Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Value of Mathematics

When I began this blog, I imagined and suggested that one of the common topics would be mathematics education.  That has so far not turned out to be the case.  But this past weekend, a rather disconcerting opinion piece in the Howard County Times … Continue reading

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Mouse picking

My wife and I enjoy playing games together, specifically games that involve solving puzzles.  We particularly enjoyed Safecracker for the Wii, a good example of the genre niche that we like: a “pass the controller” interface that allows us to sit together while we play, and puzzles … Continue reading

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The Cube of Rubik

Sorry about the goofy title.  I just watched Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian. A team of mathematicians, engineers, and programmers, along with some heavy duty computing power from Google, recently “solved” the Rubik’s cube.  More precisely, … Continue reading

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Carcassonne and intellectual property

Recall my post from a couple of weeks ago about board games in general, and about the game Carcassonne in particular.  As I mentioned at the end of the post, I have been working on a computer version of the … Continue reading

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Reality TV, the Olympics, and Voting

I have been following the reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance for some time now.  This is one of a couple of competition shows that I enjoy watching (the other is Bravo’s Top Chef).  I think both … Continue reading

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