March 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

American bankruptcy laws are incredibly lax relative to the rest of the world. In effect, American entrepreneurship is a lot like playing roulette with other people’s money – you can keep the winnings, but the losses are paid for you. While you can never be sure to win any one particular bet, in the long run you will win sooner or later. In this type of game, the best strategy is to play as often as possible, to increase your chances of winning.

Two different doctor offices

March 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This joke makes a good point:

Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement. The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week. The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn’t reviewed for another week and finally has his surgery scheduled for 6 months from then.

Why the different treatment for the two patients?

The FIRST is a Golden Retriever.
The SECOND is a Senior Citizen.

Next time take me to a vet!

Roman Numerals

March 22, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The romans had no real concept of “multiplication”. Reason being is that their roman numeral system was so inefficient, you had to be a friggin’ genius to multiply two numbers together. Only geniuses could do it. The incas/indians, had a much more efficient numerical system, and could multply only because their numerical systems made it easy. They weren’t necessarily any SMARTER, per se, they just had a formal system that fit well with the concept of multiplication. (Oddly enough, concepts like the wheel had yet to be invented in Incan culture, even though it was obvious to the Romans).

We think better by inventing different representations. it’s something that we computer scientists strive to do. Programming languages like Hakell, Ruby or Lisp (my current favorite) makes this easy to do.

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