XKCD vol 0

Oct. 7th, 2009 11:49 pm
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I got my XKCD book.

There's so many little puzzles and small things that I want to try to figure out.

But I don't want to spend the time. Because I'm pretty sure someone else has already done the job.

But if I don't spend the time, I don't get to feel that nice fuzzy feeling of having achieved something.

But there's so much else I want to spend time on. But I also want that fuzzy feeling.

Damnit, why can't I make a program that'll solve it for me? / Why don't I have more knowledge to fill in the missing bits and pieces?*

*Not really a serious complaint. Just whining for the sake of whining, really.

The Game

Mar. 3rd, 2008 11:21 am
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Here's an interesting observation...
What shows me is that there are a lot of people who experience a reflexive hatred towards any preceived failure. From a young age, people will take their ability to win or lose at any number of trivial contests or challenges far too seriously. It is impressed upon us that games aren't for playing, but for winning. So, when presented with any situation where loss is inevitable, they become enraged and will do everything in their power to convince themselves that they simply did not lose.

They'll accuse their opponents (if any) or cheating, say the rules are broken and need to be changed, that the field of play is imbalanced, or the referees are blind. And when things reach their worst, they'll break down and start screaming about how this game is stupid and they were never playing anyway. We've all done it at some point, and we've all seen others do it too.

This whole chain of thought is easily stirred up buy something like The Game, which is ultimately little more than saying "You lose" to someone over and over again. Losing doesn't cost you anything, and not-losing doesn't gain you anything, so there's not reason to react to this at all. But it still gets people. They either try to impose a way to win, or take their ball and go home. But whatever they may try they'll still know it's there, that they're still losing this arbitrary and trivial game, and it gnaws at their souls.


What, you ask? The Game. Something I didn't know about yet.

Frankly, I think it's quite retarded, and a waste of brain cycles that could be better spent elsewhere.

But the anti-meme / anti-mindvirus of today's XKCD (http://xkcd.com/391/) is amusing, and would provide the perfect way to screw with some people, primarily because of the above reflection. I may have to doodle on chalkboards later. :D
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One blanket fort - √

Unfortunately, it's only a mediocre blanket fort - since we built it around our location, instead of choosing an optimal placement, it's really more of a blanket... shack. ^^;;

May post pictures, if there are curious people out there.

No, there was no undressed-ness involved.
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The guy who does XKCD spoke at our school recently. Not surprisingly, the auditorium was packed, and we ended up sitting in the overflow / outside-hallway-with-large-wall-monitors.

Still, it was highly amusing.

The talk can be downloaded here: http://www.acm.uiuc.edu/conference/2007/videos


Sep. 24th, 2007 02:04 am
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http://syndicated.livejournal.com/xkcd_rss/76950.html (or alternatively, http://xkcd.com/320)

Spiffy. Read about Polyphasic sleep, which would mean I'd have a 22 hour day. That would rock, if it worked. But it sounds dangerously unhealthy...

Man, what I'd do for more time. What I'd do with more time...
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"Cat Proximity"


So, given that I'm half-cat, does that put me in a perpetual state of stupidity+inane statements?

It's quite true though. I got a voice message from earlier yesterday (eeeep, still haven't called back) from home that involved, I think, my dad trying to convince the cat to meow to me over the phone. And that was the entire message.

Thinking back, I should have kept the message.

(heh. Cat. Pussy. Am amused. True, for most guys and some girls, anyhow.)
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That being said, I should take pictures of some of the bathroom stalls someday. I've seen some random, and interesting, things.

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