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Shaenon: Sorry to be so late getting the June wallpaper up. I've been out of town. But now I'm back and totally into cryptography. Enjoy!

As usual, if you make a donation in any amount to the Skin Horse Tip Jar, I will send you a link to the wallpaper. Each wallpaper design comes in two different aspect ratios (regular screen and widescreen) to fit most computer monitors, and in both Mac-friendly and PC-friendly orientations. Here's the wallpaper page.

Channing: Yeah, despite a childhood spent reading "Games" magazine, the expression on my psychological face is sort of like Sweetheart's when I ponder this sort of thing. Still, to be a good sport, I'mo have a go at it. Y'all (those of you who snag this thing, meaning) will likely find the solution about eight times faster than I can. Play "Beat the Co-Author"! It's fun! And... easy!

Mike Kozar (mikekozar) says:

That's odd... Penny-Arcade linked to that sculpture earlier this week without any sort of explanation why.

Jesse Wan (bargamer) says:


*ahem* Now that I got that outta my system... *Offers a military salute.*

Valerie Kaplan (shinyhappygoth) says:

I, too, subscribe to Games Magazine!  I get a bit impatient with the cryptograms, though, not because I can't solve them, but because I solve them so much faster than I can write the letters in.  So now I mostly do them in my head.

Now that I'm done bragging: is that rabbit, perchance, made of velveteen?

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Oh, hey: Is that the sculpture "KRYPTOS"?
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

Mmm, the nuance of iqlusion.



Jon McCormick (youko) says:

Sweetheart is so cute there. ^_^

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Make 'Em Laugh", Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed)

Cryptograph!  Cryptograph!
Solving it
Takes a wit
And a half!
The authors made this alphabet strange
Just so you'd send them some change!

Though your brain might implode
As you try
To deci-
Pher the code;
Now you may have the smarts to solve this thing in your head,
But then you realize the secret message you've read
Is just a vulgar joke about "yo' mama" instead!
Cryptograph, cryptograph, cryptograph!

'Keiya' (keiya) says: Shaenon, I, in complete disregard of the facts that you're happily married and female, want to have your babies. I mean, KRYPTOS! Seriously, win.
Paul Lenoue (palenoue) says:

So now we're going to get secret crypto messages in our daily Skin Horse comics?  Way Cool!

When are you going to start selling secret decoder rings?

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