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Category Archive: geeky

Jul 23 2011

Solve these critical thinking puzzles, win a prize!

I love logic puzzles, and a friend showed me some particularly good ones the other day. These are based on puzzles written by the Mathematician from AskAMathematician.com. If you’re the first to get all three of them correct with correct explanations for all of your answers, you’ll win a prize! Skepticon will send you either …

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Jul 16 2011

I can go home now

I accomplished my #1 TAM9 goal:Bill Nye :D

May 08 2011

The Empire Hearts Moms

Seattle sure knows how to welcome people back from trips (click for larger):This comic shop is right by my apartment and across from the bus stop I stand at every day – but it usually doesn’t look this lively.Hopefully the Force reminded you to call your mom today.

Jan 04 2011

Seattle has superheroes

No, really. Go watch the video And he’s not the only one. Apparently there are nine of them, part of the “Rain City Supehero Movement.” What. PS: If you’ll allow me a bit of shallowness, Dan from near Seattle is super cute. I’d use my super powers to, uh, save him any day. …Unfortunately I …

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Dec 17 2010

Google can now filter by “reading level”

This is a really neat advanced search feature just released by Google! You can now filter by “reading level,” including within posts for a certain site. How do they determine what’s considered Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced? The feature is based primarily on statistical models we built with the help of teachers. We paid teachers to …

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Dec 17 2010

Google can now filter by "reading level"

This is a really neat advanced search feature just released by Google! You can now filter by “reading level,” including within posts for a certain site. How do they determine what’s considered Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced? The feature is based primarily on statistical models we built with the help of teachers. We paid teachers to …

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Nov 08 2010

Why my building has key cards

Now I just need to figure out how to make the doors say “Good morning, Ms. McCreight” instead of “Beep.” Then I’ll really be living in a sci-fi movie. (Alternate reason why my building has key cards: To keep the undergrads out. I like my reason better.) EDIT: I originally had pi = 0.6 because …

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Oct 21 2010

Purdue to host intercollegiate Quidditch tournament

Why do all the awesome things happen after graduation?! Purdue University is hosting an intercollegiate Quidditch tournament from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 24), just days before the world debut of the final Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” The Hogwarts-looking Windsor Halls will serve as the backdrop as caped …

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Oct 13 2010

This is where the magic happens

I’m not feeling particularly blogging inspired (thanks, grad school), so here’s some random photos of my new apartment, now that it’s all set up (click images for larger):How about a game of geeky I Spy? What can you spot, other than the inevitable wire-induced fire hazard beneath my desk?

Sep 20 2010

I’m ready to take over the world with Rationalism

Who else is going to waste their entire Tuesday playing Civilization 5? I’m purposefully making this post now because tomorrow I’m going to be too busy conquering the world. I’m a huge Civ fan, though I got into the series a bit late. A friend introduced me to Civ3 in high school, so I played …

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