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A more realistic calculator cricket

Ok So this is a more realistic version of  calculator cricket.

This game has to be played with both players pretty much at the same time because of the whole appeal and wicket system which makes it a little annoying, but awesome as well.

Scoring:

  • (you have 2 bats men in at all times).
  • Only 1-6 (except 5) score runs.
  • Odd numbers are a change of strike.
  • Even numbers player A stays on strike.
  • 7-9 are dot balls marked with a – on the scorecard

Wickets:

  • 0 like in the original version of the game is a wicket. although when you get a 0 you call out to the other player who then has to press random and if he gets a 0 it is a dropped catch, and the player stays in. if it’s any other number he is out. Therefore there is a 1 in 10 chance that your player will not get out.
  • 5 is an appeal, if you get a 5, again you call out to the other player who then presses random, if he gets a 0 then your player is out. anything else, your player stays in. again there is a 1 in 10 chance your player will get out with that.

so you play until there is one player on your team left (he finishes N.O.) add up your score and if you are feeling dedicated play a 2nd innings =)

The problem with this is that you get much smaller scores as you can get out much more often and don’t have the 7-9 runs which make huge scores, although it does mean that a century is much harder to achieve making it a bit more realistic =)

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The competition of manhood.

This is a post that i started back in July and never got around to finishing so here goes!

Back in July i went to play tenpin bowling with the crew from house of praise.  And my i say it got pretty heated!  The lead was constantly changing and it was staring to become very annoying that Elise Waldrop was going well! How could I, a MAN lose to a a woman!  Anyway, so there we were having a good game, a made a few crappy bowls and Elise got a lead of approx 20 pins, cant really remember the exact amount as once again it was about 3 months ago when this happened.  But then the MAN RESURGENCE began and i got 2 strikes in a row followed by a spare to convert a deficit of 20 into a lead of 15, as Elise had a shocker.  All while this was happening MR Steve Waldrop was also dreading that he could lose to his sister and was pushing to get stay in front as well.

By the end of the night adding the total scores of both games i came out the victor but it was only a difference of about 10 pins which is pretty close.  That night made me realise how competitive men are over anything! and i believe that being competitive is one of the things really makes us who we are.

Take for example calling shotgun, i have seen some people get so fired up about calling shotgun.  And all that they get from it is that they get the front seat.  Playing cricket in the nets and you get a ball smashed, you try to spin that ball so much, or bowl faster than you ever have to make the batsmen look crap. Or worse still when a better bowler is there and you are going bowl for bowl. You HAVE to be the one that gets the wicket first, just to show that you are better than you seem.

Has anyone ever heard guys talk about driving and the moments they have had while driving and managed to “Correct” and get pats on the back for being suck wicked drivers? Yeah pretty much it’s “yeah my balls are so massive and i drive like such a man that i lost it going around a corner but i managed to fix my stupidity. Because i’m a man”.  But the worst thing is that if a guy never has any stories of where the car has slipped away from them, “the boys” will most likely say that he drives like a girl.

But my personally favourite way that guys compete is facial hair.  See girls will never understand this until they are about 80 and can join into the competition, but being able to grow a better moe, or a better beard than the guy next to you makes you such a mad dawg!  It is the ultimate converstation topic between guys that are just starting to be able to grow some hair, and the guys that already can.  There is comparing of growth patterns, age that the bum fluff began, when the shaving starting to “encourage growth” and many different areas.  Last year when i had my moe for a few months it started because during my end of of school holidays i grew a goatie, and when uni started i got lazy and let the moe grow.  One day i asked Tom my BIL (brother in law) if i should shave 1: Moe, 2: goatie or 3: both.  Tom replied with goatie and leave the moe and there i was 2 months later styling a very mexican looking set of whiskers.

So pretty much. Don’t blame men for being competitive, it is what makes us what we are.  And anyway who would want a guy that doesn’t mind if he loses to his friends sister in a game of bowling!

On a quick note, Steve Waldrop is the ultimate man, as he will be having a prebucks party.  For the people that don’t know what that is, in the same spirit of “predrinks” before going out for a messy night in terrigal, a prebucks party is the way to become even more man!

Quick update on my Travels.  Not sure if i mentioned in past posts but i got my injections done a few months ago, so from now on the trip is a reality! i have felt the physical pain, and if i didn’t wake with that it really means that i am awake and doing this thing.

Will be posting some more soon.  Let me know of your thoughts on this whole being a man thing.

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Flying the World cup in a red backpack

Hey again, been a long time since my last post!

Here is a travel update. I have fully paid all of my major airfares that i am getting though the travel agent who has been heaps helpful.  Today i went to the post office to pick up my very pretty red travel backpack =D It’s a 65L bag, which is pretty big, but it is also pretty compact so i hope it will not be much of an issue to carry around.

As well as having all airfares complete and a new bag sitting next to my bed waiting to be fitted. I also have a chilean passport and national ID card currently being processed and expected to arrive in australia for me in around 2 1/2 months =)

The Plan at the moment for the destinations i will be going to is looking something like this: Argentina, Chile (who made it to the final 16 =D ), Peru. Canada, New York City(not USA because only really going to see NY). Iceland, England, France, Spain, Morocco, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Fly back to UK. Thailand for a few days before arriving home! Yup that will be 5 continents if i manage to get morocco in there. Woot!

Now onto the World cup, that little sporting event held every few years, you might have heard of it.  Well my friend Nick and I heard about this little sporting event being held in south africa this year and thought it would be fun to make some predictions about how the out come of the tournament would be way back in april.  As of right now we have approximately 21 out of 28 games correct during the knockout stages with italy and france being the two major differences to our predictions, giving us a total of 5 missed opportunities, potentially meaning we could be on 26/28.  In the semi finals we have 3 out of 4 correct with Uruguay being the only one not predicted as france was expected to fill that final position.

So there we go. nothing contoverial in this post. was going to have a go at apple about the iPhone 4 and the bad reception it has been having with left handed users, as well as the great answer from mr Jobs on how to fix the solution, but i figure i will let this one slip under the radar just like the phone will slip past the signal towers.

So fairwell till next time which should not be very far away

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Those hairy things that we all love

Today I as I was looking blankly at James my maths textbook (we are tight, most people call the book Stewart but I have spend enough time to call him James) I got distracted (nothing new) and saw the dogs sleeping together on their bed. This got me thinking about how strange the notion of having a “pet” is. It is another animal that you look after, feed, clean, vaccinate and give love too. But why did people start to get pets in the first place? Why do some places not really have pets that live in the home but other places the pet is more a member of the family then the middle child!

What I have always heard when people talk about the domestication of dogs is that they more domesticated themselves by following humans and being friendly and from that getting free food and people looking after them. But would people have really been that warm towards dogs when commonly they were predators and just scavengers from humans. It is almost like inviting seagulls to eat your fish and chips! Except that a seagull wont eat your baby. Maybe a pelican but not a seagull. I hope.

But in all honesty, I am pretty happy that some dude or dudette went against the traditional rules of society and let that dog come and say gday, and get a cuddle. I am one of those people that loves their dogs. They both sleep with me pretty much every night and when they get cold they get under the covers and I really could not careless, I see it being of mutually benefit they get my body heat, and I get a furry heat pack. Also when I am home alone they give me something to talk to. Like I said a few posts back it is really depressing not having to open your mouth except to eat. It is nice to feel words every so often. They are my buddies they follow me around the house, which I like most of the time except when the little one starts to see my feet as a really good toy and goes for them!

All in all I think that the idea of pets is an awesome idea, but a little strange. But you know what really is strange? Why anyone would choose a cat over a dog when they have the choice for either!

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Maths with an iPad on an Argentinian bus

So here I am, Looking at my marks for maths this semester and trying to figure out how much I need to pass the subject in a best case scenario and it’s not looking good! I need 70% in the final unless I improve in my last quiz and in a best case it will still mean around 64%.  But when I think it can’t get any worse I look at my best mark all year and see how massive the task at hand really is! highest mark all year… (drum roll please) 31.25% yup, i need to go more than twice as good as I have gone all year and not just over 3 weeks work, but over 12 weeks worth of knowledge. hmmm…

So today the first day that I have actually been able to study as my brother and sister in-law came over for the weekend I organised all of the maths taskbooks instead of working. And as I lie in bed writing before going to sleep after having only completed less than one days of work I wonder why that is.  Why was I only able to motivate myself  to do so little work?  It could be the whole mentality of it is too hard so why bother trying?  Or there is no chance of passing from the very first Thursday lecture seeing that we would again not be learning with Ian Benn.  But I honestly think that it is all down to me, because I can motivate myself to do work, I have done it in the past, I do it when it comes to things of interest to me, such as planning my trip or reading about some new technology.  Yet I can’t sit and do maths which will be of massive benefit to me, and will save me other $700 in the long run.

On a tangent now, I am one of those “Bloody full licence drivers” now. Yes I can teach people to drive, can keep up with the traffic on the freeway, and not get that judgemental look from an old person for overtaking them on the freeway when they are going 70km/h. Yay!

Oh was having a look today at how much it will cost to get from Argentina to Chile or Peru at the end of the year and annoyingly enough there is not much I can find on the net and what I have found is stupidly expensive even for buses! For example I am talking $500-600, even though a bus from Santiago to Lima can be as cheap as $70 so I am not sure if it is just the sights I am finding or if that is really the case.  I hope that when I ask my cousin to have a look he will find something a bit cheaper.

And finally my one paragraph review of the iPad.  As many of you will know I am not the biggest fan of Apple.  But I have been looking at the tablet market with great interest as it would be very practical for me to have one as I find I use my laptop as a bigger clumsy tablet.  So when Tim and I went to westfield and had a play around with the iPad I had a look at it a bit closer then most users.  First off, the screen is great, it has great colours and contrast.  The touchscreen is amazing, it picks up the softest of touches and the rotation is so quick that you never have to shake it a little so that it will FINALLY switch.  The Photos app thingy is really nice, very easy to use and navigate.  iTunes was great! why don’t we have the way to see the songs inside a album on the PC version? With the iPad one you hold over the album and then a little menu appears with all the songs that are on that album/artist which is so easy and saves a lot of time having to go back and forth when looking for songs etc.  The onscreen keyboard was nice, Tim and I found that it had approx 10 finger multitouch so it is possible to type fast, not as fast as on a real keyboard but fast nonetheless.  The main complaint with it was that because of the touchscreen you have to hold your hands above the keyboard as all times and because you don’t have anywhere to rest your wrist it makes your forearms very tired after only a hundered or so words. So maybe you could make a blog and do all your facebook and stuff but in general it really is for limited imput use.

Talk soon, I doubt I will be making another post during the exam period which finishes on the 25th so if I don’t post by then leave lots of comments and give me suggestions for what to post next.

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Communicating without any understandable words

At the present time my parents are in Penrith visiting family, and it had made me realise how depressing solitude can be.  But not all solitude, there is solitude when you just want to escape and be on your own for a while.  Solitude when you just want to escape everything that is familiar and be alone, but with unfamiliar people at the same time (what I am planning on doing in my travels). And solitude when you don’t have anyone to talk to, and no need to use your vocal chords for extended periods of time.

It is the final type of solitude that I will be exploring.  It is a very strange feeling when you think about not talking at all, not opening your mouth unless to eat, drink or yawn.   With even the most anti-social people at least communicating with other people in one way or another not many people experience deep solitude often.  The only true exceptions to my theory are people that purposely remove themselves from society and live alone in a small cabin only going to civilisation to get supplies.

These thoughts on solitude got me thinking what it will be like while I am on my journey, will I feel a deep loneliness of not being able to communicate with people for very extended periods of time?  But then I came to the most wonderful realisation. Vocal communication is only a very small part of it. In one of my subjects this semester we have been learning the use of communicating information with just a drawing.  We have had to build complex objects inside a CAD program with only an image and some measurements.  Therefore realising that if language is an obstacle there are so many ways left to communicate with another person that it just means that a deep political discussion is out of the question, but at least we can show how old we are with numbers, how many brothers and sisters we have with drawings and where we come from with a map.  And that is only picking at the surface of how to communicate without words.

When you listen to someone talk it is not just the words that you are listening to, it is the tone that the words are said with.  If I turned around and yelled at Sam in rage telling her that I HATE her, she would be really hurt about it, but if I said the same words to her but in a joking manner she would not even think twice about it.  Is it possible to talk to someone with only tone being the sole convener of meaning? If talking with a Moroccan he does not speak a word of English, I don’t speak a word of Arab yet can a message be passed on with only tone? If I speak in English would he understand what I was saying without me saying anything of meaning to him?

прощание I know of only one person that will be able to pronounce that, but even he would not know what it means…

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“Those bloody full licence drivers!”

As some of you will know I am very outspoken when it comes to driving and my fellow drivers on the roads. I don’t like the way people always talk about P platers as if they are the scum of the world and most of all when its green P’s that are being critiqued, as they would have been fully licenced drivers if they had been born in 1986 and went through the drivers licensing system as quickly as possible.

The reason I am making this post is because today driving on the free way I did not see a single P plater without his lights on while it was raining very heavily.  While I am guesstimating only half of the ‘regular’ drivers did have their lights on. The amount of times that a car would appear from the mist was amazing!

Now I know that I am also a P Plater, be it one with only 1 week left until I am eligible to have my blacks, but you would expect someone with 15 years of driving experience to switch on their lights the moment it starts to rain.  Firstly because it is good a habit to have, but also because it could reduce the amount of accidents that happen in the rain.  If the first time you notice the car in front is when it starts to break in an emergency, there is a much bigger chance you will: 1 – crash into the back of the car, 2 – be at fault for “negligent driving”, 3 – Kill a fellow motorist.  I know that it is a little dramatic but at least if you can see 2 little red dots through the mist it might give you just a little bit more time to react and save another life on the roads.

So before you go an blame “those bloody P platers” for everything, maybe have a look at your own driving and see that you do many of the same things as they do or even have worse habits. With the only difference being that you don’t get targeted by the police because you don’t have a bit of plastic hanging off your number plater.

(side note: driving home on Monday there was an accident with a car driving up the back of a truck on the freeway in heavy rain, and none of the cars involved had plastic hanging off the number plate.)

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