I've been a long-time reader of xkcd, and I remember reading the comic when it was first published, but I guess it never occurred to me that it would inspire a dedicated community of people to actually do that, set up a wiki, and document their wacky expeditions for all the internet to read about. Fast forward to April 1, 2012 and the April Fools' Day comic published that day, which showed many different versions to readers depending on their location, their operating system, and even their web browser. Wondering what all of the different possibilities were, I went over to the xkcd blag to see if there was any information posted there about the comic and all of the factors that influenced what image each person would see. Sadly, there was no such post, but I did start looking at some of the other recent entries and stumbled upon one about the February 26, 2012 globalhash near the South Pole. The blag post included a link to this very wiki, and as I read all about how the algorithm worked, the variety of achievements I could earn, and, most importantly, the fun adventures being had by people around the world, I decided that I had to get in on the excitement myself! I finally got around to trying my first hash on May 2, 2012 and had a great time, so I'm sure that one will be the first of many, and I look forward to meeting you, dear reader, at a hash near us!
I live in Canton, Michigan, USA, in the 42,-83 graticule. I recently moved back to my home graticule after spending a few years in Fort Collins, Colorado, in 40,-105. I like to travel when I have the chance, so I hope to visit hashes in as many places as I can!
- 2012-05-02 40 -105 My very first geohash!
- 2012-05-12 40 -105 My first time being thwarted by a no trespassing sign!
- 2012-07-30 40 -105 My first time being Mother Nature's bitch!
| Squenes earned the Sleepyhead Unawareness Honorable Mention Ribbon
- by drifting off to dreamland, blissfully unaware that he passed within 153 m of the (44, -92) geohash on 2012-07-05.
- This unfortunate miss happened while driving with some friends from South Dakota to Wisconsin. I hadn't checked for hashpoints near our route (I know, bad me!), but apparently one was located only some 150 m north of I-94, just east of St. Paul, MN, on the day we passed through that area. To compound how unfortunate it is that I was so close to a geohash spot without realizing it, I slept through the moment too! To assuage my dejection at this lost opportunity, I concocted this ribbon to commemorate having unprovably and unknowingly come awfully close to stumbling upon a hashpoint while also catching some Zs.