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sir_zman
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:46 pm    Post subject: WeekNIGHT Caching Locations Reply with quote

When I read about how WNC is 4 years old, I started to think back to all the good times I have had going out and hunting caches with everyone. But I also started to wonder where we have had WNC events; I figured for the most part they would be close to the 494/694 loop with a few going inside and a few going outside, and then the occasional cache closer to the heart of the Cities, and the rare cache way outside the cities.

I decided to test my theory out, so for the past week I have searched the events section for the WNC announcements, and recorded the first cache that was set to be found that evening. Then I dumped those into a database and using google maps, plotted them. The resulting map wasn't at all what I expected. I invite you to take a look at it, if you click on a flag on the map it will tell you the date, first cache, and give you a link to the cache page.

http://www.sirzman.com/gc/WNCBrowser.cfm

If the map is too big/small for you I have a drop down list on the left side just under the map to change the height of the map.

This project has taken some time to complete, but as I started going through the caches I have hit, I sure brought back good memories. I was surprised to find that we have had 138 WNC outings.

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LucidOndine
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Incredible! Awesome work Z.
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sir_zman
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually programmed the back end to contain a bunch more info, if I (or someone else) wanted to enter it. You can put in each cache for the WNC, attendees, refreshment meetup info (location, place), parking coords...all of which could be displayed on the map...but for now, just putting in one cache was enough work.
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pfalstad
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's cool! Although it didn't load on my Safari browser, because it didn't like the leading zero on the longitudes (like -093.20930). I replaced them all with numbers like -93.20930 and it works. Firefox gives a warning in the error console but otherwise doesn't care.
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TheGilby4
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Z, that is so flipping cool! I couldn't help but click on many of my favorite memories. Who could forget Loretto?!?! I think some people thought we were going to end up in Hutchinson!

Great job! Is there anyway to make it so that this thread with the link stays in a highly visible area of this site. I am afraid of it falling down the list in the General tab. It deserves a spot, maybe under links???
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheGilby4 wrote:
Z, that is so flipping cool! I couldn't help but click on many of my favorite memories. Who could forget Loretto?!?! I think some people thought we were going to end up in Hutchinson!

I thought we were past Hutch! The best parts of that night:

1. The turnout (who would have thought so many people would drive that far for a couple caches)

2. Fording the floodwater!

3. The caboose inside the bar, lol.

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Great job! Is there anyway to make it so that this thread with the link stays in a highly visible area of this site. I am afraid of it falling down the list in the General tab. It deserves a spot, maybe under links???

I did the best I could and edited Z's post to make it sticky.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that is way cool I had no idea that there had been that many WNC.
Thanks for all the effort.
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sir_zman
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pfalstad wrote:
That's cool! Although it didn't load on my Safari browser, because it didn't like the leading zero on the longitudes (like -093.20930). I replaced them all with numbers like -93.20930 and it works. Firefox gives a warning in the error console but otherwise doesn't care.


Ok, good to know, I don't have access to Safari, I've updated the values, can you let me know if that fixed your error?

If anyone else has any errors, let me know.
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pfalstad
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sir_zman wrote:
Ok, good to know, I don't have access to Safari, I've updated the values, can you let me know if that fixed your error?

Yes, thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool map!It's fun to see where everyone has been even though I haven't been to very many overall. I know this is probably beside the point but last Oct 17th we didn't actually make it to Mountain Goat. Instead we did the 4 stage Speechless. Awesome cache!
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sir_zman
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EPMinnesota wrote:
Very cool map!It's fun to see where everyone has been even though I haven't been to very many overall. I know this is probably beside the point but last Oct 17th we didn't actually make it to Mountain Goat. Instead we did the 4 stage Speechless. Awesome cache!


Oh sure after all that work I get one wrong, thats my luck..guess I'll have to kill the program and start over.

j/k, Laughing I've updated the database, in the future, this will be easier as I'm working on a web interface to add/edit these. If anyone sees anything else that is wrong, feel free to let me know.
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TheGilby4
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SB, thanks for the "Sticky"! After looking at the map again, I can see some surprising holes where I thought some WNC would have taken place. And, as I figured, the SW metro ROCKS!

Once again, great work Z!
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sir_zman
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheGilby4 wrote:
After looking at the map again, I can see some surprising holes where I thought some WNC would have taken place.


Please remember that for now, only the first cache was added to the database, so if we cached in one park, then moved to another, that wouldn't be represented in the map.
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drat19
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool, Z!

I'm proud to report that I attended both the Westernmost ones...Loretto (I echo/amplify the comments already posted!) and Victoria (the Star Trib one...and I chose those caches that week!).

Not bad for a "non-local local"!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the main reasons I wanted to do this was to be able to see where we have been caching lately and see if we are focusing too much on one area of the cities.

To help with this, I have added a select list to the bottom of the map (next to the map size selector). You can choose to see All WNC data, or only data for the past month, 6 months, year.
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