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MIT Mystery Hunt 2020 Recap

January 27, 2020

I participated in the MIT Mystery Hunt last week with ✈︎✈︎✈︎ Galactic Trendsetters ✈︎✈︎✈︎. This was my fourth time hunting with them, and my last time as an undergraduate (because I'm graduating, not because I'm quitting). I had considered making a post like this in previous years, but never bothered to do follow through; since we actually won Mystery Hunt this time, I figured that this year was as good as any.
I'm not going to add links to any of the puzzles here because they're all currently available on pennypark.fun, but will eventually be moved to the Mystery Hunt Archive. Also, keep in mind that I'm a novice puzzlehunter, in addition to being a bad writer, so take my commentary with a grain of salt. Lastly, and most obviously, lots of puzzle spoilers below. Read at your own risk.

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A Short MTGA Timeline

November 18, 2019

Just wanted to share my short 2-month stint with Magic: the Gathering Arena.

  • Late August 2019: I cave in and create an MTGA account. I was pretty hesitant about getting invested in MTGA, since I've played both Magic Duels and a game in the Duels of the Planeswalkers series in the past, and those games had very short lifespans.
  • September 21, 2019: I give up my free-to-play status and drop $5 on the MTGA starter bundle. This is mainly so that I can purchase the M20 mastery pass before it goes away.
  • Early October 2019: I craft Bant Golos because people on /r/spikes say it's the best deck in the format and I'm tired of playing budget Mono-Red Cavalcade.
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A 2019 Update

January 1, 2019

I figured it was about time for me to post an update.

tl;dr: I've closed down my Etsy store, but the NGNL playing cards are still available here.

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Switching Domains

August 19, 2018

Yesterday, I finally switched domain names from 3edgy6u.com to jasonl.net. This was long overdue, for a variety of reasons:

  • I haven't used the 3edgy6u moniker in years. Honestly, it's a bit too edgy of a username for me to use these days, and also there are just random websites out there that allow numbers in usernames but disallow numbers at the start of usernames. Incredibly arbitrary if you ask me, but it's just another inconvenience.
  • I needed a more professional personal email. An @3edgy6u.com address is not really something I can put on a resume, and I also can't keep an @mit.edu address on it after college.
  • 3edgy6u.com is a sketchy domain name with too many numbers. I've seen it get blocked on business firewalls and such.
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Yet Another Site Redesign

November 24, 2017

This is like, my fourth site redesign, but hopefully it'll be my last one for a while. After many years of reluctant PHP use because I didn't want to refactor my entire site, I finally decided to bite the bullet and completely replace the backend. This site is now uses Flask with a SQLite database and loads much faster than before. I've also taken the liberty of redesigning the frontend to something more pleasing to the eye—bright orange on white as a color scheme definitely stood out but was difficult to look at for extended periods of time. This time I've decided to reference (read: copy) the user interface design from the game Nier: Automata; I'm a big fan of its aesthetic and was inspired by a blog post from the game's UI designer. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all. (Basically, please don't sue me, Yoko Taro!)

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