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I came up with a brand new game called Stand By Me.

You have a not-small group of players. The game has a series of faceoffs, and the last two players standing win.

For a faceoff, one player known as the "attacker" is chosen randomly from among the surviving players. Then one player known as the "defender" is chosen randomly from among the surviving players. The attacker may choose one "out" player, who can not participate in the faceoff. One player can volunteer to be part of the attacking team, and one player can volunteer to be part of the defendng team. One of these "secondary" players is not officially part of the faceoff until he has touched the die.

So there are two to four players divided into two sides, attackers and defenders, with red dice and white dice respectively. All players involved in the faceoff roll at once, more or less. The team that has the die with the highest number is safe. The player with the lowest number on the other side is out of the game. If both teams get the highest number, it's a tie and nobody loses. If the losing side has two players with the same number, they both lose.


Q: Why would someone volunteer to participate in a faceoff?
A: If Ralph decides to stand by Sally on the attacking team against a single defender, the odds of the attacking team winning improve. Ralph gets nothing from this; in fact it is dangerous for Ralph. However, if Sally also does the same thing for Ralph, then Ralph and Sally do better than if they both played alone. People could simply be friends too.

Do you know who Jane's ally is? Note that people can be fair weather friends.

Let people mingle and eat Cheetos before the game starts. This game could probably use an administrator to keep things on track. House rules could be developed. Do you officialy designate the out player by giving him a blue die?

Some numbers:

On average one player will lose the game per faceoff. If you have twelve players and ten turns with multiple dice rolls and nervous negotiations, you can imagine how long a game would be.

I tried 100 rolls with A and B attackers and C defender, and got the following results:

A died 6
B died 9
A and B died 5 (I calculate should be 7%)
Total: 20

ties 17

C died 63

Do alligators roar? What about condors?



How about dinosaurs? Did they roar? Why do you think that?


You probably know that atoms are mostly empty space. Let me emphasize just how empty they are, with tiny electrons having a distant orbit from the nucleus in the middle. Everything around you is made of atoms: the air, you, the table. You can tap your table to see how solid it is. Wait a minute .. if things are almost entirely empty, why does the table stop your hand?

How small is an atom?

Another atom video. Among other things it shows how empty it is, at least in numerical terms.



The first part of this video addresses the issue of "touch". I read that scientists measured that the electron is very round. Hmm.. There are other interesting issues addressed in this video. Veritassium is made by Derek Muller, a Canadian/Australian man (living in L.A. nowadays).