Posted in Games, theory

The Meta Moments from The Fallout 4 DLC

Like most gamers who are into the RPG/ FPS areas, I have played Fallout 4.  The thing I loved best (besides blowing things up – and if that’s a spoiler then you’re really not paying attention) was the DLC. Not for the story, or what you can do with the raiders, but for the little meta moments found within.

DiMAs Memories -> Portal

Moving blocks and redirecting cubes to move energy beams in order to accomplish puzzle like goals (set by an AI) in a clean, cub-ish environment. Sounds a lot like Portal to me. See for yourself:

Lizzy’s Holotape -> BioShock

Lizzy, an operator working out of their headquarters in The Parlor, leaves a holotape lying around. The tap is about experiments in mind control. Its not as successful, but when she asks with a “please” she hopes to make the subject do what she wants, even if it would hurt them. Does that remind you at all of Suchong’s tape with the little girl and the puppy? Compare it in the links, would you kindly.  Then go make some Persuasion Grenades.

And before you say I’m reading too much into it, don’t forget this series does a lot of these little references. You can play a knock off Donkey Kong (The Red Menace) and Missile Command (Atomic Command) in the game. So clearly, they’re not adverse to adding other games into theirs.

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Posted in Games

Darwinism and Machi Koro

1417067027irp5sI’m a big fan of board games, and I’m also a big fan of winning. Because of that, I’m a big fan of devising and testing strategies. I have one that I really love for Machi Koro, and while I wont be sharing it in full, to spare myself from my friends figuring me out and trying to find work around tactics to my current strategy.

(Who am I kidding they don’t read my blog. Actually I’m not sure who you are lovely readers, but I know you must exist because you show up on the analytics in Word Press. )

Anyway here are my tips for survival of the fittest in Machi Koro:

  1. Cover the spread: Don’t bet to heavily on one number coming up to often. By taking advantage of a variety of rolls you can maximize your potential to get coins the most often.
  2. When it doubt, take cards that give you coins “no matter who rolls the dice” as this ups your odds of getting coins on any given round. Make sure you have a decent set of these (which cards you choose will depend on whether or not you have one or both of the expansion games on hand.
  3. Stay in the lower six mostly. Yes you can roll two dice after your first monument, but there are several combinations of two dice that can result in a number six or below being rolled. One die will never give you seven or above.
  4. Roll one die. Since you’re staying in the lower six, don’s roll two dice without a very good reason. If you’re trying to maximize your chance of getting coins, and you have covered your spread you should always make coin on your own turn.
  5. Don’t buy your monuments one at a time. Nothing in the rules prevents you from buying more than one at once, so after the first two are bought (or after the first depending on how weak you want to appear) hang back with your coins. Then once you reach the magic number you ca swoop in and buy multiple monuments at once. Done right, this can be a game changer.

Its a start to developing a play strategy of your own.  Let me know in the comments if you have any other tips/tricks for Machi Koro, or if you want tips for any other game.

Posted in Kates Baking Challenge, Self Transformation

Kate’s Baking Challenge

i4xapq9q4ff6cuabf7gtuhubthsg4gsequpcdfi9ohcrw9cn7st-tyyxpivdgkgsfmmmyxixoakjle1-fqptjhfqmdjwpdi8pn94d2u6qixdjtnfbk8a5fu-4bmxycbmstkht3cz607si5xnqhwtbvvh8xynhh17fidrgcjxrfgt9-uw4vxhxrwjju-e149641599880.jpgI’ve been looking for a project to have some fun with, and I want to grow my skills in the kitchen. I love to bake, and initially I had thought that maybe doing all of the technical challenges from The Great British Bake Off would be fun.

But then, I realized two things. First, I don’t want to eat half of the things on that list. Second, there are a whole bunch of things I want to try that aren’t on the list. I event want to do some stuff that’s not baking. (Plus… I saw this)

So I’m making my own list of things in what I have dubbed Kate’s Baking Challenge. If I’ve made it before it will be crossed through, and I’ll post some of those as time goes on for you all to see, but a good section of the list will be new items as well.

In no particular order:

 

  1. Cinnamon  Buns
  2. A 3-D shaped cake
  3. A sphere cake
  4. Souffle
  5. Pretzels
  6. Hombre cupcakes
  7. French Bread
  8. Pancake cake
  9. Macaroons
  10. Opera cake
  11. A candy decorated cake
  12. Ciabatta
  13. Butterbeer
  14. Home made pasta
  15. Tiramisu
  16. Puff pastry
  17. Filled chocolates
  18. Strawberry Tarts
  19. Scones
  20. Rainbow cupcakes
  21. Pancake art
  22. Chocolate cherry cake
  23. Eclairs
  24. Creme Brulee
  25. Croquembouche

15 of 25 already done. Wow, I didn’t realize how many of these I had made already… and how many of the really hard ones I had left for myself (is there a nervously gulping emoji? If so, picture him here). I guess I have some prep to do!

And if you’re curious. Yes, the cupcake in the photo is my work. Just a reference point for where I’m beginning.

Posted in Geeky, Uncategorized

The Luxury of Caring

14111743435qkl6It seems like caring about things, really caring (not just screaming about things like politics at the TV or taking care of your pets) and not having to care about just one thing. That’s the great thing about being a geeky girl.

I can care about books, cosplay, board games and cooking. I can love code, zombies (both at the same time) and web videos. I can love YouTubbers and open source software.

People who see themselves as normal tend to self limit. They define themselves by that small set of things, and then not explore other sides of themselves (Warning – this is observational data, and without real science could just be my point of view. If someone wants to find data on this point I’d be open to reading it.) because of it.

That’s what this blog is about. If you have options, and I have options. I just want to be someone that I am interested in, and I think most people want that too. So I hope you enjoy the ride, and I hope that you get as much as this from this as I do.

Posted in Geeky, Uncategorized

A Very Basic Java Model of The Zombie Apocalypse

Screen Shot 2017-05-29 at 11.19.32 PMThe Premise

Bored on a Monday night? Clearly I am. Tonight, I decided to see how long it would take for a single patient (patient zero) to everyone falling into one of three non-human options. The results are the kinds of things that you might find in a horror movie. Of course, that was the goal of the model.

The three categories are:

  1. A zombie
  2. A zombie who has been the victim of a head shot
  3. A dead body (not a zombie)

When that happens, its game over, so to speak. Its a simple model, and you can see it work for yourself if you put it into an online Java compiler.  The model is explained in the comments, and I open to suggestions on ways to improve the math. The code was kept simple intentionally.

The Code (with comments)

Please note for the Java novice, that // denotes a comment. I’m using them here to explain what is going on.

public class ZTester
{

public static void main(String[] args)
{
float zombie = 1;
float population = 1000000;
float encounters = 45;
float bite = 9;
float day = 0;
float headshots = 2;
float dead = 87;

// patient zero daY

for(day = 1; zombie<=population; day++) // A for loop that adds to a day,and only runs as long as there are fewer zombies than the overall population

{

zombie = zombie * (encounters/bite);  // makes # of zombies = to daily encounters divided by number of successful bites administered
float deadZombies = zombie/ headshots; // the number of zombies who were killed via successful human headshots
dead = dead * day;  // the number of people who die of natural causes on any given day
population = population -(dead + zombie); // the new population is population minus the number of dead minus the number of zombies. Sorry no double zombeis
System.out.println(“The day of infection is ” + day);
System.out.println(“The number of zombies who have been head shot today are ” + deadZombies);
System.out.println (“The number of zombies today is ” + (zombie – deadZombies));

if (population <= 0) // sets up an if to print if differently if there are no humans left in the population

System.out.println(“There are no humans left, they are all dead, a zombie or a headshot zombie”);

else

System.out.println(“The number of humans left is ” + population);

System.out.println(“The number of humans who are dead and not zombies ” + dead);

}

}
}

 

The Output ( a day-by-day breakdown of the spread of zombies)

The day of infection is 1.0
The number of zombies who have been head shot today are 2.5
The number of zombies today is 2.5
The number of humans left is 999908.0
The number of humans who are dead and not zombies 87.0
The day of infection is 2.0
The number of zombies who have been head shot today are 12.5
The number of zombies today is 12.5
The number of humans left is 999709.0
The number of humans who are dead and not zombies 174.0
The day of infection is 3.0
The number of zombies who have been head shot today are 62.5
The number of zombies today is 62.5
The number of humans left is 999062.0
The number of humans who are dead and not zombies 522.0
The day of infection is 4.0
The number of zombies who have been head shot today are 312.5
The number of zombies today is 312.5
The number of humans left is 996349.0
The number of humans who are dead and not zombies 2088.0
The day of infection is 5.0
The number of zombies who have been head shot today are 1562.5
The number of zombies today is 1562.5
The number of humans left is 982784.0
The number of humans who are dead and not zombies 10440.0
The day of infection is 6.0
The number of zombies who have been head shot today are 7812.5
The number of zombies today is 7812.5
The number of humans left is 904519.0
The number of humans who are dead and not zombies 62640.0
The day of infection is 7.0
The number of zombies who have been head shot today are 39062.5
The number of zombies today is 39062.5
The number of humans left is 387914.0
The number of humans who are dead and not zombies 438480.0
The day of infection is 8.0
The number of zombies who have been head shot today are 195312.5
The number of zombies today is 195312.5
There are no humans left, they are all dead, a zombie or a headshot zombie
The number of humans who are dead and not zombies 3507840.0

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