Author: George Hotelling

  • Once upon a time there was a dungeon master who really loved the world-building aspect of the job

  • Level Crosshairs in iOS11

    This is a cool little feature I found in iOS 11. When you get the camera close to horizontal, two crosshairs appear. You can then line them up to make sure your phone is horizontal. It makes taking pictures documents really easy (although Notes in iOS 11 is even better for that)

  • The Great Lakes are Great (meaning large or immense)

    This is a cool visualization of the size of Michigan and the Great Lakes: Now I see why it takes so long to get from Detroit to Marquette. I found it linked from this reddit post about Lake Michigan but the original source is the Great Lakes Century Vision.

  • Backyard Camping

    I went “camping” in the backyard with our 3 year old. She loved the campfire of course. She was so thrilled to sleep in a tent that she insisted on going to bed early. Two hours later she was inside in her bed. I’d still say it’s a success. If she didn’t have the escape […]

  • Nicky Case’s Game of Trust

    This is a great way to explain how systems affect trust Trust is falling. Why? And how can we fix it? My interactive guide to the game theory of trust is now OUT! 👉 https://t.co/2x7BfWehpJ 👈 pic.twitter.com/AjDBJ0w6OB — Nicky Case 👻 (@ncasenmare) July 25, 2017 (via)

  • Ready Player One

    The first trailer for Ready Player One just dropped: I read the book and it was a nostalgia-bomb. Laser targeted at my demographic and I loved it. I was still surprised when I heard there was a movie coming out. The book is so chock-full of pop culture that it’s a licensing nightmare. It seems […]

  • Carcassonne and Boss Builder

    Last night was game night! First game was Carcassonne, a city builder. Jenny got this for me as a gift and I’ve been itching to try it out. The game is really quick to pick up and play, and moves quickly. I think I like this better than Catan. There was some deal-making at the […]

  • LiveJournal, Russia, and Reddit

    Friends and Blasphemers is a pretty great episode from the podcast Reply All. They dive into what happened to LiveJournal when it got popular in Russia. https://embed.radiopublic.com/e?if=reply-all-OWdvQ8&ge=s1!e601a84ab2126a49a088148a33a52436f5a8b910 One of the interesting parts was a breakdown of how much Russian trolls got paid to disrupt LJ: PJ: Emails actually leaked out later that had the rates […]

  • Criticize with Empathy

    I love these rules from Anatol Rapoport on how to criticize: How to compose a successful critical commentary: You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way. You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are […]

  • 17,500 Anagrams

    Did you know that there are 17,500 anagrams for “George Hotelling”? If you are doing the math right now, you’ll probably come up with a different number because we are working off different word lists. For example, my word list includes “Google”. Did you know “Googler Eel Thing” is an anagram for “George Hotelling”? Now […]