|Based in||Bursledon, Southampton, UK|
|Education||Southampton Uni Maths grad, 1986.|
|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|
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.
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.
 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)
 Planned Hashes
 Standard Hashes
 Retro Hashes and Special Expeditions
- Do a Buccaneer Geohash on Talk Like a Pirate Day 2010 (2010-09-19)
- 2008-05-21 51 -1 Standby retrohash for next year's Mouse Over Day - hash for original geohash day in the Swindon grat.
- Visit the hash point from the original comic: 2005-05-26 37 -122 - it's in the Mt. Tam state park near San Francisco.
 Attempted Hashes
 Standard Hashes
All distances in km
|Successes (proved)||26||Saturday Meetups||5||Total by car||2547|
|Successes (unproved)||0||Total by ferry||45||Total on fastfoot||156|
|Failures||3||Total by rail||276||Total on foot||42|
|030||2014-04-17 50 -1||Fox and Hounds pub, Bursledon||3|
|029||2013-03-24 50 -1||Fritham, New Forest||75||4|
|028||2010-02-17 51 -0||Thame, Oxfordshire||10|
|027||2009-11-17 50 -1||Forest of Bere||24||1|
|026||2009-10-31 50 -2||Long Crichel, Blandford Forum||130|
|025||2009-10-24 52 -1||Aston-upon-Trent, near Derby||86|
|024||2009-10-23 51 -1||Hockley, Winchester||55||1|
|023||2009-10-18 51 -2||West Kington, Chippenham||241|
|022||2009-10-18 51 -3||St. Bride's-Super-Ely, Cardiff||76||1|
|021||2009-10-13 50 -1||Chandlers Ford, Southampton||28|
|020||2009-10-11 51 -0||Stedham, Midhurst||138||2|
|019||2009-10-02 51 -0||Highmoor Cross, Reading||197||4||thepiguy, srs0|
|018||2009-09-29 51 -1||Ashmansworth, Hampshire||132|
|017||2009-09-27 50 -1||Eastleigh||33||2||davidc, Dee, JonRead|
|016||2009-09-18 50 -0||South Harting||100||4|
|015||2009-09-13 50 -1||Hilsea recreation ground||43||3||Maoi-taoi|
|014||2009-09-10 51 -1||Litchfield||136||6|
|013||2009-09-06 50 -1||Harbridge, New Forest||63||46||2|
|012||2009-09-02 50 -2||Iwerne Minster||195|
|011||2009-08-30 51 -1||Barton Farm, Winchester||59||Mapaholic|
|010||2009-08-15 50 -1||Bierley, Isle of Wight||40||12||68||DavidMiller|
|009||2009-08-10 50 -1||New Forest, near Hythe||5||19||15|
|008||2009-08-08 50 -2||Chesil beach, Portland, Weymouth||233||16||1|
|007||2009-08-07 50 -1||Field near Rockbourne||9|
|006||2009-08-01 50 -2||Charlton Marshall, Dorset||148||1||04housemat, Mahahahaneapneap|
|005||2009-07-27 50 -1||Romsey, Hampshire||192||1|
|004||2009-07-27 51 -0||Flitwick, near Luton||248|
|003||2009-07-22 50 -0||The Road To Bognor||93||2|
|002||2009-07-18 50 -1||Hambledon Cricket pilgrimage!||49||9|
|001||2009-06-28 50 -1||Hedge End recreation ground||5||Sermoa|
 Retro Hashes and Special Expeditions
|R001||2009-07-27||1965-05-06 51 0||Origin Geohash achievement
In a field next to Hylands Park, Chelmsford
 Score Card
Note: only reached co-ordinates on standard hashes are counted here
 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.
- 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)
 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.
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