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My friend Dan Hon has gotten me hooked on TinyLetter, which another friend of ours called “artisanal penpals”. Dan is using it as a near-daily writing exercise; I’m using it as a something between a blog post and a sort of longer, more themed Twitter. I’m doing it weekly, and I’m enjoying the pace.

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UPDATE 4/7/14: Dan and I were trying to figure out the best way to connect all these funny little letter things together, so we made a webring, 1997-style: The Internet of Newsletters. Join us, won’t you?

Solving the Black Letter Labs Puzzle in the Seattle Gigapixel ArtZoom

lettersWhen I received a strange email on February 3rd, I had never heard of the Gigapixel ArtZoom, “an interactive multi-billion-pixel panoramic image celebrating the arts in Seattle.”

The email told me there was a hidden puzzle in this “Where’s Waldo of Seattle” and asked for my help solving it; I didn’t know if it was a legitimate plea for help or a message from the game’s creators, but I couldn’t resist finding out more. Continue reading

Seattle Puzzle Break, Escape the Room Games & Tips for New Puzzle Teams

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A couple of weeks ago, 11 members of three Portland puzzle teams (Team Snout, Puzzle Underground and my own team Goat Masonry) caravanned up to Seattle to try our hand at Puzzle Break’s escape the room adventure. Continue reading