If you haven’t seen yet, the 2005 Ig Nobel Prizes have been announced. Reading through the list of previous winners, I learned two things:
- For weeks, I’d been wondering why the shower curtains in my new apartment billow inwards. At first I thought it was because the hot water created a pressure difference, but then I found that cold water causes the same effect. Now I know why I couldn’t figure it out: the explanation is sufficiently nontrivial as to have earned an Ig Nobel Prize in Physics for its discoverer.
- Instead of futzing around with Recursive Fourier Sampling, I should’ve been working on more socially-relevant CS problems, like software that detects when a cat is walking across your keyboard.