Monday, November 21st, 2022

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Go First Dice (

"Go First Dice" are a set of dice that allows some number of players to each roll a different single die (picked arbitrarily from the set) and the following conditions hold:

  1. There will never be ties.
  2. Each possible ordering of the players (determined by highest result, next highest result, etc) has a mathematically equal chance of occurring.
  3. The above conditions hold for every subset of the whole set.

They found a set of 4-dice which works, but have yet to find a set that is fair for groups of 5 or more players. Fascinating math discussions, even if I only understand 2/3rds of it.

11/21/2022 10:48 am | |
Tags: math, gaming, dice

20M High Dive is not a safe diving height without extreme training (

11/21/2022 10:57 am | |
Tags: sports, science

An idle thought I had: I wonder how much of America's backsliding on education bleeds over to its sports. Obviously many amazing athletes still find ways to excel and reach a global stage. But with the fewer teachers, some number of them were coaches who likely would have helped drive young people to pursue sports and excel.

Zero proof. Just a random thought as I watch the World Cup and work this morning.

11/21/2022 11:32 am | |
Tags: musing, education, sports

Dr. Becky Discusses What Comes after the JWST (

11/21/2022 3:40 pm | |
Tags: space, science, nasa, astronomy

Woe is me

I am in a serious 'woe is me' funk because of a series of issues I've had today:

  1. Work computer needs a clean wipe
  2. Blog code not cooperating with Mastodon API
  3. Home Linux PC needs some work to figure out kinks as I get it set up and run into driver issues
  4. Struggled as I work to try and make my first raspberry sorbet ever
  5. On an unprecedented losing streak in chess.

And then I look at this list and think - Holy fuck that is some entitled first-world problem whining going on here

11/21/2022 11:58 pm | |
Tags: musing, first world problems

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