Why I Stopped Using Hotmail: Spam

My generation grew up with Hotmail.  Back in the late 1990’s when I was in junior high, an @hotmail.com email address was way cooler than an AOL account (since that was what most teenagers’ parents used).  Hotmail was great – fast, easy, and generous with space (for that time anyway), it was my first venture…

Global Warming needs its own new field

As a scientist, I believe that global warming is happening, and that it’s really bad, and that it’s important that we pay attention to it.  I also agree that there is a significant amount of evidence supporting global warming, to the extent that it’s very hard to offer a reasonable counter-argument.  But, again as a scientist, I’d…

Cover’s Game

Let’s play a game. I will pick two numbers at random, write them on separate pieces of paper and stuff them inside envelopes A and B, respectively. You open one of the envelopes (let’s say Envelope A), and see the number inside. Now, you must guess whether the number from Envelope A is larger than…

Chatbot: Scholar Edition

Ok here’s one that could probably be built in Python in less than a day, especially by recycling some code from my man Hamilton Ulmer’s hilarious rhymeless poem generator.  Here’s the idea for the chatbot: I create a list of GChat friends to ‘prank chat’. When one of those friends updates his status message (to something…