Are any of you readers involved in Ingress?

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. Nicholas says:

    I walked into a building once. Although, I don’t think that is what you are talking about.

  2. Pigeon says:

    It’s a game, apparently.

  3. DavidJ says:

    I was for quite a while, and then it got old.

  4. dafrenchman says:

    geotagging type game if I recall.

  5. forzajuv says:

    I just started playing 3 weeks back. I like it. It gets me to explore new places, and to find hidden gems in places I’ve been to.

  6. benedetta says:

    Given my experiences with technology of late, the mind boggles at the prospects of how such a game like that would play out if I and my “smartphone” were involved. For the time being I am content with the Ingres who also went by the name(s) Jean-Auguste-Dominique.

  7. The Masked Chicken says:

    Sorry to threadjack, but may I ask for your prayers for a safe trip? I am traveling 2500 miles by bus to home from a conference on the 4th of July and it could be very dangerous for me because of a medical condition.


    The Chicken

    [Crossing the road?]

  8. jltuttle says:

    Oh, don’t be chicken. :) Prayers said.

  9. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    I would rather regress, but I digress.

  10. William says:

    Need to see a podiatrist, non?

  11. Knittingfoole says:

    I looked into this game one time, but I read in a review that you have to be careful because some of the other players get really competitive. As in, they will harass you if they think you are doing better than them and will find out your location and phone number to harass you. I think there is even a large section of the game’s forum dedicated to being able to report people who are harassing you. It just seemed like too much risk for too little fun, especially since I live in a very small town and there probably wouldn’t be much connection to the game here.

  12. Justalurkingfool says:

    Trains are much better, Masked Chicken, if at all possible.



  13. KateD says:

    Ingress is Skynet.

    Holy bus rides, Chicken! Praying for your safe travels. I don’t think I’ve ever asked Archangel Rafael to intercede on behalf of the health of a chicken…perhaps we should ask Saint Francis as well, just to cover all the basis :)

  14. benedetta says:

    Prayers for your safe journey home, Chicken!

  15. The Masked Chicken says:

    Thanks, all for the prayers (it’s 2 1/2 days on several buses and because of my medical issue, this might be my last long trip on a bus or any mode of long distance transportation). I realize that there are weighty matters for someconferences to discuss, but the conference I just attended had a plenary panel by four computer artists from Pixar and the director of the Comic Arts Museum. I should have asked them to make me a star in their next movie. The Adventures of The Masked Chicken…has potential for box office gold, don’t you think? Also, apparently, if you have the 5-HTTPR gene, you have increased smiling tendencies. We had lively discussions on the logic of humor and Robert Mankoff, the cartoon editor for the New Yorker is a regular attendee – he even presented a paper on computer classification of his cartoon caption contest. Yeah, those were some serious matters :)

    The Chicken

  16. Mike says:

    Safe travels, Chicken. S. Raphaël Archangele, ora pro nobis!

  17. Julia12 says:

    I was a casual player for nine months before walking away from the game last fall. It was very fun, but a waste of time and gas. The target audience for a game of this sort is a single guy in his 20’s; someone with no family life whatsoever. Once you have family responsibilities, playing something like this will be taxing. That is the primary reason I left. My conscious would always remind me there were other more important things too be dealing with, and I felt a bit guilty for playing. I tried to only play when I had to leave the house for errand running anyway, but it still felt wrong to me.
    Yes, there are some hardcore, competitive players just as there is with any game. I never had any problems during the time I played.
    If you start playing, remain solo. Most cities have groups and if you get involved with the group, they will pressure you into becoming more active. That is a bit of a regret of mine. There were a few instances where I drove out of my way to get portals only because my fellow teammates were nagging me to.

  18. Things they call “augmented reality”, eh? Telescopes and Microscopes and spectral transducers (like infra-red cameras) might well be augmented reality.

  19. trespinos says:

    Have you in prayer today, Chicken. Twenty five hundred miles by bus is scary for sure. Nine hundred ten behind the wheel of my car kicked me into atrial fibrillation (for the first time ever) last April, so it’s planes and trains only for me going forward.

  20. StWinefride says:

    Dear Chicken – praying for you and wishing you a safe journey. Here is a lovely prayer composed by Ven. Zita for journeys asking for the assistance of three Archangels:

    Sancte Gabriel cum Maria, Sancte Raphael cum Tobia, Sancte Michael cum omni cælesti hierarchia, adsistis nobis in viam.”

  21. Urs says:

    2500 miles by bus?!!!!!!
    You might not live long enough to finish that trip even without a medical condition!
    How many days/weeks is it supposed to take?
    (And for that trip to remain on schedule all the way to the end of it would require a miracle or 2….or 3!)

  22. OrthodoxChick says:

    Keeping you in prayer today, Chicken. May Our Lord accompany you along your journey.

  23. VexillaRegis says:

    Dear Chicken, maybe you could take some steroids and grow eagles wings – you would be home in a couple of hours :-)! No?

  24. The Masked Chicken says:

    “Dear Chicken, maybe you could take some steroids and grow eagles wings – you would be home in a couple of hours :-)! No?”

    Maybe, but I would have to listen to, “On Eagles Wings,” going through my head the whole time. That might be worse than the bus trip :)

    I have to miss Mass, today, because, if the bus get in on time, it will be 11:35 pm :( I think this is covered by penance, though.

    The Chicken

  25. Kris says:

    Yes. I started playing a long time ago. Most play now is extremely casual: while somewhere for something else, or as a waypoint target for going on walks.
    It was rather nice for discovering interesting things: pieces of art (mostly outdoor statues), historical markers/items, and memorials that would have otherwise been passed over. Much of this happened when I had to travel often for work.

  26. Lucas says:

    Love Ingress.

    My twins only sleep in the car so when I take them for their naps I’ll play(I don’t do it when driving). Also love to go into NYC , always tons of portals there.

  27. The Masked Chicken says:

    I’m back from the bus trip. I have no idea what time zone my body is in, however. I got in at 2:45 am and have to get up at 5:30 am for Mass. Thanks, all for the prayers.

    The Chicken

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