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just another way to be competitive without killing people?
but it's a silly list - topkapi palace....nice place to keep cool, but just go to the Grand Vezir
i hate it
except country bagging, obviously..but we don't place those in any order but alphabetical and geographical
Might go whale-watching on the Portsmouth-Bilbao ferry, but that's only three days and only involves about four hours in a foreign country.
Photos are up!
Andy, I would say it is your turn to go on holiday... plans?
And all because my ears appeared to be very hot on the infrared camera...
Well that was fun...
Got stopped at HK International Airport because they suspected I might have bird flu. To cut a long story short, I don't.
Back to Shanghai tonight!
The 10/50 rule: go on holiday to countries with 10p icecream and 50p beer!
so near enough...show off manila boy, I see my relevance to this game diminishing, especially after richard's second asian trip....(mistake! stay in europe!)
x is "unknown" in terms of devising a strategy, but you can count how many coins there are, you you know it for a particular situation
you posed the question such that x is unknown. anyway, depends whether you ant an equal number of heads or tails
Coins... sorry, you are in fact right :D you just expressed the answer differently.
If there are 100+x coins, then flipping all of them, then flipping 100 is of course the same as just flipping x (which is the 'original' solution)
it could be hotter anywhere than here. Thank god for determining my own work schedule, otherwise i might die in my un-air conditioned office
"Britain is sweltering on its hottest recorded July day as temperatures hit 36.3C (97.3F) near Gatwick Airport."
I hope so. Better fame than Jawad. It's no more than a nice warm summer's day here, you wouldn't know it's so hot in the homeland.
if i have 100 head and 1 tail
turn them over, leaving 100 tails 1 head
take 100. lets assume i'm not 'lucky' and my pile includes the head
the pile left is one tail
the pile i have is 99 tails 1 head
turn my pile over
both piles now have 1 tail
No. Suppose, for example, there were 101 coins.
100 heads, 1 tail
--> turn them all over
100 tails, 1 head
--> take 100, turn them over
if you're very lucky, you pick the 100 tails, and end up with two piles each of which have zero tails.
Otherwise you'll end up with a pile of 100 coins with 1 tail, and a "pile" of 1 coin with 0 tails.
Your strategy must work regardless of how many coins there are and regardless of which ones you choose to flip...
turn over all the coins (so there are 100 tails)
turn them over
both piles have the same number of tails (100 - number of tails taken in second pile before turning)
I have been to a 'special entity recognised by international agreement' - that's near enough isn't it?
(this new verification code is working very well, good idea)
You can feel how many coins there are, but not which way up they are.
Special Administrative Region bagging: Matt 2, Andy 0, Richard 0.
choice of cds that you might like me to bring for you next week:
bruce - seeger sessions (v. good)
gillian welch - time (the revelator)
madeleine peyroux - dreamland
ryan adams - heartbreaker
amadou & mariam - dimanche a bamako (at cambridge)
plus the following on order, which will hopefully have arrived by then:
john martyn - one world
ella fitzgerald - gold
steve earle - copperhead road
plus hopefully some more from crawley library...
i've been on my first business expenses trip. to bedfordshire...
i've been swimming in the sea. twice. weymouth did a very good impression of the costa del sol at the weekend, right down to the clientele.
am I allowed to feel my coins to work out what side they're on?
Woo, it was definitely worth spending 300 quid on a camera, so I can take arty photos of my lens cap
the generation length evolves at a rate inversely proportional to the generation length, now infer the generation length everywhere only knowing the value now.
Good evening from HK, where my money is leeching away at an alarming rate!
wish i could get a chewing gum company to sponsor me to go around the world :p
Richard - http://www.hw-ielts.com/ is the place I mentioned in Beijing
Return of the coins puzzle:
You are in a very dark room, with some coins in front of you in a table. You can't see if the coins are heads or tails. You do know that 100 of the coins are heads, the rest are tails. You may flip some of the coins over if you wish. Then split the coins into two piles, so that there are an equal number of tails in each pile. How do you achieve this?
didn't realise you'd already lost
working weekends is really throwing me out of sync
MATT COULD YOU RING HOME AS WE HAVE A COMPUTER PROBLEM NEEDS SORTING
Need help from someone in UK with placing a bet on the World Cup Final...
What about who can have the most photos rejected by the passport office?
I know someone who would get off to a flying start!
Sorry, misunderstood. No, it's just a quick trip to HK (and possible a quick trip from HK somewhere else nearby :D)
Not UK though.
are you coming back here to get a new visa, or just popping over to hk again?
but it gets me to a glorious 39! I like this: country bagging without leaving dorset!
Anyway, I count 75 for Paul based on http://homepages.tesco.net/~paul.hider/html/travel.html
I agree our definitions are very conservative, but if you're not careful you end up with something ludicrous like http://www.travelerscenturyclub.org/
If you accept places like Puerto Rico (which I accept have a strong claim to countryhood) then you also have to accept places like Guernsey (which sadly don't).
If we're going with wikipedia, and calling it country bagging, then surely http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries is the thing. Does it have to be renamed state-bagging? I claim 34 'countries'! (seriously, maybe we should do both, there are lots of places that would represent major achievement in reaching (although I'd lose Finland), and richard would still not get martinique!)
I like the way major international events have started showing up on country bagging
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sovereign_states for a complete list, countries only get added to my page when one of the three of us has visited it though :)
Hi Paul, we have quite strict rules which means only sovereign nations count (effectively UN members) :D
Yes, I need a new China visa since it runs out after 6 months, and due to a administrative cockup I can't get it renewed here.
Greetings from another country bagger! I visit my 86th country next month, in pursuit of the mystical century! I've got 4 letters of the alphabet unvisited too, with 3 scheduled for 2007! Do you have a list of countries outside of Europe as you have for Europe on your homepage?
Dunno. Many people have asked for a Premiership Predictions, i think it would be quite popular, just a question of whether it could be monetarised...
On holiday from 15th to 23rd this month, gotta go pick up a new visa.
how are you planning to maintain the popularity of ffac.com after the world cup finishes?
slightly delayed, but:
"Now it's Gelsenkirchen in the industrial Ruhr, part of an urban sprawl that offers little ease to the eye. The first arrivals here last week compared it immediately to some of Britain's less beautiful towns. Crawley, Slough, Newton Abbot and Dudley all earned a mention before someone came up with the name that stuck - Gelsencroydon"
My personal site now has its own hosting, separate from fantasyfacup.com
From now on you can access the guestbook via http://www.mattmayer.com/guestbook
Links to the old site should continue to work
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