Archive for September, 2011
Thursday, September 29th, 2011
I know I know, not everyone’s excited about the start of the MLB playoffs. I am.
The Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals completed a pair of amazing late-season comebacks, late Wednesday night. The Rays coming back and winning in extra innings and the Cardinals… all but out of it 1 month ago, going to the playoffs.
The Rays captured the American League wild card and the Cards claimed the National League wild card with a rout of Houston.
Playoffs start Friday. I like Detroit and T-Bay… Philly and Milwaukee. Gooooo Blue Jays. Oh, crap
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
HOW TO WIN ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS (Modern Man)
1. Expect a beginner to start with rock: New Scientist magazine conducted a study in 2007 concluding that rock was most commonly played first. Why rock? We assume it’s because it’s a fist, which is undeniably more badass than an open-hand slap (paper) or angry pointing (scissors). So lead off with paper when playing anyone you think isn’t a student of the game.
2. Start with scissors against an expert: Scissors can be a savvy first move when competing against a veteran. He may very well know rock is most common and so throw something else — quite likely paper. If you throw scissors, you win. If he throws scissors, you tie. In cases of a stalemate, throw the same thing the next round.
3. Read your opponent’s mind: After the average player ties or loses, he’s likely to subconsciously throw whatever would have beat his last throw. So if he played paper and lost, expect scissors next. Your play: rock.
4. Play the odds: If someone tosses the same thing twice, don’t expect it again. If, for example, your opponent threw rock twice in a row, your next play should be scissors — at best it wins if he plays paper, at worst it ties if he plays scissors.
5. When in doubt, throw paper: According to the World RPS Society, Scissors gets played only 29.6 percent of the time, not 33.3 percent like you might expect. So with rock being the most popular and scissors being the least popular, paper is your best bet if you have no idea what to throw based on the other tips.
Thursday, September 1st, 2011
3 deaths in 4 months… that’s a little odd.
Toronto Police say they do not suspect foul play in the death of former NHL player Wade Belak.
Investigators are refusing to provide any information about the death, but those close to the investigation, say Belak took his own life. Sources say he hanged himself at a luxury hotel and condo building in the heart of the city’s downtown.
Belak was 35, and recently retired from the NHL.