This project started after receiving an email from Christoph RÃ¶mhild. He had compiled a list of cross-references found in the Bible and was looking for advice on how to visualize these connections. After several email exchanges and a copy of Christoph’s data, I was able to produce the arc diagram below. Due to the extremely high number of cross-references, this lands more on the aesthetic side of the information visualization spectrum. Different colors are used for various arc lengths, creating a rainbow like effect. The bar graph running along the bottom shows every chapter in the Bible and their respective lengths (in verses). Books alternate in color between white and light gray.
Nerd alert! I recently got back into programming in Java. I started by retrofitting my old Texas Hold’em Odds Calculator so 1) it runs about an order of magnitude faster, and 2) it includes icons for the card suits.
Tenis suggested a new applet to work on: He wants an applet for Texas Hold’em that, given his starting hand, tells him what opponent starting hands would likely beat him and what opponent hands he would likely beat. Because of the sheer combinatorics, I scoped the problem down and refined it a bit: Given your starting hand and the flop, list the percent chance that the given starting hand will beat or be beaten by all other possible starting hands.
I took up the challenge and tonight I finished the engine behind the applet; I still have to write the user interface, which can take a while. While I go do that, here’s some math and sample input/output (let me know if you see any bugs):
- There are 1,326 (52 choose 2) possible starting hands in Texas Hold’Em
- Since we’re given your starting hand and the flop, we are left with 1,081 (47 choose 2) starting hands that oppose you
- We compare your starting hand against each of the 1,081 opponent starting hands one at a time
- For one such comparison, we know your starting hand, your opponents’ starting hand, and the flop, which leaves 45 cards in the deck for the turn and the river
- In other words, there are 990 (45 choose 2) possible combinations for the river and turn
- This means that to analyze one starting hand + flop combination, the applet examines 990 combinations for each of the 1,081 opponent starting hands, or 1,070,190 hand comparisons (990 x 1,081)
Edit: Here’s the first draft of the new Texas Hold’em Matchups calculator
Hands up if you bought diamond jewelry between 1994 and 2006. Well, if you did you can claim some of the $295 million that has been set aside in the DeBeers class action lawsuit.
I haven’t had time to investigate this yet, so please comment if you know anything about its authenticity. I want a piece!
When writing short copy (taglines, headlines, etc.) give yourself one minute per word. If you don’t have a great five-word headline in the first five minutes of brainstorming, take a break and try again later.
If you become lost in flight and fuel is not a critical issue, climb. You will gain more perspective on landmarks, increase your radio range, and buy gliding time in case of an emergency.
When negotiating, listen to the idioms the other party uses – do they “look at the big picture” and “see what you mean,” or does something “ring a bell” and “sound good”? When you reply, use expressions that reference the same senses as the expressions they use.
If you’re playing improvised music and flub a note or phrase in a scale, repeat the mistake and there is none.
My second food-art post today!
Behold, the White City of Minas Tirith is under siege by one of the largest, and certainly the tastiest army ever to walk Middle Earth. For two days the evil host, under the brutal licorice fist of the Witch King of Angmar has bombarded the ancient city with stone and fire.
Much more here:
And a video: