Basketball Motivational Videos – A Niche Genre

Basketball Motivational Videos – A Niche Genre

Everybody who has been playing basketball for a while probably has seen a basketball motivational video. Basically it is a montage of NBA players and prospects doing their grueling workout. A voice over is added of a motivational speaker in sports (like Alan Stein or Eric Thomas) telling you how much hard work matters. These videos normally don’t involve a highlight reel of the player’s best plays, but the focus lays on the hard work the player puts in off the court. I decided declaring basketball motivational videos a niche…

The Books I have read

The Books I have read

Hi fellow readers, I am still pretty busy with other projects that prevent me from adding more content to my blog, but here is a topic I wanted to write about for already a really long time now. As my URL might suggest, I do enjoy reading. This all started when I moved to Munich for university. The long commutes to university and the added free time that comes with going to university offered me the perfect environment to read a lot of books. So since 2014 I have been…

Programming Throwdown

Programming Throwdown

Welcome to the new version of the Rather Read Blog. In June, I had to switch my hosting provider, because the student deal offered from 1&1 expired last year and my contract ran out. I salvaged the WordPress folder from my old server before it was shut down, but never really made an effort to actually restore my old posts. This was the point where I decided to re-design the look of my blog, now using the AcmeBlog Theme from Acme Themes. We’ll see how well this theme works, but…

Eight Queens Puzzle

Eight Queens Puzzle

In my artificial intelligence (AI) class last semester I learned about different categories of mathematical problems that can be solved effectively using methods applied in modern AIs. One category contained constraint satisfaction problems (CSPs). As the name loosely implies, these problems give you variables that can have different states and a set of constraints, that have to be satisfied by the states of the variables. The difficult part of these problems is to find a state combination that solves the CSP without considering too many possibilities, which otherwise could quickly…