Bowing bluegrass solos

I’m a new bass player (about 18 months) who plays with a group of people that primarily play bluegrass. For the past 7 months I’ve been practicing French bow with the intent of being able to take my turn soloing with the rest of the band. My band mates are …

Ingress newbie data

Ingress is a video game played in the real world on top of the GPS system.  It’s an interesting combination of foursquare (for the checkins), geocaching (for the exercise) and king of the hill (for the combat aspect).   You need a battery, and a really good cable The Ingress …

Teach geometry in Minecraft

Following on the success of my teaching basic logic circuits in Minecraft, my son wanted another lesson, so I went with geometry. For each of the following two dimensional shapes, build them on a flat surface in minecraft out of any kind of block.  Compute the perimeter and the area …

June 3rd SF ballot

In the interest of provoking a thoughtful decision about my own votes (and yours) I’m posting my thoughts and recommendations for the upcoming election.  Because I live in a precinct with too few voters to have a poll, I vote by mail usually, so I have my ballot for weeks …

Teaching kids about electronic circuits with Minecraft

My son, like many other 8 year olds of both genders*, loves Minecraft.  I keep an eye out for people that have developed ways of letting kids learn-by-building in Minecraft.  Like many things, it’s a lot of talk and little actual action.   (* Seeing young girls at Minecon in …

In memory of Gary Carson

In early March poker author Gary Carson passed away.  I didn’t know him personally, but his impact on my thinking about how I approached the game of poker was profound.  I’m very sad to learn that he’ll never write another brilliant poker book.  To adequately explain to a non-poker player …

Yes, to do lists are awful. But what’s better?

Late last week I read this article “To-do lists don’t work” published on the Harvard Business Review by Daniel Markowitz.  Markowitz’s thesis is that todo lists don’t work because they leave too much of the prioritization of tasks to the “last minute mind”. In other words you have a moment, …