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Mary and I feel like gaming this evening, so we're hosting an impromptu games evening (Sat 11/9) at our house in Porter Sq., Somerville starting at 8p. Please contact us directly for address and directions.
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Ah shucks! Wish it wasn't so far away...
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Somerville area friends: I bought 1.3# of monkfish at Whole Foods a few hours ago not realizing it wasn't kosher.  Would anybody like it while it is still fresh?
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It's a super-classy look, and the light brings out your eyes. 
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Jaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his mind had been taken over by parasites that had invaded his brain. So the prolific biologist took his science-fiction hunch into the lab....
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I was crazy before I first met a cat.
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I've been away from the internet in general for a while, but I wanted to share a math puzzle I heard recently. There are several problems that involve two envelopes, but this one is my favorite. As with all my favorite puzzles, it doesn't rely on tricky or intentionally deceptive wording—I'm stating the premise as clearly as I can:

I pick two real numbers through some process unknown to you. It might be random and it might not. Maybe I always pick "3" and "100". Maybe I roll two dice. Maybe I write C code by mashing a keyboard until it compiles and prints two numbers (or produces Windows ME). Maybe I always use 0 for the first number, and for the second I call my aunt and ask her for a negative real number, which I multiply by the estimated number of protons in the universe. (At this point, my aunt is used to that kind of call from me.)

I put these two numbers on slips of paper and put them in two envelopes. I thoroughly shuffle the envelopes, and then you choose one via a fair coin toss. You open it and look at the number. You are now given the option (as in the infamous but very different Monty Hall problem) of switching to the other envelope.

Your goal is to pick the envelope with the higher number. Can you come up with a strategy that guarantees you a better-than-even chance of winning?

It has to do better than 50% no matter how I picked the numbers--if your strategy includes the rule "switch if the number is a 2", it's wrong, because I could always be picking 2 and negative 100, and in that scenario your strategy will fail at least 50% of the time. This means your strategy must work even if I have guessed what your strategy is and am cherry-picking numbers specifically to defeat it.

I cannot emphasize enough that you do not know anything about my process. Not only do you not know the numbers, you don't know which random distribution I am picking them from—or whether it's even a random distribution at all—and there is no deductive basis for estimating the odds that I'm using any particular method. (This gets at what is sometimes called the difference between risk and uncertainty.)

I'll post again tomorrow with the correct answer and a bit more about the puzzle.
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Seeking help from the internet. I'm looking for a company which can provide the following service in the Boston area: Move a 5000 lb., 15' long storage container from the street into my front yard. It needs to be moved sideways because of obstructions and needs to be placed onto some sort of supports because the yard has a significant pitch. I'd prefer if such company could provide the supports and ensure they are stable. The companies which provide storage containers don't offer this service and can't recommend anyone to provide it.

I think the right tool is a boom forklift, essentially a forklift on steroids. I have found companies which rent such tools, but not ones who show up with such a tool, move something, and take it away as a single service.
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Oh. Slopes, supports, and sideways, that complicates life, you can't just use a flat-bed tow.

"Riggers" are the companies that manage crane jobs and supports.  I see http://shaughnessyandahernco.com/ cranes all over town. 
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Mary figured out where there was a backup so my contacts are back and all I lost was 2 months of photos.
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Upgrade to ios6 caused my iPhone to forget all contacts and wipe out the backup on resync. Please send me a message with your contact info if you think I should have it.
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Near Boston: seeking to borrow a tent or two* for two people for Baitcon 6/22-6/24. *Sometimes I've found it convenient to have one tent for sleeping and another for stuff, particularly if they are small.
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I take back what I said about REI.  They've doubled the prices for renting tents.  Now I need to figure out what I'm doing for a tent.
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Back to work after an exhausting, but generally successful, Arisia weekend.
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Took a handful of pictures rather quickly, so some of these are a bit blurry.
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