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Playing to Win

Posted by vpatrickd on January 18, 2012

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The first Day9 Daily I watched this year is the Daily #400, where Day9 talks about eliminating assumptions. I must say this StarCraft Brood War pro, coach and caster of StarCraft 2, have researched deep into the field. Not only he gave a 70-slide presentation, he encouraged his viewers to solve his riddles and go along with him as his show progresses (the beauty of internet TV: chatbox).

A few important points that I got from his Daily:

  • – Depth of knowledge > Breadth of knowledge. Often times we assume breadth of knowledge is skill e.g. knowing every characters’ moves in a fighting game to ensure victory. This is completely wrong. You don’t have to learn and be wary of every scenario that could happen. In order to win, you just have to perfect one scenario to defeat the opponent. In the words of Bruce Lee: “I fear not the man who practices 10,000 kicks once, but him who practices one kick 10,000 times

  • – Do not assume things just because of a certain pattern. Human beings adapt to things, and usually we tend to believe something will happen because of our past experience. We shall eliminate this bad thinking, it is poisonous. You cannot rely on the thinking that your opponent is well-known for strategy A, therefore you execute a counter for it without even confirming if he is that particular strategy.

  • – Make sure you are answering the correct question. Just because you have a freaking good answer, does not mean you are answering the correct question. There is a real-life case where in a hotel, customers complained that the lifts were too slow to come. There were some lifts that could go from 1st to 6th floor, from 6th to 13th floor, and that could cover all floors. But people were complaining that those types of lift has a longer wait time, it was too confusing, they were unhappy because they had to wait for certain lifts to go to certain floors. The hotel manager asked a team of engineers to help him fix these complaints. Now some of you might be thinking to change the lifts, improve the engine, give them clear directions, have lift assistants inside the lifts, force customers to take the stairs, make all lifts cover all floors, etc. These are all good answers, but they’re answering the wrong question. The engineers did not even change anything with the system, they only installed mirrors on the lift doors. And then the complains were all gone. Why? Customers were complaining about the wait time, not about the speed of the lifts. The engineers realized they don’t have to change anything with the system, they just have to make sure people were not bored when waiting for the lifts to come. When waiting, customers look at themselves in the mirror until the lifts came. I don’t know about you, but now I think that everyone has a narcissistic personality, at least a little.

  • – Do not assume the system is broken. The system is never flawed, players have to play by the rules but it is themselves that limit their ability to improve within the system. When things don’t work out, we tend to say that the system is stupid, we should change this this and this. But instead of thinking about the system, players need to think about the process. If you keep losing to a certain strategy, it’s not that the strategy is too good and that it should be banned. It’s because you are incapable of figuring out when that strategy hits you and understand the process of it, thus you are unable to exploit the weaknesses of that particular strategy. Remember that nothing is perfect.

Lastly, Day9 recommended to us this book titled Playing to Win by David Sirlin. You can read the book online for free but if you want a paperback copy, you can buy it from Amazon. I have not read the reviews for this book yet, but since Day9 said it was good, I will read it, because Day9 is more than just a professional gamer.


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The Cure for Cancer

Posted by vpatrickd on January 24, 2009

An interesting book my parents gave me for last Christmas, entitled “The Enzyme Factor” – Diet for the Future that prevent heart disease, cure cancer, stop type 2 diabetes, etc.

Dr. Hiromi Shinya MD, a professor from Japan wrote this book. It also talks about interesting facts such as why sick people should not be fed with rice porridge and why milk is bad. This surprises me as I remember all the “Got Milk?” ads/campaign in recent years, promoting that milk is good for us where in actuality it is the most difficult ‘food’ to digest.

Wanna know why? Wanna know what the cure for cancer is? Then read his book yourself.

Buy it at – Click here

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Internet Thieves

Posted by vpatrickd on December 11, 2008

The internet is full of thieves and hypocrites. Be very careful, only put down personal information such as credit card numbers on trusted sites. I came across this site one day: FreelanceHomeWriters.
That site basically offers cash for writing and posting comments in blogs. They said they’ll ‘pay’ us between $10-$50 dollars per article typed. That’s a lot for freelance writers. It said also in order to get paid, we have to register with the site. And to register, we have to pay $2, a one-time payment with Read the rest of this entry »

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Life at IU

Posted by vpatrickd on August 31, 2008

To further my study, I decided to come here to Indiana University at Bloomington. I’m taking Entrepreneurship as my major. Those of you who do not know what that word means, look it up yourself, it’s good to learn new words each day. Anyways, this is the first post that I’ve typed for a while, ever since my graduation at SPH. Read the rest of this entry »

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SPH 2008 Graduates at Kompas

Posted by vpatrickd on June 2, 2008

Today’s Kompas (Monday June 02, 2008 ) newspaper features the students graduating from SPH class of 2008.
I’ve been hoping that my photo would be displayed, as tomorrow is my mom’s birthday, I want to somehow make it as a birthday present to her. And there it is.. on page 40 of June 2nd’s Kompas newspaper.

I’m very happy after my mom sent me a sms saying she was delighted. Today, is probably the happiest day of my life. Nothing is better than the feeling of joy you get when your parents are proud of you. I am grateful to God for all His blessings. Pardon my arrogance, but today is a very happy day for me so I don’t really care if I sound so.

Done with high school! Moving on..

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Went Through a Week of Hell

Posted by vpatrickd on May 8, 2008

not really.. actually. It wasn’t anything like hell, the first week of finals (as if I know what hell’s like). The only ‘hell’ was Math paper 1. It was hard.. so hard, it made a friend of mine cry after it. Another friend told me he looked up over the internet (I dunno where, but most probably in forums or facebook groups), and every IB Diploma candidates around the world went ‘psych’ after Math paper 1. LOL. But today’s paper 2 was cake, although I’m not really sure whether I can get a 6 or not for the average Math score.
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