Q:I saw your post about the Holiday Bullshit puzzle. Are you implying that you've figured out "the first step?" If so, are you willing to share/give hints? There's a whole lot of nothing going on over on Reddit.
Truthfully, I’ve figured a step… but I’m not really sure if it’s the first or second or whatever. No do I have no idea how many steps there are. I will say I’ve spent more time on this than I would care to admit, given my lack of success breaking through.
Punished under British law for homosexuality in the 1950s, code breaker Turing has now been pardoned.
Dec. 24 2013
Queen Elizabeth II has pardoned Alan Turing, the father of modern computing, who was convicted of “gross indecency” for being gay, 61 years after he poisoned himself.
The Queen granted Turing, whose theories laid the foundation for the computer age and who broke the code which helped the Allies outfox the Nazis, an official pardon on Tuesday.
Turing, whose work on artificial intelligence still informs the debate over whether machines can think, was punished by Britain in the 1950s, when homosexuality was still a criminal offence.
"Turing was an exceptional man with a brilliant mind," Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said in a prepared statement released on Tuesday.
Describing Turing’s treatment as unjust, Grayling said the code breaker “deserves to be remembered and recognised for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science.”
Turing’s contributions to science spanned several disciplines, but he is perhaps best remembered as the architect of the effort to crack the Enigma code, the cypher used by Nazi Germany to secure its military communications.
Turing’s groundbreaking work, combined with the effort of cryptanalysts at Bletchley Park, near Oxford, and the capture of Nazi code books, gave the Allies the edge across half the globe, helping them defeat the Italians in the Mediterranean, beat back the Germans in Africa and escape enemy submarines in the Atlantic.
Even before the war, Turing was formulating ideas that would underpin modern computing, ideas which matured into a fascination with artificial intelligence and the notion that machines would someday challenge the minds of man.
When the war ended, Turing went to work programming some of the world’s first computers, drawing up one of the earliest chess games, among other initiatives.
Turing made no secret of his sexuality, and being gay could easily lead to prosecution in post-war Britain.
In 1952, Turing was convicted of “gross indecency” over his relationship with another man, and he was stripped of his security clearance, subjected to monitoring by British authorities, and forced to take estrogen to neutralise his sex drive - a process described by some as chemical castration.
S. Barry Cooper, a University of Leeds mathematician who has written about Turing’s work, said future generations would struggle to understand the code breaker’s treatment.
"You take one of your greatest scientists, and you invade his body with hormones," he said in a telephone interview. "It was a national failure."
Turing committed suicide in 1954.
Turing’s legacy was long obscured by secrecy.
"Even his mother wasn’t allowed to know what he’d done," Cooper said.
Then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued an apology for Turing’s treatment in 2009, but campaigners kept pressing for a formal pardon.
Hey Story Warriors!
We’re doing one more (maybe final!?) playtest of Volume 2! This time in Chicago! The windy apple! Home of the famous sports team the Chicago Scruff MacGruffs! The setting of Hey Arnold I think? CHICAGO! That one building! That big mirror! CHICAGO! City of lights!
Anyway, I have no idea what I’m doing in Chicago but Chicagoland Games: The Dice Dojo has graciously agreed to host us, sight unseen! Here’s the details!
- WHEN: Saturday, Nov 23th, from 3pm to 6pm!
- WHERE: Chicagoland Games: The Dice Dojo (pictured above)
- ADDRESS: 5550 N Broadway St, Chicago, (Bryn Mawr red line)
- PHONE: Brad: 347 266 4972 (in case you get lost!)
Come hang out with us and help us playtest Story War volume 2! Your feedback is going to help us shape the final game! We put a huge emphasis on accessibility so if you could bring along friends who don’t normally play board games that would be great! In fact, if you bring along at least three friends (yourself and three others) we’ll give you a FREE copy of Volume 1!
PS: We might have a local Chicago celebrity visiting the playtest! Is it Oprah? Is it Max Temkin creator of Cards Against Humanity? Is it a deep dish pizza because Max had something better to do on Saturday and I didn’t ask him if he was actually coming before I name dropped him in this post? Only one way to find out!!!
See you guys on SATURDAY in CHICAGO!
(And if you can’t make it, could you please reblog this post so everyone knows about our stupidly last minute playtest in CHICAGO!)
Hey Chicago, go to this stupidly last minute playtest on Saturday. I’ve played Story War, and it’s great fun.