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This personal blog comprises whatever I feel like saying on any given day, which often involves topics like new media, journalism, Web technologies, Racket/Scheme/Lisp, Free and open source software, societal issues, cinema film, Boston, frugality, and humor. Many things noted here are solely for the benefit of future Web searchers trying to solve particular esoteric problems, and are not of general interest. This blog is largely insulated from my professional life, and vice-versa. I attempt to provide full disclosure of potential conflicts of interest. Last time I checked analytics, my site was getting over 1000 unique visitors a day.

Kindergarten

Valerie Strauss, "Kindergarten teacher: My job is now about tests and data -- not children. I quit.," Washington Post, 2014-03-23

2048 Game Won

 [screenshot of 2048 game with winning `2048' piece achieved] I finished some `jet-lagged' work successfully at 6:30am, and decided to play a game of 2048 to cleanse brain (see 2014-03-19). Just luck, or maybe I was in the zone, but I won the game for the first time.

I then clicked "Keep going", and got to 25,440 points.

Perhaps you won this game much more quickly than I did, but let me have my moment.

I'm still working on strategy. Basically, I have several prioritized rules for situated action (which mostly don't involve lookahead), and then (usually) secondary to those rules, I do some lookahead (such as to decide whether to shift left or right, when either would satisfy my primary action choice. To win this game, I actually broke one of my rules (about keeping the higher tiles to the top), when I saw that shifting down would bring my newly-created second 1024 alongside my first 1024. I suspect that shifting down is usually a bad move, within the context of the rest of my current rules, but in this case it was the winning move.

Like when I used to play the excellent Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzle Collection, I'm usually trying to develop a strategy that I could codify as a computer program. It beats watching TV, I guess.

2048 Game

 [screenshot of part of 2048 game page in Web browser] While waiting for your compiles to run, you can play the 2048 game in your modern Web browser.

Created by Gabriele Cirulli. Based on 1024 by Veewo Studio and conceptually similar to Threes by Asher Vollmer.

I have to say that getting the 1024 tile in this game is reasonably doable (I got it after several games), but seems like 2048 is going to take a while.

Earlier to... 2014-03-07

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