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~ Friday, January 27, 2006
~ Monday, November 28, 2005
 
The early Church, and Abraham Lincoln, believed in universal salvation.
 
Consider the following asymmetrical game. Players A and B begin with drinking glasses, each containing the same amount of water. In each turn, A and B both drink some water simultaneously; then, A takes the glass with the most water left, and B takes the other. They repeat until both glasses are empty. The winner is the one who drank the most water.

What are the optimal strategies for A and B? What if the game ends when one glass is empty? What if the glasses start with unequal amounts of water?
 
A psychologist reviewed Westhusing's e-mails and interviewed colleagues. She concluded that the anonymous letter had been the "most difficult and probably most painful stressor."

She said that Westhusing had placed too much pressure on himself to succeed and that he was unusually rigid in his thinking. Westhusing struggled with the idea that monetary values could outweigh moral ones in war. This, she said, was a flaw.

"Despite his intelligence, his ability to grasp the idea that profit is an important goal for people working in the private sector was surprisingly limited," wrote Lt. Col. Lisa Breitenbach. "He could not shift his mind-set from the military notion of completing a mission irrespective of cost, nor could he change his belief that doing the right thing because it was the right thing to do should be the sole motivator for businesses."

Full article.
~ Wednesday, October 12, 2005
~ Wednesday, August 17, 2005
~ Friday, August 05, 2005
~ Monday, June 27, 2005
 
Life at Low Reynolds Number: "If you are at very low Reynolds number, what you are doing at the moment is entirely determined by the forces that are exerted on you at that moment, and by nothing in the past."
~ Thursday, May 19, 2005
~ Wednesday, May 11, 2005
~ Friday, April 29, 2005
 
This occurred to me when I was watching Li'l Brudder: in America at least, the Left's message is "We can help you" while the Right's message is "You don't need help".
~ Wednesday, February 02, 2005
 
FOMC: diff december.txt february.txt | grep measured > /dev/null
~ Tuesday, December 21, 2004
 
Wow, eyes can evolve surprisingly quickly.
~ Wednesday, December 08, 2004
 
Is the bond market "irrationally" sensitive to noisy economic data because market participants believe some kind of stochastic resonance is at work?
~ Thursday, December 02, 2004
~ Wednesday, November 17, 2004
 
McNaughton Paper, 1965; see item 1 and item 10; plus ça change...
~ Sunday, November 14, 2004
 
Geneva Conventions: not.
~ Thursday, November 11, 2004
 
White phosphorous (via BoingBoing).
~ Monday, November 01, 2004
 
What does the oil market think of the Presidential election?
~ Thursday, October 28, 2004
~ Monday, September 06, 2004
 
Cavaliers or moderate Republicans? "There was a freedom in their subserviency, a nobleness in their very degradation. The sentiment of individual independence was strong within them. They were indeed misled, but by no base or selfish motive. Compassion and romantic honour, the prejudices of childhood, and the venerable names of history, threw over them a spell potent as that of Duessa; and, like the Red-Cross Knight, they thought that they were doing battle for an injured beauty, while they defended a false and loathsome sorceress. In truth they scarcely entered at all into the merits of the political question."
 
Schnauzer: start will a shot of vodka and a dash of apple schnapps, fill to 3/5 level with freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice, top up with equal parts of crushed ice and sparkling mineral water.
~ Friday, August 13, 2004
 
High school dating: Levi-Strauss, where are you when we need you?
~ Wednesday, August 11, 2004
~ Monday, August 09, 2004
 
Nation article on WMT.
~ Sunday, August 08, 2004
 
Appetizer Frank: Lay a couple of slices of tomato on a bed of shredded lettuce; prepare anchovies in milk, and put five on each slice; cover with shredded boiled egg; serve with cocktail sauce. (Accidentally ordered at Musso and Frank's, 7-Aug-04.)
~ Thursday, July 29, 2004
 
Quotes from our new Government bond analyst:

"A penny here, a penny there, and sooner or later you've got a nickel."

"I like to start a theoretical discussion whenever my results suck."
~ Wednesday, July 28, 2004
 
Coalition vs IAEA: whoops.
~ Tuesday, July 27, 2004
 
Preparing for emergencies (via BoingBoing).
~ Monday, July 26, 2004
~ Friday, July 23, 2004
~ Thursday, July 15, 2004
 
Senator Pat Roberts also sounds plausible.
 
A truly wonderful conspiracy theory. But didn't Disraeli think of it first?
~ Monday, July 12, 2004
 
OSB, aka Trotsky's Revenge: two cocktail glasses of perfectly ripe, organic strawberries, snap frozen; 80 ml frozen vodka; two dashes Triple Sec, three dashes of Rose's Lime Juice; blend and garnish with fresh strawberry; serves two.

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