Tag-o-Rama 5

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Steven
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The Tag-O-Rama game started in September 2010, and periodically needs a new thread, due to message board issues. This is thread five. Here are threads one, two, three, and four.
The rules are easy (although wordy, it is not hard to play)
#1 – Find the tag and get a picture of your bike in the same location (as best as possible). The first person to post a found tag gets to place the next tag. If you get a tag, but somebody else posts their picture first, you lose – you’ve been Bruced.
#2 – Take the tag to a new location, shoot a photo with your bike in the picture, and post it here. Keep the tag within Pittsburgh city limits and the surrounding neighborhoods. Give a few hints (or a short poem if you’re so inclined) so the next person can figure out where the tag is located. Try to place the tags in interesting locations, somewhere historic, etc. Remember, the point of the game is not to make the clues difficult to figure out. It is about riding, not Googling.
#2a – After you pick up a Tag, a new tag must be placed within 36 hours. If the new tag is not set within the time limit, the first Bruced posted gets the tag. If no Bruce was claimed, tag will revert to the previous tag, and somebody else will get their chance. If you won’t have the time to drop off a new tag, don’t pick it up to begin with.
#2b – This rule is intended to keep the game moving. If the overdue tag is posted before somebody grabs the reverted tag, then the new tag will stand. However, giving the overdue tag-holder a load of crap is highly encouraged.
#3 – Tag must be findable – don’t make your tag so obscure that no one will find it. Make sure to let folks know what riding conditions are involved to get to your tag.
#4 – File photos are NOT permitted. You may not use a photo taken before the current tag was set to prove you found that tag, nor use a photo taken before you photographed the current tag to set a new tag.
#5 – All images of tags that are posted, whether picking up or setting a new tag, MUST include the bike you rode to the tag. If your bike isn’t in the posted image, you don’t have a tag.
#6 The bicycle in the picture must get to the tag location under the player’s own pedal-power.
#7 – No whining.
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Some helpful links for the convenience of new players:
1. View the Tag Map to see all the tags.
2. The Tag-O-Rama spreadsheet, showing who got which tag
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For those of us who want to know more about the record keeping functions of Tag-o-Rama …
To add a marker to the Google Tag Map, sign in to Google, go to the map, and click the Edit link on the left. Then click the marker icon in the upper middle. Then click where the marker should go.
See one of the previous threads for examples of game play.


Marko82
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Please forgive this slight tangent, but I was playing around with Steven’s spreadsheet (thanks for ALL of your record keeping & mapping!) because I was interested in how many people are playing the game over time. I had the feeling that more people were playing back in the olden days and that only a handful are playing now. So here’s a graph of what I found:

Players per month

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The data’s not perfect since I treated group pick ups as their own player, but it does show a drop off in players over time – but we still have between four and eight players each month.

And here’s the number of Tags over time

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jonawebb
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That pretty much puts the kibosh on the “this game is going to hell” theme. Things have been pretty consistent for 3 or 4 years. Even a slight upswing in the last year.
BTW, the original Tag-o-Rama game, the motorcycle game in Ohio, is still going strong on one thread. Computers are amazing.


Jacob McCrea
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This game is not my thing; I didn’t have the time to play even when my own property was a tag. That said, I have a few tag suggestions for anyone who wants to venture up 18th Street to the hilltop neighborhoods:

1) The upper end of the former Knoxville incline;
2) The new Black Forge coffee shop on Arlington Ave;
3) The piece of artillery in the cemetary across from the old Dairy Queen in Carrick;
4) The new catering place on Warrington, called Sweet Peaches.
5) The italian restaurant on Warrington;
6) Some custom bike racks that Dan B. and I built, which are in front of a shared working space/business incubator on Warrington;
7) Various other cemetaries up in that area;
8) The plaque commemorating where three workers were killed when the old printing press on Allen Street collapsed during a snowstorm in the 1990s. It is now a parking lot for sugggestion #5.
9) The Japanese-style entryway to a home next to the old Knoxville High School.

Maybe this will help get the game into some new areas.


Ahlir
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oh-oh

I was afraid this might happen.
This tag is now on the move, fortunately just across the street.
No word on its sentience, but be careful out there.


paulheckbert
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Mom’s weekend already passed, didn’t it?


Ahlir
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The Hallmark Mother’s Day may have passed. But on this coming weekend, I conjecture, some mothers look forward to a reward for their years of selfless sacrifice.

Or so I thought.

Maybe this tag is a mother. In search of its spouse, for a meal. Like I said, be careful.

[Just tossing a pellet of clue into the limpid waters of the Koi pond of Tag… watching ripples spread peacefully to the edges. Perhaps one of which is you.]


paulheckbert
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CMU, corner of Frew & Tech. The sculpture appears to be stuffed with alfalfa sprouts.


paulheckbert
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new tag


RustyRed
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RustyRed
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New Tag!

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jonawebb
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5110 Dresden way


jonawebb
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It’s pretty nice to have a path Right In the city
Even if it ain’t pretty


RustyRed
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Penn Plaza Apartments East liberty from the Enright parklet. With Marko82.


StuInMcCandless
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I figured out where this is, but there are a whole lot of people who are closer to it than I am. All yinz who want to pick up a tag, I’ll head out that way Monday late afternoon to get it, if it’s still there.


RustyRed
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New Tag! with Marko82

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Clue? It’s in the bag.


Kieran
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2016-05-15_08-47-58

Aldis parking garage in friendship


paulheckbert
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go, tag-o-rama!


Kieran
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2016-05-16_02-18-55

If only this were paved


Swalfoort
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Hi, I checked in to offer a couple of comments on Marko’s evaluation of game players and tags.

I tried to play early on in the game, but since I live in the north/western quadrant of the “box” most of the tags were too far away for me to even consider getting, given that most players lived or worked in the more heavily tagged eastern portions of the box.

Even after I stopped playing, I would continue to check in, to learn more about this awesome city.

I rarely even stop in any more. Too many tags are too obscure for my limited range of movement/regional familiarity.

I am thrilled that the game continues for the rest of you. It was fun. But, I worry that with the continuing sophistication and/or obscurity of the clues, will new participants be able to get their wheel in the door?


StuInMcCandless
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Railroad St past 32nd St, Strip District.

Photo taken with my helmet cam because I left my cell at the office. Because of that, I couldn’t get online to line up the exact pose as the tag drop, but I’m pretty sure this is the same spot. Same bridge in the background, same tracks.


StuInMcCandless
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New tag!

The Hippocratic Oath says physicians should do no harm, but hemlock is poison.


paulheckbert
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What do others think: is Stu’s picture of the railroad tracks and the bridge a tag pickup? I see bent tracks versus straight tracks, steel bridge support versus concrete abutment, trees versus no trees.


RustyRed
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We should let Kieran weigh in.


The Iguana
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@ph, apply the rule that you applied picking up the eaglet tag. Just move on…


Steven
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I’m pretty sure those are the wrong tracks, though the correct tracks are not far away. So it doesn’t look to me like a good pickup.


StuInMcCandless
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Well, here’s the problem. If you have a camera but not a cell phone, how are you supposed to tell when you’re in the right spot?

I figured out which bridge it was, as noted by the thin railing or fencing on top of the bridge, and I remembered there was some sort of grade crossing or very high gravel level between the tracks. I tried a spot the other side of the bridge but came back to this one because it showed the crossing and the bridge.

I wasn’t about to bike 22 blocks back downtown to get the cell phone when I had a perfectly operable camera on me. To require being in the exact spot means you need fully operable mobile Internet service, which I didn’t have myself for the first almost four years of the game. Back then, after figuring out a tag, I had to drag my laptop with me along with my old flip phone, hope I remembered to bring the connector cord with me, take a photo as best as I remembered it, then chase off to a library or coffee shop or my office, whichever was closest, get online, upload the picture to the PC, then to Flickr, then putz around with the URL to embed it in a post here. I did that from the start of the game until August 2013. Being in the exact spot was less an issue for 10-foot-high “@” signs or Snoopy doghouses or anchors than for 70-feet-high bridges.

Last night, after figuring out I didn’t have the cell, I snapped the photo with the helmet cam, biked back to my office (where the cell was sitting on my desk where I left it), plugged in the helmet cam, sent a tweet from there, then linked it in a post.

The tag drop was easier, since I had the cell in my hand.

So, really, you’re going to say we have to memorize the exact spot before getting a tag? Define exact.

Note also that the helmet cam has a much wider field of view than does the cell.


Kieran
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Not the same set of tracks but very close. It was indeed on 32nd st. I think in the spirit of the game the Stu’s new tag should be accepted. Im not sure having to bike back to go an extra 100 yards adds much to the game


Steven
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Kieran’s call, I think, so it’s a good pickup.

But Kieran, your tag was on 33rd, right, not 32nd? From Streetview, it looks like your tag was just northeast of 33rd, on the tracks right next to the river, and looking SSW toward the 31st Street Bridge in the distance. You were roughly behind this truck.

That’s about 700 feet from Stu’s pickup, which is looking NNE toward the same 33rd street railroad trestle, but from the opposite side. No 31st Street Bridge, since he’s pointing the opposite way.

So, really, you’re going to say we have to memorize the exact spot before getting a tag? Define exact.

I’d think being at 32nd instead of 33rd and Railroad instead of the river, and looking in the wrong direction, would usually not be exact enough, but Kieran is clearly nicer than me. :-)


Ornoth
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Gad I hope this works… I’ll defer from details of location until I’m sure this posts…


Ahlir
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I see it; the back-side of Allegheny General
loc: 40.457917, -80.003344

good snag!


StuInMcCandless
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On Hemlock Street. Next to a hospital. (For those who weren’t getting the clue…)


Ornoth
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Yups. The dark backside of Allegory Genital Horspital.

Sadly, all my photos of my new tag came out horribly. This is the best I got. That unidentifiable blob in the foreground is my saddle nose, BION.

Although there are several ways to get from the south pole to the north pole, there’s only one official way. But by thinking a mile and a half outside of the box, I didn’t have to use the airport to find the shortest flight from pole to pole. This image probably admits of two different solutions; show me one with lots of flowers… or both solutions!


jonawebb
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Arctic way and flight way

Also, Flight way and Antarctic way


Ornoth
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And not far from Official Way!

Dang, that was fast. How is it an Allegheny Hospital tag goes unclaimed for three days, but my tag out in Mifflin is claimed in less than 3 hours?

Despite the clues, I really thot it’d take at least a day or two for someone to decide to hike up there to fetch it. Well-earned!


Ahlir
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How is it…?

… Mysteries of Pittsburgh


jonawebb
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I got lucky figuring out the clue and my wife was at her book club so I had time to pick it up after work.
It is a real climb out there. I went up Ravine, and Google maps kept trying to make me turn into roads that aren’t there.
New tag
We’re not in Kansas anymore
But we’ve got space for six bikes or more


jonawebb
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I’d thought last weekend somebody would get out and roam
Is it just the weather that’s keeping everybody Home?


StuInMcCandless
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I’ve thought about that fallout shelter symbol. There can’t be that many of those around anymore. But I have no idea where this is.


Eric
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Kentucky Ave School has a fallout shelter sign. But that ain’t KY Ave School.

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