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Book Report: The Puzzle Instinct

This book talks about how humans think their way through puzzles. It mostly does this by walking you through several classic puzzles. If you're already somewhat jaded of the classic puzzles, then long stretches of this book might be sloggish; be prepared to skim. But if you're interested in thinking about thinking (especially thinking through tricky things), then you'll want to put the brakes on the skimming and see how a brain can build up a chain of reason around these.

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2014-09-17T02:40:24

The Snoutcast interview with Yuan is a pretty good behind-the-scenes view of Puzzled Pint.

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2014-09-17T04:26:58

You have to Trust me on This One: Mahlen's Doing OK, Too

It's a weekend of coincidental meetings! Mahlen's doing OK, too. You have to trust me on this one; I ran out my phone batteries capturing Munzees, so no photo. He's reading

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2014-09-14T21:42:02

Tom Lester, Annie, and the kids are doing OK

Yesterday, I was navigating from one systematically-chosen map spot to another, walking through East Oakland, when I heard my name. Oh! That lady loading stuff into her car was Annie…oh, I must be next to Tom and Annie's house. Yay!

So soon Tom, Diego, Gabriel and I were out walking at Mills College campus while Annie organized kids' activities for a big community picnic.

Anyhow, they're doing OK. They're exhausted, sure, but it seems like a good exhausted.

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2014-09-14T14:37:57

Link: team lowkey in Decathlon 9

I keep saying that puzzlehunt reports don't lend themselves to video, but I'm rethinking that now that I've seen Team Lowkey in: Decathlon 9.

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2014-09-12T12:35:33

Book Report: Thursday's Children

It's a "best of" collection of Curtis Chen's 512-words-or-fewer flash fiction. Short storylets, one or two scenes apiece; that's about enough space for some wry witty banter and/or to start noodling around some speculative gimmick. I'd already read these as blog posts; so the "reveals" weren't surprises anymore; but I was pleasantly surprised at how well the jokes held up the second time around.

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2014-09-10T03:33:02

"We'll likely call it BANG 31 regardless of whether someone else runs one with that number." oho

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2014-09-09T04:34:43

Book Report: Ghost Spin

What if the quickest way to travel was to transmit your thought-state to another world so that you could be "uploaded" into a new body? What if you were "broadcast" and folks in several places uploaded several copies of you into several bodies? Then you might end up with a book with a split protagonist.

That's this book's premise; two copies of one personality go through different experiences and thus make different choices. Maybe if I were better at figuring out the reasoning behind those different choices, this gimmick would have seemed amazing to me. As it was, it seemed like a sci-fi action novel awkwardly smooshed together with a twin study.

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2014-09-07T01:15:42

Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere, even Musha Cay

My parents forwarded me this article about Adventure activities for travelers.
Every few months, at Musha Cay, a private resort in the Bahamas owned by David Copperfield, the magician gathers his guests and tells them the legend of the unknown pirate. In an old book bought in an antiques store, he explains, he found a pirate, a relative of his. Then he asks the guests for help finding…
Group Adventures, With a Sense of Play

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2014-09-01T17:49:45

Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere, even Arlequin Cafe in San Francisco's Hayes Valley

Some scribbled notes about GCing at #terngame14, a.k.a., Twitter's internal puzzlehunt.

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2014-09-01T17:53:59

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