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Rules and exceptions

”Give me a rule without any exceptions and I shall regard it as my God.”

– Me while in the shower

There is no rule without an exception. Rules and laws that don’t have exceptions are boring. Almost everything is governed by some laws or rules, games are (both digital and analog), society, school, cars, nature, gravity, the government and many many more things.

I am mostly coming at this from a game perspective. Because what I have experienced is that most rules become a lot more interesting when there are exceptions or ways to break it.

For example: In Dota 2, when someone uses a Black King Bar (BKB) they become impervious to magic damage and they cannot be targeted by magic abilities. But if the hero Lina has Aghanim’s Scepter she can target the player using BKB with her ultimate ability and she will deal damage. (You could probably argue that she is not technically breaking any rule since her damage type is changed to a valid type and therefore should be able to damage a BKB user.)

Another example is in Monopoly. Normally you are only allowed to move forward when you roll the dice. But if you land on certain spaces you can get cards that move you forward. These exceptions or “breakings” shake things up and often creates, but not always, more interesting interactions in a game. This is a very good thing, since interactions are one of the building stones of games. If there would have been no way to interact with a BKB user than the item would be “boring” since the number of interactions would be diminishingly few. Interaction is what separates games from other media. And a law/rule that you cannot interact with is not a law/rule as much as it is a fact you have to abide to.

Even in real life we have exceptions. The police are allowed to carry guns; the common populace is not (in many parts of the world, not all parts of it). This is probably not because someone thought it would create interesting interactions between society, life and authority, but to help the law enforcement enforce the laws. But just like in games, what is interesting is how the “players” (those who have to follow the laws) can and will work around the limits created by laws, but also how they will exploit weaknesses in laws and society. Some the workarounds are illegal and/or downright immoral, despite that, people will always try to interact with rules/laws and use them to their advantage. It is a good thing that they do that, since it helps us to see what might be wrong or need fixing with a rule/law. It makes sure that the “playfield” (read laws) keeps changing along with the world and society it is supposed to reflect and uphold.

There is no rule without an exception.

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Doors

What is a door? It is a entrance and divider into certain areas.

Why do we have doors? To have a filter, a gate, a way to stop certain things to enter or leave.

We all have doors.

Sometimes the number of doors grow and sometime they shrink.

We also have keys. Keys are for opening doors.

Every person you met are give a key. Some keys are nothing more than a prop, since they cannot open any doors. But most keys can at least open one or two of your doors.

I have been afraid of giving out keys or giving out keys leading to dead ends or nasty places.

This I regret, profundly. Since it has hurt people dear to me.

Now I am standing here, waiting for those who have been hurt, with a master key in hand.

Ready to entrust it to someone important.

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Where to buy a can of happiness

I think that I have always been kind of a happy person. I do not let the misery of the world and my enviorment affect me too much. In some ways I could be likened to a dog, always happy-go-lucky, changing from sadness to complete bliss. Sometimes I have thought that this happiness is part of who I am, of the mask, the persona I am showing to the world. That my identity would be lost if I was not constantly happy, and tried to drag everyone in to my viewing of “the world”.

But that is not true. Yes I am a happy person, it is easy for me to become happy. I am quick to laugh, but it is not who I am. This I realized in a harsh way as I was fighting with my own self image.

What I also have discovered is the fact that you should always be your own spring of happiness. It is true that for some people it seems impossible to be your own source of happiness and I do not want to anger people with this, but if you think about it, whom is the only person that will be with you through your entire life. The answere is you, yourself. Even the people that want to be with you for the reminder of your existans will eventually disappear or not be abel to help you up on your feet.

Suddenly everything became kind of sad… I do not think that a person should become some sort of island or fortress just because things that bring happiness to your life might disappear. But if you already are happy by yourself, the happiness that comes from other people will just be stronger and when life gets rough, you will be able to face the pain and suffering easier.

Happiness illuminates the darkness, the great big darkness that surrounds us. Of course we should cry and feel sorrow, but we shant let the darkness engulf us. When we all shine we shine strongly and chase away the darkness that might otherwise take us. So if can, shine, and even when you cannot shine, there will be a glimmer inside you, the light will come back.

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Dice

Dice are small physical generators of random. You could say chance, but it is often used when the outcome might be positive. Random on the other hand is just that, random. It might be a 7, it might be a 1 or it might not even be a number. It could be a frog.

What was it that made humans decide that they needed some kinde of object to determin randomness and chance? It might be the games fault, since many games old and new have a element of randomness.

You could think of our univers as a die, that has been rolled for an endless amount of time which resulted in our reality. The nice thing about random is that even though it is random, if looked upon in a great span of time, it will not be that random and results will repeat them selvs.

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