After a long wait, Set 8 of the Cryptopals Crypto Challenges has been announced. Designed to be approachable by neophytes and newbies, one Hacker News commenter describes them as "...a much more interesting version of those silly string manipulation tasks you get in CS101, except that instead of passing a course you break harder and harder crypto." Filippo Valsorda, a very well-known and respected cryptographer has announced that he will be doing a live speedrun of the challenges on Twitch.
If you gave yourself a challenge to try something for a hundred days in a row, what would you do? Learn a new language? Pick up a musical instrument? Push your body's limits? Get married, have a baby, keep the love going?
Robot Hugs: a comic on harassment Leigh Alexander: But what can be done? to combat online sexism [more inside]
"If you told me we would be going through a book challenge of this nature, I'd think, 'Never in a million years.' " [more inside]
Banned Books Week -- 25th anniversary year. How to deal with a challenge, what you can do generally, and of course, lists, and more lists. Captain Underpants is a more recent entry, i notice.