The FREAKest Links: Paper Beats Rock and Boys Named Hell Edition

As enduring fans of the sport, we were glad to hear that ESPN2 broadcast its first coverage of the 2007 USA Rock Paper Scissors League championship, which took place in May at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay. The single-elimination competition was won by Jamie Langridge from Odessa, Texas, who employed a “complex adaptive” strategy to take home the Bud Light Trophy and $50,000 prize.

A boy named Max Hell has been rejected from an Australian Catholic school because his last name reportedly “jarred with [the school’s] religious teachings.” No word on whether the school also objected to his first name’s popularity among British dogs.

Via MediaPost: Facebook’s largest growth demographic since opening its doors to non-college students has been people over age 35. So does this mean the alleged Myspace/Facebook class divide will continue on up into the Baby Boomers?


prosa

I must be getting old and senile ... believe it or not, I can remember back to when ESPN and its associated channels actually broadcast sports! But then came poker - hence the new moniker, the Eternally Showing Poker Network - then spelling bees, and now rock paper scissors.

I shudder to think what might be next.

egretman

And what's with MTV? Since when is showing teens having sex while spending time in a house in some exotic city more entertaining than music videos?

Mack

Rejecting Mr Hell is a classic case of mistaking the map for the territory. It's just a word, one that xians are more than happy to use. And the religious wonder why they're sometimes mocked.

Besides, if my limited German is correct, 'Hell' means 'Bright' -- a good candidate for any school (-:

discordian

wah wah wah.
If it's a private school, unsubsidized by taxpayer money, then they should be able to exclude whoever they want for whatever reason.
Now if it was a public school or funded in part by the public, I'd take issue.
Sorry for the diappointment, but why is this even news?
@ Mack - It being a Christian school is peripheral... Would all madrassas let a child named Shaitan in?

egretman

If it's a private school, unsubsidized by taxpayer money

Except for the subsidized roads leading to the church, and the subsidized electrical lines, subsidized waterlines, subsidized production of paper from public lands to print the bibles etc.

Heck, even your gun rights are subsidized here in America. We have to publicly fund the ATF to investigate all those gun crimes.

If you really care about people like Max Hell, as I clearly do, then there is only one thing to do.

Vote Ron Paul! End all subsidies! Close the ATF!

kah

I enjoyed the link to complex adaptive strategy for rock paper scissors.

Mack

@3 -

It being a Christian school is peripheral

I agree. My point was about the religious, not limited to any particular sub-delusion.

FreeMarketSociety

I'm sorry but I can't take Roshambo seriously. From what little I've seen there is obvious skill to making throws, avoiding penalties and playing mind games with the weak.
But wouldn't you do best to just randomly generate a sequence at probabilities 1/3, 1/3, 1/3?
I see no other Nash Equilibrium for this game.

frankenduf

if his first name was Jesus, it would have cancelled out

mjturtell

Facebook has already opened it's doors to the high school population, and as its older demographic grows, does the responsibility of shielding minors from sexual predators--a problem that has plagued rival MySpace--become a growing issue?

wk633

Of course the school should be able to exclude anyone they want. How else are parents to know that the school is run by dumbasses who are clearly unqualified to educate?

prosa

I must be getting old and senile ... believe it or not, I can remember back to when ESPN and its associated channels actually broadcast sports! But then came poker - hence the new moniker, the Eternally Showing Poker Network - then spelling bees, and now rock paper scissors.

I shudder to think what might be next.

egretman

And what's with MTV? Since when is showing teens having sex while spending time in a house in some exotic city more entertaining than music videos?

Mack

Rejecting Mr Hell is a classic case of mistaking the map for the territory. It's just a word, one that xians are more than happy to use. And the religious wonder why they're sometimes mocked.

Besides, if my limited German is correct, 'Hell' means 'Bright' -- a good candidate for any school (-:

discordian

wah wah wah.
If it's a private school, unsubsidized by taxpayer money, then they should be able to exclude whoever they want for whatever reason.
Now if it was a public school or funded in part by the public, I'd take issue.
Sorry for the diappointment, but why is this even news?
@ Mack - It being a Christian school is peripheral... Would all madrassas let a child named Shaitan in?

egretman

If it's a private school, unsubsidized by taxpayer money

Except for the subsidized roads leading to the church, and the subsidized electrical lines, subsidized waterlines, subsidized production of paper from public lands to print the bibles etc.

Heck, even your gun rights are subsidized here in America. We have to publicly fund the ATF to investigate all those gun crimes.

If you really care about people like Max Hell, as I clearly do, then there is only one thing to do.

Vote Ron Paul! End all subsidies! Close the ATF!

kah

I enjoyed the link to complex adaptive strategy for rock paper scissors.

Mack

@3 -

It being a Christian school is peripheral

I agree. My point was about the religious, not limited to any particular sub-delusion.

FreeMarketSociety

I'm sorry but I can't take Roshambo seriously. From what little I've seen there is obvious skill to making throws, avoiding penalties and playing mind games with the weak.
But wouldn't you do best to just randomly generate a sequence at probabilities 1/3, 1/3, 1/3?
I see no other Nash Equilibrium for this game.

frankenduf

if his first name was Jesus, it would have cancelled out