quotes and links. worth the click.

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The Placebo Effect and Videogames Interesting. I've been thinking about the imperfect information you get in videogames. Especially for FPS-style games for casual players: it's hard to tell if you're killed because of a smart computer opponent vs your inexperience or just because of a weapon imbalance in the game or what not- I think that tends to put a damper on the need for good AI in games. (I remember reading a book behind the scenes in "Wing Commander", that mentioned when the enemy spacecraft were visible they swoop and loop and try and look cool, but when you couldn't see them they'd just try to head straight for your tail.)
Lately I've been thinking about scanning some old high school and college docs and getting rid of them. The cringe-worthiness of my writing at the time made this Slate article on youthful writing haunting us online resonate for me. And I wonder if I'm a better writer, a better judge, or what.


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On the escalator at Davis Square T, I have an epiphany: tubas are kind of ridiculous.

(that yellow strip is a cheat sheet to "Seven Nation Army" I put on a long time ago....)


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Getting all kinds of psyched for HONK! Fest 2015‚Äč - me and my tuba will be at the School of Honk open rehearsal/performance at 3 today (Kenney Park near Davis), the "real" concert at VFW Dilboy Hall at 6, marching with JP Honk on the big parade between Davis and Harvard Square tomorrow at noon, then back with School of Honk on the Harvard Square main stage at 5:30 to support the trombone choir, and then the All Band Jam! Check out for details if you're in the area and stop by- there should be a TON of awesome music all over the place.


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Thinking about the "Freedom Caucus" that is stopping the Republicans from having an orderly transition of Speaker of the House. In my naive understanding, it seems a bit like a parliamentary system where there are multiple parties and the need for coalition governments: Republicans have 247 seats (vs Democrats' 188) but since 42 of them are "Freedom Caucus" they have veto power over some things that need a majority of Congress (218) to run. (It would be even more ironic if Republicans minus FC was less than Democrats, but since the 2015 election that's not the case.)

Lets hope the "Freedom Caucus" doesn't get much more power. They're willing to trash the economy with their debt ceiling terrorism.
from my FB post: The PVC scaffolding for the JP Honk hoop banner underwent a major upgrade, thanks to Tuba Honker Kirk and his buddy "'EB". Instead of just being 2 loooong poles and 2 short ones making a rectangle to hang the hoops on (see last years picture below) the new design comes apart, with two fold out bits (kind of like the stand for a tv tray) and two shorter connecting pipes. It should be a lot easier to travel with, a bit sturdier, it can be carried by two people or maybe even one, and should do a better job of standing on its own when the band isn't on the march.


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Amused by this compilation of Mulder + Scully pics (fbi engagement photos, fbi prom, fbi pregnancy announcement, or fbi YA novel, etc)
Man, I know Slate isn't THE most prestigious journalism, but have we really gotten to where we can do the katakana shruggie instead of saying "shrug"?

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Man- the Wayback Machine's first entry for my first domain goes back to 1996. Round up to 20 years... 20 years before that is, like,the disco era.

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