Author: Mike Garrity

2700 Billion Digits of Pi 0

2700 Billion Digits of Pi

On December 31st, Fabrice Bellard (founder of FFmpeg) announced that he’d calculated pi to 2,700 billion decimal places. Check out the details here. The coolest thing is that he did it using a single...

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Walden Pond

Yesterday we walked around Walden Pond so that everyone could get a good appetite for the roast beast. The boys brought the marshmallow shooters they got for Christmas. They chased each other around the...

McCain Cantwell 0

McCain Cantwell

Senators John McCain and Maria Cantwell have introduced legislation which would reinstate Glass-Steagall. The Glass-Steagall act was a law which was introduced after the Great Depression. It separated banks into different types and made...

Bostonian of the Year 0

Bostonian of the Year

Every year at this time, the Boston Globe puts together a list of 10 notable Bostonians of the year. This year’s top pick is Elizabeth Warren. She definitely would be high on my list...

OSTP vs. ACM 0

OSTP vs. ACM

As part of President Obama’s Open Government Initiative, the Office of Science & Technology Policy is asking for feedback from the public about public access to the results of federally funded research. Unfortunately, the...

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Big Fridge

The reason we were messing around with the plumbing arrived today. It looks like this: Isn’t it cute? It’s really big. That’s a problem. We live in a cape which was built in 1950....

The Clinton Tapes 1

The Clinton Tapes

I’m not sure whether I’m ready to tackle Taylor Branch’s 700 page account of the conversations he recorded with Bill Clinton during his presidency, but David Runciman’s review in the London Review of Books...

2009 in Ideas 0

2009 in Ideas

The New York Times annual Year in Ideas section is out today. That’s always worth checking out. As their intro says: … we have hunted eclectically, though not without discrimination, for noteworthy notions of...

DIY Film 1

DIY Film

You may think that digital cameras have killed off film, but it’s not that simple. Check out the following two projects. You may already have heard of The Impossible Project. This is a group...

HM 1

HM

Do you know who HM was? He was one of the most important patients in the history of cognitive neuropsychology. In 1953 he had surgery for epilepsy. The surgery was successful in the sense...