Ronmondo, the wacky "would Ron rather…?" game, part 2

Part 1 is here:

 http://rwhe.posterous.com/ronmondo-the-wacky-would-ron-rather-game-part

  
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: M. Hale-Evans
Date: Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 11:25 PM
Subject: Ronmondo – answers and scores!
To: (redacted)

 Thanks to all players!

 1.      Would Ron rather eat a bowl of premium fruity ice cream (such as
strawberry or peach) OR a bowl of cheap chocolate ice cream?
RON SAYS: Chocolate
“Biting frozen fruit is like fingernails on a blackboard – I’m getting
shivers thinking about it.”
Got it right: Marty, Mer, Kisa, Darl, John, Pam, Keith, Mel (clean sweep!)

 2.      Would Ron rather work as a full-time author with carte blanche on
what to write and guaranteed publishing, but in a room full of
distracting dorks (without blocking headphones) OR as a high-salaried
Microsoft marketing executive with a private office?
RON SAYS: Author
“To me, it’s all about the results more than the conditions.”
Got it right: Marty, Mer, Darl, John, Pam, Keith, Mel

 3.      Would Ron rather be a low-level Army officer OR the assistant
manager of a Mafia-run puppy mill?
RON SAYS: Puppy mill
“I’d rather be breeding puppies than killing humans, thereby
conceivably making someone happy, and I don’t want to be a part in a
machine gun.”
Got it right: Darl, John, Pam, Keith, Mel

 4.      Would Ron rather have his brain replaced by a supercomputer OR have
his current brain implanted in the body of a robot?
RON SAYS: Brain replaced by a computer
“I think this question needed clarification. In person, I asked
whether my mind would be uploaded into the supercomputer. Kisa said
yes, so that’s what I chose – that computer would essentially be me;
it would be immortal, upgradable, and transferable to robots or
anything else. The meat brain is subject to death and Alzheimer’s.”
Got it right: Marty

 5.      Which would Ron rather do: have dinner at a restaurant where Happy
Birthday is sung repeatedly, including once to him, OR take a 2-hour
car ride with only a particularly annoying acquaintance and no books
or computers for distraction?
RON SAYS: Restaurant
“I guess you might have to know the particular annoying friend Marty
had in mind.”
Got it right: Marty, Pam, Mel

 6.      Barring sore teeth, would Ron rather have cake with no ice cream,
OR ice cream with no cake?
RON SAYS: Ice cream
“Nothing wrong with cake; I just love ice cream.”
Got it right: Marty, Mer, Kisa, Darl, John, Pam, Keith, Mel (clean sweep!)

 7.      When Ron eventually flees the US to Canada, will he settle in
Vancouver OR Toronto?
RON SAYS: Vancouver
“I like the West Coast vibe of Vancouver, despite the fact that
Toronto’s a bigger city.”
Got it right: Marty, Kisa, John, Mel

 8.      If Ron couldn’t fly down to visit Pam, would he prefer to take a
train OR a boat?
RON SAYS: Train
“Boats seem like the ‘long way around,’ and I’d be more worried about
getting queasy.”
Got it right: Marty, Mer, Darl, John, Keith, Mel

 9.      If Ron could travel back in time, who would he rather prevent from
having been born: Hitler OR Ronald Reagan?
RON SAYS: Hitler
“Reagan was evil, but Hitler caused orders of magnitude more harm.
It’s arguable that if the US hadn’t gotten into WW2, there would be no
nuclear weapons today.”
Got it right: Marty, Mer, Kisa, Darl, John, Pam, Keith, Mel (clean sweep!)

 10.     Would Ron rather convert to Christianity OR Windows?
RON SAYS: Windows
“If I were using Windows, there would be a lot of software I could use
that I can’t use on Linux, including plenty of free, open-source
software. I can’t see any upside to converting to Christianity.”
Got it right: Marty, Kisa, Pam, Keith, Mel

 11.     Would Ron rather be known to have plagiarized OR be plagiarized
himself without credit?
RON SAYS: Be plagiarized
“Someone in Pakistan posted the full text of Mind Performance Hacks on
his blog under his own name, and I was infuriated about it. Still, I
believe plagiarism is wrong, so I wouldn’t want to do it myself. It’s
not a question of my reputation.”
Got it right: Marty, Mer, Kisa, Darl, Pam, Keith, Mel

 12.     For a whole semester, would Ron rather teach a class for which he
is unprepared OR sit through a class of information he already knows?
RON SAYS: Sit in class
“I’m very bad at public speaking even when I’m prepared, so that
prospect fills me with dread. On the other hand, I have plenty of
tricks to kill time during boring meetings and lectures.”
Got it right: Kisa, Pam, Mel

 13.     If forced, would Ron rather sculpt in bronze OR do fiber art?
RON SAYS: Fiber
“I’d like to learn to crochet Klein bottle hats! Also, working with
bronze is dangerous.”
Got it right: Marty, Darl

 14.     Which chores would Ron rather take over: groceries and cooking OR
driving and dishwashing?
RON SAYS: Groceries and cooking
“My dislike of driving is unbounded, and I’d like to learn to cook
better anyway.”
Got it right: Marty, Mer, Pam, Mel

 15.     Would Ron rather skip his birthday OR be the only one at Christmas
to get no presents?
RON SAYS: Skip his birthday
“I would feel ostracized at the no-present Christmas, and that would
be too painful. I’d much rather treat my birthday as an ordinary day.”
Got it right: Mer, Darl, Pam, Keith

 16.     Would Ron rather have to say “Brought to you by Carl’s Jr” after
every statement OR only drink Brawndo with Electrolytes?
RON SAYS: Brawndo
“At first, I thought Brawndo would be harmful and you could explain
away the verbal tic as being like Tourette’s, but when I realized
Brawndo is supposed to be Gatorade, it didn’t seem so bad.”
Got it right: Marty, Mer, Kisa, Darl, John, Keith, Mel (clean sweep!)

 17.     Who would Ron rather date: Jon Stewart OR Stephen Colbert?
RON SAYS: Jon Stewart
“Colbert is probably better in bed, but Stewart is probably more
interesting to talk to.”
Got it right: Mer, John

 18.     Which would Ron give up first: Amazon OR Ask Metafilter?
RON SAYS: Ask MeFi
“I’m an Amazon Prime member for a reason! If I didn’t shop Amazon, I’d
have to DRIVE to STORES and deal with PEOPLE!”
Got it right: Marty, Mer, Kisa, Darl, John, Pam

 19.     Would Ron rather wear only red and pink OR only plaid?
RON SAYS: Plaid
“At least you could choose a subdued plaid, although having to wear a
plaid shirt and plaid pants is unthinkable.”
Got it right: Marty, Kisa, John, Pam, Keith

 20.     Would Ron rather receive homemade pickles OR homemade jam?
RON SAYS: Pickles
“I love pickles, dill and sweet, of many vegetables, and it’s rare
that I can get them.”
Got it right: Marty, Kisa, John, Keith

 21.     If forced, would Ron rather speak in a fake accent forever OR make
constant spelling mistakes forever?
RON SAYS: Fake accent
“As Keith surmised, I figured I could communicate online and via
e-mail and texting.”
Got it right: Mer, Kisa, Darl, John, Pam, Keith, Mel (clean sweep!)

 22.     Would Ron rather have a reputation for being intellectually
challenged OR racist?
RON SAYS: Racist
“Having t
he reputation for being intellectually challenged would make
it hard to maintain credibility as a writer. If I had to actually *be*
one or the other, I’d rather be intellectually challenged.”
Got it right: Kisa, Darl

 23.     Would Ron rather eat the same food every day for a year OR be
required to watch an hour and a half of Fox News every day for a year?
RON SAYS: Fox News
“Fox News would be a novelty, and it might be interesting to dissect
it and even learn from it, but I’m easily bored about food.”
Got it right: Marty, Pam

 24.     Would Ron rather dance everywhere he goes OR have to ask explicit
permission to go to the bathroom, itemizing what he has to do there?
RON SAYS: Dance
“I would like to arrange my life so that I have to ask permission from
as few people as possible.”
Got it right: Mer, Kisa, Darl, John, Pam, Mel

 OVERALL SCORES:

 Marty 17
Pam 16
Mel 15
Kisa 14
Darl 14
John 14
Mer 13
Keith 12

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Ronmondo, the wacky "would Ron rather…?" game, part 1

This is a game my loved ones and I played on my birthday this year. Read on.

  
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: M. Hale-Evans
Date: Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 11:51 PM
Subject: Ronmondo
To: (redacted)

  
As part of the Ronaldmas festivities today, I composed a game for Mer,
Kisa, Ron, and I to play on the theme of Ron. Since we were sad that
you all couldn’t be with us, we thought you might like to play the
game remotely, at least. If you want to play, send me your answers,
and then I’ll compile everyone’s answers and send a report back out.
If you don’t want to play, that’s OK; Ron requested that I send it to
all of you, hoping that you’d at least be amused. :->

 The game, Ronmondo, is based on Zobmondo, the “would you rather” game
(and Scruples, to some extent). Read the questions below and select
the option you think Ron would choose. (Mer & Kisa wrote the first
four questions, and I wrote the rest.)

 1.      Would Ron rather eat a bowl of premium fruity ice cream (such as
strawberry or peach) OR a bowl of cheap chocolate ice cream?

 2.      Would Ron rather work as a full-time author with carte blanche on
what to write and guaranteed publishing, but in a room full of
distracting dorks (without blocking headphones) OR as a high-salaried
Microsoft marketing executive with a private office?

 3.      Would Ron rather be a low-level Army officer OR the assistant
manager of a Mafia-run puppy mill?

 4.      Would Ron rather have his brain replaced by a supercomputer OR have
his brain implanted in the body of a robot?

 5.      Which would Ron rather do: have dinner at a restaurant where Happy
Birthday is sung repeatedly, including once to him, OR take a 2-hour
car ride with only a particularly annoying acquaintance and no books
or computers for distraction?

 6.      Barring sore teeth, would Ron rather have cake with no ice cream,
OR ice cream with no cake?

 7.      When Ron eventually flees the US to Canada, will he settle in
Vancouver OR Toronto?

 8.      If Ron couldn’t fly down to visit Pam, would he prefer to take a
train OR a boat?

 9.      If Ron could travel back in time, who would he rather prevent from
having been born: Adolf Hitler OR Ronald Reagan?

 10.     Would Ron rather convert to Christianity OR Windows?

 11.     Would Ron rather be known to have plagiarized OR be plagiarized
himself without credit?

 12.     For a whole semester, would Ron rather teach a class for which he
is unprepared OR sit through a class of information he already knows?

 13.     If forced, would Ron rather sculpt in bronze OR do fiber art?

 14.     Which chores would Ron rather take over: groceries and cooking OR
driving and dishwashing?

 15.     Would Ron rather skip his birthday OR be the only one at Christmas
to get no presents?

 16.     Would  Ron rather have to say “Brought to you by Carl’s Jr” after
every statement OR only drink Brawndo with Electrolytes?

 17.     Who would Ron rather date: Jon Stewart OR Stephen Colbert?

 18.     Which would Ron give up first: Amazon OR Ask Metafilter?

 19.     Would Ron rather wear only red and pink OR only plaid?

 20.     Would Ron rather receive homemade pickles OR homemade jam?

 21.     If forced, would Ron rather speak in a fake accent forever OR make
constant spelling mistakes forever?

 22.     Would Ron rather have a reputation for being intellectually
challenged OR racist?

 23.     Would Ron rather eat the same food every day for a year OR be
required to watch an hour and a half of Fox News every day for a year?

 24.     Would Ron rather dance everywhere he goes OR have to ask explicit
permission to go to the bathroom, itemizing what he has to do there?

Mind Agility Hacks status / Scrumble round 5 starts

There are 20 hacks due for the first milestone. As I write this, 10 of
them are in edit or have been sent back to contributors for revision.

 That leaves 10 to go. Somehow, I think this will be the hard half…

 In case it wasn’t clear, when I mentioned the 14 hacks I’m writing or
collaborating on for this milestone in my Scrumble pledge, I meant for
each to be counted as a separate oath.

 Ron

Mind Agility Hacks status / Scrumble round 5 starts

Just to show it can be done, I’ll keep this scrumble short.

 Rules: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddsh3td8_178qnmtk2f6&invite=897863999

 I, Stormhair, lift my shotglass of liquid grim determination (name
your poison — whatever gets you through the night, etc.) to the
principle of hunkering down to hard work.

 I, Stormhair, toast my hero Gene Wolfe, who embodies that principle,
having written a page a day for many years, until he wrote his way out
of a day job as an engineer into a career as a full-time science
fiction author.

 I, Stormhair, boast that since this round began, I have completed
three of the five deeds I pledged. I transcribed all my notes and
commented on all drafts submitted to me, but did not submit my own two
drafts to edit. My score for this round is therefore 3 – 2 = 1, for a
total of 8. No other players pledged or scored anything, so their
scores remain:

 Lion: 2
Yatima: 2
Limbic: 1

 I, Stormhair, pledge that before the next round begins at **midnight
Pacific (08:00 UTC), Monday, 20 July**, I will have drafts of all 14
hacks in my Tale ready for edit.

 Great Tale: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddsh3td8_187dksrffhh&invite=fgt7nw8

 One final thing: if you’re an MAH contributor who’s receiving this
email but hasn’t subscribed to the mailing list — why not? OK, one of
you is on safari in South Africa. What about the other two? Expect a
second invitation soon.

 Thanks, and keep up (or start) the good work!

 Ron

Mind Agility Hacks #Scrumble round 4 begins

It scrumbles when it comes scrumbling time…

 For those who are just joining us, Scrumble is a productivity
technique from the upcoming book Mind Agility Hacks, sequel to Mind
Performance Hacks. These are the short rules for your part in a round,
as played online:

 1. Toast a god or principle you believe in.
2. Toast a hero, a person who embodies those principles.
3. Boast about one or more of your accomplishments.
4. Swear an oath that you’ll accomplish one or more deeds.

 For every deed you accomplish by the next scrumble round, you gain 1
point of honor. For every deed you don’t, you lose 1 point of honor.

 The more outrageous your tipple in our virtual Valhalla, the better.

 That’s it. The current full rules are here:

 http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddsh3td8_178qnmtk2f6&invite=897863999

 ***

 Hail, fellow scrumblers, virtually met! The beginning of Round 3 was
almost a month ago, so we’re overdue for Round 4. Let’s get right to
the toasts, boasts, and oaths.

 I, Stormhair Rainbowbeard, Scrumblegiver, toast the principle of
reboots and do-overs, with a round of cold Seattle microbrews in
megaportions for everyone at the scrumble table. Without this
aeon-honored principle, we’d require a time machine to make the first
milestone of our book, which was originally in May.

 And I, Stormhair, hoist a crate of warm Duff Beer to the writers of
The Simpsons, masters of the reset button
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Principal_and_the_Pauper). But at
least one of those beers belongs to Simon St.Laurent, our editor at
O’Reilly, who gave us all the time we needed when we asked for an
extension to our original deadlines. Let’s not blow the new ones!

 And I, Stormhair, toast myself with a cold peyote malt in a glass with
one of those metal shakers on the side, because I can boast that of
the six deeds I pledged to do last round, I have accomplished five, to
wit:

 1. Write a Great Tale.
Done. Read this!
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddsh3td8_187dksrffhh&invite=fgt7nw8

 2. Submit at least three hack drafts to Marty, whether new, or
revised per her previous comments.
Done!

 3. Transcribe my notes from the month of
May, and then remain current.
Not done.

 4. Create a page for Mind Agility Hacks on the Mentat Wiki.
Done! http://www.ludism.org/mentat/MindAgilityHacks

 5. Pester everyone who has agreed to scrumble but has not yet
joined us at the feasting table.
Done! And most of you (everyone who replied, in fact) want to move to
a mailing list instead of Twitter.

 6. Upgrade my new netbook, which just returned after a 10-day
keyboard repair, to Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix, so that it is a worthy
tool for writing…
Done! It works much better now.

 Old score = +3
Deeds done = +5
Deeds undone = -1
New total: +7

 And I order a second straw from the soda jerk for Limbic, who
submitted the next draft of his hack in a timely way, thereby
obtaining 1 point of honor for a total of +1.

 And I order a third straw from the soda jerk for Lion, who started
with -1 but vowed this:

 And I swear to scan the necessary images for the chapter,
  and I swear to work in the fixes granted by Marty & Ron,
  and I swear to write a draft chapter on my present notekeeping system.

 He did all three things, so +3 is added to his -1 for a total of +2
points of honor.

 Finally, I order a fourth straw from the soda jerk for Yatima, who
basically vowed to get started on his hack. This he did, so he moved
from +1 to +2 points of honor.

 Scores now stand as follows:

 Stormhair: +7
Lion: +2
Yatima: +2
Limbic: +1

 And after that peyote milkshake, I invite my fellow scrumblers to
partake of some Klatchian Coffee straight from the Discworld
(http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/KlatchianCoffee), so we
all get, well, not necessarily _knurd_, but pig-ugly. And in this
hypersober state, with clear eyes, I pledge to do these things by the
next scrumble round, which will begin at 00:00 Pacific (08:00 UTC) on
Saturday, 11 July 2009:

 1. Submit a complete draft of “Think Clearly About Simple Errors” to Martania.

 2. Submit a complete draft of “Abduct Your Conclusions” to Martania.

 3. Comment in Google Docs on all drafts currently submitted to me and Martania.

 4. Transcribe all my MAH notes from May.

 5. Transcribe all my MAH notes from June.

 6. Start a mailing list for MAH and Scrumble communication instead of
Twitter, and invite everyone who’s getting this email.

 I will be on vacation from 10-19 July and will do nothing other than
watch our dogs and write in solitude. That period will probably mark
Scrumble Round 5.

 Please read the Great Tale above if you haven’t yet, because it’s our
new battle plan, and feel free to add to the Mind Agility Hacks page
on the Mentat Wiki.

 Now let’s hear some mighty oaths!

 Knurdenly,

 Stormhair Rainbowbeard
Scrumblegiver