This off-by-one day thing is going to be weird. It makes my blog feel buggy.
I decided I should document each day to keep me on track. It’s easy to blow my hours blowing up portals instead of doing more useful things like learning to unicycle.
Today I started by dusting off my unicycle, inflating the tire, making some tea, and Googling, “how to ride a unicycle”.
Kicked things off with a video about the physics of unicycling. Continued on to this guide. Felt ambitious despite not having tried to ride my unicycle in over four years, so I also watched this video on how to get on the thing without assistance.
Finished my tea and dug out a helmet, shin guards, and gloves. Hilarity ensued.
I need to trust putting my weight on the seat and not the pedals so I can feel where the balance is.
After a few highly unsuccessful attempts at riding through my small kitchen while holding onto the counter, I decided to just try sitting, relaxing, feeling the unicycle under me, and rocking back and forth in the hallway. I used only my fingertips against the wall for support, and tried to limit that to one fingertip per hand. That worked much better.
So then I got bold again and decided I’d try to dismount off the back of the unicycle. That resulted in me landing on my butt, then cleaning tire marks off the wall with Goof Off. As it turns out, it’s easier to dismount off the front.
That’s it for today. My butt’s not used to the unicycle seat yet.
I am again a day late to start my 30 Days. But again, since there are 31 days in March, I get a bye.
This month, I am going to learn to ride my unicycle, which I will have owned for 5 years at the end of this month. It’s about time I learned to ride it! Besides, I haven’t learned any new stupid human tricks lately.
Cue circus music…
About a week ago, Aaron asked for an update on 30×16. I told him I’d write it up when I was done. Guess what? I’m done! If you’ve been waiting in suspense to hear about my dreams, hooray for short months.
Unfortunately for you, I dreamt about Ingress 24 of the 28 nights. Each dream was different, and often reflected what I was planning for the next day:
1. Ingress. More Ingress. Too many green portals. Too many blue portals.
2. Remote Ingressing.
3. Making control fields.
4. (couldn’t sleep, no REM)
5. Hacking a portal farm.
6. (forgot to write down dreams)
7. Deploying resonators.
8. Random Ingressing.
9. Hacking Windsor portals. (in Windsor that weekend)
10. Resonator placement strategy.
11. (too tired from tournament to remember dreams)
12. (omigosh no Ingress dreams)
13. Resonator upgrade and placement.
14. Collecting and sharing portal keys.
15. My portals/resonators under attack.
16. Upgrade portals for farming.
17. Ingress Nachos: Put chips and cheese over a cluster of portals and nuke with XMPs.
18. Building L7 farms.
19. (whoa no Ingress dreams)
20. Downtown Burlingame campus of Ingress portals.
21. Farming the RWC L7 triangle. Hurry, before [name redacted] blows it up.
22. Waking up in the middle of the night to hit the L8 farm again before it gets taken down.
23. Something about Ingress.
24. Something Ingress-y.
25. Searching for L6 clusters I can singlehandedly upgrade to L7.
26. Looking for portals to blow up. (need points to prepare for the upcoming set of game levels)
27. Something about blowing up portals.
28. Who’s gonna blow up these portals with all the fields?
“Ingress Nachos” (day 17) is by far my favorite. But wow, Ingress on the brain, no kidding!
Fortunately for you, I dreamt about other things too. Like this:
My company merged with a Japanese restaurant and I was happy because that meant we’d have good lunch every day.
I seem to like dreams about food. And then there’s this:
Puck throwing algorithm keep away game on grass. Radio show contest. Gopher hole in the corner. I won!
Sprinkled in there are random feats of on ice and on bike awesomeness. Things I could only dream of doing.
I think I’ll do this 30 Days again after Ingress ends.
I need something low-effort after the last 30 Days. 30×15 wore me out!
I went through my list of 30 Days to dos last night, picked one, and realized I’ve misplaced the materials I need to do it. Either that, or they didn’t survive the move. :(
So I picked another one. A low-effort one.
“Write down my dreams every morning. Because they’re weird and amusing.”
I started last night, then realized we may have a problem: I have Ingress on the brain right now, as evidenced by last night’s middle of the night scribble, in cursive: “ingress”.
I noticed that my middle of the night, no light, loopy cursive is really good now. I can thank 30×4 for that.
Speaking of 30×4, Aaron said I wasn’t allowed to do this 30 Days because I’ve already done it. I countered that I have not done it, since I am not documenting my dreams with any purpose other than documentation in mind. Besides, my dreams are amusing and I want to share them.
Except right now they’re not all that amusing. When I woke up in the morning I wrote some more about my dreams after my middle of the night scribble: “too many green portals / too many blue portals”
This month may turn out to be a portal-filled flop. If so, I’ll have to do it again sometime in the future, but for now I’m sticking with it. It’s an interesting snapshot what my brain is churning on.
Phew, what a month! I am tired after 30 Days of making up names, messages, locations, and going on not-so-secret missions to plant each Pretty Animal. I had fun with it, though. I hope you had fun reading about it too.
If I were to do this or something similar again, I would (1) remember to document each item with a neutral color background and (2) set up some way to track found items. It would be really neat to see who found it, where it ended up, and maybe even get updates on its adventures.
One thing that surprised me was how hard it was to plant each Pretty Animal in a place where the person who found it wouldn’t just throw it out. I realized that public spaces, stores, restaurants, etc. are not generally cluttered, and are designed to be easily cleaned. I’d never really thought about it, but that makes a lot of sense.
That said, here are all 30 Pretty Animals in their respective public spaces upon release:
Every release photo is geotagged. You can explore the spread here.
Message: Does this pocket make my butt look big?
Release: Jeans pocket at Kohl’s.
That’s it! No more Pretty Animals! Hope you got a kick out of this month’s origami adventures.
Message: I can has CHEEZBURGER???
I realized last week it wouldn’t be right to do a month of kitty origami without a Cheezburger kitteh.
I present to you Lulz and my cheeseburger animal style extra everything extra toast with fries well done.
I did not throw Lulz out with the tray. I left Lulz on the thermostat, where I hope he’ll survive the cleaning crew long enough to be picked up by a patron.
Message: Gimme the ROCK!
Release: Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors.
I realized after having to use the silver back of my iPad that I should have been doing that all along. My indigo desk really throws off the colors.
Went to the Muse concert at Oracle Arena tonight. Figured I’d leave something for the GSW fans in a couple days.
Bought myself a sticker-less speed cube so I could stop using the chemical structure conference handout from my last company.
Solving the first layer: No problem.
Solving the second layer: No problem.
Solving the third layer: All hell breaks loose.
Message: GOOD LUCK!
Release: Mystical Unicorn slot machine at the Hard Rock Casino in Vegas.
When I saw a Vegas trip on my calendar I planned a slot machine photo, but this isn’t what I’d had in mind. I had intended to find a more classic looking slot machine, but didn’t really have time to go classic slot machine hunting, so I made a few of my friends go on a short detour after lunch at the Hard Rock so I could plant the kitty. We wandered into the slot machine section, I spotted the Mystical Unicorn, it sounded ridiculous… sold!