Jon's Post Categories: Sports and Games

Posts related to sports or games. There's really not that many of them so I've grouped them all together into one category.


Kerafyrm, The Sleeper, Re-Revisited

A couple of months ago I got an email from someone named Cecilia D'Anastasio stating that she was a writer at Kotaku and wanted to do an article about the Sleeper. It immediately piqued my interest, I haven't thought about the sleeper since, uh, the last time I thought about the Sleeper, which was maybe half a decade ago. So this was definitely a blast from the past sort of thing, and after checking the name I found a PGP key so I sent an encrypted email to verify who I was talking to. The email never got decrypted but I didn't think I was being phished or SE'ed so we continued to talk.

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Kerafyrm, The Sleeper, Re-Revisited

A friend of mine made me aware of a new article about The 7 Biggest Dick Moves in the History of Online Gaming and noted that #5 on the list was Despawn of the Sleeper (EverQuest). Hey, I remember that. I showed the article to a couple of friends who remembered back in 2003 when I opted to spend 4 hours or so sitting in front of a computer rather than take up the offer to go to a bar and hang out with friends that I hadn't seen in a while, and some of them noted that the article only gave half of the story. Wikipedia's EverQuest article removed the part about us actually killing the Sleeper (I added it back in with references), but I remember back in the day when they had a dedicated article about Kerafyrm, that eventually got merged into the main EverQuest article.

This got me wondering what remaining info and insights on the encounter still existed on the internet. So I went around and collected some of them, and when the pages were long gone, I went to to look for a capture. There was a Sleeper Revisited post I made several years back that had a bunch of links, but most of them are dead. Here's a list for posterity's sake:

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Brett Keisel


Troy Polamalu


Lord Stanley
I know I'm a little late to the party, but I think it took this long to get over the warm and fuzzy feeling of game 7 of the SCF, although I'm still not entirely sure about that. Who cares. The Pens won the cup.


Skate 2 by EA Sports
This isn't actually new. I played the game like in January or February, but never thought of making a page about it until I tried to look for those videos I uploaded to the website today and decided to make a page with the videos embedded so that I wouldn't have to search around for them again.


Petr Sykora and the Pittsburgh Penguins (2008)


Everquest Screenshots (April 11, 2007)


The Sleeper Revisted


Random Update + Superbowl (February 9, 2006)


Setting Fires


Vintage GP (July 17, 2005)


Random GT4 Update


End of Wudan (March 9, 2005)


Monopoly (2004)
Slightly inebriated one night at Mark and Mel's back porch, our conversation swayed to the topic of the old board game Monopoly. It was theorized that night, that certain spaces on the board had a statistically higher chance of being landed on than others. This, of course, begs the question whether every space had a fixed probability of being landed on. A brute force calculation of this lead to a very, very large factor of branching, and the conversation quickly moved on to other things. So I am at home one evening and decided to try and figure this out, not by writing a program to do all the branching (this is especially hard because of the Chance and Community Chest cards), but by writing a simulation of a game of Monopoly. This simulation is simple: one person playing monopoly, takes turns, rolls dice, moves spaces. The spaces that are landed on are recorded. Chance and Community Chest cards are accounted for in the movement. The results are far too long to put here, so I've put them HERE.


The Sleeper (November 21, 2003)


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