Thursday, February 7, 2013

There have been quite a few times that I have wished for a quick and easy way to make random selections.  I mean in everyday situations, like if I want a random ordering of people for some task.  It's surprisingly hard to just "choose randomly".  Flipping a coin is fine when the number of choices is small and a power of two, but too time-consuming with 8 or more choices.  Slips of paper in a hat is also a bit unwieldy.

I suppose I could use this, but I guess I like more diversity in my random numbers.

Today I found  It is not a pseudo-random number generator; it uses atmospheric noise to generate *true* random numbers.

I know, I know ... overkill, right?  Think I'm OCD?  You're wrong.  I'm probably a bit OCPD.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

When We Went MAD

I think you have to be of a certain age to really appreciate MAD Magazine.  When I was a kid, it was one of the *FEW* outlets of satire, sarcasm, and anti-grownup humor available to wee tikes.

I suspect there are few who grew up prior to The Simpsons who would have such fond memories, but old farts like me might be interested in:

I threw in $25, and I hope they make their goal.