How to Beat Your Friends at Pinball

How to Beat Your Friends at Pinball

Deceptively difficult and endlessly rewarding, pinball is a spectacular hobby you’ve probably never considered before.

It’s amazing pinball machines even exist. With miles of wiring, thousands of switches, and complex code (in the newer machines) pinball machines are a playable piece of art, and much more in-depth than many people realize.

Most people see pinball as a novelty, but for those who like a challenge it can be as rewarding a hobby as nearly any other. The balance between skill, strategy, and luck draws more similarities between poker as opposed to video games.

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Music from the Man who Taught me Everything

My father, John Michael Lind, plays music and always has.

Some of my earliest memories are going to sleep listening to my dad banging on his Normal acoustic (which I absolutely destroyed) singing his heart out to Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and John Prine. No wonder three of my favorite artists are Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and John Prine.

Lately my father has decided to take it a bit more seriously, and instead of simply playing music in his living room, he would like to play it in yours. I figured the least I could do was write a quick post pointing you in his direction. Continue reading “Music from the Man who Taught me Everything” »

Owen Laukkanen: Launching a Criminal Enterprise

Owen Laukkanen: Launching a Criminal Enterprise

Last night RMDW sat down with author Owen Laukkanen at the Shebeen Whisk[e]y house to chat about life as a career novelist while pouring delicious whiskey down our gullets.

Somehow managing to avoid the years of trudging through the mire as a struggling writer, Laukkanen’s first novel, The Professionals, was picked up by one of the countries largest publishers as a series, currently slated for four books. The second book of the series, titled Criminal Enterprise, comes out on March 21st.

We sat down to talk about life as a career novelist (one of the quintessential jobs of a real man), whiskey and life. Continue reading “Owen Laukkanen: Launching a Criminal Enterprise” »

Using Facebook to Predict the Actions of your Girlfriend

Patrick Andrews (a data analyst and blogger) wrote an interesting post the other day about using Facebook data to predict the actions of your girlfriend.

The concept is simple and obvious to an IT engineer/data analyst, but to a regular Joe you might need a little explanation. It’s a well-known fact that history repeats itself. Things in our world happen in patterns, and while some of these patterns are too elaborate for us to understand, some of them can be nailed down with an impressive degree of accuracy. Continue reading “Using Facebook to Predict the Actions of your Girlfriend” »