Our courage will pull us through
Our main pinball league's had its final regular competition tonight. We didn't actually know the standings going into the contest until late last night, because the Grand Rapids folks --- who drive out an hour or so every other week to join us --- couldn't be at the regular meeting two weeks ago (the western half of the state was walloped with an estimated 26 feet of snow, while we got light flurries), and with permission of the league's president made up the games a week later. The delay was frustrating, especially since they failed to tell us when they were doing the makeup so bunny_hugger and I couldn't go over to hang out and have an extra league night, but it's probably strategically useful to have a precedent for what we do if people can't make a meeting through no fault of their own.
Anyway, bunny_hugger had a great night, two weeks ago, outranking even some of the top players in the league. And to my wonder I actually tied for first place for the night, which put me slightly ahead in the hotly contested race for third place (first and second were locked up, oh, the first week of play), and is starting to undermine my assessment of myself as a good but not great player. Of course, I don't have tonight's standings as of this writing, since that's hours in the future.
Meanwhile I've had enough mathematics entries that it's worth collecting them into a big roundup post. If you haven't been reading my mathematics blog please consider some of these:
- Reading The Comics, November 14, 2014: Rectangular States Edition, as an old Dilbert sequence got featured.
- Radius of the inscribed circle of a right angled triangle, someone else's solution of a neat mathematical puzzle.
- Reading the Comics, November 20, 2014: Ancient Events Edition, because the Antikythera mechanism got into things.
- Another Reason Why It’s Got To Be 2, my solution to that neat puzzle (not uniquely my solution).
- No Conjecture For 19,000, teasing something I thought I could prove and that turns out to be stupid. Watch this space.
- Reading the Comics, November 28, 2014: Greatest Hits Edition? as they mention a lot of familiar old favorite subjects this time around.
- My Math Blog Statistics, November 2014, a quick review of how read I was last month.
- Advanced November 2014 Statistics, a deeper inquiry into what people read and for how long.
Trivia: On 1 March 1784 Thomas Jefferson led his state's delegation in officially turning over Virginian claims to lands west of the Ohio over to the federal government. On 2 March 1784 Jefferson was named chair of the committee to select the best way to survey and sell off those lands.
Source: Measuring America: How The United States Was Shaped By The Greatest Land Sale In History, Andro Linklater.
Currently Reading: Dimensional Analysis, H E Huntley.