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  1. Nov 2022
    1. And Minnesota lottery officials had hoped to launch a pilot project that would have let people purchase lottery tickets through through Nintendo units in their homes.Nintendo decks, estimated to be in 32 percent of Minnesota homes, would have been equipped with special lottery cartridges and a telephone modem. But the idea was abandoned after vocal protests from several powerful state legislators.''Intruding into people`s homes and converting a game which is immensely popular with young children into a gambling tool is not only unethical, but insidiously destructive to society,'' state Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe told reporters in St. Paul when the idea was floated in September.

      1991 article on a very questionable proposal by Minnesota lottery officials to make it possible for NES owners to use their game consoles to purchase lottery tickets.

  2. Aug 2022
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    1. the person who has contracted debts must pay them

      In this time period "debts of honour" ie. gambling debts were considered more important/more shameful to wriggle out of than debts to tradespeople. This probably has some classism attached to it - you were in debt to someone of your rank rather than someone beneath you.

  4. Jun 2022
  5. Apr 2022
    1. In his practice, Leiris wrote,Duchamp demonstratesall the honesty of a gambler who knows that the game only has meaningto the extent that one scrupulously observes the rules from the very out-set. What makes the game so compelling is not its final result or how wellone performs, but rather the game in and of itself, the constant shiftingaround of pawns, the circulation of cards, everything that contributes tothe fact that the game—as opposed to a work of art—never stands still.

      particularly:

      but rather the game in and of itself, the constant shifting around of pawns, the circulation of cards, everything that contributes to the fact that the game--as opposed to a work of art--never stands still.

      This reminds me of some of the mnemonic devices (cowrie shells) that Lynne Kelly describes in combinatorial mnemonic practice. These are like games or stories that change through time. And these are fairly similar to the statistical thermodynamics of life and our multitude of paths through it. Or stories which change over time.

      Is life just a game?

      there's a kernel of something interesting here, we'll just need to tie it all together.

      Think also of combining various notes together in a zettelkasten.

      Were these indigenous tribes doing combinatorial work in a more rigorous mathematical fashion?

  6. Dec 2021
    1. Women’s gambling: women in many indigenous NorthAmerican societies were inveterate gamblers; the women ofadjacent villages would often meet to play dice or a gameplayed with a bowl and plum stone, and would typically bet theirshell beads or other objects of personal adornment as thestakes. One archaeologist versed in the ethnographic literature,Warren DeBoer, estimates that many of the shells and otherexotica discovered in sites halfway across the continent had gotthere by being endlessly wagered, and lost, in inter-villagegames of this sort, over very long periods of time.36
      1. DeBoer 2001

      Warren R DeBoer. 2001. ‘Of dice and women: gambling and exchange in Native North America.’ Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 8 (3): 215–68.

      Might it be possible that these women were actually gambling information relating to their "gathering" or other cultural practices? By playing games with each other and with nearby groups of people, they would have been regularly practicing their knowledge through repetition.

      How might we provide evidence for this? Read the DeBoer reference for potential clues.

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  12. May 2017
    1. Unanimous A.I. used a technology called “swarm intelligence” to coordinate a group of racing fans to correctly predict the Kentucky Derby superfecta (the first four places, in order). The swarm beat 540-to-1 odds, along with the most-trusted handicappers in the world.

      Is this cheating? Is it legal?

  13. Feb 2017
    1. Ed Thorp was the first 'quant', the first person to make mathematical analysis and statistics the center of his investing.

      I've never heard of a quant.