Honeybees on Cocaine: Sometimes Science is Weird

I spend an inordinate amount of my time reading scientific journals. Sometimes I need to find out how previous researchers have investigated a particular scientific or statistical problem, sometimes I need to compare different outcomes, and sometimes I just want to try and understand some method or conclusion better. This can be an incredibly boring Read more [...]

The Gift and the Curse

Last night was Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs, a rematch of last year's entirely epic championship series. Though a miracle turnaround had technically been still within the realm of possibility - especially when you have Lebron James on your team - it didn't play out that way, and honestly, this year's Read more [...]

Westerosi Warriors: Who Would Win?

As we three nerds are prone to do, Ezra, Bullets and I relentlessly exchange Facebook messages about the TV shows that we love. Breaking Bad was the first, which coincidentally also spawned a Blogcat from me, but Game of Thrones, as is probably the case for many of you reading this, is also one of our beloved programs. <The rest of this post Read more [...]

Four Hundred and Twenty-Five Elephants in the Sky

This past Thursday, Gabriel García Márquez died of pneumonia in a Mexico City hospital at the age of 87. This weekend has seen a plethora of tributes and obituaries, in newspapers, magazines, and on websites and television programs. These sources can go into the biographical details of Márquez's life better than I can. Many can give critical Read more [...]

A Rebuttal: Why March Madness is the Pinnacle of Competition

Editor's Note: When this blog was started by a group of friends, we hoped it would become a running dialogue of our interests. In the purest sense, we would be communicating with each other, while letting others in on the conversation. Admittedly, there has been little communication between the contributors, with some spending more time in Bobcat Read more [...]

Rooting for Goliath

There are two times of year that are widely considered to be the paragon of American athletics. One is in late October, when the World Series is taking place, the NBA and NHL seasons finally kick off, and the NFL is in full swing. The second time occurs at the start of Spring. Actually, it's basically ALL of spring.  The Masters. The NFL Draft. Read more [...]

Golf: Connecting Ideas to Actions

The game of golf is as simple, and as complex as any other. Conceptually, it is easy; all you have to do is hit the golf ball into the hole just with a swing of your golf club, that’s it. The physics, relatively simple in the breadth of the field, are just mechanics. A good swing seems nearly effortless, and doesn't require you to be a built Read more [...]

Gray Skies

I'm already excited for the third season of House of Cards, and I've already started re-watching True Detective's inaugural season. They're both made of really good stuff, and I can't get enough of the latter right now. The whole "can people change" philosophy in the Time is a Flat Circle concept is fascinating. I could watch the sweeping camera shots of the Louisiana Bayou landscape for hours. But Read more [...]

Squad for Life

I don't share this anecdote because I want the world to share in my adulation for the song - you'd need an inaccessible combination of nostalgia and inane humor - but instead, because it got me thinking about my old, mostly high-school, days of recording rap. Really, and more specifically, the upstate-New York hip-hop sensation, Demon Snow Squad. Read more [...]

Are You Not Entertained?

Last night, the Brooklyn Nets visited the TD Garden to play the Boston Celtics. The national attention focused on the event had nothing to do with the basketball being played, which over the course of the evening ranged from generally mediocre to outright terrible. Under most circumstances, the game would have been unwatchable, except for the most Read more [...]