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Last night at Ithaca Generator Game Night I mentioned to Marty and company that I had recently seen a video which claimed that while riffle shuffling will thoroughly mix a deck of cards in 7 shuffles, overhand shuffling takes over 10,000 shuffles to do the same. I've attached the video.

It links to two papers, one from 1998, http://projecteuclid.org/download/pdf_1/euclid.aoap/1177005705 which discusses the riffle shuffles, and one from 2006 http://arxiv.org/pdf/math/0501401.pdf which discusses overhand shuffles.

I wonder how popular I'd be at a MtG competition if I sat across from a player with a deck of 60 prinstine, unbent cards in sleeves, overhand shuffling them to protect them, and then I called over the TD, showed them the papers, and said I'm gonna need to riffle-shuffle his deck at least 8 times to ensure they were properly randomized. I can't wait for even 10000 overhand shuffles.
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heh. Well, I'm not sure if we designed it. We host it and moderate it.
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We tried to hike the Taughannock Falls today, but the gorge trail was closed due to hazardous conditions. So we went to the overlook instead.

The base of the falls was full of ice and snow. Keep in mind that normally the falls are taller than Niagara Falls, so the pile of ice St the base in this photo is probably over 100 feet (30 m) tall. The footbridge has one end completely buried. No wonder that the trail is closed. 
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Uh yeah. Glad you didn't. Spring is better.
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In 1952, Queen Elizabeth became The Queen Mother. 
When we get King Chuck, what will we call Philip? Will he be "Prince Philip, the King Father"?
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Cute.
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Marty, Levana, JenW and I played a game called 7 Wonders, which has a somewhat complicated scoring system. The scoring app on my phone has a "share with social media" function, so I shared the game results with G+. I was surprised that I won, and most were surprised that Levana, who hadn't played before, beat Marty.
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When I was a kid (well, probably early 20's), I loved Tim Hunkin's TV series The Secret Life of Machines. I didn't know until today that the theme wasn't Dave Brubeck's Take 5, but rather this reggae cover by Val Bennett.
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Something to check out I guess on the blueray
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+Martha Smith Poor cat? Psh! Poor people who get scratched every time trying to help the cat. I've seen so many cruel cats that I no longer feel sorry for them, because it's not like they're in physical pain. 
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Dear interwebs,

Does anyone know of a unicode emoji or similar that has an outward pointing hand? There's various hands pointing left, right, up, and down, but I want something similar to what's in the famous Uncle Sam "I Want You" poster. If I could find something similar which was inward pointing that would be nice, also.
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I am testing the voice postings
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Ignore the thumbnail picture, watch the video, and don't read the YouTube comments.

Oh, and Google+: Stop crossposting my G+ shares of YouTube videos as comments on the video!
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Kale-Eating Feminist Unite!  +Jenn C 
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Adult Wednesday Addams is a pretty good series.
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Whoever did this mashup did a fabulous job. I am not all that familiar with either song, or their videos, but I would think their two styles would clash more than they do.

I don't know if Taylor Swift and Trent Reznor would be pleased or appalled; it could go either way.
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Hmmmm. Phone won't let me watch. I'll watch it when you get home.
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