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Daryel Villavicencio
Endlessly striving for a more balanced life.
Endlessly striving for a more balanced life.

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Let's take the company with the WORST rated customer service in America and buy cell phone service from them? This sounds like a huge disaster. I do like that there are more "options" and competition in the marketplace, and soon I hope there are more broadband competitors instead of being locked to 1 (one!) provider in my area. But for Xfinity to even challenge to get my dollar, they need to step up their customer service game.


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Go to +O'Reilly Auto Parts ( and search for part # 121G. On my wishlist....

Looking for some advice on what to replace my Samsung 303C with. This little Chromebook has been a solid traveler, never has crashed, and is still running strong to this day. These are the specs of what I'm looking to replace it with...

13" Touchscreen at least 1920x1080
Thin/light, would prefer metal construction
USB-C Charging (because my phones all use USB-C as well)
at least 4gb RAM and 32gb SSD
Google Play Store able

What options are out there?

Made level 50 last night. Turf Wars seem pretty "meh" now since the points don't really count for anything. I ended up creating a second account and starting back at level 1. Funny thing is that it started putting me into battles with level 40+ players when I was still level 4. Thankfully the Splattershot is a favorite weapon. Having fun leveling up again. I can just imagine others seeing me added to their team and thinking "oh great, we got the low-bee".

The only thing to do on my level 50 account is rank up, I'm still a B, but I hardly play Ranked battles. Usually, I only do splat zones on certain stages, I'm not a Rainmaker or Tower Control fan.

What do other level 50s do after maxing out?

Just made level 44, dang these take longer and longer to accomplish...  It didn't help that 25% of my games today aborted because of connection issues.  Grrrrrrr.

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My son's Halloween outfit....


Why I quit Ingress...

The past year has been a year full of challenges and many life changes. At first Ingress was a cool geo-centric game, running around blowing up portals, making links, sending friendly messages to the other team back and forth, and even running into them once in awhile. All good.

After awhile I started playing with a group of other agents from the same team. The fun having dinner, making conversation with friends, and building farms was nice and social. I brought my son into the game and he quickly leveled up to 8 with his fast fingers and quick fielding. 

Competition in a town was nil when the opposing agents outnumbered you 10 to 1, with at least 2 or 3 agents "on alert" for any portal that turned. You could pretty much expect an agent to show up to flip a portal back within 10 minutes anywhere in the town. Flipping a portal was no longer for strategic reasons, it was for merely bragging. 

Things went bad for the us when the opposing agents took things personal.  A trail of media right to the front doorstep of my house gave me a feeling of insecurity for my family.  What type of person plays a game and takes it to someone's personal house?  Reporting to +Niantic Project did nothing. My son and I took a break... a long break.   

We still went to Pasadena to participate in the anomaly, but after the anomaly our scanners have been pretty much silent.  There's no point in playing a game where I feel my family's safety may be put in jeopardy because someone thinks I hunted their guardian (their portal at one of many local schools just off a main road) or they take offense to their long standing farm being blown up. 

After reading the post from the Sacramento Resistance (thanks Ronnie) about agents paying dues of AXA, MUFG, ADA, etc. and participating in a competition for blowing up farms, it's no wonder I no longer enjoy the game.  The game has become a game controlled by regional "higher ups" directing lower level (14,13,12,11 etc.) agents to do their bidding in order to be part of the "team".  It's become a "pay to play" situation..  and you know what?  I no longer care. I had a good laugh at the situation.

Since shutting down our scanners we have had a summer busy with trips, camping, swimming, traveling, and all sorts of exploring. There has been no need to go farming for gear, there hasn't been any looking over our shoulders for agents following our footsteps, or checking scanners to watch portals captured 10 minutes prior being flipped back.  We've moved on to real life, we still play games, stuff like football, baseball, and bicycling. Ingress was a good 2 year distraction, but it's been time to move on.

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Smoked a pork shoulder, 9 hours and then tastebud bliss. 

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Can't wait for this...   

Can someone post their roomservice.xml and local_manifest.xml for bacon?  I'd like to do a build and include a few cherry-picks for some local testing.
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