Sunday, May 31, 2020

Rosoff has thoughts about Millennials

Here's a Twitter exchange I've been thinking about




Julia Reinstein of BuzzFeed wrote an article about a party dude on Spring Break who wasn't concerned about Coronavirus.  The article's headline was:  "The Spring Breaker Who Was IDGAF About Coronavirus Has Apologized."  Matt Rosoff chimed in and suggested the BuzzFeed headline should refer to the guy as a "Millennial."  Julia told this guy that the term "Millennial" refers to someone between their mid-20's and 40.  Thus, an undergraduate college student would probably not be a Millennial.  Rosoff responded with a link to USPIRG.org, which defines "Millennials" as people born between 1983 and 2000.

When I google "Age range of Millennials," the first result is a snippet from Wikipedia, and the next results is from Pew Research.  The Pew Research Center website states:
Anyone born between 1981 and 1996 (ages 23 to 38 in 2019) is considered a Millennial, and anyone born from 1997 onward is part of a new generation.
If you go by Pew Research, then the Spring Break dude is not a Millennial.  Their definition aligns with what Julia Reinstein said in her response.  If I were part of this conversation, I would ask Rosoff: "Why are you going by the U.S. PIRG definition rather than the Pew Research definition?"  What possible response could he give to the question?

Incidentally, even if you go by the U.S. PIRG definition of "Millennial," then the Spring Break dude appears to be at the very bottom ofor possibly even belowthe age range.  The guy's name is Brady Sluder.  After the video went viral, he made an apology post on Instagram.  Another post from his Instagram account, dated March 13, 2020, is captioned: "s/o freshman year. miami tomorrow. that’s all 🤞🏻."  So it appears Sluder was still a freshman in college.  The BuzzFeed article says he's from Milford, Ohio, and there is, in fact, a profile on MaxPreps.com for a "Barry Sluder" in Milford, Ohio, who graduated high school in 2019.  Granted, the guy looks kind of old for a college freshman, but let's assume he is a freshman, and let's assume he didn't repeat any grades.  In that case, he would've been either 18 or 19.  Again, the definition from U.S. PIRG says Millennials are between the ages of 19 and 37, so it's not a guarantee that Brady Sluder would've been a "Millennial" even by the U.S. PIRG definition.

Like I said, that's just incidental.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

What's That Name?

This is a great Saturday Night Live sketch:


As usual, I was tempted to check the comments section.  I wanted to see if anyone else had observed how Bill Hader seemed to almost break around the 4:00 mark.  And, in fact, YouTube user theBeesKnees had written: "The "problematic bachelors/squad" line was 100% inserted by Mulaney last minute to make Hader break. I'm calling it now hahahhaa."  And commenter Henry had written: "They almost broke Bill Hader with 'The Squad.'"

Is this some sort of built-in human psychological need?  The need to check if other people are seeing the same thing you're seeing?  It reminds me of the subreddit /r/YouSeeingThisShit, which is devoted to videos of people looking around to see if other people are seeing the same shit they're seeing.

Friday, May 29, 2020

GEICO "Thank You" commercial

Do you ever go to the comments section of a video to see if people agree with you, and then get annoyed when they don't agree with you?  There's this GEICO "Thank you" commercial that I just plain dislike, so I went to the comments section on YouTube to see if anybody had articulated why they didn't like the ad.  But practically all of the comments were positive. 



Tod the Toad SMM2 currently has the top comment with 700 thumbs up.  He says: "anyone just saw them giving that poor kid a bowl cut"

elvis smith says: "I'm here for the nurses moves 😄"

jellieshakes says: "I laughed a little bit to hard at the baby riding the vacuum"

Maladys_Way_Tarot says: "Never thought I’d be rewinding a commercial because it was cute."

God dammit.  This is why I should break the habit of checking comment sections.  Like, there's a part of me that always wants to check, but a big reason I check them is to see if the people in the comments feel the same way I do.  Another big reason is to gauge how people feel about the video. 

Why do I want to read people's replies to a video of Thomas F. Wilson talking about his experience on the Back to the Future set?   

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Discover the "No" people

You've seen this commercial, right?  It gets played all the time:


It's a montage of people saying "No."  The montage has quick samples from Austin Powers, Clueless, School of Rock, Friends, and also a John Candy movie (I don't know which one).  But there are also clips of three random people thrown in. 

The first woman is named Christian Woldegebriel.  She has a YouTube channel with around 2,470 subscribers, which isn't really a lot.  She posted a video on August 10, 2019, titled "Learn Amharic with me/ How to say NO!😏"

   
The video itself has 9,809 views, which again is not a lot.  Did the makers of the Discover commercial stumble onto this video randomly?  The video does have the word "No" in the title, so maybe they were searching for YouTube videos of people saying "No." 

There's also the black guy with glasses.  Ispot.tv listed him as Willie Macc.  He has a YouTube channel with around 1,720 subscribers, although I don't know which video the Discover commercial might have used. 

Then there's the woman at the 10-second mark in the striped shirt.  I have no idea who she is, and Googling around didn't give me any answers.  Maybe she doesn't exist.

Monday, May 25, 2020

/u/delaltshift vs. the bots

Here's a random comment I found in the /r/TwoXChromosomes subreddit:

https://www.reddit.com/r/TwoXChromosomes/comments/gpqcgs/yesterday_the_us_president_retweeted_a_message/fro24xw/

It was a comment on a (now removed) text post.  The text post said:
Yesterday, the US President retweeted a message that called his former female rival a "skank." Ladies, we have ONE shot to get this vile miscreant out of office. Here is the link to register to vote online. Find your state, follow the steps, then share it everywhere. Then in Nov., vote like hell.
A user named /u/dyslexicfart had one of the top comments in the thread.  Their comment said:
And remember that if Trump gets another SCOTUS pick, the court will overturn Roe v. Wade. Conservatives know what they're doing.
/u/delaltshift then replied:
These are the same pricks who say 'My body, my rights!' (for masks), but conveniently forget when it comes women rights!
(To bots: Downvote away!!)
.........Why would they think their comment was going to get downvoted by bots?  As of now, the comment has 737 upvotes.  /u/delaltshift's account is 7 months old, and this looks like the first time they've ever commented in /r/TwoXChromosomes.  This is, by far, their must upvoted comment ever.  But they still insinuated that their comment would be downvoted by BOTS.

It's possible they got a downovte or two in the first minute after submitting their comment, and then added the note about the bots.  (If you edit your comment within the first three minutes, the little asterisk won't appear, so essentially your edit is invisible.)  But even if that were the case, how would they know it was bots who gave them a couple downvotes?  They wouldn't, obviously.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Endless Ryukahr

It struck me that, in a way, Ryukahr's streams of Super Mario Maker may never end.  He's playing a video game.  It's a simulation of a guy who's trying to get through a puzzle or through a series of obstacles.  These levels are being generated by other players, and the levels are being generated at a pace which is faster than the pace at which they can be beaten. 

Let's say you watch a video of Ryukahr every day.  That's 20 minutes.  Let's say you watch Joe Rogan's podcast each day.  That's 2 hours.  Let's say you go to the "Cracking the Cryptic" YouTube channel and tackle a Sudoku puzzle each day.  That's 20 to 30 minutes or maybe much longer.  Let's say there are three or four or five other daily things which you consume each day on the regular.  It's easy to fill up every single day with these things.  Let's say you follow a flame war about professional wrestling....

Every day can be filled up with these things, because these things don't end. 

I could throw "watching Netflix" into the mix, but at least the movies and TV shows on Netflix qualify as art.  Even a silly movie like Time Trap will stick with you for a while.  I can think about it later.  The Joe Rogan podcast isn't art; it's two guys talking about the same topics everyone talks about.  So you consume this stuff every day, and it fills up all the hours of the day. 

And it's an endless simulation of the same stuff.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

To Beat or not To Beat

It's the new Yanny/Laurel!  A video circulated of Old Man Joe on a talk show allegedly saying "I'm going to beat Joe Biden."


Parker Molloy, scouring Twitter, leapt into action and let people know Old Man Joe was actually saying "be."  As in: "I'm going to be Joe Biden."  She posted a video and slowed down the tape like it was the Zapruder film:


What do YOU hear on the tape?  Weigh in below!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Cody Johnston hates racism

I was listening to this show called "Some More News" from Cody Johnston.


He's talking about Quibi, and at one point he rattles off a list of famous names Quibi is working with, and he ends his list with:  "Mark 'I did a hate crime and would rather you forgot about it' Wahlberg."

Yikes!  That's around when I turned the video off.  It's clear Cody Johnston is one of those comedians.  You know, the type of comedian who loves to complain about how white people are racist. It reminded me of this Cracked sketch from August, 2016, which was also written by Cody Johnston. 


It's a sketch about a group of internet writers getting laid off, and it contains this exchange:
Dana:  Good.  This site has been suppressing my true voice for far too long. 
Lucy:  Well your true voice is usually at least mildly racist, so.... 
Dana:  White pride is nothing to be ashamed of.  We ended slavery.    
That exchange happens within the first two minutes of the sketch.  You don't just forget lines like that.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Mr. Plinkett reviews Star Trek: Picard

The news Plinkett review is up:


The one part of the review that annoyed me is when Mr. Plinkett shows positive reviews from Twitter, and he refers to the people giving positive reviews as bots.  Like, c'mon man, don't fall into the game of calling people bots.  At least, don't accuse people of being bots without some solid evidence.  Here's a screenshot of two of the tweets:


I searched Twitter for those two quotes, and each quote yielded one result.

The first is from Marcos Breton, a columnist for the Sacramento Bee.  He has a verified account:


The second is from Karen Teixeira (@bitmOO), and, after looking at her account for all of 10 seconds, I concluded she is a real person and not a bot:


She has her own website where she posts art.  She has a Patreon page.

You could not have found two worse examples of alleged "bots" if you'd tried.  Well, it's excusable I guess because Mr. Plinkett is a 100-year-old man with Alzheimer's.  It's not his fault he doesn't know how the internet works.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

RIP Yahoo Groups?

Yahoo Groups is nearly dead.  I didn't even know it was sick:

https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/16/20917710/yahoo-groups-deleting-all-content-upload-message-boards-email-communities

Techncially, the groups are still intact, although it seems only the e-mail function works.  There's s no content. 

No content.  Only e-mail.   

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Follow AOC closely

I read this story about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez having a 7-year-old tax bill.  The bill was related to a previous business called Brook Avenue Press.  So I googled the business and found this old video from October 16, 2011:


The top comment is from "obsolete professor," who said:
Follow her closely. Find out who her handlers are, that will reveal the larger plan. She is a plant, a useful idiot to be called upon later.
If you say so, professor.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Tortoise ASMR

For today, just relax and enjoy this video of a tortoise eating a watermelon sailboat.


Look at him go!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

VCR Wrestling shares a screenshot

@VCRWrestling is a wrestling fan and frequent Twitter troll.  He recently made a series of tweets claiming that Bryan Alvarez and the F4W website were getting money from Donald Trump to run Trump ads on the site's homepage.  He included a screenshot from what was presumably his phone: 

You can see that the Trump ad in the photo was delivered through Google AdSense.  My understanding is that Google AdSense will tailor ads based on whoever is viewing the website.  If Google AdSense thinks you're a Trump supporter, then the odds increase of Google Adsense showing you Trump ads.  When I visited F4WOnline.com recently, I got ads for the WWE Network and Yeshiva University:


Honestly, I can't tell if VCR Wrestling knew the meaning of the little Google AdSense icon.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

/r/WorldPolitics fallout

Here's something no one will care about:  Reddit moderator /u/cojoco is out of /r/WorldPolitics.  I don't think it was his decision.  I asked him why he wasn't a moderator for the subreddit anymore, and he replied, "Good question."  I also asked the top moderator of /r/WorldPolitics, /u/IAmAnAnonymousCoward, what happened,  and he replied: "I'm sure [cojoco] can give you his version. As you can imagine it got a bit hectic while we tried to keep both the subreddit and its freedoms alive."

Distractify wrote about the situation in /r/WorldPolitics, and I feel they botched the narrative a little bit.  The Distractify post quoted heavily from a thread in /r/OutOfTheLoop, and the commenters in that thread kept repeating the assertion that the moderators of /r/WorldPolitics had failed to remove rule-breaking posts.  The implication was that users were now revolting against the moderators over their failure to enforce the rules:
"These posts, aside from not being world politics, angered the users as they break reddit rule number four, which states that 'asking for votes or engaging in vote manipulation' is strictly prohibited," the commenter explained.  
"Despite demands from users to mods to remove these rule-breaking posts, the moderators refused. In retaliation, the users determined that if the mods aren’t going to do their job completely, they may as well not do it at all."
The Reddit content policy does have a section regarding vote manipulation, which states:
Vote manipulation is against the Reddit rules, whether it is manual, programmatic, or otherwise. Some common forms of vote cheating are: 
  • Using multiple accounts, voting services, or any other software to increase or decrease vote scores. 
  • Asking people to vote up or down certain posts, either on Reddit itself or through social networks, messaging, etc. for personal gain. 
  • Forming or joining a group that votes together, either on a specific post, a user's posts, posts from a domain, etc.
To be clear, that's a site-wide rule, and it's not something the moderators of /r/WorldPolitics ever put forth themselves.  But here's the thing:  I don't think the rule applies to posts with titles such as: "Epstein!  Upvote this post so it's the first result in Google Images'"  I think those posts are okay as long as there isn't any vote manipulation taking place, or as long as people aren't soliciting upvotes from other sections of Reddit.  I don't know of any instance when that type of post was found to be in violation of Reddit's site-wide rules.  (A while ago, I wrote about a post in /r/PrequelMemes which followed the same format.)  I'm sure there are moderator teams that would remove such a post, but the moderators of /r/WorldPolitics don't really care.  They allow just about whatever.  They were probably amused by it.  They are essentially running an experiment that goes: 'What happens if we don't remove anything that we don't have to?'     

Well, you get waves of porn.  That's what happens.  For now.  The porn wave is actually drying up, and the current top posts are Warhammer memes.

Tim Pool also covered the situation at /r/WorldPolitics, and, in typical Tim Pool fashion, he simplified things in a manner that didn't make sense.


I listened to the first 5 minutes of Tim's video.  (Any longer would risk rotting my brain.)  There are a couple things wrong with his analysis.  First of all, the /r/WorldPolitics subreddit has not collapsed.  It still has 1.2 million subscribers.  It's just a shitshow right now, and that shitshow will soon dissipate.

Second, the subreddit itself was not biased.  Tim doesn't know how to differentiate between Reddit as a whole and individual moderator teams.  The top moderators of /r/WorldPolitics/u/IAmAnAnonymousCoward and /u/FreeSpeechWarriorstrike me as more Libertarian than anything else, although I don't know their politics for cerain.  Also, the alleged "rule-breaking posts" didn't break any of the rules of /r/WorldPolitics.

There is an argument to be made that the top decision-makers at Reddit have a liberal biasI'm thinking of the the admins and of certain powermoderators.  But the top moderators of /r/WorldPolitics aren't part of what I'd consider the "powermod" group.  Actually, let me put it even plainer terms:  The moderators of /r/WorldPolitics are anti-censorship.  Tim Pool himself is anti-censorship.  So, yes, Tim Pool is an idiot, and he doesn't recognize that he would actually agree with the modearting principles of the people he's criticizing

Friday, May 15, 2020

Joke theft alert!

Dave Vescio, who is apparently an actor and/or ex-con, sent out this tweet earlier:


But this tweet is a word-for-word copy of another tweet by @FelipeAzucares from 2013:


Maybe  we should send this Dave Vescio guy back to jail......for joke theft!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Fckjoshy brings the laughs

I saw some people denouncing this TikTok video from Fckjoshy.

Specifically, it was Matt Binder who wrote, "seriously fuck this guy and the whole stupid online influencer culture that rewards him for this shit."


He was retweeting another account named @saltyarab who said: "does he think this shit is funny...."

And...yeah.  That shit is funny.  Maybe if I viewed it in a different context I wouldn't think it was funny.  But it was introduced to me via these two uptight Twitter accounts.  If you manage to tick off @saltyarab and Matt Binder at the same time, then you must be doing something right.  The video made me laugh the hardest I've laughed all week.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Kevin Nash uses hard numbers

Kevin Nash used hard numbers and real facts to show how WCW Nitro ratings increased after "The Fingerpoke of Doom."


Incidentally the 17 weeks in column 1 line up perfectly with the 1998 Monday Night Football schedule:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Monday_Night_Football_results_(1990%E2%80%932009)#1998_NFL_season

You have to figure the end of Monday Night Football would've affected the TV ratings in a positive way, right?  Maybe Kevin Nash knew that.  I kept looking through the replies to his tweet to see if people would bring that up.  I think maybe one person did.  (I'd check again, but it's best to limit the amount of poison you ingest per day.)

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

JimRomenesko.com is down!

JimRomenesko.com, the website that dealt with media news, observations and gossip, is no more!  It changed ownership at some point, and the domain now brings up a blank WordPress format:



The man who was in charge of the blog would call attention to copywriting errors, and heap praise on clever headlines.

Monday, May 11, 2020

O'Neil detests Warren

Here's a random couple of tweets from a guy named Luke O'Neil


I want to get to the point where I can stop paying attention to political takes on Twitter.  Every time I see tweets like this, I tell myself, "Okay, you can stop paying attention to this guy on Twitter.  No further purpose will be served.  You have a sense for how he will react to everything from now until the end of time.  Paying any more attention now will only be poisonous" 

But then I wind up refreshing the feed anyway.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Souza gets the COVID

Jacare Souza tested positive for coronavirus and had to drop out of UFC 249:

https://www.espn.com/mma/ufc/story/_/id/29152392/ronaldo-souza-ufc-249-testing-positive-coronavirus

Two of Souza's cornermen also tested positive for coronavirus.  It will be interesting to see over the next few weeks if anyone else from that UFC card tests positive for coronavirus.  There were 22 other fighters who competed on the card (per Wikipedia).  Souza had checked into a hotel in Jacksonville where many of the other fighters were staying, so you had a situation where, potentially, the virus could spread among a specific group of people.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Community clips

Did you hear there's going to be a Community table-reading?  It's for charity:

https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/community-table-read-dan-harmon-donald-glover-joel-mchale-1234601209/

This has gotten people wondering if there's a Community movie on the way.  Recently, I've noticed more and more people are posting clips from Community on the /r/Television subreddit, which I assume helps indirectly with its popularity.  Some of these clips are good...and some of these clips are bad.  And I have to wonder:  Why would you share a bad clip? 

Here's a post with a good clip, titled: "Chase Through Fluffytown - Community."  Even if you don't know what the show is about, you could watch the clip and think, 'Huh, that look interesting.'  It's a good clip to share:


But here's another post with with a clip, titled: "Community season 1. Joel and Gillian teach a master class in comedic timing."  And it's just a random clip from one of the less-remarkable episodes.  The top commenter on the post even says: " Nothing about this is a masterclass in comedic timing."  Why would someone choose to share this clip, out of all the possible clips?


There was another post with a bizarre clip, titled "Buying a Giant Hand on Craigslist [Community]."  The clip is the end-tag from perhaps the worst episode of Community.  It consists of a guy trying to procure a giant hand and then having an argument with his wife.  It's not accessible at all for new viewers, and it's not that great a clip even if you're a fan of the show and know the context. 


One of the top comments of that post actually says "At this point, it's obvious that the Community marketing team is pushing these videos to the top.  Now THIS is a marketing team... That KNOWS how to promote their show!"  That's a sign you've chosen a shitty clipwhen the commenters start calling you out for being a marketer.  The commenters are saying there's no way a regular person would want to share such a bad clip.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Glenn Greenwald: Petty?

Sometimes I'll see a tweet like this and just take a moment to reflect:


It's like...Damn.  Glenn Greenwald is a Pulitzer-winning reporter.  He does serious reporting (doesn't he?), yet at the end of the the day he still throws petty jabs around.  He's like all the other folks who write online comments.  You'd hope a Pulitzer-winning reporter wouldn't act so petty, but maybe most of them are like that deep down.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

/r/WorldPolitics has turned into 4chan

/r/WorldPolitics is "reddit's free speech political subreddit."  It has 1,242,995 subscribers and it is currently being overrun with shitposts.  The shitposts consist of anime porn, regular porn, pictures of potatoes, and other things of that nature:


The top moderators of /r/WorldPolitics don't believe in removing content.  That's their philosophy.  They barely believe in moderation to begin with.  The three senior mods are /u/IAmAnAnonymousCoward, /u/cojoco, and /u/FreeSpeechWarrior.  My impression is they only remove content which violates Reddit's site-wide rules—things like doxxing, violent threats, etc...  Everything else is allowed.

The trouble began on Sunday when a user posted a photo of Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, titled: "Epstein! - Upvote this picture so it’s the first thing people see when they google Epstein."  The post stayed up, collecting 147,000 upvotes and reaching the front page of /r/all.  This was followed by similar posts from other users.  (I believe the original OP deleted their Reddit account soon after, but that's beside the point.) 

Now the subscribers of /r/WorldPolitics have FINALLY figured out that everything is allowed.  Hence all the hentai.  Seriously, the new queue is just dozens and dozens of hentai images.  That's why I'm saying that /r/WorldPolitics has now morphed into 4chan.   

/u/IAmAnAnonymousCoward made an announcement a short while ago, saying "Don't post anything that might get this subreddit banned or quarantined."  I'm guessing they'll be okay as long as the posts don't become overtly racist of QAnon-esque.  We'll see how things are in a few days.   

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

PinOut World Record

I wonder what the record is for PinOut, the iOS/Android game that came out in 2016?

It's not, like, a popular game by any means, so it's probably impossible to ever know what the world record is.  My personal distance record is 19,735.  That's without using any checkpoints.  I'm certain it's not a world record.  Part of the reason it's difficult to determine a world record is there are mini-games scattered throughout the levels that give you bonus time.  These mini-games, like Lazer Racer, keep going as long as you don't get hit.  My high-score on Lazer Racer is 89 points (so 89 additional seconds). 

I also managed to reach the first checkpoint with 161.2 seconds left on the clock, which is pretty tough to do.  I wonder how close that is to the limit for the first stage?  It's gotta be close.     

There are some playthroughs on YouTube with "world record" in the title, but those all seem to be clickbait titles. 

So what truly is the world record time on this game?  Maybe only God knows. 


Current checkpoint times:
Start:  60.0
1:  161.2
2.  312.2
3.  465.4
4.  581.4
5.  648.8
6.  765.0
7.  845.4
8.  901.5 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

/r/News commenters wants vigilante justice

There was a thread recently in /r/News titled: "Black man shot dead while jogging in Georgia, and two months later, no arrests."  It linked to an NBC news story about the death of Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot after a confrontation with two white men.  The /r/News thread was pretty much what you expect, but I did notice this comment string near the top:
alloobaba: "Well instead of calling the cops, they chose vigilante justice. Only makes sense they meet the same fate." [135 upvotes] 
pocket_geek: "I normally advise against vigilante justice, but in this case..." [63 upvotes] 
Idontcommentorpost: "Right? When do we start chasing down and shooting racist fucks like these?" [5 upvotes]
Just seemed interesting. 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Sudoku grind

Here was another Sudoku puzzle that took me hours to solve.  I had to stare, and whittle away, and slowly figure out some of the logic.  It took me a while to figure out that either the "1" or the "9" had to be in the top-right and bottom-right corners, otherwise you would up with duplicate numbers somewhere along the top and bottom row.  The thing which finally cracked it open was figuring out that the right-side endpoint of the tie-fighter must be a "9," since the space directly to the right of the bulb couldn't be a "2." 


https://cracking-the-cryptic.web.app/sudoku/mF9n66BhQ3

The guy in the video keeps hyping up the X-Wing strategy, which in my opinion is a pretty dorky name for a solving strategy. Also, I picture an X-Wing as having diagonal lines that cross over, and, from what I understand, the Sudoku version of an "X-Wing" involves parallel lines.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

M.C. Scared Of Bees

There are two types of people:  People who think "M.C. Scared of Bees" is the best skit in the history of Late Night with Conan O'Brien , and people who are wrong.



Saturday, May 2, 2020

Four Color Sudoku Theorem

I had some missteps on this latest Sudoku puzzle, but when I stopped making mistakes I was able to solve it in 47:02.  (Full solution below.)


https://cracking-the-cryptic.web.app/sudoku/6Q27G2Lt3H

I'm surprised the guy in the video didn't color-code any of the sections.  (He only used color at one point for three of the squares that he knew were identical.)  It was a Killer Sudoku puzzle, so there were a lot of oddly-shaped cages, and it was difficult to see all the outlines on my screen.  Hence, I used three additional colors to fill in the cages:
This got me thinking:  Would it be possible to color in ALL the sections of this puzzle without having any two sections of the same color touching each other--whether in an orthogonal or diagonal manner?  It turns out you can!
Then I wondered:  What if you treated each individual square as its own section.  Could you color in an entire puzzle that way with just four colors, and never have similarly-colored cells touch each other?  It took me a few minutes to realize that--DUH!--it would be easy to do this.  Just devote each column to two colors at a time, and keep those columns separate:
This led me to form the beginnings of a mathematical theorem.  Call it the "Four Color Sudoku Theorem."  It will prove that it's possible for any Sudoku puzzle to be filled in with only four colors, and under the condition that no two sections of the same color touch each other. 

Friday, May 1, 2020

A contest between (at least) two alleged rapists

I was thinking about this tweet:



I was tempted to re-tweet it with the reply: "Probably Biden."  Y'know, just completely no-sell her passive-aggression.  But then I realized that I don't actually plan to vote for Biden, which would make my response a lie.  I'm not going to reply to a passive-aggressive tweet with a lie; that's just dumb

But hopefully someone else gave that exact response.  Someone with influence and a larger following than my 124.