User:Q-Owl

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Lol-asg.png 60 / m / 49,8
marked hashpiont 2014-11-28

About Me[edit]

I like geocaching since 2011, discovered geohashing 2013-09-25 and went to the first hash at 2013-09-27.

Home graticule: Mannheim, Germany (see today's point on the peeron map).

My Homepage: www.KlickTipps.de with a special geohashing page: www.KlickTipps.de/geohashing.php

Age: I feel quite young, but it seems, that I am one of the ten oldest known active geohashers - see Geohashers_by_age.

Hardware: Dark blue VW Sharan, old Samsung S2, power stick (2.2 Ah)

Software: Geohash Droid, c:geo, OSM maps


Expeditions[edit]

Plan[edit]

... ...

reached[edit]

58. Arrow2.png 2016-06-16 49 8: At the Rhine River near Groß-Rohrheim
57. Arrow2.png 2016-06-07 49 8: In Reichenbach
56. Arrow2.png 2016-05-19 49 8: Near Bonsweiher
55. Arrow2.png 2016-05-16 50 9: Between Birstein and Steinau an der Straße
54. Arrow2.png 2016-04-22 49 8: Near Undenheim
53. Arrow2.png 2016-04-18 49 8: Near the road between Gernsheim and Allmendfeld
52. Arrow2.png 2016-04-15 49 8: In the Odenwald near Modau.
51. Arrow2.png 2016-04-11 49 8: Between Hemsbach and Hüttenfeld
50. Arrow2.png 2016-04-01 49 8: Near Grünstadt
49. Arrow2.png 2016-03-31 49 8: Near Darmstadt-Eberstadt
48. Arrow2.png 2016-03-28 49 8: Near Stockstadt am Rhein
47. Arrow2.png 2016-03-11 49 8: Next to a farm in Hemsbach-Balzenbach
46. Arrow2.png 2016-02-29 50 8: A hashpoint near Idstein in the Taunus mountain range (Hesse)
45. Arrow2.png 2016-01-08 49 8: A hashpoint in Bensheim
44. Arrow2.png 2016-01-07 49 8: On a meadow near Einhausen
43. Arrow2.png 2016-01-01 49 8: In a wood near Seeheim


42. Arrow2.png 2015-12-13 49 8: In a field between between Monsheim and Mölsheim
41. Arrow2.png 2015-11-29 49 8: In a field between Alzey and Gau-Bickelheim
40. Arrow2.png 1955-11-28 49 8: Retro origin hashpoint reached 2015-11-18 in an an orchard near Mainz
39. Arrow2.png 2015-11-18 49 8: next to an orchard near Mainz-Finthen
38. Arrow2.png 2015-11-07 49 8: In a field near Erfelden and Leeheim (Saturday)
37. Arrow2.png 2015-10-30 49 8: In a field between Eich and the Rhine River
36. Arrow2.png 2015-10-25 49 8: Near Schwanheim (a part of Bensheim)
35. Arrow2.png 2015-10-24 49 8: Near the Kalmit mountain in the Palatinate Forest (Sa.)
34. Arrow2.png 2015-10-18 49 8: In Weiher east of Mörlenbach in the Odenwald
33. Arrow2.png 2015-09-18 49 8: Near Neunkirchen in the Odenwald
32. Arrow2.png 2015-07-21 54 11: In Denmark on the island Lolland
31. Arrow2.png 2015-05-20 49 8: Near Bensheim at the Hemsberg hill
30. Arrow2.png 2015-05-09 49 8: In the forest very close to Darmstadt
29. Arrow2.png 2015-05-08 49 8: Near Leutershausen on the western rim of the Odenwald (Sa.)
28. Arrow2.png 2015-03-14 49 8: Near Wembach-Hahn in the Odenwald (Sa.)
27. Arrow2.png 2015-03-13 49 8: In the middle of the Maudacher Bruch near Ludwigshafen
26. Arrow2.png 2015-03-10 49 8: Between Hambach and Schannenbach in the Odenwald
25. Arrow2.png 2015-02-01 49 8: In a little industrial estate in Goddelau
24. Arrow2.png 2015-01-28 49 8: Near Wissembourg in the 0.1 % French part of this graticule
23. Arrow2.png 2015-01-23 49 8: Between Eich and Hamm
22. Arrow2.png 2015-01-22 49 8: Between Schifferstadt and Waldsee
21. Arrow2.png 2015-01-21 49 8: West of Bickenbach near lake Erlensee
20. Arrow2.png 2015-01-20 49 8: In the west of Alsbach
19. Arrow2.png 2015-01-18 49 9: Near Neuenstadt am Kocher
18. Arrow2.png 2015-01-12 49 9: In the Odenwald south of Bad König


17. Arrow2.png 2014-12-25 49 8: Near Malsch on a little meadow between apple trees
16. Arrow2.png 2014-11-28 49 8: Between Darmstadt and DA-Eberstadt
15. Arrow2.png 2014-11-26 49 8: In Bensheim-Auerbach near a voltage transformation substation and about 200 m west of ALDI.
14. Arrow2.png 2014-11-15 50 8: In a forest near Dietzenbach (Sa.)
13. Arrow2.png 2014-11-08 49 8: In the Odenwald east of Heppenheim, near Mittershausen (Sa.)
12. Arrow2.png 2014-10-05 48 7: In a little wood between Bouxwiller and Ingwiller (Alsace, France)
11. Arrow2.png 2014-09-27 49 8: In the Odenwald near Fränkisch-Crumbach (Sa.)
10. Arrow2.png 2014-09-08 49 7: In the Palatinate Forest near the Luitpold Tower
9. Arrow2.png 2014-07-17 49 8: On a forest aisle half way between Lorsch and Neuschloss
8. Arrow2.png 2014-06-27 49 8: In front of the Viernheim Bowling Center
7. Arrow2.png 2014-05-12 49 8: In a wood near Bensheim-Hochstädten
6. Arrow2.png 2014-04-20 49 8: On a dyke with bicycle path near Biebesheim
5. Arrow2.png 2014-03-29 49 8: On a vineyard near Nierstein not far from the Rhine (Sa.)


4. Arrow2.png 2013-12-11 49 8: In the southern part of Darmstadt: Rüthleinweg/Edith-Stein-Weg
3. Arrow2.png 2013-11-14 49 8: A meadow with apple trees near Einhausen
2. Arrow2.png 2013-10-25 49 8: Not to far from home and near a geocache which I could not log in april
1. Arrow2.png 2013-09-27 49 8: Three days after creating my account at XKCD I had the chance to visit my first geohash near Fehlheim

not reached[edit]

5. Arrow4.png 2016-03-23 49 8: Notrespassing.gif On the BASF area near Frankenthal.
4. Arrow4.png 2016-02-28 49 8: Notrespassing.gif On a pasture near Groß-Bieberau in the Odenwald
3. Arrow4.png 2016-01-16 49 8: Notrespassing.gif In the northern part of Mannheim City on the roof of a company (Saturday)
2. Arrow4.png 2015-11-15 49 8: Notrespassing.gif Near the "Schuldorf Bergstraße" in the caretakers garden
1. Arrow4.png 2015-03-21 49 8: Near the circle of caches east of Wald-Michelbach in the Odenwald

not attempted[edit]

  • Arrow4.png 2014-10-16 49 8: In the 0.1 % French part of this graticule - but too ill to start an expedition :-((

Plans and ideas[edit]

✔ Meet other geohashers tads and Cuxi

✔ Cross the border to: France (specially to the little French triangle in graticule 49,8)

  • Cross the border to: Switzerland, Austria and other countries - ✔ Denmark
  • Visit all graticules next to our own (= level 9 of the Minesweeper achievement)

✔ Get some different achievements

  • Get more different achievements

✔ Geohashing on a leap day

✔ Visit my birthday hash 1955-11-28 49 8

✔ create at least one gratuitous achievement (ferry achievement and christmas achievement)

Visited Graticules[edit]

Green shows success and red indicates attempted but failed graticules. The numbers schow successful/all Expeditions

  6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
50 ./. ./. 2/2 1/1 ./. ./. ./. ./.
49 ./. 1/1 50/56 2/2 ./. ./. ./. ./.
48 ./. 1/1 ./. ./. ./. ./. ./. ./.
47 ./. ./. ./. ./. ./. ./. ./. ./.

Other graticule(s): 54 11 in Denmark


You may see my hashes and the visited graticules on the map xkcd.nathanwoodruff.com/GooMapXKCDQ-Owl.htm.

Countries[edit]

  • Germany Flag of Germany.png
  • France Flag of France.png
  • Denmark Flag of Denmark.png


Achievements[edit]

(first occurrence, newest first)

Transportation

Bikegeohash.png
Q-Owl earned the Bicycle geohash achievement
by cycling 4 km to and from the (49, 8) geohash on 2014-07-17.
2014-07-17 49 8 east.jpg
2014-07-17
Ferry-pic44x44.jpg
Q-Owl earned the Ferry Achievement
by using a ferry on the way to the hash or back (49, 8) geohash on 2014-03-29.
2015-01-23, 2014-03-29, 2015-10-30
Landgeohash.png
Q-Owl earned the Land geohash achievement
by reaching the (49, 8) geohash on 2013-09-27.


Geographic

Border.PNG
Q-Owl earned the Border geohash achievement
by crossing the Germany-France border on 2015-01-28 to reach the (49, 8) geohash.
France, Germany
ReverseRegional.png
Q-Owl earned the Reverse regional achievement
by reaching hash points in all 4 regions of the Mannheim, Germany (49, 8) graticule on states level.
Alsace, Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse
ReverseRegional.png
Q-Owl earned the Reverse regional achievement
by reaching hash points in all 2 regions of the Mannheim, Germany (49, 8) graticule on countries level.
France, Germany
Minesweeper geohash flag.png Minesweeper geohash flag.png Minesweeper geohash empty.png
Minesweeper geohash flag.png Minesweeper geohash 5.png Minesweeper geohash flag.png
Minesweeper geohash flag.png Minesweeper geohash empty.png Minesweeper geohash empty.png
Q-Owl achieved level 5 of the Minesweeper Geohash achievement
by visiting coordinates in Mannheim, Germany and 5 of the surrounding graticules.
Brakes.png
Q-Owl & Q-Owla earned the Cliffs of Despair consolation prize
by being prevented from reaching the (49, 8) geohash on 2015-03-21 by too much altitude difference and too much distance.
Notrespassing.gif
Q-Owl & Q-Owla earned the No trespassing consolation prize
by almost (14 m) reaching the (49, 8) geohash on 2015-11-15.


Interaction Achievements

Meetup.PNG
Q-Owl earned the Meet-up achievement
by meeting Tads at the (49, 8) geohash on 2014-09-27.
2014-09-27
Drag-along.png
Q-Owl earned the Drag-along achievement
by dragging Q-Owla to the (49, 7) geohash on 2014-09-08.
2014-09-08
Avoid achievement.png
DODO, Danatar, Rincewind&Yakamoz and Q-Owl earned the Avoid Each Other Achievement
by launching four independent expeditions without meeting up at the (49, 8) geohash on 2014-04-20.
2015-01-22, 2014-11-28,
2014-04-20, 2015-05-09
Centurion0.png
Q-Owl earned the xkcd Nullaturion achievement
by attending 8 Saturday meetups.
see in list above


Timing Achievements

Consecutivegeohash.jpg
Q-Owl earned the Consecutive geohash achievement
by reaching hash points on 4 consecutive days starting on 2015-01-20.
Consecutivegeohash.jpg
Q-Owl & Q-Owla earned the Consecutive geohash achievement
by reaching hash points on 2 consecutive days starting on 2015-03-13.
2015-03-13, 2015-10-24, 2016-01-08
EasyAsPi.PNG
Q-Owl & Q-Owla earned the Pi Day Achievement
by visting a hashpoint on Pi Day (49, 8) geohash on 2015-03-14.
Leap.png
Q-Owl & Q-Owla earned the Leap geohash achievement 2016
by leaping to the hash point on leap day of the year 2016.
ChristmasTree.PNG
Q-Owl & Q-Owla earned the Christmas achievement
by reaching the Christmas Day (49, 8) geohash on 2014-12-25.
Birthday.PNG
Q-Owl earned the Birthday Geohash Achievement
by reaching the (49, 8) geohash on his 59 birthday, 2014-11-28.
2014-11-28 49 8 grin.jpg
Birthday.PNG
Q-Owl earned the 1st Hashiversary achievement
by visiting a hash point exactly on the 1st anniversary of his inaugural geohashing expedition.
Origin2.png
Q-Owl earned the Origin geohash achievement
by reaching the (49, 8) geohash for 1955-11-28 on 2015-11-18.
1955-11-28 49 8 grin.jpg
Dejavu.png
Q-Owl earned the Déjà Vu Geohash Achievement
by reaching the (49, 8) geohash on 2014-07-17, and previously on 2012-12-11.


Other Achievements

Geotrashribbon.png
Q-Owl earned the GeoTrash Geohash Achievement
by cleaning up the (49, 8) geohash on 2016-06-16.
2016-06-16 49 8 gb.jpg
RaptorGeohashing.png
Q-Owl earned the Velociraptor Geohash Achievement
by reaching the (49, 8) geohash for 2015-01-28 with highly visible raptor claw marks.
2015-01-28 49 8 vr.jpg
Frozen.png
Q-Owl earned the Frozen Geohash Achievement
by reaching the (49, 9) geohash on 2015-01-18 while the temperature was -1 °C.
2015-01-18 49 9 cool1.jpg
TwoToN.png
Q-Owl earned the Two to the N achievement
by reaching 25 hashpoints on 2015-07-21 54 11 and is promoted to Level 5 (Coordinates reached).
TwoToN.png
Q-Owl earned the Two to the N achievement
by reaching 20 hashpoints on 2013-09-27 49 8 and is promoted to Level 0 (Coordinates reached).
Hashcollision.png
Q-Owl earned the Hash collision achievement
by discovering the geocache OCF495 0.0 km from the (49, 8) geohash on 2014-05-12.
Circusgeohash.GIF
Q-Owl earned the Circus Geohash Achievement
by juggling a diabolo at the (49, 8) geohash on 2013-11-14.
2013-11-14 juggling-kl.jpg
Boatless.PNG
Is it true that Q-Owl earned the Ambassador Achievement?
In principle, yes.
But the land owner was not at home (2016-01-08 49 8).
2016-01-08 49 8 d.jpg
Boatless.PNG
Is it true that this user earned the Hash Collision Achievement?
In principle, yes.
But the cache GC1TA93 (about 30 m distance in direct sight) wasn't there today and I found it already two years ago (2016-04-11 49 8).
Impala.PNG
Q-Owl earned the pentacontahash
by completing his 50th successful expedition. (49, 8) geohash on 2016-04-01.
Impala.PNG
Q-Owl earned the Heinz Award
by reaching the 57th variety of Geohash. (49, 8) geohash on 2016-06-07.


HowTo in this Wiki[edit]

Information I searched and collected:

Map
Map of visited graticules: xkcd.nathanwoodruff.com/GooMapXKCDQ-Owl.htm.


Most active
most active users and most active graticules (maintained by NWoodruff)


List of uploaded Files
http://wiki.xkcd.com/wgh/index.php?title=Special%3AListFiles&limit=50&ilsearch=&user=Q-Owl


Edit an existing gallery of the day
Go to the main page and scroll down. In the middle of the page is the gallery for this month. Klick "add" at the chosen day.
Direct link to a certain day: http://wiki.xkcd.com/wgh/index.php?title=Template:Expedition_Images2/2016-MM-DD&action=edit
More information: How-to

Start a new gallery for today
Go to the main page and scroll down. In the middle of the page is the gallery for this month. Klick "add" at the chosen day.
Write an entry as explained in How-to


Delete a photo
Use the word delete in double braces {{...}}. You can edit photos; that's where the caption is stored.
(learned at User_talk:Joannac#Delete_Photos_and_Pages)

Delete a page
You can mark pages with the word delete in double braces anywhere; first line of text is possibly easiest.


Calculating Coordinates
At 2015-03-10 49 8 you can see, how GeorgDerReisende performs it.
You can get the opening price for the Dow Jones Industrial Average from http://www.google.com/finance/historical?q=indexdjx:.dji. But geohashers in Europe use the price of the previous day (according to the "east of -30° rule")!
More: The Geohashing Algorithm.


Using the Parser
ParserFunctions, eg. #if or #time
Magic_words, eg. current date or pagename


Minimize a few photos simultaneously
You can use IrfanView (www.irfanview.de): "File" - "Batch Conversation/Rename..." - "Use Advanced options" - "Resize" - "Set long Side"

PHP[edit]

I like programming PHP. If you need a nice little PHP function to link from your own homepage to the geohashes of a certain day, here it is:

  function geohashing_textlink( $my_date = -1 , $cl = "" ){
      /* a text link to a special day 
         Parameters: $my_date (optional):  2 the day after tomorrow
                                           1 tomorrow
                                           0 today
                                          -1 yesterday
                                          -2 the day before yesterday 
                                          -3 and so on ...
                     $cl (optional):       CSS Class for the link */

      $complete_date 
          = mktime(0, 0, 0, date("m"), date("d") + $my_date, date("Y"));   

      //check inputs
      if ( $my_date > 3 ){ $my_date = 0; }
      $cl = trim( $cl ); 

      //build link
      $text   =  date("j.n.Y" , $complete_date );  
 
      $outp  = "<a href=\"http://wiki.xkcd.com/geohashing/";
      $outp .= date("Y-n-j" , $complete_date ) . "\"";
      $outp .= " target=\"_blank\"" ;

      if ( $klasse != "" ){ $outp .= " class=\"" . $cl . "\""; }

      $outp .= " >" . $text .  "</a>" ;

      return( $outp );
  }

Other version with date as input:

  function geohashing_textlink2( $my_year , $my_month , $my_day , $cl = "" ){
      /* a text link to a special day 
         Parameters: Year, Month and Day
                     $cl (optional):   CSS Class for the link */
      $complete_date 
          = mktime(0, 0, 0, $my_month, $my_day, $my_year);   

      //... continue as the function above

How to calculate the md5 hash of a string is explained at php.net.