Archives for February, 2016

Toobin on Scalia

Writing at The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin provides some helpful pushback against the nauseating wave of Scalia hagiography: Antonin Scalia, who died this month, after nearly three decades on the Supreme Court, devoted his professional life to making the United States a less fair, less tolerant, and less admirable democracy. Fortunately, he mostly failed. Belligerent…

The Epic USATE Post! 2016 Edition!

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the last one of these epic posts. But it’s time once more to report on the goings-on at the US Amateur Team East chess tournament. I don’t play a lot of tournament chess anymore, but I always like to come out of retirement for this one.…

Second Law Watch

Over at Uncommon Descent, Granville Sewell has popped up one more time to write the same post he always writes. It’s the one about how the second law of thermodynamics totally refutes evolution. It’s a worth a look, since he is even more explicit than usual that there is nothing more to his argument than:…

Scalia

I spent this weekend playing in the annual chess extravaganza known as the US Amateur Team East (epic blog post to follow). On Saturday night, I was having dinner at an excellent Japanese restaurant with some of my teammates. One of them, who happens to be a lawyer, had his phone out and said, “Hey,…

POTW 4!

It went up a little late this week, because of my recent travels, but we do have a new Problem of the Week. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy Darwin Day!

I’m about to leave town for the weekend, but I did want to poke my head up just long enough to wish everyone a Happy Darwin Day! And just in time for this most wonderful of holidays, my paper on anti-evolutionary mathematics has now been published. In the journal Science and Education, to be precise.…

POTW 2!

The second Problem Of The Week has now been posted, along with an official solution to the first problem. Enjoy!

Sunday Chess Problem

Helpmates occupy a curious position in the world of chess problems. On the one hand, they seem to be the most popular form nowadays for composers. There are just so many possibilities for original content, especially when fairy pieces or conditions are added to the mix. On the other hand, they are sometimes sneered at…