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[UNRELATED] Unsolicited 2048 advice

ttshieronym:

It is possible to get quite far in 2048 just playing, but once you get up to about 512 (Nagisa), it gets increasingly hard to progress without an organized. Here’s a way to become substantially more likely to get through the game.

1) Pick a corner to serve as your highest-value tile. It can be any corner. I tend to pick top-right out of habit:image

2) Sort your rows or columns by priority, with your high value tile in your highest priority aisle. Here, I have higher priority columns on the right:

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3) Operate on these general principles:

a) Once the high-value tile exceeds 16 or so, AVOID MOVING IT. In my case, that means the left button is dead to me.

As a corollary, it is of the utmost importance to fill the highest-value alley with tiles. Here, if it weren’t for Madoka on the lower right, I would not be able to safely use down. Often, you have no choice, but if Homura here gets moved down and a tile appears just above her, I get screwed.

b) Keep each aisle sorted with highest-value facing towards the high-value tile, like so:

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In practice here, this means I generally use up and right unless I have no choice, before resorting to down.

c) Obey Priority. That is, here, the needs of the columns on the right outweigh the needs of those of the left. If you see any chance to increase the tile values of the right column, you should take it, even if it messes up your other columns.

Here, I would push right to merge the circled Mami to the one of the right, rather than the one on top, because right column takes priority:

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To use a somewhat harder example, here I would push the forbidden DOWN, rather than the customary up, despite the risk of it messing up my 2nd column:

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because it would result in this:

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allowing me the chance to improve the Sayaka on the bottom right.

d) FIx “Errors”

Here,  later in the game, I end up in this situation:

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Here in the middle columns Sayakas are above Mami and Homura, which is an ERROR. It is important that this be fixed. In practice, this means I must use the leftmost column to feed low value tiles to the top until I can merge them with Mami and Homura. So RIGHT:

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RIGHT:

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UP+DOWN (no choice, unlucky Madoka spawn)+UP:

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RIGHT+RIGHT+UP:

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RIGHT:

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Ta-da! Problem fixed.

e) Priorities must be weighed:

Here, I am in the middle of trying to “fix” the Mami in the middle top:

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Here it is essential to pause the “fixing” and realize that, now that a Madoka has appeared 2 slots below Mami, it is possible to use DOWN RIGHT to merge the 2 Homuras (and make a Kyouko, which you can then use UP to merge):

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It was worth it.

f) Cleverness is still important.

Unfortunately, after merging Sayaka in c) above, I get:

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Now the middle columns are out of order, with those Madokas on top above Mami and Homura. Ordinarily, this would call for fixing, as in d) above, but there’s a clever trick lurking here:

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which leads to:

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Sometimes rules need to be broken.

Hopefully that didn’t come out too much like a rant, but this essentially tries to get high-value tiles efficiently concentrated in one area of the board. Using this overall strategy, I have won 3 out of 4 tries (luck still plays a factor). This is later in the game for the same game:

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doodey:

RWBY - Players and Pieces

feshippingconfessions:

“I don’t even mind pairing an Avatar with Second Gen characters much, I just don’t want to be associated with the people who loudly insist anyone who is creeped out by it is wrong. People can know and understand all the facts and still find something in it they object to, and it doesn’t make them ‘objectively wrong’ to find it creepy. Plus it doesn’t endear anyone to your side when you constantly insist anyone who disagrees with you is wrong or misinformed.”

feshippingconfessions:

I don’t even mind pairing an Avatar with Second Gen characters much, I just don’t want to be associated with the people who loudly insist anyone who is creeped out by it is wrong. People can know and understand all the facts and still find something in it they object to, and it doesn’t make them ‘objectively wrong’ to find it creepy. Plus it doesn’t endear anyone to your side when you constantly insist anyone who disagrees with you is wrong or misinformed.”

dakonic:

Shura - Ball Python (Python Regius)

A night in the city

fe-according-to-japan:

Apparently there is a change in the supports between Gaius an Chrom at A. They go to the red light district together, do you have somewhere the full dialogue?
So the lines that explain where they’re headed correspond to these innocuous lines:
Gaius:
Seriously, Blue?! Gods, if you royals aren’t the most coddled set of… Look, we’re going out to have fun. You know about fun, right? So try to wear something that doesn’t look like it was stolen from a corpse.

Chrom:
Hey, I have a very keen fashion sense, thank you very much!

And they go:

【ガイア】 Gaius
野暮だな。出かけるといえば  Don’t be dumb. When I say “going out,”
盛り場にくりだすに決まっているじゃないか。 obviously I mean romping down to the [amusement quarters].

【クロム】 Chrom
盛り場? いやしかし… [Amusement quarters]? But that’s…

I have a vague suspicion that, sometime early in this rumor’s lifespan, I accidentally helped it spread. Because I mean, lol ~amusement quarters~, right?!?!?

But upon review I think this is probably relatively innocent.

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sharon warning steve of danger without blowing her cover (◡‿◡✿)

steve making sure she’s out of the line of fire before checking it out (◡‿◡✿)

(Source: mrladysif)

beequal:

ouyangdan:

crewdlydrawn:

allthingslinguistic:

hyperboreanhapocanthosaurus:

So you know what I don’t get? Why people repeat words. (x)

Grammar time: it’s called “contrastive reduplication,” and it’s a form of intensification that is relatively common. Finnish does a very similar thing, and others use near-reduplication (rhyme-based) to intensify, like Hungarian (pici ‘tiny’, ici-pici ‘very tiny’).

Even the typologically-distant group of Bantu languages utilize reduplication in a strikingly similar fashion with nouns: Kinande oku-gulu ‘leg’, oku-gulu-gulu ‘a REAL leg’ (Downing 2001, includes more with verbal reduplication as well).

I suppose the difficult aspect of English reduplication is not through this particular type, but the fact that it utilizes many other types of reduplication: baby talk (choo-choo, no-no), rhyming (teeny-weeny, super-duper), and the ever-famous “shm” reduplication: fancy-schmancy (a way of denying the claim that something is fancy).

screams my professor was trying to find an example of reduplication so the next class he came back and said “I FOUND REDUPLICATION IN ENGLISH” and then he said “Milk milk” and everyone was just “what?” and he said “you know when you go to a coffee shop and they ask if you want soy milk and you say ‘no i want milk milk’” and everyone just had this collective sigh of understanding.

Another name for this particular construction is contrastive focus reduplication, and there’s a famous linguistics paper about it which is commonly known as the Salad Salad Paper. You know, because if you want to make it clear that you’re not talking about pasta salad or potato salad, you might call it “salad salad”. The repetition indicates that you’re intending the most prototypical meaning of the word, like green salad or cow’s milk, even though other things can be considered types of salad or milk. 

Can I make love to this post?… Is that a thing that’s possible?

i just had a linguistgasm.

Italian does it sometimes with adjectives: “piccolo piccolo” is really small.

(Source: gifmethat)

ofdarklands:


browneyedcunt:


jillstrif:




Kell fell asleep on the couch one night so we gave him a pillow and a blanket Which we made out of kleenex because we always have those around on our coffee table for when we watch feely stuff


MY HEART


doesn’t even go with my blog but i can’t scroll past this without regretting not reblogging it.


#how does a cat with a kleenex pillow ‘not go with your blog’#what are you doing with your life

ofdarklands:

browneyedcunt:

jillstrif:

Kell fell asleep on the couch one night so we gave him a pillow and a blanket Which we made out of kleenex because we always have those around on our coffee table for when we watch feely stuff

MY HEART

doesn’t even go with my blog but i can’t scroll past this without regretting not reblogging it.

#how does a cat with a kleenex pillow ‘not go with your blog’#what are you doing with your life

(Source: snipchit)