tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-21067129960789876992017-08-14T19:38:05.289+08:00觀楓日誌Blog with all sorts of random stuffs tracking my life.Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.comBlogger703125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-71806466830211885422017-07-21T02:50:00.002+08:002017-07-21T02:53:52.254+08:00re:創作者s最近好多靈感，可以沒法整合成完整的一篇篇文章。主因還是靈感太多了。就像拉麵一樣，一天吃四五碗到最後也記不起那碗比較好吃，只能隨便寫幾句評語了事。<br />
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東京……很好玩、景點很好看，可是對我來說與人的互動價值更甚於作為首次踏足大和國參觀固有景點的樂趣，所以硬要篇成遊記放這裡實在有點強人所難。<br />
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我的17夏番列表不知不覺間變得越來越長，但最吸睛的還是小說追過來的<b>歡迎來到實力至上主義教室</b>和<b>異世界食堂</b>，再加上半年番<b>re:creators</b>。<<實力至上>>和我的理念在一定程度上不謀而合，回頭一看才發現和自家小說的共通點還真不少；<<異世界食堂>>的話就是看比較正常的人間料理(不會吃完會高潮那種)，在12集之內可以把異世界側寫到那個程度就和監督的功力了。<<re:c>>下半部話鋒一轉，將焦點集中於creators和他們的creation上，幾集下來描寫可謂入木三分。當然和軍服小妹妹最後決一死戰在所難免，但是這場戰鬥基本上可以歸納為原創vs二創的影響力(又或者用Chaos;Child的語言來說，情報者的階級概念是否絕對－－情報創造/收集/散播的概念是否等價)－－如果監督有心在這方面下功夫這部說不定能摸到神作的邊，至少對我來說是這樣。至於blue-ray能不能賣出去當然另作別論，不過以秋葉原的宣傳攻勢來看這部絕對是他們想捧紅的大作。</re:c><br />
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當然還有棒球，足球休季期間當然就是要看棒球。甲子園又要來了，不過比起三次元的甲子園我更關心的是我的手遊甲子園隊好不容易經過一番整合之後又有人被挖走了。被挖走不是問題，唯獨被同級隊挖人這點我沒法忍受－－如果我請得動「她」和「他」代我管理就好了。可惜這個次元的距離有點遙遠，不過我會努力的。<br />
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說真的這手遊大概是繼Fanta之後我玩過最需要團隊合作的遊戲了。如果沒玩這遊戲我大概也沒有那個熱誠去創作吧。希望這次我可以徹底完本－－套用千川一句話：只有完成第一部創作那一刻，那人才真正成為一個創作者。<br />
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希望有一天，我也會成為那種Creator。<br />
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深夜寫文果然就是會亂寫一通，呢。<br />
21-07-2017Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-85862200608239774812017-07-11T02:46:00.000+08:002017-07-11T02:46:03.352+08:00Functions on ordered setA simple thing that I encountered during my tutorial sessions so I decided to share it here.<br />
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Let $(A, \geq)$ be a partially ordered set.<br />
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If $(A,+, \times$) is a ring we may add an order $\geq$ that cooperates with the binary operations if<br />
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- $a\geq b \Rightarrow ac \geq bc$, if $c \geq 1$.<br />
- $a\geq b \Rightarrow a+c \geq b+c$.<br />
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That in fact decide much of the order, and denies the existence of order for any rings with finite characteristic or invertible elements. (That is why complete totally ordered field is so rare, too.) Clearly a finite ring has finite characteristic - and it will be hard to put an partial order on it. If a space has sub-structure that looks like a finite ring it might be bad to have an order as well.<br />
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<b>Example 1</b>. We all know that $\mathbb{C}$ has no total order. It is possible to assign a partial order to it that is consistent with the order on the reals? The answer is no, too.<br />
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<b>Problem.</b> Consider a poset $(\mathbb{C}, +, \times, \geq)$ that cooperates with the real order. Let $\omega = e^{q\pi i}\neq \pm 1$ where $q\in \mathbb{Q}$. Show that $\omega$ is not related to 1. Hence or otherwise, show that such an order does not exist.<br />
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To further demonstrate why orders cannot cooperate with binary operations we look at the following example.<br />
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<b>Definition 2</b>. Let $f:(A, \geq) \to (B, \geq ')$ be a function. $f$ is said to be increasing if $a\geq b$ implies $f(a) \geq ' f(b)$.<br />
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Since the strength of different orders varies, it is very hard to compare maximality in different spaces.<br />
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<b>Proposition 3</b>. Let $f:(A, \geq) \to (B, \geq ')$ be an increasing bijection. Maximality of $a\in A$ does not imply maximality of $f(a)\in B$.<br />
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<b>Proof.</b> Take the identity map of $f: (A, =)\to (A, \geq)$ where $A = \left\{ 1,2\right\}$ and consider 1. 1 is maximal under the equality order but not maximal under the $\geq$ order.<br />
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But then crafting an example with respective to the same order is much harder.<br />
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<b>Proposition 4</b>. Let $f:(A, \geq) \to (A, \geq)$ be an increasing bijection. Maximality of $a\in A$ does not imply maximality of $f(a)\in B$.<br />
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<b>Proof.</b> Consider $A = \mathbb{Z}$ with the order $s \geq t$ iff $(s,t) = (2n+1,2n)$ where $n\in \mathbb{N}$ plus the reflexive relations. The function $f(n) = n+2$ is an increasing bijection, but the maximality of $0$ does not imply the maximality of $f(0) = 2$.<br />
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<b>Theorem 5.</b> Let $f:(A, \geq)\to (A, \geq)$ be an increasing bijection, where $|A| < \infty$. Then maximality of $a\in A$ implies maximality of $f(a)\in A$.<br />
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<b>Proof. </b>For $a\in A$ define $\langle a \rangle = \left\{ f^k(a) \mid k \in \mathbb{Z}\right\}$. If $A$ is finite then so as $\langle a \rangle$, so there exists $p,q\in \mathbb{Z}$ so that $f^p(a) = f^q(a)$. Taking inverses we have $f^k(a) = a$ for some $k \in \mathbb{N}$. [This is a standard algebra argument.]<br />
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Suppose there exists partial order $\geq$ so that $a$ is maximal and $f(a)$ is not, then we have $c \in A$ so that $c > f(a)$. But that implies $f^{k-1}(c) > f^k(a) = a$ which is a contradiction.<br />
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<b>Problem.</b> The function $f$ is decreasing if $a\geq b$ implies $f(a) \leq f(b)$. Does the above results [3,4,5] holds for decreasing bijection?Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-78143193768756205542017-07-10T02:51:00.000+08:002017-07-10T02:51:06.667+08:00Ramen, ramen, ramenAn essential part in any trip to Japan. Such a unique class of cuisine that is spread universally, with various form developed in different places, yet delivered by the same type of people -- the professionals who carries the spirit over generations.<br />
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My love to noodles does not restrict to ramen. Italian (pasta), Chinese (egg noodles, `river' noodles, vermicelli,... and a lot more), Japanese (udon and soba) -- are all my favourites. You expect different textures and hence different combination of ingredients to go with different kinds of noodles. For example the best way to enjoy Cantonese wonton noodle has to be fine egg noodles with wonton in a clear shrimp based soup, and when it comes to ramen I prefer a rather thick soup acting as a bridge to mix everything together.<br />
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During my trip I tried lots of different ramen, but here are six that impressed me, emphasizing two uncommon classes of ramen outside of Japan, chicken soup based ramen and dipping ramen.<br />
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<b>道玄家 蒲田東店 (Dougenya)</b><br />
東京都 大田区 蒲田 5-28-4<br />
Tabelog: 3.03/5<br />
My rating: 6.5/10<br />
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Close to the Keikyu station, Kamata is not a bad place to find some quick food especially in the night time. They are more well known for their chicken ramen which is less common in the foreign world, so I gave it a try.<br />
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Chicken soup for ramen does not taste like western broth - instead it is more like the pure taste of chicken - and when it becomes very thick it works well with other strong companions like chopped spring onion and raw onion. The protein - chicken thigh, chicken breast and meatball delivered properly. I like their use of fine noodles as they trap more soup when you take them out; eventually you finished and didn't find much soup left, then you know that must be heck of a thick soup. My only complaint is the quality of the noodle itself - the texture is slightly too soft to match other ingredients [onions and chicken pieces].<br />
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(As a said note...their shio-tonkotsu ramen is quite bad...I would rather recommend their strength only.)<br />
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<b>麺屋 武一 秋葉原店 (Menyatakeichi)</b><br />
東京都 千代田区 外神田 3-13-5<br />
Tabelog: 3.56/5<br />
My rating: 7.5/10<br />
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It's very hard for me to describe how good this is...an evolved version of Dougenya's one. Softer treatment on chicken breast, nice bamboo shoot and soft boiled egg with flavors well penetrated, better noodles...there is a reason for this restaurant to become popular among all the others in the center of Akihabara.<br />
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<b>天下一品 蒲田店 (Tenkaippin)</b><br />
東京都 大田区 西蒲田 7-5-13<br />
Tabelog rating: 3.08/5<br />
My rating: 6/10<br />
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One of the leading chain stores when it comes to thick soup as well as Kansai ramen. I was strongly encouraged to try this, so why not?<br />
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What makes things even more interesting is that the soup is chicken based instead of pork of cow...but you can quite clearly differentiate Tenkaippin's soup from the previous two due to the bulk use of vegetables. The soup looks thick as sludge, and taste thick as sludge...but everything just work, even the sandiness in the soup adds another layer to the overall texture.<br />
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You may occasionally find rice as an extra option to go with dipping noodles - that you can dump the rice into the thick soup and enjoy every bit of the meal. You can do the same here, and in fact this is a popular option here. Unlike dipping soup that could be too salty even with rice, the chicken based soup here is very close to our usual leftover juice that you liked to pour over rice...just a much delicious one.<br />
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Undoubtedly they have some very solid ramen...but the rest are less satisfying. The barbecued pork is rather dry, the gyoza is kind of bland and the fried chicken...somehow reminded me "America's worst fried chicken of the night" from Masterchef, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EOq9Kqo4VU">if you know what I mean</a>.<br />
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<b>頑者ネクスト レベル アクアシティお台場店 (頑者 NEXTLEVEL)</b><br />
東京都 港区 台場 1-7-1 アクアシティお台場(Aqua City) 5F<br />
Tabelog rating: 3.06/5<br />
My rating: 6.5/10<br />
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Ramen themed food court in shopping mall, Daiba. Well I do have expectations when it comes to dipping noodles but once again I shouldn't have too much expectation over restaurants in malls from a tourist spot.<br />
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The motivation for separating soup and noodles is to preserve noodle's texture. But by doing such it will be very hard to keep the soup warm because cold noodles will draw the heat away quickly. This is sometimes compensated by allowing customers to re-heat the soup or adding new boiling soup into the bowl, but they do not seem to be popular solutions in Japan.<br />
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At first I thought the noodles here are relatively expensive (about 200 yen higher) because it's inside a mall, but it turns out to be a feast - you will find 3 pieces of pork in this 1100 yen set (2 of them in the soup), each giving a different flavor. The prawn and pork based soup is rather salty, but matches with the well-known thick noodle.<br />
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Everything is so good -- you even got the exclusive view of Tokyo Bay from here, but the cold soup could ruin the day. I just do not like the design of the bowl because it gets cold even faster. Or maybe it's only my fault as I failed to communicate with the waiter properly...<br />
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<b>東京駅 斑鳩 (Ikaruga)</b><br />
東京都 千代田区 丸の内 1-9-1 東京駅一番街 B1F (Ramen street, "First Avenue" Tokyo Station)<br />
Tabelog rating: 3.58/10<br />
My rating: 7/10<br />
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You know that has to be a great one when the tabelog rating is 0.5 higher than the rest...and it is indeed a good one. When I am standing in front of the vending machine a waiter came and unchecked the "sold out" signal for dipping ramen - so I knew I had to go for it.<br />
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It was my first time having spicy ramen soup. Never a big fan of any kind of spiciness, but I have to say that it worked well with the fish and pork based soup. Very tender and flavorful pork, good noodles and egg...but again the soup got cold before I could finish all noodles at my greatest pace.<br />
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As a rather classy restaurant they did a great deco job and I enjoyed eating there a lot. My only complain was the cloth covering spoons...that failed to match with the rest of the restaurant.<br />
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<b>はやし (Hayashi)</b><br />
東京都 渋谷区 道玄坂 1-14-9 ソシアル道玄坂<br />
Tabelog rating: 3.61/10<br />
My rating: 8.5/10<br />
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If you have never tried ramen before, take this as your origin.<br />
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Menu with ultimate simplicity: ramen, ramen with egg and ramen with roasted pork, but they executed every part to perfection: noodles with right thickness and chewiness, fish and clam based soup not boiling but at the right temperature for you to enjoy immediately once served, nicely layered pork slice... The instant reaction from both my friend and me as a first time visitor -- "now I know why people are queuing for this". It's very hard to describe in words but it has to be one of the best ramen restaurant in Shibuya.<br />
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I really should have written this before the taste fled from my memory...or instead I should have learned to describe good food and not just criticizing.Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-57303205279808606692017-06-21T19:58:00.000+08:002017-06-23T02:50:11.174+08:00夢．十夜 (2) The xenologue<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif; font-size: 16.9px;">做了這樣一個夢。</span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">甲子園球場。七局下。二比一領先。對手是巨人。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">在空中亂舞的氣球甚至沒有底下的人群般雀躍，在今季已經十三連敗的巨人臉上再扇他們一巴掌絕對是每個虎迷都樂見的事情。黃色的球衣不單淹沒了內野，同樣也將外野填得滿滿的。在右外野應援席上依稀可以看到零零落落沒穿球衣的觀眾，大既是前來朝聖的遊客。從他們的表情和動作明顯可以看出就算他們不黯日職忘了忘了買氣球，整個球場的氣氛也足以將他們融為應援的一分子－－唯獨頂排角落的二人彷彿與球場隔絕般不為所動：清涼打扮的黑髮少女膝上枕著一部筆記本，雙手一直在鍵盤上飛舞；旁邊的白髮少年則饒有趣致地盯著那因為背光而根本不可能看清楚的屏幕。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「呦，我說你啊～這樣又不是札幌巨蛋，可沒有那些可以舒適地一邊工作一邊看球的特等席呢。在這裡耗下去還不如早點回去我請你吃大阪燒啦。」</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「我要吃KFC。嗯……打率0.438、長打率0.784、對前段班數據是……」少女簡短地回了一句後再次投入自己手上的工作。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">0.438當然不是甚麼日職怪物的打擊率，就算放眼全球能這樣打的大概就是有台灣那個大王能做到吧。他們說的其實是最近某隻棒球養成遊戲，而棒球養成遊戲不是職業合作就只能是以甲子園為主題，這個遊戲屬於後者。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「喂你無視我至少也該留意比賽吧…等下你想看的鳥谷要上來打了哦。」</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「今天菅野的二縫狀態很好，不看好鳥谷能打出甚麼來呢。」雖然是冷淡地回應著她還是抬起頭來，不過超過320呎的距離還是遠了點，她連鳥谷的面罩都還沒看清楚打席就以一個鳥滾結束了。</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「可是不是他剛才五下二出局的鳥滾拼出了一個失誤，現在領先的是誰還很難說呢。」</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「失誤只是安打的延伸，在遊戲裡失誤率就是安打的20%再加上對方守備修正…」</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「好啦好啦不跟你吵啦…難得你過來看球，我可是很認真的邀請你過來我們隊打球的哦？看著隊上的人老時在關鍵比賽時神隱一定很痛苦的吧？從一個0.4的大砲變成一個0.2的自殺式鳥打－－」場上打擊的岡崎太一刷刷刷連揮三個空棒宣告了七下的結束。二比一的領先顯然不足以讓虎迷放心，放氣球的喜悅又被緊張的心情取代。</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「－－多一個自殺棒，runs per game大概會從7.5分降到6.5分左右。考慮到本隊的一發特性和七局七分扣倒制度，這個分別其實不太明顯，一季大概只會多輸一場吧。說到底一季裡面只有十幾場是硬戰，打出來的結果多少還是運氣影響。」</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「運氣論又來了。你知道為甚麼甲子園要打這麼多輪，後面要安排如此緊湊的賽程嗎？沒有萬全準備的隊伍是永遠不可能向上爬的。強者不一定會贏，但贏的一定會是強者。這是甲子園的鐵律，在遊戲裡也一樣。」</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「嘛，我們現在的目標只是進入三回戰啦。除了我實在沒有強投，偏偏遊戲也不讓我學松阪牛肉或者正田樹一樣燃燒小宇宙……」</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「先想好怎樣進正賽再說三回戰吧，你們可是連續三季都剛好在晉級邊緣呢。下季還有兩支強隊要進來，你覺得你不砍人不招人還能下去嗎？上一個遊戲的悲劇要再重演一次嗎？這邊可是有十四位熱血玩家任你指揮哦。每季代充十萬G也可以代練，你只要幫忙收集數據和做決定就好。」如果說有人能任意指揮一支球隊那就只能是總教練了。八上巨人進攻輪到剛FA過來的陽岱鋼，打著超．變革旗號的金本監督難得地站了起來進行防守調度，可惜一個失投的指叉球掉到中間被抓個正著變成一支直擊牆上的二壘打。不用看也知道金本監督的臉一定和看到藤浪狂飆四壞球一樣比吃了屎還難看。</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「……隊制遊戲玩的就是和隊友一起衝的熱血啊。一起肝活動也好，一起打比賽也好都是遊戲的一部分。過度精細的分工合作真的好嗎？你們玩的又是甚麼呢－－」</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「只要大家享受這個過程，『玩』的行為就成立了呢。棒球野手需要上壘者、重炮手還有防守組，足球需要前鋒、中場和後衛，而網遊隊伍一樣也需要三為一體的分工：後防的工兵可以大量投入時間，保障了隊伍的下限；前面的投資者可以投入大量金錢，則推高了隊伍的上限；但中場的指揮官－－就是你－－才是將時間金錢有效率地轉化為實際戰力的人。對於工兵來說看著數字的變快就是他們快樂的源泉，而投資者也樂於看到自己投人的金錢化作實際的成果。你也老實承認你是個無藥可救的數據狂吧，強隊－－不，只要你想，我們可以在面對任何對手時模擬任意強度來助你一臂之力。還是說，你還有其他不滿意的地方？」他越說越激動，甚至招來了附近球迷不滿的視線。</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「……」少女沒有再回話。她很想告訴他，和隊友一起刷地圖爆出稀有物品、和隊友一起直播二百連抽都抽不出活動裝備的辛酸、每一場輸球後的檢討會……一切都是她玩下去的動力，但他是不可能懂的。場上一個內野飛球宣告了八上的結束，九上有那個洋守護神對上巨人應該挺穩的。這樣的話看完八下就該離開了，不然跟虎迷一路擠上電車還要忍受應援曲的轟炸可不是甚麼舒服的事情。</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「……她還好嗎。」鳥谷大概今天已經打完了，八下其實也沒有甚麼好看的。她無聊地掏出了手機，裡面的遊戲群組和以前一樣熱鬧，只是討論遊戲的人沒一個她是認識的；老人們倒是還在，只是都在聊美食、旅遊之類的日常。她向上掃了一陣發現遊戲又多了幾個新玩法，新玩家嘴上盡是『則不呢』、『二八五七』等生澀的名詞，感到無趣的她很快就把群組關掉。</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「嗯～她還好啦。退出遊戲以後好像找到一份建築師的正職呢，可是她好像對任何手遊都提不起興趣了。」</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「……嗯。」巨人派上了隊內的洋中繼王上來，那八下也沒甚麼好看的了。「走吧。我不想和虎迷擠電車。」少女站起來快步離開，留下苦苦追趕的少年。</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「馬斐森的火球連發蠻好看的……咦咦！喂等等……怎麼這麼早就回去了……你還沒有回答我的邀請呢！」</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">要她拋棄一個相處了半年的遊戲團隊和拋棄</span></span><span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif; font-size: 16.9px;">整</span><span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif; font-size: 16.9px;">個遊戲一樣難，唯獨這位令她又愛又恨的少年的請求，她實在難以拒絕。</span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">(<i>不要……再讓我失望了。</i>)</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「嗯……好。我要吃KFC。」</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「虎迷好吵我聽不清楚呢～你到底來不來啊～」</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「吵、吵死了！我答應進你的隊滿意了吧！小心我把你們操得哀哀叫－－」少女一個轉身以標準的四分三投球姿勢甩出粉拳被少年輕輕閃過。兩人在走廊上玩起追逐戰來，彷彿外面的巨阪戰已經和他們沒關－－只有「他」和「她」的甲子園隊－－才是地表上的最強棒球隊。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">*</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">現在比較像我寫論文一樣，結論已經在前面寫出來了，證明卻死活生不出來一樣。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">其他夢大概和音游沒關，也和打棒球沒關。</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">大概也和這篇沒關。不過玩過火紋大概就知道Xenologue的意思了。</span></span><br />
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;"><br /></span></span>
<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">去甲子園看甲子園對我來說太熱、</span></span><span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif; font-size: 16.9px;">太熱血了，我才不幹。我要去東京巨蛋看球了。</span>Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-43831628613308000172017-06-20T00:28:00.000+08:002017-06-20T01:57:49.931+08:00FE Heroes: my blitzkrieg team<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody>
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<tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">(Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor ep.11)</td></tr>
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We've been saying that FE Heroes is the simplification of the traditional FE series on game consoles onto the portable platform. In order to set up a minimal battle system we may either allow a team of 3 or a team of 4.<br />
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A team of 3 comes naturally from both real ancient battles and novels: one attacking unit, one defending unit and supportive unit. In FE there is a another special correspondence: a team of 3 allows the elemental cycle to be completed. But of course battling with teams of 3 is too boring, and we have the colourless typed unit as well. The fourth unit allows the possibility on the use of tactical units, as well as enforcing one of the above roles.<br />
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So here I want to introduce my balanced team that I have been using.<br />
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The killer queen: Ursula<br />
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<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZyWsmHicF28/WUexhxtVuJI/AAAAAAAAA7A/gl1GeBPWhT8UOt0ZdgbxATbU7Fq-u_OTwCLcBGAs/s1600/%25242VEZ%2524K%255B0CRQZ88WJ%257D%2525QSNM.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="77" data-original-width="92" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ZyWsmHicF28/WUexhxtVuJI/AAAAAAAAA7A/gl1GeBPWhT8UOt0ZdgbxATbU7Fq-u_OTwCLcBGAs/s1600/%25242VEZ%2524K%255B0CRQZ88WJ%257D%2525QSNM.jpg" /></a></div>"My master has been complaining that I did not receive proper illustration...but that's not a problem because my target will stand no chance to have a single glimpse on me."<br />
A: Death Blow 3 [Fury]<br />
B: Desperation 3 [Quick Ripsote/Vantage]<br />
C: Threaten Res 3<br />
S: Attack 1<br />
D: Reciprocal Aid<br />
SP: Moonbow<br />
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Her superior attacking ability allows her to two-hit-KO almost all red, blue melee, cavalry, armored, flying and green melee units. As a cavalry unit her mobility allows convenient use of the reciprocal aid - she can even switch HP among other units! Desperation allows double hits without receiving further damage, although I hesitate to put Fury on her because that affects the use of reciprocal aid. Moonbow is kind of a standard fast-charging SP nowdays, and is very effective given her double hit ability.<br />
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The magical tank: Julia<br />
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A: Fury 3 [Resistance 3]<br />
B: G Tomebreaker 3<br />
C: Hone Spd 3 [Breath of Life 3]<br />
S: Fortify Def 1<br />
D: - (To be added. Draw back?)<br />
SP: Iceburg<br />
[] - Skills to use in the trials<br />
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Another unit with solid magical stats. She can attract and tank most magical firepower (especially those cavalry magical units), and when unit approaches they will be swiftly killed by Ursula. With Ursula's elemental cover she only needs to face green and blue units, so the G breaker works very well against even the toughest green magicians like Nino.<br />
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When she stays at the back she supports the team well with her supportive skills. She can stay directly behind the melee units so that she can at the same time support the unit at the front, and attack.<br />
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The specific/tactical solution: Takumi<br />
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A: Close Counter<br />
B: Bow Breaker 3<br />
C: Threaten Spd 3<br />
S: HP 3<br />
D: - (To be added)<br />
SP: Vengeance<br />
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Problem arises: there are units with high resistances and attacks physically - the fliers. So Takumi is a perfect solution here. Takumi is the ultimate solution to fliers as well as all units with low attack high resistance (typically staff users) that Ursula and Julia cannot quickly eliminate. Bow breaker allows him to finish all archers (in particular Takumi, who is considered the greatest threat usually). When he cannot find specific target he serves as a steady physical damage output as well.<br />
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The core/physical tank/red unit: Olivia<br />
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A: Death Blow 3<br />
B: Sword Breaker 3<br />
C: Hone Atk 3<br />
S: Speed 1<br />
D: Dance<br />
SP: Escutcheon<br />
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Ursula, Julia and Takumi are all distant attackers. Once the enemy tanks all the damage and come close the formation can be very restrictive. At the beginning of the battle distant attackers may be exposed if they go beyond the front line too much - so we need Olivia to pull them back. This is the unique unit [besides Azura] that makes the improved hit-and-run tactics possible. Being a red unit she is also capable of dealing with green units that Ursula and Julia cannot properly deal with -- especially the king -- Hector(s). I gave her sword breakers to deal with red units just in case. Hone attack is the perfect skill for her because units always surrounds her as the origin of the blitzkrieg, too.<br />
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Two evident weaknesses:<br />
- Hector with Vantage. Olivia is the only unit that can defend his attack. Hector alone is usually fine (Julia hone def + Ursula recovering), but if Hector drags her away the other units will be exposed .<br />
- Dagger users: they have moderate def and resistance yet attacking physically, so all three distant attackers will experience difficulty dealing with them. Again Olivia is the solution, but if that does not work out the team is in great trouble. Precise positioning is often required to wipe them off.<br />
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Takumi is a specific solution against bowers, and Kaguro is the specific solution against dagger users so I often switch between them. However Takumi enjoys full skill inheritance and a higher physical stats so he will still be my short term choice. It's not a long term solution because they are only specific solution but not as useful as Ursula and Julia in general. When I look at their skill points (effectively the kill count), the SP of Takumi is less than half of Ursula's -- so he does not really kill a lot.<br />
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One last negative on this team: I get used with Olivia too much that I do not know how to play when I have a team without her. That is precisely the case when I was going through the tempest trials where you will need multiple teams (usually), but I only have one Olivia. Eventually I came up with another strong team (Nino, Tharja[+40%], Ryoma and Kaguro) but it's only for the boss stage specifically. I don't think it will stand any chance against any matured 680+ arena team.<br />
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Results so far:<br />
- Arena: @690+, tier 18~19<br />
- Clears all 7 stages in the trials event sometimes, 6 stages at least</->Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-56285386359188965242017-05-17T02:30:00.001+08:002017-06-19T18:48:17.916+08:00FE Heroes: Arena TiersRecently FE Heroes adopted a new reward system which is kind of an extension of the classic promotion/demotion system. Players start from the tiers they have been in in the last season. At the end of each season a portion of players are promoted/demoted from their current tier (promotion to tiers more than a rank higher is possible). Such system is quite popular among games that use tier rewards instead of fixed ranking (that saves the work of calculating the suitable amount of prize you want to give), and it enhances consistent participation. Another game that uses similar structure is the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.amazing_game.vev&hl=ja">Venus Eleven</a>.<br />
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In terms of mathematics, we may transform population into proportion, and instead of a distribution at a certain moment we look at probability distribution of a single node in the system. There are something from conventional mathematics that we can use immediately - the queuing theory.<br />
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The whole thing is basically just a birth and death process. You equate the in-flow rate and out-flow rate, set up the equations then it can be solved easily. Results say that the transition matrix has eigenvalues at most 1, so it is going to converge. You can always find the stable state vector by doing some tedious linear algebra work...but well we only care about the numerical result here, so it won't be a shame to solve the stable state vector using numerical method.<br />
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We do expect something like a geometric distribution. The reasoning from queuing theory is simple as well: let $p_n$ be the probability (proportion) of object at state 0, and let $\rho = \lambda / \mu$ be the traffic density. By checking the first equation with $\mu p_1 = \lambda p_0$ so that by induction you have $p_n = \rho ^n p_0$. If you have a queue of infinite capacity then $p_n = (1-\rho ) \rho ^n$. Here $\rho _i $ is not fixed but it's still approximately throughout and double promotion is possible, but if we focus at the top (recall the memoryless nature of this process) the process is pretty close to a classic M/M/1.<br />
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Below is the plotted graph for the long time distribution:<br />
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That could be a pleasant surprise to the players (in terms of its generosity) and to the mathematicians.<br />
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Why is it not geometric? Well it is quite geometric if you break it into two parts: tier 7-16 and tier 17-20. On the lower section we have $\rho >1$ so that most players tend to advances from their current tier, and on the upper section we have $\rho < 1$ so players struggles to go up.<br />
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What is surprising is that they did not make the top tier unreachable -- tier 20 contains top 7% of the players instead of like, 0.5~1% as (Asian) gaming veterans would have been expecting. This is quite generous --- or overly generous. Consider that there are around 100k active players in the pool currently, 7000 of them could be in the top tier that corresponds to the top 5.5 categories in the old system.<br />
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Putting that generosity aside, the idea of loosening award tiers in FEH does fit the philosophy of Nintendo / IS running the game. <a href="http://allmaths.blogspot.com/2017/04/two-game-mechanics.html">As mentioned</a>, the game can be treated as part of the their experiment of adopting Japanese styled mobile online into western consumption patterns. They want to attract more consistent light spenders (mid-top players) rather than letting the game being dominated by a small group of heavy spenders.<br />
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Note the dynamics in the system: when we say 7% in the system that is for the population at the moment, but the proportion of players that wanders between 19-20 could be a lot more than that. In terms of feather rewards it's linear with tiers except for the top tier with a huge jump (2000 -> 3000), so if we want to draw a spectrum the reward for those high-end players are majored by their time spending in tier 20, and for the rest their average tier would be a good enough approximation.<br />
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The actual spectrum relies on the strength of the players that cannot be determined, so here is my approximated spectrum. Square bracketed number indicates the tier where player usually sits in (otherwise we assume they spend about equal amount of time among those tiers):<br />
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- Tier 20 Avg. 3000 (2%)<br />
- Tier 19~20 Avg. 2500 (4%)<br />
--------------------------------Top 7% // Tier 20<br />
- Tier 18~[19]~20 Avg. 2200 (4%)<br />
- Tier [18]~19~20 Avg. 2000 (5%)<br />
- Tier 17~[18]~19 Avg. 1800 (5%)<br />
--------------------------------Top 21% // Tier 19+<br />
- Tier [17]~18 Avg. 1720 (5%)<br />
...<br />
--------------------------------Top 44% // Tier 18+<br />
...<br />
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Even without drawing the spectrum explicitly you would expect the spike to occur among players who topped 19 but not quite enough to stabilize in 20. That includes 8~12% of all players and they are exactly the mid-top players that the developing team is aiming for -- if they spend some money (and effort) onto the game they might be able to push a bit further and receive a significantly increased award.<br />
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And, for me...I am sitting around the upper quartile line, I would expect myself to wander between 17~18 steadily. Of course, 18 gives an orb more so I should push a bit harder, too...Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-6868157523342989642017-05-02T15:13:00.000+08:002017-05-02T15:13:57.847+08:00Two game mechanics (2)Here are two more observations that was made long time ago but recently came into my mind in some other form again.<br />
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<b><u>Question from a Monopoly-like board game</u></b><br />
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If you have played Monopoly before you must have met situations where you really want to land on a certain grid for whatever reason (to grab a set of lands, to build houses etc) right? In that case the only thing you can do it to ride you luck and hope that you diced the right number.<br />
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Of course, however, in online games these can be easily negotiated. Item comes into play and give certainty on what number you can get from the dice, with some cost as well. You want to use those item wisely, so here is our model:<br />
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- A circular board of 22 grids.<br />
- A fair square dice is used each round by default. Items maybe used to specify the dicing outcome.<br />
- 4 bonus grids spreads uniformly over the 21 grids (except the starting grid). One must land on that grid exactly to receive bonus.<br />
- 6 rounds in total. Note that it is theoretically possible to get all 4 bonuses regardless of the bonus distribution.<br />
Goal: we want to land on all 4 bonus grids every time, while minimizing the usage of items.<br />
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You would expect that 3~5 items are used each time: if the distance from treasure is less than 6 you have no choice but to use an item to make sure that you reach the treasure. Sometimes you have to stretch faraway enough to reach those grids.<br />
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But what about the average usage of each of those numbers 1/2/3/4/5/6? Are they the same?<br />
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Well, simple simulation shows that the distribution is approximately geometric. But it turns out that my average usage on all 6 items are almost the same, which is an interesting fact to investigate at. Below is my thoughts:<br />
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First of all, it's natural to use a lot of 1/2 according to our distribution. At the same time if we uses lots of 1/2 then we might need to use more 5/6 as the rest of the grids are more sparsely spread. What about 3/4? This is in fact the most mysterious part in my point of view but a possible reason is that the most probable distance that requires multiple rounds is of course the 7-9 range, and there is a high chance that you will need to use 3/4 to correct your position.<br />
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(For instance if the distance is 8 then there is a 4/9 chance that you will be using 3/4 once. This can be done by simply listing all possible outcomes. (x) is the correction step:<br />
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6 - (2)<br />
5 - (3)<br />
4 - (4)<br />
3 - (5)<br />
2 - 6<br />
2 - 5 - (1)<br />
2 - 4 - (2)<br />
2 - 3 - (3)<br />
2 - 2 - (4)<br />
2 - 1 - (5)<br />
1 - 6 - (1)<br />
1 - 5 - (2)<br />
1 - 4 - (3)<br />
1 - 3 - (4)<br />
1 - 2 - (5)<br />
1 - 1 - (6)<br />
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Therefore the chance is 2/6 + 4/36 = 4/9.)<br />
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But given the geometric/exponential nature 7-9 won't happen that often after all. It is still very hard to explain my uniform usage of those items.<br />
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Of course, this is not even a problem for the developers -- this is something that only the players should worry about. Imagine that the board game comes from an extremely popular online game where 24/7 grinding + unlimited potion is required to get a rank up high, and the actual usage is uneven ("the alternative hypothesis"), knowing the correct distribution would save you several minutes from going back to the shop, hence giving you an edge over other players ---<br />
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Luckily the game I mentioned, is not competitive at all.<br />
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<b><u>Exponential effort resulting in linear growth</u></b><br />
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Systems requiring exponential effort for linear growth is a canonical choice. It appears in most RPG (as well as idle games), based on the fact that exponential growth overwhelms any polynomial growth from whatever percentage bonus. The implementation is usually simple too. EXP bar that grows exponentially, item prices that grow exponentially, time requirements that grow exponentially...<br />
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But are there more implicit implementation of this trick? Some may suggest an item forging system so that when you forge A into B, A gains a fraction of the power of B -- you can still see the exponential nature behind: you need $2^N$ items to boost the item $N$ times (proportionally, and if we ignore the higher terms).<br />
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But recently there is a game that allows unlimited forging on the same item: on the Nth forge, 1/(N+r)k fraction of the power is merged into the item, where r and k are constants.<br />
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The developer is using harmonic series smartly here, with the fact that harmonic series is asymptotic to the log function. Let us do the mathematics here:<br />
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Suppose we have $2^N-r$ identical items of power 1. By forging everything into the same item, the new power is given by:<br />
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$1 + \sum _{i=r}^{2^N}\frac{1}{ik} \approx 1 + k^{-1}(N\ln 2 - \ln r)$<br />
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And if we have $2^N$ items and we forge it in the usual `exponential way' we get<br />
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$(1+\frac{1}{rk})^N \leq 1 + \frac{5}{4}\frac{N}{rk}$<br />
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we use the constant 5/4 as for a generous upper bound.<br />
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Exponential effort is clearly necessary for linear growth. It prevents players from forging items using the usual `exponential way' as well. This is clear by checking <a href="http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=y+ln+2+-+ln+x+-+(5%2F4)(y%2Fx)+%3E%3D+0">the following equation</a><br />
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$N \ln 2 - \ln r - \frac{5}{4}\frac{N}{r} \geq 0$<br />
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to be feasible for most reasonable $r, N$, like $(N,r) = (5,3)$.<br />
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<br />Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-74883104380146778692017-04-27T01:33:00.000+08:002017-04-27T01:34:27.355+08:00夢．十夜 (1) The beginning<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">做了這樣一個夢。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">我手上提著一盒壽司，慢慢地爬上四周貼滿補習社、樓上書店、理髮店以及色情玩具店海報的樓梯，進入一部由更多海報舖成的狹窄空間。前後左右，連頭頂也不放過；唯一可以看見素色的就只有地板了－－不、地板上也散滿了掉下來的紙張，只是空白的背面沒那麼刺眼而已。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「叮」一聲，電梯緩緩在四樓打開了門。穿過左邊的文青型樓上書店和右邊的波鞋店，眼前是一條連接著兩梗大廈的橋樑。說是橋也不過是三四米左右的距離而已。兩邊用鐵絲網圍住大概就是防止有人在這裡跳下去吧。站在橋的中間向下望依稀可以看見幾座老舊的唐樓之間剛好空出了一小塊空地，上面排滿了一個個被清理完不久的垃圾筒，飄上來的一絲垃圾味被濃重的油煙味蓋過－－魚蛋燒賣、煎釀三寶……還有新有的炸雞？不過我的思緒卻沒有和這些氣味糾纏太久，一個有趣的問題在我腦中閃過：在寸金買不到尺土的這片地方，空出這樣「被遺忘的一畝」是一件很奢侈的事情。到底以前是發生了甚麼事讓大廈圍繞這裡建成？這一格土地又屬於何人、以後又會怎樣－－嘛，在這條街衰落之前大概不可能被重建吧。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">其實穿過這條橋也就數秒的事。在兩層防火門之間我好好檢查一下這次的的裝備；水手服、有！過膝襪、有！水和毛巾、有！這可是去練舞的必要裝備，無論缺那一樣都會讓我渾身不舒服從而令表現變差。今天就先打兩道DEA(Dance Evolution Arcade)然後練十刀DDR(Dance Dance Revolution)，以1100大卡為底限吧。我這樣想著推開了防火門，眼前的景象從破舊的唐樓變成了荒廢的商場：兩尺見方的白方瓷磚大概是唯一比較淨的東西；乾透的醬汁一點點地散落在牆邊的桌子上，幾張膠椅在旁邊東倒西歪；垃圾筒早已超過它所能承載的容量，本來可以旅轉良蓋子現在反面朝天，露出裡面的快餐紙袋，還有顯然是我前天來時留下的空壽司盒。完全空置的三樓從扶手電梯那邊傳來野戰的聲音；有人或許會問到底是軍事宅對這個免租的樓層加以利用，還是一對對小情侶在享受價比千金的happy moment－－管它呢，那種地方我死也不會去。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">一陣違和感從商場的另一邊傳了過來，明明是死寂的地方卻傳來了不該有的電子聲音。我把貼滿遊戲海報的玻璃門推開，模糊聲音立刻變得清晰可辨：前排是四個一組的街霸、拳王和鐵拳三代格鬥遊戲；中間放了傳統俄羅斯方塊(Classic tetris)、Pang、魂斗羅等中古經典小遊戲；後面貼牆的部分則是秋名山司機三五成群飆車的指定地點。裡面的違和感與其說是各種在發聲的機台倒不如說是機廳人滿為患，拳王等熱門遊戲不消說已經聚集了一群好武之人整裝待發，小眾遊戲如泡泡龍都有兩三人圍著討論機台和GBA版幀數算法不同引致爆彈用法上的分別－－這不可能啊！這種平時只有我一個認真玩遊戲其他人都過來做偷偷摸摸的事的地方就算貼出即將結業的公告也沒人來吧！況且在一旁煙癮還沒發作的老闆在一邊老神在在地和小孩玩耍，兌銀機也還活得好好的，根本不像是快要結業的樣子。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">真好啊。我想起那家平日人山人海卻被加租逼走、真正承載著滿滿回憶的機廳－－</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">我不由自主起走到一中年男子後面看著他精準地在空中射出一個個泡泡把敵人封印時，一陣咒罵聲從左邊傳來：「幹！鐵拳AB都壞了讓雙手怎可能打贏高階ghost啊！」只見屏幕上的影子成功用下防擋住玩家的連技，然後一拳把玩家勾上天把僅餘的半條血條清完－－</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">唔……鐵拳的確好像沒有下盤為主的角色……</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「啊啊啊啊換檔太慢甩不了你媽的尾啦！」右邊的金毛灣岸玩家也用力搥在方向盤上，無奈地看著自己的愛車卡在草地上緩緩前進，上面顯示著10秒的倒計時，要限時之內完成賽道顯然已是不可能的事－－</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">呃……灣岸似乎不太重甩尾……</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">一眾機台彷彿瞬間中邪似的，幾乎同時發生了大大小小的操作問題：叫喊聲此起彼落，即時適應不了而被KO的玩家也不在少數。奇怪的是，在被打敗同時他們凍結在原地一動不動，隨著屏幕上 CONTINUE? 的十秒倒數而漸漸變得暗淡；雜音若有若無地侵蝕著玩家，當倒數抵達零時他們就像初音一樣消失掉。面對這種靈異狀況其他玩家或許是太過醉心於自己的遊戲，又或者根本不覺得有甚麼特別的事情發生一樣，我的心裡卻只剩下一件我務必立刻處理的事，我那心愛的機台－－</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">穿過舊機台區轉個彎就可以看到由音游、貼紙相和籃球機組成的非傳統機台區。這邊似乎還沒被「感染」，而DDR就好好的佇立在那裡。我趕緊在一個剛打完pop'n的玩家前搶先一個箭步衝上機台，那位少年也很有風度地吐出一句「Ladies first」而改玩旁邊的Gituarmania。我在包包裡翻出記錄卡拍上去，等待那個「爆表」的五維圖載出來的同時也把事先準備好的硬幣一枚接一枚地投進去。「Let's DDR--」一串背景音閃過，歌目列表終於出現。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">沒時間了－－這個念頭一直在腦海中揮之不去，我甚至還沒來得及甩幾下手腳充當熱身就選了平時要熱半小時才有可能打過，被稱為「上級者之登龍門」的MAX300。這個譜面從頭到尾都充斥著早期的製圖風格：雖然組合相對簡單，只需要左右腳交替使用無需交叉腳也能完成全曲，但譜面密度高得令人咋舌，明明是15級的圖卻有著18級的密度；此圖被稱為「登龍門」正正是因為要通過這張圖所需要的高體力和高穩定性都是打更難譜面的必要條件。對我來說要一開始衝上15級倒也不是甚麼不可能的難題，但是雙腿略感緊卻是在所難免。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">我現在腦中滿是自己最愛的曲目，現在唯一想做的事就是把它們逐一打掉，第二首的隅田川夏戀曲便是其中之一。這首幾乎在所有K*nami出品的音游中都可以找到，比起它能適應不同音游的萬用性它更有名的是在其jubeat譜面對應副歌的一波超難對角連打被玩家稱為「鬼怒川大濁流」。偏偏Kon*mi愛上了這個稱呼，把這首歌移植到其他音游的同時都會在同一位置放上刁鑽的連打，DDR上的隅田川夏戀曲便是一個完美的例子：在八分音連打中穿插著需要跳起雙腳踩的音符，在使用扶杆的情況下不能隨著施律轉圈只好作出大幅度的跳躍令體力消耗吏大。硬上16級的我此時收到了小腿進一步的抗議，連續的跳躍使得乳酸在同一個地方累積起來，我隱約感覺到如果我再跳一首同樣難度的話肯定就要抽筋。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">無耐之下我只好把難度調低一格打起另一首愛曲、由四季組曲．冬改編而成的V -for Extreme-。12級的譜面本來連熱身都算不上，腳下的←鍵內側開始不怎樣聽話：本來是家常便飯的←↑←↑←↑←連打竟然差點把血槽清掉。我趕緊集中精神把譜面撐過去然後從右邊2P換到左邊1P。這機台有個小小的秘密：它是從某個盛行音游的國家運來的二手貨，在那邊大家都喜歡玩2P那一邊，長久下來本來損耗應該比更較嚴重的1P倒也還能用。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">VANESSA－－本來應該堪用的1P←鍵又不爭氣地壞了。還好以六分音連打為主的譜面並不沒有太多影響力量釋放的跳躍，我只是將步幅稍為調大一點還是輕鬆地完成今天的第五首。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">Fascination MAXX－－「哈……哈啊……」視線變得模糊、喉嚨變得沙啞、水手服衣領緊緊地黏在身上、汗水自濕透的背脊一直淌到大腿；渾身痠痛著的我還是遵循自己的本能一首接一首地打下去，終於在第八首的時候狠狠地砸了次鍋。不過沒關係，這首是一局裡的最後一首，過不了也沒甚麼好虧的。我這樣想著手又不由自主地投幣按下開始。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">Pluto the first－－機台後面發出非常可疑的斷裂聲後，舊式CRT屏幕突然變得奇暗無比。橙紅色的背景和變暗的箭頭顏色相近，想在低速段看清那堆糊在一團的箭頭就像在烤好的蛋糕裡挑出雞蛋殼一樣難。先是無法準確命中，再來是自暴自棄的亂打，最後徹底地炸開也毫不意外了。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">一個在場上力投一百二十球的投手會不自覺降低放球點去減少勞損，代價是球威下降而被打爆；同樣地你在手腕不足以支撐身體做出足夠快的跳躍時身體就會不自覺地在腳掌施力，代價是小腿過勞導致成績快速下滑。我無力地倚在扶杆上喘著粗氣，緊繃的雙腿寸步難移；倉庫般的裝潢並沒有預留太多的通風設備，唯一感受到的新鮮空氣來自旁邊Pump It Up的散熱器。在冷靜下來的期間我扭轉唯一能自由移動的頭部，卻發現周圍的玩家已經盡數消失，只剩那些完全沒人玩的機台自顧自地播著簡介。本來僅餘遊玩的心情頓時飛散，沒法活動四肢忽然恢復活力，我警戒地轉身卻看到了個意想不到的人－－</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「玩得開心嗎？」銀鬆青年隨意地坐在pop'n機台上望著我，啡瞳以下是他招牌的神祕微笑。如果一個這樣的陌生人改穿上法師袍戴上手套而不是休閒西裝的話一定是個中二感爆棚的法師coser，可惜他是個修理機台的技師。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「……鐵拳AB又壞了，灣岸還是老樣子。這半年你一部都沒修好過也過太爽了吧。」沒錯，這位理論上是技師的人已經半年沒來過了。本來沒問題的古老機台在他消失後都出現大大小小的問題。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「這半年我有點忙呢。嘛這都不重要了，這機廳也差不多要關門大吉了呢。」他一邊隨意回答著，一邊把pop'n的按鈕扭出來：「啊……壞到不能再壞了呢。聽說最近有人來打40級譜面，該不會是你吧？」</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「你明明知道我不會打下落式。不過你說這裡快要結業是甚麼意思？這裡的老闆應該是外面那個胖子吧？」</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「就是字面上的意思，他只是我請來看店面的啦。話說回來，你覺得遊戲的本質是甚麼？」</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「呃……就是讓人玩、讓人開心的東西？誒不對這裡怎麼要結業了啦！」我被這突如其來的話題弄得頭暈轉向。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「遊戲的本質就是按照已知的規則去達成某個既的目標而已，電子遊戲的話就是按畫面的回饋作出相應的輸入。這一點從七八十年代食鬼這種基本遊戲，到九十年代的NeoGeo機台再到現在的各種家用遊戲都是一樣的。你知道我為甚麼要開在這裡，然後放一堆過氣的舊機台嗎？」</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「我希望這裡變成半個都市傳說，只有真正愛遊戲的人才會來的地方；我希望在這裡找到擁有真正玩遊戲潛力的人，所以我才會化身技師看著你們玩。不過我已經找到了－－」他轉身過來指著我，觸電般的感覺瞬間散佈全身，我應該慶幸他只是個技師而不是中二法師：「那就是你！」</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「我……我？」</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「你也許還沒察覺到自己玩遊戲的潛能，不過沒關係你很快就會知道的了。在壞得不能再壞的機台上硬打三局一定很累吧？今天就先到這裡吧，我們很快會再見面的。」</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">「喂！－－」「啪」</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">一聲響指令機廳所有機台連同燈光、還有正要抗議的我的意識同時熄滅。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">這是，第一天的夢。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">說到夢十夜當然就是夏目漱石的夢十夜，不過這裡的十夜大概有點關連。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">大概。</span></span><br />
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<span style="font-family: "georgia" , serif;"><span style="font-size: 16.9px;">四五年沒寫過比較長的東西，文筆當然生疏得很。</span></span>Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-47882385164667959182017-04-11T15:43:00.003+08:002017-04-11T15:43:40.429+08:0011-04-2017<b><u>The 10-point rating system</u></b><br />
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According to the announcement, Pixiv removed the 10 point rating system and instead put a "Like" button up there. The reason is that "95% of the evaluation function are currently evaluated at 10 points. Also, some problems rose due to the negative usage of the evaluation function".<br />
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Well the reason is not very surprising especially to those Osu! players. The average rating rises with time due to multiple reasons (the actual improvement in quality, fan-based community, points became popularity contests etc) and it's occasionally abused like spammed by 1-pointers (this is less common in pixiv because we don't have a in-built critic circle there, but for Osu! this is really obvious).<br />
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Two questions arose: should we modify the 10-point rating system to avoid those problems? Is the "Like" button serves as a better indicator than the rating system?<br />
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One important observation is that there's almost zero qualification required for someone to vote in both system. You just need to be a member (and played once, for Osu!) then you can rate the map/picture. That makes the source of voters very suspicious and very vulnerable against manipulation. Whether those manipulated accounts are alts or "followers" from the same community are not important -- it's out of the control of the system itself. The system can do nothing but to serve as what the sources wanted. In Pixiv, people spam 10-points for drawings they like/appreciate and that becomes a popularity contest, so why not? A "Like" system is better as for a popularity contest.<br />
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As for Osu! the in-build communication platform allows us to manually adhere some metric on the rating system - one may provide a guideline on giving rating and perhaps some suggested examples. Assuming that players (or at least the officials) reached an agreement on the ratings and players are willing to rate according to the guidelines, it is possible to introduce weighting on how valuable a vote is from a player. Players are still free to rate by their free will but votes that are overwhemingly random will receive a relatively lower weight. Ratings may also be scaled by approximating players' voting curve and make it close to the supposed guideline.<br />
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It is not possible to eliminate popularity contest because (1) first of all popularity-ish rating would still be the dominating voters after all (2) the minimal weight can't really be too low because at the end of the still this is "players' rating" not "players' rating on quality" - popularity remains as a non-negligible factor, but what we did is to reduce the power of pure haters/lovers and that gives a more representative overall rating.<br />
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A last note: although "my favourite" function exists in both Pixiv and Osu!, I would still prefer the "Like" button for Pixiv and the rating system to Osu! because Osu! system provide possibility of improving the rating system and we really have so many metric that has high correlation to pure popularity - instantaneous and long term play count etc that we don't really need another useless button to show that explicitly.<br />
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<b><u>3D Touhou</u></b><br />
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Blender these days are powerful to simulate these nasty bullet hell screens and this is one of my favourite. But my question comes from the perspective of the characters themselves.<br />
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It's extremely interesting to see how the authors blend a 2-dimensional spell card into a 3-dimensional space so that the bullets (at least apparently) fill the space. But what if we really want to fill the space and wipe those characters off the screen? What kind of spellcards should we use?<br />
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- For spherical bombs you would like to pack the space so that no escape route exists. That's essentially the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphere_packing">sphere packing problem</a>...that clearly gets harder at higher dimensions.<br />
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- If you want to shoot radial danmaku that floods the character without allowing it to move towards you, the thing you will need is to increase the bullet density on the manifold as the tangent plane of the character per Hausdorff measure in the space (?!?) -- in simple terms, it grows in the volume of (n-1)-sphere for Euclidean spaces, which is not looking good either.<br />
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- Laser type weapons. Using spherical coordinates it is also clear that aiming with the correct angles in all those angle-based coordinates has exponential difficulty as well.<br />
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The best weapon might be Sakuya's ability of freezing time because time as an extra dimension is independent of the space dimension so it works equally well despite the change in space...but well I am not a resident of Gensokyo so I'd better leave the problem to them...Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-46637204108162026362017-04-04T02:48:00.002+08:002017-06-19T18:48:06.418+08:00Two game mechanicsGreat game follows from small details and smart mechanics.<br />
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As always, game mechanics are great source of giving interesting mathematical questions. Here are another two short examples on games that I've been following.<br />
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<b><u>Fire Emblem Heroes</u></b><br />
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As a hardcore Nintendo fans this is probably a must, especially when the game is now full of GBA-era characters replenished. Without much money and effort I managed to score 4200~4400 per week in the arena, but this is not what I want to talk today. It is the summoning mechanism that caught my eye --- to be honest the summoning mechanism is quite special as a Japanese game because that can be treated as an attempt to adopt western consumption behavior on gaming, rather than the eastern elitism style, but such <i>qualitative</i> topic does not fit this entry as well.<br />
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Let's talk about simple probability. This is the (simplified version of) FEH's summoning mechanism:<br />
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- You spend 20 orbs to summon 5 heroes/cards (a complete summoning).<br />
- By default, there will be a 6% chance of getting a 5-star (5*) hero.<br />
- If you get no 5* heroes after a complete summoning, the chance for 5* is raised by 0.5%.<br />
- The chance restores to 6% if a 5* hero is summoned.<br />
- The chance only change after a complete summoning.<br />
- Assume everything else to be independent.<br />
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Now the interesting special rule: if you get no 5* in 24 complete summonings, you will automatically get 5 5* heroes in the 25th summoning (i.e. the chance become 100% rather than 18%). The question is, why 24? A simple calculation reveals the truth:<br />
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Chance of getting 5 5*s under default chance = 0.06^5 = 0.0000007776 = 7.77*10^-7<br />
Chance of getting 5 5*s via the special way = product (i=0..23) (1-(6+i/2)/100)^5 = 2.79*10^-7<br />
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That says, both ways getting 5 5*s in a single summoning process are of equal magnitude in terms of probability! It is quite clear that the chance varies exponentially if we change 24 to something else, so that is quite a slick design that gives mathematician a smile on his face.<br />
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<b><u>A round robin league</u></b><br />
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I am recently sticking to another Japanese baseball android game, in which has an event where each team is assigned into a group of 5 every day. At the end of the day the rank is calculated and points are given to the team accordingly. At the end of the event (10 days, i.e. 10 rounds) the overall team rank is decided by the total points.<br />
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That reminds me of the guild battles from Fantasica -- the old good days where a team of 9 players around the world commit in 35 real time battles, each lasting 1 hr in 7 days that takes numerous hours of preparation work and probably thousands of cash -- that has a very similar system. Each round you fight with another guild and the total victory count determines your rank. The common feature between the two is that, your next opponent depends on your current standing and will not be someone that you have fought before.<br />
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Depending on your goals, it has been practically shown that in Fantasica there is a range of standing (typically the mid-high range) that can be achieved by lying dead in the first few battles despite random-ish weak opponents, because you can meet fewer top teams (hence less guaranteed defeat) by doing so.<br />
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The core principle in guild battle events -- <b>rise fast, sink slow</b>. You quick edge towards the top by defeating consecutive weak opponents then get crushed by top opponents, but your rank drop slowly because everyone of the same tier is taking defeats at the same time as well.<br />
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The question here is, does it work for such system where you are assigned into groups of 5 instead of 2? It is foreseeable that if you always group all top teams together you will be running out of top teams very quickly. Another question is if we alter the matching algorithm will it be cheat-free? At the end of the day, we want to distinguish those heavy spenders (top 5-10), light spenders (top tier) and heavy free players (mid-top) while minimal players are not too important to game revenue. With 35 turns, Fanta somehow (but not quite) managed to put mid-top players to where they should have been, but the sinking phase is still a bit too short.<br />
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Here the dev solved this problem by matching 5 teams, each with some distance on the rank but not too far away, ranging from top teams to mid table teams. Each round can be deemed as battling with 4 other teams at the same time: finishing second in the day implies you won against the 3 lower teams and lost against the top team. By such the converging can be done even quicker than the Fanta system. It's also cheat-free in the sense that you are battling with teams of the same tier every round that you don't have much space to lose.<br />
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But that's only my prediction -- no one knows how the system exactly works and I doubt if this is systematically studied in this game given its competitiveness, but I look forward very much to those post-event statistics.<br />
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<i><span style="color: blue;">3 April, 2017</span></i>Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-71773926793210517392017-03-09T21:18:00.000+08:002017-03-10T01:26:23.475+08:0009-03-2017十年了呢。<br />
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6/3/2007 - 6/3/2017<br />
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從單純的分享短片和文章到寫自己的筆記和小說，我在這十年裡面發了大約七百篇東西。當然每一篇的價值各有高低：有些比較用腦、有些比較費時、有些就是單純的轉貼而已。以下是一些節綠和感想：<br />
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筆記：我成績進步就是從整理筆記開始的。堂上抄下來的總是帶點雜亂，整理一次剛好可以理順各種疑點也可以找出自己的不足。現在看回去的話其實自己整理筆記的能力還有很大的進步空間－－可能是關鍵字使然一篇中史筆記成為了這裡人氣最高的其中一篇。不過當你按一看進去就會發現根本只是一堆史實嘛！文科就是這樣：光知道事實是不夠的，將事實整合起來分析對比才是關鍵。如果我還能再寫十年的話結合自己的文史根基鍛練自己的文筆或許是努力的方向之一吧。<br />
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數學筆記：這方面其實沒有太花腦力，倒是要想一些有用的範例比較耗神。很多篇的靈感都是從日常生活和接觸到的東西而獲得的：同學/學生問的問題、舊試卷、奧數、新看的書……每一篇除了可能給不知道存在與否的讀者帶來啟發外也給我帶來了不同角度去處理問題的機會。雖然以我現在研究的方向要寫出類似程度的內容不太容易，不過靈感來的時候還是擋不住－－最近<a href="http://allmaths.blogspot.co.nz/2016/12/a-mind-set-of-using-linear-algebra.html">用線代做實分析那篇</a>就是個很好的例子。<br />
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隨著你在大學深入鑽研一個課題，你對基礎的東西理解也會更深。線性代數的舖排一直是近代數學教育家分歧比較大的議題：不同學系的學生對線代有/需要不同的解讀方式，學生的程度則限制了部分的舖排方式。我自己寫的筆記裡面偏好的是純代數的舖排，而且盡量搭上每項工具的幾何意義。無何否認地這種玩法對學生能力要求比較高，但是我覺得至少對數學系的學生來說一個帶有以嚴謹證明築構出來的核心內容的基礎課程是有必要的。這份筆記到現在無論對我來說還是我回答學生疑問時都給予了一定幫助。<br />
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隨筆/作品：就是比較輕鬆的作品。當我檢閱這個標籤時發現很多都是旅遊筆記，不過這也不是一件壞事：因為這恰好證明了自己的旅途並不沉悶，充滿了值得書寫的故事。有趣的是與大多數人不同，我單獨出遊時未必對大部分人感興趣的景點感興趣，反而很喜歡找家出名的咖啡店享受一杯用心調出來的咖啡或者一份本地的甜點，然後觀察窗外(匆匆而過的)行人及其點綴的城市。花上幾小時和異地的朋友天南地北的聊也是我每次出游必做的事，因為正是這些人構成了他們的文化和國家，然後才有了(人工)景點。可以在世界各地找到知音人聊天，應該算是自己的福分吧。<br />
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我一直覺得自己寫了很多異想天開的東西，卻沒一個可以好好收尾的。我一直有寫長篇小說的夢，不過果然還是從短篇開始寫起比較好吧？<br />
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電腦/遊戲：算法(algorithm)的話先歸到數學那邊，這裡講的是一般的網絡觀察和遊戲心得。遊戲心得並不是一般的攻略(嘛，無論是2007還是2017，將攻略口耳相傳的年代已經過去了；在2017獨立的攻略網也成為了過去式；剩下wikia結構和門戶式大型綜合論壇的世界實在有點單調呢)而是結合自己對數學或是人文的理解所做出的宏觀預測。這種我從小學時代就開始做的事到現在還是滿有趣的，可惜之後的十年可以玩的時間肯定比以前少了吧……以下是幾個我用心肝過的網遊<br />
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新絕代雙嬌Online (2005-2009)<br />
到現在還會偶而上，但是轉回新斷線把公會搞散後也沒動力肝了。不過有幾位好友到現在還會聯絡。<br />
Ogame (2008-2009)<br />
就……一款很現實很殘酷很耗肝的遊戲，到頭來還是一場空。<br />
Osu! (2008-)<br />
無須多言，可以參考上方的Osu!頁面。在這裡學到很多東西，不單是樂理，更多是做人的技巧－－管理、溝通、協調的技巧。還有很多大概是一輩子的朋友。<br />
Fantasica (2012-2015)<br />
一個用肝和用錢打都可以打出一片天的遊戲，極為多元的玩法和自由交易將這個遊戲的吸金能力推到極致；我在這裡認識的人和Osu那邊的熱血青年們稍有分別，但一樣都是值得深交的朋友。<br />
Quiz．「黑貓」．RPG (2013-2017)<br />
剛倒閉。益智養成的先驅，夠大的故事觀和高質日系畫風都相當吸引，可惜英文版實在做不起來。<br />
地城戰棋 (2015-)<br />
休閒玩？比起上述遊戲遠未到要肝的程度。<br />
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運動：顯然地我是車路士(Chelsea)的球迷，不過棒球可以算是我一直有興趣看的第二運動。從小時候的超棒球外傳到甲子園(或者各種類似甲子園式的高校競技)相關動畫到種花職棒網上開始直播，我終於將棒球納入我生活的一部分。在我執筆之時台灣種花隊正和韓國隊8-8平手，希望種花隊今晚不用吃鍋貼吧？………吧？<br />
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(EDIT: 無生還啊無生還，讓我們一勝也不行？)<br />
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我真的沒想過這裡可以堅持十年(另一邊廂xanga倒下了又以另一形式復活過來……透過我朋友之手)，但是希望接下來十年我都可以透過這裡和大家再會 :)<br />
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<i><span style="color: blue;">Forretrio / Chris</span></i><br />
<i><span style="color: blue;">9th Mar, 2017</span></i>Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-85843348190395973952017-02-21T00:09:00.002+08:002017-02-21T12:14:04.059+08:00DDR, the 3rd year<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">
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3 years since I start played Dance Dance Revolution (DDR). A short summary on my progress over the last year. Well to be honest I only played 3 months out of 12 last year, since they replaced the ITG machine by the stupid PIU machine.<br />
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ITG: Here I started to train those 'crazy foots' - I got 86% with 2 misses on MAX300 ("the gate towards the inner DDR world") that has not been replicated in DDR. Below is my best record:<br />
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But those custom maps opened a whole new world to me. There aren't lots of BPM 120~140 1/4 equivalent streams in DDR (BPM 240~280 is too fast and 120~140 is quite slow in general) except for some old maps (you don't expect highly electric songs with pace falling in that range) like Paranoia Survivor, but you can find loads of them in ITG. One of my favourite is Hatsura Yuki's ~Confession~, but sadly I failed to find the corresponding difficulty (SP challenge) in Stepmania :( These songs provide excellent training and eventually allow me to play MAX300 fluently. ITG also include diffs with high number of notes while retaining a relatively low density, and that is a nice training for stamina. (Maps like kokoro contains up to 750 notes which is around 17~18 while the real difficulty is around 14+ or 15-).<br />
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In 2 months I managed to go through consecutive Lv. 11 (old extended scale) maps - difficulty of these maps varies greatly but they gave me a good foundation on getting through those real DDR songs.<br />
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DDR: I spent 1.5 weeks out of 4 weeks to familiarize DDR again, wasting time on easier maps like 12-13-14 or 11-13-15 on a single credit. These are not my limit so I does not gain a lot except limited accuracy due to repeated gaming. But then I decided to start training myself to adapt higher speed - both real speed and apparent speed ("SV"). Plan 8, NEPHILIM DELTA and 放課後ストライド are three excellent songs (14) for BPM 220+ range -- with consecutive long streams and huge number of notes you eventually pick up the stamina you need for higher difficulty. Another focus before you can confidently step into Lv.15 is the ability to switch between footing 1/2 and 1/4. Here ちくわパフェだよ☆CKP and POSSESSION are two great trainers in 14.<br />
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(Well, I had a lucky 1 miss play last year, but that couldn't be consistent...)<br />
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Last year I was able to play a few 15 but I will get exhausted after any single attempt, but now I can step into 15 and confidently play most of the songs - except for weird SV changes that requires extra reciting. Pluto series is always hard to do in that sense -- Pluto relinquish (14) and Pluto the First (14) are still hard for me (my record is still B).<br />
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14 to 15 is hard because 15 marks the beginning of the inner DDR world, but 15 to 16 is not as hard as that. Before I started to attempt some easier 16s, one of first two 16 passes was from one that I thought to be quite hard among the 16 songs - VANESSA:<br />
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The 1/3 stream is extremely nasty, but once you get used with long stream at that speed it becomes more like a routine. Though I haven't tried it for the second time I am quite confident that I can easily get better result.<br />
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I got some other high 15s and mid 16s as well...but passing those technical maps are more satisfying --- Spanish Snow Dance (15) that is supposed to be mid 16, and 灼熱Beach Side Bunny (15) with lots of exhausting jumps.<br />
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Talking about jumps that is still my weakest link and hardest bit to improve. I passed 隅田川夏恋歌 (16) (another one out of two first 16s that I passed) but I got the "kiai" part by hammering double arrow every note instead the supposedly every other note. The fact that I can't switch between single and double foot fluently hinder my performance on maps heavily seasoned with such features: 轟け！恋のビーンボール！！ (a B+ pass) and 嘆きの樹:<br />
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Improving accuracy on double jumps takes a damn lot of practices, so I turned into those harder maps that I can achieve relatively easier -- 恋する☆宇宙戦争っ!! (17) and ドーパミン (17) -- in Taiwan I have fresh machine that allows an almost 10% accuracy boost on songs in the 12-14 range, so I made use of the chance to try those hardcore maps, and turned out with some successes:<br />
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In order to get through this diff I played two BPM200 songs before trying this in the final stage...and the plan worked out properly. I passed on the first time without the 4 miss extra stage limitation. Same goes for Dopamine :3<br />
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So that's my third year on DDR. Perhaps I can get a light taste of 18 next year?<br />
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Statistics, 2016:<br />
18 days in DDR, 129 credits<br />
Ability to pass maps: 14 ~ 15- → 15+ ~ 17-<br />
Ability to AA maps: 11 ~ 13- → 14 ~ 15- (under the new grading scale)<br />
Lv. 15: 23Pass / 2AA<br />
LV. 16: 11Pass<br />
Lv. 17: 2 PassForretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-21988262454991779272017-01-31T23:34:00.002+08:002017-02-02T13:28:24.448+08:00After Dark 4.0 in Windows 7/10<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">
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Nostalgia...<br />
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Rodger Dodger and Rock Paper Scissor are two main reasons that I keep bringing this antique back to the modern world. Every single time when I adopt a new OS the first mission would be fitting my Chinese input method into the system, and the second mission is to introduce AD4.0 into the machine.<br />
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Obviously this is hard because of a few reasons:<br />
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1) This is super old. Probably one of the oldest software that people still liked to use in 2017.<br />
2) This is partially for 16-bit system and has limited support for 32-bit system, but machine these days are mainly 64-bit (my Chinese input software failed because of the same reason).<br />
3) The developer decided to integrate the setting page in some very weird position which is then removed in the subsequent Windows version, particularly during the introduction of the Metro UI in 8/10 (and that applies to my Chinese input software...)<br />
4) The installation is flawed - some registry change are missed.<br />
5) This is not the usual kind of screensaver (and again, super old), so you can hardly find support on the Internet except for some people asking the same question every single version of the Windows OS: does AD4.0 fit into Windows xxx?<br />
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Anyway I made this entry as to share my way of getting it worked in Windows 7 and 10. Somehow I gave up on doing this on Windows 8 (I only used that computer for a very short time), but the 10-method should work for 8 as well.<br />
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<b><u>Windows 7:</u></b><br />
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<a href="http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f217/solved-any-way-to-play-after-dark-games-1998-on-a-windows-7-pc-629059.html">This forum post</a> gave a complete guide on fixing this. It worked for me and should work for every one.<br />
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In Windows 7 you have no access to the AD setting page (which was in the monitor page) and you will see "unable to select module..." as the screensaver name. These are minor things (settings can be change directly in the registry and no one cares about the name) but you can fix it following the <a href="http://fermata-studio.com/?p=413">instructions here</a>.<br />
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<b><u>Windows 10:</u></b><br />
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(Updated 2/2/17)<br />
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EDIT: Somehow I need to perform a recovery on the system hence giving me a second chance to install AD4. Here is a simple solution to get it solved:<br />
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- Install AD4 as usual.<br />
- Bring "After Dark.scr" into C:\Windows\System32<br />
- Settings can be done via the registry package from this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTz__hvOQus">YouTube video</a>.<br />
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Now everything should work the same as what you get in Windows7. The same problem remains -- the 'unable to select module' name and limited access to the settings. Since more registry entries are missed you really have to rely on the package from that video.<br />
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But for those AD lovers, I hope the above manual helps you to retrieve what your beloved screensaver that you first met 20 years ago :DForretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-65086788471378633182017-01-03T03:13:00.000+08:002017-01-03T03:13:23.934+08:00書評 // 時光當舖 01：思念物的歸處我已經很久沒用中文寫東西了。對上一次用中文寫過千字大概是兩年前，在這裡的話大概就是四年前吧。趁著年末聖誕年假把手上剩下的中文書看了遍，正好寫個書評把自己的手感找回來。(微劇透注意)<br />
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時光當舖 01：思念物的歸處<br />
著/ 千川<br />
繪/ Ooi Choon Liang<br />
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這種題材在近年可謂大行其道：古書堂事件手帖、咖啡館推理事件簿等等，更不要說我老家還有一套東京下町古書店還沒看。類似的思潮可以看作類似電子書和實體書之間的比較，引伸出人們對書以及圍繞書的一生的反思：兩者之間有諸多分別，但是把人與人的交流算在內的話最大的分別就是買書的體驗，所以以此為題的作品也就很自然地把背景設在書店裡面了。<br />
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咖啡店也有類似的情況。當然今時今日高級咖啡廳裡由專職的咖啡師(barista)包辦選擇到烘焙到沖調咖啡仍是理所當然，但是越來越多餐廳已經捨棄這個傳統擁抱低成本高效的即棄膠囊，同時各種連鎖咖啡店則機械式地用普通咖啡豆沖出一杯又一杯空有名牌標籤而缺乏靈魂的飲料。一個問題值得我們反思－－我們所購買的，到底是飲料還是咖啡因？我們所其望的，到底是杯上星O克的小人，還是店員早上一句溫暖的問候？諸如此類的問題也催生出了咖啡館甚至是深夜食堂之流的作品。<br />
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說了那麼多，我買這本的原因其實和題材幾乎無關：當時我趕著訂下2016我所打算看的書，無意中發現這本由我所喜愛畫師之一所繪的小說而順手放進購物籃而已。但畢竟也是我買下來並帶到異國的書本不看也說不過去，一看之下腦海中無數思潮閃過，於是就有了這篇短文。<br />
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何謂當舖？當舖就是以實物為抵押的借貸業。當舖無論在東西方都不是甚麼新奇的玩意，在中國更可以追溯到宋代甚至更早。但在金融與資訊極為發達的今天借貸的成本大為降低，借貸不再依賴抵押之下變成了純粹的金錢交易下整合進銀行的業務之一，當舖的生存空間自然買少見少，成為了老一輩的回憶。我自己沒有當舖相關的經驗，對它們的印象也僅限於路過騎樓底下看見當舖的那道大閘，以及上面那個百無聊賴的掌櫃而已。但是說到當舖相關的文學的話那就必然是前幾年的當紅炸子雞：秦嗣林的三本29張當票。一個真正的大師用老練的文筆用一張張的當票．一件件的典物道盡人生百味－－大書局裡它應可歸到文學一欄裡面，在一個萬年不變的文學書櫃裡找一個幾年前出版、現在還在重刷的系列應該不會太難，各位讀者有機會請務必拿起來讀一兩個小故事，必定會對我上面的評語有所共鳴。<br />
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相較之下，時光當舖讀到一半時我對這本書的取題是有點不以為然的：明明是當舖卻欠了典當這個行為，只剩下一件件斷當的物品－－用英文的說法就是過去完成式－－那我要當舖又有何用？為何不是古董舖或者雜貨舖？時光當舖也並不接受時間典當(不然這就和吉田萬理子的回憶當舖重疊了……不過這本也是好書，值得一看)，這樣時光當舖裡面四個字不就有三個字和內容對不上了嘛！<br />
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嘛，我得承認以上的評論可能過於挑剔了。一是作者本人比我還年輕，要期望他寫出圍繞傳統意義上的當舖的故事也是強人所難；二是我抱著滿頭問號把剩下的一半看完，時光的當舖剛好以另一種出乎意料的形式呈現：整本小說由兩條故事線穿插而成，兩邊的主角因為一些事情上的認知錯誤錯過了本可以更好的人生。用另一個方式去看待這件事的話正好就是將真實的自己當掉、以時光為利息－－當舖的主人正是冷酷無情的時間。<br />
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人們對一件舊物件的感情會隨時間而變化，對事情的認知也一樣，或淡去、或固化－－不幸地它們有些因為某些原因出現缺口或是變得扭曲，我們卻不得不帶著它們渡過餘生。有些人選擇將它們當掉換取一隻救生船，在有如1912年大西洋般的時間洪流裡不知飄向何處；有些人選擇勇敢地面對真實的自己，追求著屬於自己的幸福。先不提這個行為需要多大的勇氣，「追逐著自身幸福的姿態本身就是幸福的模樣」，又有幾多人注意到呢？<br />
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回到一些比較日常的觀點。這種小說裡面解謎算是不可或缺的劇情，但因為委託的性質關係提示滿充足的，要猜到高潮以外大部分進展不會很難。不過比起解謎的部分我覺得提示的部分可以進步的空間比較多：用了太多巧合就會變得牽強，而且在故事橫跨兩三代時間的背景下利用科技作弊的程度必須更為小心地參酌。將過時的資訊數位化是一件非常奢侈的時情，越瑣碎的資訊越是如此－－這是我這麼多年來在地球村(Geocities)和其他舊網站「淘寶」時所得的重要教訓。<br />
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要我來評分的話這本小說絕對可以得到合格以上的分數，也大概足夠讓我拿起續作繼續看下去。很多有趣的巧妙設定，但是我一開始所期待的東西一樣也沒有中：時光當舖以另一種出乎意料的方式被解讀；圍繞當舖的舖陳也幾乎沒有(某靈出場時我還以為我在看科幻小說而不是輕微靈異的小說)。在缺少一堆核心設定的情況下第一本可以過關，但是這終究是續作中繞不開的難題。雖然這是一個不折不扣的缺點，在我的期待下反而變成了我看下一部的誘因……所以希望各位讀者看過這篇書評後能對這本小說產生一個比較合理的期待，然後找個下午茶的時間沖一壼Mariage Frères的Marco Polo或者Harvey & Sons的Paris(恕我品茶知識實在有限，找不出層次和小說相配的茶品……但是用這兩種茶來描述我閱讀時的情緒的話已經足夠貼切了)，好好享受作者把故事妮妮道來吧！Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-30389147861434965202016-12-29T15:16:00.000+08:002016-12-29T15:24:53.829+08:00Random BOINC stuffs<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">
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I've been supporting BOINC for a few years, but not until the beginning of this year that I've put a computer into computation consistently. Somehow one of the tasks my computer received discovered a new prime number -- 6082*627^34111+1 of 95422 digits long. Not very big but definitely my first discovery in the field of number theory. So allow me to grab the chance to talk about my thoughts on BOINC projects today...<br />
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First of all, why? Why am I joining BOINC? For science? Not really - I have absolutely zero interest on extraterrestrial existence [religious influence?] so I won't join those projects who really originates BOINC.<br />
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Medicine related projects? Yes I've joined the World Community Grids [WCGs] claiming to help cancers, Zika, AIDS and more. That's surely going to have a positive influence to the world, but given how the industry works I am not really expecting a breakthrough from the project even it's IBM who's managing it.<br />
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Physics? No thank you.<br />
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Mathematics? Well I somehow believe that Collatz conjecture is true, so it could be largely useless to find counterexamples. We have seen a similar case already -- the ABC conjecture, which was tested by the ABC@home project, now has a pending proof. Prime numbers related projects are kind of interesting, but I still have no idea on finding primes of a specific form that is too big for any practical use. Conjectures are often like, "xxx is true for all k less than ooo" but if ooo is small it is not easy to induce another further results from here. Algebraic structure related projects are then the most meaningful one to me, but I cannot make any further comments since I am not a specialist on algebra.<br />
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Proof by computation is surely one of the major modern tools, but besides the 4 colours theorem it is not often that you can find equally important result that is done by computation. And to me, there is no project available on mathematical statements that has enough importance to take my full computation power. So my answer is, for fun.<br />
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It's quite fun, isn't it? People now days are tired of crunching MMORPGs manually that they turn into idle games watching the numbers grow. This is simply another idle RPGs that let the numbers grow, only slightly unfriendly to the CPUs and GPUs. You can also make decisions on resource distribution - which project gives you the best reward per second - which can be much more complicated when you put realistic factors into consideration: which project produces less heat/consumes less electricity? Does my ventilation good enough?... no more than picking a suitable map in the RPG and grind properly by carefully choosing the monsters to fight.<br />
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Gridcoin or cryptocurrency has been an influential factor these days because it's bonded with BOINC credits and has real money value. People claim that it's the monetary motivation that pushes away people from projects doing `real science' [in their opinion] to some less meaningful projects that offer more credits. To me it does not really matter because gridcoin is never worth the bill of electricity that people consumed to crunch numbers, and given that bitcoin currently being a rather stabilized market [at least, in terms of electronic currencies, and comparing with other cryptocurrencies] I do see the feasibility that gridcoin develops into reliable means of trade. If so, that would be a fully commercialized model of BOINC and gridcoin - private institute issues points for people grinding that can be exchanged into money/prize/whatever. Of course at the end of the day 0.01 or 0.0001 dollar does not make any difference to small scale crunchers. Who cares?<br />
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So that's the deal. If you are one that enjoy watching numbers going up and down from some idle flash games/online games. I would recommend you to to join BOINC. Notice that those idel games do take a damn lot of CPU/RAM resources, doing absolutely meaningless work, while BOINC project is at least doing some minimal science, which is better than doing shit :)Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-44227459389165055142016-12-17T14:55:00.001+08:002016-12-19T23:57:59.699+08:00A mind set of using linear algebra<b><span style="color: red;">Warning</span></b>: Heavy use of LaTeX follows. Make sure you enabled Javascript to read those equations properly. It is highly recommended to enlarge the page so that the equations are not in congested form.<br />
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First of all, seasons greetings everyone. Let's see if I can get the customization article done before the end of 2016...<br />
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Readers probably know that I use linear algebra extremely heavily -- for casual blog posts, game studies, hardcore research and so on. It is really useful and it simplifies quite a lot of problems when you are stuck to prove it in a traditional way. You can find it in computational maths, topology, combinatorics, and now analysis.<br />
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<b>Definition 1</b>. Let $r\in \mathbb{N}_0$. Define $C^r$ to be the space of $r$-times differentiable functions, with the norm<br />
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$||f||_{C^r} = \sum _{|s|\leq r} ||D^sf||_{\infty}$<br />
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<b>Definition 2</b>. Let $r \in \mathbb{N}_0$ and $\alpha \in (0,1)$. Define $C^{r+\alpha}$ be the space so that the following equipped norm is finite:<br />
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<b>Theorem 3</b>. Some primitive results. There exist some constants $C>0$ so that:<br />
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1) If $f\in C^1$ then $||f||_{C^{\alpha}} \leq C ||f||_{\infty}^{1-\alpha} ||f||_{C^1}^{\alpha}$.<br />
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2) If $f\in C^{2+\alpha}$ then $||f||_{C^1} \leq C||f||_{C^{\alpha}}^{(\alpha +1)/2}||f||_{C^{2+\alpha}}^{(1-\alpha)/2}$.<br />
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In the rest of this article, $C$ represents some positive constants probably varying from line to line.<br />
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Proof. (1) is relatively easy to do using MVT:<br />
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$|f(x)-f(y)| = |f(x)-f(y)|^{1-\alpha} |f(x)-f(y)|^{\alpha}$<br />
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$\leq (2||f||_{\infty})^{1-\alpha}(||f||_{C^1}|x-y|)^{\alpha}$<br />
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$\leq C ||f||_{\infty}^{1-\alpha} ||f||_{C^1}^{\alpha}|x-y|^{\alpha}$<br />
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(2) involves some nasty analytical approximation so it will be skipped here.<br />
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We split the exponent $1$ into $(1-\alpha) + \alpha$, but what about harder interpolation estimates?<br />
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<b>Theorem 4</b>. If $f\in C^{2+\alpha}$ then $||f||_{C^1} \leq C ||f||_{\infty}^{\frac{1+\alpha}{2+\alpha}} ~ ||f||_{C^{2+\alpha}}^{\frac{1}{2+\alpha}}$ for some constant $C>0$.<br />
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Well, notice that these kinds of interpolation results share two common features: if $||f||_{C^p} \leq \prod ||f||_{C^{q_n}}^{r_n}$ then $\sum r_n =1 $ and $p = \sum q_nr_n$. These properties are preserved by the usual row operations!<br />
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Let $a,b,c,d$ be the exponent for the norm of $C^0, C^{\alpha}, C^1, C^{2+\alpha}$ respectively. Putting those 3 equations together we have the following matrix<br />
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$A = \begin{bmatrix} \alpha -1& 1 & -\alpha & 0 \\ 0 & -\frac{\alpha+1}{2} & 1 & \frac{\alpha-1}{2} \\ -\frac{1+\alpha}{2+\alpha} & 0 & 1 & -\frac{1}{2+\alpha} \end{bmatrix}$<br />
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which, upon reduction, has a zero row. Therefore theorem 4 is true.<br />
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QED.<br />
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If you want the real exponent to work with, use the linear dependency algorithm:<br />
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$A^t \sim \begin{bmatrix} 1& 0 & \frac{-\alpha -1}{\alpha ^2 + \alpha -2} \\ 0 & 1 & \frac{-2}{\alpha ^2 + \alpha -2} \\ 0 & 0 & 0\\0& 0& 0\end{bmatrix}$<br />
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The signs are not particularly useful because we have to care about the orientation of signs -- that flips if we take the negative power. Now upon such suitable exponent, we have the following from theorem 3:<br />
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$||f||_{C^{\alpha}}^{\frac{\alpha +1}{\alpha ^2+\alpha -2}} \geq C ||f||_{\infty}^{-\frac{1+\alpha}{2+\alpha}}~ ||f||_{C^1}^{\frac{\alpha (\alpha -1)}{\alpha ^2 + \alpha -2}}$<br />
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$||f||_{C^1}^{-\frac{2}{\alpha ^2+\alpha -2}} \leq C||f||_{C^{\alpha}}^{-\frac{\alpha +1}{\alpha ^2 + \alpha -2}}~||f||_{C^{2+\alpha}}^{\frac{1}{2+\alpha}}$<br />
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And, therefore, replicating the proof:<br />
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$||f||_{C^1} = (||f||_{C^1}^{-\frac{2}{\alpha ^2+\alpha -2}}~ )(||f||_{C^1}^{\frac{\alpha (\alpha -1)}{\alpha ^2 + \alpha -2}}~)$<br />
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$\leq C (||f||_{C^{\alpha}}^{-\frac{\alpha +1}{\alpha ^2 + \alpha -2}}~ ||f||_{C^{2+\alpha}}^{\frac{1}{2+\alpha}})(||f||_{C^{\alpha}}^{\frac{\alpha +1}{\alpha ^2+\alpha -2}}~ ||f||_{\infty}^{\frac{1+\alpha}{2+\alpha}})$<br />
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$ = C ||f||_{\infty}^{\frac{1+\alpha}{2+\alpha}} ~ ||f||_{C^{2+\alpha}}^{\frac{1}{2+\alpha}}$<br />
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You may actually find an easier solution to the above: just do substitution twice:<br />
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$||f||_{C^1} \leq C||f||_{C^{\alpha}}^{\frac{\alpha +1}{2}}~ ||f||_{C^{2+\alpha}}^{\frac{1-\alpha}{2}} \leq (||f||_{\infty}^{1-\alpha}~ ||f||_{C^1}^{\alpha})^{\frac{\alpha +1}{2}}~ ||f||_{C^{2+\alpha}}^{\frac{1-\alpha}{2}}$<br />
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which gives you the right answer after some rearrangement, but what about more complicated interpolation results? I simply leave two simple results here -- be warned that they are linearly independent from the above, so if they have rank 1 then you have to prove at least one of them using analytical results. The bad news is, they increase the rank of the system by 2. Can you still try to make use of linear algebra...?<br />
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<b>Theorem 5</b>. Let $f\in C^{2+\alpha}$, then the following holds for some $C>0$:<br />
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1): $||f||_{C^1} \leq C||f||_{\infty}^{\frac{\alpha}{\alpha +1}}~ ||f||_{1+\alpha}^{\frac{1}{\alpha +1}}$<br />
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2): $||f||_{C^2} \leq C||f||_{\infty}^{\frac{\alpha}{2+\alpha}}~ ||f||_{C^{2+\alpha}}^{\frac{2}{2+\alpha}}$Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-13040545895667284282016-11-27T21:14:00.001+08:002016-11-27T21:14:27.387+08:00Fan based game customization (1)Needless to say I am quite an old Osu player - it's my ninth year in the game already. But being stuck in online games does not imply that I am a pure PC console player. In fact I am a big fan of nintendo, or more precisely a big fan of their traditional game series - Mario, Pokemon, Fire Emblem,...their simple but rich art design [at least, in the old days] fits my taste of partial minimalism, and numerically they each represent a possibility of pushing things to extreme.<br />
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...what? You say Pokemon RGB has retarded difficulty that BW players would laugh at, and super mario bros. has repetitive design with obsolete control? Well, newcomers to the gaming world must accept that as a fact or phenomenon when you look into the past. Information is pretty much isolated that you won't have access to various walkthroughs, and it is certainly uneasy to figure all out by yourself [walkthroughs worth real money in the past!]. It is often criticised that the Elite four focused on a single element that is easy to battle against [especially Lance, with his team of dragonite fearing coldness very much], but remember the concept of elemental relation is not widely accepted except for a few games [final fantasy and some more, if any], So discovering those becomes an inherited part of the game -- and it's not obvious either due to the rarity of dragon based pokemon. [Some of those relations makes physical sense actually, like the water-fire-grass cycle, but does dragon type pokemon even make sense in the physical world?] And for Mario...bare in mind that completing a game without save is a different story. You were required to complete all 7 worlds just with 3 lives, so your chance is really limited. It is not like the modern ones [since SMW3] that has finite lives but actually allows you to die infinitely [just press 'continue'] -- you lose your points if you die too many times, but not your actual progress. It is not hard to imagine one losing a number of times in a same stage, so completing the whole game could really be a real challenge. At this point the design and control already do not matter because you're already stuck in the game and you want to perform better and faster ---<br />
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But that is not what I wanted to talk today. Let us go back to two classic Mario designs - Super Mario Bros. 3 [NES-GBA] and Super Mario World [SNES-GBA]. Despite the fact that they are both in the hall of all-time greatest games, one common feature between the two is that there are a lot of remakes based on the design of these two games, especially the later due to the fact that SNES cartridge can be easily broken. Kaizo who created some trollish superbly hard level has he name named after these kinds of levels - the Kaizo Mario World / Kaizo stage...that soon develops into kind of a standard on what is a well designed stage and what is a trolling stage. Such community contributes a solid part of the retro-gaming, and of course, a solid fanbase of the Mario series. Perhaps inspired by the requests from these gamers, or Nintendo simply ran out of ideas to make new super Mario games, they decided to publish the Super Mario Maker [honestly speaking, Nintendo performed poorly on that year of E3 and SMM is probably the only highlight of it...]. Since then the Mario community inflates quickly and producing stages we have never seen - not only that we have normal stages of difficulty ranging from introductory level to levels with hundreds of moves that requires a extremely narrow time frame typically two or three frames [I am not sure if frame-perfect moves are common though...I am not really a TV console player :/], with different gimmick levels - automated levels, music levels, puzzle levels and a lot more.<br />
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That reminds me another game I loved a lot - Osu!. Without doubt that it originates from Osu! the NDS game [or whatever it is called in US], but the modern standard comes from the PC Osu! community [oh hey m980 you should return to make some 'authentic maps', but people nowdays hate them and I don't like them either...] through the process of modding and ranking. The question is, with the heavy involvement and in particular evaluation from the player community, what will a game look like, from both the player end and the official end? The answer is rather simple for Osu! because it is not likely that we will see another commercial Osu! game, and other games that Osu! took reference from are mainly arcade games whose decided to keep with their own theory with the gradual trend of increasing difficulty, which proved to be a success strategy.<br />
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But Mario itself, as a commercial game is completely different. Nintendo is not making profit from the Mario Maker platform, and even if they do it does not imply that there is no need to produce any successor. Continuation is essential for this gaming brand as well as for the consoles, or simply Nintendo. What is the impact of Mario Maker to different kind of gamers, and what is the future of Mario? This would be something this article would like to talk about.<br />
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We restrict our game customization to the designation of stages as a standard part of the game that simulates the main [the official] part of the game. So plain simulation game [e.g. RollerCoaster Tycoon] does not count. We also require customized 'stages' to be fully playable as intended by the developers in a single player mode [if we also limit ourselves to basically single player games], so pokemon does not count as well -- one may argue that after completing all the post-champion elements players may start to build up a strongest team as for a challenge for themselves, but you can't really fight against your built team and that's probably not an intended part of the game other than the fact that you are allowed to wander around freely in a RPG world.<br />
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It is not easy to find games that allow customization in the early years due to the memory restriction [you can't even save your main progress], and the lack of Internet support also make customized stages much less valuable. Therefore these kind of games naturally comes from the PC consoles, typically those flash minigames due to their short main storyline [if there is one]. A typical example is the Super Stacker 2 [I can recall so many interesting stages that I made a few years ago...], or some tower defense that allows customization. We have to be very careful on the definition of game customization when it comes to tower defense because you advances in the game by customizing your objects as well. This is not what we call game customization. When you act as a defender in the game customization refers to customizing the waves including the HP/types of the monsters incoming. And for games featuring the designation of the waves that goes through a TD-like region then customization refers to the alteration of the combination of those defensive objects.<br />
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The problem of these minigames is that the surrounding community is too small to trigger anything interesting out of it. Flash games are typically hosted on an integrated site, either just for pure gaming that generates no internal community, or sites that combines forum and gaming structure like Kongregate or Newgrounds in the good old days. [Well, flash games integrated with Discuz! forums have nothing to do with game customization because the aim of those games is quantitative and thus creativity is useless there.] It's still extremely hard to find a big enough community dedicated to a single game that themed with customization. Popular games on Kongregate have their own chat room and assuming that to be players available at the moment it's hard to find games that contain more than 100 players online, or 1000 players active on the message board for at least once...<br />
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How about non-flash PC games? I am sorry I can't recall a lot of them honestly :\<br />
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So we gave a vague definition on what we want to discuss -- Osu! remains to be one of the best analogy that I can comfortably talk about. In the next entry we shall compare the two as well as a genre of games that does not really fit into the above definition but holds a number of similarities to what we are looking for.Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-31081347918996329362016-10-09T00:57:00.003+08:002016-10-09T01:17:10.441+08:00Faster algorithm solving minesweeper puzzles (1)Minesweeper is something that I'm always addicted to. This is obvious when this blog contains multiple entries talking about different aspects of this absolute classic. <a href="http://allmaths.blogspot.co.nz/2013/09/thoughts-on-minesweeper.html">Last time</a>, I talked about solving minesweeper using logical deduction generalised as a satisfiability problem. That was quite a long time ago -- when I was playing <a href="http://mienfield.com/">mienfield</a>. 3 years after that I am now addicted to another minesweeper game called Minesweeper: Collector, that you can find on the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.griffgriffgames.minesweeper">Google play store</a>.<br />
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Yes of course. Using ILP (integer linear programming) or even SAT (satisfiability) to solve minesweeper is not a very smart idea. Since we are working with equations and we know integral solution exists, we can simply employ linear algebra to make our life easier.<br />
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It is a bit hard to define how useful a deduction is by solving all the equations. For instance if we can conclude from 100 equations that now the space of possible solutions has dimension 68, then probably a faster way to solve the puzzle could be done by performing an educated guess in terms of probability. However probability is not something that linear algebra can handle easily so we would simply look for any definite deduction here. The most desirable result from the algorithm is that we can deduce the solution of some particular grids.<br />
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For the classic rectangular minesweeper we can think the whole puzzle as a matrix $M\in \mathbb{R} ^{m\times n}$, then we can setup variables $v_{11},...,v_{mn}$. Of course the same idea applies to different kinds of minesweeper shape [hexagonal etc] it is just the naming/coordinate setup that differs. They are supposed to be binary, but this is some technicality that we must handle later.<br />
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If a certain grid [for example row $s$ column $t$] is known but its neighborhoods are not all revealed then the grid yields an equation denoted by $E_{st}$. It has the form<br />
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Where $c_{st}$ is the number of mines surrounded, and $\delta _{st} = 1$ if the grid $(s,t)$ is concealed, 0 otherwise. The aim of course, is to identify the mines [i.e. solving $v$] and receive more hints, eventually solving the whole puzzle.<br />
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Input: A partially solved minesweeper matrix $M\in \mathbb{R}^{m\times n}$ provided that solution exists<br />
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- Convert puzzle into linear eqautions<br />
- RREF and solve $M$<br />
- Interpret the solution<br />
- Return any conclusion<br />
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For example we look at a classic 1-2 combination<br />
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$\begin{pmatrix}<br />
\square & \square & \square & \square & \square & \square & \square & \square \\<br />
\square & 2 & 1 & 1 & 2 & 2 & 1 & \square<br />
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that should give you deduction like<br />
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$\begin{pmatrix}<br />
\square & X & O & O & X & X &O & O \\<br />
\square & 2 & 1 & 1 & 2 & 2 & 1 & O<br />
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[where X represents mine and O is safe.] Let $v_1,...,v_{10}$ be the variables naming from left to right, top to bottom. Loot at the matrix reduction:<br />
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$\begin{pmatrix}<br />
1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 0 & 2\\<br />
0 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 1\\<br />
0 & 0 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 1\\<br />
0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 2\\<br />
0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 2\\<br />
0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & 1 & 1<br />
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\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & -1 & 0 & 1 & 0 & 1\\<br />
0 & 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & -1 & 0 & -1 & 1\\<br />
0 & 0 & 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 1 & 0 & 1 & 0\\<br />
0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 0 & 0 & -1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0\\<br />
0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 0 & 0 & -1 & 0 & -1 & 1\\<br />
0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & 1 & 1 \end{pmatrix}$<br />
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What a mess! But we can still interpret the solution.<br />
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From row 3 we have $v_3+v_7+v_8+v_{10} = 0$, then by non-negativity they are all zero. By removing column 3,7,8,10 and row 3 we instantly get $v_2 = v_5 = v_6 = 1, v_4 = 0$. Now the solution space is given by:<br />
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$v = (0,1,0,0,1,1,0,0,1,0)^t + t(1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,-1,0)^t$ where $t \in \mathbb{R}$, or simply $t \in \left\{ 0,1\right\}$.<br />
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as expected. However the deduction is very messy that it cannot be automated in an obvious way. Things get worse if the solution space is more complicated. Look at this simple example:<br />
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$\begin{pmatrix}<br />
\square & \square & \square & \square & \square & \square \\<br />
\square & 1 & 1 & 2 & 2 & \square<br />
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that yields immediately the following [this should be really obvious for any experienced player!]<br />
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$\begin{pmatrix}<br />
\square & O & \square & \square & X & \square \\<br />
\square & 1 & 1 & 2 & 2 & \square<br />
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assign the names $v_1,...,v_8$ as before, reduce the matrix:<br />
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$\begin{pmatrix}<br />
1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 0 & 1\\<br />
0 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 1\\<br />
0 & 0 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 2\\<br />
0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & 1 & 2<br />
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\begin{pmatrix}1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 2\\<br />
0 & 1 & 0 & 0 & -1 & 0 & 0 & 0 & -1\\<br />
0 & 0 & 1 & 0 & 0 & -1 & 0 & -1 & 0\\<br />
0 & 0 & 0 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 0 & 1 & 2 \end{pmatrix}$<br />
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The only thing we can deduce is the second equation. Since we know $v_2,v_5\in \left\{ 0,1\right\}$ we must have $v_2 = 0, v_5 = 1$ as predicted, and this is basically all we know.<br />
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The trouble here is the deduction heavily relies on facts that we have omitted by modelling the problem into a system of linear equations. Of course rearranging the columns [hence changing the RREF] could solve this problem, but recognising the rearrangement of columns is basically equivalent to knowing the grids that can be definitely [or at least almost definitely - when the solution of that grid has a very low dimension] which is the fundamental aim.<br />
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To improve our efficiency instead of adding conditionals that check whether an equation is useful for deduction, we can change the fields that we are working on. Rings wouldn't work [and that is why ILP is bad], but we can look at fields, like $F_2$ or $F_7$!. This will be addressed in the next entry.Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-70497346778006158372016-10-01T21:28:00.000+08:002016-10-01T21:28:40.116+08:00Trauma Team reviewWell not a very recent game isn't it? Some random recommendation from youtube caught my eyes then I subsequently finished the whole streaming. Back to the time I was stuck in gaming consoles [before went into MUGs] I completed the first game of the Trauma Center series almost perfected every operation, then took on the second opinion but shaking hands definitely makes the game superbly hard on Wii, and I gave up halfway.<br />
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Developing the same story line is probably not working after one or two attempts. On one hand the nature of operations being repetitive is somehow pushing the developers to raise the difficulty bar in the sequels. The population is not giving a warm reception against this act -- the precision, speed or continuity necessary to clear the later stage utilizes full functionality of the NDS pad that only a few number of games could had reach such bar. [Wii's better but not a lot, too.] Raising difficulty not only go beyond what gamers could do but also make the game more unreasonable. The story basically entered a dead end - GUILT along with its origin and associated diseases are pretty much cured. Developing something like that takes years as mentioned in the first game, and the way it was spread out decided that it is not easy to create another pandemic anymore. It just makes no sense to try to extend this linear plot.<br />
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But the whole story does not stop there. Just look at Phoenix Wright - the introduction of new character adds another layer of complexity of the whole story [in terms of mathematics it is like adding an independent vector into a subspace...right?]. Imagine that your starting pitchers are becoming old and can't be SP anymore. The introduction of a new SP definitely deliver a different game, but it's bitter and sweet finding your old player not only adapting a relief role but also helping the noobs to get through the game. To me, Trauma Center quite successfully replicate such strategy.<br />
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Derek and Angie has relieved once or twice already [so they turned into...coach?!? That make sense lol.] so Naomi is a natural choice. Her character didn't change much since her debut, but she was but in an environment with much more interaction and that exposes quite a different side of her. What a pity that the lil' guy failed to impress her enough to gain a starter at the very end.<br />
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Each of the individual stories are pretty interesting too, but I feel like getting the story done in like, 6 chapters is too rush. Don't forget that you have the main story pushing you behind so everything is just too quick for those characters to make a change [except for Gabriel who received a real shocker]. Fortunately the ending is kind of complete so I'm leaving happily from the game.<br />
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That brings another problem by dividing the whole game into different kinds of puzzles: each type of puzzles has their own significant weakness, and putting all puzzles together is enough to annoy every single player. Operations are extremely easy and generous from beginning to the end - it never escalates even with limited number of operations; endoscoped operations are even more repetitive because the opponent [virus/wounds] never 'fight back', and that is extremely unrealistic. Who would have a full kit equipped on the endoscope? The only thing I can recall from Hank's operation is the super combo that I couldn't recognize where was all the counts from; Maria's one is a nice attempt but the constraint never picks the gamer's back heavily. On the other hand, I found diagnostic and forensic puzzles extremely long and clumsy. It is good that they really collect realistic evidences with details [that stands out from other detective games], but the progress is simply too slow because you cannot reach some obvious conclusion just because the game does not allow you to. The frequent switching scene is also kind of annoying. Why am I going from by office to the scene just to collect 2 pieces of evidence and decided that it's sufficient then go back? I know all of them are logical but redundant logical induction is really bringing any wow factor to the story.<br />
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Some other elements of the game is worth mentioning as well. The graphic is nice - American comic styled slides handled the pace well and giving enough details [and easter eggs] given the limited budget [well you know, it's atlus after all...], I definitely like the Japanese styled graphics. Credits must be given to those [Japanese] producer who merged the two together well. Music's average I would say, not that grand and intense as the previous games. A remix of O Fortuna would be a great punch on the old players' stomach, but probably the producer decided not to do so because everything is relaxing and easy here :P<br />
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In overall, this is a game that is worth to have a look, especially if you've played similar stuff in the past. Probably too old to buy but streaming videos are worth a shot [say, Karin & Omega's Channel?], and something can be expected from the sequel, if there will be one -- kind of doubtful because it's been 6 years since the last one.Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-39586084649859170542016-08-01T07:03:00.000+08:002016-08-01T07:03:40.247+08:0001-08-2016<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">
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The nature can sometimes be harsh. Isn't it? Probably a long forgotten nightmare of direct hit under the existence of high tide is approaching fast (not exactly, but people wanted it to go slower allowing more time to improve its CDO).</div>
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Living in such metropolitan we often underestimates the power of the nature...interconnected indoor areas and shelters looked safe but you never know what happened next. Who would have expected that the Festival Walk would collapse under thunderstorm? Gales can even be more unpredictable when it comes to destroy things - windows in modern city are designed to withstand tornado-equivalent winds, but random objects brought into the air can pierce glass under fierce pressure just like a piece of paper. Collapsing outdoor structure, and electricity network, flash flooding...essential elements of living in a city could be gone in just a few hours, and these haven't been expected and prepared by residents of the city.</div>
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And yes we have Pokemon Go...despite the fact that it does not sound very applauding to me as the authentic game, exposing yourself outside is plainly stupid. The rarity of pokemon in the game is not even close to the chance of getting rare items/cards/characters in a god-damned mobile game, and you've got the chance every single day for free, why risk your life for it?</div>
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Vicente may just as well serve as a precaution alarm, but people quickly threw the warning away. And now the real trouble is coming. Hong Kongers, are you ready for that?</div>
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As a MUG lover you must have encountered this one of the earliest rhythmic games available as an arcade machine - DanceDanceRevolution (DDR). Of course the choice of songs are quite different from now, and that is reasonable considering the change in composition of arcade players that time to now. They realized this before making one of the many sequels DDR Nova so it revives pretty well and remains to be one of the legendary MUG that remains in the arcade center. Other MUGs whose ages are more or less the same meets similar problem as well. Some fixed it and some did not so they rise and fall, like teams in the Premier League...oh this is off-topic now.</div>
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So since when I was addicted to this game? I can't really tell. I am of course an Osu player specializing those modes but on the arcade side I used to play taiko primarily then jubeat and beatstream (yes that is rather new, and I do have a rather shallow arcade experience too). But one day my wrist is not feeling well so playing taiko and jubeat would probably be a bad idea [of course, playing DDR with damaged wrist is an even more stupid idea that I didn't realize at that time] and I saw some random player playing caramelldensen [the original one] and that instantly reminds me of the strawberry cake dance from the remix. [Yes the machine is that old!]</div>
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So I just gave it a go and never get out of it again. Of course, unless there's absolutely no DDR machine nearby that I can do nothing, like now. Luckily I have my own DDR pad at my home so that I can do some regular minimal practice. Playing with pads definitely weakens the experience you can get from playing the arcade. The difference in hardness [or the spring coefficient] gives you some hint on your positioning without the need to figure it using some extra senses. On the other hand the pad is just simply too slippery at times, so it still takes time for me to fully master that.</div>
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A clear substitute would be Pump It Up (PIU) one would say, but I don't really like it. The 5-button setup is a natural choice as a dual for the 4 arrows, but the mapping theory is not very consistent and sometimes forcing awkward movements or maybe I'm just too weak to realize them; choice of music is of course important: SHK and ESTi are not bad. I've been cooperated with mapper for these two composers for quite a long time already -- but if you will the song list with, say, 20% of them you're lacking variety. You can see the choice of songs are quite well-spreaded in terms of the genres but within the same genre they lack variation. It's a wow to see vocaloid and touhou songs --- you do see the might bad apple in both PIU and DDR, but if you compare between the two you can tell PIU's map being unrankable straightaway [using the term from Osu]. For sure you want hardness for competitiveness but that is not for every damn single song. Bad end night for sure go along with dances properly, but are you sure you want a lv23 on this song? That sounds like a group of nuts cramping on the ground. That brings up another issue: the difficulty spread is just stupid. Not only inappropriate levels are assigned to different songs, but the difficulty curve is not well-designed as well.</div>
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Poor song selection - mapping - evaluation combines to give a downward cycle in the overall quality and that we have seen numerous time in Osu already...that takes a lot of work for them to capture my heart into it, but I am sure that they'd rather capture others' interest instead. Oh just two more physical complaints -- the inherited light is too hot and the the machine itself is too loud that annoys me seriously on/off the machine. Have to say that the above are all personal opinions so...don't go too hard on me :)</div>
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Let's back to DDR. It is kind of interesting that it is a 4K 2-dimensional game [4 inputs with two dimension: notes in the space of 4 arrows and time. Who cares about its topology?], but I am just not good in any of the other 4K-wise game. IIDX, SDVX [should be 6K+2 non-traditional input but well for beginners it is almost 4K]...but I can play DDR and I don't understand why :/ I guess that is associated with one's ability to visualize the theory of a song given all the notes and element played/showing up. I can do that in Osu, taiko and CtB --- all with large hitting objects so maybe that's the key.</div>
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If only I can watch my replay, I would be able to analyse songs and mapping using my theory but since I do not have Paseli that is not going to work. So I guess that is all for today -- some shit talk without evidences, just expressing my thought on such essential component in the world of rhythmic games. Here is a little record to remind me how good I was and where am I going to --</div>
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DDR: Consistent on lv.15, passing some lv.16. Similar absolute accuracy [in ms] but looks poor in DDR [in grade]: B or C for lv.15 and consistently A or above under lv.15</div>
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PIU: Successful attempts around lv.15 but only bothered to play in a relaxing style around lv.6, or sometimes aiming for a perfect --- I've never get a single excellent on jubeat but I can do consistently on PIU songs steadily so you can see how loose the judgement is...</div>
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ITG [in the groove, 'fake DDR' or 'stepmania arcarde']: lv.11-12 which converts to high-10 or post-10 in the old DDR scale, but you know these high level songs are not official and they do not tell much. The only thing I can tell is, they are really streamy -- can you imagine a short version of Kokoro with 750 notes and サラマンドラの踊り子 with 730 notes? Don't forget these are low BPM songs meaning that the map is filled with 1/4 and 1/6 mix throughout!</div>
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I went to Taiwan a month ago to meet my friends (from osu! and more), joined FF27, read books,...and of course ate a lot. Without doubt the night markets and old rusty little stalls in the dark corner both yield delicious traditional food, but I also tried lots of western-styled cafe - most of them are giving great surprises. Here allow me to introduce 3 of them:<br />
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1. Caldo cafe [台北市復興南路1段107巷5弄2號]<br />
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Earl grey, such elegant tea never combines with pastry easily: you want its aroma but not much of its colour, you want its smoothness but you've lost its liquidity --- earl grey cake is quite tricky already, then of course a successful earl grey souffle deserved to be a masterpiece.<br />
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Pictured above is an earl grey souffle with grapefruit sorbet and sea salt caramel (on the right it's a cup of fruity Columbia coffee). A well thought combination and the relaxing smell of bergamot spreads throughout the cake, and it spreads evenly and smoothly in your mouth with the assistance of heat from the freshly baked souffle.<br />
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I ordered a cinnamon apple pie as well --- not the apple pie in traditional sense, but they use multiple layer of cinnamon crusts with layers of apple on the top and finished with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cinnamon mix works really well, but the crust quickly changes its texture from crispy to soft chewy due to the moisture of the ice cream, and both aren't really something that you would fully enjoy, That's why I would recommend the souffle more -- 7 flavors available and once per day, you will always find something you like the most there.<br />
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Cost: 350 ~ 400 NTW for souffle + a cup of drink<br />
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2. Leslie [復興南路二段160巷11號1樓] (oh this is actually on the ground floor)<br />
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Absolute quality. It's hard to find sweets like that at a medium-high price or even in some of the top quality restaurants. Here they specializes in French styled pastry and light food. My first impression is the very warm decoration, and you can feel that from the behavior of customers: a comfortable place for comfort food.<br />
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As shown above they serve different tarts, many of which are limited edition. I tried a lemon tart, and failed to overcome the desire to have a try before taking a photo. Silky smooth custard but never too heavy as the zesty lemon flavor immediately comes in taking care of your mouth. The layer of syrup allowed the custard to retain a rather consistent texture and also giving a more mouthful appearance as well.<br />
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I also ordered a mille-feuille as shown above. Thin and fragile layers but never too crispy (in contrast to the cinnamon apple pie), you can cut through the cake without much effort and enjoy the combination between the buttery layers and the wonderful cream in between in one single bite.<br />
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Certainly I cannot try 4 or 5 different pastries in a single visit so I do missed a number of other deserts like tiramisu made using a mix of coffee wine etc. The shop also serve tea from Mariage Freres, a tea producer that has the same status in France as Twinings in UK. Sakura 2011 is the one I tried and the rose scent works properly with high quality sencha --- and that opened a new door to me as a tea frantic: the moment that I was typing this sentence I was enjoying a cup of wedding imperial with irish cream...<br />
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Cost: 350~450 NTW (2 cakes/1 cake and a cup of drink)<br />
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3. Simple Kaffa [敦化南路一段177巷48號B1]<br />
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Suited in a European styled hotel would this coffee shop brings you to back to a memorable nigh in Prague...? Probably not, but perhaps Tokyo would do. They serve coffee that has won a few medals and their cakes are quite unique that you are not going to find them elsewhere.<br />
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Pictured above is a honey flavored cake with a cup of toffee almond latte (hopefully I got this one right). The cake has a sponge texture but with more moisture; the honey foam fills the gap in the cake so that it smells good but it's never too sweet. They also serve a green tea cake that has a really concentrated matcha flavor in its custard that melts under room temperature --- I do not think I'll be able to describe this really interesting combination, but that deserves to be called as innovative in a positive way.<br />
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Cost: ~300 NTW (a cake and a cup of coffee)<br />
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Hopefully the above allows more choices when you are looking for light food in Taipei and they are really worthy for a go, especially Leslie :)Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-51400098587879608422015-12-21T22:39:00.003+08:002015-12-22T01:38:41.258+08:00LA2, second attempt on my linear algebra notesLet us call it LA2. My previous attempt [the 1.5LA] looks horrible 2~3 years after producing it. Hopefully it is better this time. I'm sure that it will as one's understanding on these elementary topics always improve with your understanding on advanced topics, like functional analysis, matrix analysis...etc.<br />
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<a href="http://forretrio.t15.org/project/LA2.pdf">Click here for the notes</a><br />
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Well I compiled this by picking different bits from my revision notes then some careful fixes and some effort to make it smooth. The beginning two-third is a basic linear algebra course, and the last one-third is an advanced but interesting topic to cover: linear programming.<br />
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My general principle to arrange the contents is to solve three main problems: to compute the inverse of a matrix, the geometric implication of linear transformations, and the duality principle in linear programming. Some external guidance are also taken, like the classic <i>Linear Algebra</i> from S. Lang.<br />
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Multiple references are taken, see p.3 of the text. I've taken [copied] some exercises from those references as well.<br />
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Ch.1 Basics: vector and matrix arithmetic<br />
Ch,2 Linear system: reduction, independence, dimension<br />
Ch.3 Geometry I: orthogonality, projection<br />
Ch.4 Determinants: implication in lower dimensions, elementary matrices, matrix inverse, Cramer's rule<br />
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Ch.5 Abstract vector space: axioms, function space, inner product space<br />
Ch.6 Linear Transformation: coordinate mapping, change of basis<br />
Ch.7 Eigenvectors: diagonalization, applications<br />
Ch.8 Special operators: Hermitian, unitary operators, orthogonal diagonalization, spectral decomposition<br />
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Ch.9 Geometry II: affine space, convex sets, cones<br />
Ch.10 Polytopes and polyhedrons: V-H characterization, Fourier Motzkin elimination<br />
Ch.11 Linear programming: Farkas Lemma, separation, simplex, duality<br />
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It was not the main motivation to get the old 1.5LA revamped, but actually I'm writing this for one of my dear friend who is studying computer science who is getting stuck with them, and I hope that there will be more readers other than him :)<br />
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And, merry Christmas.<br />
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Chris, Dec 2015Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-58298476688606584392015-11-04T23:45:00.002+08:002015-11-04T23:45:53.434+08:0004-11-2015Baseball oh baseball.<br />
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Another wonderful season has just ended. A late congratulation to Lamigo monkeys who gave a blessed display in G5-G7, the no hitter has been stunning and it was unimaginable that he had just played as a relief pitcher in the last game. Whilst on the opposite side of the globe, Cubs fans may have to wait another hundred years...<br />
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Baseball is the last sport that I've been paying attention to its professional leagues, other than football. That's a nice complement out of the football season after all, but that isn't the end of the story. They are completely different in nature.<br />
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Football, I am not sure if all of you would agree, is a chaotic process in nature. From the extremely wide varieties of tactics that leads to rigidity in substituting players, to a full dynamic process during the game, has made the whole season full of dependence and has random events leading all the way through. That doesn't seem to be obvious because every particular professional games has their strategy cautiously set up and ruthlessly executed, and being a full dynamic game the advantage accumulates --- and become decisive in the game. However looking the game in a more macroscopic way tells a different story. I learned that after following football for 10 years, and I bet it also took Abramovich also 8 years to realize that --- in 2012 --- the best team is not always going to win the champions league --- the phantom goal in 2005, the penalty showdown in 2006 and 2008, the Stamford Bridge massacre in 2009...and the against-all-the-odds display in 2012. It's the accumulation from the whole season that makes the slightest edge in the later stages of the Champions League. [Just a famous quote from zonal marking that I do agree quite a lot: semi-final of the champions League is always the most exciting, unpredictable, technically rich game in the whole tournament. And for me, being the semi-finalist is all about team strength and going any further requires a steel of mind with brilliantly delivered tactics, and loads of luck.]<br />
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Baseball however, has it quantity overwhelmed so that the game boils down onto data that really matters. Batter faces all sorts of pitchers and pitcher faces all kinds of batters, on a daily basis so the data representing their efficiency shows high correlation with their real performance. AVG [well some may think that being not very useful, especially for Moneyball fans], OBP, OPS --- accurately measures how efficient they score; ERA, H/9, WHIP --- predicts how likely pitches are going to allow runs. Whether it is a 100 mph 4-seam blitz, or a nasty curveball --- it does not matter --- in long run. Teams with proper farms may substitute a player by another without much difficulty, perhaps a drop of .05 in OBP, no one is really untouchable statistically. Drafting and exchange market, FA system, money and players lurking around --- definitely not the so called 'traditional' way in sports industry huh? But that's not the reason I love baseball. Taking a closer look into the game every single duel between the batter and the pitcher must be the star of the game. Look at the mind battle between them, their logical reasoning and physical reaction [baseball is 90% physical, and the other half is mental.], how can't you love that?<br />
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Two sports from two different culture, starring two different aspects in nature. I don't expect many to follow both as I do, but that will be on my recommended list seriously.<br />
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Oh, of course professional leagues aren't all of the sports available. We always have something called a union --- once again big, big congrats to the All Blacks, who again gave an astonishing display throughout. Hopefully I will have the honor to watch it live in Japan, 2019.<br />
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Hopefully.Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2106712996078987699.post-6162728464425415712015-10-01T16:29:00.002+08:002015-10-01T16:29:40.726+08:00Quick updateWow...I was completely quiet for the last three months. Let's have a quick update here:<br />
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Chopin's Ballade No.1 in G minor Op.23. For anime lovers or classical music lovers, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is a must see ones - great story and outstanding performance quality.<br />
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Have been trying to write some tutoring thought here, and hopefully that could be done in one weeks or so.Forretrio//lonely fortresshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/18048483702091533151noreply@blogger.com0