17040877 External Forces on Turtle Shells

I remember the game Epic Combo from quite a while back. I happened to run across it again yesterday and thus decided to play it for a little bit, Unlimited Mode. Ten minutes into the game, I began a launch that took, uh…quite a while.

Seeing as it wouldn’t stop anytime soon, I went and did laundry, and then took a shower.

It was, of course, still going. Hence, lunch. Then a bunch of minesweeper.

Still going strong. After visiting a friend for a couple of hours…dinner…more odds and ends…I just decided to go to bed pretty early leaving it on at this.

I woke up around 2 AM. Well, now that I was awake, I might as well check how that game was going. There were only two shells left.

I started playing minesweeper again so I could have something to do while I stay here and pinpoint exactly when these last two shells finally come to rest. The second-to-last one went at 3:08 AM…

…and the last one finally settled at 3:34 AM.

17040877 combo. In other words, nearly 3000 times my highest DDR combo. That’s how epic combo goes.

In any case, making a chart for this was irresistible. Counting the number of shells active in most of these would probably not be too accurate, but combo versus time is still chartable.

(Note: the chart includes a couple of other data points collected not presented above.)

As intuitively expected, the trend looks almost perfectly exponential, and the total minus the present combo with respect to the time is approximately an exponential decay.

Post-2000 Major Hurricane Formation Distribution

Plotted in the following map (background from Google Satellite) are the formation locations of all category 3+ hurricanes since 2000 exclusive that dealt sufficient damage to have their name retired. Typically through history, the strongest of hurricanes in the Atlantic form around the western coast of Africa (and are called Cape Verde Type Hurricanes); as they move west, they can gradually build a significant amount of strength in warm ocean water before reaching land. Recently, with significantly increased warmth of ocean water in general, more and more strong hurricanes have been forming further west—hurricanes for which there is less time to prepare for.