Sunday, January 22, 2017

PokemonGo - Pokedex Monster #113

This is the 113th addition to my pokedex, courtesy of evolution - a Weezing. This one is from a Koffing that wasn't powered up, and is part of an experiment, which I'll share in six or twelve months or so, when the data is in.


Pokemon Go: Pokedex Monster #112

Yeah, I know. It's not writing, but I figured you could do with a break from that. Apologies for not remembering to take a picture in the Augmented Reality mode, but here's a shot from the Pokeball. It's a mankey. First and only one I've ever seen, found down at the Kaleen Shopping Centre in Canberra, yesterday at around 08:10 - and #112.

I won't bore you with pictures of the 111 that came before - well, not today, at least, but, seeing as new ones are becoming few and far between, I'll introduce them as I see them - and let you know if they were caught or not.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Write Fitness: Ingress Walking – ANZAC Prd and AWM Banner

 ANZAC Prd and AWM Banner

Yesterday, I posted about using real-world locations in writing, and that reminded me, of a walk I did for Ingris, way back in October last year, where I photographed many of the statues I referred to in Shades of Memory. The walk was a 12-part series of missions that formed a picture of the Australian War Memorial. It was an 8 km walk up ANZAC Parade and around the War Memorial gardens. These are beautiful places to visit, to reflect on and to remember our past, and I couldn’t have asked for better surroundings to improve my fitness.

The walk begins at the bottom of Anzac Parade, so I caught a 200-series bus from the city interchange, which travels down Constitution Avenue, and got off the stop before Anzac Parade, which puts you on the same side as the first portal. The mission series badges and banner are below, as are some photographs of this beautiful area.

The mission series was designed by Enlightened agent, MT81, and is called ‘ANZAC Prd and AWM’.

Here are most of the portals in order of completion:

ANZAC Prd and AWM 1/12

 Australian New Zealand War Memorial (East)

Australian New Zealand War Memorial (East)
Not a separate portal, but interesting, just the same.

 Saint John's Church Lych Gate

On approach to the Deserted Mounted Corps Memorial

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The Vietnam War Memorial (on departure)

The Korean War Memorial

The Australian Army National Memorial
(after the Royal Australian Engineers and 9th Australian Field Ambulance memorials)

The Australian Hellenic Memorial
(also the starting point for the third mission in this series).

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The Lone Pine Memorial.

The Sandakan Memorial

It looks like I missed five other portals for this section including a plaque fir 18 Squadron.

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The Lone Pine Memorial 

Royal Air Force Bomber Command Memorial (behind this stand of trees).

And there were several others, which I completely forgot to photograph... I obviously need more practice at this. The other memorials in this mission include: 2/3 Tank Regiment, the entrance to the War Memorial, Tarin Kot, and the 2/5 Australian Infantry Battalion plaque.

ANZAC Prd and AWM 5/12

The Australian Servicemen Memorial (after the memorials for Australian Voices, and  the RAAF Beaufort Units).

This is the Defence Families Bench. (It is after the Women's Memorial.)

And here is the plaque.

ANZAC Prd and AWM 6/12

The barrel from the gun from Amiens.

A display celebrating Patriotism.

The Australian Merchant Seamen Survivors Memorial

The Animals at War Memorial
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The Centurion Tank.

Other memorials in this mission included the HMAS Brisbane gun and bridge, a memorial to Armistice Day, the entry to a memorial park, and a Lancaster Bomber.

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The Remembrance Driveway runs all the way to Sydney.

There's even a mission for it.

Other plaques and memorials for this mission included plaques for: the 2/15 Field Regiment, 88 Squadron, and the RAAF Beaufighter Squadron. There was also a propeller from HMAS Australia.

ANZAC Prd and AWM 9/12

Memorials for this mission included plaques for: 9th Squadron, 6th Battalion and 7th Battalion, as well as the Rabaul and Montevideo Maru , and the National Service memorials and this gentleman:

Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop

ANZAC Prd and AWM 10/12

Anzac Parade from the Australian War Memorial (a popular photographic spot)

The commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial

The Remembrance Stone.

Other portals in the mission included: the beginning of the Remembrance Driveway, the John Simpson Kirkpatrick Memorial, and the Australian War Memorial itself.

ANZAC Prd and AWM 11/12

The Kemal Ataturk Memorial.

The Ataturk Memorial Gardens.

The Royal Australian Navy Memorial.

Other portals in this mission included: the Pinus Halepensis, Australian Merchant Seamen World War I and the 9th Australian Field Ambulance memorials.

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The Australian Nurses Memorial

The Royal Australian Air Force Memorial

The Rats of Tobruk Memorial

The Australian New Zealand Memorial (west).

Other portals on this mission included: the HMAS Australia Memorial and the Anzac Parade illumination.

And then I walked around the corner and caught a bus back to the city. This was a brilliant walk, gentle on all but the heart.

Mission Series Complete:


Friday, January 20, 2017

Ingress Fitness - Today's Badge: Sojourner's Black

So, after 360 days of going out every day, twice a day, to hack a portal, I finally gained my Soujourner's Black medal. I know, not exciting, right?

I find it exciting, because, now, when I go out, instead of working towards the medal, I can go out for fun. The pressure is off. If I miss a day, it doesn't matter, but I probably won't miss a day, because working towards the Sojourner's medal made me realise a few things:

  1. It helped me establish a habit of going for a walk, however short, in both the morning and the evening. This is important for my health, and my fitness, and for clearing my head. I didn't realise that before.
  2. I need to maintain my fitness - it's logical, right? But it's so easy to make excuses not to go out. It's too hot. It's too cold. I'm too busy. I've got a lot on my plate. It's raining. I don't feel well. Blah blah bah. Working towards Sojourners made me understand that I can vary the times of day for walking - go early in summer, later in winter, put a rain coat on and stuff my phone into a sandwich bag to protect it while hacking, Take public transport and hack on the way to and from school and work. There's pretty much a solution for every excuse - except the last one. Being sick? That's probably a day to stay in bed, even if you can walk the hundred metres to the nearest portal without falling over. However, 360 days, and I know I feel better for a daily walk.
  3. Fitness can be fitted into pretty much any daily routine.
  4. By having a purpose, you can walk longer distances. It's better to set a destination and walk to it, and maybe have options for extending the distance if you feel up to, than to head out with just a total time needed for walking in mind. You can use Ingress for this, and either choose a mission to do, or just walk a series of portals, or you can have a real-world goal, walking to the library, getting off a stop earlier or parking further away and walking to work, these all help.
  5. Sometimes, you need to choose a stretch of ground that doesn't have a portal for a couple of kilometres - especially as your fitness builds - because longer stretches of walking are better for you than the constant stop-start that often comes with ingressing. This, of course, has the added advantage of adding kilometres to your Trekker's badge... or you can hatch a pokemon egg... or you can just enjoy the scenery - the point is not to stop.
Anyway, practicalities aside - I GOT MY SOJOURNER'S BLACK - and I'm pretty happy with that.