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The Horse in Motion

Posted on April 3, 2017

Scared money can’t win and a worried man can’t love. ―  Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses (1992) In 1872, noted horseracing aficionado and San Francisco rich guy Leland Stanford (yes, of university fame) commissioned noted photographer and San Francisco smart guy Eadweard Muybridge to apply his path breaking technology of stop-action photography to settle […]

The Narrative Machine

Posted on August 17, 2016

Alex: There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova Milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This […]

Two Discoveries

Posted on November 19, 2015

The world made two discoveries last week. Everyone is aware of the first discovery – that ISIS is not “a junior varsity team” but an able protagonist in what Pope Francis quite rightly calls “a piecemeal third World War”. Very few are aware of the second discovery – the existence of a polynomial-time algorithm to […]

One MILLION Dollars

Posted on September 15, 2015

Dr. Evil: Gentlemen, it has come to my attention that a breakaway Russian Republic called Kreplachistan will be transferring a nuclear warhead to the United Nations in a few days. Here’s the plan. We get the warhead and we hold the world ransom for…one MILLION dollars! Number Two: Don’t you think we should ask for […]

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Posted on April 27, 2015

The more I practice, the luckier I get. – Gary Player (b. 1935) Luck is the residue of design. – Branch Rickey (1881 – 1965) I’ve found that you don’t need to wear a necktie if you can hit. – Ted Williams (1918 – 2002) They say that nobody is perfect. Then they say that practice […]

Troy Will Burn – the Big Deal about Big Data

Posted on March 16, 2015

For the life of me, I don’t understand the debate [over the NSA metadata program]. – Jeb Bush, February 18, 2015 The Central Intelligence Agency played a crucial role in helping the Justice Department develop technology that scans data from thousands of US cellphones at a time, part of a secret high-tech alliance between the […]

Epsilon Theory Mailbag: Bitcoin and Big Data

Posted on March 9, 2015

One of the best parts of authoring Epsilon Theory is the correspondence I get from readers. For the past few months, however, I’ve been frustrated by my inability to respond to every writer with the same attention and thoughtfulness evidenced by their emails. Between my day job and the effort each Epsilon Theory note requires, […]

First Known When Lost

Posted on February 3, 2015

I never noticed it until ‘Twas gone – the narrow copse Where now the woodman lops The last of the willows with his bill – Edward Thomas, “First Known When Lost” (1917) Dave Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL. Hal: I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that. Dave Bowman: What’s the problem? […]