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2 Barbies 1 Cupcake

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Why Are Scores in Video Games Mega Huge?

Perm url with updates: Are Scores in Video Games Mega Huge?Xah Lee, 2011-09-24Have you ever noticed that the score in games are usually bizarrely huge?Instead of one to a hundred, it's usually millions and billions.This is so in pinball games, video games, online games. They are not just huge, but grows exponentially. A rookie would start with thousands, a average player gets millions, while a expert has a score of gazillions.Pinball and Bejeweled.From a mathematician's mind, the scoring system should be a accurate indication of your skill in the game, and linear too. If you plot the scores from beginners to expert players, it should look like a straight line going uphill. So, you'd think, that game designers, who are usually nerdy engineering types, would strive for such a perfect design of scoring system.So, why are video game scores this bloated 9 or 10 digits figures?Answer: $money$.You see, it's fr…

Emacs Lisp: Replacing HTML Entities with Unicode Characters

emacs quiz: replacing html entities with unicode char

here's a emacs quiz for you advanced emacs users out there.I have a file with content like this: … <tr><td>pound</td><td>&#163;</td><td>pound sign, U+00A3</td></tr> <tr><td>curren</td><td>&#164;</td><td>currency sign, U+00A4</td></tr> <tr><td>yen</td><td>&#165;</td><td>yen sign = yuan sign, U+00A5</td></tr> <tr><td>brvbar</td><td>&#166;</td><td>broken bar = broken vertical bar, U+00A6</td></tr> <tr><td>sect</td><td>&#167;</td><td>section sign, U+00A7</td></tr> <tr><td>uml</td><td>&#168;</td><td>diaeresis = spacing diaeresis, U+00A8</td></tr> <tr><td>copy</td><td>&#169;</td><td>copyright sign, U+00A9</td></tr> … I need it to…

Bejeweled Blitz Strategy as Math

Perm url with updates: Blitz Strategy as MathXah Lee, 2011-09-22Been playing Bejeweled for like 12 hours yesterday and today.I don't know how people do it, but i just couldn't figure it out. Normally, my score is under 50k. (currently best score of 155k, but that's once in a hundred games)i see my friends having score 170k and 320k, and i think that's not uncommon. Looking at youtube, there are people with score of 878k!“Bejeweled Blitz 878,550 Points ‘Elite Technique’ Legit No Boosts Facebook”On the other hand, been playing Diamond Dash for the past week. That one i easily mastered. Currently got top score at 358k and is the weekly champion.Diamond Dash is fun but does not have much strategy. The key to high score is fast reflex. That's pretty much all.Bejeweled is a bit complex. As far as i know currently, half of it is speed, but the other half is making optimal moves. (you need to keep getting the multiplier gem, a…

The Word Foodie

Perm url with updates: Word “foodie”Xah Lee, 2011-09-22[of those who put “foodie” on their profile in online social networks]foodie. What a fucking word. Offensive to my eyes.personally, i enjoy food too. I particular enjoy killing other animals, skin them, cut their body, and eat them. The blood and danger is a thrill that keeps me alive. Though, modern society has deprived me the pleasure as well as the labor of the killing, or the pleasure of running a slaughter house.although i imagine if i had to do it everyday just to taste the flesh of a bull or birdie, it'd be becoming a drudge. But it's the basics of life i'd like to keep in touch. This, i would do instead of watching some horror or thriller yeah, i enjoy food. But not just eating animals. Plants too. Slash them, uproot them, skin them, eat their seeds and pulps. Hell yeah. To be honest, nuts, broccoli, leafy greens, carrot, ARE among my favorite foods…

songs dedicated to fucking

for your Sunday amusement, here are songs of human animals dedicated to tits, ass, and fuckingSheena Easton - My Sugar Walls (pussy)Black Eyed Peas - My Humps (tits & ass)Björk - Possibly Maybe (ejaculation)Björk - Cocoon (cum eating)Cyndi Lauper - She Bop (masturbation)Liz Phair - Hot White CumBjörk - Pagan Poetry (copulation)Prince - Little Red Corvette (fornication)50 Cent - PIMP (rap song) (prostitution)