User talk:Ilpadre

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I'm aware that you're the person to talk to re: creating magical pieces of artwork for templates. I just thought if I'd drop you a line about maybe creating some for the Calendar Girl acheivement if I asked really nicely. Regards, UnwiseOwl 23:21, 7 December 2008 (UTC)

Your postcard artwork is especially nice. I like how simple and recognizable the small icon is, and the extra details telling the whole story, still simply, in the large version. -Robyn 10:20, 23 January 2009 (UTC)

Can you please provide a copy of your incredible 5-Continent artwork in an appropriate for T-shirts? -Robyn 02:12, 4 May 2009 (UTC)


Hey there,

I live near Heidelberg as well. If you feel like geohashing with me some time, just drop me a line :) Fivetonsofflax 16:40, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

I'll walk to the hashpoint today as well, but I probably won't start before 8:00 pm and get there at about 8:30. You'll probably be there earlier, but I just thought I'd let you know, just in case. Fivetonsofflax 11:06, 30 April 2009 (UTC)


Congrats! --joannac 08:28, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

Thank you! Preparing for it really affected my life (and, secondarily, my ability to go hashing) over the course of the last months. --ilpadre 08:33, 6 May 2009 (UTC)

Icon Request[edit]

Do you have time to make icons for Geohashing Day ribbons? -Robyn 06:00, 14 May 2009 (UTC)

The request comes a few days late, since I'm busy with final preparations for my vacation now. I'm sorry. --ilpadre 06:24, 14 May 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the quick reply. Enjoy your vacation. -Robyn 07:02, 14 May 2009 (UTC)

Sorry! I'm a dork. --joannac 21:47, 23 May 2009 (UTC)

2009-05-21 49 8[edit]

Are you in Heidelberg these days? If so, Geohashing Day Meetup in Eppelheim! Koepfel talk 22:28, 20 May 2009 (UTC)

What Will You Make It out of?[edit]

I love your goal: Leave a hashmark big and durable enough that it can be seen from space. Then wait for the next Google Earth imagery update. !

Also I received your not-hashcard on Geohashing Day! It was in my mailbox, sticking out, when I got home from the expedition. I knew it was a hashcard immediately from the German handwriting. Thank you! -Robyn 18:22, 23 May 2009 (UTC)

Such a hashmark would have to cover at least five by five meters. Since geohashing discourages leaving anything permanent that doesn't belong to the area, I'd have to use nearby materials: stones, trunks and the like. It's not very likely that a hashpoint falls on a place that is neither a field, densely populated, or otherwise cared for. Forest isn't good either (foliage - I'd have to hope for Google using fall/winter imagery). Leaving something awesome like the Marree Man is utterly impossible here. Geohashers in other graticules/parts of the world may have better chances (please try!). I'll have to wait for the right moment and then be ready. --ilpadre 19:25, 26 May 2009 (UTC)
Btw, space is something different than google maps/earth - the pictures with useful resolution are no satellite images but taken from airplanes. But indeed, the whole point will be very difficult - I hardly can think of a place in Germany where it would be possible to leave such a mark and which is neither in use nor a nature reserve nor inaccessible. That project probably has to be moved to the empty lands of America or Australia. The other problem is that the updates are usually very rare - In many areas, Google hasn't ever updated the high resolution pictures since they were published. I hardly collect a tracklog on a decent hashing trip that doesn't hit some part which would be impossible judging by the aerials. Nevertheless, leaving a durable hashmark of several metres of size would be awesome. --Ekorren 21:49, 26 May 2009 (UTC)

Visiting 49 8[edit]

I did not reach the coordinates yesterday, but was not disappointed either. Thanks for your well wishes. :) I'm in Mannheim tomorrow through Tuesday, but will be arriving by ICE and the locations for Sunday and Monday look rather out of the way. Oh well. I'm usually in Mannheim once or twice a month, so I'm sure I'll make it to a hashpoint in 49 8 someday. --Prijks 18:36, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

User Page update[edit]

Oh my gosh, I love your new user page photo, and your map showing your graticules. How hard would it be for me to make a map like that for BC? -Robyn 15:57, 9 July 2009 (UTC)

Thanks! The photo is a cropped version of my ridiculous attempt at writing "xkcd". I made the map by hand, drawing the graticule borders and every point using a Google Earth screenshot (of a list of my hashes) in Photoshop. I'm sure someone will be able to automate this. Manually drawing all of your BC hashes would be rather time-consuming.--ilpadre 16:11, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
I guessed that it was hand done. The texture of the map is attractive, too. -Robyn 16:49, 9 July 2009 (UTC)


Why is there pi in the arctic ocean? Don't get me wrong, I support pi in any location, but why the arctic? Thepiguy 13:50, 15 July 2009 (UTC)

It's the only region in the world where I can write the number from -179 to 179 without touching any landmass. But I actually did it to take out some of the dullness of creating the graticules. --ilpadre 14:32, 15 July 2009 (UTC)

thank you so much for the infinite photo![edit]

it makes a wonderful addition to 2009-08-30 51 -1#Gallery


Ah, wish I'd known you were in Berlin sooner. There was a hash only a few km from you last week. Hope to hash with you soon instead! --davidc 00:55, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

Er, never mind, you weren't here last week :-) --davidc 00:59, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

Ahoy, me hearty. I be hashin' on the high seas of Bernau tomorrow in the garb o' a swashbuckler. Join me, matey. 2009-09-19 52 13. --davidc 18:26, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

2010-01-16 49 7[edit]

2010-01-16 49 7 - Wanna go there? Fivetonsofflax 15:47, 15 January 2010 (UTC)

Heidelberg, Melbourne[edit]

Hi ilpadre,

I've just read your profile page and seen that you're based in Heidelberg, Deutscheland.

There is a Heidelberg in Melbourne East (-37, 145) - it's *tiny* in size, maybe only a couple of square kilometres in total. There are also Heidelberg suburbs such as Heidelberg Heights, Heidelberg East and Heidelberg West.

This provides a great opportunity for the 'tale of two hashes' achievement, so if anything pops up in that graticule I'll let you know - hopefully this also lines up with a hash in your home graticule!


Kozz 00:36, 9 March 2010 (UTC)


Is there a "how to create a photo gallery on xkcd wiki"? Can you give me some instructions ;) greez --Wuestenschiff 13:29, 21 January 2011 (EST) BTW: Stealing your layout for the user page

Plenty of information about gallery usage can be found here: -- sermoa 13:51, 21 January 2011 (EST)

Juggernaut Software[edit]

Hey Ilpadre, random question. What software did you use to plot your elevation and map data for your Juggernaut achievement (sorry not sure what one it was specifically but im sure you know.

BTW, love your User Page, very nicely set up! Greenslime 04:42, 11 October 2011 (EDT)

I used Google Earth for my 2010-08-23 49 8 expedition - they had just included an option to plot elevation profiles in the newest version at that time. Glad you like my page! :) --ilpadre 16:14, 11 October 2011 (EDT)


I don't care if the orange snow will melt away, it looks awesome for long enough! Take care. --Cjk 17:59, 19 February 2012 (EST)

2012-03-19 49 8[edit]

How about a cycling trip to the Weiße Stein? And getting a well-earned drink at the Gaststätte Zum Weißen Stein after the hashpoint? The weather report looks good - Danatar 05:33, 18 March 2012 (EDT)

Globetrotter6 image requests[edit]

Can you please make an images for globetrotter6 with combinations: North America/Africa, and North America/Africa/Europe? -- User:robbat2

Sure, I'll get to it as soon as possible! --ilpadre 17:38, 19 May 2012 (EDT)
Done! --ilpadre 08:50, 20 May 2012 (EDT)

Hey there! What a lot of hashes you have! :) Thanks for the Globetrotter6 images, they are great. I was wondering if you could make an image combo for Europe, North America and Australia? -- Phi-loci-raptor, 7 Janauary 2015

Thanks! There already is one: --ilpadre (talk) 02:31, 8 January 2015 (EST)

Hi thanks for the reply! I have just made/uploaded that one last night by bastardising the "full" one in paint, sorry I just remembered today to mention it here I forgot last night. You're quick! - my bad! It is possibly not of the same quality as yours mind you. I've yet to figure out how to make it show up in the ribbon though. working on it, but if you have any tips? Thanks again for the quick reply! Phi-loci-raptor, 8 January 2015 EDIT - now it shows up automatically in the ribbon, though it did not last night. Thanks if this was your doing :)


I love the last two Heidelberg sunset photos! -- OtherJack 00:43, 26 July 2012 (EDT) , Seattle, USA

Thanks! Both are HDR images - the range of intensities was too great for my camera to capture in a single illumination. --ilpadre 02:15, 26 July 2012 (EDT)
I had to look up what that meant... but thanks! -- OtherJack 03:37, 26 July 2012 (EDT)

Nag nag![edit]

Can haz moar icons? -- relet 00:42, 8 September 2012 (EDT)

You can, and you have now, because you are awesome! --ilpadre 01:09, 8 September 2012 (EDT)
A+++. Quick response. Would buy again! -- relet 01:47, 8 September 2012 (EDT)

Map 49 8[edit]

Hello Ilpadre,
could you please tell me, where you found the original of "File:49 8 as of 1681.jpg" in the www?
Best greetings --Q-Owl (talk) 02:26, 24 November 2015 (EST)