Tekla Perry writes: Professor Tsachy Weissman and Ph.D student Vinith Misra came up with (almost) believable compression algorithms for HBO's Silicon Valley. Some constraints--they had to seem plausible, look good when illustrated on a whiteboard, and work with the punchline, "middle out". Next season the engineers may encourage producers to tackle the challenge of local decodability.
How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
One to hold the giraffe and one to fill the bathtub with brightly colored