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Do not test Reza Aslan.

We must train and retain our ability to listen and process critically.

Nobody told me that @RezaAslan knew how to read.

(Not read as in books, but read as in reveal your scalp to the world.)

Because homie read Bill Maher, Don Lemon, Alisyn Camerota, Benjamin Netanyahu, and just about everyone else for points.

Hair all over the damn floor like it was a barbershop and nobody had a broom.

He got ALL his kee-kee’s in.


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Do we have a name for the trope where…


…the heroine “incidentally” is blonde-haired and blue-eyed and pale-skinned (whitest of the white) while a female antagonist or villain “just happens” to have dark hair (sometimes curly), dark eyes, and other features stereotypically affiliated with Jewish women, Roma women, Latinas, and other non-white (or conditionally white) women?

I’m fairly certain this is just within the Protagonist and Antagonist tropes themselves.




I had a feeling that the probability distribution of 3d6 would be different than 1d16+2, and I was correct

With 3d6 you get a bell curve where 12 is most likely and 3 and 18 are least likely, but with 1d16+2 you have a flat distribution where it’s just as likely to roll 3 as it is to roll any other number (between 3 and 18)

Which explains why D&D uses 3d6 (or 4d6 - lowest roll) instead of just doing some sort of d20 stat (you’re more likely to have just above average characters)

Where 12 is most likely?

Every time I’ve done the math the average has been 10.5, with symmetry around that (P(10) = P(11), P(9) = P(12), P(8) = P(13) … P(3) = P(18)); there are 27 ways in 216 to get each of 10 or 11, and 25 for each of 9 and 12; things drop off more rapidly after that.

3d6 means characters are most likely to be average (pretty much by definition since if you bother rolling for randoms they’re generated that way)

Detailed math under the cut

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You’re right, I swapped the numbers around when I read them, it’s a 12.5% chance that you’ll roll a 10 (edit: or 11), which is the highest probability out of all of them (where I got my numbers:

Thank you for the explanation, I think I understand how it works better now

A shortcut for d6’s is that each additional one adds 3.5 to the mean of the distribution.

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