Friday, March 28, 2008

Deal or No Deal

You know what? I'm actually going to make a post about Deal or No Deal. I strongly dislike this show. This is not the fault of any of the creators of the program, but the contestants that somehow get on the show. None of them know anything about statistical probability. In fact, this is probably for a good reason. If only mathematicians were on the show, who would be making the money? Not the network. This leads me to believe the true problem is not the contestants, but the people in charge of picking the contestants. Ignoring these people, Deal or No Deal is one of the many practical applications for statistical probability. As Pseudar says, "It is one of the many practical applications for statistical probability." He also goes on to say he is referring to the algorithms used by the banker to decide the "deal". I have figured out these algorithms and reveal to you the great secret:
First, calculate the theoretical value of the suitcases left on the board. That is, the expected amount of money the person will win.
Then, pick a much, much lower number. This is the deal. If you are desperate, pick an only slightly lower number.
Lastly, wait for the contestant to win between $.01 and $5.00.
If you are the banker and are dealing with mathematicians or probability theorists, my best advice is to take the money, jump through the glass on a motorcycle, do a few donuts, team up with Jason Bourne, and flee the country.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Operation: DeathClaw

Operation: DeathClaw is beginning tonight. I think you all know what this means.


Spread the word.

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Untethering, Pt. 2

It has now been exactly 165 hours since my internet was cut, and as promised, it has resumed. How did my experiment into technological separation go? As K-Rizzle predicted, I actually did cave in after only 2 days. However, 95% of my internet use during this past week was for school research purposes.

With my tap into the electronic global consciousness running dry, I had a whole lot of new time on my hands. As I stumbled out of my darkened room, a ray of sunlight hit my uncertain face. I picked up my sketchbook and my pen, and I set out to sketch the natural world. I'll post my drawings later.

I also slept much better.

On a much different note, someone named "Mulifuncional" posted a comment on our blog. He currently has a spanish language review of the latest inkjet printers. This first anonymous commentator who isn't secretly someone we know may become our key to internet fame, so let's not jeopardize it.


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

What's the Deal?

So I screwed up the blog month thing. Whoops. Oh well. But honestly I don't have much to talk about. I would talk about all the dumbasses on Deal or No Deal, but you can't fit that on one blog post.
As far as Apple news, the iPhone SDK was released. I downloaded it and have been playing around with it and it is extremely powerful. People are saying that this will be huge for gaming; with the iPhone's touchscreen, tilt controls, and 3d graphics, I would have to say they are right. Plus, it is easy to develop for if you have developed for the Mac before. (Like me) And I assure you that Slopinator will be available for the iPhone come June, along with the new 2.0 desktop version.
I don't want to just talk about Apple crap, but I don't have anything witty at all to say. All I've been doing is playing this cool flash game called Shift 2. It's a cool negative space puzzle platformer. I basically just used every gaming term I know. Its great way to come up with game ideas. How else do you get "First-person physics based survival horror puzzle game"? If you want to play my custom Shift 2 level, just paste this into the level editor:
Have fun with it.

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Untethering, Pt. 1

For reasons that are too complex to articulate in this blog post, my internet will be cut in approximately 15 minutes, and it will resume exactly one week from now. This may seem like a bad thing and I will suffer as a result, but I am also viewing this as an opportunity to experiment.

What would really happen if I went for a week without internet access? For most research purposes, I will have to use Encarta '97, Microsoft's minor attempt to digitize all of the world's known information. We have become so dependent on the internet as a society, and with the disconnecting of my internet cable, I am being set free.

If it becomes too painful, I can find ways back to the interwebs.

Also, I updated the deviantart page. Check it out.


What Happened to Blog Month?

I don't know. Kael has obviously dropped the ball. Already two days with no posts.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Escape from the Internet

I was captured by the internet, but I escaped. I for one, hate the internet and all the stupid meme things. Seriously guys. What's the point of sitting around all day on the computer looking through dumb internet pictures. Look, that cat is doing something funny and has poor mastery of the engrish language. No! Dumb! Now that I have escaped from the internet, I want you all to remain free.

Also, check out this sweet video:!1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Rubik's Cube

Kael, I, Kyle, will give you $100 in cash if you can tie or break this guys record. 7x7x7, amazing...


Today I was walking towards my front door, just getting home from school. But something was amiss. Where was it? Where was the little brown box that was to arrive today? Right on cue, the UPS truck pulled up our driveway. It seems like our driveway was designed for dramatic entrances. First a rumbling noise that gradually gets louder. Then the sound of the branches scraping against the top of the truck. Then the first sight of its brown exterior. What is this package, you might ask? Well, its only LEDs. 1000 soon to be glowing LEDs. I don't know what, but I'm going to light something up. A t-shirt is a definite possibility.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Say Hello To My Little Friend

Today I had a double period of Social Issues "class". I put class in quotes as this "class" pushes the definition a bit. Most of the time we have the exact same discussion each day for weeks at a time. When I say exact I mean exact, almost word for word. You could see how this could get boring. So for me the class is an opportunity to work on stuff for other classes. Today, however, we had an "assignment". See those quotes again? Our assignment was to split into groups with boys and groups with girls to look online for five pictures of people of our sex that are considered attractive. Why do we look for pictures of people of our sex? I suppose it is to make it as awkward as possible. So, I picked the usual suspects: Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Justin Timberlake, etc. But for my fifth picture I added in someone you would not in your right mind pick. Say hello to my little friend:
Typical me, trying to be funny. Unfortunately, no one thought it was a joke. So now every girl in my class is either attracted to Sylvester Stallone or thinks that I am a freak. For their sake, I hope it is the latter.

Edit:I neglected to mention that Pseudar was in my group and that Zac Efron was also included in our list of hot men.

Blog Month

Blog Month is coming. I am going to make a single post every day, starting today, and ending April 5th. Our blog is in serious need of posts.
Rules: I make one post every day before midnight or the blog is over. The other bloggers, however, can cover my ass if I forget and it still counts.
Prizes: None.
Eligibility: Must be me.
Next post is today's post.