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Coffee geek, cat owner, Mac user, anime fan, amateur photographer, troublemaker, humanist, relentlessly cynical, and unapologetically liberal.
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Ingress Social Media Basics
(UPDATED 20 July 2014)

Since the campaign launched to recruit more players to the world of Ingress, I've seen plenty of things. I've seen lots of neat artwork trying to sway a potential new player to choose one side or the other. I've seen lots of game-related training material that teaches the tips and tricks of the scanner: this is how you optimally deploy a resonator. This is how you fire a burster to get more damage, and so on. 

What I haven't seen are any good posts or guides that address the other aspect of the game for new players that is just as important: the social aspect. This post will attempt to rectify this. 

Ingress is the first game of its kind. It integrates a mobile, augmented reality game with social media. In order to get the most out of the game, you have to be somewhat savvy with social media platforms. Ingress does have official accounts on Twitter and Facebook, but the vast majority of Ingress-related news and information comes from right here on Google Plus. G+ is the best place to find out about Ingress meetups and events in your local community, connect with other local players, as well as finding out about rules changes and game-wide events, called “anomalies.” Be sure to join the official Ingress G+ community here:

Below are listed some of the recommended people and pages to follow on G+ to get the most out of your Ingress experience.
+Ingress  – The official page for Ingress itself. The page tends to post news and reshare posts from other Ingress-related pages.
+NIA Ops  – The page for game operations. Things like portal appeals and player reports are handled by this entity.

+Joe Philley  – Joe is a Niantic employee that handles a lot of public relations for Ingress in the U.S. His posts are prolific, and are usually about one of two things: Ingress or food. This man is literally paid to travel the country, meet Ingress players, and eat bacon. I envy him so much. Note that Joe is a Resistance agent. His counterpart for the Enlightened is…

+Brian Rose  – Brian does not post quite as much on G+. While Brian does travel, he also handles a lot of the back-end administration, such as designing rulesets for anomalies.

+Anne Beuttenmüller  and +Matilde Tusberti  – Anne (Resistance) and Matti (Enlightened) are like the above mentioned Joe and Brian, except they primarily handle Europe.

+Brandon Badger  – Brandon is the product manager for Niantic.

+John Hanke  – John is the CEO of Google’s Niantic Labs division.

+November Lima  - The official page for the NL1331 XM Van, a.k.a. the really sweet Mercedes van that cruises all over for Ingress player meet-ups.

Other Niantic staff (whose roles I do not know, but are cool anyway) include:
+Archit Bhargava 
+Mike Quigley 
+Jen Hsieh 
+Olga Garcia 
+Ethan Lepouttre 
 +flint dille 
+Jamie Dinkelacker 
+Lenette Posada Howard 
+Pooja Srinivas 
+Chris Dong 
+Lynn Heidmann 
+Carlie Chiu 
+Masashi Kawashima 
+Bill Kilday 

+Niantic Project  - The official page of the Niantic Project, which is where the investigation behind XM all started.

+Hulong Transglobal,  +Visur Technology  and +IQTech Research  - These three are “corporations” that specialize in XM related products and manufacturing. These company entities also release documents and transcripts related to anomaly events. 

+Oliver Lynton-Wolfe  (Yuri Lowenthal, voice actor - Ben 10)– Dr. Oliver Lynton-Wolfe is the researcher behind the “scanner” technology. Funny thing, there is another individual that has been mentioned briefly in some Ingress Reports named Dr. Joanna Brandt. She played by Tara Platt, who is an accomplished voice actress in her own right and is also Yuri’s wife.

+Carrie Campbell  (Erin Fitzgerald, voice actress - Skull Girls, League of Legends) - Dr. Carrie Campbell was a researcher for the Niantic Project that had “visions” during “Epiphany Night.” 

+Roland Jarvis  (JB Blanc, actor/voice actor - Breaking Bad, TITANFALL) - Roland Jarvis is a figurative leader of the Enlightened. He was assassinated and then brought back to life by the events of Operation 13 MAGNUS. 

+Devra Bogdanovich  (Karen Strassman, actress/voice actress - League of Legends and lots more) - Dr. Devra Bogdanovich is heading up efforts to “inoculate” humanity from the effects of XM. Recently, she deployed a “portal virus” that causes portals to decay faster. Yeah, thanks Devra. 

+Klue S.  (Katy Townsend, model/actress) - Klue was an investigator before she got “possessed” by ADA. 

+Hank Johnson  (Christopher Corey Smith, voice actor - World of Warcraft, Starcraft II, Skyrim) - Hank is a “simulacrum,” an entity that dies every 1331 days and is reborn, and also a figurative Enlightened leader. Recently, an effort took place to preserve Hank’s memories so he will have them when he comes back to life in his next cycle. 

+H. Richard Loeb - Also known as "P.A. Chapeau" or "PAC," he is another well-known investigator. Last known whereabouts were a scheduled rendezvous with Klue in Nashville during Recursion.

+Susanna Moyer  (Ione Butler, actress) - Susanna Moyer is the face behind the Ingress Report.

+Sarita Hays  - Another reporter that sometimes covers for Susanna Moyer. 

+A. D. A. - "A Detection Algorithm," or the AI that is trying to destroy humanity. Also, the voice of your scanner. Please note that the voice actress for the scanner is Laura Bailey (League of Legends, Bloodrayne) and not the actress who plays Klue.

+Stein Lightman  - Researcher that studies shaper glyphs. 

+Martin Schubert  - Former Niantic Project researcher.

+Tycho C. - The artist behind the Ingress comic books.

+Misty Hannah (Misty Lee, magician/entertainer) - A “mentalist” that has been involved with the Niantic Project. 

+Verum Inveniri - This page occasionally posts pictures of locations where there are “dead drops” - a stash of something to be recovered by an agent. 

More investigators of various ilk include: 
+Edgar Allan Wright 
+Yuri Alaric Nagassa  
+Thomas Greanias 
+Felicia Hajra-Lee 
+Hubert Farlowe 

If you enjoy the storyline of the game and want to help others around the world investigate the truth behind XM and the Niantic Project, then joining the Operation Essex community may be for you. 
Account: +Operation Essex 

 There may be more that I have missed, but the above listed people and pages should cover the majority of the Ingress world, in addition to any friends you make along the way. While it is completely possible to play strictly from your scanner, social media adds a whole new and enriching dimension to Ingress. Have fun and happy hacking! 

#Ingress   #IngressRecruits  
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Icon Ambulance

One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated. As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said "Caller ID unknown". I choose to ignore.

After services, as I was walking to my car with my family, I checked my cell phone messages. The message left was from Steve Jobs. "Vic, can you call me at home? I have something urgent to discuss" it said.

Before I even reached my car, I called Steve Jobs back. I was responsible for all mobile applications at Google, and in that role, had regular dealings with Steve. It was one of the perks of the job.

"Hey Steve - this is Vic", I said. "I'm sorry I didn't answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn't pick up".

Steve laughed. He said, "Vic, unless the Caller ID said 'GOD', you should never pick up during services".

I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?

"So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I've already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow" said Steve.

"I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?"

Of course this was okay with me. A few minutes later on that Sunday I received an email from Steve with the subject "Icon Ambulance". The email directed me to work with Greg Christie to fix the icon.

Since I was 11 years old and fell in love with an Apple II, I have dozens of stories to tell about Apple products. They have been a part of my life for decades. Even when I worked for 15 years for Bill Gates at Microsoft, I had a huge admiration for Steve and what Apple had produced.

But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.

To one of the greatest leaders I've ever met, my prayers and hopes are with you Steve.

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They don't care if Rome burns. They already bought the fire insurance.
This guy is so awesome, in that not so fresh feeling kind of way. From WSJ 2010 - Eric Cantor, the Republican Whip in the House of Representatives, bought up to $15,000 in shares of ProShares Trust Ultrashort 20+ Year Treasury ETF last December, according to his 2009 financial disclosure statement. The exchange-traded fund takes a short position in long-dated government bonds. In effect, it is a bet against U.S. government bonds—and perhaps on inflation in the future.
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