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Carl LaFong: Well, I think the grace period for delayed posting has passed now, so it's time to say farewell to the cache, just as we're saying farewell to this much loved institution. I'm happy that so many people have had the chance to visit and enjoy the cornucopia of Weird Stuff.
-- Carl LaFong


Too Weird, Man

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Hidden : 03/29/2004
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This is an indoor webcam cache.
There is no physical cache container to find or logbook to sign.
What you do for this is go to the location and stand in view of the camera, so a picture of you is broadcast on the Internet.
Then get a friend to capture the picture to a file, and upload the picture with your log to show you were there.

I love this place! Weird Stuff Warehouse has been in business for quite a while in various locations around here. They buy and resell all kinds of funky surplus electronic stuff. If you're anything like me, budget an extra hour or so for looking around after you get your picture taken.

Here's how people generally work webcams:
The first thing to do is to team up with a friend who can be at a computer looking at the Weird Stuff Warehouse web site at in a browser.
For the webcam image follow the link "WeirdCam - Sunnyvale" near the bottom of the page.

It will be easier if both of you take a look at the site and the webcam page ahead of time to see what the area looks like where you need to stand. The camera is always running, but when the location is closed and the lights are off you won't see anything.

Next, go to the posted coordinates. They are about as close to the camera itself as you can get and still have your GPS receiver get a signal. The camera is right on the other side of the wall.

Now go inside. The web page lists the hours when the location is open. Most recently the hours were 9:30am to 6:00pm Monday through Saturday and 11:00am to 5:00pm Sunday.

Stand where the camera gets a recognizable picture of you. It's not far from the front door and the camera is not hard to see.
You'll probably want to talk with your friend by phone to get confirmation that they see you in the picture. The camera displays a new image about once a minute so you may have to wait a bit for your friend to tell you you're in the picture.

Here are some suggested guidelines for a picture that shows it's a picture of you the geocacher, not just some random screen shot:
-Be in the foreground of the picture as in the sample pictures below. You'll be too tiny to see well if you're much further away.
-Face the camera and look straight at it. That alone will distinguish you from people who are just looking at all the Stuff.
-Make some distinctive gesture, which will most likely be holding a cell phone to your ear as in the sample pictures. Or if you like you could hold up your GPSr or wave to the camera.

When the web page is showing a good image of you, your friend should save a copy of it. In most Windows web browsers, that's one of the options from a right-click on the image. You may like to practice this ahead of time.

Have your friend get the saved image file to you somehow, maybe as an e-mail attachment. Log your cache visit, then upload the image file as an addition to your log.

Look, all the above are simply suggestions of likely ways to get this to work. If you happen to have a web enabled PDA that you can use to capture the webcam image by yourself without a friend's help, or creative ideas about posing in a recognizable way, go for it. Have fun. This is about having fun.

Incidentally, when I went for the sample pictures on a Saturday morning there were a number of people around me including the store personnel and nobody paid a bit of attention to me posing and talking, so feel free. In fact, they know about the cache and will point out the cam if you ask. Nice folks.

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