Reassembler, a case study in persistent search engine visibility for old blog posts

Here are the top 12 Reassembler blog posts in readership this year. 11 of them are more than 2 years old, which means that all their visits at this point are coming from Google (unless there’s some really influential link out there somewhere that I’m not aware of). Drilling into a modern safe (Feb 2008) (467 views … More Reassembler, a case study in persistent search engine visibility for old blog posts

Maths, mnemonics, chess

or, How to memorize chess openings (long version) Watch Arthur Benjamin, “Mathemagician,” multiply two five-digit numbers IN HIS HEAD: The scene in question starts around 10:30, although the whole video is quite interesting. He explains his methodology just a bit, and then attempts to verbalize the whole thought process as he solves the problem, which … More Maths, mnemonics, chess

Before Google

Google seems like a revolutionary company in some respects. Google Labs is just being shuttered, but it’s been chock full of experimental tools and toys for years, all free. Very cool. Employees are encouraged (required?) to set ridiculous quarterly performance goals for themselves – point being that if you think small and incremental, that’s all … More Before Google

Dragon kings

Now HERE’s some reassembly: Dragon Kings, Black Swans, and the Prediction of Crises We develop the concept of “dragon-kings” corresponding to meaningful outliers, which are found to coexist with power laws in thedistributions of event sizes under a broad range of conditions in a large variety of systems. These dragon-kings reveal the existence ofmechanisms of … More Dragon kings

An Irish fort and a Roman colosseum

My coworker Scott Berinato, who won virtually every national awards competition for editorial excellence during his years at CSO, wrote two very cool articles: One about how the Roman colosseum at Pompeii beautifully illustrated concepts of crowd control and safety that even modern stadia don’t always incorporate. Another about how the Bronze-age fort Dun Aengus, … More An Irish fort and a Roman colosseum

Statistics smackdown

Old joke: An economist is someone who wanted to be an accountant but didn’t have the personality. Fairly or not, statistics shares this reputation. Intermittantly, haltingly, I have been reading Statistics for Dummies. And unfortunately it is indeed kinda boring. But if you take statistics and throw in a dash of discord, an argument, a few … More Statistics smackdown