Thursday, March 31, 2011

When the World Was Begun

Fact #1: Ikea's prices and quality are unrivaled in the furniture industry and have been for as long as I can remember.
Fact #2: I don't know how long ago Ikea was founded.
Fact #3: Jesus was a carpenter.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Take Me Out

Baseball, n. 1. A paradoxical field of human endeavor wherein inexorably mathematical probabilities harmonize seamlessly with stubbornly illogical hope. See also: Love.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi!

To me, chess is sometimes a sad thing. There are a million strategy books out there that discuss different moves you can make in different situations. There are debates about whether a move is good or bad. They say Mikhail Tal and Paul Morphy were "swashbucklers". Mikhail Botvinnik was an "analytical" player.

But it's all made up. Chess is a game of perfect information. In any situation there is exactly one move for either side that is better than any other. Assuming perfect play by one's opponent, there is always exactly one move that assures the best possible outcome. The only exception to this is a situation where there are two moves that each assure the same result- for instance, if Qf4 and Qf5 both checkmate your opponent, they are equally good moves.

There are too many variables for a human mind to keep track of and too many lines for us to follow. The best chess players are the best in part because they can keep track of more lines in their heads. When you make a bad move, they know why it's bad because they know more of the ramifications than you do. But no human can follow it all. Already the computers are better than we are, though; someday, in the not too distant future, they will map out all the correct chess moves in any situation. On that day, in a sense, the game will be over.

The whole nature of the game is predicated on the shortcomings of the human brain.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Live And Let Die

Is there any chance that James Bond isn't hunting down Julian Assange?

1) He's releasing classified documents and threatening to release more which pose threats to national security.
2) He is hiding in a super secret place in England.
3) He is named "Julian Assange".
4) He looks like this:

Seriously, free speech activist or cyber-terrorist, Daniel Craig has to be like ten seconds away from tackling this guy.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Best Song In The World

A New Top 10 Album List (still not in order, although Dookie would indeed get the top spot):

1) Green Day- Dookie
2) Red Hot Chili Peppers- Stadium Arcadium
3) The High Kings- Memory Lane
4) Flogging Molly- Drunken Lullabies
5) Josh Ritter- The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
6) The High Kings- The High Kings
7) The Beatles- Beatles For Sale
8) Red Hot Chili Peppers- Californication
9) The Beatles- A Hard Day's Night
10) Blink 182- Enema of the State

Honorable mentions this time around: Taylor Swift with Fearless and Speak Now, Josh with Hello, Starling and So Runs The World Away. Also Flogging Molly for Within a Mile of Home and Weezer's Blue Album.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Too Sexy

"One of these most famous characters is Achilles from the epic the Iliad. He became famous in American culture after the stunning actor Brad Pitt, and his perfectly chiseled abs, portrayed Achilles in the 2004 box office hit Troy."

- Student essay on Achilles' similarities to Antigone. How do you grade things like this?

Edit: And the rest of it was an A paper. Sigh...