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Well done, agents!  Very cool. 
 
Operation U of U

College rivalries are known for being intense, especially here in Utah. Ingress inter-college rivalries take that to a whole new level. However, even bitter rivals can set aside their differences and come together to have fun and make something beautiful.

PRE-OP
On July 15th, goblinjimmy (ENL) and Tenshi24 (RES) had a conversation about doing an x-fac art event on the University of Utah campus. When goblinjimmy approached us about the idea, several people jumped at the opportunity. As he put it, “I'm picturing something like...we get together, forget the fact that we are archenemies, do something super cool, take some screen shots, and then run back to our bunkers to plan our next attack against the people we just had fun with.”  Within a week, members of both factions joined a cross-faction Hangout to begin planning.
Between good-natured jabs at each other, Bortran (RES) created a beautiful sketch of a half-blue, half-green U that would spread across almost half of campus. kellyrenee77 (ENL) created a survey to help us select a date. A few days later, we had our target set: Friday, August 14th.

DAY OF OP
After weeks of gathering keys, the day finally arrived. Resistance agents moronisghost, Tenshi24, IIIIII, FattyStamos, and LdHoggar met with Enlightened agents goblinjimmy, NonchalantNewt, TumultuousTuna, heliconmunchkin, kellyrenee77, bzen, and gingergamergal at the Marriott Library in the center of campus to exchange keys and go over strategy. Because certain areas of campus are primarily owned by one faction, we split into two cross-faction teams to wipe out campus and create our U. For the next two hours, we laughed, played, and worked together with only minor hiccups impeding progress.

POST OP
By the time we finished, we were sweaty and tired, but pleased with our efforts. Our Intel screenshots captured our hard work while we snapped photos of us together and shared a few more laughs. When we went our separate ways, we all left with smiles on our faces and a good memory to enjoy. Our art survived the weekend and we’re attempting to keep it up for the next week until school begins.

Resistance Agents: +Angel Warkentin (Tenshi24)
+Matt Thurman (Bortran)
+Reed Rossbach (moronisghost)
+Michael Warkentin (IIIIIII)
+Derrick Hisatake (FattyStamos)
+LdHoggar o (LdHoggar)

Enlightened Agents: +John Pickering (goblinjimmy)
+Nathan Miller (NonchalantNewt)
+Tim Price  (TumultuousTuna)
+Aman makaju (heliconmunchkin)
+kellyrenee77 (kellyrenee77)
+Shawn Carter (bzen)
+Dani Black (that's me) gingergamergal

#ingress   #niantic   #NIAops   #UofU   #flashtheufriday  
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Love behind-the-screens stuff.
 
Clips from the construction of the Jungle Cruise in Disneyland. From “Disneyland Goes to the World’s Fair” (1964), I love the crocodile surfing

#disneyland #animals #construction #junglecruise #gif #loops #clips #disney 
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This is the only ride that I don't want to go, but that should go. 
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Type of Appeal: Rejected New Submission; Does not meet criteria
Location: 40.390929, -111.829834
Portal Title: Glass Stream Art
Details:  This thirty foot glass "stream" is installed in a software firm called SolutionStream. It is an artist's depiction of the stream of education, skills, and work that flow in this place.  

I believe this art fits into the following portal criteria categories:
--A location with a cool story / history:  This company has bootstrapped itself from 2 employees in 1996 to over 100 in 2015.  A true local success story.    
--A cool peice of art of unique architecture:  This stream alone remains lit at night with blue lights, and is visable through large conference room windows.  It was built to run in-line with a main street that approaches the office building, and glows blue at night.  

Supporting criteria:
--A point of interest that facilitates exercise and exploration.  (The blue glow is visible down the street, coming from a large neighborhood.  Cool!  

Streetview link: https://www.google.com/maps/@40.391159,-111.829582,3a,75y,228.96h,79.82t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sGJhxV5LoYYt5d2FW3mHvcQ!2e0
Intel link: https://www.ingress.com/intel?ll=40.390934,-111.829834&z=17
Google Maps link:https://www.google.com/maps/place/249+N+1200+E,+Lehi,+UT+84043/@40.3907943,-111.8299002,103m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m7!1m4!3m3!1s0x874d81b68ca91357:0xffc3705bbb754e76!2s249+N+1200+E,+Lehi,+UT+84043!3b1!3m1!1s0x874d81b68ca91357:0xffc3705bbb754e76
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Thanks for the comments, +Andrew Riley , +Aric Turlington , and +Friðrik Skúlason .
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Ready for #PortalAppealReview 41 to 26. +NIA Ops

Type of Appeal: Rejected New Submission; Does not meet criteria
Portal Title: Centerpiece Fireplace
Location: 40.436268, -111.884561
Criteria Categories: 1) A community gathering place.  2)  A cool peice of art or unique architecture.
Details:  I believe this fits the criteria as a community gathering place.  This 30'x10' stone fireplace is the centerpiece of the large indoor customer lounge area at this outlet mall.  Lots of sofas, chairs, vending machines, etc near the hearth.  Google maps doesn't seem to have the the photos yet, so no streetview.  The nearest portal is at 40.435807,-111.884615 (The Stone Hexagon).  The three nearest portals are marked on the map photo.  The red arrow is pointing to the chimney.   It would be accessible by pedestrians even if the mall is closed. Thanks for looking.  

Intel link: http://bit.ly/1Apxd7d
Google Maps link: http://bit.ly/1Apxsip
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Ping +NIA Ops​. I don't see a yes/no vote from you yet. 
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Important Account Information: Niantic Labs is becoming an independent company.  We’ll be taking our unique blend of exploration and fun to even bigger audiences with some amazing new partners joining Google as collaborators and backers. Niantic will be building on the success of +Ingress, which has been downloaded more than 12M times, has attracted more than 250,000 people to live events around the world, and has inspired users to collectively walk the distance from the earth to the sun while playing, exploring and discovering.

Stay tuned at www.NianticLabs.com and our social channels for more information.

#IngressNews  
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Awesome new Disney blog by Jackson. 
The Haunted Mansion was builtt in 1963. It has such an amazing history because there wasn't much of one. The mansion itself was built and then stood for eight y...
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Have a look at this excellent library of 9 books. You'll want to share them with your children. Beautiful little app. 
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I use the unique plugin on my phone.  It's time for a new phone, and I'd love to keep my uniques intact.  Maybe transfer them to my browser, or the new phone.  I see some mentions around about using localStorage["plugin-uniques-data"] in the browser js console.   How can I accomplish this using my phone?  Thanks!
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As far as I know, plugin order has no effect, and enabling sync without uniques enabled won't make a difference - it's only when both are enabled at the same time that the magic happens.
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Type of Appeal: Rejected New Submission; Does not meet criteria
Location: 40.392615, -111.753733
Portal Title: Quirky's Snacks
Details:  In the aftermath of the Shapers making their presence known, many buildings have been converted, and re-purposed in places where XM concentration is higher.   This building complex is a prime example of this.  Over a century ago, early area residents were drawn to this area and established a Church (The South-Eastern room of the larger building here.)  Later, church members added to the building to handle the growing congregation looking to connect with the force on this site.  I attended worship services at this building for over a decade in the 1980s and 1990s.  Through a series of bad decisions, the building site was sold several times, and ended up in the hands of unlikely entrepreneurs who converted it to a events/reception center.  XM enthusiasts will not be surprised to learn that in recent years, a local youth space camp was relocated to this site (more specifically, on the second floor directly above the original 1800s era Chapel.)  

To support the new demographics of visitors to this site, this outbuilding has been permanently converted to a snack/beverage business called "Quirky's Snacks."  Note:  The street view shows this building before it was converted.  The Google maps view is shows tables, a new awning, and visitors parked nearby. 

This business fits into the following portal criteria categories:
--A location with a cool story / history:  Most of the history of this site centers around the main building, but this outbuilding was there for it all.  
--A hyper-local spot:  This neighborhood remains rural.  Just north of this location there are alfalfa farms as well as a cattle farm featuring iconic blue silos.  Locals families walk to Quriky's, especially in warm weather.  

Supporting criteria:
--A community gathering place.  
--A point of interest that facilitates exercise.  

Streetview link: http://bit.ly/1uztLKO
Intel link: http://bit.ly/1uztS9a
Google Maps link: http://bit.ly/1uztTtP
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This company gives me hope. That may sound silly, but spend a few minutes with the folks that work here and run this place and you'll feel the same. I want to find more people that run businesses like this! Yes...they do roofing and sell roofing supplies and they do it well. But that's not what makes this place great. Jason and his team are real people. Everyone I met...roofer guys, delivery guys, office folks, owners etc.. all treat you like they're part of your team. They spend the time to get to know you and show an interest in your project. They won't talk down to you for buying supplies to do a roof yourself. Instead, they'll give you tips, offer to answer questions during the installation, give you addresses to look at the shingles you're thinking about, and deliver the supplies to your roof. My roof is finished, but I'd go hang with these guys anytime.
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reviewed a year ago
Shopping here is an experience. We make a point to stop here whenever we drive north. It's hard to describe this place without seeing it. it's hardware, clothing, boots/shoes, camping, hunting, tack, military surplus, food, kitchen, rope, household, furniture, and "The Yard". I'm sure that list doesn't even cover it. Go and spend a few hours finding treasures in the yard or surplus areas. Or go talk to their experienced surplus guys or hunting/fishing/gun guys. We always come away with some amazing stuff that you just can't find anywhere else.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Great service dept. They are always willing to think about your rv problem and come up with solutions.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: Very GoodService: Excellent
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Dad used to be the regional manager for Winchell's and raised me on good doughnuts. I know a good fritter when I see/eat one. I've been searching for years for a proper fritter. My search was over the second I tasted one of the Apple Fritters from the Lehi Country Bakery. A...maze...ing. Fantastically fresh. Perfectly chopped. Deliciously moist. They sell them in full size for $1.69 and half size for $.89 and they're worth every penny. The full sized fritters are as big as your head.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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These tire guys are in a strange place, but don't let that scare you away. These guys are excellent. I found their ad on KSL, which they try to keep updated with their full inventory. But, give them a call if you don't see what you want. They had a set of 4 used tires for my truck with 95% tread, installed for the less than 1/3 of the cost of new. Forgetaboutit. These guys are extremely organized, and care about their customers. I'm just a regular dude about their age but they called "Sir", made me comfortable in their waiting room, and offered me drinks while I waited. They were careful to ask me about how I wanted my tires mounted. They checked my spare, and gave me opinions about my alignment etc. Even at 6:30pm, they were bounding around the shop to try and get my stuff done fast, though when it came to balancing or checking torque they slowed down and paid attention to what they were doing. I'll absolutely come back to these guys. If you know me and want to go there...let me know. They gave me a few coupons for friends, etc.
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reviewed a year ago
Excel Eye Center is a full service eye center. They offer exams for contacts and glasses as well as laser vision correction. After a few experiences with Excel, here is my take on some aspects of their business. While I did have an overall negative experience with Excel, I'll try to review things as I saw them, and not through a bitter eye. Summary: This is a professional, but out of touch operation. Their doctors seem competent, their staff seems bothered by clients, and their business practices seem disconnected. My advise is to avoid these guys, until they make some customer-friendly corrections. Office: You'll find just what you'd expect from any-old-doctors office. Clean, quiet, well lit. Professional atmosphere. Magazines, "child play" area, etc. The Lehi office also has a separate, but connected eye-glasses seller so you can try on frames while you wait. The exam room is also what you'd expect. Low light, fancy machinery, differently oriented E's on the wall. Staff (at Lehi office): Everyone I met seemed nice enough. No one was _dying_ to greet me each time I went in. Instead, I'd stand in front of the desk and wait until they were done looking at whatever paper or computer screen was holding their interest, and then answer the obligatory "how can I help you?" I felt like I was not intruding, but they didn't particularly want me there either. Service: This is where things weren't as great for me. Both times I've used Excel were met with a disconnected experience. Coming back to contacts after 20 years, they offered to give me an "orientation" lesson on wearing, cleaning etc, at no charge. A brief version of the full beginners course. When I asked about this upon picking up my trial lenses, I was met with confusion. Instead, they begrudgingly gave me a sample cleaning/storage kit, and said I could find many videos on the internet about use and care of contacts. Since these were trial lenses, I asked if they wanted to make another appointment to follow up. The response was a confused "Why would you want to do that?" look and something like "Well... just call if you need to see the doctor." Do not expect any pro-active followup by this office. They're an out-of-site/out-of-mind, squeeky-wheel-gets-the-grease kinda place. Dispute Resolution: This is whee things were terrible. I went in and asked about a price quote for a specific exam. I was told the price, wrote it on their business card, and made an appointment. When the bill came, it was more than 200% of the quote. When I asked at the Lehi office, they essentially threw up their hands and told me to take it up with billing, in Provo. Long story short, the "Corporate" office would not budge, and threatened to send my bill to collections if I didn't want to pay. They were stuck on the idea that "we don't even offer any services at the price you were quoted...so there is no way we can charge you that amount." So, even though their employee gave me the quote, this fact made the problem somehow my fault. They even apologized for the communication problems, but said they expected me to pay for "services rendered." They told me my bill was higher partly because they first sent my bill through my insurance to see if any of it was covered. This was their idea, even with me encouraging them to let me pay without going through insurance they wanted to try anyway. As a "service to me" they offered to reduce the bill to only 150% of the quote, which still didn't feel right. It took my lawyer sending a letter stating that intended to pay only the quoted amount to get them to send me the correct invoice. Even then, it came with a strong written warning from their staff, informing me how quotes worked, and that I should be more careful in the future. In the end, I gave back the trial lenses they gave me, and cancelled further appointment.
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The good: Delicious wings. I tried 5 different varieties of their teeny-tiny bone-in wings, and enjoyed the taste and heat levels very much. The bad: Everything else. We waited 1.5 hours for our food to arrive. I know, you're asking why we waited that long! Servers, Managers and "Customer Experience Captains" continually assured us that our food was on it's way, etc etc. It just would never arrive! We saw two parties arrive, eat, pay and leave while we waited for our food. Once our food arrived, we had to ask again for napkins/utensils and drink refills. The manager said he'd "take care of us", which came in the form of a $3 discount on our check. Even then, we waited 15 mins for them to come back to take our cards. The place was half empty, and we were walking around with our bills and cards, looking for someone to help us. Top that off by our server coming back with a bouncy "How was it?!" Ugh. It was a one-lunch-stand, baby. Don't call me. I get that someone just made a mistake...who cares. This is probably not the typical experience here. I got the distinct feeling that had I been drinking alcohol the whole time, I would not have cared about any of the issues. Still... this one bad 2-hour experience was enough to make me try somewhere else from now on.
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Atmosphere: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Poor - Fair
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