Category Archives: games

Weird and slightly alarming – the chaos game

by Matthew Cobb This video from the excellent Numberphile YouTube channel shows a very simple game that has the most unexpected outcome. My only criticism of this video is that I’d like to be shown the explanation, even if it’s complicated! Maybe readers can help me.

A new game that I’d play

I don’t think I’ve ever played a video game in my life. I won’t give my reasons as I don’t want to offend readers who like them and would disagree with me. To each their own! But this is one game I really would play: it’s called “HK”, and is in development; in fact, they just […]

A game: where would you go in a time machine?

When I was younger, I would invent a game for myself involving a time machine. The rules were these: you were given a time machine, and you could set it to go back to just a single place and time in the history of the Earth, and stay there for 24 hours. You would then be returned […]

Cat game!

For reasons I don’t understand, many secularists and atheists are also gamers. While I can appreciate their enthusiasm, I don’t really share it, as I’d rather read a book or go to a good movie than play a video game. However, here’s an exception that I enjoyed for about 15 minutes. It’s called Chat Noir […]

A fun and educational wildlife quiz

I got an email from one Lin Taylor, who pointed me to a swell new quiz that she and a biology friend constructed. I’m not much for games, but this is a good one, because it not only challenges your knowledge of biology but it’s educational in several ways. Here’s her email and the link: […]

What would happen if…

[JAC note: Matthew told me he’d written this draft post and that I could put it up or not depending on whether I liked it. I decided to post it without seeing it, just for the surprise.  I predict that the balls will all end up at the bottom, but hat do I know?] by […]

Google honors Rubik’s cube; solve it yourself and win encomiums

We all know about this one, and I bet some of you are experts. (I am lousy at stuff like this and never solved my only cube.) Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 40th anniversary of the famous cube invented by Hungarian Erno Rubik, whose name will linger in history longer than any of ours. If […]

Google box is a crossword puzzle today

Tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle, but if you go to Google today, you’ll see this: Which, if you click on it, turns into this: And you can use your keyboard to fill in the puzzle. I’ve never been much interested in crosswords, and when I try I’m lousy at them, but […]

Doctor Who Google Doodle in the UK

I’ve been told, and have verified it, that Google UK has a special interactive Google Doodle today honoring the 50th anniversary of the first episode of “Doctor Who”.  (Because it’s also the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, I assume it’s not on the Google US site out of respect.) The doodle is in fact is […]

Google doodle celebrates first parachute descent

Today’s Google page has an animated and interactive Doodle celebrating the first parachute jump—at the end of the eighteenth century. The Mirror gives the background: The moving illustration pays homage to Andre-Jacques Garnerin’s feat, accomplished from a balloon over Paris’s Parc Monceau on October 22, 1797. At the time of his daring leap, Garnerin was […]