# Definition: Optimal Stopping Theorem, Nerd Sniping, Negativity Threshold

Three beautiful concepts today, with equally beautiful uses!

## Optimal Stopping Theorem

also known as Early Stopping Theorem

A theorem concerned with the problem of choosing a time to take a particular action, in order to maximise an expected reward or minimise an expected cost (i.e. optimal time to stop something, like dating for best chance at permanent or true love). Also widely used in statistics, economics, and mathematical finance. (Wikipedia)

## Nerd Sniping

presenting someone, often a mathematician/physicist with a time consuming problem or challenge (often impossible to solve or complete) in the hopes of it appealing to a person’s obsessive tendencies, and/or cause harm from the distraction created.

## Negativity Threshold

when the wife becomes so frustrated by her husband that she responds very negatively (low threshold is secret to a lasting relationship)

# Vote Early en masse so CNN can Call the US Election BEFORE Election Night!

You can start early voting today for the US, it seems, from what some friends were posting on Facebook. That’s almost a month ahead of time!

That led me to think with that much time, what if enough people went to vote that CNN and other news stations could call the election before election night?

Seriously, this could be done!

C’mon, American neighbours! Don’t make me wait. And don’t disillusion me on my perception of your collective intelligence and common sensibility.

Actually, forget about me! Don’t make the world wait. Nor disillusion it on their perception of your collective intelligence and common sensibility!

It’s a pretty obvious choice! Why prolong the inevitable?

# Whiskey Head Woman (1939 Delta Blues by Tommy McClennan)

I am able to do a lot of things where I am able to leave on my large collection of oldies music to listen to. When I say oldies, I mean oldies, like 1930s and 1940s. Every now and then, while I’m toiling away, something will come on that will stop me dead in my tracks to listen and enjoy. I absolutely LOVE those moments, and there’s no shortage of them, I assure you, because there’s a LOT of great oldies music!

The latest discovery for me is this gem, Whisky Head Woman, by Tommy McClennan, that is 1939 Delta Blues. Listen to the song and see the full lyrics below.