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Saturday, October 1, 2016

About Ingress: What’s So Important About Badges?



Badges? I hear you ask. You keep banging on about badges.

What’s so important about them?

Well, up until Level 8, you advance on the AP (or experience) you earn, and that’s all you need to move from one level to another, BUT once you hit Level 9, you’re going to have to have badges to show that you’ve earned the right to advance to the next level. Think of it as having proof that you know what you’re doing.

Wait! What? Where do I find out about this?

Well, you can look at your scanner. When you hit Level 8, you will notice a line just above your medals. It will have something like: LVL 9 Req: (picture of a blank silver badge) 0/4 (picture of a blank gold badge) 0/1. Take a look at the screen shot below; I used it to show a Spec Ops badge last week, but you can see the requirements listed just below the agent insignia, and above the badges.


From the looks of it, Agent LittleBlackDuck has all the badges needed to get to Level 12, but needs almost 400,000 AP. (You can see the AP listed below the level. How much the agent has earned is in yellow, and how much is needed is in smaller, green print after the slash beside it.)

You will also notice that the Spec Ops badge has the requirements for the badge under the title, and then how much of the requirement has to be completed for each level. It also has where you're at under the main picture of the badge. For example: LittleBlackDuck has completed 200 missions (the platinum badge), but needs to complete 500 to get to the next level (the badge with the lock on it). According to this shot, LittleBlackDuck has finished Mission #238, and has 262 missions to complete before achieving the next level - the black badge.

Yeah, but I want to plan ahead.

And so did I. I was lucky that another agent pointed me towards THIS SITE, which not only lists what you need to advance, but has a bunch of other very handy tips for playing Ingress:


You should go check it out. Work out what you will need, and how soon, and then get onto it.

It’s time to move.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Progress Report: Week Ending September 25, 2016


So, life changes; it’s the only constant you can count on. This week, I kicked my exercise program into gear, aiming for 10k/day. My ankle blew on the second or fourth day… and I was doing around 17.5k. So, my body says it’s not ready for that distance yet, at least not on a daily basis. I’ll start again, when the ankle’s better. Right now, it’s had a week’s rest, but it got knocked last night, and, after a short walk today, the tendons running up the front of the shin are creaking – that’s the closest I can get to the sensation – every time I move. Even with strapping. Even after icing. So, doctor’s is next. The next major change comes to my study, with future plans requiring a refinement to the Step Up Challenge. More of those below. Surprisingly, enough, writing got done, and, while it’s not as much as I wanted, I’m still fairly happy with that.

Overview


  • New words produced: 7,714
  • Old words revised: 0
  • Outlines and Notes: 1,855
  • Works completed: 2 (for inclusion in two separate collections)
  • Works revised: 0
  • Covers created: 0
  • Works published: 0
  • Works submitted: 0
  • Competitions Entered: 0
  • Bloggery: 0
  • University Prep and Assignments: 7,726

Story-A-Week Catch-Up Challenge Update


  • Started back into the challenge. Not sure I can make up the ground I’ve lost, but I can at least try for two shorts a week.

Stepping Up Challenge Update

Changes to future study plans meant I tore this sucker down and rattled it about. Hopefully, this will remain the only major change for a while.
  • Languages: Dropped Mandarin as a focus language, and increased time allotted to Russian and Indonesian. These languages now have two hours a day on the days I have no classes, and a half hour a day on the days I do. DuoLingo has been temporarily dropped, but will be re-incorporated at a later date.
  • Non-Fiction Reading: This is now guided by my research into Russia. I hope to start publishing short pieces to this blog in the next few months.

Ingress Challenge Updates


  • Via Lux Medal Progress: Added 15 new, unique portals to the tally for a total of 340/300 unique portals for September.

Publishing Tasks



New Arrivals


The following pieces arrived last week and were completed:

  • Poem822—The Dark Horse: a short poem about being different;
  • FF595—Oops: a piece of speculative flash fiction about an ill-timed meeting;

Monday, September 26, 2016

Progress Report: Week Ending September 17, 2016


Yes, this is the week-before-last’s report. Yes, it’s late. Yes, a lot has happened. And, yes, <sigh> my routine and priorities have changed, again. This week was the week where the change began. The week just gone – see tomorrow’s report – is the week where things changed… again. And, well, we’ll see…

Overview


  • New words produced: 1,862
  • Old words revised: 0
  • Outlines and Notes: 0
  • Works completed: 10 (10 short works for incorporation into two collections)
  • Works revised: 0
  • Covers created: 0
  • Works published: 0
  • Works submitted: 0
  • Competitions Entered: 0
  • Bloggery: 3,948
  • University Prep and Assignments: 0


Story-A-Week Catch-Up Challenge Update


  • Nil. Poetry catch-up was the focus.

Stepping Up Challenge Update


  • Languages: DuoLingo commitment made up to Friday, when things changed.
  • Non-Fiction Reading: Nil

Ingress Challenge Updates


  • Via Lux Medal Progress: 325/300 new, unique portals visited for September.

Publishing Tasks



New Arrivals


The following pieces arrived last week and were completed:

  • FF590—When Women Fight: a story set in war time – fantasy, future, or present, you decide;
  • FF591—The Osiran Flight: a piece of science fiction flash set on a world that needs help;
  • FF592—Mission’s End: a piece of science flash fiction about law enforcement;
  • FF593—An Encounter with Unicorns: a piece of urban flash fantasy about unicorns;
  • FF594—The Curse of Foresight: a piece of science fiction flash about a generations-passed ‘gift’;
  • Poem817—Politicians): my first attempt at an epigram;
  • Poem818—Farewell to the World I Knew: a Horatian ode that farewells an old life and world;
  • Poem819—Trolls at Full Night: a kyrielle about a battle with trolls;
  • Poem820—Ode to a Starry Night: an ode about space exploration, from the perspective of the space explorer;
  • Poem821—Santa’s Hummingbirds: a short science fiction verse about adapting old traditions to new worlds, set in the world of the previous poem Ode to Hummingbirds