Tay Zonday: Good Samaritan

Way back on May 24th, Least Dangerous Game kicked off Season 2. For those of you not familiar with this, it’s a game on Twitter where Aric McKeown sends out clues about where he’s hiding around town on a Saturday afternoon. It’s like a 4-hour long medallion hunt where Aric is the medallion.

If you want to check it out, send the following text message from your cell phone to the number 40404:

follow ldg

That’s it. You’ll now receive clues from Aric when he’s hiding.

I happened to win the first game of the season by finding Aric at Prospect Park near the tower after figuring out his clue regarding the Frank Lloyd Wright house.

Now, about Mr. Tay Zonday. The 2nd place finisher – only minutes behind – was Graham Lampa. After talking to Graham and Aric for a bit, Aric suggested that we record a quick podcast about LDG.

During said podcast, Graham whipped out a Tay Zonday story (at 12:30) about Tay rescuing Graham after Graham blew out his knee in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood of Minneapolis. Give it a listen.

Least Dangerous Game on FOX 9 News

I had some fun contributing to a story about Least Dangerous Game with Aric for a FOX 9 News segment on Friday night.

LDG

Here’s a link to the video
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It was a pleasure to meet FOX reporter, Dawn Stevens. Overall, I think she put together a great summary of what the game is all about, and in incredibly fast time. I stopped by The Local for a couple beers after the shoot near the IDS, then started receiving text messages from friends while I was wrapping up a later dinner at Mission. I’m sticking to my theory that TV personalities look better in person than they do in their bio-page photos.

There was no need to rush home to watch it, since we don’t have a TV, but thanks to the good old Internet, I was able to catch it tonight.

It looks like one of Hannah’s tweets made it into the screen shot of my Treo on the FOX 9 site. The other two are from Aric, who’s saying, “I am am pretending to send out clues while they tape me. Neat.” and Ang, with, “Settled for tomato soup and Triscuits. Jealous?”

I could go for a Triscuit right about now.

I’m pretty darn sure this is the first time I’ve seen the word, “masturbatory,” on a newscast. It shows up when they pan over the About page of the LDG site.

Least Dangerous Game: A Twitter Based Scavenger Hunt

Twitter-based
scavenger hunt where a Twitter users hides somewhere in town, then send out
hints via Twitter leading people to his or her location. Joining the game is as
simple as adding LDG as a friend at
www.twitter.com/ldg

Here is what participants have to look forward to:

“From noon to 6pm this Saturday, March 31st, I will be hiding out somewhere in
the Twin Cities. I will send updates to
http://www.twitter.com/ldg with more
clues to where I am, as the day passes.

The prize this week? Let’s see, I have $15 in my wallet. Looks like a $15
Target gift certificate, with a catch. You can not spend it on any Justin
Timberlake merchandise. It’s not that he doesn’t make catchy music. It’s that
I think he has enough money, don’t you?”

Least Dangerous Game is the product of Aric McKeown, a Minneapolis web geek
who also runs another techie community site,
MakeMeWatchTV,
where Aric asks the community to vote on what TV shows he should watch, then tapes himself
watching the community’s recommended shows.

McKeown came up for the idea for Least Dangerous Game last weekend while
Twittering his way around town while searching for beads. He explained, “I seem
to have most of my ideas in cars. Maybe I should become a semi driver.”

Things quickly went from concept to production:

“I brainstormed the site name with my wife,
registered it last weekend, built it on Monday, and still had time to read a
book outside in the 80 degree weather. It was the best Monday
possible.”

As of this writing, twenty nine Twitter users have signed up for the kick-off
round of the game tomorrow. For those participating, here are a few quick tips
from Aric on what it will take to be a LDG champion:

“The ultimate LDG player will know their Twin
Cities history, be able to solve my stupid riddles, and have a wireless phone
for Twitter updates. Access to Google Maps would probably help as well, but
shouldn’t be necessary.?Also, they should like to smile. It’s a game,
after all.”

If you’re not in the Minneapolis area, you can still hop on the
LDG Twitter
group to follow along from anywhere in the world.

Least Dangerous Game: A Twitter Based Scavenger Hunt

Least
Dangerous Game kicks off tomorrow in Minneapolis.

What’s that?

Sounds dangerous, eh?

Least Dangerous Game is a Twitter-based
scavenger hunt where a Twitter users hides somewhere in town, then send out
hints via Twitter leading people to his or her location. Joining the game is as
simple as adding LDG as a friend at
www.twitter.com/ldg

Here is what participants have to look forward to:

“From noon to 6pm this Saturday, March 31st, I will be hiding out somewhere in
the Twin Cities. I will send updates to
http://www.twitter.com/ldg with more
clues to where I am, as the day passes.

The prize this week? Let’s see, I have $15 in my wallet. Looks like a $15
Target gift certificate, with a catch. You can not spend it on any Justin
Timberlake merchandise. It’s not that he doesn’t make catchy music. It’s that
I think he has enough money, don’t you?”

Least Dangerous Game is the product of Aric McKeown, a Minneapolis web geek
who also runs another techie community site,
MakeMeWatchTV,
where Aric asks the community to vote on what TV shows he should watch, then tapes himself
watching the community’s recommended shows.

McKeown came up for the idea for Least Dangerous Game last weekend while
Twittering his way around town while searching for beads. He explained, “I seem
to have most of my ideas in cars. Maybe I should become a semi driver.”

Things quickly went from concept to production:

“I brainstormed the site name with my wife,
registered it last weekend, built it on Monday, and still had time to read a
book outside in the 80 degree weather. It was the best Monday
possible.”

As of this writing, twenty nine Twitter users have signed up for the kick-off
round of the game tomorrow. For those participating, here are a few quick tips
from Aric on what it will take to be a LDG champion:

“The ultimate LDG player will know their Twin
Cities history, be able to solve my stupid riddles, and have a wireless phone
for Twitter updates. Access to Google Maps would probably help as well, but
shouldn’t be necessary.?Also, they should like to smile. It’s a game,
after all.”

If you’re not in the Minneapolis area, you can still hop on the
LDG Twitter
group to follow along from anywhere in the world.

Least Dangerous Game Starts Saturday

I’m jumping on the Least Dangerous Game scene. Looks like Aaron and Erica beat me to it. I’m such a laggard.

I can’t say that I really know what this is about, but it sounds like it’s a medallion-hunt kinda thing except you’re looking for a person who’s popping out hints using Twitter.

Backing up, Twitter is a group text messaging service where you SMS a quick message into the number 40404, which is then broadcast to your fellow Twitter friends. For those familiar with Dodgeball, it’s basically the shout-out feature. You can also send message out to your friends using the Twitter site, AIM and other IM services, or via a bunch of other widgets people are creating for the service.

If you want to try Twitter out, go to Twitter.com or just send an SMS message to 40404 with the message JOIN. After you’re signed up, add me as a friend to get started.

If the Least Dangerous Game sounds like fun, add the game as a friend here. They’re shooting for 50 participants and have 20 signed up so far.