2012-12-14

epitome

epitome. noun. a large dusty heavy book carried on the person for the purpose of squashing bees before they sting you. now largely superseded by the epipen.

2012-12-13

China Miéville's ZORK

Every time. I go to bed and every time it happens. There I am, standing in an open field. There's a white house with a boarded up door. And every time there's a mailbox.

Sometimes I think I was the one who boarded up the door. Other times I wake up and I can see the boards closing over me.

– by Ariel

2012-12-12

gir will also write the constitution.

#mefi decided to take over the US government a while back.

nick assignment
abe Department of Housing and Urban Development
azazello NIH
bp NASA, GAO
cortex Department of Energy
dmd NSF, FAA
doublehappy Department of Justice
douglbutt White House Press Secretary
duckstab Department of Transportation
esch Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, DoD
GIR State Department
godbert FAA
hei NOAA
jessamyn Library of Congress
jimbob Agriculture, Dept of Interior, USGS
josiah Defense
juffo-wup FCC
Krrrlson DARPA
lindsay Education, Health and Human Services
lysol CDC, FDA
mach5 Drug Czar (ONDCP)
necKro FEMA
p_g_p Federal Reserve
pyna NSA, National Park Service
shake janitor at the National Museum of the American Indian
sloth National Weather Service
TMKF ATF
vee Health and Human Services (veecare)

2012-12-02

Waiting for your party to respond...

lysol and I (well, mostly lysol) wrote a thing where you can pretend it’s 1990 and you’re talking in talk:

typeto.me

2011-02-24

Apples to Apples

We invented a game to play with Apples to Apples cards.

  1. Everyone gets a deck of green (adjective) cards.
  2. Go through your cards, and select ones that apply to the other players, and deal them to that player face down.
  3. When everyone’s done describing everyone else, shuffle the locations of the piles so nobody knows which goes with whom.
  4. Flip over the cards, and figure out which pile is which person.

Warning: This can be extremely cruel.

2011-01-20

The Brothers Go Skiing

2010-06-12

Ankh-Morpork's Undertaking

I made an Undertaking (subway) map for Ankh-Morpork, set about 50 years in the future (from canon “now”). I took some liberties with names of places, given the time gap. For instance, Dolly Sisters has become Dollisters, the Whore Pits has become Harpits. Locations are based on the canonical Ankh-Morpork map. Note that the logo is actually octarine - your monitor may not be calibrated to display that color properly.

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**edit: as people have asked, here’s a very rough sketch I used when laying out the lines… **

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2010-04-26

Just walk.

Our public transit system runs on a Poisson process; no matter how long you have been waiting for the train, the probability of a train coming in the next minute remains the same.

2009-09-12

Erdős-Bacon Number

5) Daniel M. Drucker with Geoffrey K. Aguirre: Distinguishing conjoint and independent neural tuning for stimulus features with fMRI adaptation

4) Geoffrey K. Aguirre with David H. BrainardNeural activity within area V1 reflects unconscious visual performance in a case of Blindsight

3) David H. Brainard played the part of Samuel Allison in Fat Man and Little Boy with John Cusack

2) John Cusack was in Adaptation with Meryl Streep

1) Meryl Streep was in The River Wild with Kevin Bacon

And then there’s my Erdős lunch number:

3) Daniel M. Drucker had lunch with Andy Tannenbaum

2) Andy Tannenbaum had lunch with Amnon Barak

1) Amnon Barak had lunch with Paul Erdős

Oh, fine, you want my real Erdős number?

6) Daniel M. Drucker with Geoffrey K. AguirreDistinguishing conjoint and independent neural tuning for stimulus features with fMRI adaptation

5) Geoffrey K. Aguirre with Martha J. FarahA functional MRI study of mental image generation

4) Martha J. Farah with S M KosslynGenerating visual images: units and relations

3) S M Kosslyn with David B MumfordDiscriminating figure from ground: the role of edge detection and region growing

2) David B Mumford with Fan ChungChordal completions of grids and planar graphs

1) Fan Chung with Paul ErdősOn the product of the point and line covering numbers of a graph

2009-08-19

a new game
  1. think of something banal that new-world-order nuts might believe is part of the conspiracy

    1. use google to find evidence that someone DOES believe this.

my first win: the offset-printing calibration marks on cereal boxes

2009-06-02

ARE AIRPLANES SAFE?

ANOTHER PLANE CRASHES. ARE AIRPLANES SAFE?

in this corner, from the mystery fairy land of Science, we have ACTUAL STATISTICS

and in this corner, we have RECENCY EFFECTS and AVAILABILITY HEURISTICS

ROUND ONE…. FIGHT!

2009-01-23

Shut up about 2012 will you.

Everything you need to know about the Aztecs can be summed up in the fact that one of their months is called Tlacaxipehualiztli, which means MAN FLAYING.

2009-01-20

psycholinguists scare me

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2008-12-12

growing up

The realization that I was an adult happened to me in two stages.

In stage one, I realized that if I wanted a reeses peanut butter cup, I could just fucking buy one and eat it. Nobody could tell me not to.

In stage two, my wife told me not to.

2008-11-19

H2ghetto

Bottled water at conference, 5 dollars.

Bottled water at cvs a block away, 1 dollar.

stickin’ it to the man, Priceless.

2008-11-01

NaNoWriMo finished in record time.

I have completed my NaNoWriMo novel.

Hipster Posturing

Update: I wrote another one! This one is more ambitious.

2008-09-27

soup fail

[sarah] omg fail. any soup recipe that calls for canned soup as an ingredient is not a soup recipe.

2008-08-14

llama llama panda

me: have you considering quitting science and entering the lucrative fast-growing field of alpaca farming?

Wesley: what’s an alpaca?

me: You’ve got to be kidding me.

(pause for Wesley’s Googling)

Wesley: that’s hilarious. it’s like a panda, only a llama

2008-08-13

Not that what I said makes much more sense.

daniel: Have you ever considered using your work for evil?

sarah: Isn’t that what orcs are for?

daniel: … work.

2008-08-12

Dad's song