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Yesterday was both a really good, and a slightly bad, day in terms of geocaching. At lunchtime, I meandered down to a park in East Cambridge where a cache had eluded me not once but TWICE before. Each time I spent a good hour looking for the damn thing. On the third attempt, I found it almost instantly! It’s weird how things work out like that. The cache’s hint was “Rook to Queen Bishop 4”, and the park contains three metal picnic tables with chess boards built into them. So, it seems like a pretty obvious place to look would be beneath the picnic tables (since it’s a magnetic nano-cache)… which I did… thoroughly… or so I thought. On my third attempt I fumbled around at the wrong table for a few minutes, allowed my GPSr to recalculate my coordinates, realized I was checking the wrong table, checked the correct table, and BOOM, the little guy was right where it should have been… right where it was all along. Seriously, how the hell did I miss it? Oh well. That evening, after work, I decided to do some night-caching and look for another East Cambridge cache. This one was supposedly hidden in an old abandoned phone booth, a sad metal monolith where a pay telephone once stood. Previous comments indicated that it was a quick and easy cache, so imagine my frustration when a good hour had passed and all I had to show for it was a pair of dirty hands. I decided to post a “Did Not Find” log, in which I stated that I must not have looked hard enough and would be back, but in the back of my head I sincerely thought/hoped that the cache was gone, because I REALLY searched that damn phone booth thoroughly. Well, posting the DNF log worked out very well — not an hour after my log was posted, somebody else posted a DNF log as well! Then, today, the cache owner emailed me to let me know that the cache was, indeed, gone! This made me feel quite vindicated. He said he’d be replacing it today. If he does, I’ll look for it after work. Also today, I found a quick cache at a park near the Science Park station on the MBTA Green Line. It took me longer to find than it should have, though, but at least I was able to find it, and the park itself was worth the trip. These last two found caches can be found on Page 2 of my Geocaching section (use the top navigation bar).

I’ve also decided to do some organization regarding my “Bidoof the Triop” videos. Instead of just sticking them all under Special, they are now on their own playlist on my YouTube channel. I’ve also created a special page for them right here on my website — use the top navigation bar and go to “Bidoof the Triop” under the Special heading. I have also decided to use YouTube’s AudioSwap feature to swap out my commentary on the couple of videos which actually had commentary. I wasn’t happy with the quality of the commentary, and I just like the atmosphere that the mellow instrumental music gives to the whole experience. A couple of the videos still have my commentary, as AudioSwap has been misbehaving lately, but eventually they should all be fine, and new videos should definitely be all set.

I’ll be posting the last two episodes of Beavis & Butt-head tonight… or at least one of the two. We’ll see just how lazy I am.

Cheers,
Doc

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Bidoof the Triop: Day 6

He… just keeps growing. Amazing! Once his growth spurt is over, I’ll switch from daily videos to weekly compilations.

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Mmm… Burger World! Fifty cents for a deep-fried rat! With fries!

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Bidoof the Triop: Day 5

Recorded today. Had to swap out the audio again. I came back from my weekend off to find that Bidoof seems to have doubled in size again! Check out his shell! And his tail! And, dare I say, his eyes almost look… expressive. Good boy!

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Bidoof the Triop: Day 4

This was recorded on November 12, 2010. I had to replace the audio due to lots of noise in the background. Anyway, he sure is a growing boy! Or girl. Not sure. Looks like a boy to me.

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Back to the mall… where I make some painfully obsolete jokes.

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The boys venture to the local shopping mall… where, of course, EVERYBODY WANTS THEM DEAD. Seriously, what the hell?

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Geocaching redemption!

Yesterday, I got really pissed off because I spent over two hours looking for a pair of supposedly easy caches, but came up empty-handed. Today, I redeemed myself halfway by finding one of the two! (I only looked for one of them today.) I found the cache almost instantly upon arriving at the cache site, AND it was swarming with muggles! This made me feel great, since yesterday the cache site was completely empty and I looked for at least 45 minutes. I’ve added a link to the cache to Page 2 of my geocaching section (use the top navigation bar).

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Bidoof the Triop: Day 3

He seems to have doubled in size again! And he grew whiskers! He swims so fast that it’s hard to keep the camera focused on him!

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What if I were a dog? Well, with this new project, we shall find out. I am wearing a Puppy Tweet monitor during my workday. Puppy Tweet is a little charm you’re supposed to attach to your dog’s collar, as well as a USB dongle which attaches to your computer. Whenever your dog does something “interesting”, the charm talks to the dongle, which then POSTS A TWEET ABOUT IT! Wow, what a world we live in! Well, I’ve decided to wear the charm MYSELF while I’m at work, and see what kind of nonsense it tweets.

So, say hello to “Dog Sigma”, the Twitter feed of my non-existent alternate personality as a dog. Or something. Or not.

http://twitter.com/dogsigma

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