Points scored in overtime are not real points

I should know better than to write about college football, a sport that I pay little attention to. But it’s a particularly egregious example of an irritating phenomenon. On November 24, 2018, in American college football, Texas A&M and LSU were tied 31–31 at the end of regulation, and Texas A&M won in overtime. But…… Continue reading Points scored in overtime are not real points

Win32 I/O character encoding part 2: chcp 65001

In a previous post, I summarized the character encodings used by Windows console mode programs. This is a short post about a not-very-good mitigation technique for some of the resulting problems. In a future post, I’ll go over some better solutions. Sometimes on an internet forum, someone will complain about a third-party Windows console program…… Continue reading Win32 I/O character encoding part 2: chcp 65001

How long does it take to fall through a ball of ice?

Planet FrictionlessIceball has a straight, narrow tunnel connecting two points on its surface. How long does it take to slide through the tunnel? Simplifying assumptions As with most story problems, we have to make some simplifying assumptions. But I think they’re fairly reasonable. We assume the faller starts out motionless, at one end of the…… Continue reading How long does it take to fall through a ball of ice?