Monthly Archives: March 2014

Secret Cryptogram Notes

There have been Secret Cryptogram Notes found in D.B. Weldon Library Stacks, which I have just discovered via one of the RSS feeds I follow, and I am quite intrigued. I haven’t had a chance to really dig in to any of them (yet), but I wonder if anyone has done a number analysis to see how many times each symbol occurs in each note. I know that there are more symbols than letters in the alphabet, but this seems like it should be the first step in any cryptanalysis attempt. If no one beats me to it, I may just try that to see what the results are.

Cyberspace

Does anyone remember an old door game back in the BBS days called Cyberspace? It was almost more of an engine than an actual door, because once you set it up, it was up to you and your users to /dig new rooms, /describe them, define exits, create objects to populate them, etc. There were commands to make objects move from room to room, give them classic RPG character attributes, etc, so you could, essentially, create a game within the door of Cyberspace. I was considering finding the user docs for this door and recreating it in PHP. What does everyone think? Could be kind of interesting?

Broken Links

Broken Links
I have started using a plugin to clean up some of the broken links on the site. Many of the links that were found are quite old, and some merely needed updated from http to https. Others had .com when they should have had .org. Still others are long gone from the internet. And some were just fine, and I have no idea why they were marked as broken. Once I complete this cleanup of broken links, I will likely point the ones that are gone forever to the Wayback Machine, if available, or turn the plugin’s CSS back on so that broken links are apparent.

On a related note, I removed the Links page, as all it was getting was the occasional spam that needed moderated. I originally set the page up as part of doing strictly “Ghosts of Ohio” with the site, when it sorta made a good idea.

Cleaning up the sidebar is my next priority. What should go? What should stay? Should any of it be moved to the footer instead? Let me know in comments!

Abuse of Authority

You may have noticed the new page on the site called “Abuse of Authority.” This page will link to my posts on the many abuses of authority which occur daily, many focused on the TSA. Some other TSA-related posts may wind up there as well, because, when talking about the TSA, it usually is about their abuses, or their lack of actual security, or some such. Easier just to keep everything in one place 😉

Linux CLI tricks

tuxOne of the reasons I enjoy Linux so much, I think, is because I’ve always been a fan of the command line, even after the GUI came into its own. So here are a couple of articles that I’ve recently bookmarked showing a couple of cool Linux CLI tricks.

The first is how to look up the geographic location of an IP address from the command line, which could come in especially handy during an ARG 😉

Second is how to use Google Translate from the terminal.

Finally, here’s 20 great terminal replacements for GUI applications.

Just wanted to share 🙂