Perplexcity

Perplexcity A while back Jack told me a little about this site that was kind of an online puzzle game. You can order these perplexcity cards and each one has a brain teaser on them of varying difficulty. Each card is part of a 4 card set and you earn points for solving the cards and bonus points for solving the sets. Between the hints on the cards and the clues you get from solving sets, along with online information you’re supposed to be able to figure out where the stolen Receda Cube has been hidden here on earth. If you find the cube you win $200,000. my rank Theres a map of Perplexcity on the back of some of the cards, so as you solve them you begin to get a map of the city with information about different buildings and areas of the city. Jack’s been ordering cards for awhile now and he’s handed me down his seconds, so I finally broke down and started figuring them out. It’s pretty addictive and some of the puzzles are really challenging so I’ve ordered a set just to see what I can do. So far I’ve solved 25 of the 256 cards and I’m ranked an even 4000. I’m not sure how many cards have been released altogether, but most of the cards from the third series have been solved. I’ve been showing the duplicates of the duplicates around and nobody has shown much interest, except Sam at work. He’s helped me with a couple and is curious enough to have looked into buying some, although I don’t know if he’s set up an account yet.
There’s a mountain of information to catch up on that has been published because, evidently, this has been going on since 2004. I’m not sure if I have it in me to do all the backstory research. I like the instant (or in some cases, eventual) gratification from solving the cards. I guess the bigger puzzle could be cool, but I’m not sure how layerd the rewards are where you can actually figure stuff out and have noticable progress after the cards are done.

The Kayak

So I forgot I had a blog and thought maybe this belonged in it…
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Tuesday morning I had considered not getting out of bed in the morning because I felt kinda crappy, but finally dragged my sorry self into work because of a couple meetings I figured required my attendance. Jack thought we ought to go grab lunch and run to REI so he cold look at some insoles for his running shoes. When we got to REI Jack asked if I was still planning on getting a Kayak this year after I swore in my wrath that this was the year I’d do it. I kind of shrugged the question off with a “mrhh” noise.
I had lusted after kayaks but generally resisted the temptation due to the initial expense for quite awhile. Last year I decided to get one and really put some time into researching what I wanted and came up with the Perception Carolina 16.0 as the object of my lust. Unfortunately the 16.0 alone costs around $1000, and I’m still a starving artist. I just couldn’t find a way to get into a touring kayak last year and finally gave up on the idea mid-summer. This spring I began looking at cheaper models and wondering if I could find a used kayak of some kind to at least get out and enjoy this summer in some little way, unlike last summer.
This brings me back to REI. Jack wasn’t finding what he wanted and I wandered off towards the boats for a little moment of forbidden fantasy. A salesman approached me, asking if he could help. I told him I didn’t think so, that I had wanted to get into kayaking for some time, but hadn’t had the funding. He said, “Well, if you’ve always wanted to, this is the day to do it.” He led me around to the other side of the rack where they had a red Carolina 16.0 on the bottom rack with a 50% off pricetag. He told me that the $600-odd dollar price was due to them trying to get rid of a last years model before the season. I waffled for about 10 seconds, but realized that this was my chance, so I had him pull the pricetag so I could pay for it. He told me to bring back a hold sign from the register and I could pick it up after work when I had my truck. After payment I got back in time to disappoint someone talking to the salesman about the same Kayak. I guess I snaked it out from under him.
Maybe I’ll have something to write about if the lakes ever thaw.

Pacific Fighters

So I picked up a flight sim game because I hadn’t played one in a long time and I’ve been playing the Battlefield 1942 scenarios over and over where I could easily get into a plane. I’m not so sure I’m all that keen on the PF deal, but I did find out I could make quick-and-dirty skins for the planes without a whole lot of effort and thinking, so I kind of threw camoflauge to the wind and made some skins for random planes as they came up.
seafire skin   b-25
I do like the fact that when your fighter gets shot up it starts showing the damage.
blasted rudder

Face Recognition Software

So I saw a couple weeks ago or so on Slashdot (I think) that there was a website that you could upload your picture and it would show what celebs you looked like. I picked out a fine shot and waited for the results. I’m pretty sure it’s just random, and not comparative. But if you wanna give it a try it’s here: Myheratage.com
But if you want to see the results
The picture of me I submitted:
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My Doppelgangers
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Top Row: Joseph_Conrad, Werner Herzog, Strom Thurmond, Perl Buck, Matthew Perry
Second Row: Paul Wittgenstein, Morton Stanley, Michael J. Fox, Melvin Calvin, Bing Crosby
Ya gotta feel sorry for the people that matched.

The end of an era

So the times (again) they are a-changing. Since the fall of 1998 or so I’ve had a dedicated webserver at home. I guess it made me one of the really cool nerds, but in reality it just sucked away money down a hole. I had grand plans of a ceramics portal website where I could showcase my work along with the other artists I know, and possibly make some sales on the side. The truth of it is, I’m lazy and don’t have much in the way of sales skills. The Cone Ten ceramics site started to get bogged down with personal minutia so I registered this site as the Eclectic Archipelago just to make things cleaner (and harder to spell). With the coming of the Archipelago I started blogging (before blogging was blogging) and made a couple entries in the first two years before, once again, the site got bogged down due to laziness.
I finally came to the decision to wipe my home server and host where it was more economical. I have to thank Jack for providing non profit space for me as well as my brother as well as keeping the blog services going where I’m more inclined to shut comments off rather than deal with spam and updates. Perhaps (before it becomes a new years resolution or some other nonsense) I’ll make more of an effort to do something with my sites. Hopefully, I’ll at least fix the style sheet.

Insomnia

So it gets to be 4:00 a.m. and bing! I’m awake and can’t go back to sleep. It’s times like this that I wish I could at least fix something at work, but I checked in and everything seems to be running smoothly. Of course the emails I get at night are only log stuff so they just browse really quick with nothing surprising. But that’s better than finding out we’ve been hacked, I guess.
I found out yesterday that of the three pieces I entered into the inter collegiate show the helmet actually made it in. From what I remember from the stats, there were over 170 pieces entered from the U alone, and a handfull from Utah State, BYU, Weber State, and one from one other school in Utah, I think. Or maybe the single one was from Weber State. Anyway, they accepted 71 of the pieces for the show. For some wierd reason I always feel self concious about getting a piece in, especially when so many of the good pieces that other people I know didn’t make it in. Anyway, it was wierd because all night at class I had people coming up to me congratulating me for getting in and telling me how good the helmet looks. I guess the wierdness comes because I really wasn’t aware that so many people know who I am, or made the connection between the helmet and me. I do still feel like an outsider in the program, but that isn’t unusual. I feel like an outsider almost everywhere.
If I ever get the pictures off my phone I snapped today in the gallery I’ll post one of the helmet here. And someday I’ll take a real slide of it.

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