Month: December 2017

Christmas gift from Lance: some assembly required

December 25, 2017 Incoherent ramblings ,

Lance got me a little notebook for Christmas, the first page of which had a message that I had to work to decode:

Conveniently, it was all ASCII, and all in a single base.  He got the evil idea of wishing he’d encoding each character in a different base, which would have made life more difficult.  I used the following quick hack to decode:

There was one small encoding error, a missing zero that transformed an ‘s’ into a ‘;’.

Forget bitcoin, how about video-game-time coin

December 12, 2017 Bitcoin , ,

My step-son Karl started suiting up in snow gear this morning, even before eating breakfast, to go out and shovel the snow.  I managed to get some food into him first, and while he was in the kitchen, he noticed sadly that the dishwasher had not been run last night, so he wasn’t able to unload it for us!

He then proceeded to explain to me that if he does things that we (the adults in the house) like, then he has noticed that he gets more game (i.e. video-game) time.

The volume in video-game time futures may not be very high, but this coin, as unphysical as bitcoin, is a actively being traded in Markham, Ontario.  Kids understand the free market very well, long before they ever actively take any sort of economics!