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Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:52

'Brain Candy Central' is Brian Rock's series of articles devoted to World Wide Web sites of interest to Mensans. More specifically, the sites Brian focuses on will be intellectually stimulating in one form or another. There's a lot of latitude in that concept! You can expect that the subjects of these sites will vary accordingly.

Mensa member Brian Rock has written the series (201 columns) for East Central Ohio Mensa's monthly newsletter, the Brægen. He has graciously agreed to share them with the rest of the world, too.

The basic idea is to present interesting -- 'fun' to a Mensan -- web sites for thinking people. Brian believes that most, but certainly not all, folks browsing the Web are 'thinkers'. So this stuff may well be of interest to you.

What we have here is the most recent articles and a link to of Brian's personal web site which you can visit by clicking HERE to see the full archive of past Brain Candy Central essays.

Be advised that old columns contain old information. Many sites that he has written about have disappeared or mutated, so you might not find things as he has described them. But, half the fun of these articles is seeing how various sites have evolved since Brian's initial discovery.

Enjoy!

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Brain Candy #201 – Gray Goo and Other Matters PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 07 September 2014 16:56

I wrote last month about our trip to Detroit, and mentioned that we visited a restaurant called the Polish Village Café. I was not greatly impressed by the food, although it had been highly praised on the Food Network show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” I have to admit, we didn’t actually watch the episode that dealt with the Polish Village Café before we dined there. We have since done so and it confirmed an impression I got as we were leaving the restaurant – we ordered the wrong things. I noticed a potato pancake entrée as we left that looked really tasty and it turns out that was the focus item for the segment. To be more specific, it was the Hungarian Pancake that was featured – a very large potato pancake covered with a spicy pork and veggie goulash. It sounded and looked very good. Perhaps we’ll have to make another trip.

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A few weekends ago, I participated in a reenactment of D-Day. This wasn’t one of those life-sized reenactments with real participants, but a war game called “Memoir ’44.”

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Brain Candy #200 – Maker Faire #2 – Detroit PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 02 August 2014 14:56

About this time last year, Catherine and I made a trip to visit my relatives in northwest Missouri. While we were there, we spent a day in Kansas City at a function called a Maker Faire that has been going on in various places around the globe for almost ten years.

Maker Faires come in several sizes. There is the Maker Faire New York, which is the World Maker Faire and the largest of them all. Until this year, there were three other flagship Maker Faires in the United States: Maker Faire Bay Area (the first Maker Faire), Detroit and Kansas City.

This year, there are additional flagship Maker Faires in the US. There was a White

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Brain Candy #199 – Checkmate PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 02 August 2014 14:51

I often gather links from other sites and one I’ve mentioned and use often is Nat Torkington’s “Four Short Links” column, which you can find at radar.oreilly.com/nat. This month is no exception – on June 30 he posted a link to a book review from 2010, written by chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov. The review is from The New York Review of Books and you can find it at www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/feb/11/the-chess-master-and-the-computer/. Although it is meant to be a review of “Chess Metaphors: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Mind” by Diego Rasskin-Gutman, it goes beyond this to provide a fascinating discussion the intersection of chess, computers and the minds of experts.

Kasparov gives a brief history of his contests with computer chess programs including his

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Brain Candy #198 – Off to the Island PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 June 2014 16:10

It’s been awhile since I wrote a road trip article – understandable, since we haven’t been travelling. There are special places not too far from our region that are well worth a short trip. On Memorial Day, Catherine and I jumped in the car and headed for South Bass Island.

Memorial Day was beautiful, and we got an early start, so we were on the island by 10:30 am. A little side adventure on the way,

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