Yearly Archives: 2013

Bouncing screensaver

We’ve all seen the bouncing screensaver. And we’ve all watched, hoping it would fall into the corner. Oh, you haven’t? Well, watch this documentary footage of the adventure you’ve been missing. The screensaver isn’t mysterious. It moves in predictable ways, meaning we can calculate how often it’ll hit the corner (and if it will hit [...]

LearnedLeague Computing

I just finished creating and presenting a Computing trivia MiniLeague for LearnedLeague. It went really really well, and I wanted to share the questions to a wider audience. Beware: it’s HARD. During World War II, British cryptographers at Bletchley Park created electromechanical proto-computers to help crack Germany‚Äôs Enigma code. What were these machines called, a [...]

March madness bracket

Assumptions: The quality of a basketball team, at the highest levels, depends more on the the ability of players to work together than their innate skill. The ability of players to work together is roughly proportional to the amount of time they spend practicing together. Competitive basketball is largely — and in fact was purposely [...]

I cancelled my MLB.TV

For the past two years, I’ve subscribed to MLB.TV. It allowed me to stream baseball games to my computer and my TV, and was a way better value proposition than getting the expensive cable package that would have provided me with NESN (the Red Sox’s local network). But I will not be subscribing for the [...]