This is the first of two or maybe three parts on the subject on Ingress, which was released into invitation-only beta-testing by Google in November of 2012.
Ingress is a world-spanning location-based game set in a world somewhere between the real one and a fictional one that is almost exactly like the real one except with space-alien mind control conspiracies.
This episode is purely about "playing the game". The follow-up episode will be more about the underlying technology and things you (and Google) might be able to do with it besides the core gameplay.
There may be a third part if there is enough interest.
A final note - the app version that I mention in the show was upgraded literally about 5 minutes after I finished editing and started to prepare this show for upload. (And, yes, I'm using "literally" correctly - I mean I finished exporting the file from audacity, went to check Google+, and within 300 seconds someone was mentioning that a new version was out). It does seem to resolve some of the problems I mentioned, just as I speculated that it might. I'll follow up on this and any subsequent updates in the followup episode.
Comments and suggestions and demands for more episodes are welcome, nay, encouraged either on this episode's comments at hackerpublicradio.org or on my own blog at http://hpr.dogphilosophy.net . Thanks for listening!
It took 14 months longer than intended to get this episode done! To make up for it, I've unintentionally ended up with enough time of me talking to almost make up a minimal-useful-sized episode every month while everyone's been waiting.
Today's episode of "Thoughtkindness" consists of:
- Me begging for forgiveness for disappearing for a year.
- An update on "bunnies", my linux laptop from Ohava Computers
- Over an hour of my attempt to collect and explain why we need to make media on the internet more "freetarded"
After revealing what ticked me off and made me start on this episode, I launch into a short technical and historical talk about the handful of audio and video files that matter on the web today.
(Opus, Ogg Vorbis, WebM, MP3, Flash Video, MP4, and a few others).
Following this, I explain why I think the legally-free media formats are so important, and much more useful than most people seem to recognize, why I think we need to be paying more attention to audio than video, and what needs to happen to make legally-free media ubiquitous.
I conclude by once again begging for attention and foolishly publically announcing that I want to try to develop some software and invite everyone to pester me for it as well as for future audio shows. Maybe I won't be allowed to procrastinate for another year before producing more this time.
Let me know if this is helpful or at least entertaining...
Note: an Opus version of this episode will be available at http://hpr.dogphilosophy.net for either online listening in Firefox 15 or later, or downloading for listening in VLC or other Opus-supporting applications.
My attempt to get started, finally, with HPR, including a rambling introduction and, more usefully, a review of the OpenBook DO laptop from natively Linux laptop vendor "Ohava Computers".