Much of life is math. Or art. Or both. And man has been inventing and breaking codes since time in memorial. Either as part of the cat and mouse game of deciphering what exactly that beautiful woman meant. Or whether the man with the pink carnation would be on the corner with the Top Secret documents to exchange next Thursday at 4pm sharp.
As you all know by now we love this sort of thing. So here is a nod to codes. And to breaking them. All as part of the bigger game of the chess of life.
With that said, it's time to read from the bottom up, pour yourselves a drink, and ponder the mind bending world of cryptography.
watch: the imitation game
If there is one man who was responsible for saving the modern world as we know it, it could easily be argued it was Alan Turing.
Sit back and watch this extremely well put together movie telling the story of Turing's challenges and successes as a professional codebreaker and builder of the first modern computer, as he is set the task of saving the Allies from defeat at the hands of the Nazis in WWII.
buy: morse code ties
Inspired by the hidden messages of morse code, our "God Save The Queen" and "We Don't Need No Education" ties have just arrived. Classic yet subversive.
Woven at the best silk mill in England then handmade in small batches.
Snap them up now, while you can.
inhale: quinn rosé
There's not much code-breaking involved in the decision to load up on our eponymously named rosé. It's simply the real stuff. Made just north of St. Tropez using locally harvested Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache and Syrah grapes. Light, dry, and refreshing with hints of melon and peach. Literally, just the way it should be.
Neal Stephenson is simply an incredible storyteller, and one of DQ's favorite authors. Pick up this tome, and dive deep into the world of cryptology old and new.
In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse - mathematical genius and young Captain in the U.S. Navy - is assigned to detachment 2702. It is an outfit so secret that only a handful of people know it exists, and some of those people have names like Churchill and Roosevelt. The mission of Waterhouse and Detatchment 2702-commanded by Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe-is to keep the Nazis ignorant of the fact that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. It is a game, a cryptographic chess match between Waterhouse and his German counterpart, translated into action by the gung-ho Shaftoe and his forces.
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As some of you may have heard, this does not exist. But if you happen to see a chap with a smoking skull gusset who are we to stop you winking in recognition as you offer to buy him a drink?
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cocktail: three dots and a dash
This appropriately named cocktail was created during World War II by Donn Beach. The name, of course, being Morse Code for 'Victory.' The garnish cleverly represents the Morse code. The three cherries are the 'dots', and the 'dash' was, traditionally a rectangular chunk of pineapple.
Honey syrup (makes 3 cups):
1 1/2 cups honey
1 1/2 cups water
Three Dots and a Dash:
1 1/2 ounces rhum agricole vieux (Duquesne Élevé Sous Bois or J.M. Gold)
1/2 ounce blended aged rum (Appleton Estate Reserve or Real McCoy 5 Year)
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce fresh orange juice
1/2 ounce Honey Syrup
1/4 ounce John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum
1/4 ounce St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
1 dash Angostura bitters
3 maraschino cherries and a pineapple chunk speared on a cocktail pick, or three maraschino cherries on a cocktail pick plus a pineapple frond
Make the honey syrup: heat the honey in a saucepan over medium heat until runny and not viscous—nearly to a boil but not quite. Add the water to the hot honey and whisk together. Immediately remove from the heat. Let cool. Store in a lidded bottle or other sealable container in the refrigerator. The syrup will keep, refrigerated, for several weeks.
Make the cocktail: add all the ingredients to a drink mixer tin. Fill with 12 ounces of crushed ice, flash blend, and pour contents into a footed pilsner glass. Top with the cherry and pineapple garnish.