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Ivan Russell
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+Will Rogers  and I completed the 10k and 5k +GORUCK  training missions in downtown Pittsburgh.

If you haven't tried GORUCK, you should try doing these missions! We started with the 10k and it meanders throughout downtown. GPS drift, sidewalk and street closures, and rain, among other things, didn't stop us from completing it. Lots of walking. Once we finished, we started the 5k. This had a much different feel. It took the trails along the Allegheny River. I would suggest attempting it during daylight.

Time to get some sleep and well deserved rest.

+Joel Phillips +Jason McCarthy +Emily Dent +Ingress 
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Couldn't share this until now, for some reason. Resharing to the AM01-KILO-10 group.
Timothy Hawk (Bristel) originally shared:
 
Hey, come hang out with me this Wednesday at Market Square's Wingharts for food and drinks. I'll be leaving Pittsburgh Thursday and would love to see people before I go. (I'll have time to hang out Tuesday and Wednesday later in the evening as well if anyone wants to hang out then too.)

Hope to see you there! :)
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Mark McHugh

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My MUFG's stopped replicating. Anyone know anything about this?

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I don't put anything in my MUFG's (I only have 4 of them) that is not very rare or level 7/8 common.  Normally a couple a day out of each.  after I posted two capsules coughed out two items each.  I'll just keep working with them.  It's not like I'm going to get rid of them..Ha, Ha.  :-D
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Hey Yinzers, November Lima is planning their visit to us on May 20th!

They even used our photo last summer in this post:)
 
The first 4 weeks of meet ups are here! We look forward to kicking off the #Nl1331 #AegisNova tour in Florida working our way up to NYC. If you are near one of these cities come out and enjoy the fun and the new +November Lima​ badge! We will be announcing our preliminary schedule for June later this week as well. +Ethan Lepouttre​ will be reaching out to communities to make arrangements.
+Ingress

Thursday, May 5th Gainseville, FL
Friday, May 6th Tallahassee, FL
Saturday, May 7th Mobile, AL
Monday, May 9th Birmingham, AL
Wednesday, May 11th Augusta, GA
Thursday, May 12th Charlotte, NC
Friday, May 13th Wilmington, NC
Sunday, May 15th Winston-Salem, NC
Tuesday, May 17th Dayton, OH
Wednesday, May 18th Cleveland, OH
Friday, May 20th Pittsburgh, PA
Saturday, May 21st Washington, DC
Tuesday, May 24th Baltimore, MD
Wednesday, May 25th Philladelphia, PA
Saturday, May 28th New York city, NY


*locations subject to change
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Ivan Russell
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So I've been doing some banner missions lately and before that I was checking out some missions that nobody else had completed or very few had.  Where are the toughest missions?  I'd like to start doing them all.  The harder and crazier the better.  List them below. 
A google map of the various Pittsburgh missions and banner art start points
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+Sylena Smith​ yeah, the area is getting  green and scummy.
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Liz Lucas (lizb00) originally shared:
 
South Park Fit trail.  Bring you walking shoes, bikes or roller blades.  Lots of portals and trails to explore.  Food before a short distance in South Park shops, After drinks and food at South Park Clubhouse
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Ivan Russell
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+1 if you are interested in attending a bike event.  Comment if you are willing to help organize it. 
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Ivan, I've been thinking of this for a couple of days.  I don't have any details to share but do you think Niantic would want to team up with the local Red Cross?  They are having a riding event in October.  I'm not sure what the registration fee is but it would be a fully supported ride from South Side to West Newton.  Any direction and any miles.  Maximum mileage would be about 64 (I think) and as little as anyone would want.  We could even accept walkers too.  We are having a planning meeting in two weeks if you want to let me know. 
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Ivan Russell
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"Trespass: Don't trespass while playing Ingress (and don't try to lawyer that guideline, just respect it). Do not access any property or location while playing the game if you're not sure you have the right to be there. Use good judgement and take responsibility for your actions."

You know who you are. 
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Ivan Russell
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made some fields....
 
22 layers
1.2 Million MU total
Thanks to +Tim Bowermeister for starting the day off with the innocent quote of "Anybody with a few hours and wanting to BAF today, let me know.  I started something I couldn't finish.  I'll give you the keys and run Intel for you.."  Well, we ended up having +Matt Lisiak run intel. Throughout the day I kept watching the lanes and asking favors from agents to take links down and to not throw any derp links.  Thanks +Carey S. , +Kendra Trifonoff +Cory Gooch and a couple others who took out blockers.  Sorry +Daniel Ault and +Christopher Smith and others for flipping your portals.  Thanks to all players actually.  SPAIRO agents, you kick ass!  Local ENl, you guys are ok I suppose.  hehe....  Get out there and explore!  Make friendships with the people behind the scanner.  You never know when one will have a fielding op like this to hand to you on a silver platter.
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"... you guys are ok I suppose."

It's something! 😘
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Ivan Russell

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Not quite Ingress, but still fun.  
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Thanks to +Joseph Warren for being motivated and getting a time and location picked out!  I'm excited! Not sure what Google Local Guides do?  check out https://www.google.com/local/guides/index.html?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=o&utm_campaign=ktck2dmo3o2 for more info.  We hope to see you there!
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Ivan Russell
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GORUCK training missions meetup happening at the point at 6pm tonight!
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Thanks for the late heads up. :( 
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Ivan Russell
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Grab your rucks and get ready!

If you are interested in doing the 5k and 10k GORUCK training missions let me, +Derrick Lathrop​ or +Will Rogers​ know and we'll get you added to the hangout.

Here's what we know:
1. Both start in Point State Park.
2. There will be fun
3. You will need a ruck, 20 pound weight to go in it
4. Absolutely a requirement to bring water.
5. Bring a fully charged phone. An external battery is highly recommended.
6. This isn't a race, but you'll need sturdy, comfortable shoes.
7. You can do either or both.

When these go live, we go do them at the earliest that attendees can make it. If that's midnight, we start at midnight! 
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Not sure +Shane Kunkle​. They were submitted and it's up to niantic to approve them. Once they go live, we'll find a good time for folks and go do them. 
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Ivan Russell originally shared:
 
All agents are welcome to come attend the event.  Location is to be determined.  We should know early next week.  +November Lima and +Ethan Lepouttre will be there. So come one, come all.  There is a new +November Lima badge so if you attended in the past, there is reason to attend again!

Please share and reshare to any agents who might be able to attend.
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Do we have any "spiky" portals around here?  If you know where any are, we can help these agents with their investigation which was mentioned by OLW. 
 
Op. Excalibur
(Español / Portugues / English)

======= Español =======
 -Nombre: Operación Excalibur
 -Enlace al evento: https://goo.gl/6KpQD7  -Alcance: 16 al 24 de abril
 -Objetivo: Restaurar el flujo de XM en el mundo
 -Estrategia: Incentivar a agentes en todo el mundo a buscar portales "puntiagudos" y a dibujar un glyphs usando en lo posible el portal como centro del glyph. Los portales puntiagudos son las Torres, obeliscos, pirámides, columnas, o sea, portales que apunten hacia arriba. Puede hacerlo agentes solos o en equipos, incluso crossfaction. Se puede elegir cualquier glyph, para dibujarse se pueden usar links, fields, items dropeados, cuerdas, tizas, luces, personas, papeles... (¡usar la creatividad!)
 -Presentación de Reports: Hasta lunes 25 de abril de forma pública en g+ usando el hashtag #OpExcalibur y mencionándolo en el evento oficial. Incluir nombre y ubicación del portal, agentes involucrados y fotos.
 -Hipotesis: Los portales puntiagudos son buenos catalizadores del XM, y esta propiedad se activa dibujando determinados glyphs. Esto no afectará al Obsidian Shield, solamente afectará el flujo de XM, aumentándolo

Esta operación fue mencionada por PAC (en investigate.ingress.com/2016/04/17/pacs-weekly-wrap-up-april-17-2016/), y además OLW comentó que estará pendiente de los resultados de la misma en los primero comentario de una publicación de PAC (http://goo.gl/s2DfqO). Así que esforcémonos en dar nuestro mejor esfuerzo!

*Declaración: Esta operación es una iniciativa de agentes latinoamericanos y no es oficial de Niantic, por lo que no afectará al transcurso de la historia de Ingress. Esta operación tiene como objetivo principal que agentes se organicen alrededor del mundo en una operación fácil de hacer, y asi divertirnos jugando ingress de una manera un poco distinta.

======= Portugues =======
 -Nome: Operação Excalibur
 -Link do evento: https://goo.gl/6KpQD7  -Datas (Período): 16 al 24 de abril
 -Objetivo: Restaurar o fluxo de XM no mundo
 -Estratégia: Incentivar agentes em todo o mundo a procurar por portais "pontiagudos" e desenhar Gyphs utilizando o portal como centro do desenho. São considerados portais pontiagudos as Torres, obeliscos, pirâmides, colunas, ou qualquer outro cuja estrutura aponte para cima. Estes desenhos podem ser feitos tanto por um único agente como por uma equipe, inclusive por uma equipe cross faction. Qualquer Glyph pode ser escolhido e para desenhá-lo pode se utilizar de links, fields, itens dropados, cordas, luzes, pessoas, papeies, etc... (abusem da criatividade).
 -Apresentação de Reports: Até segunda 25 de abril de forma pública em g+ usando o hashtag  e mencionando no evento oficial. Incluir nome e localização do portal, agentes envolvidos e fotos.
 -Hipótese: Os portais pontiagudos costuma ser bons catalizadores de XM, e esta propriedade pode ser ativada desenhando determinados Glyphs. A realização destes Glyphs não afetará o Obsidian Shield (Escudo de Obsidian), somente afetará o fluxo de XM, o aumentando.

Esta operação já foi mencionada por P.A. Chapeau (em: investigate.ingress.com/2016/04/17/pacs-weekly-wrap-up-april-17-2016/), e além disso o Oliver Lynton Wolf comentou que estará de olho nos resultados dela em um dos primeiros comentários uma postagem feita porP.A.Chapeau (http://goo.gl/s2DfqO). Desta forma vamos nos esforçar e dar o nosso melhor nesta operação!

*Declaração: Esta operação é uma iniciativa de agentes latinoamericanos, não é uma operação oficial da Niantic, e desta forma não afetará o transcurso da história por trás do Ingress. Esta operação tem como objetivo principal a organização de agentes ao redor do mundo em una operação simples e fácil de ser executada, e assim se divertirem jogando Ingress de uma maneira diferente da usual.

======= English =======
 -Name: Excalibur Operation
 -Event Link: https://goo.gl/6KpQD7  -Period: April 16 to April 24
 -Objective: Restore the XM flow around the world
 -Strategy: Encourage agents from all the word to search for "spiky" portals and to draw a glyph using that portal as the glyph center when is possible. The spiky portals are the towers, obelisks, piramids, columns, that is, portals pointing upwards. You can do it by yourself or in teams, even crossfaction teams. You can use any glyph, and you can use links, fileds, dropped items, ropes, chalks, people, papers, etc. to draw the glyph (use your creativity).
 -Presentation of Reports: Until Monday, April 25 publicly on g+ using the hashtag #OpExcalibur and mention it on the official event. Include name and location of the site, agents involved and photos.
 -Hypothesis: The spiky portals are good XM catalysts and this property activates by drawing certain glyphs. This won't affect the Obsidian Shield, it will only contribute to increase the flow of XM.

This operation received a mention from PAC (at investigate.ingress.com/2016/04/17/pacs-weekly-wrap-up-april-17-2016) and even OLW commented that he will be waiting the results of it in the first comments of a PAC publication (http://goo.gl/s2DfqO). So let us strive to give our best!

*Statement: This operation is an initiative of Latin American agents and is not official from Niantic, so it won't affect the course of Ingress history. This operation's main objective is to organize agents around the world in an operation that's easy to do, and to have fun playing ingress in a slightly different way.
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Op: Excalibur
Thu, April 14, 12:00 AM
Todo el Mundo

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Oooooooooooo, pretty shiny... 
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Ivan Russell
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Ingress MISSION DAY DETROIT April 23rd!  
Hope to see you there!
Agents, we want to discover Detroit on Saturday April 23, 2016. In collaboration with Detroit Experience Factory we will provide you high quality missions to explore the city on foot together. Sign up to receive more information soon.
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Half way finished. 
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Wheeling Ingress First Saturday
AT THE WHEELING ODD FELLOWS HALL
1205 Chapline St.
Wheeling, WV
(Above the Metropolitan Citi Grill)
Portal Link - https://www.ingress.com/intel?ll=40.067125,-80.721402&z=17&pll=40.067125,-80.721402  
There is no entry fee! Just come, have fun and meet your fellow agents.
10:30-12:00 – Scanner Check in – Glyph Station Demonstration (Glyph station at 11:00 sharp)
Check in with opposing faction host for initial AP, Translator & Trekker readings
12:00-2:00 – Battle Over Downtown Wheeling
2:00 – Scanners Down
Check in with opposing faction host for final AP, Translator & Trekker readings
Awards and Prizes Following Final Tally
SPECIAL PRIZE FOR HIGHEST TRANSLATOR GAIN
 
After Party Dinner & Drinks at Generations Restaurant
(Dutch Treat)
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It's oddly convenient that these new "streaming XM" power cubes show up right before the anomaly turns off the portal XM. Like it was going to happen regardless of who was won. 
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Either side won and they would have activated the obsidian shield... So the result would be the same. 
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NOOOOOOOO!!!!
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Approvals for portal pictures might take up to 123 days now.
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Pictures can still be submitted and approved, only portal submissions have been suspended. You can touch on any portal (with or without a key), touch the default picture, then touch the (camera)+ icon.
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SITUATION REPORT - OPERATION ENLUMINATI

After a stressful day of dealing with annoying humans in meatspace, good Ingress Agents like to kick back and relax.  Some of us are members of that special breed known as “Operators.”  You know, us nutjobs that come up with those beautiful multilayered BAF’s/megafields/gigafields and then help boots on the ground execute the plan by religiously watching the Intel map, calling agents to clear blockers, coordinating link throws, etc.  Some of us in the Operator ranks like to relax by collaborating on plans via video conference.  My fellow operators and mentors @irascor, @bangdown16, and @quarkgent are among those.  We were having a video conference one night unwinding and spitballing potential plays when the idea struck one of us to use a portal out in a Pennsylvania State Park as an anchor for a major field.  Then we had to go bigger.  We had to have at least a million MU out of every field we threw as part of this design.  Within three hours, we had a plan that, amazingly, had very, very few blocking links to make a reality and would be at least 16 million MU when properly executed.

The plan came together so perfectly and quickly that it almost seemed too good to be true.  Anchors were chosen in suitably enjoyable locations with vertices in Ligonier, PA.  @irascor and I farmed keys for the anchor in Cadiz, OH and keys were left to establish the baseline link between the two anchors.

On Saturday, February 20 we began operations for the fields.  Agents @bangdown16 and @irascor began link clearing.  Agents @bmac0 and @orange1924 secured the northern anchor located in a Pennsylvania State Park.  Superstar agent @bangdown16 drove the southern lane multiple times to remove blocking links and agent @wrenchflats cleared blockers in the southeastern corner.  Agents @quarkgent and @TwistedNut176 cleared some blocking links along the eastern lanes on their way into Ligonier, PA.  @E315 also assisted with lane clearing, clearing a blocking field on his way to Ligonier.  New agent @RubidiumWolfram assisted with some lane clearing near Washington, PA, and agent @peanutelephant was one of our superstars, clearing some of the last and most annoying blockers for the southern lane.  Agents @RNaaly and @BlakeDark waited VERY patiently at blocking links in the northwest quadrant while the remaining lanes were cleared, being two more of our four superstars during this operation.  Unfortunately, the time @bangdown16 spent clearing links prevented him from participating further.

Finally, with the lanes cleared, links were sent from Ligonier, PA to Cadiz, OH and to the Moraine State Park.  Agent @rekkanoryo gave @CelticFem the key to establish the baseline link from Cadiz, OH to Moraine State Park.  @CelticFem established the link and scored the first million MU of the operation.  Agents on the ground in Ligonier, PA took turns completing their fields for a grand total of 16 million MU.  Agents scoring fields from Ligonier include @TwistedNut176, @irasCoR, @wrenchflats, @E315, @nerdybookgurl101, @quarkgent, @bmac0, @orange1924, and @enjoythevibez.

Of course, no good field stands long, so it wasn’t long before several RES agents showed up in Ligonier to take the fields down.  A battle ensued in which several fields were able to be re-thrown, earning @TwistedNut176 and @irasCoR their black/onyx Illuminator badges.

Some special mentions:

Thank you, RES agent @Groden, for your anchor.  We couldn’t have done it without you.  And no,@MRROGERS, @quarkgent isn’t colorblind--it was 50 degrees, much more like spring--GREEN.  

Congratulations @nerdybookgurl101 for being the youngest player to earn Platinum Illuminator with just one throw in AM01-KILO-10 and to both her and @CelticFem for each earning Silver, Gold, and Platinum Illuminator in a single field for each player!  Additional congratulations are in order for @enjoythevibez for earning his platinum Illuminator, and for @irasCoR and @TwistedNut176 earning their black/onyx.

One final bit of thanks to RES agent @gwenix for helping the local economy, specifically the oil industry, by spending the gas to drive from Pittsburgh, PA, to Cadiz, OH to ADA the southwestern anchor after the fields were already down and couldn't be reestablished.

@CelticFem would like to express her thanks to agent @rekkanoryo for giving up a 1 million MU field for her and to the rest of the crew for being patient during the delay in getting to the Cadiz portal.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who assisted in this operation, from lane clearing to securing anchors to key farming, to finally getting where you needed to be to get things done.  And most importantly, congratulations to everyone involved in throwing this construct--we couldn’t have done this without any of you!

+Ingress  #sitrep   #BEEF   #wherespittsburgh  
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+Chris Carter and I also supported the beer economy by fetching some hard root beer for his fiancé in Cadiz! But our oil economy support was probably much less than you thought, his car being much more fuel efficient than my Wrangler. 
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