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I finally found the stats I was interested in for skat. I wanted to know how often good tournament players end up passing in the hand, how often they play hand games, and all that sort of stuff. I found a site that tell me this:

And I found a site with lots of discussion, which might be helpful: Google translate is a bit off at points, of course (stimuli! irritation! I don't speak German!).

I was surprised that there's a bidder 98% of the time. It's also good to know that grand is played 30% of the time and null is played 6.7% of the time. The other stats pages are also informative. There's a nifty page showing that, if you need one of six "good" cards, you have about a 50% chance of picking it up in the skat. This is good to know if you're bidding and know that there are 6 aces and jacks outstanding and you just need to pick up one to make your hand, you have a 50% chance of do it. This is not a good bet since point losses are about at 2:1. A rule of thumb in the game is that you need a 70% shot at making your bid to make it worthwhile.

Dinner with some of wifing units friends last night, they brought up an exercise in college where people anonymously wrote down what their reaction would be to waking up as the other gender, you know, the reaction in the first day, first week, etc, and discussed some of the responses. I didn't say this out loud, but I think the first day I'd be like, "WTF is up with this plumbing and all that?" Seriously, there's a lot of little stuff you just take for granted. Next, I'd have to learn to deal with feelings and having to care what other people think of my appearance. And the crippling, crippling weakness.

BWA HA HA HA: Short summary: some exercise cult claims that they're going to do a longitudinal study of their athletes (claimed to be the "fittest on earth") and that it's going to dwarf and refudiate the "flawed" Framingham Heart Study (otherwise known as: "pretty damn good science"). The guy who defended FHS and real science, of course, had his comments deleted and his journal subscription revoked and refunded for his comments. That's what happens when you try to talk about "reason" and "science" with megalomaniacal marketers. It would be one thing if they were merely marketing geniuses or whatever, but they clearly also believe in the nonsense they're peddling. WE GOT THE SCIENCE. Sometimes I wonder whether I ought to enjoy douchenfreude this much. This is, of course, only the non-scandalous lulz for the day.

Speaking of douchenfreude, the wifing unit and I coined a new euphemism for diarrhea: "revenge of the sith". The Plinkett reviews were the inspiration for this.

I think at a few points in the review, Plinkett was pushing it a bit, but I can't recall any concrete examples of that. Generally, though, it's good stuff. I think the comparison with Citizen Kane is particularly apt because Citizen Kane is, ostensibly, a boring "sitting around and talking" movie while RotS is an "action movie". However, RotS has all this boring and poorly-done "sitting around and talking" while Citizen Kane does those scenes in a dynamic and interesting fashion. Fock, I hate RotS.

This kind of makes me want to get and read The Secret History of Star Wars. I'm not a Star Wars geek by any means, but I think it helps one understand storytelling and filmmaking in general to see how this sort of stuff unfolds in one specific case you are very familiar with.

Still reading Flashman. Flash for Freedom!. I'm at the part where they're trying to make him a slave.

This is pretty great, but you really don't know it: The olympic-style press was a contested lift until 1972. The characteristic "bowing back and forth without bending the knees" method is something people don't teach anymore because, well, there's no reason to. The press isn't a contested lift anymore, so people either do it "strictly" or, if they want to get more weight overhead than they can press strictly, they bend their knees and "kick" it up a bit (this is called a "push press"). Since it wasn't contested after 1972, there aren't any instructional videos. Most instruction was either in person or in magazines, which were a poor substitute. The batch of people who knew the lift, of course, is dying out these days. So here we have something rare and unique, a former international-level coach consigning to video some instruction on how to do the olympic-style press. People were able to put up rather impressive poundages in these lifts. The world record was over 500# when the lift was retired. It wasn't uncommon for people weighing 198# to lift over 300# in this lift and some people in the lower weight classes would get over twice their bodyweight in the lift.

Ah! They've finally gotten around to paying the claim for that rental car damage. Unfortunately, they didn't know exactly how much they approved, and I forgot whether the policy would have paid all or it or whether there was some minor category of expense that was explicitly not covered (specifically, depreciation or loss of value, which was like $30, but there might have been something else, but, at the end of the day, it's less than $100).

Jaw still not in good shape.

May sell that other textbook. After Amazon takes its cut, I think I'd still be left with $80.

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Gender-switching: by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jan 05, 2011 at 03:25:17 AM EST
Yeah, I'd like to do that for a few months so I can get the fucking truth as to how they claim they don't know their periods have started and then blowout their drawers.

Really now - it's got to be akin to shitting yourself with diarrhea. HOW can you NOT know that your cooter is draining!? The entire situation just smacks of laziness and willful failure to prepare.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

RoTS by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Jan 05, 2011 at 01:16:53 PM EST
Saw it once, under duress, because some friends were going. It kept getting worse and worse. Then the wookie let out a Tarzan yell. Then it got still worse.

Never saw Send In The Clones. Because Phantom Menace was so bad ("Yippee!" would've been better if it'd been followed by "ki yay motherfsckr!")

Phantom Edit showed that there was, in fact, a decent movie trapped in there.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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