Just wanted to jot down the Jailbreak tweaks I’m currently using on iOS 6, before I lose them all to iOS 7.
I recently started (and then binge-watched, and then finished) this new show on Netflix called Orange Is the New Black. This show features a woman named Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a yuppie living in New York who is named as an accomplice in a drug-related crime that occurred 10 years prior - she gets 15 months at a women’s prison upstate.
Piper is about as privileged as yuppies get. She makes designer soaps to be sold at Barney’s. Her fiancée’s father is a well-connected lawyer. She’s a WASP - enough said. Her induction to prison life, where survival becomes the priority (and secondarily, acceptance), is such a stark contrast.
I could go on for hours about what makes this show such a joy to watch, possibly one of the greatest prison-based television shows in recent memory. Jenji Kohan does not hold back; compared to other shows, her show’s portrayal of prison is just so much more…real. Segregation is very much a reality in prison, and rather than tip-toeing around this, she confronts it head-on, even embraces it. Queer sexuality (this is a women-only prison) is thrust into the spotlight, and in such a multidimensional manner - some of the women had entered prison as straight, but gradually became lesbian out of a need for human intimacy. This is also the first show I watched that featured a transgender actress; Orange did a wonderful job exploring the identity crisis she faced throughout the first season, from her struggles to maintain a bond with her “wife” (she married when she was still a man), to her struggles to connect with her son who is ashamed to be around her.
You’ll see on promotional posters and advertisements that Piper is front and center, the main character. Don’t be fooled. This show is so much more complex than that. Yes, Piper is technically the main character, but she actually functions as a foil for the Orange’s excellent, excellent cast. The relationships you see amongst the ensemble of characters is so multi-layered, so diverse, and you learn so much from them through their conversations (which can/will turn hostile) with Piper. Here’s an example:
All buttons are pushed in Orange, all bases covered. LBGT relationships? Yes to all of them (except for gay, since - again - this is a women’s prison). Homophobia? Check. A religious component? You got it (in fact, there are two very different representatives here: a Catholic nun and a God-fearing meth addict).
There are some subtle moments in this show that definitely resonated with me. There is a scene where one character declares that her appeal will go through because she will do things differently, and references Robert Frost’s famous poem “The Road Not Taken.” Piper responds with a frank lesson, that we have all misinterpreted this iconic work this entire time. She acknowledges that we view the poem as a message to follow our own unique path, the road “less traveled,” when in fact Frost viewed both roads as identical. He just happened to select one at random. His real message was that there are some aspects of our lives that are simply beyond our control, regardless of the choices we make. In Piper’s words, “shit just happens…and it does not mean anything.” Amazing.
There’s another scene that makes a reference to Sriracha (“Rooster sauce”). SRIRACHA. Game over.
This isn’t a mindless comedy, or a pompous drama. Orange brings to light very real social issues, but presents them in a way that effectively appeals to our emotions. You will laugh at times, cry at others. You will root for a particular character’s triumph, then sulk when another falls. Orange Is the New Black is unabashedly unapologetic, and as a result has easily become my new favorite show on television.
In statistics, Gambler’s Ruin is a hypothetical situation. Here’s how it works:
Say you’re playing any kind of gambling game. Assuming that “B" represents your total gambling budget and "N" represents a positive integer, there are two possible results:
Assuming you employ this strategy, you will eventually go broke, as you are N bets away from breaking the bank. Let’s replace the variables with some real numbers.
B = $5000, N = 10
You start with $5000, and your wager starts at 5000/10, or $500. If you win, you raise your stake by another $500. If you lose, your wager does not increase or decrease (so your minimum amount wagered for a single round is $500). You are 10 losing bets (5000/500) away from going bankrupt.
This seems like a silly strategy to use, but this is actually a very common betting strategy. Casinos even encourage this “hypothetical” situation.
As you continue to win, casinos will switch out your lower denomination chips for higher denomination chips. Sound familiar? What’s happening is that they are effectively decreasing the value of N (higher-value chips means a higher amount you are wagering each round, which means a lower value for N), thereby decreasing the number of losing bets required to bankrupt you.
Next time I will derive a mathematical proof that determines your odds of profiting in Roulette.
Financial pro tip: always, ALWAYS have a nest egg, preferably around $1000. Because sooner or later, something will unexpectedly go wrong.
Case in point: last week, my car’s starter motor gave out, and the engine would no longer start as a result. That shit cost nearly $400 to replace (parts + labor).
Good thing I had the money.
Don’t get caught without an emergency fund.