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St John is a freelance writer, historian, and ornamental hermit. He spends his weekends reading terrible books and shouting at kids to get off his lawn.

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StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Any Polish Puzzle-Solvers on Hubski?

I can't believe it was just for the lulz — they went to so much effort, with the whole page of hand-drawn letters, and these things were plastered all over the street. If it was just gibberish, they put a ton of work into it. I don't think I'd mind being had, though. If they went to that much effort, they earned their victory.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Any Polish Puzzle-Solvers on Hubski?

Damn, the mystery continues! If it was a scavenger hunt or something (and it's not a simple substitution) then I guess the chances aren't high that we might figure it out. Still, it would be amazing if we could find any new clues after all this time. Let me know if you find anything.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Grubski: Gov't Shutdown Edition

Welp, their website is down af right now, but I'll take that as a good sign! They're a soup company, damn it, not an ISP. If they put as much effort into their food as they don't into their site, I think I'm in for a delicious ride.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Any Polish Puzzle-Solvers on Hubski?

Thanks, you're awesome! I'm usually a wiz with these in English (provided it's a simple substitution cipher), but I don't have enough knowledge of Polish to know what the most common letter combinations are, and what words often follow others.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Any Polish Puzzle-Solvers on Hubski?

It absolutely is! If you have any Polish/code-breaking skills, I'd love to see what you can come up with. The Poles were the great unsung cryptanalysts of the Second World War — they can be great again!

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 25, 2017


StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 25, 2017

Alas, I can't join you this evening! I'm doing a movie night with a friend, and I need to pick up bits for a Cat costume from Red Dwarf.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 10, 2017

Thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying it.

As for your neighbors, have you tried sending them sexually suggestive gingerbread men in the mail? I am hard-pressed to think of anything that would delight me more than receiving erotic cookies from an anonymous source.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: May 3, 2017

Aw, sorry to hear you won't be joining us in SF, but I'm sure you'll be happier somewhere you don't flush half your money down the toilet on rent every month. Still, you are morally and contractually obliged to come out for a drink whenever you're in town. You signed in blood and broken glass — it can never be undone.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Ugly Duchess

It is an amazing painting. And I've been to Greek funerals, running the gauntlet of dozens of Greek grannies all dressed in black and pinching your cheeks… The painting isn't far off the mark.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: MeetUpSki Location Location Location

I'll be in Raleigh in July, and I know thenewgreen is nearby. I'd love to meet up if anyone else is in the vicinity or can have themselves loaded into a catapult and flung far enough to land safely in North Carolina.

StJohn  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Impromptu meetup in San Fran tonight?

It really is crappy. A PBR & J is a Pabst Blue Ribbon and a shot of Jameson. It's a drink you only ever order if you're already very drunk and intend to get drunker.

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