First off, some good puzzles here at kuro5hin. I remember one of them from the ole Microsoft interview.
This one is amazingly fun in particular: Dark Room. Still cracking through it, so I don't know how long it is in total. I played something like this that was much less fun, but I swear this is a good time. A neat spinning cube and some 3-d thinking that is giving me cramps right now.
And chess, hooha. Not too much to report here besides my impending conversion to the Jeremy Silman method. The Amateur's Mind (can't wait to see what I'm thinking) and How to Reassess Your Chess, which comes very highly recommended from just about everyone, and though I already own a copy, it was not part of the terms of the settlement, so here's me picking up another one (no bitterness here, I was just hoping to read it before now). Hopefully they're targetted about right for me. Not sure what Chessmaster will decide my ELO is, but one way or another my wednesday night chess club had better lookout! Oo, and I decided to plunk down for the The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 3), just in case I blow through the remaing 600-odd pages and need to keep up steam. OO, and how unbelievably exciting is the presence of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6) on the front page!! I can't take it!!!
(note: after this morning's full fledged drubbing on the Hanover chess circuit I clearly need these things more than ever. I should really find that tracking number and grok these puppies before I put my much diminished ego back on the line)
Found this in some guy's sig. I can't imagine you'll ever see more in depth analysis of John Madden football. Amazing.