November 28th, 2006

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The Puzzlethon is dead, long live the Puzzlethon

Over the course of 24 hours and change, from 10pm last night to around 11pm today, I've been working on tanga's Puzzlethon. I'm not sure I ever mentioned tanga in the LJ, but I know I discussed it on a couple of other boards. Basically it's a website that's either allied with or even run by some of the people behind BoardGameGeek. They decided to start a company that was a little like woot which basically offers a daily deal at largly discounted prices. The incentive is for every person to check in each day at the moment the new deal is revealed because if it's a good one, it's going to sell fast. Tanga has sorta become the woot for gamer geeks due to the fact that they offer boardgames. You can buy up to 3 of any item for the same shipping cost so the incentive is to pick things up in bulk. (On a sidenote, I've picked up a ton of stuff for christmas presents this year)

Anyway, to hype the site before it debuted, they offered daily puzzles you could solve for 'tanga points'. To this day, it's never been fully explained what those points will be used for, but the response was so positive that they continued on with it even after the website opened. Yesterday was their celebration of Cyber Monday and featured a puzzlethon, a puzzle every hour for 24 hours and a prize to the top 10 finishers. They also offered a lot of really kickass deals on various items.

Because of the puzzlethon, I sacrificed a lot of sleep and have been more or less churning away at the site with pauses for naps and downtime. I managed to get all 24 of the puzzles and I figure I have a 1 in 50 chance to get the prize. Because of some server issues, the puzzlethon has been extended. If you're interested in giving it a shot, it'll go until 7am pst. I pretty much have a list of the answers I can give you but if you win we have to split the prize :P.
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If you cook it, you have to eat it

Mom charged with baby's microwave death

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- A mother was arrested on suspicion of murdering her newborn daughter by microwaving the baby in an oven.

China Arnold, 26, was jailed Monday on a charge of aggravated murder, more than a year after she brought her dead month-old baby to a hospital. Bail was set Tuesday at $1 million.

"We have reason to believe, and we have some forensic evidence that is consistent with our belief, that a microwave oven was used in this death," said Ken Betz, director of the Montgomery County coroner's office.

He said the evidence included high-heat internal injuries and the absence of external burn marks on the baby, Paris Talley.

Arnold was arrested soon after the baby's death in August 2005, then was released while authorities investigated further. Betz said the case was difficult because "there is not a lot of scientific research and data on the effect of microwaves on human beings."

The death was ruled a homicide caused by hyperthermia, or high body temperature. The absence of external burns ruled out an open flame, scalding water or a heating pad as the cause, Betz said.

Arnold's lawyer, Jon Paul Rion, said his client had nothing to do with her child's death and was stunned when investigators told her that a microwave might have been involved. (Watch the mother's lawyer insist she's innocent Video)

"China -- as a mother and a person -- was horrified that such an act could occur," Rion said.

The night before the baby was taken to the hospital, Arnold and the child's father went out for a short time and left Paris with a baby sitter, Rion said. The mother didn't sense anything out of the ordinary until the next morning, when the child was found unconscious, Rion said.

Arnold has three other children.

In 2000, a Virginia woman was sentenced to five years in prison for killing her month-old son in a microwave oven. Elizabeth Renee Otte claimed she had no memory of cramming her son in the microwave and turning on the appliance in 1999.

Experts said that Otte suffered from epilepsy and that her seizures were followed by blackouts.

Now there's a new one. YOu usually hear urban legends of people microwaving pets and the like. This might be the first baby nuking I've ever run across.