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Macronencer

Real name Mike
Based in Bursledon, Southampton, UK
Education Southampton Uni Maths grad, 1986.
Job Software developer
True vocation Composer/Author (I'm working on both, just in case. When I go either blind or deaf, I'll know which way to turn...)
xkcd history Fan since the first mention on BoingBoing in 2005
Home turf approximately here

Other information

Mike can close his nose without touching it, which makes him fart-proof. He eats at least forty times his own body weight every century, is a part-time volunteer in the Lynne Truss militia, and loves skunks, his son and longevity research - but not in that order. Give him an inch and he takes a mile. Give him a pinch and he makes a pile. He is a full-time sceptic, part-time father, one-time rock star and all-time champion awful punster.

Mike has also written a song about Geohashing, and had it played on his local radio station. Here's a link to an MP3.

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This is Chuck, my hashscot. Being one of the greatest adventuring scientists who ever lived, rather exhausted after his voyage on the Beagle, family tragedy and the years and years of work on his well-known book, this 200-year-old explorer decided to take it easy, and now travels to random locations with me.

He enjoys looking at the countryside on our travels, and gets rather animated when by chance we spy a finch or lowly earthworm. I often have to remind him to calm down before he punctuates his equilibrium. I am looking forward to the day when my bicycle chain breaks so I can ask him, in jocular fashion, to go and find the missing link.


[edit] Local Graticules

Southampton, United Kingdom (home)
Swindon, United Kingdom (convenient alternative)
Brighton, United Kingdom (possible alternative as I work near Fareham)
Weymouth, United Kingdom (occasionally convenient)

[edit] Planned Hashes

[edit] Standard Hashes

[edit] Retro Hashes and Special Expeditions

[edit] Attempted Hashes

Map of my expeditions on Google Maps

Expedition Map to 025

[edit] Standard Hashes

All distances in km

proved success Successes (proved) 26 official saturday meetup Saturday Meetups 5 car (km) Total by car 2547
success Successes (unproved) 0 ferry (km) Total by ferry 45 cycle (km) Total on fastfoot 156
failure Failures 3 rail (km) Total by rail 276 walk (km) Total on foot 42



Seq# ID Location Information ferry (km) rail (km) car (km) cycle (km) walk (km) First encounters
030 2014-04-17 50 -1 Fox and Hounds pub, Bursledon proved success approx location reached pub hash solo hash car cloudy 3
029 2013-03-24 50 -1 Fritham, New Forest proved success approx location reached solo hash car walk cloudy 75 4
028 2010-02-17 51 -0 Thame, Oxfordshire proved success exact location reached group of geohashers present car rain sunny 10
027 2009-11-17 50 -1 Forest of Bere proved success exact location reached solo hash car walk sunny 24 1
026 2009-10-31 50 -2 Long Crichel, Blandford Forum approx location reached failure unreachable official saturday meetup group of geohashers present car cloudy sunny 130
025 2009-10-24 52 -1 Aston-upon-Trent, near Derby failure solo hash car walk rain 86
024 2009-10-23 51 -1 Hockley, Winchester proved success exact location reached night hash solo hash car walk 55 1
023 2009-10-18 51 -2 West Kington, Chippenham proved success exact location reached solo hash car cloudy 241
022 2009-10-18 51 -3 St. Bride's-Super-Ely, Cardiff proved success exact location reached solo hash car walk cloudy 76 1
021 2009-10-13 50 -1 Chandlers Ford, Southampton proved success exact location reached night hash group of geohashers present car 28
020 2009-10-11 51 -0 Stedham, Midhurst proved success exact location reached solo hash car walk cloudy rain sunny 138 2
019 2009-10-02 51 -0 Highmoor Cross, Reading proved success exact location reached group of geohashers present car walk cloudy 197 4 thepiguy, srs0
018 2009-09-29 51 -1 Ashmansworth, Hampshire proved success exact location reached night hash group of geohashers present car 132
017 2009-09-27 50 -1 Eastleigh proved success exact location reached group of geohashers present car walk sunny 33 2 davidc, Dee, JonRead
016 2009-09-18 50 -0 South Harting proved success exact location reached night hash group of geohashers present car walk sunny 100 4
015 2009-09-13 50 -1 Hilsea recreation ground proved success exact location reached group of geohashers present rail walk cloudy 43 3 Maoi-taoi
014 2009-09-10 51 -1 Litchfield proved success exact location reached group of geohashers present car walk night hash 136 6
013 2009-09-06 50 -1 Harbridge, New Forest failure unreachable solo hash car cycle walk cloudy sunny 63 46 2
012 2009-09-02 50 -2 Iwerne Minster proved success exact location reached group of geohashers present car rain 195
011 2009-08-30 51 -1 Barton Farm, Winchester proved success exact location reached group of geohashers present car cloudy rain 59 Mapaholic
010 2009-08-15 50 -1 Bierley, Isle of Wight proved success exact location reached group of geohashers present official saturday meetup ferry car cycle cloudy sunny 40 12 68 DavidMiller
009 2009-08-10 50 -1 New Forest, near Hythe proved success exact location reached solo hash ferry car cycle cloudy rain 5 19 15
008 2009-08-08 50 -2 Chesil beach, Portland, Weymouth proved success exact location reached group of geohashers present official saturday meetup rail cycle sunny 233 16 1
007 2009-08-07 50 -1 Field near Rockbourne proved success exact location reached solo hash car cycle sunny 9
006 2009-08-01 50 -2 Charlton Marshall, Dorset proved success exact location reached group of geohashers present official saturday meetup car cloudy pub hash 148 1 04housemat, Mahahahaneapneap
005 2009-07-27 50 -1 Romsey, Hampshire proved success exact location reached group of geohashers present car walk cloudy 192 1
004 2009-07-27 51 -0 Flitwick, near Luton proved success exact location reached solo hash car walk cloudy 248
003 2009-07-22 50 -0 The Road To Bognor proved success approx location reached solo hash car cycle cloudy 93 2
002 2009-07-18 50 -1 Hambledon Cricket pilgrimage! proved success approx location reached solo hash official saturday meetup car walk cloudy 49 9
001 2009-06-28 50 -1 Hedge End recreation ground proved success exact location reached group of geohashers present car sunny 5 Sermoa

[edit] Retro Hashes and Special Expeditions

Seq# Date ID Location Information
R001 2009-07-27 1965-05-06 51 0 Origin Geohash achievement
In a field next to Hylands Park, Chelmsford
proved success exact location reached solo hash car sunny birthday hash

[edit] Statistics

[edit] Score Card

Note: only reached co-ordinates on standard hashes are counted here

-3 -2 -1 -0
52 x x x x
51 1 1 4 4
50 x 3 12 2

[edit] Long-term Intentions

  • Earn various Displaced origin geohash achievements (some of these are rather ambitious, I'll admit!)
    • 1965-05-06 51 -3 - actually on a green on the Aberdare golf course near Cardiff in Wales :)
    • 1965-05-06 52 0 - marginally within somebody's front garden, but arguably public as within GPS accuracy of public land :)
    • 1965-05-06 53 -1 - next to a canal and the M62 near Sheffield. Sounds inaccessible, but satellite imagery makes it look relatively easy.
    • 1965-05-06 39 3 - very accessible as it is right next to a road... but it's on Mallorca.
    • 1965-05-06 20 -156 - Maui - therefore expensive to get to. But just a short walk into the hills...
  • Leave a variety of unusual xkcd signs
    • One made out of ants (attempted on 2009-09-27 50 -1 without success)
    • One in ASCII binary (probably already been done)
    • One in Morse code (ditto)
  • Collar someone with a boat and do a big Water geohash, probably in the Solent, or the river Itchen or Hamble.
  • Buy a small boat (kayak?) and do a small Water geohash, probably in a lake or small river.
  • Gain the Minesweeper Geohash ribbon because it's shiny! Probably centred on the Swindon graticule.

[edit] Completed!

  • Earn the Origin geohash achievement by visiting 1965-05-06 51 0 in a field near Chelmsford
  • Leave an xkcd sign in Braille
  • Leave an xkcd sign that can only be seen from the right angle (like the Channel 4 logos on TV)

[edit] VERY long-term intentions

  • Complete a hash expedition in all 64,800 graticules. Hey, I'm a life-extensionist and I think big, what can I say? The real question is: centuries from now, will geohashing exist? Come to that, will the Dow Jones exist? I think Gene Roddenberry would probably say "Let's hope not". So there ya go.

[edit] Journal

Old journal entries archived here

[edit] Overflow pages