Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Question about ranking of poker hands

I can't figure out why a flush is ranked higher than a straight
in poker.

From personal experience, it's alot easier to get a flush
than it is a straight.

Using Texas Hold'em to illustrate. Assume your two hole
cards are suited and the flop comes with two more of the same
suit. The odds of a 3rd card of the same suit hitting to make
your flush is 1/4. Right?

Now let's say you have connected hole cards (e.g. 7-8) and
the flop comes 10-9-3. You have an open ended straight draw
and the possibility of getting that Jack or 6 to complete the
straight is 2/13. That's less probable than the 1/4 chance of
making a straight and this is for an open ended straight draw.
If you are looking for an inside straight draw (e.g. you hold 7-8
and the flop comes J-9-3, you need a 10) than it's an even
worse 1/13 chance.

Seriously, from experience it's alot easier to make a flush
than it is a straight. Hell, I'd guess that poker players make
flushes more frequently than a 3 of a kind yet that is also ranked
lower as a poker hand.

Any statisticians or poker experts care to enlighten me?

I'll trade you a nuke

Today North Korea proclaimed itself a nuclear power and
made demands that U.N. sanctions against it be lifted and
also that they be provided with a light water nuclear power
reactor.

If you're the U.N. or Washington, how can you give in to these
demands? You give them the reactor and they dismantle
their warheads. Next year, they'll restart the nuclear program
again and demand HBO and all the stray dogs in our pounds.

The thing that puzzles me is, is it that much more difficult to
build a "nuclear power reactor" than it is to build a nuclear
weapon?

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Drip...drip...drip

Am I the only person who can't stand the fact that the cup/covers
used by Tim Horton's are horribly designed and have this drip
feature built in for the sole purpose of driving me insane?

Go buy a cup of Tim Horton's coffee. While carrying your cup
of coffee, if you've moved ever so slightly, the coffee will start
to drip somewhere beneath the lid. I wipe it off hoping it's just
an aberration but a few seconds later, there it is again.

Tim Horton's sells the most coffee in Canada. They are making
a fortune. Is it too much to ask that they get rid of those shitty
lids and use ones that don't drip all over my car's console or
all over my desk??

My guess is the problem is a combination of a poor lid design
and the curled lip of the cup itself. If you have sloshed the
coffee around in the cup, the coffee hits the lid and hangs there,
eventually finding it's way to the edge (it it hasn't dripped back
into the cup). Somehow the curled edge of the cup doesn't form
a very good seal with the lid and the coffee finds it way between
the lip and cup's edge, and you have your drip.

If you've experienced the drip, please add a comment and
hopefully we'll initiate some change.