It seems that an old text of Archimedes has been found in a palimpest, that is to say, in a deeper layer of a document with newer writing on it.
It turns out that the treatise, the Stomachion, deals with a branch of mathematics not thought to be studied in antiquity–Combinatorics. Combinatorics deals with how many ways you can solve a problem. Its not trivial at all, its a branch of mathematics that has only really taken off with the advent of computers. But it seems the genuis who shouted “Eureka!” might have worked on the field.
The coincidences that led to the funal unearthing and decipherment of the document are pretty spooky, as Making Light, where I got the link, points out.
And you can apparently even buy one of these Archimedes puzzles online.
Ginger asks: A lot is made of the role of the GM in a game, but what is the role of the player? Arref and Ginger, to just name two, have given great answers on this topic. But I will try to fashion a a passable one.
The Presidential Candidate Selector http://www.selectsmart.com/PRESIDENT/president.php
It matches up your answers to questions to the stated opinions of Presidential candidates.
What I came up with is as my top candidates:
Howard Dean (85%)
Wesley Clark (81%)
John Edwards (71%)
George Bush got a measly 6% matching rating with me
Longtime and devoted readers (are there any such? 😉 of BJS in its incarnations will recall that a long while ago, I mentioned that Hadrian is probably the closest thing I have to one. (Although I used the term wrong on his page, I will have to fix that) Theresa Nielsen Hayden has a great post and a lot of comments, on the weird sub-genre.
Go forth and enjoy it.
One of the bad things about losing a swath of my archives is that I don’t have categories for things like the Monday Mashup. I’ll probably convert this in time once that is straightened out.
And I know I am late, but Bryant’s Monday, Dec 1st Mashup is : Jon Krakauer�s Into Thin Air. It�s all about man versus nature, with themes of ecological awareness and man competing with man as side dishes. Great book, even if there�s controversy about what exactly happened up there.
Only noticed it today, but Claire has a great piece on using non fantasy cosmologies for fantasy worlds (ie Amber)
Its not unknown to me. Those who have read my SB cosmology have seen the influence of my science background.
Also, I was, back in Purgatory, playing around with some concepts of String Theory with FTF stuff I was doing with my then-girlfriend. Some of those ideas might wind up in a game of mine.
Sometimes, its the surplus of ideas, rather than the paucity, that causes me to wonder what I am going to run at things like ACUS.
It turns out that my old Blog seems to have been googled well, because my review of On the Oceans of Eternity was found by none other than the author of the book, S.M. Stirling.
And he wrote an email appreciating and complimenting my review.
I suppose this is a hint that I should get cracking on more book reviews, here at my new place.
Ginger asks: A lot of neogamers I play with are uncomfortable with taking real religions and putting them into play. With all the “Satanist” backlash against D&D that there’s been, do you feel comfortable having any religion in your games? Do you scrub it of anything controversial?
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