A Rock-and-Roll Riddle

If this post isn’t proof I can turn anything into an nerdy discussion about probability, nothing is. The Afghan Whigs are currently touring for their (fantastic) new album, In Spades. After playing a show in Dublin, a funny conversation popped up on Twitter between an Irish fan of the band and Greg Dulli, lead singer.

Where Have the Blue Whales Gone?

While planning an upcoming trip to Southern California I ran across various sites advertising whale watching excursions and noticed that several companies actually post logs of sightings. If you have read more than a couple posts on this site, you know I’m not one to turn down an opportunity to scrape and analyze data! After merging the logs with water temperature data from the NOAA, I uncovered an interesting story behind the numbers.

Charting the Violin Family

If you’re new to orchestral music, the string family of instruments can be a little confusing. Besides size, what’s the difference between the viola and the violin? Or the cello and double bass? Size, not surprisingly, plays a huge role in setting the instruments apart. But there are other differences…