October 23rd, 2009
Probably this image best captures the non-chalant nature of some rollercoaster riders.
XKCD is one of those niche comics that is mainstream as well. It may be logical to say it is either a tautological contradiction or a contradictory tautology.
October 13th, 2009
There is a whole lot that has been said about the happenings of the last two weeks. And there is a whole lot left more to be said, in time. But first, let us get a bit graphic:
When simply comparing the logos, does the Rio logo not give a more pleasant feeling, with well rounded contours and pleasant colors? The heart/butterfly logo is awesome in conveying warmth and hope. The pointed star in Chicago’s logo does not convey the same sense to me.
Am I suggesting that Rio won because of its logo? Absolutely not. Perhaps Rio won because it was able to put such a unified, well supported bid. Brazilian president Lula De Silva (I know, I know, he is no Nobel Peace prize winner) camped there for multiple days. There was never a question of him not going. He didn’t jet set the last day amid confusion over scheduling and security.
The Olympics venue is chosen by 115 people. Not by millions of people who may show their support in other ways. These 115 people (and these 115 people only) decide the venue. Of course, their friends and family members pressure them. But other than that, there is limited access to them. So, if you were (or I was) one of these people, with specific training on finding where would the Olympics be held most successfully, one couldn’t be oblivious to the infighting in the Chicago, or to the confusion over who would finance them. I believe, even if you are taught to be otherwise, you couldn’t be oblivious to the fact that Olympics were held in another city in the same country within last 20 years (24 years for Madrid).
Hindsight is always 20-20, and I don’t claim I knew this would happen (“Told you so!”), but I bet many people did.
October 9th, 2009
This email goes around a bit:
yo mate, ok I`ll give you my trick but if you give it someone else I`ll @#@#!@ kill you you know in roulette you can bet on blacks or reds. If you bet $1 on black and it goes black you win $1 but if it goes red you lose your $1. So I found a way you can win everytime:
bet $1 on black if it goes black you win $1
now again bet $1 on black, if it goes red bet $3 on black, if it goes red again bet $8 on black, if red again bet $20 on black, red again bet $52 on black (always multiple you previous lost bet around 2.5) if now is black you win $52 so you have $104 and you bet:
$1 + $3 + $8 + $20 + $52 = $84 So you just won $20
now when you won you start with $1 on blacks again etc etc. its always bound to go black eventually (it’s 50/50) so that way you eventually always win. But there`s a catch. If you start winning too much (like $1000 a day) casino will finally notice something and can ban you. I was banned once on royal casino. So don`t be too greedy and don’t win more then $200 a day and you can do it for years. I think bigger casinos know that trick so I play for real money on smaller ones, right now I play on elite world casino: for more then 3 months, I win $50-$200 a day and my account still works.
I decided to give this a shot. (thinking about it, not in real casino.)
Of course, as anyone has spent more than a few minutes on this well realizes that this is just an example of Martingale.
With the betting limits etc, you have no chance of winning, and will lose a bit in every round.
With no betting limits, you will win frequently, but sometimes lose so big, that you will be bankrupt shortly.