The conference for the best hackers in the free world is held every year in Las Vegas. It's called DefCon. The entrance fee is $150, cash only. (And it's a bad idea to use the ATM at a hacker conference.)
There are lots of hacking competitions at DefCon, most of which are complicated and technical. But one contest is very simple.
People often talk about the characters in books as if they were considering who to invite to a dinner party. "Oh, I just hated her — she was so mean." "He's a bully; I didn't like how he treated his mother." There's something to be said for a likable character, but fiction has a way of upending our ordinary standards. In life we like tranquility; in books we love tension. And in these three books you'll find protagonists who you'd hate to meet — you'd change train cars to get away from any of them — but who you'll love on the page.
Going to the Laundromat can be a tedious chore, but in Manhattan it is also a chance to learn some English. At Magic Touch Laundromat in Manhattan, you can get some ESL instruction while your clothes get clean.