May 20th, 2015

krazy koati

But those cannot replace what is the real thing

At this moment we're almost certainly off at a local diner and enjoying the afterparty from the Lansing pinball league's Zen Tournament finals. When we put in the playoff system for determining league standings a strong contingent of folks were worried this would abolish the amusing, mostly-for-fun Zen Tournaments, in which pairs of people take one flipper each for a series of matches. Happily it's being kept as an epilogue to the season.

This was a decision made with some controversy yet, though, as folks suggested that people should pick their teams, rather than matching up highest-ranked to lowest-ranked, second-highest to second-lowest, et cetera. It looks like the league president/organizer is resisting that, though, and I'm glad. Attempts to strategize to win the Zen Tournament make the thing too serious, I think.

And I've had a bunch of mathematics posts since the last time I did a roundup of them. I lost track of just how many, sorry. Among the posts:

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Trivia: The tape recorder on Mariner 10 was capable of holding 180 million bits of data. Source: On Mars: Exploration of the Red Planet 1958 - 1978, Edward Clinton Ezell, Linda Neuman Ezell. NASA SP-4212.

Currently Reading: Mathematics Without Apologies: Portrait of a Problematic Vocation, Michael Harris.