Eye catching headline – Updated

April 29, 2008

How often do you see a headline like this on ESPN.com?

Cops question Ronaldo regarding transvestites

Only in Brazil do you not get in trouble for engaging prostitutes, but only get in trouble due to an altercation once you discover they aren’t actually women…

UPDATE: Even more amusing headlines:

Ronaldo Knows How to Rehab a Knee

The understated:

Ronaldo has mishap during rehab

And the witty:

Ron’s an AC-DC Milan ace now

ooVoo is fairly cool

April 29, 2008

As part of our constant effort to think through remote communications at work, we’ve been checking out ooVoo.

ooVoo is a free (so far) video web conference system. You can have up to six people on a video call. The video quality is decent, the voice quality is ok. Here’s Chris and me talking:


I’m not even going to comment on his shirt…

A cheap web cam seems to work fine. You need a halfway decent microphone or headset for the audio. We’ve banished Linus from these calls until he gets a better one…

A day at the park with Tori

April 26, 2008

As all parents know, until you have more than two kids, you can play man-to-man defense. Once you get to three you have to play zone. We only have two and because Danielle has always liked doing active things with me, we typically pair off (when pairing off is needed) with me being with Danielle and my wife being with Victoria.

This afternoon we wanted to get Victoria outside but Danielle was tired (getting over a cold) and just wanted to stay home. She wanted to stay home with my wife. So for a change, I went out with Victoria, just the two of us.

Victoria is finally at the age where the park (what city folks call a park, really a playground) is big fun. She’s 17 months, climbing on everything. There are a ton of parks near us, but there’s one that is totally designed for her age. So here are the obligatory pictures.

Tori on the move:


Determined to go up the slide:


Cheerios in hand. The five second rule is about to be applied:


Two fisted. Milk and cheerios:


And of course, smiling as usual:


Google fireside chat with author Tim Ferriss

April 25, 2008

Tim Ferriss is the author of “The 4 Hour Workweek”. I have an RSS feed from his blog. Google had him in for a “fireside chat” (no actual fire). It is very interesting. It’s also an hour, so watch it (or just listen, there’s no real visual, he’s just sitting there) when you have some time.

No news

April 23, 2008

I haven’t blogged in a while. There just hasn’t been that much going on. Some highlights:

  • Isiah Thomas is no longer the coach or GM of the Knicks. Perhaps there will be watchable basketball at Madison Square Garden someday soon.
  • I did pretty well in my NCAA pool, but had UCLA all the way. Oops.
  • Baseball season has begun. That’s not really news. Just a great thing.
  • My daughter had a substitute teacher for her soccer class last Sunday. This is a 5-7 year old class (Danielle is 5). The instructor had played for the Jamaican national team. He was unbelievable. Only in New York…
  • My nephew is having problems with his geometry homework (he’s a freshman). Wikipedia is a great source of refresher information. I now recall all of the principles of triangle congruence.

That’s about it. Oh yeah, it’s spring. That is the most beautiful thing of all…

Programming in the real world

April 17, 2008


Let’s Make a Deal

April 9, 2008

This is the sort of thing that amuses my mathematical mind. The starting point is the classic Monty Hall problem. If you aren’t familiar with it, it goes like this.

You have three doors. Behind one is a car, behind the other two are goats. You have to choose which door you want. Before revealing what is behind your door, Monty Hall (if you are too young to recall “Let’s Make a Deal” on TV, just imagine a game show host) opens one of the doors you didn’t choose and there’s a goat. At this point Monty offers you the option to change your mind and take the other door.

Statistically speaking, what is the best choice? Stick with your original door or switch? As a hint I will tell you that one answer is much better than the other, which may be counterintuitive.

Today’s New York Times Science section has a follow up article that takes this even farther.

If you’d like the Monty Hall problem explained further and actually test it out online, go here.