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Sounds like a fun little dice game, and highly portable

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Check out this post at Cool Tools. The game rules (from the link):

Cee-lo – 2 or more players – 3 dice

Determine who is going to be playing and who is going to be the first player.

If betting, all players put in their bet.

The first player rolls all three dice until they get a recognized combination, or are otherwise disqualified

The combinations are, ranked from best to worst:

4-5-6
The highest possible roll. Instant win of the round for the player who rolled it. They take the entire pot, and the next round begins. This skips the turns of anyone who has not gone.

“Trips”
Rolling three of the same number is known as “trips”. Higher trips beat lower trips, so 4-4-4 is better than 3-3-3.

“Spare and a Pair”
Rolling a pair, and another number, establishes the singleton as a “point.” A higher point beats a lower point, so 1-1-3 is better than 6-6-2.

1-2-3
Automatic loss. Play forfeits turn, but the game continues.

Any other roll is a meaningless combination and must be rerolled until one of the above combinations occurs. It is also an automatic loss if a player rolls the dice 5 times without getting a meaningful combination.

If either of the dice roll off the playing surface, it is also an automatic loss for the player.

Play then proceeds around to other players, going clockwise.

The player who rolls the best combination wins. In cases of a tie for the best combination, there is a a shoot-out: the players who tied will play another round of the game until there is a single winner.

The winner gets to stat the next round.

And that is all there is to it! I also like it the way the game is explained in this video.

The author buys 100 red dice at a time ($13 from Amazon) so after he teaches the game to someone, he can give them the dice. Nice post.

Written by LeisureGuy

24 April 2014 at 10:05 am

Posted in Daily life, Games

Discoveries due to dieting

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I am enjoying at my weight-loss project, which will take me to my goal weight of 175 lbs (I’m 6′ tall) by December 23, according to my Diet Controller program (from App Store for Macbook, $5).

Earlier I mentioned how I had worked out for myself the well-known idea of eating only when you’re actually hungry: I had found that by delaying my meals until I really craved them—hunger-based eating rather than clock-based—I was above to eliminate late-night snacks: the evening meal itself was late enough that I didn’t feel hunger before going to bed. After doing this for a week or so, I can now tell whether I’m hungry or not. That is, I have relearned the feeling of hunger.

Last night 2 or 3 hours after dinner, I had a real hankering for a half-cup of the chicken salad I made, but by knowing what being hungry feels like, I could tell that the impulse to eat the chicken salad wasn’t coming from hunger but from wanting the taste, mouth-feel, and chewing: all centered in my mouth. Not real hunger, which is centered in the belly. So I’m had a (one-pint) cup of beef broth with hot sauce and a splash of sherry: tasty, warm, and fills the stomach. It was fully satisfying. (It’s interesting to see how corporations have exploited that mouth-feel hunger to push more calories into us. See this article on how junk-food companies manipulate your tongue.)

Broths are the dieter’s friend. Indeed, I would expect that some “health juice” brand like Odwalla to put out a line of tasty and healthful (and low-calorie) broths to heat and drink—Campbell’s consomme is not bad, but broths can be made in a wide variety (fish, various vegetable combinations, chicken, beef, and so on). Of course, they’re also easy to make at home, and I’ll be cooking my greens in more water to have the broth (aka pot liquor) as a between-meal beverage.

It’s also interesting to look at the weekly averages shown in the Calendar view of the program. You can specify what items the Calendar tracks—I track just weight and calories—and the Calendar is a month view that includes a column of weekly averages of those values. Friday’s calories are entered because I was planning my meals for tomorrow to check how the weekly average would turn out. Click screenshot to enlarge.

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The weekly average weight provides the same benefit as weighing once a week, but is more accurate, being based on daily weighings. In glancing down it you see your week-to-week progress.

The calorie figures are shown in black if they are above the calorie goal and green if they are at or below calorie goal. The first two weeks the weekly average calorie figures were black, but without really trying, just basing my actions on the on-going feedback from the program, the third week’s average calories was green, and I can see that this week’s will be as well: I’m seeing progress in learning the limits.

The feedback really helps, much as a person learning to shoot free throws gets better because he gets good information from each shot, whether the shot is made or not, which helps in making the next shot better. It’s a learning thing.

The graph of the daily calorie deficits is also helpful, and looking at the figures over the past 20 days makes dieting feel more like a baseball series: winning or losing an individual game (in this case, whether the calorie count for the day is black (a loss) or green (a win)) is not that important. What is important is winning more games than you lose. It keeps the occasional bad day (Easter Sunday dinner, for example) in perspective: you’re going for the series, the long haul.

My focus is really the calorie deficit—what they call the calorie balance: calories burned minus calories consumed. Positive is good, negative is bad. When I put in my weight goal and the amount I was targeting to lose a week, Diet Controller computed my calorie target (based on my activity level: sedentary) and includes targets in its graphs, like this one:

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As you can see, performance is gradually improving as I learn and adjust. Shaky beginning (the red zone is when the calorie deficit goes negative) but I’m starting to hit the diet-plan target more frequently.

I certainly can see that I use things I learned in my previous big effort, and the program’s tracking and charting data helps provide the feedback to improve performance. I can see that after I hit the target weight I will continue a while, aiming at a calorie deficit of zero each day, but focusing a lot on keeping the weekly averages good.

Written by LeisureGuy

24 April 2014 at 9:05 am

Back to the Bakelite Slant

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SOTD 24 April 2014

BBS today, the common result with the bakelite slant. But first the prep. I used the brush I got through Reddit’s Wicked_Edge subreddit, a horsehair and badger model with olivewood handle, made by Vie-Long. It’s a nice, firm brush. Because of the horsehair content, I wet the brush well with hot tap water before I shower, and following the shower it’s ready.

J.M. Fraser, an excellent shaving cream that costs but $14 for a 1-lb tub, made its usual wonderful and fragrant lather, and the bakelite slant did a wonderful job. It’s an extremely comfortable razor, one that feels as though it will never nick (and indeed it very seldom does) while cutting easily through the stubble, leaving my face perfectly smooth. The light weight I view as a plus: slants require little pressure, so it’s not necessary for the razor to be heavy. Indeed, with the iKon slant (which is a heavy razor), I have to be careful not to use the razor’s full weight.

A good splash of Booster’s June Clover, rushing the season a bit, and I’m ready for the day.

Written by LeisureGuy

24 April 2014 at 8:58 am

Posted in Shaving

Some sort of Internet apotheosis has been reached

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23 April 2014 at 4:06 pm

Clever and functional application of 3D printing technology

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Homemade Ikea. And one would expect rapid memetic evolution: better designs displacing inferior efforts, with the curve of quality ascending quite rapidly at first.

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23 April 2014 at 3:52 pm

Retiring White House Prosecutor Says the SEC Is Corrupt

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No real surprise, I think. It seems like much of the government (including much of Congress) is now corrupt and simply working to line their pockets rather than to serve the public. And no one in power seems interested in doing anything about it—certainly not Obama.

Eric Zuesse reports:

Bloomberg News reported, on April 8th, that a Securities and Exchange Commission prosecuting attorney, James Kidney, said at his recent retirement party on March 27th, that his prosecutions of Goldman Sachs and other mega-banks had been squelched by top people at the agency, because they “were more focused on getting high-paying jobs after their government service than on bringing difficult cases.” He suggested that SEC officials knew that Wall Street would likely hire them after the SEC at much bigger pay than their government remuneration was, so long as the SEC wouldn’t prosecute those megabank executives on any criminal charges for helping to cause the mortgage-backed securities scams and resulting 2008 economic crash.

His ”remarks drew applause from the crowd of about 70 people,” according to the Bloomberg report. This would indicate that other SEC prosecutors feel similarly squelched by their bosses.

Kidney’s speech said that his superiors did not “believe in afflicting the comfortable and powerful.”

Referring to the agency’s public-relations tactic of defending its prosecution-record by use of what he considered to be misleading statistics, Kidney said, “It’s a cancer” at the SEC.

Two recent studies have provided additional depth to Kidney’s assertions, by showing that Obama and his Administration had lied when they promised to prosecute Wall Street executives who had cheated outside investors, and deceived homebuyers, when creating and selling mortgage-backed securities for sale to investors throughout the world.

President Obama personally led in this lying.

On May 20, 2009, at the signing into law of both the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act and the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, Obama said: “This bill nearly doubles the FBI’s mortgage and financial fraud program, allowing it to better target fraud in hard-hit areas. That’s why it provides the resources necessary for other law enforcement and federal agencies, from the Department of Justice to the SEC to the Secret Service, to pursue these criminals, bring them to justice, and protect hardworking Americans affected most by these crimes. It’s also why it expands DOJ’s authority to prosecute fraud that takes place in many of the private institutions not covered under current federal bank fraud criminal statutes — institutions where more than half of all subprime mortgages came from as recently as four years ago.”

Then, in the President’s 24 January 2012 State of the Union Address, he said: “Tonight, I’m asking my Attorney General to create a special unit of federal prosecutors and leading state attorneys general to expand our investigations into the abusive lending and packaging of risky mortgages that led to the housing crisis.  (Applause.)  This new unit will hold accountable those who broke the law, speed assistance to homeowners, and help turn the page on an era of recklessness that hurt so many Americans. Now, a return to the American values of fair play and shared responsibility will help protect our people and our economy.”

However, two years later, the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice issued on 13 March 2014 its “Audit of the Department of Justice’s Efforts to Address Mortgage Fraud,” and reported that Obama’s promises to prosecute turned out to be just a lie. DOJ didn’t even try; and they lied even about their efforts. The IG found: “DOJ did not uniformly ensure that mortgage fraud was prioritized at a level commensurate with its public statements. For example, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Investigative Division ranked mortgage fraud as the lowest criminal threat in its lowest crime category. Additionally, we found mortgage fraud to be a low priority, or not [even] listed as a priority, for the FBI Field Offices we visited.” Not just that, but, “Many Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) informed us about underreporting and misclassification of mortgage fraud cases.” This was important because, “Capturing such information would allow DOJ to … better evaluate its performance in targeting high-profile offenders.”

Privately, Obama had told Wall Street executives that he would protect them. . .

Continue reading.

Written by LeisureGuy

23 April 2014 at 12:24 pm

The US today: Free passes to high officials to commit criminal acts without suffering any consequences

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It’s sort of depressing to read, but this column at TomDispatch.com shows how the US is reshaping itself as the oligarchy takes over: High officials no longer have to fear prosecution for the crimes they commit. The article includes specific examples, so it is actually happening.

UPDATE: And note also how the Obama Administration is closing off information about government activities, so along with an oligarchy we’re headed into a secret sort of government. Obama has certainly been a grave disappointment regarding executive power and governmental overreach (and compliance with the law).

And recall this study on how the US was already an oligarchy a dozen years ago.

Written by LeisureGuy

23 April 2014 at 12:03 pm

Posted in Government, Law

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