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An alien species' favorite sporting game

10 March 2010 - 06:43 PM

Just a simple concept on paper right now, stemming from some overly enthusiastic writing I've been doing for myself. 3 vs 3 to the death allowed but not required three game objects: 1: a non-lethal ball, used to score 2: a lethal ball, used to bash 2: two or three non-lethal balls connected by strings, used to bring opponents down The objects are placed in the middle of the playing field, at a good distance from each other. One player from each team is released onto the playing field. A few moments later, the other two players from each team are released. There are two rules: 1: game starts as soon as the first player enters the playing field 2: points are scored by [???] The two captains' first decision must be which object to target when they are released into the playing field, and then to run towards it at top speed. If both players go for the same object (or one goes straight for the other, ignoring the objects), a one-on-one fight will ensue, at least until the other players reach the two combatants. Some thoughts: a. I'm not sure yet how scoring should take place. Place one more object, a goal on the playing field? One for each team? b. Should the scoring and bashing objects be combined into one object? [Edited by - Silvermyst on March 12, 2010 11:59:38 AM]

Happiness: The experiencing self vs the remembering self

07 March 2010 - 01:23 PM

Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness.
Video ...and the pursuit of happiness.
I think the most interesting result that we found in the Gallup survey is a number, which we absolutely did not expect to find. We found that with respect to the happiness of the experiencing self. When we looked at how feelings vary with income. And it turns out that, below an income of 60,000 dollars a year, for Americans, and that's a very large sample of Americans, like 600,000, but it's a large representative sample, below an income of 60,000 dollars a year, people are unhappy, and they get progressively unhappier the poorer they get. Above that, we get an absolutely flat line. I mean I've rarely seen lines so flat. Clearly, what is happening is money does not buy you experiential happiness, but lack of money certainly buys you misery, and we can measure that misery very, very clearly. In terms of the other self, the remembering self, you get a different story. The more money you earn the more satisfied you are. That does not hold for emotions.
I must agree with these findings, as the downward shift in income that I have recently experienced, which I anticipated to make me much more unhappy, seems to have actually made me happier, in that I now ensure to enjoy the moment more, having more fun with the little money I have to spend. The image I have in my mind after watching this is one of a person taking a picture of someone else having fun. Sure, that picture might help you remember that fun day years later, but I think I'd rather be the person having fun than the person taking the picture. (I really dislike having a camera on me when I'm out having fun. It puts me from a first-person mode into a third-person mode.) Does society place too much value on remembered happiness versus experienced happiness?

Will Google make us stupid?

05 March 2010 - 02:38 PM

A Pew Research Center survey in response to Nicholas Carr's article Is Google Making us Stupid? I've noticed for myself that I seem to more easily filter information in the "I don't really have to remember this; I can easily look it up if I have to; I'll just try to remember a trigger word" category. Do you find that the internet, and search engines like Google in particular, has made you more or less knowledgeable?

Korean clubs - booking

15 February 2010 - 11:39 AM

Had an interesting but slightly disturbing experience this weekend. Went to a Korean club in Los Angeles with two Korean and one Thai friend. They had told me bits and pieces of their previous trip, which had caused me to assume that one of the Korean friends knew tons of people there and had introduced the Thai friend to about a dozen girls. Having just gotten out of a long-term relationship, I must say that I was looking forward to the evening. I typically only consume one drink (early on in the evening, giving myself 3 hours or so before driving home), but for some reason I had pulled out a little bit more cash than I usually do. Korean bbq was great (as always) though a little expensive (to me) at $45 a person. I figured I'd spend another $20 at the club, plus possibly an entry fee. My Korean friend called one of the bouncers/security guards outside the club, who then called upon someone else, and within seconds we were let in (after a brief security frisk). "Cool, no entrance fee." A waiter brought a bottle of hard liquor (Cointreau, I think), some cans of coke, a bucket of ice, and a platter of fruits. My friend told the waiter it was my birthday (not) and within moments I had consumed my first drink. Half an hour later, the waiter came to our table with two girls. We chatted for a while, and after they left I asked my Korean friend if he had known the girls. That's when they finally started explaining about booking in Korean clubs. By the end of the evening, I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about it. I did enjoy the experience (the girls were cute), but it also felt a little odd since some of the girls seemed less than thrilled to be dragged to our table. And it came with a hefty price tag: $260 for the four of us. And that didn't even include a tip. So $80 later (I felt a little bad for the other three, since as the birthday boy I had gotten the attention of most of the girls, so I put in a little more than my share), I came home to do some more research. Was this what Korean clubs are like? I guess they are. Has anyone else been to a Korean club like that? What are your thoughts on the whole booking thing?

Hang Gliding

06 October 2009 - 12:10 PM

Yay. Just signed up for my first lesson. Any experienced hang gliders here who could tell me what to expect from my first lesson(s)? Exhaustion? Dizziness? Higher, higher!