Is it true that all

Is it true that all things are contained in a long enough string of randomness? Use NERSC: Pi-Search Results to search for strings in the first billion or so digits of pi. It’s pretty easy to find a short string, like “gulley” (search string found at binary index = 203616973). So naturally I went looking for bigger game. Suppose your search string is “To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”

30-bit binary equivalent = 10101001101111010000011000101100101

character pi :  at&3..01tdTo be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 
tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune 
Help! I am a monkey trapped in a pi-making machine ad9.439$^daive9-


We are sending a coded

We are sending a coded message to potential intergalactic neighbors. If you received such a message, how would you decode it? See for an introduction to the problem. I’ve taken a stab, using MATLAB, at decoding the alien message. Take a peek. If you want to know exactly what the message codes for, look here. Turns out the whole thing is being guided by two Quebec physicists.

A recent Google search for

A recent Google search for Star Chamber turned up this tidbit on the Leasowe Castle web site in Wirral, England.

One of the most atmospheric rooms in the Castle is the beautiful Star Chamber with the starred ceiling taken from the Palace of Westminster, where the most serious crimes were tried. The last gaze by the convicts was up at the “starred ceiling”.

Can it be? Has the famous ceiling from the storied Star Chamber truly been saved and moved to castle cum hotel on the Merseyside? I thought it had been destroyed with the rest of the court in the 19th century. A little more digging found this on the Wirral Council web site.

Sir Edward Cust made many additions to the castle. In 1836 when the Star Chamber of the Court of Westminster was being demolished (so called because the ceiling was decorated with stars), he saved the oak paneling and used them to line the ground floor dining room. He used this room as a library but it became known as The Star Chamber.

It appears to be true. Time for a pilgrimage.