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I wrote a little post about the war of attrition (game theory) with two players. It's intended mostly for a graduate audience:
mattwthomas.com/blog/war-of-at

All of this was in other places, but it took me a while to understand this fully and felt it was good to share it all in one place since it would have saved me a lot of time.

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I just finished a post about QF (quadratic finance) which some are pushing as the "mathematically optimal" way to fund open source.

mattwthomas.com/blog/fund-open

I hope to clear up some of the confusion that I've heard about it and point out some problems with the way that people outside of Economics are interpreting the original paper.

Every working paper I write should exist within the same academic universe with consistent notation and characters (in the examples)

a bot writes an obituary

I have just posted 21 photographs I took from Svalbard.
flickr.com/photos/joxeankoret/

I have tried displaying abstracts via use of checkboxes and anchor links on my site. Which is better?

Checkbox:
mattwthomas.com

Do people recommend using rel="shortlink" in 2021? I'm confused about whether this is still a pending standard that people like or if it's abandoned.

I set up a Google routine to turn my lights off when no one is in the house. It's nice because it saves electricity.

What's less nice is that I now get a notification every time my partner leaves the house (because the lights are turning off) *creepy*

"Doki?" actually, the singular is: Dokus

Me, early this morning: curses, why is this bag of coffee so hard to open?

Me, a short while later: why is the writing on this bag of coffee upside-down?

I need to solve the problem of a minimal graph coloring with at most k vertices of one color and you can "split" vertices such that each vertex can be split into any number of vertices each with a partition of the original's edges.

This is hard yet surprisingly useful.

Profanity, Freenode.

You have got to be fucking kidding me.

% host irc.libera.net
irc.libera.net is an alias for chat.freenode.net.
chat.freenode.net has address 104.237.198.130
chat.freenode.net has address 64.44.40.114
chat.freenode.net has address 54.37.136.225

Very funny.

I always think that original tex code (or any code in fact) is a bit private, mostly because I usually don’t want to expose my stupidity and inefficiency in coding. For example, I wouldn’t want anyone to see my “\newcommand{\w}{\sigma}” under any circumstance. (Now you are seeing it only because I didn’t write it—I got it in a template from someone else who’s kind enough to share their tex files.)

Wrote a new post on the basics of analyzing Impartial Games. More to follow!
theboardgamescholar.com/2021/0

An old April Fool's day article I found amusing:

"On the Ratio of Circumference to Diameter for the Largest Observable Circles: An Empirical Approach"

arxiv.org/abs/1204.0298

Finally, an applied approach to Euclidean geometry.

Why are there sequences (like sequels) but no prequences (like prequels)?

Save Mills

Is this proposed acquisition by Northeastern a solution to Mills's problems? We don't know.
The board of trustees has been operating in total secrecy. We don't even know why they voted to close a college with a \$200 million endowment and higher-than-average alumni giving.
We don't know what terms they are discussing now. Students don't know, staff don't know, alumni don't know and, most usually, faculty don't know. This secrecy is unacceptable. #WeDemandTransparency

I want to make a knock off of Harry Potter and market it as a language learning program -- because the spells are in Spanish/French/German...

My hotel is a fully automated converted church. So, you enter the building and it's just a church with no people in it... 🙀

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