Month: February 2016
Endangered Random Numbers
Like infinity, randomness is as easy to misunderstand as it is useful. As an added bonus infinity and randomness are interconnected. I don’t think you can have one without the other. I’m not a mathematician but I like to think about numbers. Take a look at this series of integers: 31415926535 It might look pretty […]
((((DO SOMETHING!) SMALL) USEFUL) NOW!)
This LISP-like phrase is the personal motto of the “father of ASCII” Bob Bemer.
In Defense of Bubble Sort
Bubble sort is an algorithm with a very bad reputation. Robert Sedgwick, in Algorithms in C, notes that bubble sort is “an elementary sorting method” and “it does much more work” than it needs to. Donald Knuth is much more harsh when he states “the bubble sort seems to have nothing to recommend it, except […]