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Puzzle Hunts are Everywhere, Maybe even Ten Places Ten Times

Shinteki Decathlon 10 was on Saturday; and on the Saturday before that. And a month before that was the playtest. Ten of something like this is an impressive milestone, so I got extra clicky with my camera while playtesting and site-monitoring. Thus: Shinteki Decathlon 10 photos.

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2015-05-25T18:38:26

Today's Shinteki Decathlon 10 volunteering plan: don't run my camera out of battery power like last weekend. Or… run it out later, at least. I still want to take plenty of photos, though. Shinteki Decathlon 10: Still a big deal on the second weekend.

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2015-05-23T13:22:11

If even numbers were odd, then there's a 50/50 chance my idea would have worked.

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2015-05-21T23:12:24

Book Report: The Man with the Getaway Face

It's another "Parker" crime novel. A quick brutal read.

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2015-05-19T14:03:13

Google Streetview knows Muir Woods trails

Why walk the Steep Ravine trail like a chump when you can traverse it virtually through street view?

There's the Steep Ravine, the Matt Davis, much of the Dipsea… I was thinking of walking the Dipsea, wondering how well it was marked. In these enlightened times, it's well-marked in real and virtual realities.

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2015-05-18T11:53:17

Shinteki Decathlon 10 is today!* Wow, it made it to 10. It's kind of a big deal. So excited to be volunteering today.

*Or next weekend, if you signed up for the second weekend.

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2015-05-16T14:02:26

Wanted: Mnemonic for Proper Coyote Hazing

What this photo is failing to show you is a coyote peeking out from amongst the eucalyptus trees uphill from UCSF Parnassus Heights, i.e., really really close to where I live.

That's from my walk this morning. I guess I should learn how to behave around coyotes, since they're evidently settling into the neighborhood. From the leaflet I saw on my walk yesterday on Telegraph Hill, I remembered that I was either definitely supposed to "haze" the coyote or definitely not supposed to "haze" the coyote depending on what month it was and some other things. Here, to "haze" a coyote means to yell at it and annoy it so that it doesn't get too comfortable with humans.

Anyhow, now that I'm back home I can look at this Project Coyote flyer. It says…

Don’t haze if it is March through July, and you are in a park or open space and think you could be near a coyote den, or if you think that pups could be present.

Haze if a coyote approaches you in a park or in a neighborhood, or if you see a coyote who is comfortable walking your street or visiting yards.

I've forgotten that "March through July" before, so I want a mnemonic for that. Then again, maybe that would be necessary but not sufficient. Maybe the Project Coyote people, upon encountering a coyote in some environment, have opinions about whether they "could be near a coyote den." But of course, I have no idea; I'm not even sure what counts as "close" for this purpose.

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2015-05-15T18:41:50

Book Report: Give and Take

This book makes the case that you can behave nicely and still get ahead in business. Is this surprising? Does this need saying? Maybe; the author says that many folks don't think they can give others the benefit of the doubt in a business context; if they were playing The Prisoner's Dilemma, they'd use a variant Tit-for-Tat strategy that started out defecting. Anyhow, this book is meant to convince such folks that they can give others the benefit of the doubt and still do OK.

Anyhow, if you're nice and think that you need to be mean to get ahead in business, then this book is for you. If not, well… It's a quick read.

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2015-05-15T11:47:58

Link: Double Fine Adventure!

I've been watching this serial documentary about how a computer game got made. It distills the thrill and the angst of game development. I've mentioned it before, but back then to see the videos, you had to kickstarter the game and… well, it wasn't trivially easy. Now, you can watch them on YouTube.* Well, you can see most of them; they're still making the videos. But by the time you've finished watching the existing videos, the others might be done. After all, the game they described is finished, yay. You can see what it's like when programmers and artists and cinematic types collaborate to make a game; it gets interesting.

*But if you're a grown-up, you'll still pay for it to support the filmmakers, right? Right.

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2015-05-15T03:57:58

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Tagging and graffiti as corporate team-building exercise. 1AMSF

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2015-05-15T00:10:43

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