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🎼 This could be Rotterdam, or anywhere...🎶
Oh wait, not yet... 🤗
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Photos from the Vienna Obsidian anomaly, courtesy of one very talented photographer.
 
The finale of #IngressObsidian #XMAnomaly series has been an extraordinary week-end.
In Vienna, thousands of agents from 4 continents gathered to gain strategic intel during #GoRuck missions and to capture #FlashShards .
The #Resistance won with a central "starburst" target portal – a well played strategy – collecting a total of 3640 points (325 for the #Enlightened ).

But the Austrian capital still got the visit of the Acolyte, successor of +Roland Jarvis as leader of the Enlightened, who was able to get hands on the content of the Harlan Box and to activate the #Obsidian Shield, in order to protect the world against the N'Zeer. This is the culmination of a long chain of events (see http://investigate.ingress.com/) to which participated, among others,+Susanna Moyer, agents +Andrea Marcolini,+Matt Stevenson and +Jaime Quinonez).

#Ingress #ObsidianVienna #IngressXGORUCK #GORUCKXIngress #GORUCKStealthOps #GORUCKUrbanOps
+Ingress +GORUCK +GORUCK HQ +Niantic Project +Niantic 
+H. Richard Loeb +Edgar Allan Wright +Hank Johnson
+Anne Beuttenmüller +Matilde Tusberti +Archit Bhargava +Andrew Krug +Yennie Solheim Fuller +John Hanke
+Jason McCarthy +Emily Dent +Joel Phillips
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I'll be visiting Vienna from Edinburgh in Scotland, and will mostly be looking forward to visiting Prater for the rollercoasters and a chance to run around the whole city completing as many missions as possible.

Oh, and singing "Oh, Vienna" ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DuCIGvsbMA ) all week as well ;-)

#IngressObsidian  #WeLoveVienna
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I seem to remember you turning the axe to use against me and it - out of nothing but loyalty- decided to break in two rather than hurt its owner


but yes, you did replace it :P
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Another year since the first day I started playing Ingress, and the very first portal I captured in the screenshot below doesn't even exist now.  For all the faults and aspects that everyone, including myself, complain about, it's always been fun.  Especially during the Edinburgh anomaly!

Three years in, and I still don't know what I'm doing :-)
 
After finally getting an #ingressinvite yesterday, I went out today with #ingress installed on my phone to see what I could do.  There aren't many players or portals around here so I was somewhat limited in my actions, but I kept going until my phone battery was about to die (curse you #Nexus4 with your non-replaceable battery!).  Also, since I'm only level 1 attacking a level 5 enemy portal didn't really do much good, so I stuck to recharging existing Enlightened ones and claiming two unclaimed ones.

The first unclaimed portal eventually got fully charged with all 8 resonators.  Obviously since it's only level 1 it's an easy target for any passing resistance scum, but given there aren't that many players in Edinburgh I'm hoping it'll last.  I'm not sure how effective a portal shield is, but I've added one of those too!  The second unclaimed portal only has one resonator, but it's a bit out of the way so should be safe.  Given that it gets dark early just now and the area is extremely hazardous in the dark, I don't imagine it'll get much attention.

Final achievement (for me anyway!) was taking out a resonator in an enemy portal.  Again, it was only level 1 and chances are it'll get replaced pretty soon, but not bad for a couple of hours playing.

I also made an effort to submit a couple of new portals, and will continue to do so as I make my way around the city.  Let's hope they appear in-game soon!

This only leaves me with a couple of queries:

- is there a way to report erroneous or duplicate portals?  I know I said portals are somewhat lacking in this area, but as an example, the Scott Monument on Princes Street, Edinburgh has more than 10 portals, all at different locations and with different wordings.  Some are slight variations ("Scott Monument", "Scott's Monument" - this one is horribly wrong!), some are in foreign languages ("Monumento a Byron Scott") and some are just obviously there with no effort ("May 2008").  Since I'm playing a game in beta, I'm assuming one of the things I'm meant to do is report things such as this?

- are there any other Enlightened players in Edinburgh reading this who want to coordinate efforts? :-)  Those level 5 resistance portals will come down eventually!

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Don't worry Chris, we all make mistakes ;-)  Your local team should be able to help if you're unsure what to do though.
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As everyone else is doing it, let me join the bandwagon!  Yes, I know... "Brace yourself, Android Wear users are coming", etc...

Being able to scroll up and down between two portals nearby is a nice feature, although I notice the wrist gestures aren't supported.  I suppose if you don't have a spare hand to scroll then you don't have a spare hand to hack anyway!

Looking forward to seeing how this improves over time!
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+Alan Sneath​ "fire xmp" "omg he's a terrorist" :)
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I quite like the auto-awesome'd story Google have created from my recent trip to Paris, so I'll share it here instead of the boring old album link.
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Go on, you know you want to 😇 More Scottish people needed!
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It might just be that the Ibis can't take 4,000 Ingress players at the same time? Maybe late-comers will have to try another hotel. http://www.hostelbookers.com/ still has dorm beds from £19/night.
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As a lot of people still have me circled from Abaddon, who's interested in the next anomaly? :-)  No UK action as of yet, so it looks like a trip to Vienna may be in order!
 
Agents - mark your calendars. The next anomaly series, #Obsidian, is upon us. The following are the dates and locations of the XM Anomaly events. More information to follow...

Feb 27, 2016
Primary: Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Satellite: Madrid, Spain
Satellite: Hamamatsu, Japan
Satellite: Seattle, WA, USA
Satellite: Milwaukee, WI, USA

April 2, 2016
Primary - Hong Kong
Satellite: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Primary: Vienna, Austria
Satellite: Copenhagen, Denmark

Primary: Orlando, FL, USA
Satellite: San Antonio, TX, USA
Satellite: Tucson, AZ, USA
Satellite: Mexico City, Mexico
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Just taken receipt of some extra geeky goodies from +Sophos today - and yes, I will be wearing these to work :-)  Cost me a whole $2 thanks to a free $50 voucher too!
Okay, maybe a bit more in the end due to customs charges (which I was expecting) and +Royal Mail 's extortionate 'handling fee' (which I wasn't expecting to be so high!), but I consider the geekiness to be worth it :-)
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People have always said I'm certifiable. I wonder if this is what they meant...
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Hey, less of the sarcastic quotes! I'll have you know I do actually know what I'm doing..... sometimes :-P 
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As the photo-sphere didn't work in the story recently posted, here it is on its own.
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Does the sphere not include pictures of monkeys..ah I see it now! 
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