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Conway’s Game of Life

Good news for mathematics fanatics. TheAGame of Life - the cellular automaton invented by mathematician John Conway - just hit a whole new level. A team of engineers has created a giant, interactive version.

In the original game, software was programmed to take an initial pattern of binary cells and then evolve the pattern according to a simple set of rules. In the new touch-screen version, the cells are programmed to respond to your hands as well, so that you can touch the giant screen, draw out the cells you want to start with, then hit play and watch them evolve.

The team, who call themselves theAEvil Mad Scientist Laboratories, have put together the interactive demo as part of an exhibition at theASan Jose Museum of Art. It celebrates the work ofALeo Villareal - an artist known for his use of LEDs.>


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Posted: November 28th, 2010
at 12:05pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: life,games,science

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Swinging to Nirvana: East Hits West

Are you looking to create golf asanas utilizing golf clubs?

Read an excerpt from the upcoming primer to building a golf swing fromASwinging to Nirvana: East hits West by Bobby Ram Das:

Ram Das: A little, so I like to follow this with trikonasana while holding a golf club in the ground level hypotenuse hand. With feet at ninety degrees and shoulder width apart, with the club in your left hand, rotate your shoulders and bend at the waist holding straight legs until your left hand is in the vicinity of your instep, and then allowing your right arm to extend vertically. Center your consciousness in your hand and arm, and try to understand the relation of the clubface to the striking line as you rotate your forearm.

Mary Jane: In trikonasana the left and right arms make up one leg of a right triangle, the line between the feet is the other leg, and the hypotenuse is the line between the upright hand and rear foot. Are you finished? I'm hungry. I want my beans.

Ram Das:A I'll explain more about the variations of trikonasana after dinner.

Ram Das: Rotating the niblick while in Trikonasana implants positive memories into the brain that can be drawn upon while hitting a ball.

Mary Jane: That's a sand wedge. What do you mean niblick?

Ram Das: Before Bobby Jones introduced numbers to irons; the most lofted iron was the niblick, now the nine iron. I like to use any short club in trikonasana. It allows me to see the face angle precisely. I think of all my wedges as niblicks to feel the history of the game.

Mary Jane: You're using the Karma of the golf club?

Ram Das: Indeed. Not only the karma of the club, but your golf skill, strength, and flexibility karma determine the particulars of your golf swing.

Mary Jane: Karma representing the universal law of cause and effect is present in all our actions.

Ram Das: It's really present when I hit that same pull hook when there is tension over the outcome of a shot.

Mary Jane: Trikonasana with niblick will produce good karma.

Ram Das: Watch how the two handed rotation keeps the clubface square by rotating the forearms. I am producing Akarma to guide the clubface through future shots. One-handed rotations will also build strength and flexibility. To then transfer this movement while in a golf posture is the next step.

warrior posture with niblick.combine with a kendo kata

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Posted: November 17th, 2010
at 2:48am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: games,et cetera,philosophy

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Was the Wheel of Fortune One-Letter Solve Really a Miracle?

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Caitlin Burke knew she was right, because she knew there were no other possibilities. She didn’t need Pat Sajak to confirm it; she didn’t need any other letters, any more time to cycle through her truncated alphabet. With just an innocuous-seeming apostrophe and a single L, she was as sure as she’s ever been: I’VE GOT A GOOD FEELING ABOUT THIS.>

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Posted: November 13th, 2010
at 7:18pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: games,"ninja",tele

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It’s On Like Donkey Kong

We could be way off on this one, but the first time we ever heard anyone use the phrase, "It’s on like Donkey Kong" was back in 1992 when Ice Cube spit it as the opening line on Now I Gotta Wet ‘Cha, a track on his album, The Predator. Strange then that Nintendo today announced it’s seeking to trademark the phrase in honor of the upcoming launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns. AIn a brief, trademark-laden statement, Nintendo said it has filed a request with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to take ownership of the "pop-culture phrase."

"For those unfamiliar with the term, ‘It’s on like Donkey Kong’ is an old, popular Nintendo phrase that has a number of possible interpretations depending on how it’s used," Nintendo stated. "In addition to Nintendo’s use, it has been used in popular music, television and film over the years, pointing to Donkey Kong’s status as an enduring pop-culture icon and video game superstar."

The ever-reliable Urban Dictionary credits Ice Cube in one entry and then a Robert Mori of San Francisco, California, some dude who evidently ran an arcade in the 1980s: "Rob would close down his Arcade for the night, he would grab a Colt 45 Tall Can, slam it and scream, ‘It’s on like Donkey Kong!’ He would then proceed to go out and get wasted and try to get laid." (Urban Dictionary everybody!)>

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Posted: November 10th, 2010
at 10:45pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,games,trademark & copyright,americana

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100 YEN: The Japanese Arcade Experience>

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Posted: November 7th, 2010
at 5:55pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: games

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Confessions of a Sports Agent

I will never forget the first time I paid a player.

There are moments you will always remember, like your first kiss or your first home run or the day you met your wife. For me, the first time I broke an NCAA rule to try to land a client is just as indelible.

It was before the 1990 football season, and I flew from Los Angeles to Denver and drove to the University of Colorado to try to meet with Kanavis McGhee. He was a big, pass-rushing linebacker who was expected to be a high pick in the 1991 NFL draft. I was 20 years old — the youngest agent ever certified by the NFL Players Association — and had less than a year’s experience, but for whatever reason I convinced myself that I had a shot with him.

I figured out where Kanavis lived, drove to his apartment and knocked on the door. No one answered, so I waited. About four hours later, Kanavis finally came home and I bum-rushed him at the door.

"Hey, Kanavis, my name is Josh Luchs. I’m a sports agent, and I flew here from Los Angeles specifically for you," I said. "You’re a great player and I came a long way, and I’d really appreciate it if you would sit down and talk to me for a few minutes."

Kanavis said, "Sure, man. Come on in.">

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Posted: October 21st, 2010
at 7:50am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: games,business

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Diplomacy as a Game Theory Laboratory

Game theory. You’ve studiedAthe posts, you’ve laughed atAthe comics, you’ve heard theAmusic1. But the best way to make itATruly Part Of You is to play a genuine game, and I have yet to find any more effective than Diplomacy.

Diplomacy is a board game for seven people played on a map of WWI Europe. The goal is to capture as many strategic provinces ("supply centers") as possible; eighteen are needed to win. But each player’s country starts off with the same sized army, and there is no luck or opportunity for especially clever tactics. The most common way to defeat an enemy is to form coalitions with other players. But your enemies will also be trying to form coalitions, and the most profitable move is often to be a "double agent", stringing both countries along as long as you can. All game moves are written in secret and revealed at the same time and there are no enforcement mechanisms, so alliances, despite their central importance, aren’t always worth the paper they’re printed on.

The conditions of Diplomacy - competition for scarce resources, rational self-interested actors, importance of coalitions, lack of external enforcement mechanisms - mirror the conditions of game theoretic situations like the Prisoner’s Dilemma (and the conditions of most of human evolution!) and so make a surprisingly powerful laboratory for analyzing concepts like trust, friendship, government, and even religion.

Over the past few months, I’ve played two online games of Diplomacy. One I won through a particularly interesting method; the other I lost quite badly, but with an unusual consolation. This post is based on notes I took during the games about relevant game theoretic situations. You don’t need to know the rules of Diplomacy to understand the post, but if you want a lookAyou can find them here.>

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Posted: October 14th, 2010
at 2:05am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: games,ir

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Is the Game of Cricket a Model for Surviving the 21st Century?

The world is a pretty uncertain place right now, and institutions of all kindsabusinesses, governments, universities, religionsaare trying to figure out how, and whether, they can survive in the 21st century.

The story I want to tell you is about how cricketayes,Athat cricketahas become a model for them all.

Over the past decade cricket,Aone of the world’s oldest and most popular sports,Ahas shown a remarkable capacity for change. In its format, its governing laws and regulations, its relationship to technological advances, and its social media savvy, a sport that could have languished in the past has become one of the most innovative on the planet.>

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Posted: October 13th, 2010
at 8:30am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: games

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Super Mario Bros. Unknowns

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Super Mario Bros.>

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Posted: October 6th, 2010
at 7:44am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: games,fo' real?,blogs

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