My brain is all over the place today, luckily I have this blog to help me sort out my thoughts!
First of all, not puzzle-related in any way (unless you want to go solve this from last week), the women’s Olympic soccer semifinals are today and I am pumped!! World Cup champs Japan play France at noon ET, and then defending Olympic gold champs USA play Canada at 2:45. Both matches should be incredible, so now is a great time to tune in and get prepped for the gold medal match on Thursday. I’m rooting for the USWNT of course, they are amazing and Abby Wambach is my idol!
Second, did everybody watch Curiosity land last night? So exciting and amazing to watch, and I’m really glad it was a successful landing. Barring nuclear apocalypse, it’s hard for me to imagine a future where we don’t at least try and terraform Mars. And seeing humans land on Mars within my lifetime actually seems like a possibility! Can you imagine them going around and collecting all the pieces and parts that were ejected from Curiosity, rescuing Spirit and Opportunity, and building a museum there to put them in? Magical.
In more puzzley news, WarTron, a Portland Game by TeamSnout, ran this past weekend. I know a lot of you were lucky enough to attend, and the East Coast eagerly awaits your write-ups! Leave a link in the comments to make sure I see it, and I’ll include them all in my next round-up. After I’ve finished crying tears of jealousy.
Speaking of Games… my husband suggested that if I met a certain long-term work-related goal, my reward might be for us to try our best to get into and attend our first Game! So… anybody know of anything in the works for 2013?
Also, got BAPHL on the mind… I’d really like to round up some friends go, but Boston is so far away and September 15 is so soon! Maybe I’ll send out an e-mail just to see if anyone is interested and see where things go from there. Anybody planning to attend?
I’ve also been busy helping out with the Great America Race which starts in D.C. this Friday. Only one way to find out which puzzles I worked on! =) I also got a peek at the rest of the puzzles last week, and players are really in for something special!
I’d really like to write a Black Letter Game retrospective post, but that would require finishing the Black Letter Game. UGH. Haven’t even glanced at any of the three rounds of hints we’ve been given. Maybe this weekend! When did life get so busy?
And here are a few interesting odds and ends I’ve stumbled across recently:
- Mystery on Fifth Avenue – A neat article from back in 2008 that I just found about an apartment with a puzzle hunt for the inhabitants designed into its very architecture.
- Taman Shud Case – An interesting unsolved case from the late 40’s.
- The Great Escape – A new action-adventure reality TV show (oh boy!) on TNT where teams compete to escape from dramatic locations with physical and mental challenges along the way. I don’t have cable, and unfortunately this is another one of those NBC Olympics-style choose-your-cable-provider-to-watch-online bass-ackwards deals, so I probably won’t actually be watching this anytime soon. If anybody checks it out, let me know if it’s any good!
That’s all for today! Any puzzle/mystery/adventure news I should know about?