Saturday, October 15, 2016

Adventures are just tales

"Adventures are just tales of someone else being miserable far far away."
-- B. V. Larson (Star Force Series)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016


"We tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing.  Reorganizing is a wonderful method for creating the illusion of progress while actually producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization."

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Stephen Colbert's Super Coin Toss

Board Games are making a comeback, but in shorter versions, because kids just don't have enough time.  So Stephen Colbert designs a board game called Super Coin Toss.

Super Coin Toss
"It all takes place in the enchanted realm of Quarteria. Each player has farmers, soldiers, merchants, and bandits, and the object is to cultivate enough grain that the merchants can sell to pay the soldiers to protect you from your opponent's bandits. And of course, there are two giant robots who box.

To start we put our tokens one space from the finish line.  Whoever goes first wins the game.  To determine that we flip the Medallion of Fate, which is designed to look like a US Quarter, sold separately, for $5."

Thursday, June 30, 2016

You have no cookies and no friends

What do you get if you divide 0 by 0?

"Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get? See? It doesn't make sense. And Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies. And you are sad that you have no friends."

A friend pointed out that if you ask Siri to divide 0 by 0 you learn how many friends you have. Snarky, eh?  :-)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

My Terrible Spending Habits

I learned a few things about myself today. I was just checking my credit card, and noticed I have some spending habits that I am terribly ashamed of. So admitting it this is the first step in the 12 step program, right?

  • $14 - 5/29 Miracle Mile, Las Vegas, NV
  • $12 - 5/30 Jamba Juice, Salt Lake City, UT ***
  • $92 - 5/30 Twin Peaks, Las Vegas, NV
  • $578 - 5/30 Louis Vuitton, Las Vegas, NV
  • $600 - 5/30 Hotel Operations, Las Vegas, NV
  • $1,115 - 5/30 Hotel Operations, Las Vegas, NV
  • $243 - 5/30 Hotel Operations, Las Vegas, NV
  • $15 - 5/31 Jamba Juice, Salt Lake City, UT ***
  • $1,362 - 5/31 Luis Vuitton, Las Vegas, NV
  • $573 - 5/31 Hotel Operations, Las Vegas, NV

  1. First, I have a thing for high end leather from Louis Vuitton. You should too.
  2. Second, I learned that I like to fly back and forth between Las Vegas and Salt Lake, just because I can? Don't you wish you could too?
  3. Third, I really really like Hotel Operations to service me. One can't say enough about the room service!
  4. And most importantly I secretly (or not so secretly) have desires to do many unspeakable things to some unknown individual out there.

But really, I do have a Jamba Juice addiction.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Great Philosophical Shuffling Debate - Can I Shuffle One Card?

The Great Philosophical Shuffling Debate: "If you play a game with cards, and the game instructs you to shuffle your deck, and your deck only has one card in it, can you do it?"

Deep Thoughts.

My favorite responses:

"As a computer scientist, I can shuffle a deck with zero cards."
"If I can shuffle a deck of 52 identical cards, I can "shuffle" a deck of one card, which has exactly the same effect."