Archive for the ‘computing’ Category

The one-eyed robot

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Real computer scientists concern themselves with sorting their balls.

Command-line debunker

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

My superstitious Facebook friends are posting this message: October has 5 Fridays 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. This is money bags. So copy this to your Status and money will arrive within four days. Based on Chinese FengShui. The one who does not copy....will ... launch

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

I've finally finished the web site for my new book of puzzles. Go there and check out the book. You can even download a free edition!

Why am I jealous of poster board?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Because my new poster gets to go to Istanbul, Turkey for next week's EvoStar Evolutionary Computation conference without me. I just shipped it off this morning. Combining puzzle-making with biologically-inspired computer algorithms. Because life isn't already crazy enough. Click the above image to see the large version of ...

There is no Koopa.

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Want to make $500? All you have to do is make Mario come to life with an artificially intelligent computer program. And he has to survive as many randomly-generated game levels as possible from the Infinite Mario Bros project. Piece of cake! A contest entry. From the entrant: ...

United we stand

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

You enter a contest. A million dollars is at stake. Forty-one thousand teams from 186 different countries are clamoring for the prize and the glory. You edge into the top 5 contestants, but there is only one prize, and one winner. Second place is the first ...

Optimism that only a programmer can appreciate

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

"A programmer is a person who passes as an exacting expert on the basis of being able to turn out, after innumerable punching, an infinite series of incomprehensive answers calculated with micrometric precisions from vague assumptions based on debatable figures taken from inconclusive documents and carried out on instruments of ...


Thursday, May 7th, 2009

You're sitting at your computer, writing your next awesome computer program. You think, "I want to run my new program. But the computer I have is too slow and too boring to run it on." You glance over at the petri dish in your biology lab. "What if ...


Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

XSLT is a language for transforming XML. I came to hate XSLT long ago, at the tail end of a fading honeymoon period in which I dwelt in the empty promises of XML. Somebody came up with a way to plot the Mandelbrot Set using only an XML file combined ...

Game Day at Luna City Arcade

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

The multi-talented programmer, vintage arcade enthusiast, artist, and iPhone game developer Peter Hirschberg created a one-of-a-kind private vintage arcade collection that he periodically opens to the public. His Luna City Arcade is an acclaimed collection of still-functioning vintage arcade games from the 1970s and 1980s that he keeps and ...