Saturday, 17 September 2016

Ingress: The Via Lux Adventure Medal—Days 13-16

I’ve made my 300. It was surprisingly more difficult than I thought it would be, but it’s done. The only problem is that I’m really going to struggle to get another batch of badges in a similar time-frame ever again… unless I move cities—but that’s a problem for another day.

Day 13

Day 13 saw me finish the adventure series this challenge had caught me in the middle of, and then head down to the Tuggeranong town centre the Tuggeranong town centre. It was an unfamiliar area, so I enlisted the aid of a series of 6 adventures to try and make sure I didn’t miss any portals, but got very confused between adventures two and three, and went to work methodically to make sure I picked up as many portals as I could before heading home.

The three adventures I did complete were:

After that, my inventory filled up and I just had to blast and capture a field of green portals to empty it out a little. Fully deploying and modding each portals was essential, and linking helped, too.

139 portals later… and I was sitting on 290 new portals hacked for the month, just ten shy of what I needed. Still, there was always another day.

Day 14

Day 14 saw me staying close to home, as domestic tasks needed to be sorted. No new portals, but I recaptured and relinked four of the locals and remembered to hack for my sojourner’s badge. Nothing exciting this day.

0 new portals…

Day 15

Day 15 saw me back in the Tuggeranong town centre again, this time with an idea of where I’d gone wrong with the missions. The idea was to pick up any portals I’d missed, finish the series and nail a few single missions to round out the day. This worked pretty well.

These are the missions I completed:

I only picked up 3 more portals this way, so I moved on to another urban shopping centre a bit further north, working back along the bus route. The aim was to do 2 missions in this area, but the first one was so large that I only got through that one before I had to head home.

(Note to mission designers: Walk your missions through before publishing AND when covering a lot of portals in an area, think about having the portals done in a set order that guides the agents through the shortest route to avoid frustration over double-backs. You may prefer agents explore the area blind, so that last one is your call, but balance it against the odds of mission completion and the time constraints some agents might face when trying to fit missions into a visit to a new town or area.)

Anyway, I headed to Woden town centre, and worked through one more mission there—this one:

It added another 32 uniques to the collection and brought me over the 300 mark—yay!

I’ll try adding more, but university goes back this week, so it may not happen. We’ll just have to see.
Day 16

I had time constraints, today, so I went for a 17 km walk and hacked my way around Lake Ginninderra. Unfortunately, I’ve done all the missions in this area, and all those along the Belconnen foreshore, so I’ve covered the area pretty thoroughly and there were no missions completed, and no new portals. The next few days look similar, but Day 19? We’ll have to see about Day 19.

Via Lux Progress:
Days 1-3: 0 unique portals visited
Day 4: 5 unique portals visited and 1 mission completed (5/300)
Day 5: 30 uniques visited and 1 mission completed (35/300)
Day 6: 2 unique portals visited and 0 missions completed (37/300)
Days 7-11: 0 unique portals visited (37/300)
Day 12:  114 unique portals visited and 2 missions completed (151/300)
Day 13: 139 unique portals visited and 2 missions completed (290/300)
Day 14: 0 unique portals visited (190/300)
Day 15: 35 unique portals visited and 8 missions completed (325/300)
Day 16: 0 unique portals visited (325/300) 
TOTAL: 325/300

Friday, 16 September 2016

Stepping Up: Language Update

I know I haven’t been writing much about how the languages are going, but they are going. I’m still working out the kinks, but summer is coming and daylight is arriving earlier, so I have added in a listening component to my walking. Hearing a language outside language drills and set texts is important.

What languages am I working on?

As anyone who knows me, knows, I like languages, so it was hard for me to shrink what I do down to three to start with: Russian, Chinese and Indonesian. Also, because I didn’t want to give up the others, I kept my DuoLingo languages, but made a few rules.

Right now, my language program looks a bit like this:

DuoLingo: Do a minimum of 5 individual language lessons each day on each of the chosen languages BUT do not stop if a language block is incomplete unless it is the first time working through that lesson block. This takes between 1-2 hours a day. Flexibility: If real-life commitments are particularly, then do one individual lesson in each language, and you are allowed to stop if the language block is not complete – just do one. I find this last thing hard to do, but it does stop me from killing myself on heavy days when other commitments must be given a higher priority. DuoLingo languages are as follows: Russian, Norwegian, French, Portuguese, German, Danish, Ukrainian, Spanish and Turkish. I will add Indonesian to these when the course comes on line; it’s currently in development.

Listening: While walking, have headphones in and be listening to Russian, Chinese or Indonesian, depending on which language is the focus language for the day.

Book Work: This involves using a text book, language cds, translating on-line articles for the focus language of the day.

Progress: I’m still establishing the routine, but I’ve managed to maintain the DuoLingo target since Monday, and to add the listening component in, with a new walking component. Book work has been sporadic with only 2 days managed. I will work on this. Regular study is quite difficult to make time for, but it can be done. I want to add in a language activity design component, where I work up lesson plans and work sheets to go with the focus languages, but that’s a little ways off. I’m qualified to teach Indonesian, but only have a minor in Chinese, and not even that in Russian, so I have a little bit more to do with those.

And that’s that – except for the point that Fridays will be my language update day, starting with progress reports, and later linking to lesson plans, or activity sheets aimed at different age groups. Baby steps.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Ingress: The Via Lux Adventure Medal—Day 12

Well, sometimes real life has to take precedence, so the house and yard have been tidied and inspected, and the sick child looked after, but Monday, I was out and about again. This time it was to walk up a small mountain for the next mission in delta284’s Explore Canberra mission series—and then to walk back down the mountain for another mission exploring some of the parts of the Australian War Memorial I’d never really stopped to visit. Again, I was astounded by the beauty and thought put into this place, where our dead and history are honoured… I’ll be going back, again.

These are the badges.


They really don’t do the Memorial any justice, so I took a few pictures to give folks a better idea.


This incredible place tries to ensure that none are forgotten, and we should do the same.

I will post on the walk up Mount Ainslie, another day.You’ll notice I’ve changed the layout of the progress report. It now makes more sense, since this challenge really started on September 1, and I didn’t get started until September 4

Via Lux Progress:
Days 1-3: 0 unique portals visited
Day 4: 5 unique portals visited and 1 mission completed (5/300)
Day 5: 30 uniques visited and 1 mission completed (35/300)
Day 6: 2 unique portals visited and 0 missions completed (37/300)
Days 7-11: 0 unique portals visited (37/300)
Day 12:  114 unique portals visited and 2 missions completed (151/300)
TOTAL: 151/300

Tomorrow, I will be trying to finish this series, and to maybe add a few more uniques before the real world claims my attention for the rest of the week. 

Tomorrow, it will be time to move, again.