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"105 out of 112 userpics uploaded". Meep. Must have a clear-out.

Todays links: Home Office to split in two - we'll have a Ministry of Justice (sounds scary, for some reason) responsible for prisons, courts, etc, and the Home Office will focus on "terrorism, security and immigration". And ID cards. Gah.

Over 300 proofs of God's existence, as encountered on internet fora.

I like this one:

(1) A plane crashed killing 143 passengers and crew.
(2) But one child survived with only third-degree burns.
(3) Therefore, God exists.

And this one is pretty much what I've spent far too long over the last couple of days doing:

(1) God exists.
(2) [atheist's counterargument]
(3) Yes he does.
(4) [atheist's counterargument]
(5) Yes he does!
(6) [atheist's counterargument]
(7) YES HE DOES!!!
(8) [atheist gives up and goes home]
(9) Therefore, God exists.

Though it was originally about whether Christians are discriminated against, rather than whether God exists - I don't tend to get into those arguments.

I was happily occupied following all the links on this MetaFilter post about Monopoly, and was already planning to repost links to this blog post about house rules making the game last longer and to the official rules. Apparently you can buy properties on the first time round the board! And if you don't buy a property you land on, it gets auctioned off! I mean, I knew the money-from-Free Parking thing was a house rule, as was the £400 for landing on Go, but I didn't know the others were. As an aside, isn't it weird how random homes all over Britain and the US (and probably other places) have the SAME house rules? I think that's weird. Anyway, I think the last link I clicked on out of the post was to the rules for Monopoly X-Treme. And thought, "Ooh, that yellow colour and the font is just like Jasper Fforde's webpage. Oh, wait a minute..." Hee. I don't know if I've read those rules before, but they sound fun.

Lastly, good vibes going out to various people on my friends list who really need them just now. Hope things get better for everyone.


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Mar. 29th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)

Even though they won't know me, but, y'know, that's not the point, is it?

And at least they're calling themselves the Ministry of Love.
Mar. 29th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
At least they're not calling themselves the Ministry of Love. Rather.
Mar. 29th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
Hee! I'm sure they thank you :D
Mar. 29th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
Ah, but if you land directly on Go as a result of a card sending you there, it's just the standard £200.

I'm not sure about the one about 'The bank never runs out of money, but the bank does run out of houses and hotels.' The rules say that a hotel is 4 houses + whatever. It's not clear whether that's about the amount of money, or you actually need four houses. I'd say it's to do with money, so if you have enough for 5x the price of a house, you can get the hotel.

That's some novel arguments. I've tended to see 'God exists because the bible says he does, and the bible is true because it's the word of God'. Nice and circular, and they can't even see it.

Mar. 29th, 2007 01:30 pm (UTC)
You need the houses to buy a hotel. I just can't remember where I read that rule.

But Monopoly has a problem in that it's a knockout game. Bankrupt a player, and the rest of the players are still playing leaving the other with nothing to do.

Balancing rules simply delay the problem and make the game drag on.

The game could be made a lot better with a different win condition.
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