Project Gutenberg is a very neat site: it offers free electronic books that are in the public domain in the United States (in general, mostly books that were published before 1923). For the average user this means mostly “the classics” (for whatever form of “classics” you prefer; archaic and incomprehensible English not included). Some books … More Gutenberg book popularity distribution
Not long ago, I started studying for my undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics at the Technion. This by itself is a good prospect, but in the process I also found myself added to various Facebook groups related to the studies. Looking at a particularly small one (11 members), I noticed that most of the … More Small Facebook Groups are Shaped by Strong Leaders
A while ago a couple of friends and I went on a small hiking trip. We live in the city, so the only way to get to the land of pastoral meadows and magical rivers is by car, and the more carpooling, the merrier. I was to be picked up at 9:15. But on that … More It’s Smoothing Time
We all spend a large amount of time on the roads. Often when I’m on my bike I wonder to myself, what are the chances of me getting in an accident? If I get in an accident, how likely am I to survive? What sort of injuries will I suffer? This got me thinking about … More Is Driving Normally Safe?
Bash.org, the “Quote Database”, hosts a collection of user submitted quotes from IRC. Users can submit parts of chat sessions that they participate in IRC channels, and if they are approved, they are uploaded to the site for everyone to see. Viewers can then browse the site and rank the quotes, giving them either a … More Bash Distribution