Archive for January, 2008

64 squares: RIP Bobby Fischer.

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Bobby Fischer has died at the age of 64. One year lived for each square on a chessboard. (Was he thinking about that?) I wonder how he felt about machines taking over the game. Chess is now a “solved” problem in the sense that no human can win reliably against the machines anymore. Of course, […]

Thank you, New Jersey!

Monday, January 14th, 2008

New Jersey has become the second state to pass the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, following Maryland. (Yay, New Jersey! In an odd coincidence, I heard this news while in a hotel room in New Jersey. I will give the state a big kiss when I head out tomorrow.) The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact […]

Barackracy: The Obama Effect

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Is it just me, or does Barack Obama consistently do much better than polls project? I seem to recall this happening in Illinois, too, both in the Democratic Senate primary contest, and then again in the general election (yes, he was expected to win the general election by a lot, but he did even better […]