Monday, April 04, 2011

Links Roundup for 4/4/2011

It's been a while since I did a links roundup, but my browser may crash if I don't offload a few soon.

1) Computational Complexity profiles a bizarre voting scheme, and asks (and answers) the question:
Which of the following is true?
  1. This is a real scheme that was really used.
  2. This scheme was part of a BREAKTHROUGH!!!! result.
  3. This scheme is a counterexample to a conjecture about voting schemes.
  4. This scheme (with parameters) is an example of a voting scheme that is NP-hard to manipulate.
The answer is fascinating.

2) I kind of want one of these cutting boards. Is that a bad thing?

3) Using (and/or abusing) the "special request" box when ordering Domino's online. (via The Consumerist)

4) CBS News runs a segment on modern board gaming. It's all kind of old hat to me, but as a somewhat avid board gamer, I'm glad to see the hobby getting some additional exposure. (One question, though - whence the GenCon footage? GenCon is in early August, so have they really been sitting on this segment for nine months?)

5) Gang fight with a gimmick - to tell would be to spoil it. (via Borepatch)

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