The Joys of Random Number Generators (Catan)

For those that don’t recognize the screen, this is from the game “Catan” on the XBOX 360 Live. It based on the board game “Settlers of Catan” and is a very accurate recreation of that game. The screenshot is of an analysis of all the die rolls during the game. The dark blue background shows a “likely” distribution. The light blue foreground shows the “actual” distribution. The likelyhood of no “8”s being rolled is very small.

Yes, I had a Big City on a tile with an 8. And there was not a single one rolled in the game.

I lost the game.

Penny Arcade : Really Long Titled Video Game


Penny Arcade : Really Long Title

Originally uploaded by el_wah

This is is a screen shot from the recently released Penny Arcade video game. I played through the game the other day. I should have a review up for it some time this week.

Quickie review: Solid RPG-Slight Action game with some funny dialogue and solid cell-shaded graphics. Roughly 8 hours of direct gameplay, and it looks like plenty more to come, as this was Episode 1.

Wake Up Fat Asses

America’s Unhealthiest Drinks Exposed on Yahoo! Health

Worst “Healthy” Drink

Glaceau VitaminWater (any flavor; 20 oz bottle)
130 calories
33 grams sugar

Vitamins and water might sound like the ultimate nutritional tag team, but what the label doesn’t say is that a bottle of this stuff carries nearly as much sugar and calories as a can of Coke. Makes sense, though, since this so-called functional beverage is produced by our often-sugar-crazy friends at The Coca-Cola Company.

I mean seriously, the stuff glows. How can you not think it is full of crap? Is it because it says “vitamin” on the side of it?

I wish we could teach children in grade school about marketing. Then we wouldn’t have these kinds of problems (at least so much).

Yet Another Impeachable Offense

US accused of holding terror suspects on prison ships | World news | The Guardian

The United States is operating “floating prisons” to house those arrested in its war on terror, according to human rights lawyers, who claim there has been an attempt to conceal the numbers and whereabouts of detainees.

Details of ships where detainees have been held and sites allegedly being used in countries across the world have been compiled as the debate over detention without trial intensifies on both sides of the Atlantic. The US government was yesterday urged to list the names and whereabouts of all those detained.

Information about the operation of prison ships has emerged through a number of sources, including statements from the US military, the Council of Europe and related parliamentary bodies, and the testimonies of prisoners.

The analysis, due to be published this year by the human rights organisation Reprieve, also claims there have been more than 200 new cases of rendition since 2006, when President George Bush declared that the practice had stopped.

As a pirate I can certainly understand the need, and use, of prison ships during pirate raids.  However, I don’t really see their use being moral for city-state.  They are great for pirates because they are tricky and untraceable, the exact opposite of what you want your government to be.

Unless, of course, you are governed by pirates, in which case the use of prison ships is perfectly normal.

Fixing the World With Legos

Jan Vormann – Dispatchwork

This work was done in Bocchignano, Italy, a village close to Rome, as part of the group project “20 Eventi”. The group of artists developed projects for 4 villages of the Sabina region and decided to create a compilation of drawings, for collectors to purchase, and to support this project.

Great stuff out there, Italians.  See if you can use those blocks for that tower which is about to fall over.