Year: 2014

The mathematical arse

Stack Exchange user mikuszefski has come up with a parametric formula for plotting rather nice arses in three dimensions. Take a look at this: Apparently it doesn’t look so good from the other side, but I don’t have Mathematica so

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Solution to the Turing competition

Enigma close-up

Last month I mentioned a codebreaking puzzle tied in with the release of the new film about Alan Turing. The competition has just closed, but you might still be able to find it online if you feel like having a

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Breaking a robot out of jail

A company called Double Robotics makes “telepresence robots”, which are basically mobile iPads that remote workers can use to give themselves a “virtual presence” in an office many miles away. Their website includes a “test drive” feature where you can

Experiment 60713/B

This was the runner-up in the DepicT! short film competition back in 1999. I think it deserves another airing :-) It was made by Tom Baxandall and Alan Gardener. Tom went into advertising, and appears to have made several ads

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Turing competition

The maths department at Manchester University recently launched a new competition tied in with the release of The Imitation Game, the film about Alan Turing that you have no doubt heard of. The competition involves decrypting three codes. I thought

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Circle of Abstract Ritual

According to the blurb, this film by Jeff Frost took 300,000 photos, riots, wildfires, paintings in abandoned houses, two years and zero graphics to make. It was definitely worth it.

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A stained glass puzzle

Here’s an interesting puzzle set by user MattClarke at the Stack Exchange puzzling website. The stained glass window you see here is called Chaos and Order. You simply have to figure out why. I found the answer to this yesterday,

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Frack off, it’s none of your business

Earlier this year, the UK government published a report on the effect of shale gas mining (i.e. “fracking”) on rural economies (link to PDF document). One can only assume that their findings were not very positive, because most of this

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Project Euler hacked

Project Euler has been taken down after a security breach. There is no indication of when — or even if — the site will return. All that’s left is the following message: What sort of lowlife scumbag would attack a site like this?

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HackerRank W3 — where was everyone?

The latest HackerRank weekly challenge attracted 71 entries from the US and 387 from India, but only four from the UK. I think this is the lowest turnout so far. Maybe the good weather had something to do with it. But anyway,

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