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Six great links to start off your week in this installment. Some color theory, leadership advice, commentary, videos, and game theory. A good and varied mix .

Have a great week.


1. Why is Facebook Blue?
“Why is Facebook blue? According to The New Yorker, the reason is simple. It’s because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind. This means that blue is the color Mark can see the best. In his own words Zuck says:
“Blue is the richest color for me; I can see all of blue.”
Not highly scientific right? Well, although in the case of Facebook, that isn’t the case, there are some amazing examples of how colors actually affect our purchasing decisions.”

2. 8 Secrets of Great Communicators
“Great communication skills are a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. Here are eight proven strategies that will improve yours today.”

3. No, Apple, killing your headphone jack is not ‘courage’ (from Joe)
Bravo: “I’ve been at or watched every Apple keynote and product launch event since 1998. I was there when they killed the CD drive in the Macbook Air and the 30-pin connector in the iPhone 5. I’ve witnessed the demise of every Macbook charger. And I’ve never heard anything as ridiculous emanate from that stage as I did Wednesday, when marketing chief Phil Schiller explained why the iPhone 7 would not have a standard 3.5mm aux cable input, better known as the headphone jack.”

4. Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (from Don)
Fairly short but concise article on how to reboot a game properly.

Here is a trailer of the reboot:

5. Digits of Pi – Up to 1 Million Digits
“Whether you want to very accurately calculate the area of a circle, paint the digits of Pi on your room, face, a t-shirt, or your baby brother, or memorize digits of Pi to impress your friends…
Note: Memorizing Pi is not guaranteed to impress your friends. But it can be fun as a challenge. :)”

6. Go First Dice (from Tony)
“”Go First Dice” are a set of dice which allow some number of players to each roll a different single die (picked arbitrarily from the set) and the following conditions hold:

  • There will never be ties.
  • Each possible ordering of the players (determined by highest result, next highest result, etc) has a mathematically equal chance of occurring.
  • The above conditions hold for every subset of the whole set.
  • This document details the history of such sets of dice, some of the mathematics behind them, what advances may still be made in the research, and where such sets may be purchased.”