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1.9.18 Geoguessr

@theanchor @hugo and I tried something new this week:  the Geoguessr daily challenge!  We didn’t completely understand the rules (5 rounds with a 3 minute time limit for each round) going into it, as evidenced by our first score being pretty poor compared to our normal average.  We recovered to have a pretty solid (approximately 16,000) round after mistaking Peru for Mexico in our first location.  After finishing up and checking in on the high scores for the round, it seems as if some of these people either cheated or tried the challenge again after doing it the first time.  It’s hard to believe that someone could score > 4,990 on all 5 locations in less than 3 mins… Because of the time limit on the daily challenge, we had time for a second round this week and decided to throw ourselves a softball with an NYC map…

As you can see, we nailed this one.  A pin near Coney Island in Brooklyn was the only location that kept us from getting a perfect score.  We know our city!  Thanks to @sunday for joining in this week =)

12/19/18 Geoguessr

Our Geoguessr crew was back at (World Map) it again this week!  Thanks to @theanchor and @hugo for their consistent support in geoguessing this year!

 

We crushed the world average (about 9K) on this one- maybe due to 3 locations being in the U.S.- coming in at 22,086 for our final Geoguessr round of 2018.  The biggest challenge to us in this map was the final location.  We spent almost as much time on this one as the other 4 combined, eventually figuring out we were either in Ireland or Northern Ireland (mostly thanks to @hugo).

 

Is anyone even reading this/these post(s)?!  If so, and you want to challenge the ALC-NYC Geoguessr crew, email me at ryan@nycagile.org and we’ll face off in 2019!

 

With love and agility,

Ryan

12/14 Geoguessr

Back in action for another Geoguessr round this week was @theanchor, @hugo, and yours truly.  We decided to keep it American again, and had pretty good success.

The Arkansas location required a but of guesswork, and so we were furthest from our target there.  In Montana (which we guessed off the bat due to the landscape), we got a hint that we were close to the Canadian border when we passed a van with an advertisement for “American Imported Vehicles” featuring graphics of the U.S. and Canadian flags.  Colorado was almost an exact hit, as @theanchor identified that we had to be in the east (near the Kansas border) due to the less mountainous, desert-like terrain.  In Florida we found one of the weirdest things we’ve ever seem on a Geoguessr map… Ever seen this speed limit anywhere?

Until next time!

 

With love and agility,

 

Ryan

a letter to my dad

[25 years ago, my father decided to leave the law firm he worked at to start his own.  It was a risky venture, but he built one of the most successful personal injury law firms in Central PA, and more importantly, dedicated his life to helping those in need in the way he could best.  This letter is for him, in honor of his 25 years of hard work]

The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

It has been my father’s life work to give people who have been hurt, wronged, or taken advantage of space– space to heal, recover, and move on with their lives, often after experiencing terrible trauma.  He has done this under the law, a system of codes which at best is ambiguous and at worst unintelligible and unjust to many of us.  But Tim Shollenberger is a man who truly represents the alignment of lawful good, and he has wielded the law- an imperfect creation of imperfect beings- as a powerful tool in service of his fellow humans.  It is not easy to authentically and truly live this way, but I’ve watched my father do it for my entire life, and it has been a great example of how to live with integrity and purpose in the face of easier ways out.  “Don’t take the lazy man’s way,” he would often say to me as a kid.  Annoyed I’d often ask myself, ‘why not?’ His success is the answer to ‘why not.’  Here is a man who has not only built an extremely successful business (one in service to humanity rather than at it’s expense), but didn’t sacrifice his family to do it.  For all the hours he spent in his basement office of our home preparing for trial, he spent an equal number down there playing intense games of indoor soccer with me.  And for all the times he was 15 minutes late for dinner- “It’s ok,” he’d say, “I prefer my food room temperature”- he was never late for one of my soccer games or my sister’s dance recitals.
So Dad, raise your glass (which I’m sure is filled with water, because let’s be honest, you’re not drinking)!  This is a day to celebrate all that you’ve achieved.  25 years ago you took a risk and went out on your own into the inferno, and through your constant vigilance, sometimes apprehension, and deep dedication, you have not only endured; you have thrived!
With love,
Ryan

Geoguessr 12/5/18

It was sort of lonely Geoguessing this week, with only @theanchor and I checking in.  We decided to try a U.S. map after having done mostly world for the past few weeks.  We also decided not to poke around too long, spending 5 minutes or less on each guess.  Here’s how we fared:

Not bad for spending <30 minutes on this map.  Our only big miss was a shot in the dark at Tennessee, when the actual location was in northern Iowa.

11/7/18 Geoguessr

This week, @hugo suggested we try a London city map.  This provided a unique challenge because the point system is based on a much smaller area, making it harder to achieve the perfect 5,000 point score. Here’s how we fared:

Special thanks to @hugo, who was a great help due to the fact that he used to live in London (one location was even on his old route to school)!

(Halloween!) Geoguessr Results 10/31

This week in Geoguessr, we tried a U.S. Halloween themed map that took us to exciting and spooky locations like Hell, Michigan, Deadwood, South Dakota, Salem, Massachusetts, and Tombstone, Arizona, the backdrop for the historic showdown at the OK Corral.  Most exciting of all to this guessr was Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, a part of the chain of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks (I spent most of my summers as a child in Duck, NC, just a few miles down the road from Kill Devil Hills).  This weird little town is now the sight for the Wright Brothers’ memorial to the first flight of a heavier-than-air flying machine.  While it is usually Kitty Hawk, NC that is mentioned as the sight of the first flight, it actually occurred in what today is Kill Devil Hills, which wouldn’t be founded until nearly 50 years after Orville and Wilbur successfully hit the skies.

Also of note:

We ranked in the top 5 for this map!

Exquisite corpse stories

Here are two very short stories, crafted by combining four individual sentences jotted down by two ALFs and two students during writing time with @melody today:

 

“Spookie Szn”

Wild spooky loud mornings, you say. They could hear the thud all the way downstairs, and it sounded bad. Cupcakes are natural and happening all the time. The ghost smiled back.

 

“The Pumpkingdom”

Purple stars? I see. The Pumpking loves to make jokes. How long will roasted pumpkin seeds last, really? The skeletons are getting closer with every passing moment.

 

Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

 

Geoguessr Results 10/24/18

This week we decided to do a U.S. cities map.  The average score was higher on this one, so we expected to do pretty well…. instead we (mostly) nailed it.  We got a perfect score (5K) on three of five locations, and were no further than 100 meters from any location.  Signage was a big reason here, as we found evidence of exactly which cities we were in on each location.  Thanks to @hugo and @theanchor for their continued and consistent support!

^From our first location… “where God is doing a new thing.”  Haha.  This was actually our worst score at 4,972.