> what is a grue?
The grue is a sinister, lurking presence in the dark places of the earth. Its favorite diet is adventurers, but its insatiable appetite is tempered by its fear of light. No grue has ever been seen by the light of day, and few have survived its fearsome jaws to tell the tale.
A grue is a fictional predator that dwells in the dark. The word was first used in modern times as a fictional predator in Jack Vance‘s Dying Earth[1] universe (described as being part “ocular bat”, part “unusual hoon” and part man).[2]Dave Lebling introduced a similar monster, whose name was borrowed from Vance’s grues, into the interactive fiction computer game Zork, published by Infocom. Zork’s grues fear light and devour adventurers, making it impossible to explore the game’s dark areas without a light source.[3] The grue subsequently appeared in other Infocom games.Due to Zork’s prominent position in hacker history and lore, its grues have served as models for monsters in many subsequent games, such as roguelike games and MUDs.


Who is The Grue?


I’m Caleb Kraft.

Most of the time, I’m acting as Community Editor for EEtimes.com . When I’m not doing that, I’m usually geeking out about things like you see here on the site.


I’m Mike Szczys

My online acquaintances are usually surprised to find that I’m a classical musician by trade. I work at night and that leave time during the day for hobbies like making my own electronics, brewing beer, programming Android apps, and gaming. I’m the Contributing Editor at Hackaday.com, a news writer for XDA-Developers, and my ability to waste time in Minecraft is bordering on legendary. For year’s I’ve been publishing all kinds of projects over at Jumptuck.com. The Grue gives me an outlet for the stuff that doesn’t really fit in with my normal hobby electronics projects.

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  1. brian /

    Hi Caleb,
    I have been reading hackaday for a long time, and wanted to shoot you a message. Although this isn’t really a hack or anything I think there is some community overlap. I’m sure you heard the news about the word ogooglebar. Anyhow I started a group on facebook called ogooglebar and in a few days have over 100 members from the USA and Sweden joining up who want to share wit and intellect to discuss things like freedom etc, and also to blow up this open group with many members worldwide. So I e-mailed Gabriel over at Duck Duck Go, since he doesn’t use facebook, one of his team members Zac Pappis happily joined up with us. I love what you all have been doing over at Hackaday for a while and always find myself bookmarking posts by you and Mike. Just wanted to let you know about this spontaneous ideology overlap, let you know about our group, and pay my respects. Keep up the good work,

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