Bossy Lobster

A blog by Danny Hermes; musing on tech, mathematics, etc.

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Constantly Seek Criticism

I was recently catching up on articles and videos I'd been putting off and came across a great quote from Elon Musk:

A well thought out critique ... is as valuable as gold. And you should seek that from everyone you can, but particularly your friends ... It doesn't mean your friends …

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Brand New Blog

After a happy 3-year run with Blogger, I've decided to revamp my blog with viewers in mind.


When I started my blog, I was still learning the ropes as a programmer. I was happy to have a place to share the things I learned, but didn't have much context …

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Quantitative Brain Teaser: Brain Only

I've recently been working some atrophied mental muscles and came across a brain teaser that was pretty nifty:

Find a 10-digit number, where each digit represents the number of that ordinal number in the whole number. So, the first digit represents the number of 0's in the whole 10 digits …

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Math for Humans, A Second Attempt

The morning after posting my latest blog post, I woke up still thinking about how to explain the concept.

More importantly, I realized that my goal of writing math for humans failed miserably.

So here is a second go at it.

First we're told we're in a world where 85 …