April 19th, 2016

krazy koati

God, you'll be laughing, I look a mess

WVL, who most immediately knocked me out of the March Hare Madness tournament, almost wasn't in it at all. He hadn't been at the hipster bar right at the designated starting hour of 6:00. But there isn't any reason someone has to be at the venue right at that minute since not everybody can play the starting table right away. We had been allowing early starts too, since nobody could be knocked out before the first table, and most people could go on to the second and even third tables. But we couldn't take stragglers in all night either. bunny_hugger set the rule that 6:15 would be the cutoff: when whoever was playing then finished, anyone not on site would be ruled out. WVL hadn't been there quite yet and we were surprised since he'd said repeatedly he meant to attend. We did a quick look around and were starting to say that he was, surprisingly, out when there he was. He'd had to get over from classes.

And he would survive through the next few rounds of play, too. I would get confused repeatedly on those rounds in working out how many were left. bunny_hugger had an informal bet with CST that the tournament wouldn't end before midnight. I thought we had a fair chance at it, especially with the seeding order scheme. And that everyone played single-player games meant that the couple of breakdowns didn't waste much time. We would probably get to the finals before 11:00 and how long could a round of three matches between four of the state's strongest pinball players possibly take?

It happens that between breakdowns, skipped games, and the Fish Tales incident the tournament lasted just long enough to get the first two games in again: after JunkYard and Getaway round two we were down to four players. If Theatre of Magic and World Cup Soccer hadn't failed then we would have matched the players, the elimination rules, and the number of available tables perfectly. It also meant that of the seventeen games at the venue I'd play all the working ones except Attack From Mars. Later in the night I went back to play that because how often do I play all the games in our hipster bar anymore? Never, that's how often.

WVL would be one of the final four, as would RLM and CST, as well as a guy, J M, that we didn't really know. We've met him at the state championships in 2015, but he just appears not to go to many of the events we do. Anyway, here the progression between games ended. bunny_hugger ran a random number generator to select four games, three for the competition and one for a backup, in case that would be needed, and what would the odds of that be?

Trivia: The first known Indian immigrant elected to the British parliament was selected in 1893, as a Radical representing a London constituency. Source: The Age of Capital, 1848 - 1875, Eric Hobsbawm.

Currently Reading: Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival, Peter Stark.

PS: A Leap Day 2016 Mathematics A To Z: Vector, the meaning of which might surprise you!