Science &Software 21 Feb 2008 08:17 am

Many Eyes

Many Eyes dataset visualization from IBM Research

Collective Intelligence FOO Camp

Math &Programming Languages 09 Feb 2008 06:01 pm

Project Euler

Project Euler: 188 little programming math problems to amuse you.

Miscellaneous 02 Feb 2008 02:01 pm

Prediction Markets at Google

The Google blog has a fascinating entry entitled, “The flow of information at the Googleplex” which links to a paper, “Using Prediction Markets to Track Information Flows: Evidence From Google”, which reports research on data gleaned from studying prediction markets inside Google.

Humor &Programming Languages &Science &Software 16 Jan 2008 05:22 pm

Problems Worthy of Attack

I found a great quote in the comments of Diomidis Spinellis’ blog entry Rational Metaprogramming:’Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by fighting back’ — Piet Hein

That’s a great way to put it!

Programming Languages &Software 16 Jan 2008 05:19 am

Vis a tergo: Baseball cards as objects

Rob’s discussing object models for baseball cards. He is evolving a design bit-by-bit.

My first question is what use cases do you want for your database of baseball cards? Searching real stats for the season? Or just searching for cards? To me, that changes the way I’d lay it out.

To play along, here is a primitive set of plain old Ruby objects to model what he has so far. I thought it might be interesting to contrast the two.

OK, well, I lied, it is a little different, because I went ahead and subclassed for the variant card type.

class Card
  attr_reader :year, :number
  
  def initialize(number, year)
    @number = number
    @year = year
  end
end

class PlayerCard < Card
  attr_reader :player
  
  def initialize(number, year, player)
    super(number, year)
    @player = player    
  end
end

class BattingLeadersCard < Card
  attr_reader :top_50_batting_players # this is a list of players
  
  def initialize(number, year, top_50_batting_players)
    super(number, year)
    @top_50_batting_players = top_50_batting_players
  end

  def top_3
	top_50_batting_players[0..2]
  end
end


class Player
  attr_reader :name, :team
  
  def initialize(name, team)
    @name = name
    @team = team    
  end
end

Miscellaneous &Philosophy 13 Jan 2008 10:26 pm

Fwd: How to Enjoy a Convention [Phil Agre]

Fwd: How to Enjoy a Convention [Phil Agre]: “Think about this sociologically. You have a gathering of several
thousand people from one profession. Most of them work in middle of
nowhere places with two colleagues, one of whom they loathe. They spend
all year teaching the writings of other people (some of whom are their
heroes) to 19 year olds. Some of those heroes are walking around the
hotel. Of course they’re looking at the name tags.”

(Via Conference Presentation judo.)

Humor &Science 12 Jan 2008 05:16 pm

Funny Genes

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(Via Bejerano Lab, Stanford University.)

History &Language &Philosophy &Politics &Programming Languages &Science &Software 02 Jan 2008 08:23 pm

Reading List that Inspired Smalltalk

Squeakland has a list put together by Alan Kay for his students that gives background on the ideas behind Smalltalk.

It looks like quite an interesting list.

Humor &Language 11 Dec 2007 08:40 pm

Fun With Words > The Wordplay Web Site

I found what seems like a quite amusing site: Fun With Words > The Wordplay Web Site. I haven’t looked fully into it yet, but I found it searching for a gift, a book on Spoonerisms, Stoopnagle’s Tale is Twisted.

While the site seems to have a lot of things, a review of the book is in order so you know what I mean. That, and because it is amusing.

Remember the story of Prinderella and the Since? It begins “Here is a story that will make your cresh fleep. It will give you poose gimples. Think of a poor little glip of a sirl, prery vitty, who, because she had two sisty uglers, had to flop the more and do all the other chasty nores, while her soamly histers went to a drancy-bess fall. Wasn’t that a shirty dame?”.

This book contains 43 of Colonel Stoopnagle’s fantastic spoonerism tales, including Beeping Sleauty, The Pea Little Thrigs, and The Woy Who Cried: “Boolf!”.

Reichard Lederer said “With whiz and witdom, Keen James entertainingly presents the tips of the slung and thud and blunder in our tough and rumble language. After reading these English terrors and tinglish errors, you’ll finish the book optimistically and misty optically.”

Great Outdoors 06 Dec 2007 10:42 pm

SENTINEL VIDEO: High surf in Santa Cruz | Sentinel Multimedia | Santa Cruz Sentinel Blogs

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SENTINEL VIDEO: High surf in Santa Cruz. And apparently there were gigantic waves at Mavericks off Half Moon Bay today as well.

Here’s another great video from December 4th, 2007 at Mavericks. Holy cow look at those waves.

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