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Here's a nicely annotated list of top abstract strategy games, selecting one per year (with a few gaps before 1980). The honourable mentions are also worth reading, I think I‘ll make myself a copy of Robotory.
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Consider also Santorini. Clark Rodeffer introduced me to it at Penguicon. I only played it a couple of times, and that in 2007, but I thought it was a great game. I think you could easily play it with two piecepacks, any flavor (for the tiles -- otherwise, you would only need one).
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I had always thought that North America wasn't bombed during the world wars, but apparently that's not quite right. Japan sent bombs on balloons through the jet stream, and some of them made it across the Pacific. The ones that made it all landed in remote areas, so the Americans were able to keep the whole thing quiet. At least five people died, however, when some children triggered one of the unexploded bombs.
I was particularly surprised to learn that one of the balloons was found recently in the woods about a five hour drive from my home.
The main link is to an episode of RadioLab that tells the story of the Japanese fire balloons, and you can read about the recent find near Lumby, BC here:
npr.org/blogs/npr-history-dept/2015/01/20/375820191
During World War II, something happened that nobody ever talks about. A ;tale of mysterious balloons, children caught up in the winds of war. And the terror of silence.
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I love playing games with kids. My daughter and I were playing Password, and I had to give clues for the word "sweep". I said, "What you do with a broom," and her guess was "fly".
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A boardgame publisher talks about the surprisingly high demand for solitaire variants.
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While I was looking through the best of 2014 and 2013 on The Art of Puzzles[1], I found this clever word search with a twist from 1 Apr 2013.
Of course, there's more to it than just the word search, but anyone with even a passing interest in puzzles will have all the necessary skills to solve it.
[1]: http://www.gmpuzzles.com/blog/category/other-posts/bestof/
Grandmasters - the first Word Search on Grandmaster Puzzles takes on a familiar topic. By Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku
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Make sure you're using the latest Git client to avoid a newly discovered vulnerability.
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Seth Jaffee has some detailed tips for writing clear, readable rules. I like the suggestions for overall layout, and I'm guilty of using too much bold text in my rules. I'm going to try +Sen-Foong Lim​'s suggestion of only using bold the first time the term appears.

These suggestions go well with Mike Selinker's Ten Rules on Writing Rules: http://youtu.be/SshUdUEtIw8
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Martin Fowler posted an interesting description of data lakes. They are like a company's data warehouse, but less structured. The idea is to collect all the raw data possible, and then publish simplified views of certain aspects as "lakeshore data marts". Most people doing planning will use the data marts, but you still have all the raw data available to do deeper investigation and possibly build new data marts.
I think he brushes over the privacy concerns a bit too quickly, you probably want to anonymize the data before it goes in the lake. You just have to balance how useful the information might be for analysis with how sensitive it is. You obviously wouldn't put credit card numbers in there, but how about birth dates and addresses? Depending on what kind of analysis is plausible, you might put them in or some trimmed version like birth year and postal code.
A Data Lake is a store that hold raw data as a source for data scientists to explore ways to gain information. It should not be accessed by end-users or used for system integration.
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+Cameron Browne​ is starting a journal of game and puzzle design, so let him know if you want to subscribe or submit.

"Submissions may pertain to any type of game or puzzle – abstract, physical, printed, digital, etc. – but should focus on underlying mechanics or gameplay rather than visual design. The emphasis will be on traditional games and puzzles, although submissions on digital games (other than major AAA video games) are also welcome, especially where links are drawn between traditional and digital design approaches."
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If you enjoyed Regex Golf[1], here's another interesting set of regular expression puzzles. If you don't like regular expressions, that's probably a healthy response. Please carry on with your day.

[1]: http://regex.alf.nu/
A crossword puzzle game using regular expressions. Earn achievements completing puzzle challenges. Easy tutorials for people new to regular expressions.
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My daughter made her first commit to Github today. We're working on a toothbrush timer that will count down from two minutes and show which tooth you should be brushing. Anyone want to be an Android beta tester when we get to that stage?
We were using a timer by James Sandford:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jamessandford.toothbrushtimer It's fine, but a bit buggy. It also annoyed Anna that it displays a set of adult teeth, so she had to adjust her pattern. Since it was a little weak, we decided to see whether we could do better.
I'm also looking forward to learning more about the Kivy platform that lets you write Android apps using Python.
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If, like +Jay Cormier​, you didn't know that one of Superman's creators was Canadian, then you obviously didn't grow up watching heritage minutes. They were a bit like schoolhouse rock without that rock-and-roll edge.
You can hear Jay display his ignorance as he lets his design partner Sen win the "King of Canada" contest on the "Boards Alive" podcast. They also talk about board game design.
https://boardsalivepodcast.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/episode-15-interview-with-sen-foong-lim-and-jay-cormier/
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HAHAHAHAHA :D

most excellent.
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