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Formspring answers 9/27/2011

Now with more singing! (Sorry.)

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Let’s Play Evil Dead (Episode 11)

Lots of shit to do before we tackle the sixth palace…

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Let’s Play Evil Dead (Episode 10)

In which a three-minute episode magically transmogrifies into a twenty-minute episode! Also, I apparently invent not one but TWO new words, only to forget all about them almost immediately after. Groovy!

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Formspring answers 9/20/2011

Another 100-ish questions answered because I love you… set to the tune of Action 52 because I hate you. (Just kidding! Well, just kidding about the hate. Action 52, sadly, is true.) Keep ’em coming! http://formspring.me/docsigma

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Let’s Play Evil Dead (Episode 9)

4th Palace. DONE. Yay!

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Let’s Play Evil Dead (Episode 8)

There’s no time to write a description! We’ve got lots of shit to do!

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Geocaching Containers (Part 2)

Continuing from last week, here are five more types of geocaching containers I’ve found, with descriptions of what makes them good, not so good, etc…

Match Safe

Waterproof matchstick containers can be purchased at sporting goods stores, Wal-Mart, Target… almost anywhere. They are designed to hold matches (and often come with matches already in them), and matches have a tendency to not work when they’re wet – so these things are as waterproof as it comes! They make fantastic containers for micro-caches, far better than 35mm film canisters. They are almost completely waterproof if closed correctly, and their durable exteriors will hold up to the elements. They’re also virtually crush-proof. If you replace the included cheap o-ring with a high quality rubber gasket, the water-fast seal will be pretty much as perfect as it comes. I love finding these containers – I’ve never found one which was wet on the inside.

Lock-n-Lock

The term “Lock-n-Lock” refers to a specific type of plastic container which snaps shut on all four sides. It is not a simple Tupperware-style container, and cheap knockoffs abound. A true, brand-name Lock-n-Lock is considered by many to be “the” container for anything larger than a micro. They are completely waterproof if closed correctly, and virtually crush-proof. They are also transparent, allowing their contents to be seen without the container being opened – which, believe it or not, makes the Bomb Squad less likely to blow up the container if it is found by non-geocachers! In every story I’ve read about a “suspicious” geocache being detonated, it was always the case that it either looked like a pipe bomb (sheesh), or was not transparent. If you can find the space to hide one, these things are great! They can be easily labeled as a geocache with appropriate contact information… and they can hold a lot of swag!

Virtual Cache

A virtual cache… well… isn’t. Allow me to explain. A virtual cache is one where the coordinates lead you to someplace neat/interesting/etc, but there is no physical geocache container and no logbook to sign. In most cases, you “prove” that you visited the virtual cache by taking a picture of yourself (or your GPS) at the cache location, or emailing answers to a set of questions to the cache owner (such as identifying certain words on a nearby plaque, for example). New virtual caches were banned as of 2005, but any pre-existing virtual caches are grandfathered in, and are allowed to continue to exist unless they become archived. Sadly, virtual caches tend to be a favorite target for “armchair cachers”, people who post “Found It” logs to caches they never found, since many virtual caches are maintained by people who are no longer in the game (and therefore are no longer in a position to delete bogus logs). If reviewers notice this happening on a virtual cache, it is archived swiftly – and permanently.

Fake Bolt

Hooboy, these things are devious. Talk about hiding in plain sight! A fake bolt looks just like a real bolt. The top part of the bolt is magnetized, allowing it to be attached to any ferromagnetic surface. The top unscrews, revealing that the body of the bolt is hollow, containing a rolled-up log scroll – and, hopefully, a small metal tool which helps to extract the log. (If the tool is missing, I hope you brought tweezers!) These definitely count as a nano cache, and of course they cannot hold any swag. You can find these on road signs, benches, pretty much anywhere, and non-geocachers never even notice them. They’re also extremely easy to hide – which, arguably, is both a good thing and a bad thing?

Tupperware Container

This covers two types of containers: real, honest-to-goodness Tupperware brand containers, and cheap grocery store knock-offs such as GladWare. It might go without saying that the cheap knockoffs make for poor geocaching containers – after all, they are designed to be disposable, so they wear out very quickly, and provide a poor seal. However, even genuine Tupperware is a bad choice for a geocaching container, believe it or not. While it forms a fairly airtight seal under normal usage, this goes right out the window when the elements become involved – Tupperware warps under heat and cold, and even the tiniest bit of warping will make that seal go away. Also, Tupperware isn’t exactly flimsy, but it is not crushproof by any stretch of the imagination. For a Tupperware-style container designed to withstand the elements and keep water out, a Lock-n-Lock can’t be beat.

 

And that’s it for this week’s update! Next week, I’ll look at five more geocaching container types I have found: Bottle Preform, Cigar Tube, Fake Electrical Plate, Fake Rock, and Fake Sprinkler. Until then, happy caching!

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