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I feel like a critical dramatic tool has been lost with the death of the magnetic-tape answering machine. A scene like this could never be written these days. (Not to mention scenes where one character can’t find the other, now … Continue reading

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It’s not always possible to say A ≻ B or A ≺ B. Sometimes neither A nor B is smaller.        A≹B neither A nor B is more successful.   A≹B neither A nor B is prettier.   … Continue reading

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Something Stupid That Stupid Magazines and Blogs Said Is True, Is Not True.

Peter Todd has been misquoted about the mathematics of dating here, here, here (here), here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and in at least five trillion issues of Cosmo. (Surprisingly, this and this did not misquote him.) It’s enough to make … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with OKCupid’s Matching Algorithm

OKCupid is using the wrong mathematics to match potential dates together. But before I critique them, let me compliment them on what they’re doing right: “Our” mutual score is the geometric average of your score of me, and my score … Continue reading

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Enticement and Yielding (Yin 陰)

In Remembering the Kanji, James Heissig evokes a good point about power, force, manipulation, cause, and influence. ☯ 陰 Agere “It is not sure whether the long slender object is seducing the small round one or vice versa.” He’s making a point … Continue reading

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