Since Brandon arrived in California last week, this apartment has been a hotbed of creativity. We've spent long days hashing out the concept and structure of Jukebox Stories: The Case of the Creamy Foam, creating and rehearsing new material, and exacting demands upon the Impact Theatre staff, like police "caution" tape, fluffers, and lube. (I'd be happy with one out of three.)
Our creative streaks do, however, sometimes spiral into lengthy periods of nonsense. Through divine providence, my weekly obsession with Deal or No Deal has rubbed off on Brandon, who finds the show fun and suspenseful. So intrigued by the mathematical probabilities involved in eliminating suitcases and fluctuating banker offers, he stayed up until about 4AM a few nights ago, trying to figure out the Deal or No Deal "formula" by punching numbers on a calculator while playing the game online and while reading thorough Internet forum postings by math students. (He reached the conclusion that banker offers follow a general formula that takes into account remaining suitcases, averages, and odds, but the banker strays from that formula by studying the character of each player to determine the likelihood of what they're likely to do.)
Guess what's on tonight?