Predicting Crowdsourced Decisions on Toxic Behavior in Online Games

A reported advance in the game of predicting what mobs will decide about yobs who run riot in online games: “STFU NOOB! Predicting Crowdsourced Decisions on Toxic Behavior in Online Games,” Jeremy Blackburn and Haewoon Kwak, arXiv:1404.5905, epub April 23, 2014. (Thanks to investigator Evie Tsing for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at […]

Shuttlecock aerodynamics : part 4 : an enigma

The 16 feathers traditionally used to construct traditional shuttlecocks are normally organised in an overlapping spiral arrangement. As a result, the shuttlecock tends to whirl in flight, adding spin-stability to what would otherwise be a more haphazard trajectory. But raising the question, in which direction should it rotate? The Badminton World Federation (which oversees international […]

Shuttlecock aerodynamics: part 3

“The shuttlecock soars upward In a parabola of whiteness, Turns, And sinks to a perfect arc.” This extract, from one of the few eminent poems to prominently feature shuttlecocks, is by Amy Lawrence Lowell, (Men, Women and Ghosts, A Roxbury Garden,1916) and is quoted in the latest research regarding the aerodynamics of shuttlecocks. A study by […]

(Re)creating multiple masculinities: Crocket’s Ultimate Frisbee

Some say that over the past 10 years there has been an increasing focus on the complexity and diversity of masculinities produced in sporting contexts. Newly contributing to the literature on this subject is Dr. Hamish Crocket, who is a Sport and Leisure Studies Lecturer at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. In a forthcoming […]

How to gamble if you’re in a hurry, colorfully

The trio of Ekhad, Georgiadis and Zeilberger evidently had a good time writing this statistico-mathematical paper: “How to Gamble If You’re In a Hurry“ Shalosh B. Ekhad, Evangelos Georgiadis, Doron Zeilberger [pictured here] arXiv:1112.1645, Dec 7, 2011 “The beautiful theory of statistical gambling, started by Dubins and Savage (for subfair games) and continued by Kelly and Breiman (for superfair […]