I forgot to mention this yesterday, but THE POKEMON BUDDY SYSTEM IS OUT ASLDFJWEOIFJASDLF
Look at my super cute n’ pudgy Clefable. He’s the best. I’m going to have like 400 Clefairy candies in the next month, watch me.
(You get a candy each time you walk a kilometer with a Clefairy/Clefable.)
I like the sizes of some of the different Pokemon when compared to your avatar.
MY CLEFAIRY PLUSHIE CAME TODAY AND HOLY HOT HELL ON A STICK IT’S THE CUTEST THING EVER
LOOK AT IT LOOK AT IT LOOK AT IT
I am 8000% obsessed with Clefairy now. I have no idea why it wasn’t my favorite Pokemon back when I was into the cards, but holy hell, it’s the cutest little thing to me now.
On YouTube yesterday afternoon, I happened to find “Clefairy and the Moon Stone,” the episode of the Pokemon cartoon where Clefairy first appeared (I’d watched several episodes that had been uploaded, so this one was on my “recommended” list on YouTube).
LOOK AT HOW ADORABLE THESE THINGS ARE SERIOUSLY
Also, I ordered a Clefairy plushie. Because I needed one.
Pokemon Go is dying, you say?
Behold, Prince Island Park!
These pictures were taken last Sunday, not today, but still. Lots of people. 99% of them playing Pokemon Go. While I was setting my first lure module on a Pokestop, Nate and I saw a bunch of people sprinting over to a certain area of the park. Turns out there was a Nidoking there. Later, a bunch of people went sprinting off in search of an Omanyte.
This game is fantastic.
SPEAKING OF POKEMON GO…
Here’s a calculator that estimates how long it will take you to get to level 40. It does so by taking your current amassed XP and dividing it by the number of days you’ve been playing to find your average daily XP gain. Then it calculates how many days it will take you to reach the 20,000,000 XP needed for level 40, assuming you continue to gain your average XP every day.
Here’s mine, by the way:
Well, Niantic certainly built this game to last, haha. Look at that bar at the bottom, showing the “distances” between levels. Here’s a plot I made to further illustrate it:
The amount of XP needed to go from level 39 to level 40 is more than the amount of XP needed to go from level 1 to level 34. That’s awesome.
Hot damn, I want one.
I may or may not be a little obsessed with Clefairy and Clefable right now. Blame the noises they make in Pokemon Go. And how soft and happy they look.
So Nate and I did a 24 mile walk today that put me over 1,000 miles on my shoes, over 2,000 miles for the year, and finally got us accomplishing our goal of walking to Southcentre and back. A few things worth noting on this walk:
We took another gym!
Pidgey Party 2016
This enormous caterpillar.
It’s hard to see exactly how big this bro was, but he was massive. Here’s my foot for scale.
A sign outside a florist’s.
Bonus picture: Jazzy with her tongue sticking out.
That’s fine! You’re completely allowed to have opinions about a game. But as soon as you start hating the players of said game? You probably need to chill.
Context: I have a surprising number of conservative, older friends on Facebook. They’re mostly teachers from high school and whatnot. A few of them post a lot of racist, bigoted garbage that I try to just ignore (at least, I did before just hiding their posts, haha).
Anyway, tonight after sending approximately 8,000 Pidgeys to the professor, I got the wonderful idea to see what these incredibly enlightened friends of mine thought of Pokemon Go. Was it the work of the devil? The work of Obama? The work of Muslims? THE WORK OF DEVIL MUSLIM OBAMA?!?!?!?! I checked out their pages, and yeah, pretty much:
LOL @ “mancard.” Seriously?
Let me ‘splain a thing. There’s a path alongside the Bow River here called the RiverWalk. It’s a path dedicated to cyclists/walkers/rollerbladers/skateborders/etc. so they can hang out by the river without fear of getting mowed over by crazy drivers. Usually there’s a decent amount of people out there, but I’ve never seen as many people out there as there were today.
Why where there so many people out there? Two words: Pokemon Go.
Seriously. There were SO MANY people out wandering around. People were out on their own, people were out with their significant others, people were out with groups of friends.
Does it matter that most of them had their heads down, looking at their phones, for most of the time?
Does it matter that they were busy hunting Pidgeys and Zubats and whatnot rather than, say, having a picnic or reading a book in the shade?
Does it matter that it took a game on a phone to bring these people outside?
What matters is that people were outside having fun. People were walking around on paths they may not have ever used in order to find Pokemon or use Pokestops. People were sitting in the shade, camping Pokestops, talking with their friends about which teams they were on and what their strongest Pokemon were. People were having fun. People were enjoying the outdoors. It shouldn’t matter why.
That’s what pisses me off about people saying “ZOMG POKEMON GO IS THE DEVIL THOSE STUPID MILLENNIALS ARE GLUED TO THEIR PHONES WHY IS THIS EVEN POPULAR I HATE POKEMON GO AND AM THUS VASTLY SUPERIOR IN EVERY WAY”
Okay. Point one? People were glued to their phones before Pokemon Go. You know they were. You can’t deny it.
Point two? Niantic created something that relies heavily on nostalgia for a huge demographic. Surprise! It’s popular! And why on earth is that a bad thing? I reiterate: people are having fun with it. Let. People. Have. Their. Fun.
Point three: how pathetic do you have to be to complain about the popularity of something you dislike? If you hate it, don’t waste your energy berating it to the point that you’re insulting the people whose opinions don’t match yours. So you hate Pokemon Go. Cool, good for you. Don’t play it. But stop being a whiny bag of week-old piss and let the people who enjoy it just enjoy it.
It’s not hard.
You just need to chill.
So Pokemon Go is fantastic and you’re going to have to deal with me talking about it every once and awhile, ‘cause I enjoy playing it and so does Nate and we go on Pokemon-catching adventures ‘cause we’re Real Adults™ with Real Adult Responsibilities and Life Goals©.
Here are some pictures of Pokemon in random places!
Ghastly in the bathroom.
Caterpie in our living room.
Pidgey in the hallway in the math department.
And Pidgey on my textbook.
PIDGEY GO THE HELL AWAY I NEED TO WORK
A Zubat near the hospital.
OH AND I WAS A GYM LEADER FOR LIKE FIFTEEN MINUTES.
Nate and I are still pretty low level compared to a lot of people I’ve seen (give us a break, the game legally launched in Canada just a few days ago and we didn’t download an illegal version beforehand). In fact, we both just hit level 5, so we wanted to try out a gym.
We went walking around late tonight and eventually headed toward the gym at the hospital. It took us a few tries to finally figure out how things worked, but I eventually took control of the gym with my Staryu. Proof:
I got demolished very shortly after this by people who had MUCH stronger Pokemon, but hey, it was fun while it lasted, haha.
I love this game.
Edit: holy crap, the first egg I hatched gave me a Pikachu. Rockin’!
More like Pokemon GO DOWNLOAD THIS APP IT IS SUPER COOL AND SUPER FUN AND IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME HERE’S A PICTURE OF MY FIANCÉ WITH A PIDGEY
(It’s dark in that picture ‘cause we were walking around until 11 PM catching Pokemon and being awesome)
Seriously, though. After a glitchy first few days, Pokemon Go is up and running (legally) in Canada. And you can tell. I took a walk down by the river today and there were literally groups of people wandering around searching for Pokemon to catch. I’ve heard people diss this game ‘cause it’s increasing the number of people staring at their phones while out in public, but really? The people out wandering around in the park are the same people you’d complain about never leaving the house. I really enjoy how there are already so many people just outside and playing this game. It makes me super happy.
I highly recommend giving it a play!
So Pokemon Go has been out for a little over a day now and I already want it. I hadn’t really been paying much attention to it before now, just because I thought it was just another “regular” Pokemon game (and in my opinion, nothing can beat Crystal) and because I basically have zero time to play any games (I say as I start a new Sim family).
But now that I’ve seen what it’s all about, I needs it. But it’s not even out in Canada right now, so I’ll just have to wait until Niantic decides that Canadians can be trainers, too.
(Hurry up, Niantic.)
I miss my Pokemon cards. I should have kept them. Foolish Claudia!
I’m a psychic-psychic, which is awesome, ‘cause I love the psychic Pokemon. Can I be Alakazam? I always thought Alakazam was awesome.
“Puts enemies to sleep then eats their dreams.”
I totally do that.
Also, look at this dude and tell me there’s not a resemblance:
Also, this is relevant to today.
I suddenly have an insatiable urge to acquire Pokemon cards. I had quite an impressive collection way back when. I also remember being the only girl in elementary school who was into Pokemon.
I miss my Gameboy Color, too. It was sexy.
Anyway, here is a list of my 10 favorite Pokemon. Just ‘cause.
This is the creepiest Pokemon ever. Its powers stem from something akin to chronic migraines, which makes me wonder, in its picture, whether its staring into the water to concentrate or contemplating suicide.
“Psyduck are usually unable to think very clearly due to having a chronic headache. Because of the headache, a Psyduck will always hold its head. When these headaches worsen, Psyduck may use psychic powers.”
What if that principle held for humans? “Uh oh, migraine coming on…guess I’ll have to USE AMNESIA!”
Apparently this is a rock-type Pokemon. I was unaware of this. I wonder why a rock Pokemon would desire to disguise itself as a tree rather than anything else. Now I am even more intrigued by this club-branched weirdo.
Silly Putty Pokemon! I thought this was always one of the coolest Pokemon in terms of moves.
“When two Ditto meet in the wild, they will attempt to transform into each other.”
And this is how black holes are formed.
Yes, I’m aware that my liking Metapod basically makes me the most boring person on the planet. But I always thought it was one of the cooler-looking dudes. It also lends itself to jokes like this:
Every time I see one of these I have to think of how often they would be mistaken for pokeballs. What kind of weird evolutionary tactic is that? “Hey, I’m actually a Pokemon sitting here in the grass and HEY STOP TRYING TO SHOVE ANOTHER POKEMON INTO ME WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU ASH YOU DILETTANTE POKEMASTER!
It’s a molecule! That’s why I always liked it, it looked like H3 or something.
“Magneton is most commonly seen as one Magnemite on top, and two Magnemite linked via body on the bottom, forming a triangle.”
They can also get hungry and have emotions, apparently.
Today’s song: Horchata by Vampire Weekend
I know, I know, I should have known by now.
Yeah. Weirdest. Dream. Ever. It was so vivid, that’s what made it trippy. I think Matt, Rebeca, some other dude that I didn’t recognize but apparently knew, Nathan, Maggie, and myself were there. We were right behind the deli thing.
Why did we have a little handheld shopping basket full of bacon? Who knows.
Why did Maggie evolve into a Spearow? WHO KNOWS.
At first we were all, “wow, Maggie’s a Spearow” but that rapidly changed to “WHERE IS SHE TAKING OUR BACON.”
I also think I have decided what my first tattoo shall be. I’m thinking I’ll get a lambda, either on my back somewhere or on my shoulder. Why a lambda? Reasons:
1) It’s Greek. I like Greek and hope to learn it someday.
2) “Leibniz” starts with a lambda in Greek (duh).
3) Lambda is the symbol for eigenvalues, and while they’re evil to calculate, they’re necessary in FACTOR ANALYSIS, my absolute true love in the world of statistics.
4) It’s also a recurring symbol in Half-Life (just realized this), which is pretty awesome, too.
Yeah. It’s really one of the only ways I figure I can tie together my love for Leibniz and my love for factor analysis without tattooing “I love Leibniz and factor analysis!” on me somewhere.
Side note: the apartment’s MINE! I move in May 1st, but my mom’s going to come up on the 8th, as I can’t move my chair by myself, at least up several flights of stairs (the elevator is about the size of my current bathroom, which is too small for anything other than a broom closet).
Today’s song: The Great Escape by The Rifles
Why in the hell did they call it Kryptonite? I mean, I know it supposedly has no relation to the element Krypton, but really? If you’re going to rip off a noble gas, Argonite sounds a lot cooler. Or Radonite, since, well, it’s radioactive.
And Neonite sounds like a Pokemon or something.
He evolves into an “OPEN” sign.
Urge to create Pokemon cards for all the elements now = high.
Today’s song: Welcome Home by Radical Face (freaking beautiful song, check it out)
You’re now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
Stranger: IMA DINOSAUR!
Stranger: SOAK ME UP!
You: SHAMWOW attacks DINOSAUR, +693 DAMAGE!
Stranger: DINOSAUR SUMMONS PIZZA DEMON +700 DAMAGE
You: SHAMWOW uses ABSORBANCY SHIELD! +300 DEFENSE
You: SHAMWOW unleashes GUSH OF STORED WATER! SHAMWOW MISSES!
Stranger: DINOSAUR USES FLASH GRENADE -400 HISTORICAL ACCURACY!
Stranger: DINOSAUR GNAWS ON SHAMWOW
Stranger: CRITICAL HIT!
You: DINOSAUR attempts to BUY SHAMWOW! -three easy payments of $19.95!
You: SHAMWOW is hurt!
You: SHAMWOW absorbs HEALING POTION!
Stranger: DINOSAUR USES HEALTH POTION
You: SHAMWOW uses DIPLOMATIC TRAINING!
You: DINOSAUR is CONFUSED!
Stranger: DINOSAUR ATTEMPT TO SLAP WITH TINY RAPTOR ARMS
Stranger: DINOSAUR MISSES
You: SHAMWOW punches with 200% of its own power in BITCHSLAP FIGHT with DINOSAUR
Stranger: DINOSAUR SHOOTS DRAIN CLEANER AT SHAMWOW WITH ONE SECOND PLUMBER!
You: DIRECT HIT!
You: SHAMWOW FAINTED!
You: TRAINER sends out SLAPCHOP!
Stranger: DINOSAUR RUNS IN FEAR
Stranger: TRAINOR SENDS OUT
Stranger: KOOL AID MAN
You: OOOOHHHHH YEEEEEEEEEEEEAHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Stranger: KOOL AID MAN DRENCHES SLAPCHOP IN GRAPE FLAVOURED KOOL AID
You: SLAPCHOP uses SLICE N’ DICE ACTION!
Stranger: CRITICAL HIT!
Stranger: KOOL AID MAN FAINTED
Stranger: TRAINER SENDS OUT BILLY MAYS’ GHOST
You: SLAPCHOP FAINTED from SHOCK!
Stranger: BILLY MAYS DOES VICTORY DANCE
You: TRAINER: “I knew this day would come, BILLY MAYS…”
You: TRAINER: “For you see, I’ve known you for a long time…”
You: TRAINER: “I am your sworn enemy, VINCE SHLOMI!”
Stranger: TRAINER: “This battle is not yet over! For I have a secret weapon!”
Stranger: TRAINER: “A VULNERABLE PROSTITUTE!”
Stranger: TRAINER: “TEMPTING ISN’T IT?”
You: TRAINER: “AGH! Damn you, BILLY MAYS!”
You: TRAINER: “Can’t…resist…”
You: VULNERNABLE PROSTITUTE uses UNWELCOMED MEDIA EXPOSURE!
You: CRITICAL CAREER HIT!
You: VINCE is out of useable PRODUCTS!
You: VINCE blacked out!
You have disconnected.
Best. Converastion. Ever.
Today’s song: Dildo by Interactive (this song deserves mention. A song whose lyrics consist entirely of “dildo” repeated ad nauseum, “put-it-in, put-it-in, put-it-in, put-it-in!” and “wow-wow, wig-ah-da, wig-ah-da” has to be put to an insane electronic beat to be even remotely fun to listen to)