Let’s Talk About Codes and Puzzles

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Hi friends, hope we’re all keeping well.

Let’s talk about codes and puzzles, and more specifically cryptography.

By the Google definition, cryptography is ‘the art of writing or solving codes’.

When we scroll down a bit more, we find that cryptography is also a field of study associated with the process of converting ordinary plain text into unintelligible text and vice-versa.

🕵🏻‍♂️My Fascination with Cryptography🕵🏻‍♂️

The concept of solving codes and puzzles has always fascinated me. My favourite shows and books are all associated with clever detectives solving mysterious crimes and puzzles (Sherlock BBC, The Word is Murder etc). Being able to figure out a classic ‘whodunnit’ before it’s revealed is honestly such a brain flex.

This entire fascination with solving codes and puzzles is partially a reason I picked up new interests, like studying body language and chess, since the young and naive 12 year old me thought that that’s how you become a cool, legendary detective 🙃🤦🏻‍♂️

That being said, though I definitely have a strong passion for the subject, I’m absolutely not someone you’d want to have with you in an escape room, or any other puzzle/deduction game. Because I still suck at them .-.

Anyway yeah, I just felt that smart people who can instantly deduce any situation just looked badass, and I longed to emulate that skill. This cringey obsession, like with language learning, gradually developed into a genuine interest though. This blog itself was originally going to be about codes and puzzles, but I eventually decided against it.

I voluntarily tried to learn different methods of cracking puzzles and ways of encoding information as well.

Stuff like Caesar shifts, morse code, transposition ciphers, OSINT techniques etc. While that does sound cool and all, will any of this learning become useful one day?

Probably not, but a man can hope.

Anyway, that’ll probably do it for this really short post. There’s really not much for me to say on this subject since I’m such a noob at it , but I thought it would be cool to commemorate this interest with a blog post. I’ll end the post off with morse code to suit the theme, comment if you can figure it out 🙃

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