Them’s fighting words

Warning – time sinkhole ahead.  A really fun and challenging one though.

From Google Research comes Semantris.

It’s a pair of word games driven by machine learning.

You have a choice of playing for speed or for accuracy.

I prefer to play for accuracy so head to the Blocks option.


This is where the machine learning kicks in.

The concept here is to stop the bricks from reaching the top of the screen by trying to describe one of the words in a box.

It’s easy to play and describing how to play is actually pretty easy.  But, it’s not easy to beat and eventually, I lose.  But, in a good way.  Trying to figure out what’s going on is fascinating to me.

The other game is the Arcade and you’re playing for speed there.  It’s fun but I’m drawn back to the Blocks just because I like to feel like I’m watching my computer think.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

My Blog

Long time friend Ross Isenegger, author of the Mathspot Blog threw out an entry recently entitled Myers-Brigg for a Blog.  I went there immediately to scope things out.  Ross is solidly grounded in reality and it generally good for spiking some interest and forcing me to think a little bit.

Well, this time, he was talking about a website called the Typealyzer.  You feed it the link to your blog and sit back on the couch.  In a moment or two, you’re analyzed.

Got to try that, said I, and so I did.  Here’s what the analysis is for “doug – off the record”.

The analysis indicates that the author of is of the type:

INTJ – The Scientists
The long-range thinking and individualistic type. They are especially good at looking at almost anything and figuring out a way of improving it – often with a highly creative and imaginative touch. They are intellectually curious and daring, but might be pshysically hesitant to try new things.

The Scientists enjoy theoretical work that allows them to use their strong minds and bold creativity. Since they tend to be so abstract and theoretical in their communication they often have a problem communcating their visions to other people and need to learn patience and use conrete examples. Since they are extremly good at concentrating they often have no trouble working alone.

Something else for me to think about.  Thanks, Ross.

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