“The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.”
George Bernard Shaw
Magnus Carlsen, reigning World Chess Champion and the number one ranked chess player in the world, recently launched the app Play Magnus. In this app, you can play chess against a chess engine tuned to play like Magnus at different ages, starting at age five.
The app contains educational videos by Magnus himself. The first video lessons are free, but you’ll have to pay for the more advanced lessons. You can also participate in a contest that gives you the chance to play Magnus live in a secret location. According to Magnus, this is just the first step in helping the chess community bringing the game of chess to more people around the world. It’ll be interesting to see what the continuation of this will lead to.
Today at 1pm EST (7pm CET) GM Hikaru Nakamura, the highest rated chess player in the United States, will be doing a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session.
I will be doing a @reddit_AMA tomorrow at 1PM EST! If you have any questions, tomorrow is your chance to ask me anything and everything!
— Hikaru Nakamura (@GMHikaru) February 25, 2014
He will also be playing blitz and bullet games live over at Chess.com/TV on March 5th at 7pm EST (1am CET) with IM Daniel Rensch providing educational/entertaining commentary. Daniel Rensch does indeed provide entertaining and educational commentary, so I think this will be a great show.
— Daniel Rensch (@DanielRensch) February 25, 2014
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out Daniel Rensch’s “Bullet Brawls” series on Chess.coms’s Youtube channel.
UPDATE: Here’s the link to the AMA over at Reddit:
If you’re one of those who’ve always dreamed about programming by using quotes from Arnold Schwarzenegger, now it’s finally your turn. The github user lhartikk has created a programming language, ArnoldC, which syntax is based on quotes from Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Here’s an example of how you create two variables and assign them the values 0 and 1:
HEY CHRISTMAS TREE varFalse YOU SET US UP @I LIED HEY CHRISTMAS TREE varTrue YOU SET US UP @NO PROBLEMO
If you’d rather want to become as strong as Arnold, be sure to read up on Arnold’s 10 secrets to mind-blowing arms.
Did you know there’s also a rendering application used by the film industry that is named after Arnold Schwarzenegger? Well, at least now you do.
Reading about the bogosort algorithm, I came across this interesting theorem:
Read more about the infinite monkey theorem over at Wikipedia.
Here is a photo I have taken of Fugløya in the municipality of Gildeskål in Norway. More photos in my gallery.
When reading through the comments to the Rainbow Sort Visualisation story over at Hacker News, not only did I come across my previous post, 15 sort algorithms in 6 minutes, but also this very nice collection of visualizations created by David Galles, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science at the University of San Fransisco.
It’s quite interesting to see all these algorithms, several of them which I use on a daily basis, being visualized this way.
I came across this interesting video visualizing 15 different sorting algorithms both visually and with audio.