Mass Media

Hah yes I am playing Pokemon Go.

And yes, I am getting out there and walking around, and feeling great!

The game has been launched for a little over a week now and it seems the Portland area has really taken to it. I see people in parks, on sidewalks, in cars (even Lyfts), playing this game! Adults mostly, but I have seen a few teens heads down at a Pokestop with a lure popped.

So far here’s what I’ve discovered in game play:

  1. Level up! Levels will determine what CP pokemon you’ll be able to catch and what you encounter.
    • Level 5 you pick a team: Valor, Mystic, or…that yellow one?
    • Level 10 you get Raspberries
    • Level 12 you get Great Balls
  2. Pokemon
    • The Pokemon are everywhere. Literally. Thankfully Niantic has not placed Pokemon in busy streets and freeways. They mostly pop in green areas and inside city blocks…and yes even in your home!
    • The original 150 are available to catch and evolve
    • Pokemon Eggs are back with your own unlimited incubator. You can get 3 time use incubators from Pokestops or the Pokeshop
  3. Gyms
    • Get with your team and go hit a gym! The highest gym I’ve seen is level 8. That means 8 Pokemon can be set there to defend the gym
    • You can gain Pokecoins and items for holding a gym with your pokemon
    • One Pokemon per gym
    • Fight a gym that is on your team to beef it up! Points matter folks! These are 1 on 1 battles.
    • Fight a gym that is not on your team to topple the king! This is a 6 on (whatever the gym level is and pokemon stored there). So you could potentially take down a gym with 1 Pokemon, if you’re lucky.
  4. Pokedex
    • Pokemon you’ve seen or caught will get registered in the Pokedex
    • You can hold 250 Pokemon at any given time
    • Transfer Pokemon to the Professor to gain an additional Pokecandy of that type
    • Nidoran? Nidoran.
  5. Exploration
    • Pokemon nearby will appear in a menu.
    • Choose one to track! The tracker will blip green if you’re headed in the right direction.
    • 3 paws, it’s far. 2 paws it’s probably about 2 blocks away. 1 paw you’re almost there! No paws, stop moving and wait for the game to update! XD

There have been a lot of unfounded reports of assault and weird shit happening to Trainers. And there have been some that turn out to be unfortunately true. I recommend not going it alone. Pokemon Go is best played with friends anyways, so do it! Go get your friends and explore your neighborhood!

I will post more as I find out more about the game play. So far. Five stars. Hehe.

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Well hello there Monday morning email!! What do you have in store for me today?

Today I got an email from the Black Sheep Society. (See my post here about their first launch.) It was apparently a huge flop, which they humbly admit to. Myself, I’m not entirely surprised though I probably wasn’t their target audience.

Johnny and the gang are at it again with a sweet brand new site and a sweet brand new pricing scheme…wait…

Ok for real: as far as website development and ux goes, they have things down. Johnny definitely knows what he is doing to draw a crowd. Now getting that crowd to cough up their credit card numbers and click the submit button is a whole different ballgame.

The product has changed to a monthly based subscription, similar to a yarn club. They are offering tiered monthly pricing at a much easier to swallow price point ($40…not really that enticing). Additionally the three craft-a-longs are now a monthly craft-a-long: choose knitting, crochet, or sewing, as before. The top menu, as of today, only partially works. How It Works will take you to a basic explanation page, but doesn’t allow you to actually pick a kit. To get to the kit page you need to use the Pick A Craft-A-Long drop menu at the top.

Now this page I have a lot of beef with. There is no useful information about the kit. Even the image is misleading as there is a tiny notice below the big Join the Society button that mentions the items are not even what you get and the knitting needles are not included. So what do I get if I spend $40?  WHAT DO I GET? I don’t have $40 burning a hole in my pocket. If I did I would blow it at my LYS for a luxury skein of fingering weight yarn from a local dyer. And local as in this indie dyer lives within 100 mile radius of me, not local to my entire country. =/

This is the basic gist of the entire business hook taken straight from the pick kit/price page.:

“The Black Sheep Society is a monthly craft-a-long box for yarn and fabric lovers, delivering EXCLUSIVE, simple, on-trend projects from indie designers, paired with beautiful products, perfect for crafting your handmade wardrobe.”

Who is the indie designer? What products are these projects paired with? Are these products also sourced with in the United States? And are those manufacturers in the United States as well? I mean come on. Go big or go home. Charge me an extra $30 and get me some really good things. This in-between pricing makes me think that I’m getting something overpriced and of poor quality.

Johnny, dude. Why did you send out a mass email to your subscribers if your website doesn’t even have the most important information available? Why would I refer my friends here if what you’re offering is not at value with other sources? I feel like I’m not your target audience. I feel like your target audience is for millennial house wives and fashionistas.

Millennials have grown up with the internet and we all know how to use it and how to find our niche in fashion, home decor, news, entertainment, and other media to our greatest advantage. In the mean time, I await reports and possibly another email explaining yourself and round 3. I don’t blame you for trying this new business model and subsequently making dramatic changes.

Honestly, I look forward to where this takes you and your team. And also, where are my New Stitch A Day emails? I miss those.

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We just binge-watched the last 5 episodes of The Seven Deadly Sins on Netflix last night.

Hawk-chan…. HAWK-CHAN!!!!!!!!!!

(and Helbram, and King, and Guilthunder, and Jericho, and Melodias, but mostly HAWK-CHAAAANNNN!!!!!)

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Hawk…chan…..I cried.

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My productivity scale for the last month has relatively strong. I’m almost max level with a character in Guild Wars 2. I finished knitting a hat. I’m almost done with a kids sweater. Jonathan’s scarf got another inch or two done, and my Paloma is sitting on the sidelines.

The easiest way for me to knit is with a movie I’ve seen many times playing in the background. So I decided to get my work done with the help of Miss. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Lucy approves and too was captivated by the handsome Mr. Darcy.

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The slug kitty is having a special moment as I usually don’t let her on the desk, but she really wanted to see what I was doing. My arms were free to knit and she had full view of the monitor. Oh yes, Mr. Darcy you are the best when putting Miss Caroline Bingly in her place. I always forget how much I dislike her character and then am reminded how infinitely shallow she is.

The old BBC version of Pride and Prejudice will always be my favorite. Just like the old The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe will always be my favorite versions of those books. There’s nothing like good ole’ turn of the 1990’s computer graphics and photography!

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