never seen anyone grow as big a dahlia as she did. She would’ve turned 113 today.
Not surprised at the locations. Interesting that Tumblr wasn’t included.
i think i knew this
Funny I’m a member of more of the male dominated ones, than the female. Also that DeviantArt is more male dominated; I would have thought female or equal. I must hang out in different parts of it.
Also nobody I know uses Orkut. I checked it out a long time ago before they tried to get Google+ going, but I’ve never used it since. And actually, quite few of those on the pink side I’ve never even heard of.
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So I went into work this morning, and all of my coworkers have been replaced by owls... At first I thought there were just a bunch of owls everywhere, but they are wearing my coworkers' nametags... So my question is: Why am I not an owl? Is this my boss' way of telling me that I'm fired?
Oh, you didn’t get the memo? Today is “Become an Owl and Go To Work” day. We would fire your secretary if we were you.