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I've noticed a meme that's spreading in paper titles: people titling their papers "From A, to B, and back". For example, Madry's paper: http://thl.epfl.ch/madry/docs/matching_flow.pdf.

Which paper was originally responsible for this title template?
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http://people.csail.mit.edu/alexch/research/snark/snark.html also uses the convention.  I'm not sure if it does or does not predate The Hobbit :)
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Merry Christmas everyone! My gift to you all, a blog post titled: "Can you tell if a bit is random?". http://mittheory.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/can-you-tell-if-a-bit-is-random/. Enjoy!
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Join in on the inaugural TCS+ seminar!
 
Dear all,

We would like to remind you that the first TCS+ seminar will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 2013/2/6 at 17:00 UTC. Please join us in watching the talk by our first speaker Ronald de Wolf! Some more details on the organization:

* We have decided to migrate TCS+ to a Google+ "page", which you can find directly here: http://plus.ly/tcsplus. From now on, all announcements and talks will be posted there. We will keep both the page and the community active at least until the following talk (Anup Rao, 2013/2/20) so you have time to perform the migration.

** Please "follow" the TCS+ page (http://plus.ly/tcsplus) so that you receive further announcements. (The new page can be distinguished from the old one by its brand new logo!)

* Ronald's talk will appear as a "hangout" directly on the TCS+ page starting at 16:55 UTC tomorrow. What this means is that once you click on the link to the page given above, you will see a message with an embedded video. Click on "play" and the talk will stream live. There is no need to reserve a seat; anyone can join.

* All those who did not get a reserved seat are welcome to watch the live stream. Simply go to the new TCS+ page (http://plus.ly/tcsplus) not before 16:55 tomorrow and enjoy. Questions and comments can be added below the video.

* For those of you who reserved a spot to join the hangout as active participants (including those on the waitlist), you should already have received a separate message. Please check your G+ notifications and associated email. We would appreciate it if you could confirm receiving the message by emailing  thomasvidick@gmail.com directly. Make sure that you follow the TCS+ page and circle user Alice Bob to receive further messages. (Sorry for the inconvenience; we're only doing this because it is the first time and we're not quite sure how everything works :-))

We hope it will be an enjoyable experience for everyone! We'll do our best to make it a smooth run, but please be patient in case we run into technical difficulties. Any further updates will be posted on the TCS+ page linked to above.
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My musings about martingales (from probability), and a colorful story of the Existential Poker Player.
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Check out the new MIT Theory student blog, "Not So Great Ideas in Theoretical Computer Science"! Starting off with recaps from FOCS 2013.

https://mittheory.wordpress.com
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China trip anecdote of the day: Matt and I had finished a hike in one part of Wulingyuan, and needed to get back to the city. We were on the opposite side of the park, it was getting dark fast, and the park bus system had appeared to (prematurely) shut down. We might as well have been wearing a sign screaming "Lost Tourists", because a gang of taxi drivers scrambled to obtain our fare. It didn't take long to realize that they were probably our only way back to the city, a fact they were happily aware of. So, we tried to bargain them down. 

"100 kuai!", they announced. 

"50!", we countered. But they knew they had us. Matt stepped away to look for buses one last time. Meanwhile, I tried to plead with the cab vultures.

"Please, sirs, we're just students, we can't afford your high rates," I offered lamely. I expected laughter, mockery, sneering -- but not what came next.

One of the cab drivers grew very serious, sidled up to me, and gave me a furtive look. 

"Don't worry," he whispered, as if letting me in on a big secret. "Your friend over there, he's white -- he has lots of money!" I was too stunned to laugh. 

"Look!" He whipped out his cell phone and started showing me pictures of white people. "They're white! See? Americans! Happy! They have lots of money!"

Well, golly, then - can't argue with that. We took his cab for 70 kuai. Because Matt has lots of money.
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