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:
- There will never be ties.
- Each possible ordering of the players (determined by highest result, next highest result, etc) has a mathematically equal chance of occurring.
- 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.
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.
Woe is me
I am in a serious 'woe is me' funk because of a series of issues I've had today:
- Work computer needs a clean wipe
- Blog code not cooperating with Mastodon API
- Home Linux PC needs some work to figure out kinks as I get it set up and run into driver issues
- Struggled as I work to try and make my first raspberry sorbet ever
- 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
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