Archive for August, 2010

July Points Update

Sorry for the long delay but a points update has been made. Right now, I have posted a partial update of the data that has been submitted. I had planned on sitting down to work on my own numbers and help another volunteer who had a problem update their numbers too, but something came up on my first day back to work today. I’m working to get that done and maybe have some time to finish tallying three sets of data (I track two due to an early volunteer being unable to continue) before I go to bed tonight. If not, I have free time all afternoon on Wednesday (which means you are welcome to chastise me thoroughly if I don’t have my data updated by Wednesday night).

We had an upset in the leading position. Not only was Crafter of Wood TB1 knocked out of the lead position, but it’s been knocked down FIVE SPOTS, putting it in sixth place. And who is our new leader? Eek the Spider, who not only has crossed the 500 point threshold, but also is the ONLY racer who found me at Geowoodstock VIII to get a picture for some heavy bonus points. Here is the shot that helped it out:

There have been some massive travel by other bugs.  All ten of the top ten racers have passed 300 points.  Some of the numbers in the top 20 are close and things can still easily change.

Expect three more data sets by Wednesday night.  I am still awaiting some data from people who are traveling so I’ll get them up as they come in.

And don’t forget to check in with my AUTOMATED PROCESS post and join in the conversation. We are looking into ways to further improve the updating process, including figuring out how to possibly automate it so that instead of waiting for volunteers to submit info to me, then me update the master file, run some processes to spit out results, then post them up here, we could have a process where volunteers just plug the numbers in on here and the results are automatically updated. Anyone with experience in website design have ideas?



August Monthly Goals

The August Monthly Goals have been updated. They are:

August GOALS

  • 5 points for getting a picture with something related to the number 8. Relation must be clearly identified. This goal may be met twice for a total of 10 points. Photos tied to this goal will not count towards normal photo goals.
  • 10 points for being placed in a cache in a state whose name starts with “O”, “S”, or “V”. Can count once per letter (i.e.: once for the letter O, once for the letter S, and once for the letter V), for a total of 30 points overall. If the racer is already a state starting with O, S, or V as of the beginning of August, that state cannot be used for this goal.
  • 15 Points for finding a cache on August 7th or August 16th. Goal may be met once per date, for a total of 30 points.

After a crazy month of July, the points update is will occur this weekend, even if not all the points are in. I understand that some are anxiously awaiting them, but problems occurred. Look at BUSY MONTH & A MISTAKE for details why last month’s update didn’t occur. Also, be sure to check out AUTOMATED PROCESS for details on an improvement to the race we are looking into and to voice your thoughts, good or bad. We are looking for ideas and/or help, so if you have an idea or have the experience to help us with our idea, please contact me.