a new drinking game

My roommate found a die in his pocket ostensibly from an undergrad party he attended earlier this weekend. As it turns out, it was not from the party, but for the sake of the following analysis we assume that it was. We then attempted to reverse-engineer an undergraduate/fratboy drinking game using this die. We regarded it as a sort of anthropological venture given an artifact from a specific site site, i.e. a UC Berkeley undergraduate party. As it turns out, the die only had the numbers 1, 2, and 3 on it, but it could be played with any 6-sided die if you take the number showing modulo 3.

The game is to be played by two people, A and B. They each roll the die to get a and b points for A and B respectively. If a > b then B must drink (a-b) shots of beer. If a < b then A must drink (b – a) shots of beer. If a = b then it is a draw and no beer will be drunk.

In the fratboy version of the game, play proceeds until one person passes out. In the UC Berkeley version, play proceeds until one person throws up. In the more tame home version of the game, play proceeds until one player reaches a total of 50 points — that player is the winner.

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tokenizing

I posted a while back about how Cover and Thomas’s book was posted online now, but it turns out that the license for online access uses “tokens.” Once Berkeley has run out of “tokens,” access is denied to the book. This is one of the stupidest decisions I have ever heard of, akin to the music industry’s head-in-the-sand approach to digital music. The way in which online book resources are used is different from print medium, and to force the library to buy more tokens is akin to selling someone a book which they can read only a certain number of times. I’m not saying that they should not charge at all for the book, or that they should charge less than for a library-bound hard copy, but this token system displays a fundamental misunderstanding of how books are used. I wonder if the person who designed this system has ever had to use a book other than “How To Stick Your Head Up Your Ass for Dummies.”

Yes, I’m angry.