Author Archives: Alexey Nigin

How to Talk to Aliens

So, you have met aliens. According to most sci-fi books and movies, the first thing you should do is establish the first contact. This task may seem daunting, but don’t panic: various people, ranging from professional linguists to total idiots, … Continue reading

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The Blogowar

Today I deleted my Facebook account. To celebrate, here is a short story. Blogger Mary ate the last potato chip, threw the bag away, and once again gripped the handles of her blogoscope. She always did routine tasks diligently, and … Continue reading

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Cipher 13

It was once almost unimaginably far away. Then, cipher after cipher, it drew closer. And now it is here. Dozen II. And it contains a new, fresh cipher. Go check it out.

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How Many Tribbles?

Assuming I haven’t made a mistake in time zone calculations, this post should go online exactly 50 years after the intrepid crew of USS Enterprise appeared on American screens for the first time. Since then, the adventures of Starfleet officers … Continue reading

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Cipher 12

After a very long break, Cipher 12 has finally been released.

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A Question Most People Get Wrong

Edit: The poll is now over. A bunch of people voted after I wrote this article, but I decided not to redo all calculations because I am lazy. A few days ago I created a Twitter thing called Geeky Polls. … Continue reading

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Epoch Article, Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part post about measuring time. Part one is here. Last time we discussed our familiar calendar, and the conclusion was that it is really messy. Well, then we should maybe make a better … Continue reading

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