Friday, June 02, 2006

Gah~!, Go RPS yourself

So of course I've spent the past half-hour or so writing up a nice blog post summarizing the fun of the day's lunch selection dramas and Randy's apparent new nom-de-guerre "Catfish", when wouldn't you know it, Firefox (!) crashes and *poof* all gone.

I'll write it up again sometime soon I guess, but for now, I just want to throw a link out there and be done with it. But it comes with a bit of a story. Back in the day, in my early days at OSU (and working at the good 'ol Customer Services desk), Beth & I would use Rock-Paper-Scissors all the time to decide who had to do the next crap-job, or make the lunch run, or help the next customer, or whatever. The problem was, we knew each other so well that most of the time we'd tie over and over again. Well, one of us found a solution to this on the nascent World Wide Web in the form of Rock-Paper-Scissors-Spock-Lizard, and it's 5 possible signs. Well, we had a desk job that had decent periods of down-time (or even more often, mindless work time), so we figured why stop there -- so we worked out the 7-sign version Rock-Paper-Scissors-Spock-Lizard-Dynamite-UTS. After all, there's always some stupid kid that would try to play dynamite and "blow everything up", just to be a pain-in-the-ass brat, and this gives it actual balanced results.

Obviously, we weren't the only folks to figure out that the game works with ANY number of symbols as long as you're always adding two more, and some dude took it to the extreme with RPS-25. That's twenty five signs for some insane number of different combinations. You've got all your usuals there, as well as Bowl, Axe, Monkey, and even Devil and Nuke. Check 'em out: