Archive for March, 2007

World’s Hardest Sudoku

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

I missed this back in November, but here’s the world’s hardest sudoku, and an article from USA Today about its creation.

The BSG Pool Revised

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Thanks to the iTunes store, I am now caught up on BSG and ready for my finale part 2 rematch with Seema. None of my part 1 predictions have been ruled out yet, and my Divorce pick is looking good.

Here’s your spoiler space. Don’t make me say I told you so…


The BSG Pool

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Seema and I are having a BSG Season 3 finale pool. Keep in mind that neither of us has seen part 1 of the finale yet. Here’s my attempt at spoiler space…


Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Seema wants to know why I’m suddenly obsessed with wooden jigsaw puzzles, so here’s the story:

Mom wanted a jigsaw puzzle for her birthday, so I popped into Eureka Puzzles, the game store near the Pier 1 on Beacon St. in Coolidge Corner, on my way home one day. I looked through all the regular die-cut jigsaw puzzles for something the right size and nice, but nothing jumped out at me. (But for some gorgeous cardboard jigsaw puzzles, see these jigsaws from Japan.)

Then I noticed the wooden jigsaw puzzles. One of them was partly assembled inside some kind of puzzle display so you could see the whimsy pieces. Since they were approximately the right size, with art mom would like, and too cool for words, I had to get one.

It all should have ended there, but Veronica and I got a chance to play with it over the weekend and it was very addictive. The pieces really do feel so much more substantial than cardboard, and all whimsy aside they have more interesting shapes. Now I don’t know if I can wait for mom to finish her puzzle.

The ones at Eureka are laser-cut wooden jigsaw puzzles from Liberty Puzzles and Wentworth Wooden Jigsaws (see the slideshow); see also Art-Puzzle GmbH. These are (usually, but not always) cheaper than the real scrollsaw-cut ones you can get from all sorts of one-saw operations around the web: Fool’s Gold, MGC’s (see especially his samples), Conrad Armstrong, Jack in the Box, etc.

The other option is making your own. Here are a brief introduction and some details from a puzzlemaker, or you can check these references.

Not So Springy

Monday, March 12th, 2007

The MBTA had not adopted Daylight Saving Time as of this morning at (or so the bus claimed) 7:45am. I guess you can’t expect everyone to spring forward, no matter the obvious benefits. Maybe next year…

Favorite Things I Am Not Allowed To Do Aboard Galactica

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

The lovely Seema provided this link to TWoP’s List Of Things Skippy Is No Longer Allowed To Do Aboard The Battlestar Galactica. Here are my favorites (beware of spoilers in the 900’s):

3. Not allowed to spell Colonel Tigh’s name “T-G-H” and claim “the Cylons took the I,” as it is cruel and not remotely funny.
* Okay, so it’s hilarious. It’s still cruel.
18. I am not a Cylon trapped in a human’s body.
42. Not allowed to hand slices of bread to Lt. Agathon and ask her to “do me a quick favor.”
68. Not allowed to stalk Captain Thrace.
* Not allowed to stalk Major Adama.
* Allowed, however, to stalk Captain Agathon, as he is unlikely to notice me doing it.
* And by “me,” we actually mean “you,” Lt. Edmonson. You think you’re being subtle? Gods.
75. I am not allowed to sell calendars that indicate Captain Thrace’s “Time of the Month.”
78. He is not “The Dread Pirate Tigh.”
107. New Caprica is not for lovers.
118. Algae is not “made of people”.
124. I am not the Chosen One.