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Poké Ball Plus Auto-Catch Mod


After some tries, I figured out how to mod the Pokéball Plus to auto-catch and spin while using it for Pokémon Go. I think it will make it useless as a Joy-con for Let’s Go. I found a couple people online doing an auto-catch mod but all involved the simulation of the button always being pushed down wasting the battery.
My mod is similar to the Pokémon Go Plus mod. When the device vibrates, it activates the button.

Another way to mod the Pokéball Plus to auto-catch/spin while using it for Pokémon Go. With this method you can disable the vibration. I think it will make it useless as a Joy-con for Let’s Go. I found a couple people online doing an auto-catch mod but all involved the simulation of the button always being pushed down, wasting the battery.
My mod is similar to the Pokémon Go Plus mod. When the device vibrates, it activates the button.
Video is at 2x speed to save time.

So I’ve been asked a couple of times for close-up pics of the soldering points. 


This is on the button board. You want to solder a wire on the connecting point of the small red wire.

Before doing the next step, make sure to run the wire though the main section.
On the main board, you want to solder it to the little pins in front of the connector that the vibration board plugs into. 

I haven’t tested it as a controller since I don’t have a Switch but I read you can disable the vibration when using it as a controller. If you did that, it should work normally as a controller.

A lot of credit goes to the guy that made the original Pokémon GO Plus mod.
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I AM A RUNNER and @Runkeeper

Recently there was a “I AM A RUNNER” challenge on Runkeeper. This challenge really made me reminisce on my journey. As many of you know I started my journey back in late 2013. From day 1, Runkeeper was with me. At that time I was only doing walks. Eventually I started hiking and I continued to use Runkeeper.

September 21st, 2014 I took my first run with Runkeeper. My pace was 9 min/km and I could barely keep running for 90 seconds before needing a walking interval. My first 5k came just 2 months later on November 2nd, 2014. As soon as the app announced 5k, I threw up my hands and celebrated only to realize people were looking at me. My 5k time was 0:44:11 but I was so proud of myself.

I ran my first race on October 18th, 2015. I ran in the Numazu Kano River Marathon(沼津かのがわハーフマラソン) 5k course. I was super nervous but my time was 0:28:01.

My next race was on February 14th, 2016. I ran the 10k course in the Izu Marathon(伊豆マラソン). My time was 1:00:35.

In the first half of 2016, I ran the Izu Marathon(伊豆マラソン) 10k, Nihondaira Sakura Marathon(日本平桜マラソン) 10k and Fuji Susono Plateau Marathon(富士裾野高原マラソン) 5k.

After that I decided to challenge a half marathon and I wanted my first half marathon to be the same race as the first one I entered, the Numazu Kano River Marathon. This is also my usual running course so I thought it would make it a little easier.

Unfortunately I got an Inguinal Hernia and had to have surgery to fix it in September meaning I would need to miss the marathon. But just 2 months later I ran 8.8k in the Fuji Marathon Festa 2016 in FUJI SPEEDWAY(富士マラソンフェスタ2016 in FUJI SPEEDWAY). During my winter vacation in Canada I ran in 2 races. The Big Elf Run 5k and the Resolution Run 5k.

During my recover I realized how addicted I was to running. I would see people running and miss it. I am still recovering from the hernia and my pace isn’t what it was but I began to train for next October’s Numazu Kanogawa Half Marathon. I’m currently registered for 5 races in the first of 2017.

I ran 451k in 2015 and last year was 818.2k. Since October 2013, I’ve lost over 40kg and beat obesity. This year I will beat being overweight and accomplish 2 goals. The first will be hiking Mt. Fuji in the summer and the second is running my first half marathon in October. And Runkeeper will be with me for both.

Thinking about my journey and writing this blog, I know I AM A RUNNER.

Half Marathon Training

nihondairamarathon
After finishing a couple 5Ks and 10Ks, I’ve decided to train for a Half Marathon. I’m taking time off from Judo and concentrating on this training. I’m hoping to be ready for October or November. I’m taking a couple training plans and making my own.

You can follow my running on Runkeeper.

Ryan.

What is Silver Week?

This September Japan’s Elusive Mega Holiday is occurring. So I asked myself, what exactly is “Silver Week”? We all know Golden Week but what is this rare holiday? I did some short but informative research.

Here’s a list of the holidays.

  • Respect for the Aged Day, third Monday of September

A holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly citizens.

  • Autumnal Equinox Day, astronomically determined, but usually September 23

A day not just to mark the changing of seasons but also to pay our respects to our deceased parents, grandparents, and other family members.

  • Kokumin no kyūjitsu, the day in between the two other holidays

Japanese law stipulates that if there is only one non-holiday in between two public holidays, that day should become an additional holiday.

The media have dubbed the holiday “Silver Week” in honor of the seniors who will be honored on the first national holiday of the week. In Japanese Wasei-eigo or what I call Japanglish, “silver” is a commonly used as a polite adjective for referring to the elderly, deriving from their gray hair.

There has been much talk in Japan of moving the days to make it a permanent 5 day holiday. It’s thought that this could boost the economy. Japan already has more holidays than most other countries in the World.

With that being said, it’s an extra 5 day holiday this year so let’s enjoy! Silver Week is from September 19th to the 23rd.

This article was original written for my company newsletter.