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  1. Posted on Mar 24, 2008

    Views: 860

    Want to be a Daily Fun Moderator?

    If you do, post your resume here. It’s a very non-paid position. But it will help your career, no doubt about it.

    You’ll get to have access to all the puzzles people have submitted, and will have the powers to nominate them as featured content, approve them straight to the archive (i.e. non-featured), or reject them (and explain why you rejected it).

    You’ll also have the power to approve/reject submitted random questions, and mark comments as being naughty. And you’ll get to lord your deserved superiority over the rest of us.

    (you don’t really need to post your resume)


  2. Posted on Mar 24, 2008

    Views: 845

    TangaJoe got a new camera

    Based on my reading of this article, I got a new camera, and I am enjoying it.

    I got a Canon Digital Rebel Xt, here’s a review.

    I just got the base camera set, and then for lens I got a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens. The lens cost almost as much as the camera!

    8 GB compact flash cards can be bought for $37 now at newegg.com.

    You can see some of the pictures I took on my flickr page. I don’t know anything about photography and this camera is such a huge step up from the Point and Shoot one I used to have. The pictures I’m taking don’t suck quite as much.

    So, camera talk! What’s good reading for beginner photographists? What have you found useful?


  3. Posted on Mar 21, 2008

    Views: 855

    Tanga needs a blog, darn it

    So here it is.

    I’m still on a baby high this week, my son Dashell (Dash) Clay Van Dyk was born last Friday (Pi Day!) and he is awesome. He even already has his own gmail and facebook account, got to start them off right, you know.

    One of the things I’m looking of doing next is writing a facebook application for Tanga. There is one already written by the good man Scott Alden from BGG, but it’s pretty limited. For you facebook users, what would you like to see in the Tanga application?

    Are there any other ways that we could integrate Tanga content into other sites?


  4. Posted on Mar 18, 2008

    Views: 611

    Little Site Upgrade

    You might have noticed that things look a little different around here. We’re still working on polishing up the edges. If you notice any missing images, give them a few hours to appear.

    Also, enjoy the Picathon!


  5. Posted on Feb 21, 2008

    Views: 869

    Picathon Working in IE?

    It looks like we may have the Picathon working in IE 7 and IE6 now but we need some more testing to see what types of bugs might creep up. We would love it if you would join in and play some games and then post here with any new bugs you might see.

    The Link To The Picathon Awaits!

    PS – if you do not have a user account on this test system, just create a new one there.


  6. Posted on Feb 19, 2008

    Views: 764

    Programming Help Needed for Picathon Game

    As many of you know, we are having a heck of a time trying to get the new Picathon game working with Internet Explorer. The solution we have come up with is to build the front end of the game in Flash so that it is compatible across all browsers.

    We are looking for a person with experience with actionscript/flex/java and possibly experience with jruby. If you do, please contact me at jeremy at tanga dot com and we can see if we can work something out! We’d love to have a front end interface that works with all browsers so we can push this out for all of our users to enjoy…


  7. Posted on Feb 14, 2008

    Views: 703

    Picathon - New Game Ready for Beta Testers!

    Ok Tanganites – TangaJoe, TangaJordan and Refurdson have been busy creating a new and exciting game for you to play. If you want to be our guinea pigs and help us test this puppy, please point your web browsers to:

    http://butthead.tanga.com:7010/picathon

    And start playing! We have experienced some issues with IE so please let us know what types of bugs you have and what suggestions you have on making this game better by posting below on the blog.

    Right now we only have it working on NON-IE browsers. Please play with Opera, Firefox or Safari (Windows and Mac)


  8. Posted on Jan 30, 2008

    Views: 658

    rptgeek publishes Bottom Feeder stats

    Thanks to rptgeek for taking time to come up with some cool Bottom Feeder stats for all of our Tanganites!

    Here is a link for everyone to enjoy…


  9. Posted on Jan 28, 2008

    Views: 660

    Puzzle Score / Ranking Bug Fixed

    As some of you may have noticed, it may have seemed like you are not getting the right amounts of points when you solve. I mean, 63rd to solve and you only get 10 points? What the hell TangaJoe?!

    I found a bug (for nerds, in the Rails acts_as_list plugin) that doesn’t do ranking correctly. So, even if Tanga reported you as being 63rd to solve, if enough ties happened, you might have been actually 103rd to solve, in which case the 10 tanga points would be accurate.

    In short, you all have been getting the right amount of Tanga Points, it’s just your ranking that has been reported incorrectly.

    I believe I’ve fixed the bug and corrected everyone’s ranking. This also solves some weirdness with you being told that you are the 100th person to solve, but you see that 115 people have solved the puzzle.

    Post if you got questions!


  10. Posted on Jan 18, 2008

    Views: 735

    New Random Question Widget

    By inserting a little bit of code into your site, you can let your users answer a Tanga Random Question.

    http://www.tanga.com/widgets

    Email joe@tanga.com or send me a tangagram if you have questions, comments, or concerns.


  11. Posted on Jan 18, 2008

    Views: 806

    New STU Benefit Announced!

    If you are a Super Tanga User, you now receive 5 bids in our Bottom Feeder contest instead of the normal 3 bids. We appreciate your support of Tanga and this is another way we are showing it to our STUs!

    Have a great weekend everyone…


  12. Posted on Jan 12, 2008

    Views: 668

    Anybody have a SlingBox?

    Does anyone have a SlingBox that you can let TangaMonkey and the Tanga Crew have access to, so that we can watch the playoff games? We’re having our annual retreat down in Mexico and we can’t get the playoff games down here!

    Email me at jeremy at tanga dot com if you have one we can access and we’ll give you some Tanga Trash!


  13. Posted on Jan 9, 2008

    Views: 1,021

    Shipping Status

    I must apologize! Apparently I pushed the big red button with the “do not push” sign over it. Which of course caused our FedEx shipping software to completely come apart at the seams – so I have not been able to print shipping labels for the last two days. Obviously this will cause some shipping delays, and I am so sorry about that!
    We are back up and running now, so things will start moving quickly!


  14. Posted on Jan 5, 2008

    Views: 720

    Tanga at CES in Vegas!

    Tanga will be at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this upcoming week looking for new deals for all of you! How many Tanganites live in Vegas that visit here and actually read these news items?


  15. Posted on Jan 5, 2008

    Views: 966

    Tanga in 2008 - What do you want to see?

    It’s another year at Tanga and the future looks fun and exciting. In a perfect Tanga world, what would you like to see happen on Tanga in 2008? Combined shipping, different puzzles, more games? Let us know!


  16. Posted on Dec 24, 2007

    Views: 581

    Happy Holidays!

    Hello all of our beloved Tanganites!

    TangaJoe, refurdson, TangaJen, TangaJordan and TangaMonkey want to wish you happy holidays and a wonderful new year. This past year has seen a lot of change at Tanga and we are very excited for the future and we are glad you are a part of it! The Tanga 2.0 launch has been very successful and has added a lot of cool and new functionality to our site. It has been fun to see people use the new features and participate in the new Daily Fun via the Bottom Feeder contest and the new puzzle types. Without you, we wouldn’t be here so thank you, thank you, thank you!

    For a Christmas present this year, we’d like to give all of you $1 in Tanga Cash. Now, it’s not much but we are still a young company that doesn’t have a bunch of cash :-) After you login, you will find a credit in your account that you can use towards any purchase at Tanga.

    Also, on Christmas day, we will be offering a product for free. We have a large quantity of these games, so hopefully if you want to purchase, you will be able to. The only charge will be for shipping and handling!

    We look forward to an even better 2008!

    Warmest regards,

    TangaMonkey and co


  17. Posted on Dec 21, 2007

    Views: 752

    St. George Spectrum Features Tanga

    Here is an article that was published today about Tanga…

    Local’s Tanga Takes Off

    Featuring Tanga’s own Cindy Lauzon! Wahoo!


  18. Posted on Dec 19, 2007

    Views: 673

    Random Question Bug Fixed

    It looks like our fearless TangaJoe has fixed the Random Question bug where it cycles before 100 people answer. If you notice any other weirdness please let me know!


  19. Posted on Dec 17, 2007

    Views: 577

    Merry Christmas Tarrant! From Your Friends at Tanga!

    We received a message from Tarrant about how he was in the process of moving and his Christmas Tree, along with all of his ornaments, lights, tinsel, was stolen! So he used his Tanga Snowglobe as his tree and put a choo-choo train around it. I asked him to send me a picture and if we could post a note so that all the Tanganites could wish him a Merry Christmas and he said “sure!”

    Here is the picture and Tarrant – we are giving you a $25 Tanga Cash credit to your account so you can purchase something on us. Merry Christmas to you!


  20. Posted on Dec 17, 2007

    Views: 704

    Bottom Feeder Stats from RPTGeek

    Here are some cool stats to look at from our Tanganite Friend RPTGeek! Enjoy…

    So I took the lowest 100 numbers over the 15 games completed so far and ran some statistics.

    For the lowest 100 unique numbers -
    64% of the time the unique number is even.
    32% of the time the unique number is divisible by 5
    91% of the unique numbers were guessed by different individuals
    3 individuals guessed 2 of the lowest unique numbers
    1 individual guessed 3 of the lowest unique numbers
    272 was guessed 4 times and was the most common guessed unique number (mode)
    33 was the smallest unique number
    275 was the largest (in the lowest 100)
    224.66 was the average of the numbers (mean)
    239 – is the median (1/2 of the unique numbers are above this number & 1/2 are below)
    51.63 = the Standard Deviation


  21. Posted on Dec 13, 2007

    Views: 796

    Hey Hey Hey!

    I’m trying to think of something insightful to put here, but I can’t think of anything.

    Can someone help me out?


  22. Posted on Dec 12, 2007

    Views: 620

    Shipments from December 13th On...

    Starting tomorrow, Thursday December 13th until Christmas, with items ordered on Tanga, we cannot guarantee that you will receive your packages in time for the big day. Items shipping out of our office will typically ship out the day after they are sold and depending on how far away you are from St. George Utah, may receive the products in time for Christmas, but there is no guarantee.

    Thank you!
    Tanga Monkey

    PS: I just reread the info above and I probably could have written that more clearly than I did, but I’m in a hurry! :-)


  23. Posted on Dec 6, 2007

    Views: 1,985

    Press Release: Tanga Unleases Social Entertainment Network

    TANGA UNLEASHES SOCIAL ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK TO SERVE GROWING COMMUNITY OF TANGANITES WHO CREATE AND SOLVE PUZZLES
    - Fast Growing Puzzling and Deal of the Day Site Expands to Wider Audience –

    St. George, UT and Seattle, WA. (December, 2007) — Go ahead: entertain yourselves.

    So says Tanga, the fast growing “deal of the day” and puzzle publishing website that in less than a year has sprouted more than 20,000 members known as Tanganites and created more than two million page views per week. Today, the company announced it will add a new social entertainment network to the existing website giving an online community the ability to play fun, user-contributed games and puzzles with friends.

    Tanga was founded less than a year ago by serial entrepreneur Jeremy Young with less than $100,000 of seed capital and an idea of offering a “daily deal” featuring one product at a deep discount off retail in limited quantities per day. In less than a year, Tanga has quickly built significant traffic to the website and more than $1.2 million of product sales. Along the way, Young combined another personal passion – solving puzzles on the site as an extra reward for his growing group of Tanganites.

    “I’ve been fortunate to have had some success in the business of technology and I’ve always had a love for puzzles and games,” said Tanga Founder Jeremy Young. “Tanga is a great intersection of my two passions and I think we’re building an exciting online community and business out of this opportunity.”

    Prior to starting Tanga, Young founded VServers, a web hosting company which he sold to Micron in 2000 for $48 million, and later founded Uberplay Entertainment, an award-winning publisher of board games, and SimplyFun that features its own award-winning family entertainment products through a direct selling model.

    “I first heard about Tanga on another popular board game website and have been a regular visitor since – both for the puzzles and for the Daily Deals,” said John Morgan, a Tuscon, Arizona-based web applications programmer. “Tanga is something completely unique on the web. I’ve been entertained by hundreds of puzzles and published more than 25 of my own to the site. It’s a thrill to watch others try to solve my puzzles – it has me thinking of puzzles around the clock.”

    For decades puzzles have been popular in forums as varied as college math supplements, preparation for graduate school exams such as the MCAT, LSAT and GMAT and in an array of daily newspapers. The past several years have seen mind teaser and treasure hunt game shows and reality shows such as “Deal or No Deal” and “The Amazing Race” become increasingly popular. It is the Internet, however, that has truly spread puzzle solving to the masses. As an example, a Google search of Sudoku, the popular numbers puzzle game yields more than 67 million results.

    Tanganites have solved nearly 500,000 puzzles in categories such as One Word Wonders, Hypercross, and Crytopix. Nearly all puzzles are now contributed by Tanga users who receive Tanga points that can move users up the Tanga Leader Board. Tanga is currently in negotiations with a number of content partnerships that will further expand the offerings of the site in the future.

    “I do Tanga puzzles almost every night before I go to bed,” said Cindy Lauzon a homemaker in Fredericksburg, Virginia. “I have submitted my own puzzles and I’ve solved more than 700 otherTanga puzzles and I’ve bought games on the deal of the day. I have a lot of fun watching my position move up and down on the global Tanga Leader Board.”

    About Tanga
    Based in St. George Utah, Tanga is a social entertainment network focusing on user-contributed puzzles and games as well as a very entertaining and unique shopping experience. The company’s mission is based on the fact that we want internet users everywhere to come and be entertained. For more information about Tanga, please contact us at press@tanga.com or call 435-688-9595.


  24. Posted on Dec 5, 2007

    Views: 615

    Top 20 Users of the Year (Before 2.0) Awards!

    We are proud to announce the Highest Point Leaders from the start of Tanga to the Launch of Tanga 2.0. Because of these people (and all of you who visit faithfully each day) we have grown from a simple idea to one of the coolest places to come each day to have fun, play games and buy great deals.

    To reward these Tanganites, we are sending them a 1st year commemorative plaque, complete with the faces of your Tanga Team. See below for the incredible picture that will be inserted into your Tanga 1st Year Plaque.

    Bigrob | 40455
    Hrothgar | 11768
    CinMel | 11023
    alfinator | 10849
    Peart | 8896
    Carmen | 8689
    dsmeyer | 7783
    must67 | 7737
    jevers | 6749
    MSBorba | 6675
    Verve640 | 6540
    MeanMr | 6175
    Wrayman | 5800
    griffinritmire | 5763
    mestupid | 5065
    UncMike | 4903
    huber | 4845
    50Rascal | 4835
    leadfoot | 4360
    Murdoctor | 4167


  25. Posted on Dec 4, 2007

    Views: 784

    Tangathon/Product Bug

    We are having a weird bug happen where products don’t stay up for sale like we are setting them to and then it grabs random products and places them for sale! Joe is hoping to have this buy fixed by tomorrow so we can start having a normal product schedule.

    We also hope to have a bug fixed very shortly with the random questions. It is supposed to allow 100 people to answer but it is changing questions much more quickly.

    Thanks for your patience – we’re almost there to a pretty stable system!


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