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Bart Simpson, kindred spirit concerning "Rock"
When my children enter any kind of a "who goes first" kind of argument, we always turn to randomness and a rousing round of "Rock, Paper, Scissors" to adjudicate the dispute. We used to flip a coin, but my oldest child, Jessica, didn't believe it was fair. So I turned to a mechanism in which I could be almost totally absent, and they duke it out for themselves.
For some reason, which only became clear to me this evening, I have been thinking exessively---perhaps obsessively---about Rock, Paper, Scissors over the past few days.
I plan a plethora of posts on this subject, but I'll start with the reference I obtained from Mike Henrichs's "away" message in which Bart Simpson reveals his winning logic:
It seems obvious, doesn't it? Rock can certainly grind scissors into oblivion (so Rock wins); Rock against rock is a tie (nuthin so far beats good ole Rock); but then there's the problematic "Paper".
For some reason, our ancestors held that Paper beats Rock, but why is this so?
I find myself siding with Bart on this issue, and claim that Rock should be declared supreme, with all prior contests reevaluated. Working as I do for the ETS I realize the expense of rescoring all the Rock, Paper, Scissors contests, but what price do we place on justice?
I plan some more seroius and geeky posts on this subject next, but I'll tease you with my epiphany of this evening: Rock, Paper, Scissors would make a great CS 102 lab.
go, and always remember that The_Princess_Bride is a more subtle movie than you'd thought.
Posted by: Joe Tucek at August 29, 2002 11:40 PM
Arg!! It ate my link!
Posted by: Joe Tucek at August 29, 2002 11:57 PM
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