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Still, at a fundamental level, it is important to recognize that the military commands controlling U.S. nuclear weapons have been asked to do the impossible. Peter Feaver has used the phrase, the “always/never dilemma” to describe the twin requirements placed on U.S. military commands. Political authorities have demanded, for the sake of deterrence, that the […]

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Bruce Blair’s Strategic Command and Control: Redefining the Nuclear Threat (1985) effectively demolishes some of the core ideas in U.S. nuclear strategy. The book is largely focused on command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I) and emphasizes how, while the U.S. raced ahead with developing vast numbers of nuclear weapon systems, it does not have a […]

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I have never been a big appreciator of board games. For instance, I think Scrabble puts too much emphasis on word positioning as opposed to word length or sophistication. Many other games have outcomes which sometimes combine the sin of being largely random with the sin of being tedious in the execution. Hive is nothing […]

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Cliff Stoll

2016-09-11

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I learned today that the Klein bottle which I received as a thoughtful and generous gift from Meghan Mathieson was the doing of Cliff Stoll: an interesting man with an unusual style of speaking. It may even have come from his unconventional warehouse. Also on glassblowing and math, see: A Hole in a Hole in […]

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The discount rate is a basic tool of accounting and economics: people and institutions often need to deal with costs and benefits which will arise in the future, and it doesn’t usually make sense to simply value them as if they were happening today. A person expecting pension payments of $1,000 per month in thirty […]

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Since moving out of Massey College, the great majority of my books have been inside a heap of banker’s boxes, both cluttering my room and impeding access to them for PhD purposes. A few days ago, I finally received delivery of a custom bookcase from INOVA, designed to fill the largest available space in my […]

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For about nine months now I have been enjoying John Yianni’s excellent strategy game Hive, both online (on boardgamearena.com and more recently boardspace.net) and in person with Amanda, Nada, Ainslee, Tristan, Anna, and other friends. In the basic version of the game each player has a queen bee, which they must protect at all costs; […]

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