By Erin Joyce
Geocaching, the high-tech hide-and-go-seek treasure mapping sport.
It’s spreading faster than a jet-ski at full throttle, and for good reason. The sport combines the Internet and satellite tech to create old-fashioned social networking: spending time with people, instead of staring into a computer screen.
Even for a GPS newbie like me (although I’m in New York, my device still wants to locate me somewhere in China — must be a sign of the times), the possibilities and joy of participating in a treasure-hunt represent what social networking is supposed to be: using technology to get up from a computer and hunt for environmentally-friendly stuff with friends old and new. (It may be a little tougher to map coordinates between tall buildings, but it’s worth it.)
Just like we helped finance the Internet, we taxpayers helped finance the military’s research and development of satellites. Now, it’s our turn to have some fun with them.