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    CNN posted a nice article on the Kryptos sculpture today:

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/06/19/cra...ode/index.html

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    Cool! Thanks, Rusty!

    I didn't know the actual sculpture was so isolated...
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    Thanks Rusty. Actually, I've been going to several sites about this lately. Today is my lecture on ciphers and cryptography, so I also use Kryptos. I think ATT has helped make ciphers interesting, with the help of Dan Brown of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by puzzlelover
    Today is my lecture on ciphers and cryptography, so I also use Kryptos...
    Giving or hearing?

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    Giving Rusty. I actually used one of the pages in this book to explain ciphers and also www.crpuzzles.com to explain cryptograms and such. I think I lost them at the 5X5. Maybe a whole lecture dedicated to finding the beetle should be in order! Just kidding.
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    Cool. Are you a teacher or professor? What kind of class did you give that teaches ciphers and cryptograms?

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    Professor.
    I'm teaching intro to computer applications right now which encompasses teaching all about input, output, databases, security, privacy, ethics, computer careers and more. I add some real world examples during the encryption lecture and a brief history into it. I also teach the lab which has Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Their final project is a virtual vacation with a budget of $5000. It's one of my favorite classes to teach, but I think I'm more excited than they are I'm afraid. I'm also going for my masters in math and am researching my thesis on the history of cryptography and incorporating symbols into math lectures. I'll be going onto my doctorate in math I hope once I'm done. This is fun and a great source of research to be sure!
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    Well, if you are into crypto history, and want to get your students into the 5x5 puzzles, be sure to tell them about Polybius.

    I think crypto history is very interesting. I am planning on visiting the National Cryptographic Museum at NSA this Thursday. I hope to bring back some pictures. Maybe I'll post them here, if people are interested.

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    Rusty, I would be interested in the pictures.....

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    I went to the NSA museum this morning. I was really great. Bigger than I expected. I have some pics to upload, but I am in a motel tonight with dialup, so I can't upload them yet.

    I snapped a couple of pictures of the NSA building on my way in, and the NSA police stopped me on my way out. I actually had a Maryland state police cruiser and two NSA federal police cars hold me in the parking lot for about a half hour. It was pretty weird. They made me delete the two photos of their building from my digital camera.

    So, if you go there, don't take any photos of the NSA building.

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