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General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: October 11, 2018, 08:49:34 am »
I finished up the current season of Better Call Saul. Wow, Michael's story at the end was a goddamn punch to the face. Really well done. Now I regret removing it from my DVR because I think it may be worthwhile to compare that scene to the scene in Breaking Bad where Walter is pleading for his life and is placed on the phone to Jesse. And while there's an inclination to root for Michael to let Werner go, you know that he won't because you know his role in Breaking Bad.

And Jimmy's story was good too. You got to see how he's willing to use his brother's memory to get what he wants, and Kim is seeing that dark side of him. You know that Kim leaves the picture at some point since she's not in Breaking Bad, and it seems likely to be the result of greatly disagreeing with Jimmy's ethics. I originally thought she'd get too wrapped up in his schemes and take a huge fall for it, but this finale looks to me like she's more likely to get sick of his shit.

In a sense, it's a blessing and curse that Better Call Saul is a prequel to Breaking Bad. There are some characters you know are invincible, so you have some spoilers there, yet it doesn't diminish the tension because part of the thrill is watching how those characters get to where they are.

There's great potential for a prequel to fail to live up to the source material (*cough* Star Wars, not including Rogue One), but Better Call Saul is handling this masterfully.

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: October 11, 2018, 08:36:22 am »
I didn't say Lost's ending was disappointing. In fact, I said the opposite. But you can't help how people feel about the ending. Does it taint a newbie's experience? Likely. After all, I haven't started Dexter yet, and part of the reason is because people generally feel that one of the seasons is particularly stinky. Maybe someday I'll watch it, but I have plenty in my queue, so Dexter is perpetually falling down the ladder for me.

One reason I wasn't disappointed with the ending of Lost was that I didn't interpret them as being dead this whole time. I took the events as literal.

As I said before, I forgot the specifics of that season to lead me to that conclusion, so I'm not in a good position to be able to defend my stance. I can only tell you how I felt after watching that episode, and that feeling doesn't jive with the general consensus. And I'm okay with that because my takeaway is more satisfying to me.

Though honestly, even if I do follow the general consensus, I don't think that would've bothered me either. Being disappointed with this would be like being disappointed with (different movie spoiler time) Jacob's Ladder's ending, which I highly regarded. Or any other story which happens as people are dying/dead. That just doesn't bother me as much.

Peer-reviewed movies and shows are how we sort out which entertainment we want to go with. I've followed up on some good suggestions on here and other groups of like-minded people. And even if a show has a disappointing ending (*cough* Seinfeld), the journey is still pretty damn fun. I'd sit through another finale of Lost that's as disappointing as most people make it out to be in order to sit through everything else.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: October 10, 2018, 03:49:48 pm »
My job duties have switched to being the resource coordinator. I assign training programs to certain rooms and qualified trainers. It's an interesting jigsaw puzzle, especially when I have multiple programs vying for the same trainers. But I do fairly well at it.

The new manager of the trainers was astounded at how I was able to move swaths of training around to accommodate these requests. I was about to tell her it's what I do in my spare time, but I stopped myself because that seemed weird to say.

Then I realized why I wanted to say it. It literally is what I do in my spare time because I'll play resource-management games a lot. And worker placement, though that is not quite as relevant as the name suggests. All those nights maximizing my points in Terraforming Mars and Power Grid have prepared me for my current job. Thanks, board games!

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: October 10, 2018, 02:42:08 pm »
is a pretty huge spoiler.

You really think so? It's like Chekov's gun. You have people stranded on an island. That's kind of a foregone conclusion. I know it's not like that for classic shows like Gilligan's Island and Lost in Space, but those shows don't rely on an overarching plotline. In fact, those shows only work because they don't point in a specific direction. Lost did.

But in any case, I'll relent. Perhaps my definition of what is spoilerific is part of the minority.

Though if anything, I think the kinda is a bigger spoiler.

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: October 10, 2018, 11:58:46 am »
I made sure to avoid spoilers, but I'll capitulate.

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: October 10, 2018, 09:40:39 am »
So I've started watching Lost. It's pretty addicting.

Lost had some pretty solid storytelling. I think what made it stand out was that each character had fleshed-out stories prior to the crash. Then they changed it up and showed what happened to people after they were rescued. Kind of. That gets kind of weird.

I'm a little disappointed to learn that they didn't plan out the series. On the one hand, it's really cool that they were able to tell these stories while flying by the seats of their pants, but it also meant that they didn't plan for a lot of things, and it shows in some spots.

I'm also one of the few people who was not bothered by the ending. But sadly now I cannot remember the details of the finale, so I am no longer in a state to defend it (or at least offer up reasonable explanations). I'd have to rewatch it and see if I can remember everything that season.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: September 19, 2018, 02:52:41 pm »
How come "which Star Trek were you most into growing up" doesn't make the list?

That's another good option. Plenty of good options out there, especially when you have to rule out certain lists because someone hasn't been involved with that (such as Bond). Could also include first Stephen King movie, first Disney cartoon, and first time being excited about the Super Bowl.

Though now looking at the answers, I feel kind of old because my list is more like:
Star Wars: A New Hope
Batman: Adam West
Bond: Roger Moore
Doctor: Matt Smith
Curry: Annie, technically, though I didn't know him until Rocky Horror
Star Trek: Kirk
Stephen King: The Shining
Disney cartoon: Harder than I thought; probably Sleeping Beauty

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: September 19, 2018, 09:28:24 am »
Had a talk with someone about how in a couple of decades, people will be able to fairly accurately guess someone's age by which Star Wars films they saw first.

This got us talking about other benchmarks to measure someone's age.

First Batman
First James Bond
First Doctor
First Tim Currey character

Though my measure of Doctor is a bit off because I didn't start watching until Matt Smith. If I had watched Doctor Who as a youth, I'm sure Tom Baker would be my first. Doctor Who isn't quite as mainstream as the other benchmarks.

General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: September 18, 2018, 09:53:12 am »
I followed up on a recommendation to watch Train to Busan, and I'm glad I did. It was a pretty good movie.

I think the zombie theme is getting really overplayed lately, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this movie was well done. There are little subplots going on, but mostly the story is about a man and his strained relationship with his daughter and zombies. The movie was expertly made in a technical sense, and I felt a fondness for some of the characters. And there's a real shithead of a character that you're going to hate.

You may think this is a mix of 28 Days Later and Snowpiercer, though it really has more in common with the former. What it has in common with the latter is that they both take place on trains, though this movie does address the class gap.

The only gripe I have is that there's one scene that is more action-oriented than I expected. And it's not much of a gripe really. And I can't tell if modern trains just aren't that pitch black in tunnels like they were when I rode in the '80s, or if they pulled back on the darkness in order to show what's happening. But I remember tunnels being pitch black.

But pretty good movie. There's talks of a sequel, though it's supposed to be different characters in a different region. In that case, I'm not sure that Train to Busan 2 would be an accurate title. It may have a different title when it's released though.

General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: September 06, 2018, 09:07:15 am »
I finished watching Disenchantment on Netflix. It's rather pedestrian for a Matt Groening product, but it's still better than most shows out there.

It had some amusing nuggets, but the overall story didn't seem to know what it wanted to do. As a result, you have these weird moments where the show wanted to be episode-driven and then where it wanted to have a serial plot.

The mythology of the world was fun to behold, and I felt an attachment to Princess Bean. Luci obviously would be compared to Bender, and for good reason. He's the jerk of the story, but he's not as in-your-face as Bender, which I appreciated. And Elfo would be compared to Fry. Unfortunately, aside from the obsession with his elfhood, there's very little to differentiate him from Fry.

I wanted the show to be a lot more, but I'm content with what I got. My biggest gripe is the season finale. I can appreciate a good cliffhanger here and there, but this one felt less like a cliffhanger and more like the recording cut out in the middle of the episode. I would definitely choose to rewrite that over anything else.

Other Games / Re: Pandemic Legacy (spoiler-free zone)
« on: September 04, 2018, 04:23:24 pm »
People have said it's not as good as S1, but that's like saying lobster is not as good as filet mignon.
That reference is lost on me... but I actually enjoy S2 more than I did S1 so far (and I did enjoy S1 a lot). We're in October of S2.

Just saying that S2 is pretty good. People saying it's worse than S1, which is already a highly acclaimed game, is not indicative of S2 being a bad game.

Other Games / Re: Pandemic Legacy (spoiler-free zone)
« on: September 04, 2018, 01:37:50 pm »
You could also argue that losing is good because it allows you to play the game more... better value for the purchase.

I played through Season 1 a couple years ago and loved it. Just finally bought Season 2 recently; haven't started it yet.

I kind of feel that way about maximizing value of a legacy game. I feel like I'd want to get 24 games regardless. And I think I'd be willing to embrace that despite LaLight's spoiler.

Season 2 is definitely interesting. It has the very basics of Pandemic, but it's just so different. I haven't played S1, but I'm familiar with Pandemic, and S2 is like Pandemic played in reverse. The discoveries are fun.

People have said it's not as good as S1, but that's like saying lobster is not as good as filet mignon.

Other Games / Pandemic Legacy (spoiler-free zone)
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:04:38 am »
The hard part about playing Pandemic Legacy Season 2 (and I'm this holds true for Season 1 as well) is that the ideal state to play this game is to lose the first game of each month. This lets you spend two games per month building up the game board.

But losses can be nasty, so I've taken to seeking either a win or a good loss. A good loss is what I call a game where we made more progress than we lost.

I'm not going to be able to convince my group that losing is good though.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: August 24, 2018, 12:22:59 pm »
I'm in so many meetings this morning that I accidentally sat in on one that turns out I was not invited to. I realized their conversation was not relevant to me and slinked out to return for the next meeting.

This is why I won't pursue management. Managers get stuck in meetings and shit.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: August 24, 2018, 08:51:36 am »
After a discussion with my girlfriend, we did some calculations and concluded that the circumference of the Earth is approximately 300 megapenises. Just thought you should all know.

Damn metric system. Everyone knows that it just makes more sense to explain 300 megapenises as 849 omniscrotes.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: August 22, 2018, 03:59:16 pm »
Does anyone think it's odd that our mouths are used for so many functions? If you were going to design a person would you have separate facilities for eating, breathing, speaking, etc. Also I feel like we could end up just dropping verbal speech.
Fun fact: newborn babies can breathe through their noses while suckling using their mouths. We lose this ability at some point later.

So, I'm the only adult who can drink water continuously and breathe through my nose at the same time?

Well, this sample size of 1 cannot maintain that over here.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: August 22, 2018, 08:54:43 am »
Anyone else in here a Pokemon Go player? In particular, any of the Mafia bunch I actually kind of know? :-)

I don't play Mafia, so I'm not part of your crew, but I'm doing Pokemon Go. Not as serious as others, but the research gets me more involved than before.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: August 16, 2018, 11:36:00 am »
Right, this is the premise behind Deal or No Deal. Because each chest is opened randomly, you actually do gain new information with each opened chest, and the expected worth of your chest changes each time.

And the mathiness of Deal or No Deal is pretty neat too. Not as controversial as Let's Make a Deal obviously.

Fun fact: I happened across the show while flipping channels and got sucked in by mistake. The contestant was deciding which box to open, and her family was behind her encouraging her to take her time in making such an important decision. So much math rage that day.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: August 15, 2018, 10:12:39 am »
Is it wrong of me to want to change every reference of Chester A Arthur to Chester an Arthur?

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: August 15, 2018, 09:19:08 am »
I still think it makes much more sense to ask what the probability is when you first pick, and realize that that probability doesn't change when the host opens another door.

I agree that it makes sense, but it isn't intuitive for many people. Even I refused to believe it. The math was right in front of me, but I was so certain I was right that I was ignoring what made sense and looked for evidence supporting my belief (so pretty much human politics). It took the hyperbole of several doors to make me question those beliefs and re-examine the probability. I was a lot more accepting of it at that point.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: August 15, 2018, 09:14:54 am »
The funny thing is that, if the door that is revealed to have a goat was chosen randomly, then it doesnít make any difference whether you swap doors or not, you have a 50% chance either way. Itís only because the host guarantees that he will open a door with a goat behind it that the odds are skewed in favour of swapping doors.


That's exactly right. And if it is unspecified how the door was chosen, the problem actually doesn't have a right answer. Wikipedia acknowledges this (at least by now).

There are reasonable assumptions you can make though. The puzzle presumes that this always happens in all scenarios. Since 2/3 of the scenarios would involve having the car behind one of the two doors, the revealed goat cannot be randomly chosen.

But if the scenario is such that the car can be revealed by the host, then that does imply that the door is chosen randomly.

It boils down to whether there are reasonable assumptions for the puzzle. Since this is based on a real event, has there ever been a case where the host reveals the car?

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: August 14, 2018, 04:54:59 pm »
Paul Erdos refused to believe the solution to the Monty Hall problem.

A lot of academics refused to believe it as well:

I didn't accept it at first either, but I at least wasn't a petulant little dick about it.

I ate crow when someone suggested expanding the puzzle to 1000 doors. Made me re-examine the math while acknowledging my blinders.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: August 14, 2018, 02:50:21 pm »
Drop the owner part. How much did the store lose?

The markup is an important distinction, though lost revenue is a thing, but just like many textbook questions, this doesn't figure into the calculation.

My favorite is the woman who talked herself into stating that the store lost $270. Her being wrong was nothing special, but the magnitude in which she was wrong is pretty amazing.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: August 14, 2018, 01:12:29 pm »
Obviously, those people knew that

x*y = y/x^2 + xy + x.

I'm pretty sure I'm seeing some cleverness happening, but I fear it may be too inside of a joke for it to register with me.

x=2, y=4, Witherweaver is suggesting * from 2+2*4 is a relation, mapping (x,y) to y/x^2 + xy + x. So 2*4 = 4/2^2 + 2*4 + 2 = 11, and hence 2+2*4 = 13

Less of an inside joke and more just a subtle mathematical one. Well played Witherweaver.

Ah, I didn't realize he was justifying the answer as 13. Very nice indeed now that I am aware of that.

Recent Facebook hell now has me scrolling through answers for the question of how much money did a store owner lose if you stole a $100 bill from the register and then used that bill to buy $70 worth of merchandise. I'm more forgiving of this one because for some people, it can be tricky to follow along. At least it's not flat-out ignoring order of operations.

General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: August 14, 2018, 08:54:54 am »
Obviously, those people knew that

x*y = y/x^2 + xy + x.

I'm pretty sure I'm seeing some cleverness happening, but I fear it may be too inside of a joke for it to register with me.

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