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10. Don’t assault people.

November 7, 2012 · Comments Off on 10. Don’t assault people.

Found this on Facebook a while ago, reposting.

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On the Topic of Victim Blaming

October 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

There’s something I need to get off my chest:

I am really angry.

I’m about to post something inflammatory, but it’s weighing on me and I think it needs to be said, and strongly.

Here is a hypothetical scenario that illustrates why I can’t prevent sexual harassment – by sticking up for myself, or by any other means.

Harasser: I want to _____ your _____ until my _____ falls off.

Me: What you just said really offends me. Please never speak to me again. Also, go away.

Harasser: Sorry. (Leaves. Two weeks go by.) How about if you _____ your _____ while I watch?

BOOM. Just like that, I’ve been harassed – I’ve received repeated, unwanted sexual advances. Notice that it was totally out of my control – the harasser KNEW I didn’t want to hear anything like that ever again, and he didn’t CARE. He didn’t stop because he hadn’t yet gotten what HE wanted, and he hadn’t given up hope that he would.

And that is the core nature of harassment: it is all the harasser’s doing. And it is NOT MY FAULT.

It does NOT matter what I say or how I say it. It doesn’t matter what I wear or whether I venture out after dark. It doesn’t matter whether I’m sober, tipsy, or drunk. It doesn’t matter whether I’m single or in a committed relationship. If a harasser has targeted me, he’s not going to give up until HE wants to give up.

The only people who can prevent harassment are HARASSERS. So stop telling victims what they should do differently. Instead, start telling harassers to KNOCK IT THE FUCK OFF.

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Why Sixes and Eights Don’t Work in The Settlers of Catan

April 20, 2012 · Comments Off on Why Sixes and Eights Don’t Work in The Settlers of Catan

When I play Settlers of Catan, I notice my opponents often place their initial settlements next to sixes and eights. Why? Because, as everyone knows, when rolling two six-sided dice, sums of six or eight come up more frequently than any other sum (except seven).


It is a little-known fact that, on any given die roll, the roll is more likely to NOT be a six or eight. It is more likely to be anything BUT.

Here’s the proof:

0. Make a spreadsheet (or just get a lined piece of paper).

1. In the first column, enter 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 and so on to six 6s. (You should have 36 rows populated.)

2. In the second column, type six sets of 1 2 3 4 5 6.

3. In the third column, sum each row. (1+1=2, 1+2=3, and so on.)

4. Sort the sheet by that third column, so that all the sums are in ascending order. (This just makes the next step easier.)

5. Now, off to the side somewhere, count up the frequency of each sum (how often each sum appears). You should end up with this:

sum frequency
2: 1
3: 2
4: 3
5: 4
6: 5
7: 6
8: 5
9: 4
10: 3
11: 2
12: 1

6. Look again at the first three columns. Notice there are 36 possible outcomes:

36 possible unique rolls

7. Look at the frequency of 6 and 8:

5 possible sixes
5 possible eights

8. Which means there are 26 non-six, non-eight possibilities.

26 possible everything elses

9. Do the final math that answers this question: how likely is it that a six or eight will be rolled, instead of anything else?

36 possible unique rolls
5 possible sixes
5 possible eights
26 possible everything elses
28% probability of 6 or 8
72% probability of NOT 6 or 8

And that, my friends, is why you should stop being surprised that sixes and eights come up so little. On any given roll, you pretty much have only a 1 in 4 chance of it being a six or an eight.

I hope this blows your mind. Does it? Leave a comment and let me know!

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