Economics and similar, for the sleep-deprived

A subtle change has been made to the comments links, so they no longer pop up. Does this in any way help with the problem about comments not appearing on permalinked posts, readers?

Update: seemingly not

Update: Oh yeah!


Friday, April 18, 2008

 
Who's for a game of Moron Poker?

I have just decided that Friday recreational posts are not subject to the "Africa Only" constraint - this is not Dogme 95 or something. So, who's for a game of Moron Poker?

(For new readers to the blog, the rules of Moron Poker are simple. I start off by linking to this, by Alice Miles, for example. Anyone who fancies their chances now has to attempt to top me by posting, on their own blog or in comments here, a link to something stupider[1]. The only two conditions are that for each new link you have to follow suit and bid up. "Following suit" means that each new card must be linked to the previous one either by topic or author[2]. So the next player in this game has to find either something else by Alice Miles, or something else about house prices. "Bidding up" just means that every card has to be monotonically more stupid than the last (this rule encourages people to play their cards rather than sitting on them, as there is always a danger that someone will trump you by linking to, say, Melanie Phillips saying that Scotland is under the sway of the Muslim Brotherhood and your precious link will be wasted).

The game is open to all and is scored in "King of the Hill" style; at any point, the poster of the last valid card is "King of the Hill". The winner is the person who is king of the hill at the point when we all get bored and stop playing.

So anyway; Alice Miles says that "most people" would welcome a 30% fall in house prices


[1] Stupider than the Miles piece that is; if I were to include the comments on the Times website, then the game will never get off the ground, although I reserve the right to play the comments as a separate card at a later point in the game when the stakes are higher.

[2] For any website, "the Comments section" counts as a single author under the relaxed rules we are playing here (this rule helps to get the game moving as it lets you change topic more easily), although if you find a journalist or blogger commenting under his own name, you can use that comment as an individual card too.

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