Six Springs ago, J. Wu gifted me a Target Gift Card. This evening, I finally used up its balance. Thanks!
Around 1400 on 12-23, I passed 60000000 XP, through obtaining a best-friendship. I have thus now accumulated three Level 40-equivalents of XP. Paragraphs on thoughts in this post will not be anywhere as extensive as they were with the previous two multiples of Level 40 XP equivalence.
Thoughts first before the charts this time, since they’re short; after all, only 95 days have passed since 40 million XP.
Ironically, I apparently rank among the most prolific in friendship interactions despite being strongly critical of most friendship-related features in Pokémon Go. I’m not sure how that happened. I am still of the belief that much of what Niantic produced in terms of interactions with friends are very poorly conceived, particularly with the emptiness of the gifting action; see my 40 million XP post for expounding on that.
Now that PvP battling has been introduced, I have yet another friendship interaction for which I have to gripe about mechanical decisions. There’s already a sort of battling in the game, gym battling; why couldn’t the two sorts of battling be more consistent, and have more shared features? The dodge mechanic in gym battling is, to me, a really great feature; it makes it so that this game has some aspect of tight-timing strategy, which normal Pokémon games do not provide. As such, dodging gives gym battles a feeling of involved action, as much as the feature has been somewhat glitchy. In PvP battles, instead of dodging, there’s these newfangled protect shields? What’s the deal with that? They do add some element of strategizing, but why couldn’t we still have the dodging mechanic and also the protect shields? And why does nearly everything else in the interface have to be different from the gym battle interface? We don’t get health bars in the same place, the charge meter for the charge move operates differently, and notifications of attacks occur in different locations. Shouldn’t it even be easier for Niantic to make if elements were reused?
Voltorb was for a long while my most-frequently-caught non-Ditto Pokémon for which I had a perfect catch rate, but this ended when I finally missed one between 50 million and 55 million XP. My perfect streak for catching Grimer also ended between 45 million and 50 million XP, but due to a glitch. I have since then also legitimately missed a Grimer. Remoraid took Voltorb’s spot as most-frequently-caught non-Ditto Pokémon for which I have a perfect catch rate, until my total catches for Snorunt overtook it.
That’s all for thought; charts now ensue.
Here’s XP versus time; the large dots denote multiples of 20 million XP.
Here’s a general statistics table. I lost data on the size of my Pokédex upon reaching 45M XP.
Here’s these statistics as a chart in multiples of amount for the gold badge.
And here’s that in multiples of quantity at Level 30.
At first, I thought the Distance Walked line disappeared. Then, I realized it tracked along PokéStop Visits that closely. It makes sense that they’re close together, but it’s even still incredible that they manage to be that close.
Here’s a table of catches by type.
Here’s that as a chart.
My catch totals from types other than the six most common types (Normal, Flying, Water, Poison, Bug, and Psychic) are only finally catching up to my catch totals in Normal and Flying when I was Level 30.
Here’s the gyms chart. The columns from left to right are, as usual, battles won, hours defended, and berries fed.
Here’s my progression of gold gyms, with days starting with the beginning of the new gym system.
#1: Alchemist at MIT, on Day 28
#2: Transparent Horizon, on Day 53
#3: Kresge Auditorium, on Day 54
#4: Vine Wall Art At No 6, on Day 82
#5: In Memory of Dorothy P. Simmons, on Day 94
#6: Cosmic Ray Chandeliers, on Day 102
#7: Community of Cambridge Super Awesome Mural!, on Day 137 [removed gym]
#8: Officer Sean Collier Memorial and Plaque, on Day 173
#9: DeWolfe Boathouse, on Day 190
#10: Martin Annis Crossing, on Day 191
#11: Smoot Plaques on Mass Ave Bridge, on Day 213
#12: Miracle of Science, on Day 227
#13: Fort Washington, on Day 241
#14: This is Where We Live Work Create Mural, Day 259
#15: Column of Faces, Day 265
#16: Jimmy Johnson Street Hockey Court, Day 288
#17: Not Art, Day 295
#18: The Apple Tree at MIT, Day 295
#19: Police Memorial, Day 342
#20: Putnam School, Day 351
#21: Danny Lewin Park, Day 387
#22: Cambridge Public Library – O’C, Day 387
#23: Flapper Mermaid, Day 388
#24: Dewey Library, Day 394
#25: Polygon Rope Gym, Day 398
#26: Vellucci Fountain at Cambridgeside Galleria, Day 399
#27: Skating Rink, Day 419
#28: Meadhall, Day 436
#29: Sloan School Spring Sculpture, Day 439
#30: Galaxy: Earth Sphere, Day 451
#31: Cow Mascot, [data lost: Day 452-468]
#32: Bao Nation Mural, [data lost: Day 468-494]
#33: Branch Hair Mural, Day 495 [renamed Wall Mural]
#34: The Big 186, Day 519
#35: Statue of Dante Alighieri, Day 541
Here’s a chart of Pokémon species by CP.
For the first time, Machamp leads this chart.
Here’s a chart of catch rates per species for species without a prior evolution earlier in the Pokédex.
Here’s that as a chart.
Computed from numbers here. Area is in km². The second parenthetical is the change in ranking from total land area.
01. Texas (668633)
02. Alaska (573365)
03. Montana (268182)
04. California (219919)
05. Kansas (211403)
06. New Mexico (205524)
07. Nebraska (196216)
08. Minnesota (193097)
09. South Dakota (187128)
10. Arizona (180590)
11. Oklahoma (175582)
12. North Dakota (172869)
13. Colorado (172461)
14. Missouri (172453)
15. Georgia (144966)
16. Iowa (144631)
17. Illinois (143196)
18. Wisconsin (134432)
19. Michigan (132978)
20. Wyoming (130837)
21. Alabama (128832)
22. New York (123741)
23. Washington (123502)
24. Arkansas (123220)
25. Florida (121899)
26. Oregon (117299)
27. North Carolina (117254)
28. Mississippi (116051)
29. Pennsylvania (114072)
30. Louisiana (111461)
31. Ohio (104882)
32. Tennessee (103013)
33. Kentucky (98819)
34. Virginia (93006)
35. Indiana (92165)
36. Idaho (82199)
37. Maine (79468)
38. South Carolina (74980)
39. Utah (74844)
40. West Virginia (57778)
41. Nevada (42828)
42. Maryland (24773)
43. Vermont (22145)
44. Massachusetts (20125)
45. New Hampshire (20114)
46. New Jersey (18754)
47. Hawaii (13294)
48. Connecticut (12653)
49. Delaware (5002)
50. Rhode Island (2719)
I wrote another Only Connect that I presented on Floor Pi. This one was really close, where the two teams had scores of 23 and 22, decided by the last item.
MIT context is not necessary for any items in the first two rounds.
Round 1: Connections
Canada | Yosemite | United Arab Emirates | aboriginal
Answer: Consonants and Vowels Alternate
[was an audio question]
Mahler’s Fifth Symphony | Rachmaninoff’s Op. 3 No. 2 Prelude | Chopin’s Fantasie-Impromptu | Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata
Answer: Classical Music in C-Sharp Minor
Frederick Sanger | Marie Curie | Linus Pauling | Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Answer: Multiple-Time Recipients of the Nobel Prize
Saxony | Denmark | Brandenburg | France
Answer: Switched Sides in the Thirty-Years War
fur | abjurer | vex | tang
Answer: English Words that rot13 to Other English Words
Round 2: Sequences
Suffolk | New York | Queens | Kings
Answer: Highest-Population Counties in New York
635318657 | 1729 | 50 | 4
Answer: Smallest Number that can be Written as the Sum of Two nth Powers of Positive Integers Two Distinct Ways
te | mind | birdplane | star
Answer: Last Words of Last Versus of the Four Chord Song
Zulu | Sesotho | Afrikaans | English
Answer: Languages of Consecutive Sections of South Africa’s National Anthem
Poseidon | Ouranos | Cronus | Zeus
Answer: Planets by Greek Equivalents of Roman Gods
Tunisia | Egypt | Libya | Yemen
Answer: Countries whose Governments were Overthrown in the Arab Spring, in Chronological Order
Round 3: Connecting Wall
Canyon National Parks of the USA
Squares in Boston
North-South Streets in East Cambridge
Characters in Shakesperean Plays that Survived to the End Despite Many Characters Dying
Country Capitals, Back in the Day
Art Installations on MIT’s Campus
Avengers (Female: Iron Man, Mercury: Quicksilver, Read That: Scarlet Witch, Spike Lesson: Thor)
Round 4: Missing Vowels
Unfortunately Named Concepts in Mathematics
Answers: Killing Field, Cox Ring, Tits Group, Homicidal Chauffeur Problem
Answers: Lydian, Ionian, Aeolian, Arabian
Answers: Puzzle Hunt, 1,3-dichlorobenzene, Even this acronym, Only Connect
Answers: Atlanta, South Ossetia, The South, Sandwich Islands
Categories in Floor Pi Only Connects
Answers: Memorable Lyrics, Phases of Mitosis, Categories in Floor Pi Only Connects, Spoilers
Answers: Base Case, Stem Cells, Hall of Fame, Duck Tibia
Answers: John Dies at the End, The Emus Win the Emu War, The Last Category is “States”, Microorganisms
Answers: Denial, Proclaims, Bose-Einstein Condensate, Georgia
I wrote a game of Only Connect which I hosted for Floor Pi this past night. Here’s the items in the Only Connect game. If you’re not familiar with Only Connect, you could read up how the four rounds work here.
Several of these hints depend on an MIT context.
Clues beyond the first clue (for the first two rounds) and answers are in white text. Highlight to see.
Yeah, I know, this presentation leaks some meta-information beforehand. Deal with it.
Round 1: Connections
decay | less | gloss | wuss
Answer: Words that Become Cities when Said before ‘ter’
50 | 19 | 26 | 82
Answer: Atomic Numbers of Elements whose Symbols are Unrelated to their English Names
50 | 12 | 27 | 5
Answer: Numbers of Stars on Some Country’s Flag
50 | 64 | 51 | 32
Answer: MIT Buildings Not Usually Referred to by their Building Numbers
51 | 1001 | 501 | 11
Answer: Numbers whose Roman Numerals are also Valid Chinese Names
we | seem | sea | yeah
Answer: English Words that Sound like ‘Yes’ in Other European Languages
Round 2: Sequences
x | r | q | j
Answer: English Consonants that Don’t Typically Make the Sounds Represented by Them in IPA
f3 | e5 | g4 | Qh4#
Answer: Fool’s Mate
Rhode Island | Alaska | New York | Hawaii
Answer: US States with Highest Proportions of Population Living on Islands
θ | ζ | ε | β
Answer: Greek Letters that Contain Other Greek Letters in their English Names
123 | 101 | 250 | 100
Answer: Room Numbers of Largest Lecture Halls at MIT
50 | 2 | 2 | 1
Answer: Panels of Loss Meme Interpreted as Roman Numerals
Round 3: Connecting Wall
War of the ______
2018 Major California Wildfires
Recently Closed Stores in Cambridge, MA
Major US Rivers
Indian Restaurants in Cambridge, MA
Streets that Intersect in Central Square
US Time Zones
Round 4: Missing Vowels
Answers: Phenylalanine, Asparagine, Tryptophan, Pyrrolysine
Numbers that have Appeared So Far in this OnlyConnect
Answers: Eleven, Sixty-Four, Eighty-Two, One Hundred and Twenty-Three
MIT Student Groups
Answers: Lecture Series Committee, The Tech, Ohms, Association of Student Activities
Answers: Suez, Panama, Erie, Root
Roman Numerals of Prime Numbers
Answers: LIII, XXXVII, CXXVII, CXCIX
I have a gradually strengthening opinion that the best indicator that someone has absorbed the most important lessons of history is a great reduction of the frequency of asking “How could these people have been so stupid?” History is most learned when one grasps the conditions, forces, and influences that cause people and groups of people to take actions and support causes and leaders they have come to evaluate as reasonable that to one’s local context appears ridiculous. The recognition of these patterns during one’s life is history’s most valuable takeaway.