OddThinking

A blog for odd things and odd thoughts.

Could fewer people attend regular events than attendees think?

I ran a Monte Carlo simulation to test whether occasional attendees have a rosier view of attendance levels than the regulars.

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Playing Sharps and Flats Naturally

One of the many reasons I have been quiet recently is I am working on a personal project – an amateur stop-motion video. The final product will appear to be a large group of my friends playing music in an orchestra. The raw material I have is dozens of sets of still photos of my friends pretending to play instruments in front of a green-screen. Each set has about 10 photos of the person playing the instrument.

I am working on an interesting challenge, and I thought that I might benefit if I wrote it out as a blog article to force me to think it through.

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Categories: Puzzle Solving,S/W Dev

Fuzzy Hangman

Here’s an idea for a Hangman variation, that I am calling Fuzzy Hangman.

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You Suck at Hangman

So, you think you are pretty good at Hangman? You think you have what it takes?

Well, I am here to tell you the truth.

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Categories: Puzzle Solving,Thoughts from the Shower
Tags: dictionary, games, puzzles, words

Christmas Party = Eating + Drinking + Game Theory

It’s a corporate Christmas party, around 1999. The dot com crash hasn’t happened yet, the party-organisers have a considerable budget, 200-300 guests, and an idea of a good time strongly influenced by the company’s sales and marketing teams – people who have a tendency to differ from my idea of a good time.

I consider how to maximise my happiness in this situation.

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Framework Work-out

Wherein Julian finds he can re-use hobby code to solve a real-life problem.

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Battleship Strategy

I have often considered writing a Battleship-playing AI, but I never have.

Now, I discover, there is a Battleship-playing AI competition, which I don’t have the time (or .NET experience) to enter.

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LaserBox

Laserbox, from Dust United, is another casual logic game that I have been playing.

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Categories: Puzzle Solving

OTTF Solver

OTTF (short for One Two Three Four) is a simple single-person puzzle game.

I re-use my Game Framework to solve it.

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Example of Ambiguity in Circuit Puzzle

I unnecessarily answer the ambiguity issue in the Circuit Puzzle, in living colour.

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