June 2014 IBM Research Ponder This Challenge

My solution to the June, 2014 Ponder This Challenge by IBM Research.

Look at Your Data

Don’t just look at summary statistics. Really look at your data.

Counting is Hard

Counting at scale is harder than you might think.

Hiring Great Data Scientists

Thoughts about the role of ‘Data Scientist’, how to hire great ones, and some practical matters of tools and version control.

Egg Drop Puzzle

Given an N-story building and M eggs, find the highest floor of the building from which you can drop the eggs before they break.

Personal Website Redesign

After 8 years of neglect, I recently recreated my personal website. This note describes the new site build, deployment, and design.


Rye Bread

This bread is easy to make, healthy (no sugar and almost no oil), and delicious. I bake it 2-3 times a week for my family.

MIT Media Lab Visit

The MIT Media Lab is a national treasure. At the end of January, 2013, I toured the lab and got to experience the future.


Personal Remarks about the Xbox Emulator

Personal notes I made about the Xbox 360 emulator project shortly after it was announced.

Random Number Generation

Do you use rand(), Math.Random(), System.Random, or java.util.Random? These are slow and less random than other algorithms available.