Thursday, June 11, 2009

Another game in which my annoyingly bright readers get to be annoyingly bright


Best I got was two balls left. Then each of the next two were larger numbers. Which is what I believe the military terms "negative progress."

So I bailed.


Herding Grasshoppers said...

Ooo, I experienced that "negative progress" myself, starting at 2, then 5, 4, and 5.

But I hit the jackpot on my fifth try.

Now my seven-year-old wants to go back and catch the "kitteh".

Jerry said...

Took me three tries:

2, 4, and success.

Think diagonal.

RT said...

Only took me fifty thousand times.

Al said...

I am sure if I had not quit I would have succeeded...

Self esteem? Still intact.

al sends

DJP said...

That's the spirit, Al!

David Kyle said...

I got down to two... I wanted to leave some room for improvement and personal growth. You know... staying humble that sort of thing.

The Squirrel said...

I hate experimental science!

32,327 games, and I'm giving up.



DJP said...


Aaron said...

Here is one solution I was able to replicate.

Vertical Axis A through E (to top to Bottom) Horizontal Axis 1 through 5 (left to right)

1.) e3-right 2.) c3-down 3.) d1-right 4.) e5-diagonal up 5.)b1-Down 6.)c3-left 7.)a1-Diagonal down 8.)d1-Up 9.)e2-Right 10.)e4-diagonal up 11.)c3-Left 12.)b1-Down 13.)e1-Up

Kaffinator said...

Solved it. But I'm a CS guy which means I played all 845117 games and found all 70128 possible solutions.

- It's only possible to leave the ball at cells 1, 3, 4, 7, 10, 12, 13, and 15 (numbered top left to bottom right).

- It doesn't matter which of the first two opening moves you take. But if your second move is top green -> blue, upper red -> blue, light blue -> green, or red -> purple, you are very unlikely to win.

- For the best chance of winning, start with blue -> light blue, then purple -> blue.

Susan said...

All right, I'm on my 6th,7th, or 8th try...kinda lost count....

(I will shield my eyes from looking at the solutions....)

Susan said...

Getting closer....

I finally figured out the "end game" formation, so to speak: Two adjacent balls in a column, one ball in the next column but on a lower (or higher, depending on your view) row than either of the other two balls.

Now to get to there--well, that's another story....

Susan said...

I did it! (But I didn't pay attention to the formation, so I don't know if it was another kind!)

This Grandma Faith is one fun lady! (Wonder what kind of other games she has. Will check them out now.)

UinenMaia said...

Thanks for the tip, Jerry. Until I read the comments, I had no idea that diagonal was an option. Now I'm off to drive myself more crazy.

By the way, my verification word is "unsher" as in I'm "unsher" what in the world I'm doing playing this at 2 AM EST!

JackW said...

Won on the first time.

So what's so difficult?

... ok, so I've played a lot of these.

Henway said...

Sir, I read your conversion story, and to be honest it sounded a lot like what I experienced.

I experienced extreme guilt over things I have done, shameful... and it led me to follow Christianity. I needed to right my wrongs, I needed to be humble.

Today, I am not a Christian, I probably consider myself agnostic. I learned over the years that my awareness level was so low b/c I felt so guilty that I was easily manipulated by the promises of religion. Yep, I prayed and thought I was talking to God. I really did...

Get out of your box sir. How do you think it was God? If you were born in Pakistan, you would not be following Christianity. Do you really think you are mentally smarter, or have more power to talk to the real God than people in Pakistan? Grow up. That is such an arrogant thought.

You experienced guilt because you thought you were God, and all-powerful. But guilt can make you do weird things sir. When I stopped becoming guilty and starting having more confidence in myself, I discovered I didn't need Christianity. But if you don't leave Christianity, your awareness level will be stuck.

We are all human beings. Think about this sir:

What if evolution is right?
What if our brains are not fully evolved and that is why we cling to illusions such as religion?

What if organized religion was a result of our instinctual desires and an evolutionary weakness?

Pride, in thinking you are God, and pride that you alone know God and worship the true one are still 1 and the same: False, arrogant pride.

This is a message to you and other Christians:

Grow up, or we all die. You guys need to get outta your bubble.. the world has soooo many conflicts right now.

Grow up, or we all die. Humanity is on the verge of extinction.

DJP said...

I know, I know. Properly, I should delete this.

I think I'll leave ol' Azn up, if only for comedic value:

1. He clearly didn't read blog rules (i.e. Rule One, for starters?)

2. It's such a funny comment to put under this post

3. Another brave critic with invisible profile

4. He is so clearly clueless about what Christianity even is.

5. You have to love a wannabe assault on Christianity for inducing guilt, that ends up trying to make all Christians flee the risen Lord Jesus... out of guilt! (I.e. we're destroying the planet!! Aaaaaahhh!!!)

Henway said...

Please, rule one.
"refusal to read and/or interact with the actual contents of the actual post".

I was commenting on your wanting to become God, and the article of Jim Carrey wanting to become God.

No, I am not clueless as to what Christianity. It's a psychological disorder, plain and simple.

Inducing guilt? Hardly. I hate guilt. It's a sickening, low-awareness emotion that is associated with Christianity. Rather, I am daring you Christians to be courageous instead.

I hope this thought haunts you during the last moments of your death:

"What if I lived a lie? What if I had faith in vain.. I mean, there is hardly any evidence for a historical Jesus.. what makes me so special that I think I'm right and everyone else is wrong?"

Live a life of courage, and greatness will occur. Live a life of timidness, following, and blind faith, and you'll have wasted it all..

You dun have all the answers. You dun know who God truly is.

How do I know?

Because you don't possess any special mental capabilities that I, or any non-Christian have.

Now grow up, or we all die. It takes a unique, special, CONSCIOUS, non-religious person to understand what is going on in this world. Religion SEPARATES. It causes conflicts, not unites. The inevitable conclusion? Not the destruction of the planet. the destruction of us (the planet is gonna be freaking fine!)

DJP said...

Well, I'm surprised you read the comment. However:

1. Still nothing whatever to do with the post. (Did losing the "ball game" really disorder your thinking that badly?)

2. You're not dealing honestly with your own previous comment. Denial like that is really common among Christ-haunted folks.

3. What you say about Jesus underscores my observation about your unfamiliarity with Christianity.

4. I do love how you want to divide off us religious folks for being so divisive.

So, you blew your first. You blew your second. If you want to post again, reveal your profile, and actually interact.

Don't meet those two conditions, and your posts will vanish.

Henway said...
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DJP said...

Sadly, no gain in reading skills nor cognitive abilities.

Henway said...
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DJP said...

Isn't it funny, though?

The Christ-haunted want to insist that their anti-Christianity has nothing to do with having issues with morality or authority, or wanting to be God -- yet confronted with the simplest, smallest requirements that they didn't make up, they just explode.

How many times have we seen this?

Angie said...

I personally am enjoying the implication that by denying our faith we will somehow find a cure for death.

DJP said...


But don't feel guilty about it! Except do! But don't! Er....