Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Americana: Krispy Kreme

Discovered this old Krispy Kreme sign in Spartanburg South Carolina.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Travel Bug Race 2014: August Update

Drone #1 in Colebrook Ontario
In April I sent 16 geocaching travel bugs out to the 4 corners of the world, and started an epic race to see which bug would get back to my home town first.  Details here.

Drone #1 has made some great strides and is now in the lead.  It started near Ottawa Ontario, and is now in Charlotte North Carolina, just an hours drive from its destination.

Interestingly two drones, #2 (released in Holland), and #3 (released in Germany), are both currently visiting separate islands in Spain.

Drone #4 has visited the Love Love... Espinho 2014 Portugal Mega event last week, which has awesomely clogged up my inbox with dozens and dozens of discover logs.

Drone #3 visiting Altenberbg Dom Cathedral in Germany
Drone #5, released in Australia, has made the jump across the pond, vacationed in Hawaii, and is now in a cache in California.

Drone #9, last seen where it was released in Scotland,  is in the hands of a cacher with promises to get it to Chicago shortly, which will be the second drone to cross the oceans.

Drone #10 is the second closest drone.  Released in Seattle, it has made its way to Lumberton NC, about 3 hours from home.

Drone #11, released in Michigan, has gone walkabout, and is currently travelling around South Australia, making it the drone that has gone the farthest in the wrong direction. It has, however, travelled 16,278 miles so far, making it also drone that has gone the farthest in any direction.

Drone #13, released in Tokyo Japan, has also made the pacific crossing and is in a different cache in California, tho it did take a detour thru Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Drone #14 enjoying the Arabian night life.
Drone #14 is having a wild adventure.  Released in South Africa, it has made its way to the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Singapore, and is currently located in the Czech Republic.

Finally, Drone #15 which was released in the Czech Republic, has travelled to Finland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, San Marino, and is now in Germany.  Making this drone, by far, the one that has been in the most countries.  Hopefully it will soon be finished with its European vacation and will make the hop over the pond to the Americas soon.

So with two drones in the target state of North Carolina, and several more closing in, this is going to be a tight race.

However it is still anyones game.  The previous race saw the drone that was released the farthest away (Australia) be the only one to complete its mission.

This could end up being a real cooker.

Stay tuned for updates.

Friday, August 29, 2014


While these may have been available since the early 1900's, the popular commercially-made variations of this object did not appear until the early 70's.

This particular variation has a spring loaded arm which can be released to exert pressure on the inserted object/coin. I have little doubt nearly everyone I know has seen a variation of these before.

So, what is it?

Update #1: HINT:  Invented by a Bernardin.

Update #2: HINT:  it is not a practical thing, but a play on words.

Update #3: ANSWER: is in the comments.

Drop your guesses in the comments below. (Special thanks to my good Geocaching buddy brdad for coming up with this brain stretcher). 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Going Caching MMXIV: Lego Edition

My self-banishment from TV for a week in an effort to get myself out of a rut continued this evening, and it seems to be working.  However I seem to be fixated on creating Lego themed images.  Tonight was no exception. (Hey, Lego is awesome!)

I am planning on attending the Going Caching MMXIV Mega Event in Rome GA in October, and I am soon going to be shifting into deep planning mode for it.  However before I dive off the deep end, I used my creative juices to come up with this scene, keyed off the events Roman theme.

So, I present to you, Going Caching: Lego Edition.

Hope to see some of you there! Details of the event can be found here: Going Caching MMXIV (GC4AHKM)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Doctor Who: Lego Edition

In my last batch of Lego bits I ordered, I put in some special bits so I could build a minifig of a Time Lord.

When they made this particular hero, they didn't give him a gun... they gave him a screwdriver to fix things.

They didn't give him a tank or a warship or an X-Wing fighter... they gave him a box from which you can call for help.

Nor did they give him a superpower or pointy ears or a heat ray... they gave him an extra heart, and some companions.

I present to you, in Lego minifig form:  The 11th Doctor (complete with a fez, cause fez's are cool), and his companions: The Last Centurion and The Girl Who Waited.

(In my opinion Amy Pond (The Girl Who Waited) needs some work, but otherwise, not to shabby, eh?).

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Stig

I got some more lego bits in the mail, so I built a new minifig.

Some say his breath smells like plastic, and that he's confused by stairs.  All I know is I built a Lego Stig!

For amusement, here are some other memorable introductions for Top Gear (UK)'s finest tame racing driver.

“Some say he never blinks, and that he roams around the woods at night foraging for wolves."

“Some say he’s wanted by the CIA and that he sleeps upside down like a Bat."

“Some say that he appears on high value stamps in Sweden, and that he can catch fish with his tongue."

“Some say he is illegal in 17 US states, and he blinks this way [sideways]."

“Some say he naturally faces magnetic north, and that all his legs are hydraulic.”

“Some say that his voice can only be heard by cats, and that he has two sets of knees.”

“Some say that he’s terrified of ducks, and that there’s an airport in Russia named after him.”

“Some say his skin has the texture of a dolphin’s, and that wherever you are in the world, if you turn your radio to 88.4 you can actually hear his thoughts.”

“Some say that he has no understanding of clouds, and that his ear wax tastes like Turkish Delight.”

“Some say that his politics are terrifying, and that he once punched a horse to the ground.”

“Some say that his tears are adhesive, and that if he caught fire he’d burn for 1000 days.”

“Some say he can swim 7 lengths underwater, and he has webbed buttocks.”

“Some say that his heart is in upside down, and that his teeth glow in the dark.”

“Some say that his genitals are on upside down, and that if he could be bothered he could crack the da vinci code in 43 seconds.”

“Some say that on really warm days he sheds his skin like a snake, and that for some reason he’s allergic to the Dutch.”

“Some say that he sucks the moisture from ducks, and that his crash helmet is modeled on Britney Spears’ head.”

“Some say he isn’t machine washable, and all his potted plants are called ‘Steve’.”

“Some say that he knows two facts about ducks and both of them are wrong. And that 61 years ago he accidentally introduced her majesty The Queen to a Greek racialist.”

“Some say his droppings have been found as far north as York, and that he has a full size tattoo of his face, on his face”

“Some say that his new Christmas range of fragrances includes the great smell of ‘Wednesday’, and that he was turned down for the job of EU President because his face is just too recognizable.”

“Some say that he has to take his shoes off with an allen key, and that his new year’s resolution is to eat fewer mice.”

“Some say he once tore a goat in half, and that he is now regretting buying his new holiday home in downtown Cairo.”

“Some say that in his wallet he keeps a photograph of his wallet, and that in a recent race even he was beaten by the King’s speech.”

 “Some say he doesn’t know what dogs are for, and that he recently took out a super-injunction to prevent us from revealing that he [redacted] with an enormous goat.”

“Some say that he can’t eat mashed potato for religious reasons, and that he recently received 47,000 tickets, Olympic tickets, all of them for the final of the Women’s Wrestling. ”

“Some say that he refuses to acknowledge the existence of Nottingham shire, and that he recently received a very strong email from his finance’s mother, saying its bad manners to sit at the dinner table in a helmet.”

“Some say he has 50,000 photographs of his own camera, and that 60 years ago this week, he too became a Queen.”

“Some say he contains 47% horse, and that to concentrate more on his work here he has resigned this week from his other job in Rome.”

“Some say that he breaks into people’s houses at night and leaves two mysterious extra keys in a kitchen drawer, and that as a result of buying Pirelli condoms this week, he now has seventeen children.”

... All we know is he's called the Stig!

Well Deserved

Lawn is mowed. Time for a well deserved frosty beverage from my homeland.