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6/5 Geoguessr: too blurry

Few things in Geoguessr are as frustrating as a round with an image too blurry to make out any signs, and we got two of them in this week’s U.S. locations map.  Despite this, we still almost doubled the average score (approximately 9,900) for a U.S. map, and at least one of our guesses was based purely on the ecosystem we found ourselves in.  If it wasn’t for a South Dakota misstep (actual location:  SE Washington state), we would have probably checked in at 20,000+ points.  

Thanks to @theanchor, @hugo, @sunday, @fireballdeath for joining this week!

5/29 Geoguessr

@hugo suggested that we try a random map this week, and our second roll of the dice brought us to “US City locations.”  The algorithm started us off with a softball- a Brooklyn location that I knew because I used to play baseball at the nearby “Boys and Girls” high school.  Our second location was in St. Paul Minnesota, which we figured out when we saw a police car that netted us a near perfect 4,997 points.  Next up was Chicago, which was an easy 4,990+ with two recognizable cross streets.  Atlanta took us a little while to figure out, but a trash can eventually led us to another near perfect score.  Finally, we wrapped up our 24,990+ session with a Las Vegas location that was recognizable almost immediately due to the iconic billboards.  Not bad for a day’s work (about 50mins) of guessing.

5/22 Geoguessr (Movie Locations)

We decided to try a new gimmicky type of map this week- “Movie Locations.”

Luckily @theanchor knew all 5 movies our locations were associated with, so it made our guesses a lot easier.  The only one we didn’t nail spot on was from Pride and Prejudice… couldn’t find that pesky mansion on the map.  We did, however get a perfect or near perfect score on set locations from Indiana Jones (Jordan), Amelie (Paris), Royal Tenenbaums (NYC), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Montauk, LI, NY).  Check out that final score (24,000+)!

5/8 Geoguessr- show me the WORLD (not just the US)!!!

One of the weirdest RNG quirks that’s happened to us this year in Geoguessr is our inability to escape U.S. based locations.  We often chose a world map, only to be dropped in multiple U.S. locations… and this week it was the first 3 in a row!  At least they balanced us out with an interesting (and rare) Malaysian location, and one in Russia.

  18,042 … not too shabby.

Mayday Mayday, Geoguessr E locations!

We tried a random map this week- places that start with “e.”  There was a learning curve on the first location as we weren’t sure if “places” meant countries or cities/towns that begin with “e.”  After an errant Estonia guess on our first location we figured out that it did indeed mean the cities/towns.

 We nailed two locations in Peru and Kenya after our initial mistake, but were then thwarted again when we mistook Mongolia for a Baltic country (we should’ve known they would have razed old Soviet propaganda in Cyrillic).  The final Canadian location was a dart throw, which is tough to do in such a huge country.  12468 is not a great score compared to our usual average, but was well above the average (9K) score for this map.

Star Wars Episode 9 Trailer is out!

THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

 

What does it mean!?  Is Rey a Skywalker?  Does Anakin rise again?  Is Luke not dead?

 

There are so many questions… here are a few observations:

Rey looks to have a blue lightsaber in the opening scene of the trailer, and it appears to look exactly like Anakin’s (which was broken in her battle with/against Kylo in Ep. 8)… It looks like she was able to rebuild it, or recreate it.  In this scene we don’t have confirmation that Kylo is in the Tie-interceptor like ship, but the gloves we see sure look like his.  It looks like he will modify/get a new helmet as well.

Lando is back!  And he brought his old laugh!

There is a scene with a pair of hands (I think Leia’s) holding a medal… probably Han’s from the Battle of Yavin.

The skiff scene is definitely reminiscent of ROTJ- but is it Tatooine or Jaku?

The superlaser dish from a Death Star makes an appearance on a world that sort of looks like Ahch-to… but that’s doubtful. Given that we hear Palpatine’s laugh right after this, I think it’s more likely to be Endor (the planet) given that I just read on Wookiepedia that its forest moon of the same name is only 8% water.

Palpatine’s laugh could mean many things, ranging from a legends-inspired throwback to the Emperor cloning himself before his death, to him just showing up as a force ghost.  I think the later is the more likely, as it has been established in cannon that Sith usually persist as Force entities after death only when tied to a physical location, i.e. Darth Bane.

 

I’m too excited and overwhelmed to say more now, but needless to say this teaser has stoked my Star Wars nerdom to high levels.  Christmas can’t come soon enough.

 

 

 

 

Geoguessr 4/3/19

It’s always sort of weird/disappointing to get three locations in the U.S. when you specifically select a “world” map for a little variety.  The past two week’s we’ve done U.S.-only maps, and so this week we took on a world challenge.  We did quite well within our homeland, and recognized Japanese text with the help of @douglasawesome that garnered us approximately 3K points for a point on Hokkaido.  It was the Big Stone Cree Reservation in Alberta that did us in… Chuck found a Cree reservation in Manitoba, so we dropped a pin there. It turns out that Big Stone is a lot further west… oh well, live and learn and remember Canada is huge.

2019 MLB Predictions

It’s almost time… with only a few weeks left until opening day, @fireballdeath and I made our annual MLB predictions today… I’ll post regular season picks this week, and update playoffs next week:

AL East

Yankees

Red Sox*

Rays*

Blue Jays

Orioles

AL Central

Twins

Indians

White Sox

Tigers

Royals

AL West

Astros

A’s

Angels

Mariners

Rangers

NL East

Phillies

Nationals*

Braves

Mets

Marlins

NL Central

Brewers

Cardinals

Cubs

Pirates

Reds

NL West

Rockies

Dodgers*

Padres

Giants

D-Backs

 

 

Calculating poundage (1 month check-in)

Checking back in one month later, let’s check my poundage* for the final week of my last 5/3/1 cycle

Deadlift = 7,136

Front squat = 2,400

Overhead Press = 1,885

Bench Press = 2,835

Total = 14,256 lbs // 7.128 tons

*I didn’t add assistance work (though I did count the 50 deadlifts @135 from my Sunday class) in this time, and instead focused on my main lifts.

Calculating my weekly tonnage

@beths10 showed me a fitness video today in which one of our favorite strength athletes and coaches, Dr. Stefi Cohen, was talking about maximizing your training without over-training.  The easiest way to do this, she suggested, is to calculate your weekly tonnage (weight x reps x sets for each movement, then add each movement to arrive at total tonnage) and compare how you feel week-to-week based on your totals.

 

Here is a breakdown of last week for me:

 

I’m currently using Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 system for building strength, so I’ll break down my calculations into my 4 main movements [Front squat, Deadlift, Overhead press, and Bench press].

Deadlift

Here I’m going to include my main deadlift working sets, as well as the trap bar deadlifts I did in my assistance work for farmer’s carries.

248.625 x5 = 1,250
286.875 x5 = 1,450
325.125 x10 = 3,250

315×12 (farmer’s walks) = 3,780

Tonnage = 9,730

Front Squat

For this movement, I included the thrusters and back squats I did in my Sunday class.

131.625 x5 = 650
151.875 x5 = 750
172.125 x9 1,530

105×32 (thrusters) = 3,360

105×20 (back squat) = 2,100

Total = 8,390

Overhead Press

I am also going to include the same sets of thrusters I did for front squats, but impose a -25% penalty since they use momentum from a squat to generate movement.

87.75 x5 = 450
101.25 x5 = 500
114.75 x12 = 1,380

105×24 = 2,520

Total = 4,850

Bench Press

For bench press, I’m going to include my dumbbell pressing (floor and neutral incline) press work since the movement pattern is really similar to the barbell press.

166.725 x5 = 825
192.375 x5 = 950
218.025 x12 = 2,640

80×30 (DB floor press) = 2,400

65×45 (DB neutral incline press) = 2,925

Total = 9,740

 

Grand Total = 32,710lbs = 16.355 tons*

*this does not take into account the extra volume I accrued from assistance work like dips, chinups, good mornings, lunges, split squats, step-ups, and one-leg deadlifts.  I also went bouldering with @hugo, @douglasawesome, and @chimp for the first time in a month, adding extra volume to my back work.