Pi Killed GC.com and Project-GC!

International Pi day (if you write your dates in Yanky-Doodle-Dandy fashion) started at 9:26 yesterday morning.

Of course the only real Pi day happened 423 odd years ago on 3rd March 1592 at 6:53.58 in the morning. But that's neither here nor there.

As I am English and write my dates the proper/logical way round I will be celebrating Pi day on 22/7 - so there.

The main reason for that is because I couldn't make it to an event on Pi day so I couldn't get that souvenir. I was traveling from Huntingdon to Nottingham on that day. The Peterborough event was at 5pm and the Nottingham event was in the morning. Hrrrmph!

I could however grab a puzzle cache in Nottingham that I solved 2 years ago, so at least I'd get one souvenir :)

Speaking of puzzles I have my own Pie based puzzle that only has 1 visit registered on Pi Day so far.

Anyway, as we were driving up I was trying to log into c:geo but no joy. It seemed that geocaching.com had gone down - even worse it was 11am in England so it was about 3am in geocachinghqland so what were the odds of a quick fix? Pretty long!

Throughout the course of the day I could grab a connection here and there, enough to get some CMs downloaded onto my phone along with the puzzle.

As you may know, I like getting puzzles as my 100 milestone caches (2000 was obviously the exception) and I was on 2393 finds and wanting to get this puzzle in Nottingham on Pi day. I also want to grab some Nottswalker caches.

So the plan was hatched to grab 6 Church Micros in Nottingham, including at least one of Nottswalkers and then grab the puzzle as 2400.

The preparations were in place and then it was just a question of waiting for the muggle-wife to get back from shopping with her parents and the big geo-brats to look after the geo-tots. That didn't happen until 17:00 so it was now race against time to grab all 7 in an hour before it started getting dark and I had to get back to get ready for out wedding anniversary meal!

Luckily all went swimmingly and all 6 finds were nice and easy, except one which took a couple of minutes to find, one that was 200 yards up a closed road and the puzzle GZ which had some decoys!

When we got home today I went to look some things up on project-gc and it looks like their API has temporarily been shut down due to the reported massive outage at gc.com due to Pi day!

REALLY? How did Pi Day kill geocaching.com?

For those of you who are interested here are the first few hundred digits of Pi - 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286 208998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609550582231725359408128481 117450284102701938521105559644622948954930381964428810975665933446128475648233 786783165271201909145648566923460348610454326648213393607260249141273724587006 606315588174881520920962829254091715364367892590360011330530548820466521384146 951941511609433057270365759591953092186117381932611793105118548074462379962749 567351885752724891227938183011949129833673362440656643086021394946395224737190 702179860943702770539217176293176752384674818467669405132000568127145263560827 785771342757789609173637178721468440901224953430146549585371050792279689258923 542019956112129021960864034418159813629774771309960518707211349999998372978049 951059731732816096318595024459455346908302642522308253344685035261931188171010 003137838752886587533208381420617177669147303598253490428755468731159562863882 353787593751957781857780532171226806613001927876611195909216420198938095257201 065485863278865936153381827968230301952035301852968995773622599413891249721775 283479131515574857242454150695950829533116861727855889075098381754637464939319 255060400927701671139009848824012858361603563707660104710181942955596198946767 837449448255379774726847104047534646208046684259069491293313677028989152104752 162056966024058038150193511253382430035587640247496473263914199272604269922796 782354781636009341721641219924586315030286182974555706749838505494588586926995 690927210797509302955321165344987202755960236480665499119881834797753566369807 426542527862551818417574672890977772793800081647060016145249192173217214772350 141441973568548161361157352552133475741849468438523323907394143334547762416862 518983569485562099219222184272550254256887671790494601653466804988627232791786 085784383827967976681454100953883786360950680064225125205117392984896084128488 626945604241965285022210661186306744278622039194945047123713786960956364371917 287467764657573962413890865832645995813390478027590099465764078951269468398352