09 NOV 2019 by ideonexus

 Esports Workout Regimen

Eating right, sleeping right, exercising, cleaning up for sponsors — these ideas have undergirded traditional sports for generations. In e-sports, they are regarded as almost radical. “They don’t look at themselves as physical human beings,” said Hvidt, who won the European handball championship with Denmark in 2008. “It’s common sense, in a way. But with them it was not.” Rfrsh has a validating narrative under its belt. The company’s other team, Astralis, which competes in...
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04 NOV 2018 by ideonexus

 Degenerate Strategies and Cheating

Why isn't using a degenerate strategy considered cheating? Degenerate strategies take advantage of weaknesses in the rules of a game, but do not actually violate the rules. What kind of player would play in this way? The answer is both a dedicated player, who is overzealously seeking the perfect strategy, and an unsportsmanlike player, who has found a hole in the rules to exploit, even though he understands that he is not playing the game the way it was intended. These two kinds of players ca...
Folksonomies: games play gaming
Folksonomies: games play gaming
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Is the same true of memorizing algorithms to solve the rubiks cube?

24 FEB 2015 by ideonexus

 Elaboration on the RPG Definition

Instead of snakes and ladders, we'll put in hidden doors and secret passages. Don't roll a die to see how far you move; you can move as far as you want. Move down the corridor to the intersection. You can turn right, or left, or go straight ahead, or go back the way you came. Or, as long as you're here, you can look for a hidden door. If you find one, it will open into another stretch of corridor. That corridor might take you straight to the exit or lead you into a blind alley. The only way t...
Folksonomies: rpg role-playing games
Folksonomies: rpg role-playing games
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27 SEP 2013 by ideonexus

 加油 as a Term of Encouragement

The Chinese characters say 加油 (Jia1 you2).加 is composed of 力 (power) and 口 (mouth). It means 'to add'油 is made out of 水 (氵, water) and 由(from/ due). It means oil.加(to add) 油(oil)= add oil or make an extra effort 加油 is a terribly common phrase in day to day life. If you want to encourage someone to carry on great work, or in a sports competition, you say 加油! A bit like 'go on!' in English. Of course another literal meaning of 加油 is to refuel.
Folksonomies: mandarin chinese
Folksonomies: mandarin chinese
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ShaoLan explains how the symbols break down.

07 MAY 2012 by ideonexus

 History of Science and Religion

Some people want to put warning stickers on biology textbooks, saying that the theory of evolution is just one of many theories, take it or leave it. Now, religion long predates science; it'll be here forever. That's not the issue. The problem comes when religion enters the science classroom. There's no tradition of scientists knocking down the Sunday school door, telling preachers what to teach. Scientists don't picket churches. By and arge—though it may not look this way today—science a...
Folksonomies: history science religion
Folksonomies: history science religion
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How the Middle East was the center of scientific progress until religious fever took over it, the same is seen in Jewish and Christian cultures.

20 MAY 2011 by ideonexus

 An Origami Metaphor for Fetal Development

The sheets of tissue that fold, invaginate and turn inside out in a developing embryo do indeed grow, and it is that very growth that provides part of the motive force which, in origami, is supplied by the human hand. If you wanted to make an origami model with a sheet of living tissue instead of dead paper, there is at least a sporting chance that, if the sheet were to grow in just the right way, not uniformly but faster in some parts of the sheet than in others, this might automatically cau...
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Cells divide and fold into new forms, just as origami structures become other structures through new folds.

20 MAY 2011 by ideonexus

 Enjoying Science Requires Effort

When you have reached and entered the gates of science, how are you to use and enjoy this new and beautiful land? This is a very important question for you may make a twofold use of it. If you are only ambitious to shine in the world, you may use it chiefly to get prizes, to be at the top of your class, or to pass in examinations; but if you also enjoy discovering its secrets, and desire to learn more and more of nature and to revel in dreams of its beauty, then you will study science for it...
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Many don't love nature and don't fall in love with science as a result.

19 MAY 2011 by ideonexus

 The Empty Space in an Atom

A favourite analogy portrays the nucleus as a fly in the middle of a sports stadium. The nearest neighbouring nucleus is another fly, in the middle of an adjacent stadium. The electrons of each atom are buzzing about in orbit around their respective flies, smaller than the tiniest gnats, too small to be seen on the same scale as the flies. When we look at a solid lump of iron or rock, we are 'really' looking at what is almost entirely empty space. It looks and feels solid and opaque because o...
Folksonomies: wonder atom analogy model
Folksonomies: wonder atom analogy model
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Our senses are not adapted to experience the empty space between atoms.

08 JAN 2011 by ideonexus

 The Samurai are Prohibited from Professional Sports

Gentlemen of honour, according to the old standards, rode horses, raced chariots, fought, and played competitive games of skill, and the dull, cowardly and base came in thousands to admire, and howl, and bet. The gentlemen of honour degenerated fast enough into a sort of athletic prostitute, with all the defects, all the vanity, trickery, and self-assertion of the common actor, and with even less intelligence. Our Founders made no peace with this organisation of public sports. They did not sp...
Folksonomies: voluntary nobility
Folksonomies: voluntary nobility
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A professional athlete is an "athletic prostitute," and the Samurai do not participate.