2008-06-17 -35 149
Geohashing goes political
At roughly 11:30pm AEST on the 16th June 2008, the geohashing point for the 17th was announced, as per the 30W rule. For Canberra, this turned out to be a most excellent and central location. Within the parliamentary triangle, and yet in a public park!
Canberra is a planned city. Part of the plan is the central so-called "parliamentary triangle". This is a triangle with apexes on the centers of government, military, and people. (Parliament House is at one corner, the main military offices are on another, and the CBD is on the third)
This triangle is then split by a lake, and filled with a number of government offices, buildings of national interest (National Gallery, National Library, High Court, National Film and Sound Archives, National Science and Technology Centre, Old Parliament House, and so on). The remainder of the space is full of well tended parks, lawns and gardens.
It is in one of these lawns that the hashpoint fell.
We had three separate visits, for a total of seven people. Psud visited twice...
- Joanna - who went solo in the morning
- Psud - another double visit. Morning and Lunch
- Nemo - Who claimed a no batteries achievement as the first of the lunch crowd
- Bernard - Joined for lunch crew
- Dan - Part of the lunch crew
- Dana - Also of the lunching crew
- `Gim - Of lunch crew
Well, Joanna doesn't know if she counts as a group by herself, but anyway...
Joanna ventured out at 6:40am or so, soon after she woke up. She is driving to Melbourne today, and is not impressed with the Geohashing gods, who have bad timing :(
She got a few curious stares by people working far too early.
Having not read this page, she thought it was in the Old Parliament House gardens, and plotted to break in. It didn't work, there were gardeners working inside, who would've been upset.
However, she figured it out, and managed to get photos, which will be uploaded later. Apologies in advance for the shaky photos: it was cold.
She also missed Psud by about 20 minutes
Psud saw on IRC that Joanna was planning a pre-dawn raid on the hash. So he decided to try to meet her there. He would have been successful too, if it wern't for the distance, timing and the fact that he didn't mention his plans to Joanna.
Psud was equipped with GPS and found the hash within a few metres of the Mushroom Tree.
Psud will return by bicycle later in the day.
Group 2: The Lunch Crew
Nemo got in just before the organised 1pm meetup and setup picnic blanket, and was soon joined by Bernard, Psud, Dan, Danny and Dana in some semblance of an order. Lunch and discussions of our relative geeky pursuits was had. Photos were taken, fudge was eaten. Psud used his awesome GPS skillz to determine that the exact hashpoint was 10 metres to his left. When he got there, it was still 10 metres to his left (though possibly his other left). Sometime later he confirmed that he was within 1metre of the hashpoint - with a margin of error of 8 metres. (though the margin of error had it's own margin of error of 1 metre). Suffice to say, the picnic was at the point, and Nemo claims a no-batteries achievement. Finally, frisbee was thrown, and mushroom-sign tree was found right next to us (earning Joanna the no-batteries also) as people departed back to their respective occupations of the day.
| Joannac & Nemo earned the No Batteries Geohash Achievement