Relatedly, we are fairly demanding on battery life, so please make sure your phones are charged ahead of time
I think he means hunt ghosts first, then hunt Pokemon.
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Even if I can't play, I hope it goes well. The world's a better place if the Rec and Parks Department think fondly of Shinteki.
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Oh, wait, this here book is fiction? Dang. Uhm, nevermind.
In case you're wondering and/or you're a San Francisco bay area history buff: http://go.nps.gov/gogacollections brings you to a page about the GGNRA's Park Archives and Records Center, which has archaelogical and natural stuff found/dug up around the parks.
The Marconi parts were interesting, especially the parts with Nevil Maskelyne. They had electronics, the black magic of antenna design, and Morse code.
Iron Puzzler is once again coming to the SF Bay Area. This is that weekend-long combo puzzle-design and puzzle-solving contest in which teams spend Saturday creating puzzles using "secret ingredients"; then spend Sunday solving each others' puzzles. The period(s) in which the Iron Puzzler event went dormant are the darkest years of my life.*
There's even a division for first-time puzzle designers in which you get a mentor to give you great advice like "You should use this totally sweet word list, it's roughly sorted by puzzle-suitability" or "Maybe choose a less flammable material for that." I signed up to be a mentor. You should, too. But wait, you're thinking, What if I don't have time to share all of my puzzle-designy wisdom with these nice folks? Also, I think I can't stand people? Don't worry about any of that. I signed up as a mentor last year; my mentee-team never asked me anything. It took zero time! I could have mentored ∞ teams, no problem! If you're not playing in Iron Puzzler, signing up to be an Iron Puzzler mentor is a great way to smugly say "I'm helping the local puzzlehunt community to grow; what have you done?" without actually having to stop collecting Pokemons. Why are you still reading this? Why haven't you clicked through to the Iron Puzzler site?
*This is not true.
There are interesting things to say about this. Every so often, someone automates something that, in hindsight, shouldn't have been automated; things go wrong; folks go back to doing things "by hand". Those are interesting stories. Those are not this book's stories. Instead, this book rails against cases where something is automated and nobody wants to go back to doing things by hand. E.g., airplanes used to have another crew member: a navigator. With so many of their duties automated, it stopped making sense. So modern airline passengers endure automatically-generated routes instead of hand-crafted artisanal… Stellar navigation skills have dwindled with the lack of demand. (I learned how to use an astrolabe back in school. Have I since forgotten? Yes, yes I have.) There hasn't been hue and cry about this because air passengers just want to, y'know, get to San Francisco safely; they don't much care whether someone is feeling fulfilled navigating the route. I think that's fine. Air passengers think that's fine. This book's author wants to complain about these things, though.
This book thoroughly attacks the straw man: Everything should be automated with the technology we have right now. Yep, by the time you're done reading, you won't think that's true.
It suggests that I'd probably be interested in reading about the history of Electronic Medical Records, which sounds like something that I'd be interested in (automated but, in hindsight, probably shouldn't have been*).
(My apologies for making you read this on the internets instead of commissioning a scribe to hand-copy it for each of you. No apology necessary, you say? OK nevermind then.)
*Then again, considering how much the book complains about things that automation improved, maybe I shouldn't assume EMRs fall into the "made-worse" category just on this book's say-so.
Sure, it might happen something like what's described in this novel. I guess? Fun story, anyhow.