I’ve been waiting years for this. Full disclosure, this episode(Season 4, Episode 8) aired on 11/29/2016, but I only saw it this last week.

First, for those who might not be super familiar with the episode:

Captain Holt and his husband Kevin ask Amy to settle an argument centered on “an inane math problem” that Kevin brought up at dinner. The Monty Hall Problem gets its name from the TV game show, Let’s Make A Deal, hosted by Monty Hall 1. The scenario is such: you are given the opportunity to select one closed door of three, behind one of…


Think back to your high school lunchroom. Or better yet, think about the stereotypical Hollywood vision of a high school lunchroom. Notice the cliques that have “organically” formed up. You have the ‘jocks’ at their tables, being rambunctious, and throwing a ball around. Lettermen jackets and team jerseys abound. The ‘theater kids’ at their tables running lines and singing, dressed in whatever period piece costume they had to wear to the latest rehearsal. And of course, the ‘nerds’ either eating quietly or waxing poetic about the latest comic book/movie/game/etc that they bought. And the ‘goth kids.’ Dressed in all black…


I really, really love movies. To me, it’s the ultimate creative art-form. A good movie can take us away from our worries for a few hours and let us vicariously experience someone else’s fantasies, or realities (if you’re into that). A Great movie can even blur the line between firsthand and second hand experiences. A Great movie can give you a feeling of catharsis that would make a soccer hooligan jealous. And the Academy Awards, the Oscars, are where we celebrate Great movies.

I think Great actors make for Great movies

Through a series of awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, let’s us know who…


I like the movie “Let It Ride” starring Richard Dreyfus. It’s a fun movie based around a nice man with a gambling problem, and a heart of gold. At one point in the movie, there is probably the best example of Contrarian betting I’ve ever seen. Contrarian betting is essentially betting ‘contrary’ to popular opinion. I always thought of this as assuming that the experts don’t know anything.

So, when I found a dataset of Horse betting Tipsters (Kaggle dataset), I thought that I’d explore the data to see just how useful/useless they might be.

It is to be noted…


First, a clarification: I don’t mean rude anonymous people on the internet. I mean Trolls. The large scary beasts of fantasy and science fiction lore. My latinx friends may have been told of the CuCuy, while Jamaicans have stories about Duppies. There are so many examples of the LIES (hopefully) that we were told by our parents, grandparents and guardians to get us to behave. “Go to sleep, or the Cucuy will get you.” “Duppies come for children who don’t listen to the parents.” …


I’m old enough to remember when we thought that no computer would ever truly master the game of chess. We believed that the intricacies of the game and the subtleties of sacrifice were beyond a machine. In 1996, Gary Kasparov proved us right. A solid 4–2 victory (really 3–1 with 2 draws) by Kasparov was undeniable proof that the human mind was the superior processor. Isaac Asimov’s and Philip K Dick’s fictional visions of the future, where robots and androids threatened the existence of mankind, were just interesting bits of reading and nothing more.

And then, 1 year later, the…

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