User talk:Virgletati

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Restricted Area Geohash[edit]

  • Nice job! In retrospect, it's highly unsurprising that the first Restricted Area Geohash happened at a particle accelerator:
  1. particle accelerators tend to be restricted areas;
  2. they tend to employ the kind of people who read xkcd; and
  3. they encompass vast swathes of land. 00:49, 21 June 2008 (UTC)
  • You're right. Where were all the other Fermilab people? By the way; it's just occurred to me that if you're patient enough, you might be in a good position to attend the first Underground Restricted Area Geohash, unless the CERN people beat you to it. 01:35, 21 June 2008 (UTC)
  • Congratulations! That is very awesome. I agree with that there was definitely some selection bias. Brett Daniel 04:51, 21 June 2008 (UTC)

  • Congrats! This is exactly what I meant when I wrote the requirements for this achievement. FunkyTuba 05:33, 30 June 2008 (UTC)
  • Congratulations! That was so awesome, I made you a ribbon. -- Jevanyn 17:46, 25 July 2008 (UTC)


I completely agree with you regarding the "Failed" categories. I would never have named them that because getting out of the house and travelling all that way is in no way a failure. "Reached" and "Not Reached" are better terms and I don't know why Thomcat put "failed" on the reason categories. He does acknowledge on the page where the categories are discussed that it's not really a failure, but you've hit the nail on the head with the fact that it feels bad to have that category on your expedition. I always feel bad putting it on someone's page. Yes, by all means, celebrate your approach to the geohash. If you have any suggestions for encouraging people to do so ... well it's a wiki so you can encourage. The name+timestamp mark is achieved by typing four consecutive tildes. -Robyn 15:28, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

I like the sound of "Thwarted"! David Souther 20:30, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
If you need any help with the syntax of editing mediawiki, just ask! :) David Souther 23:21, 24 March 2009 (UTC)

Replacing Categories[edit]

I see that you are currently changing the "Failed"-categories to "Not reached"-ones. Relet has a bot, that can replace categories automaticially, much faster that anyone of us could do by hand. He will get on it as soon as possilbe. Just telling you this to save you a lot of work. Koepfel talk 20:16, 31 March 2009 (UTC)

Hey, yes, I know about the reletbot, but I did volunteer my services and actually I don't really want to stop doing this; I'm reading a lot of wonderful stories from people all across the globe. If I didn't have code I had to write today I'd gladly change all of the articles by hand. Oh, and I agree with Robyn (again), your signature is really neat. --Virgletati 20:23, 31 March 2009 (UTC)
Ok, just felt like I had to warn you, but if you also read the reports... I know how tempting it can be to browse/edit a wiki when you have work to do, which is in fact, what I'm doing right now ;) Koepfel talk 20:33, 31 March 2009 (UTC)
The renaming categories had to be done by hand because each one has its own peculiarities. The Not reached - Incorrect date category not only made no sense, but has almost entirely been replaced by the Origin categories, so I left it in failed. And I like V doing the categorizing by hand. She can catch other errors/issues as she goes and fix them. Maybe the expedition has been in the wrong category all along.
V, you freaked me out when I saw my Slave Lake expedition already in Time Constraints. I thought I had accidentally put it in that category last year. :-) -Robyn 20:45, 31 March 2009 (UTC)
Ay, I kind of read that discussion too late. Feel free to browse all the expeditions anyway.. the stories are still good. :] -- relet 20:52, 31 March 2009 (UTC)


Hi. Do you mind if I move "Category:Not reached - Time Constraints" to "Category:Not reached - Time constraints" for consistency? -- relet 20:40, 31 March 2009 (UTC)


Thank you very much for your praise on Talk:Globetrotters Geohash! You can find a gallery of all my ribbon images here. --Ilpadre 06:07, 1 April 2009 (UTC)


Oddly, I remember very well you getting the Restricted Area award, but didn't remember your name to match it to the picture. Your real name is awesome. It's like something out of a science fiction novel where we have instant transportation and world peace. Some of them go overboard on this and names all of their characters intercontinentally so Nduala Xiang is married to Oonolongudu Qialut and they go out for dinner with Yumiko duBonnet and her lover Firouzeh Przwlvy. But now I'd better remember that you are female. -Robyn 07:15, 1 April 2009 (UTC)

Did you get to 2008-07-19 42 -87 after dropping off your laptop? If so, please add yourself to the participants and enhance the page. -Robyn 20:04, 20 June 2009 (UTC)
Indeed I did not =/. At least, I don't think so, or else I would have been psyched to get a Speed Racer award. I was wondering for a bit how you could possibly know more about my laptop troubles from a year ago than I even remembered, but then I read my plan for that day. Sigh. -virgletati 22:53, 22 June 2009 (UTC)
There's a "we" in the expedition report, so I was hoping I might have cleverly sleuthed out the other person. I'm glad you're still around, at any rate, and hope that your laptop (or its successor) is behaving now. -Robyn 23:38, 22 June 2009 (UTC)

Back at Fermilab...[edit]

If you're still geohashing, the hashpoint for 41,-88 on Saturday are once again in Fermilab. Right next to a road, to boot! --Dvdllr 13:48, 29 October 2010 (UTC)