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Dice with Buddies (Yahtzee) personal heuristics


1. Be somewhat certain you can get the 35 bonus before you fill up 4 of a kind unless you are totally winning and are just looking for a safe game.

2. The 35 bonus requires an average of 3x per ever single category. Aiming for 3x in each will fail. Aim for 4x on some 5s, and 6s and worry about the 1s, 2s, and 3s at the end. With this in mind, the 1s square is a pretty good box for busted draws as it is pretty much worthless.

3. The chance square should be used for busted large straight draws. Unless very high busted 3,4 of a kinds later in game can get you high chance scores.

4. Chase for 5 of a kind (Yahtzee) early in the game. Don’t be afraid to use it as a filler for busted draws as you run out of turns. On that note, this rule is the same but looser for 4 of a kind and full house. If you don’t score for 4 of a kind or full house, realistically, will probably lose.

5. Promising high initial rolls of 1s or 2s or other combinations of low numbers, unlike 6s, should be used to chase full house, 5 of a kinds (Yahtzee) or perhaps even straights. Busted full house, 5 of a kinds can be used to fill 1s and 2s, etc.

6. Though it might be tempting to re-roll everything if you get a bogus initial roll, consider keeping the highest number for high 3 or 4 of a kinds. On that note, don’t be afraid to re-roll everything if there is nothing, but always consider the board. For example, keep a 3 if you’re thinking about small straight possibilities, etc.

7. Though expected value is difficult to mentally calculate especially with three turns ahead, it is useful to be aware that it is unwise to go for 4 of a kind or 5 of a kind when you have a full house even if it is 3 sixes.

8. More expected value: If you roll a small straight with a double (2 5s or 2 6s), don’t reroll for the 35 bonus points. Get points for small straight.

9. Banking on rolling 3 of a kind for any specific number in mind is a bad idea as it is statistically infrequent. If you get a pair of 5s but you already have 5s, maybe good idea to go for 3 of a kind instead even if you are hard headed with the 35 bonus points.

Any other heuristics you use? share in comments! (:

Why I am against texting


My argument was persuasive enough to sway myself. I would like to share with you why I am against texting.

A couple of years ago, when I was first introduced to texting, I immediately disclosed it as a scam; I deemed it as a paid form of email. However, as it became popular, the practice was legitimized. I accepted it because I acknowledged texting as a form of silent and versatile communication. It did not distract others and could be sent and viewed at any comfortable time.

Over time, however, I realized texting was neither silent nor versatile. (in general)

Texting quickly became the most distracting form of communication. Where people in the past would tactfully excuse themselves from a table to make a call, now people would obnoxiously text bluntly in your prescience.

However, the bigger problem was its lack of versatility.

Texts are so goddamn laconic that it outrightly eliminates any complexities of a spoken message. Sarcasm, emphasis, tone are all succinctly razed by the touch of the send button. The purpose of texts is to communicate, and yet, the art of communication is lost by the act of texting.

My friend said that texting avoids the awkwardness found in speech. This is true. However, I would like to point out that texts only avoids the problem of awkward speech, not solve it. In order to solve the problem we must not seek to talk less, but talk more!

Overall, texting is too apathetic, incomplete, artificial, costy, restrictive for my taste.

Do you agree or disagree? Perhaps post an argument in the comments?

On Rebecca Black


Iconic as the creator of the ‘worst music produced in history’, Rebecca Black’s feat is frowned upon. She is vindicated for her poor singing. Her mother paid $4K to help her pursue her dreams only to have Rebecca rejected by the standards of society.

163 million views on youtube. That number is slightly over a third of the US population.

I’m not a pop music person; I’m a game theorist. Let’s not prematurely bash her. I’ll demonstrate why Rebecca’s method is insanely clever and effective in helping her become the next top star.

Your songs make my ears bleed. – Youtube Comment

I would like to comment that very few people in Hollywood can sing. The ‘image’ is what’s important in pop culture. Pop culture moves in a powerful torrent, and before anyone could analyze the trend, it changes. People remember ‘images’, not the value of the voice. Rebecca Bleck will fit right in.

Sunday comes after Saturday? – Justin Bieber

Popularity is the most difficult step in reaching stardom. Rebecca Black got there in one step. People that can sing so much better but are less popular lack the conforming approval of society before they are recognized globally. Rebecca Black is already famous albeit her first song needs some work.

Now that she has the attention, she could do more things. Rebecca did a concert with Katy Perry, chatted with producers, and came out with new music videos.

This ‘horrendous’ music video is perfect in several ways. First of all, youtube is so massive, no one gives a blink to bad videos. Her ‘Friday’ video captures attention and gives something people to conform about.

Should she have made a better video? No. In Hollywood, quantity is more important than quality. Therefore, she will go far as a pop star.

You may dislike her now, but she is somebody people talk about. In the pop culture field, stand out.

But in any other aspect of life, you should outstand.

Six reasons to use chopsticks … (筷子)


1 So your ‘Asian and Pacific Islander’ friends don’t look down on you.

2 Spoons and forks don’t train your finger muscles.

3 Why else are there so many good asian piano players?

4 Eat rice the right way.

5 How else would you eat a chicken wing without touching the wing?

6 You have dual nightsticks when your dinner partner decides to invade you.

7 Cuz I said so.

Can money buy happiness?


Almost everything around you is created with paid labor – your computer, your clothes, and even probably your tree outside. When you have enough money, you can literally buy anything. However, in this materialistic world, it’s not about what you can buy anymore; it’s about what you can’t buy.

If you find philosophical soliloquies boring, this is not the blog post for you.

I was wondering about this question asked my health teacher, Mr. M: Can money buy happiness? As the reclusive recalcitrants in health class, my friends who sat in the back row and I argued flippantly against Mr. M, declaring that ‘heck yes, money can buy happiness.’ What we believed didn’t matter – personally, I did not believe that money could buy happiness – all I wanted to do was make Mr. M’s time as difficult as possible. But now, I am asking myself seriously: Can money buy happiness?

For argument sakes, comfort and satisfaction is the same thing as happiness.

For the layman, the answer is immediately yes. Money can be used to buy personal indulgence which translates into happiness. Bought comfort can make almost any person happy. Good food. Good clothing. Good fun. Yum. However, then I realized that happiness to a meatpacking worker is different to that of an aristocrat; the comfort expected of these two individuals are different. Theoretically, if the meat packing worker won the lottery, he probably would start living a very admirable life. But then his standards of ‘happiness’ would slowly increase until he would achieve no more satisfaction in eating exquisite saltwater lobsters. In that sense, money can only buy immediate happiness.

However, then I realized that there is also happiness that money cannot buy. Love and trust, for example, needs to be seasoned by time. In that sense, showering a little boy to earn his trust might even have a perverse effect; what the little boy needs is some attention and love and care.

The happiness where one spends time to obtain is becoming more and more elusive.

That is all. Money can’t buy the rich kind of happiness.

Does entertainment really run our lives?


We are not living for survival anymore. Food and shelter can be obtained with ease for the most of us. Then what now do our lives revolve around?

In the book Timeline by Michael Crichton, is is noted that perhaps are lives are now driven by entertainment. Our society as a mass is not driven by knowledge or mood or people or superstition, but by our need to be entertained. Because of technology, pleasing ourselves become infinitely easier; youtube on tap, books on demand, games at ease, chatting in clicks.

Technology is a shroud of an artificial ‘key to happiness.’ And we are swimming quite well in it. We are immersed in this world where entertainment drives us. A moment which we are lack of entertainment is a moment which we feel our life is incomplete. We tell ourselves that ‘Life isn’t life once we reach happiness.’ And this entertainment is happiness.

As you are reading this, you are hoping to be entertained.

I predict that in the future, our lifestyle will be more absorbed around this key trend our society is following.