It’s Been A While

It has been months since this blog was updated. During that time, my wife and I have dealt with a death in the family and health issues. I expect to be posting more now that these are winding down.

You’ll hear more about Ingress, and more about World of Warcraft.

I know it’s been a while, and I will probably discuss more of what the intervening months brought in future posts.

Massive Flustration

Folks, this is not a good weekend morning. I had plans this weekend to divide time between Ingress and Warlords of Draenor. Frankly Ingress bizzaro portal world has been a pain as we have been laying off the usual attacks on blue portals, as we need them to maximize farming. That, combined with back-to-back-to-back health issues has taken me completely out of the game effectively for the last month. That ends and we now have what I understand is another 37 layer Hawaiian  mega-field. I need to field. No point in even leaving the house if I can’t.

Meanwhile down south, Blizzard is in the midst of a total meltdown. I started trying to log in as soon as I got home and was met with what you see below. I never did get in. Don’t know if I will get in at all this weekend.

Guess I will be doing a lot of reading and TV watching this weekend. Remind me again why I pay for games and tech gadgets?

All is not well in Orange County…..

All is not well in Orange County.....

Up on the New Host at Last

Well the migration of this site is now complete. GoDaddy is not a company I personally would recommend for hosting given the obstacles they place in the way of moving sites, some of their policies, and definitely not their politics. That’s all over now I’m happy to say. Look for more Ingress content coming soon. SlashLonewolf out.

My first 10,000 mind units.

What’s new? My first 10K field: Pierce College Sign, Firehouse Restaurant, Flower Bridge on Saticoy.

That’s 10,000 mind units for the Enlightened in the Valley.10KMU-250x250

Mind you, the Resistance took it down while blasting along a local road, but I put the field back up afterward for 17,000 mind units.

Adventures in Hacking: End of September

Hi Everyone,

As you all know I try to share what works, and what doesn’t, in my Ingress adventures. This week I want to share some details about a stretch of road that looks tempting and juicy on the Intel Map, but quickly becomes problematic when you get on it with any Ingress-related intent. The street in question is Pico Blvd. in West LA/Santa Monica between the 405 and the coast.

There are, by my count, around 60 portals on this fairly short stretch of road. Things start out routine, if a bit intense for drive hacking up by the 405. As you near the Santa Monica line things go down hill in a hurry and stay that way. Picture Hollywood Blvd. level portal density with no ability to park or pull out of traffic. The side streets are apartment filled residential and over-flowing with parked cars.

The drive hacking conditions are so bad that I am not certain that this road can be safely hacked or built by car any hour of the day or night.

I did drive hack Pico. It was far from a fun experience and had I known in advance how bad it was I would have gone elsewhere for my unique hacks. My sincere advice is to leave this street to the locals. It’s not worth the hassle or risk.

While I’m talking about last weekend I should mention Downtown Culver City. This is another portal-rich area with it’s own unique set of challenges. Here the main issue is the street grid. Try to follow Washington Blvd from Sepulveda to La Cienega, and you will quickly learn exactly what I mean.  Streets change direction at intersections with little to no warning.

For this area I would recommend late night and early morning hours. I did it in the evening, which was tolerable. Being a former resident of Mar Vista, I knew enough about the local street grid not to go into shock at the twisting of the streets.

If you do hack portals in this area, follow all the streets as a lot of the side streets are portal-rich in the immediate downtown area. Be sure to hit Culver in addition to Washington.

Ingress: Thursday Morning Fielding

This is the result of a little Thursday morning fielding. The main op ran from Roscoe to Saticoy and Lindley to Wilbur. It took about an hour to plan and another 2 and 1/2 to execute.

Then I went about connecting it to the existing fields to the south. This whole structure resulted worth close to 10K MU’s. I did have to use a couple of ADAs to eliminate some long blocker links that had been running through the area.

100214fielding

The Magic Mountain Expedition

Hi Folks,

As many of you know this Saturday Shdwscout (my wife) and I went to Magic Mountain for a private party. Things did not go according to plan on numerous counts, but the big issue we encountered is a new park policy that purses cannot go on coasters and must be left unattended on open book shelves at the ride station.

We had planned this to be a combination Ingress and ride trip, thanks to this policy it ended up being nothing but Ingress. There is something about leaving my wife’s purse unattended and unguarded on an open bookcase, with several hundred dollars in technology in it, that just doesn’t work.

The park is large to the point that unless you are spending the entire day a locker is just not a good option. As this was an after hours private party it just wasn’t feasible. I ended up with about 75 unique hacks out of the trip, so it wasn’t a waste, but not nearly as fun as I was expecting.

BTW, we ordered the park offered meal……Never again. That is all.

SlashBlog is Back on Dragonblog.Biz!

Welcome to the Electric Circus! The former incarnation of SlashBlog dealt mainly with the virtual world of Second Life and the role play sims within it.

The new focus of this blog is PC gaming in general. What you will see here: Second Life, World of Warcraft, Civ 5, and Ingress.

You will also see the occasional personal or political issue if I have a mind to publish it.

Follow me on Twitter @slashmorgath.