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RPS Sneaker Boutique?

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Have you heard about Rock Paper Scissors sneaker boutique, right here in Seattle?  Located at 1318 East Pike Street they sell an impressive array of modern street fashions, including shoes, hoodies and hats.  Check out their website and blog, which frequently features new releases at

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UK Study Says Scissors Wins

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via Fiona MacRae at the UK Daily Mail:

Most of us know that stone blunts scissors, scissors cut paper and paper covers stone. What is less well-known, however, is how to win the popular playground game.  Now stalwart players have come up with a strategy: Start with scissors.

Research shows that stone is the most popular of the three possible moves in the game of quickfire hand gestures. If your opponent expects you to pick stone, they will choose paper to outwit you. Therefore, by going with scissors, you will win. Continue reading →

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Rock, Paper, Scissors! on NPR

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Rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper and paper beats rock. But rock, paper, scissors is not just a children’s game. Jason Simmons, a professional player, schools Steve Inskeep in the game’s finer points. Simmons will be attending the sport’s world championship Saturday.

Complete transcript after jump. Continue reading →

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The Official Rock Paper Scissors Guide

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With the 2006 World Rock Paper Scissors Championships coming up in November in Toronto and $10,000.00 on the line (not to mention bragging rights of being able to call yourself “World Champion of RPS”), trying to get some sort of edge on your competition is becoming a focal point for a lot of players.

Little bit of background. Contrary to what you might think RPS is not simply a game of luck or chance. While it is true that from a mathematical perspective the ‘optimum’ strategy is to play randomly, it still is not a winning strategy for two reasons. First, ‘optimum’ in this case means you should win, lose and draw an equal number of times (hardly a winning strategy over the long term). Second, Humans, try as they might, are terrible at trying to be random, in fact often humans in trying to approximate randomness become quite predictable. So knowing that there is always something motivating your opponent’s actions, there are a couple of tricks and techniques that you can use to tip the balance in your favor. Continue reading →

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2010 Trading Card Series Released

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Every year, the World RPS Society releases a set of  online trading cards to promote the upcoming 2008 Yahoo RPS World Championships taking place in Toronto on October 25 . This year, of course, is not different with a set new 22 cards . You will notice that we have put the cards on because when you have a great sponsor like Yahoo! Canada and they have great properties like Flickr, it only makes sense to use them. And we are not saying that simply becuase they are a sponsor since we have had an RPS  Group Photo Pool on flickr for years. We find it is an excellent way for everyone to share the great shots they get from the event.

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‘Passing of a Titan’ Stops 2010 Championship

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It is our sad duty to announce the passing of Wojek Smallsoa, Chairman of the World RPS Society Steering Committee. After a life-long battle with living, Chairman Smallsoa’s mortal Paper was snipped short at the age of 87. No details have been given as to the manner of his passing, nor are details of the funeral yet available.  Due to the gravity of the situation, a period of mourning within the Society will be recognized which forces the cancellation of the 2010 World Championships of RPS.

Graham Walker, Director of Management, of the World RPS Society called Wojek’s departure “devastating to our Society and society as a whole – the passing of a titan.” Graham’s brother Douglas,the Managing Director of the Society, made the final decision to cancel the World Championships of RPS saying, “How can the event possibly go on under these circumstances? Chairman Smallsoa was so involved with every detail of the society, that it may take us six months to re-establish operations. We simply cannot expect our staff, referees, nor the players to give their best with the shadow of Wojek’s death hanging over us all.”

Mr. Smallsoa dedicated his life to the World RPS Society, the great sport of Rock Paper Scissors and was often referred to as “the father of modern RPS”.  The publishing of his seminal book “The Trio of Hands” in 1960 inspired an entire generation to embrace non-violent conflict resolution. Under his guidance and leadership the World RPS Society has gone from complete obscurity to a powerful sports brand.

A few of Mr. Smallsoa’s notable achievements were:
-Chairmanship of the World RPS Society Steering Committee from 1987 – 2010
-Publishing of the Trio of Hands in 1960 Received the World RPS Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award no less than 30 times
-Inadvertently was the catalyst for the famous 1969 Woodstock Music Festival, when his original plans for an RPS competition fell through
-Mr Smallsoa casually commented to producer Michael Lang that “I guess ‘Three Days of Peace’ could be stretched to mean music.”
-Coined the famous phrase: “To the beginner the choices are few; to the expert the choices are many.”

At this point no date has been set for the 2011 World Championship, nor who will be entitled to Mr. Smallsoa’s coveted parking spot in front of Trinity Square Plaza in Toronto. Details as they are available will be posted here.

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If Cashier Is Cro-Magnon, Play Paper

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We’re not sure how this will affect the time it takes to pay for your order, but the latest gimmick from California Tortilla caught our eye. This Wednesday, customers at the Rockville-based fast-food chain are invited to challenge cashiers to an instant game of rock, paper, scissors. Customers who win get a dollar off their meal.

Dreams of victory sent us to the Web site of the World Rock Paper Scissors Society (slogan: “Serving the needs of decision makers since 1918″) to study a little strategy. What we learned at is that, just as in any negotiation, the key to winning is successfully sizing up your opponent. The RPS tips:

Rock is “the most aggressive throw,” said the site, evoking “fist fights . . . rugged boulders and the stone ax of the caveman.” So if your cashier-opponent looks like the knuckle-dragging type, the best strategy is to play paper. (Paper, you recall, wraps rock; rock smashes scissors; scissors cut paper.)

This is clever, because paper traditionally feels wimpy; the RPS gurus say that’s because the open-palm gesture is a common a sign of friendship or even surrender. But, the site says, there is a subtle power in the symbolic intellectualism of paper, “the victory of modern culture over barbarism.” A cashier with a telling aura of intellectual superiority — and we’d be interested in meeting that cashier — could be defeated by a play of scissors.

The typical scissors player, the site says, is crafty, clever, a user of tools. Pointed, dangerous scissors also appeal to someone whose feelings of aggression are “controlled, contained, re-channeled into something constructive” and who is capable of “a well-planned outflanking maneuver.”

You could beat the scissors-playing cashier with rock. It might be smarter to just hire her.

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Today’s Top Five: Rock Paper Scissors Tips

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1) From We Rite Goode, some crucial advice on the Rock Paper Scissors throwdowns happening at California Tortilla locations across the area tomorrow. For example: “Give off false tells. Straight out of poker. Nervously clench and unclench your hand–you’re screaming paper all the way. Then come in with the rock to nail your opponent’s scissors. Ka-blam!” If you win, you get $1 off your burrito. If you lose, public stoning.

2) The Loss Column offers unofficial, non-Vegas odds on the Orioles’ next manager. Joe Girardi, who was once traded for Mike DeJean (!), is at 5-3. If I were betting this, I’d put down a little on Dusty Baker at 20-1 and a lot on the field at 150-1. Hey, you never know.

3) If you enjoy the Wizznutzz, you really ought to check out this from The Wayward Oriole. It’s unclear to me exactly how the sites are related, but they both make me feel kinda funny. TWO’s post-Perlozzo post has some nice mascot vids and a lot of stuff I don’t understand, plus this: “as storm has beset crew inside big old warehouse, wayward O has contented himself with knowing that, as far as mascots go, orioles are nonpareil. and by nonpareil wayward O means ‘good’ — not sprinkles that go on ice cream cone! anyway sprinkles are very ORSULAK-era, whereas in GIBBONs-era we have DIP-n-DOTz.”

4) The Nats reveal that there’s no such person as Nook Logan, and that this was all a Dave Chappelle skit. Tad Cranky, the author, has friends in this Down-With-Nook movement. I really wish the Nook Logan Chronicles would do more than cut and paste newspaper stories; Nook needs an articulate defender about now.

5) While local fans don’t really have anyone to root for in the 32-player “Criminal Invitational Classic” up on Batting Cage Hero, there is some hope. Qyntel Woods is in a different bracket from Mike Vick, “leading to the possibility of a Dogfight Derby in the final four. Clinton Portis has agreed to guest-referee the match should it occur, and all necessary waivers have been approved.”

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