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jonawebb

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Dec 18 2013 at 4:45pm #

You know, I’d post a clue myself, if I knew one, but I don’t. Unless this is one.


buffalo buffalo

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Dec 18 2013 at 5:55pm #

jonawebb wrote:Unless this is one.

Right genus of place, wrong species.
(Also, wrong habitat, though not completely.)

I haven’t been able to take a new photo–I pretty much haven’t been outside during daylight hours except to ride to work, and it’s not on my commute–but maybe this slightly retouched version will help.

still not visible: 2-foot-high curb out of shot low, bridge out of shot left. hopefully more visible: year-old wooden ‘chair ramp.


Ahlir

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Dec 18 2013 at 9:09pm #

Thank you for the extra clue. Still don’t get it. But the first photo had something I just know I’ve seen before. But where?


jonawebb

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Dec 20 2013 at 9:51pm #

I may take a crack at this tomorrow, just on the off chance that my guesses lead me somewhere useful — but for the sake of less experienced players, it would be good if bb could post another clue or two.


Ahlir

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Dec 21 2013 at 6:44pm #

I blew off some of yesterday afternoon (a nice day, if you aimed for that 2hr break in the rain) riding around for this clue. In my defense, not that many people were in on my floor that day. Who would notice?

My original feeling was that the tag had to be in a parking ramp. Consider the rainspout. That wooden incline was an issue (why the nice quality handrails?).

It turns out that while many ramps in town use the guardrail design in the photo, they’re normally painted yellow (duh). Except for the one across from the Byham (“old theatre”) which has blue rails and black rails (and bike parking!). I cruised around the ground floor but didn’t find anything suitable (“river on the left”). But maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention (I’m like that). Also, I assumed I wouldn’t need to work my way up the ramp. Of course I could be totally misreading the tag.

Anyway, I have other stuffs to do tomorrow… have fun.

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Some additional thoughts (i.e. I’m waiting for my turn in the kitchen, and enjoying a glass of wine):

Certain players have racked up a whole lot more tags than others. I can see that as intimidating. Today there’s ~4 people who seem to have racked up insurmountable leads. But so what? They are beatable, one tag at a time. Of course competition is just one view, and maybe not the most useful one.

It’s also a spectator sport, so relax.

Getting a tag might be a goal in itself. But maybe it’s about getting to share some interesting bit of Pittsburgh with the rest of us. I know that after starting to play the game I started to pay a whole lot more attention to the city, always looking around and wondering “could that be a tag?” Pittsburgh, after a few decades, suddenly became way more interesting. I like that.

From a more practical perspective, maybe the mavens could set “easy” tags, then wait a couple of days before swooping down. And occasionally, for variety, “hard” tags that could maybe pick spots that require more than just commuting around and involve some inner urge to just roam on wheels.


jonawebb

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Dec 21 2013 at 7:34pm #

Plus, it’s a fun game. It’s fun to get out and look where you think a tag might be, even if you don’t find it. It’s fun to get a chance to ride your bike around town in places you don’t usually go. It’s fun to explore neighborhoods you never go to. It’s fun to see something unique or interesting and remember it to share with other people.


Ahlir

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Dec 21 2013 at 8:01pm #

…for the record.


Pierce

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Dec 22 2013 at 2:22pm #

Aww damn it, I could have gotten this last night or the night before

It’s not on the street view, but it’s on the map. You might want to suggest a location.

This would have been a dead end for me a couple of months ago. People with GPS’s had to improvise

Ahlir, you’re nowhere close geographically, but you need to think Close


Ahlir

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Dec 22 2013 at 10:12pm #

Ah well, so it goes… it still feels like a ramp though.


Pierce

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Dec 22 2013 at 11:23pm #

I think the ramp is kind of a distraction. There is newer parking near by you might find suitable though. A runnel would come in handy to get to it from this tag, but that too is a pretty much unrelated distraction for jonawebb.

You’re on the right track going after Byham, but this tag is much smaller. It’s like SNL to SCTV. (Assuming the popularity of SCTV was as small as its pop culture footprint is now)

Interestingly, both places have shimmery neighbors too


StuInMcCandless

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Dec 23 2013 at 2:24pm #

I excluded myself from this tag for the first few days, but I think anyone can take it now. My problem is that I don’t recognize where or what this is, though I have this feeling I’ve been past it 10 times since it was posted.


jonawebb

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Dec 23 2013 at 2:47pm #

All I want for Christmas is a Tag-o-Rama clue.


StuInMcCandless

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Dec 23 2013 at 4:01pm #

I guess I’m just going to have to ride all over the city, taking pictures of every ramp, and figuring it out when I get home. It’s all about getting out and riding, right?

Earlier today, I walked past the 10-foot “@” sign I used for my first tag. It’s still there, and IMHO is the ideal tag: It’s very visible, it’s not immediately obvious where it is, and the more you get out and ride, the more likely you are to see something like that. Ditto the Snoopy doghouse, various anchors, the hopscotch poetry on Smallman, the “On this site in 1897 nothing happened” plaque, and various other oddball tags I’ve either picked up or dropped.

Through this game, I learned about the Octopus’s Garden, Randyland, changing murals (under the bridge on Federal at Lacock), and all manner of new ways to get around town. I’ve inspected alleyways, explored neighborhoods I would not otherwise have known existed, and found staircases I did not know were there.

Because of this game, I have been able to help a lot with the murals project. Because of this game, I still know where some of the protractors are. Because of this game, I have tried biking on streets that I might not otherwise have considered (E Carson past Hot Metal), and gone to towns I had never been to before (Homestead) entirely under my own power.


Ahlir

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Dec 24 2013 at 10:36am #

Ok, the current tag has been up for 2 weeks, since the 9th. This is getting a bit silly. Even allowing for the weather.

I think this game could use some additional rules:

1) If a tag is not picked up in 4 days, the tagger is invited to release additional clues, on a regular basis, until someone picks it up.

2) If a tag stays up for more than 10 days, it is fair game for someone to grab the previous tag, in order to keep the game moving. For this purpose, a day will begin at midnight of the 10th day after the original tag setting.

This of course is just a proposal…


jonawebb

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Dec 24 2013 at 3:02pm #

I like rule 1, which is sort of the way we’ve been doing things all alone. I get really nervous when my tags stay up too long. Bb is just more calm, I guess.
Rule 2 I can do without. Eventually someone will get this one. Pierce knows where it is, etc.


Ahlir

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Dec 24 2013 at 3:38pm #

Well, Rule 1 is the reasonable one. But you need Rule 2 if the tagger disappears or is otherwise inconvenienced.


Steven

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Dec 24 2013 at 6:58pm #

I like rule 1, but I think the goal of rule 2 is best handled less formally. The amount of time it’s appropriate to wait will vary based on weather, for instance. A fairly easy-to-locate but distant tag set just before Snowmageddon isn’t equivalent to a stumper (“find this rock”) set by a poster who promptly disappears in the middle of some fine spring tag-finding weather.

Perhaps the rule against whining should be clarified to encourage giving a hard time to those who leave excessively difficult tags.


HiddenVariable

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Dec 24 2013 at 10:58pm #

this tag has been up so long because a) the initial image didn’t make the location obvious in any way from context (say, by having a shot of the city in the background so we could determine the vantage point), 2) because the photo either was not particularly clear or didn’t capture anything that was immediately recognizable to even the regular tag-getters, let alone those who are watching from the outside hoping something is dropped right near them, and iii) because buffalo^n has been either absent or too reluctant to give clues due to his hope that non-regulars will get the tag (personally, i suspect that mr. buffalo thought his clues were so very obvious that he wouldn’t need to provide more, and that he hasn’t been revisiting the message board lately).

as it is, i have been wanting to drop a tag for a couple weeks now, but i couldn’t guess at a two-mile radius for this tag, so where would i even go to look for it?

at any rate, i hope it’s solved when i return to town, and even more importantly, i hope my planned tag isn’t used before i get to it!


buffalo buffalo

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Dec 25 2013 at 2:08am #

Ahlir wrote:I agree that I’d be nice to see more variety in the tags set.

My comment has never been about the variety in the tags set, but the people who set them. I still think those who have picked up one of the last n tags, for some value of n, should be ineligible to pick up a new tag until either some time period has passed or some other mark eclipsed to suggest that nobody else can find or wants it.

Ahlir wrote:Certain players have racked up a whole lot more tags than others. I can see that as intimidating.

I don’t give a rat’s ass about the overall tables over howevermany years the game has been played. But I am concerned that all but about two tags in a solid month were picked up by (IIRC) Ahlir, Jonawebb, or TeamDecaf–half of those by Ahlir alone. And nearly every other post on this page is either Ahlir or Jonawebb whining about not being able to figure out the current location.

Ahlir wrote:maybe it’s about getting to share some interesting bit of Pittsburgh with the rest of us.

And maybe you should back off and let someone else share, nu?

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Lastly, as concerns the instant tag itself…

I never said anything about a “river on the left”—I said ‘bridge’, but ‘bridge’ does not necessarily imply ‘river’; after all, we have 400-some of the former, and only three of the latter. And sometimes a rainspout is just a rainspout.

a daytime shot: New pavement, new handrail, new sidewalk (pavement?). the building, btw, is significantly less new than its tenant–but the paint is newer even than the asphalt.

if, and only if, you’re truly desperate, a shot of the aforementioned bridge.

(to a few it may be meaningful to recall that the tag was set on a Monday.)


buffalo buffalo

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Dec 25 2013 at 2:09am #

(p.s.: if a second player is trying to give you clues, it may occasionally be helpful to listen to that person as well. the tag setter is not necessarily the only person who knows where it is.)


StuInMcCandless

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Dec 25 2013 at 4:47pm #

I think I have it figured out, but my chances of getting over towards that part of town are quite slim indeed. Though I must say, getting back downtown afterward via transit would be quite easy from this spot.


Pierce

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Dec 25 2013 at 5:04pm #

I gave clues that make sense given the occupant of the location in question and that (I think) just make sense in general given the location. It doesn’t seem like you guys are operating near your top gears


Ahlir

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Dec 25 2013 at 7:35pm #

Whoa there, B^…

1) you misrepresent what I suggested: variety referred to taggers (and by extension their tags).

2) Well, I have been active. But that’s after more than a year of not being active at all. Just getting back into the swing of it, I suppose. Maybe you need to relax a bit; it is a game, after all.

3) Well, I do try to keep others involved. For example for the Summerset tag, I waited a while. Then I offered to guide people there. Twice. For a tag in Hazelwood I kept dropping clues until someone suggested I tone it down. And setting tags along commuter routes (something you yourself have benefited from).
It’s about helping people get to tags, not trying to score points, of one sort or another.

Perhaps you should reflect on why you seem to be having these problems with the game.

Anyway, I’m off to other parts. Be back in the new year…


jonawebb

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Dec 26 2013 at 9:51am #

Steel city improv Theater, 5950 Ellsworth


jonawebb

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Dec 26 2013 at 10:22am #


Perhaps this runnel
Will, like a funnel
Draw in a player
Who o/w might just sit and stare


joanne

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Dec 28 2013 at 4:43pm #

Louisa Street runnel


joanne

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Dec 29 2013 at 12:31pm #

An existential question: is this a new tag? Or a boring retread? The map says one thing, but the picture says another.

(I can set a different one if need be)


Steven

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Jan 1 2014 at 9:11am #

Highland Avenue bridge


Steven

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Jan 1 2014 at 9:29am #

NEW TAG

As you can see, there’s plenty of bike parking in this district. Good place for a group pickup?


Ahlir

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Jan 1 2014 at 9:57pm #

Historical Note: The Highland St Bridge tag is not a retread.
The previous one was on the other side:

Or as Heraclitus had it: “No man ever steps in the same river twice”


Steven

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Jan 2 2014 at 8:34am #

Good to know. I also did a tag (#672) showing the new bridge under construction from the south end, so we now have east, west, and south covered. I guess somebody needs to tag the bridge from the north end.

I’ll also point out that you can see Steel City Improv Theater, two tags up, in both my and Joanne’s photos of the bridge.

The SCIT tag, as it happens, broke the record for longest-waiting tag, at 16+ days before it was picked up. The old record was set a year ago when the board was down for overhauling (tag 640).


StuInMcCandless

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Jan 2 2014 at 1:51pm #

And I think the previous second-longest was also at about this same time of year, when nobody could figure out the view in front of the Homestead Library. Early 2011, IIRC. It sat for a couple of weeks until someone dropped an obvious clue. I made a trip out there myself, only to get bruced.


Steven

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Jan 3 2014 at 7:07am #

You’re thinking of tag 83, back in late December 2010. It sat for 8 days with weather in the 20s, though perhaps it seemed like longer due to all the message board activity for it, with Ahlir giving us clue after clue.

It was the longest tag for quite a while (narrowly beating out tag 2, the first real tag), but it’s no longer in third place. Here’s the current top ten.

16.57 days Tag 787 – Steel City Improv Theater
12.14 days Tag 640 – Bigelow Trail, Highland Park (board down)
8.46 days Tag 662 – The Train Gallery
7.98 days Tag 83 – Homestead Frick Park
7.70 days Tag 2 – St. Margaret’s Hospital bus shelter (first real tag)
6.97 days Tag 413 – Downtown view from Pliny Way
6.94 days Tag 650 – Frick Environmental Center “Cob” bench
6.87 days Tag 644 – Emerald View Park
6.01 days Tag 35 – Engine Co #23, Carrick
5.70 days Tag 682 – Tunnel under RR on Hazelwood Trail

The quickest pickup remains 58 seconds for Tag 613 – CMU Bikeshare.


HiddenVariable

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Jan 3 2014 at 11:06am #

can’t believe this one stood for so long! i took this last night and forgot to upload it in my haste to get to bed.

giant eagle market district, relatively new bike racks. i wish they were covered, but i like how many there are.


HiddenVariable

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Jan 3 2014 at 6:02pm #

new tag!

new bicycle sculpture! or new rower sculpture. or new bicycle rze?ba?


Ahlir

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Jan 4 2014 at 12:19pm #

Back in the saddle again, after a week of swing-outs. (Boy, talk about different muscles…)

Polish Hill: Brereton & Dobson

Location: 40° 27.402′, -79° 58.051′

That little bright red spot in the vicinity of the rider’s nose is a light bulb. I believe it’s a seasonal thing (at least, I hope).


Ahlir

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Jan 4 2014 at 6:16pm #

New Tag

First off, I have no idea what these things are. If I did, I’d have worked on some kind of clue incorporating clever allusions.

But they did look kind of interesting, so there.

As before, you should be able to spot this on your way in (not out) to work. Well, ok. It’ll depend on where you work. And now that I think of it, where you live. But other than that…


Pseudacris

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Jan 6 2014 at 6:07pm #

well, I was going to guess that those were anti-skateboarding, anti-homeless person napping bumps, but I think these might be lego-like bricks for some kind of standardized retaining wall. If only it were an easy task to flip them over to look for concave humps. (what is the antonym for hump, anyone?).

cool tag!


Marko82

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Jan 6 2014 at 6:12pm #

Pseudacris wrote:what is the antonym for hump

I think dimple would do.

I thought these looked like investment castings… any foundries on your commute?


edmonds59

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Jan 6 2014 at 7:48pm #

Those look like pre-cast concrete retaining wall blocks. They stack and fit together literally like giant legos. I have no idea where this would be though.

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