Author Archives: brenbarn

Supreme Court voting patterns

In the past few years, the US Supreme Court has handed down a number of high-profile decisions with a 5-4 majority. In the most recent term, these included the two gay-marriage cases Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor, as well as the voting-rights case Shelby County v. Holder. In the previous term there […]

Programming languages: quality, popularity, and versatility

If you haven’t seen The Right Tool, you should check it out. It’s a little web doodad where you can rank programming languages according to how well they’re described by various statements, like “This language is very flexible” or “The thought that I may still be using this language in twenty years time fills me […]

Useful Scrabble words

After reading my last Scrabble post, someone suggested that it would be useful to see a sort of “utilitarian” breakdown of Scrabble words. That is, which words are the most useful to know? Answering this question is trickier than it might seem.

Scrabble: what makes good players good

I play a lot of Scrabble. In this day and age, it’s often a point of pride for people to say they’re not on Facebook. Well, I’m on Facebook, but most of my time on the site is spent playing other people with the Scrabble app. I’ve gotten pretty good over the years, but I’m […]

Good days, mate

I’ve always been kind of intrigued by climatology and meteorology. Whenever I read Wikipedia articles about random places, I take special interest in looking at the climate section (if there is one) and seeing the little chart and (hopefully) graph of the temperature and precipitation over the course of the year. I happen to live […]

Test 1 2 3

This is a test. It is a crazy test. Here is another test. Blah blah blah testity test test and so on ((Watch out!)). Four score and seven years ago our fathers gave us our first bicycle. What a gas! Then some sample text was put onto a website. It seems like only yesterday. Next […]

Interesting Question

This is a blog where I will do stuff.  It will be cool.  It will be insane.  The blog will include features such as posts, comments, graphics, AM/FM radio, air conditioning, bad stuff, crazy stuff, good stuff, bogus stuff, other stuff, smoked herring, a thousand gold dinars, the mountains of Kaf, a pavilion decked out […]