We Bring The Storm


Lyrics in text:

Our ways may be subtle upon the flames and snow
The numbers aren’t with us but a power we know:
A respect for Pokémon and a trust in them to release
The flashes of instinct inside the hearts of beasts

Now that rhythm of electric strikes will rock us through the fire and ice
Feel the thunderclouds gathering to throw bright light across the skies
We’ll fly high above the swarms; we’ll show our might and fight the norms
Tonight, we bring the storm

Some claim that all we do is hatch eggs all day,
A dull misconception towards which the gyms say nay
Those that underrate us are in for a shock
‘Cause the great lightning symphony plays ’round the clock

Yes, this rhythm of electric strikes will rock us through the fire and ice
Feel the thunderclouds gathering to throw bright light across the skies
We’ll fly high above the swarms; we’ll show our might and fight the norms
Tonight, we bring the storm
Tonight, we are the storm!


Schoolbook Cookies

Shown below: the bottom layer of a container of Trader Joe’s® Cinnamon Schoolbook Cookies.

Also shown below: my tendency to significantly prioritize cleaning out the already-broken entities first before the still-whole entities.


Pokémon Go: Stats at 30 Million XP

This July 07 (Day 680 of playing), I completed a raid to reach 30 million XP.

Here’s a chart of XP versus time at level-ups and every 5 million XP after level cap.


My buddy at the moment was Tyranitar.

Gold Gyms

Day numbers in this section reflect days since the motivation-based gym system began.

#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

Gym Stats

Here’s a table of my stats at my top gyms.

Orange highlighting indicates where hours defended alone is enough for a gold badge (≥500).
Magenta highlighting indicates where berries fed alone is enough for a gold badge (≥3000).
Tan highlighting indicates where hours defended and berries fed together are enough for a gold badge.


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A Comprehensive Pokémon Go Raid Boss Difficulty Chart

Every so often, Reddit users u/GezimS, u/yonderkid, and u/JaceMasood release a chart showing the difficulty of the currently available raid bosses. I really appreciate their charts—not just for their helpfulness, but also because I consider them really well-done works in visualization.

Their charts only cover current raid bosses, though, so I decided to compile a similar chart (although not quite as visually appealing) that’s cumulatively comprehensive up to Generation III. I also used not the same scale as they used to produce their charts: I intend for this difficulty scale to be more intuitive, and also to make a particular distinction I think is fairly important that those charts don’t make (the dark red shade in this chart).

Green—Leisurely zone: Even if you are massively underleveled or make substantial mistakes, or the weather and moveset are all against you, victory should be yours. There’s probably enough leeway in this zone for several of you to be halfway asleep while raiding.
Yellow—Safe zone: Victory should be comfortably attainable in most cases. This may be a slight struggle if your party is on average around Level 20.
Orange—Challenging zone: A nontrivial amount of effort is likely necessary to win. If your party is on average below Level 30, you’re in trouble.
Red—Danger zone: If your party is comprised of Level 40s, this will come quite close, and if it’s less, this is quite a risky fight. If you win, it’s probably by the skin of your teeth. You may be unable to afford the time to dodge, and need to tank attacks to make it within the time limit. If you have the absolute best party against this boss, though, and play perfectly, you are still guaranteed victory even if all factors outside your control work against you.
Dark Red—Twilight zone: Winning is possible, but requires at least some subset of the moveset, the weather, and the raid timer starting at a good point (factors outside your control) to be with you. There exists at least one setting of these variables that would make victory literally impossible, even with optimal play.
Black—Guaranteed failure zone: Even if all factors outside your control turn out to help you, a win is mathematically impossible. There is no path to victory regardless how good your teams and your play are.


All 153 Type Combinations in Pokémon, by Weaknesses

C. Type Combinations with Multiple Double Weaknesses (8)

C4. Four Other Weaknesses (3)

Ground/Rock (Rhyperior, Rhydon, Golem, Onix, Pupitar)
doubly weak to Water, Grass
also weak to Fighting, Ground, Steel, Ice

doubly weak to Fighting, Steel
also weak to Ground, Rock, Water, Grass

doubly weak to Flying, Fire
also weak to Poison, Rock, Bug, Ice

C2. Two Other Weaknesses (2)

Rock/Fire (Magcargo)
doubly weak to Ground, Water
also weak to Fighting, Rock

doubly weak to Rock, Fire
also weak to Flying, Steel

C1. One Other Weakness (2)

Rock/Steel (Aggron, Bastiodon, Probopass)
doubly weak to Fighting, Ground
also weak to Water

doubly weak to Fighting, Fire
also weak to Ground

C0. Zero Other Weaknesses (1)

doubly weak to Ghost, Dark

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Meta: A Month of Many Records

This past June has been an incredibly successful month on this blog in views, mostly due to this post. It was simultaneously the month with the most views so far and the month with views from the greatest number of different WordPress-recognized countries.

For 27 different countries—the United States, Canada, Guatemala, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, Botswana (trivial case), Iceland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji—this was the month of the most views so far. For many other countries, this was the month of the second most.


Another record this month interestingly set: the lowest percentage of views coming from the United States of any month so far, at only 51.4%.


Guess the Statistic

Guess what each of these statistics is, given the top 8 countries.

Statistic 1
1. Denmark
2. Canada
3. Russia
4. Norway
5. United States
6. Finland
7. Sweden
8. Iceland

Statistic 2
1. Australia
2. China
3. Thailand
4. India
5. Israel
6. Mexico
7. United States
8. Philippines

Statistic 3
1. United States
2. El Salvador
3. Turkmenistan
4. Maldives
5. Cuba
6. Thailand
7. Bahamas
8. Seychelles

Statistic 4
1. India
2. Palau
3. Côte d’Ivoire
4. Pakistan
5. United States
6. Australia
7. Nigeria
8. Tanzania
(though there exist good arguments some positional switches should happen)

Statistic 5
1. Bolivia*
2. Ecuador*
3. Colombia
4. Ethiopia
5. Bhutan
6. Eritrea
7. Yemen
8. Mexico
*though there exists a good argument that Ecuador and Bolivia switch places

Statistic 6
1. Russia
2. Kyrgyzstan
3. Canada
4. United States
5. Indonesia
6. Norway
7. Tajikistan
8. Argentina

Statistic 7
1. Venezuela
2. San Marino
3. Costa Rica
4. Panama
5. Ecuador
6. Uruguay
7. Colombia
8. Iceland

Statistic 8
1. India
2. Pakistan
3. China
4. United Kingdom
5. Bangladesh
6. Indonesia
7. Brazil
8. United States