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AUSTIN, TX—While attending the fourth day of this year’s SXSW conference, Chicago-based marketing associate Tim Danner told reporters today that the music, film, and interactive festival is just about as cool, as alternative, and as real as it...
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#Ingress internal issues. Feel free to ignore, unless you're interested. In which case let me know so I can recruit you. We've got a new achievement for that...
 
With 90 minutes having passed since the announcement of the Recruiter badge, I would like to propose a community petition to remove the badge. There are various reasons, just look at any post in the ingress community today.

+John Hanke +Brandon Badger +Brian Rose +Bill Kilday +Joe Philley +Ethan Lepouttre 
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Mega Geek Mode! Activate!
Equip pretzel necklaces!
Equip Dark Lord Day t-shirt!
Equip Untappd!
Equip sun hat!
Oak Park Microbrew and Food Review: GO! 
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Spotted at Panda Express: very young guy with mustache, triforce logo ironed on backpack, Oculus-labeled plastic case. #geeksinthewild
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It looked like he might have been carrying an actual Oculus Rift headset. The box was the right size for it. And DePaul has a program right nearby that includes video game design.
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Looking for an opportunity to bring your business skills to a mission driven organization? The Chicago Architecture Foundation is looking for a sharp analytical & creative thinker to help optimize existing revenue lines and develop new ones.

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Position Summary: Responsible for developing new business opportunities for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. This includes building revenue and attendance growth in the areas of CAF tours, retail, facilities, and other areas as needed. Responsible for meeting and exceeding sales goals and ...
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Even the rats are suffering, folks. Even the rats.

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Rejected New Submission - Ready for #PortalAppealReview 59 to 4
Portal: Stratford Jail (or Gaol as originally spelled on the masonry)
Location: (43.37124, -80.9853288) https://www.google.com/maps/place/Stratford+Jail/@43.37124,-80.9853288,18z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x882ed7ada5375857:0x4e1785598c41dc7c

Stratford Jail should be approved as a portal on the basis of its historical significance and its haunted past.

While Stratford, Ontario is known for its Shakespeare Festival, galleries, restaurants and agriculture, the Jail (or Gaol) reminds us of life's grislier side. Perth County's most notorious murderer, Almeda Chattelle, was hanged here after murdering a 13 year old girl in 1894. The murder was gruesome enough that locals feared Jack the Ripper had crossed the Atlantic. A detective working the Jack the Ripper case was brought in from London. Chattelle's ghost was said to haunt the Gaol thereafter. His remains were rediscovered onsite in 2010 during a renovation, along with the remains of another murderer, Frank Roughmond. The Stratford Gaol was built in 1886 and is still an active jail, protected as a historic building under the Cultural Heritage Agreement.

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http://www.themagazine.ca/2011/08/05/stratfords-haunted-prison/#.VMlclWjF-So
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2010/02/26/13037231-qmi.html
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This is not a high-powered analysis, but it was suggested I share it here.

I was curious about the fact that black seer requires 5000 discovered portals, though platinum seer only requires 500. This 10x multiple seems insane.

I also think it's obvious that progress through badge levels should not be linear. It shouldn't be 1000 for bronze, 2000 for silver, 3000 for gold, 4000 for platinum and 5000 for onyx (for anything--not just seer). That sets the inital entry barrier too high, and doesn't ramp up the challenge as we theoretically get better. And Niantic clearly thinks the same thing. But the growth required for each badge is not geometric, either.

I didn't want to chart the increment because the different badges are on different scales. You need 60 incremental days to get black guardian, but 15 million incremental XM get black recharger. That won't graph in any useful, comparable way. 

I decided I wanted to know what the multiples were to get from each level to the next. The chart below shows exactly that. Multiples normalize across different scales, which really helps you see the incremental effort required for each badge level in relation to what is required for other badges.

Conclusions:

The fact that it takes 10x the new portals to get onyx than it took to get platinum not only seems insane; it's completely out of step with the rest of the badges.

It's theoretically easier, not necessarily from an absolute value sense, but from a perceived incremental effort sense, to get onyx hacker or builder than the others. Of course, depending on how you like to play, your mileage may vary.

I excluded the multiple required to go from bronze to silver because it's all over the map. I assume this is because they make the bronze badges really easy to get to hook you into the badge program with a little dopamine rush. Then they just set silver levels at whatever they determined was the appropriate level of effort. 

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Hi, gadget-savvy friends. I'm looking for a bluetooth headset for my phone that can also double as a pair of decent earphones, so I can watch Netflix or HBOGo on my commute. +Gustavo G. had a pretty good one on Saturday (what was the brand and model again, Gus?), but I'm open to suggestions. I would prefer to spend less than $50.
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I think I'll ask my wife to make the sleeve, though. Pennies worth of fleece and a minute of sewing.
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Now that cocktails in jam jars have made it to EastEnders, what's next for those who would be 'alternative'? • Have you spotted any hipsters in the wild?
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Fondue baked in a pumpkin. Delicious.
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Renaissance geek, seeking insight in a soundbite world. But they don't pay me for that. They pay me to take care of financial issues and strategic planning in the arts & culture nonprofit sector.
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Recently, during fundraising events held by two different nonprofit organizations at the same venue, the venue got permission from a neighboring parking lot owner for the attendees of these events to park in his lot. During the events, Rendered Services illegally towed 10 cars that were parked in this lot with the permission of the lot's owner. They damaged one of these vehicles, a RWD car that is not exotic nor rare, by towing it without a flatbed, causing thousands of dollars in damage to it. Of course, it is impossible to reach the towing company's manager on duty, because he is "in and out all day." I hope the insurance company's subrogation specialists can do a better job, and I hope the parking lot owner terminates their contract.
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I've just tried the Sweet Greens & Lemon. I don't think they know what the word "sweet" means. The taste is predominantly that of celery, which is not sweet and which I do not like. Unfortunately I was expecting it to taste more like Odwalla's or Naked's "superfood." It was also expensive. Even after a $1 off coupon, which got me to try it, it was about $5.50.
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The food is great. Several notches above your average falafel/Middle Eastern food joint. My favorites are the fattat plates with sauteed chick peas and pine nuts on top. I also like the wraps, which I think is saying a lot, since I usually don't like wraps. I especially like the one with chicken and french fries. It sounds weird, but it's great.
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Very nice place. Cute, food smells great. Beer is good. Bought a growler to go.
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I had a great experience with Kathleen Tomayo. She knows how to draw, which gave me a lot of confidence right from the start. She was also really nice and worked with me by email on what I wanted to do before I went in for the tattoo. When my blood sugar got low, she gave me gummy worms. And never, ever did they give me any cooler-than-thou attitude.
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Not a fan of Jim Oberweiss' political stances nor his racist comments about immigrants. But the ice cream is delicious and the service is good. Lots of staff and customers, by the way were people of color.
Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Excellent
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Update: Hours on Google Maps are wrong. I wanted to buy a growler of beer on the way out of town because I really liked it, and a sign on the door says new hours, open at 4pm. Suck town. I stopped in to try the beer, and was pleasantly surprised by the food, too. The goat cheese puffs were great, the honeyed butter with the beer bread is delicious. The Asian chicken salad and the meat/cheese plate were only so-so, though. The beer flight was very reasonably priced (2 oz pours of 6 beers for $5 or $6). Unlike some beer flights at some brew pubs, you don't get so much beer that it's dodgy to drive home after. But the best thing was the summer seasonal Belgian saison. It was so good--a great example of the style. Citrusy and refreshing. Malty without overdoing it for summer. Just a little tart but without being too sour for craft beer newbies. Overall balanced and better than all the year-round brews on tap, though they weren't too shabby, either. This is well-made beer.
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