Klytus, I’m bored. What plaything can you offer me today?

There’s something for everyone. There really is. Long, long ago we mentioned competitive Rock Paper Scissors tournaments. You may have seen news or video of  14-year-old Lucas Etter set a world record for solving Rubik’s Cube in less than 5 seconds. Just for fun, here he is doing 2×2 cubes. (Yes those exist too.) I … More Klytus, I’m bored. What plaything can you offer me today?

Fourth position

Played another G/45 at the Mechanics Institute club this past weekend. Here’s a final-round game that’s kind of comically inept, although that sounds harsher than I mean it. But there’s a long sequence where every move by either of us improves the other guy’s position by a half-pawn or more. C’mon gang, let’s count the wrong moves! Mays … More Fourth position

Worst possible choices to direct The Hobbit

Contributing editor Matt Phelps won the “Not-Bobby” contest in fine style – nominating Clint Howard as the WORST casting possible to play the lead role in a Bobby Fischer biopic. Well that was fun, wasn’t it? And now comes the news that Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) has opted out of directing the live-action films … More Worst possible choices to direct The Hobbit


Google can provide data sets that you’d neither think of nor be able to find elsewhere. When you start typing in “actor who played”, Google helpfully autosuggests possibilities, providing you with a definitive, data-based list of actors nobody can remember:


You recall Cher warbling “Do you believe in life after love?” in the 90s? She sounded like her voice was run through a weird synthesizer – like much of Cher’s body by now, but I digress. The weird synthesizer is Auto-Tune, as you may know. Auto-Tune can make you sound weird, but more significantly it … More Auto-tune