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  • Jamie 7:07 am on August 28, 2012 Permalink  

    Wisconsin Kubb now on Planet Kubb! 

    Last night Eric Anderson posted on Facebook that Wisconsin Kubb had a new website. I eagerly went to it and was very happy to see a Blog tab on the top, and really happy to find an RSS feed for the blog there! Yeah! Planet Kubb is now pulling that feed and syndicating Wisconsin Kubb content!

    I’ve always felt that not having a feed from Wisconsin Kubb and USA Kubb were huge, huge gaps on the Planet Kubb feed. I even tried a couple of times to screen scrape the HTML off of those sites, but it proved too hard. This fills one of those huge holes. Yeah!

    Hopefully USA Kubb will get a similar redo (nudge nudge). And maybe Minnesota Kubb will start pushing a feed? (nudge nudge @jakefreeberg). I would love to get Fox Valley Kubb in as well! (nudge nudge @chad-b).

    • Chad B 7:13 am on August 28, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What do you need from me exactly. I will be glad to help out.

      • Jamie Thingelstad 1:17 pm on October 13, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hey @chad-b! The flow of the Planet Kubb feed is all about RSS. Many website content management systems create RSS — almost all blog packages do. Without RSS there isn’t a feed for me to pull into Planet Kubb. Any way that you can add RSS will allow me to add your new updates to the feed.

        WordPress will output RSS formats all over the place. If you use WordPress to host it I know that I can get a feed, provided you have posts published and not just pages.

        Using the new Planet Kubb Network option would work as well, but the URL would have be different.

    • Gregg 9:09 pm on September 6, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Chippewa Valley Kubb League??

      • Jamie Thingelstad 1:19 pm on October 13, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hello Gregg!

        I would love to add Chippewa Valley to the list as well, however it looks like you only have a Facebook page right now? Facebook doesn’t reliably provide RSS output, and the “status update” format of Facebook doesn’t work well in the Planet Kubb World feed.

        If you put up a site for the league, use something like WordPress so that it provides an RSS feed and I will put it in right away.

        Another option is to use the new Planet Kubb Network option and host a league site using that. Let me know if that is interesting to you.

    • jakefreeberg 1:14 pm on September 14, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yeah, this is coming from for Minnesota Kubb. I think we’ve got some other bigger changes to make so let us know if you have any other requests…

  • Jamie 8:10 pm on August 27, 2012 Permalink  

    What is this inkastare technique? 

    While reviewing the video from the BK Kubb 2012 this short cut caught my eye at 1:06.

    There is some interesting stuff going on there. Zoom in on it:

    I don’t think I saw this particular technique illustrated in @dobbie’s video on Amazing Kubb Drilling Techniques. Perhaps this is the one I should work on more! :-)

  • Jamie 7:45 am on August 27, 2012 Permalink  

    I reached out to the guys that run the Kubbspel website to ask if they could make an RSS feed available for their News items. They run their site using Drupal so I thought it might be easy. Two days later Tim from Kubbspel sent me an RSS feed link. Kubbspel is now syndicated onto Planet Kubb as well!

    By the way, if your ever curious what Planet Kubb is reading from you can directly pull the OPML file of all of the feeds.

  • Jamie 1:41 pm on August 24, 2012 Permalink  

    Help: RSS feed from Ustream channel? 

    I would really like to add the Ustream videos from U.S. National Kubb Championship to the Planet Kubb feed. However, Ustream doesn’t offer an RSS feed of a channel (grrrr!). If any techie types (@garrick? @jakefreeberg?) want to dig into ways to make this happen that would be great. I searched Yahoo! Pipes for Ustream but nothing worked. A Yahoo! Pipe would be great, but anything that gets an RSS feed would be fine.

  • Jamie 1:26 pm on August 24, 2012 Permalink  

    I just added Basel City Kubb‘s website to the Planet Kubb feed. This is the first non-US feed in the Planet Kubb site. I’ve been hunting for more RSS/Atom syndicated websites and was excited to find this one.

  • Jamie 9:13 pm on August 20, 2012 Permalink

    Tournament Bracket Template on Planet Kubb Wiki 

    I’ve been trying to figure out ways to use the events (mostly tournaments) in the Planet Kubb Wiki better and I really wanted a way to archive the tournament brackets as something other than a photograph. Photos don’t have any data and that makes me sad. So, I took the photo of the Class of Kubb 2012 Championship Bracket and created a template called Bracket16 to display the results. It looks pretty good for a first run. You can see the bracket on the Clash of Kubb 2012 wiki page right now. Here is a screenshot for those too lazy to click. :-)

    This is created using wiki text that looks like this. Sorry, there is no form to help with this at this point. You have to know how to do this one for now. It’s pretty readable though.

    |Title=Clash of Kubb 2012 Championship Bracket
    |Team1=Sweden's Sons
    |Team2=Tim Whalendyke
    |Team3=Goofy Kubbers
    |Team4=Kubb Knashers
    |Team6=Cheese Kubbs
    |Team7=Bloody Batons
    |Team8=Kubbilicious Maximum
    |Team9=Shin Splitters
    |Team10=The Ringers
    |Team11=Kubb and Pillage
    |Team12=Pig Wig Kubbers
    |Team13=Dark Side of the Kubbsicles
    |Team15=Rhymes with Tube
    |Team16=The Mad Tossers

    Some comments:

    1. This is reasonably DRY. You won’t misspell a team here or there since you only type it once.
    2. When the bracket is rendered all the team names are added as a Has team property for the event, so real data is created. See the “Has team” property for the Clash of Kubb 2012 event.
    3. If the team page doesn’t exist for a team the red link will show the form to create a team entry.
    That is it for now. Obviously a Bracket8 and Bracket32 would be simple modifications of this one. It would also be pretty simple to allow the results to be coded in (e.g., 2-1, 2-0, 1-2, etc). The nice thing from this is that teams could get win and loss stats even if their games are not scored completely using the scoring system. I really like the idea of getting basic win-loss stats from brackets and then detailed games stats from the scoresheets which will be used much less.


    • Jamie 9:26 pm on August 20, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just to show what was possible, I modified the Bracket16 template quickly to pull in the Location property for any team from their Team page (if one exists). Team pages were created for all the teams as Nationals this year, so you can see this bracket now has location information for 5 of the 16 teams in this bracket. Pretty cool!

    • Chad B 1:42 pm on August 21, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Very cool Jamie

  • Jamie 7:51 pm on August 20, 2012 Permalink  

    Ask Planet Kubb Downtime Today 

    Ask Planet Kubb was down for most of the day today, and a number of other sites I run were also affected but were still available. I’m sure the Planet Kubb Wiki would have rejected any edits attempted today. Since the main Planet Kubb planet feed isn’t dependent on MySQL it was not affected.

    The root filesystem on the server that hosts MySQL got full on me. Here is the graph:

    It was creeping up on me and at 9:11 am CT today it filled up completely. Ask Planet Kubb started returning a blank page which set off one of my Pingdom alarms.

    I’m on vacation in Maine with the family so couldn’t look at it until tonight when we got back from Acadia National Park. I cleared up some space and all is better now. You can see in the graph it is now just over 73% full.

    PingdomAlert UP:
    Ask Planet Kubb (ask.planetkubb.com) is UP again at 08/20/2012 06:21:18PM, after 10h 15m of downtime.

    Sorry for the inconvenience! Kubb on!

    • Garrick 7:54 pm on August 20, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      MySQL! I still remember back in the “Rails can’t Scale” days – my performance problems were always MySQL-related.

      • Jamie 8:12 pm on August 20, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        In fairness to MySQL, almost nothing works well when / is 100% full. :-) I was mildly pleased that mysqld required no special attention when space became available, it just worked. I’m guessing that /tmp being full is what really made it mad, since the databases themselves are on a separate volume.

  • Jamie 10:14 pm on August 17, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: Americoob   

    Americoob filtered from Planet Kubb 

    Some of you may have noticed that three Americoob videos showed up on Planet Kubb via the RSS feed I pull from YouTube on any video containing “Kubb Game”. You may have also noted that I wrote a blog post disapproving of their domain name games with USA Kubb. I just added a filter to the feed from YouTube:

    filter hide author "Americoob"

    Those videos and all other videos posted by Americoob will be filtered out of the Planet Kubb feed going forward. If you notice anything on Planet Kubb that looks wrong or shouldn’t be there put a note on Pitch and I’ll see what I can do.

    • ringerjr 7:11 pm on August 23, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Nice work! An ad for amazon just popped up as a youtube video over there.

      • Jamie 1:12 pm on August 24, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks for the heads up @ringerjr. Looks like that entire YouTube account does nothing other than post those rather dumb videos. Added a filter for that account as well.

        These posts tend to show up on my RSS pull of YouTube for “kubb game”. The rest of the YouTube feed is targeting specific user accounts. I’m guessing this type of riff raff is just the challenge of that generic search.

  • Jamie 6:46 pm on August 13, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: Maine, Travel   

    Sporting the U.S. Kubb Championship shirt in Camden, Maine today. Picture from the top of Mount Battie just outside of Camden.

  • Jamie 8:27 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink  

    Pitch can get some items with lots and lots of comments and I personally get confused sometimes with all the threading of comments nested inside of other comments. It can get really tricky to follow. I just turned off threaded (nested) comments to see how it looks and I think it is probably easier to follow. Do others agree? Should I leave it off? When it’s off you just comment in line one after the other, you cannot specifically “reply” to an earlier comment like you can with threading. But this feels easier to follow.

    Feedback? It’s a simple click of a button to turn it back on.

    • Jamie 8:34 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Threading being off is definitely easier to know where you are in the discussion, but as expected it’s a bummer to not be able to directly reply to something earlier. Definitely tradeoffs. I could see going either way so would love to know if others drastically like this “flat” setting or “threading” on.

    • Jamie 9:00 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Okay, this might be the right happy medium. Allow threaded (nested) comments, but instead of allowing it 10 deep (confusion!) just allow it 2 deep. That way you can have reply threads but it doesn’t get crazy. Still looking for any feedback though.

      • ringerjr 11:22 pm on August 17, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I like it as a happy medium, and it is easier to navigate and follow. Thanks for paying attention and making it usable!

      • Jamie 7:18 pm on August 18, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks for chiming in! I kinda like the new fake grass background too. Someday I would like to get the Planet Kubb main site, Wiki, Ask Planet Kubb and Pitch all using themes that are clearly aligned with each other. I expect that day is very far off. :-)

  • Dobbie 10:13 am on August 10, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: AFCWest   

    @chrishodges Go Chiefs!

  • Jamie 7:49 am on August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Planet Kubb Game System Aggregated Player Stats 

    All along I’ve wanted to generate aggregated player statistics across multiple games and we finally have the first iteration of that working! Each game now tracks a limited set of individual player statistics and the player pages themselves aggregate all the game data and show it in aggregate. From this we can look at @dobbie’s player page and see he has a cumulative 72% baton hit ratio. He’s thrown 289 kubbs in the games on the wiki with 33 rethrows. We can look at @ringerjr’s player page and see his baton percentage is 52.2% with 51 kubbs thrown and 2 rethrows.

    Want to see the top 10 most accurate baton throwers in the Planet Kubb Game System?

    Baton hit Baton miss Baton hit percent
    Dave Ellringer 39 9 81.3
    Chad Parsons 34 9 79.1
    Mark Blazel 61 22 73.5
    Josh Feathers 126 49 72
    Chris Hodges 18 9 66.7
    Mark Blezel 8 4 66.7
    Grant Scott 17 9 65.4
    Cole Vryens 53 28 65.4
    Zach Brown 45 25 64.3
    Chad Bevers 27 17 61.4
    • Dano 10:30 am on August 9, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Is there a way to separate field kubb hits from base kubb hits. It looks like the first blasters have a higher percentage which makes sense.

      • ringerjr 1:51 pm on August 9, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        This is awesome. Like to see my pop on top, even if it is for just a few games!

      • Dobbie 10:11 am on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Add Mark Blazel and Mark Blezel together. Hopefully I just above him. HAHAHA

        • Chris Hodges 10:42 am on August 10, 2012 Permalink

          Mark Blazel 69 26 72.6
          Josh Feathers 127 49 72.2


    • Chad B 9:48 pm on August 9, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Very cool.

    • Eric 7:07 am on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      OK, this thing works. I don’t want to rain on a parade here. Although I think this system is pretty cool, I wonder what it all means and what are we trying to do and show? This is just a small percentage of games/matches that people have played. Not that it matters at all to me, and we are a dozen kubb freaks tossing stats out at each other, but I think it is pretty misleading. Take Josh F. and Mark B. JF has 175 throws. Mark has 12. JF has throws from a friendly? You should have seen Team Kubboom yesterday morning at 5am at our friendly at Aaron’s house. They were tossing 50 percent from eight meters. If we had videoed that and posted it on YouTube, would that make the stats? Another thing is the whole blaster, clean-up, 8-meter positions. Obviously Dave is good, but it is very misleading to have him be first and Aaron not even on that list? Heck, where is Eric Goplin? Did he stop playing kubb? I guess that goes back to my original question, what are we trying to do with these numbers. Some people have 12 games on their page, some have two or three.

      Another question, what does rethrows for an inkastare mean? I bet there were players at the US Championship that never had a rethrow, or very, very seldom, but they were spread out all over creation. Each individual inkast means something. I am not sure a rethrow percentage means much.

      Again, I don’t want to rain on parades here. I think it is cool to see what a persons percent was for an individual game or maybe a match, especially if I am able to watch it live or on video. I am just not sure putting them all together and rating people with so many different variables (can you compate hit rates from Loppet to Rockford?, # players on a team, when you throw, round in a tournament, who your inkastare is, etc) says a whole lot.

      • Eric 8:11 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I like the phrase “rain on a tournament”, instead of “rain on a parade”, I guess.

        Perhaps I did not say it the correct way before, and I am not sure which page I should be typing this, but I will just stick with this one, instead of both. I think it comes down to the question of what are we trying to show?

        First, I really appreciate everything that everyone is doing.On my end, I have to be honest with myself and realize that I will not have time to enter information, data, etc. Back to the questions at hand, I just look at some statistics as not reality, so I have another analogy, and I guess it comes from my real job. If I am working with a community and we do a community survey, what is needed to be statistically accurate? If we get a return rate of 5%, that is not going to do a whole lot. I guess that is the case for everything. It seems like we are comparing apples and oranges, or we don’t have enough apples, etc. If a person/team plays in the semifinal of a tournament and is videotaped and the other semifinal match is not (say U.S. Championship), I think it is difficult to compare data of say Team Knockerheads and Kubbsicles. In addition, if someone is playing in the U.S. Semifinal, that was their 8th match of the tournament. Taking video of two (or even one) matches of nine, that is really not very accurate. I am not sure what any solution is with this, and perhaps it all comes down to the fact that some people will have a lot more videos than others and we just all accept that this is what we have and we cannot improve on it. ( Where is the video of Sweden’s Sons game against Los Padres in Minneapolis this year? I WANT those stats on there. There is no video, so the person that went something like 9 or 11 at eight meters is not on there. I obviously am joking on the “want” to have it on there, but these are the things that throw it for a loop) I guess it goes back to a simple question and that is, what are we trying to show? If the answer is percentages based on the very limited amount of data we have, then we are hitting it.

        Has anyone seen what they are doing in Switzerland?


        I am really hoping to do an article in Kubbnation Magazine about them and PK this next year. I am very curious how they do it, how it works, etc.and how we are moving forward, etc.

        The one big thing that I am curious about is this. Do they get overly competitive with this (will we with ours?). Will some not show up at tournaments “just to have fun”, will this limit three-person teams, etc. Again, there are not a whole lot of people looking at this, but this game is going to keep growing, right? What is the future? Myself, I don’t think much will change at tournaments, as it is pretty competitive now and worrying about your hit rate, is the least of ones worries.

        Again, a HUGE thanks to everyone working on this. It is amazing and wonderful to have people working on these things. Please do not take anything that I am saying that I do not appreciate it and/or that I am saying that you are doing things correct.

        • Jamie 8:18 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink

          I don’t see video as being totally needed. My hope is that people will just print out some scoresheets and that some spectators will find it fun to score the games. Just like some people do at baseball games. I found that I enjoyed watching the games better when I scored them. I don’t think we’ll have that many recorded games really. But we could have a lot of scored games.

          A number of the games there now are video games because we created the data to test the system and make sure things work. The US Nationals games have little to no video except the ones that Knockerheads are in. But they all had scoresheets.

      • Jamie 8:14 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Note the example of Josh F. and Mark B. wasn’t correct data. The Mark B. that had 12 throws was a misspell of his last name. Using the corrected data Mark B. has 95 throws at 72.6% and Josh F. has 176 throws at 72.2%. Mark B. has 10 games and Josh F has 12, which includes 1 friendly (that actually brings his ratings down). I agree friendlies should likely have the box unchecked for including in all stats.

        Also Goplin is #11 on that list, right after Chad B.

        I think given that this data has never existed before, we’ll need time to figure out what to do with it. And the reality is that there are not even close to enough games in the system to generate high quality stats yet. At this point I’ve just got all the code working for data to flow from games to players and teams. To see what this could look like.

    • Eric 7:14 am on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      OK, I am on a roll this morning. If this thing is going to be used, are we going to load the stats from all the videos we have? I know the Dallas Oktoberfst Final and Loppet semifinal are out there two. I don’t see Paul Mullen on this list. Plus, Eric and Coles percentages will for sure go up after Game 1 of Dallas, Now, we lost both of those matches, but I was wondering if/when stats from those will be listed. Who enters stats for what?

      • Dobbie 10:09 am on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree, the stats system needs “in scope” and “out of scope” games. I suggest taking out friendlies from the stats, and games that are in a tournament setting are good to go. It would be neat to filter just US Nationals games. A quarterfinal game at Nationals could have more “butterflies” than a final game in another tournament.

        I think rethrow count (or percent) shows the “aggressiveness” of an inkastare as they attack the corner. I personally like it.

        And I think if we say only tournament matches go into stats, that may help with some of the concern.

        Secondly, I would love to add as many tournament matches that is out on Youtube. Anyone can add them, and I just haven’t had time yet. Eric A. can add them, but I know that guy is busy too. But it’s fair to say that these stats are not “complete” just yet, and more tournament games need to be added.

        I can’t wait for tournament games from Europe start going in. I want to match my stats with the best in the world to get some perspective.

        • Chris Hodges 10:32 am on August 10, 2012 Permalink

          Agreed on the “in/out of scope” concept. Dobbie & I had actually discussed whether or not to add DMK Ranked Ladder matches and I counseled against it. I don’t want us to become a stat generating machine and flood the results here with our games – Planet Kubb stats should (at least in my opinion) be about championship caliber Kubb, not necessarily about any one player or club.

          With that in mind, I’d like to suggest that we limit these aggregated stats to:

          1) Quarterfinal matches or later at the National Championship
          2) Semifinal matches or later at other tournaments
          3) Matches where video is online so accuracy of the stats can be independently verified

          …on the other hand, perhaps a huge amount of data is a good thing and we SHOULD be recording every possible match? If so, I think we should include an indicator flag to filter on for when we just want to examine the nature of these high-level games.

          @Eric – The 2011 Dallas Finals are up, but they aren’t broken down to the player level, mostly because I couldn’t remember the name of the 3rd member of Dead Rabbits (sorry!)


          Once we get that piece and build those player pages then the stats should be aggregated in the above stats.

        • Garrick 11:32 am on August 10, 2012 Permalink

          I’m inclined to include any match that’s within a tournament atmosphere – otherwise I don’t think we’ll get the quantity of stats needed for this to be most useful.

          Also – note, the Game Form does have a ‘Include in statistics’ checkbox. This supports the DMK Ladder games and friendlies being documented for the purposes of record keeping & personal improvement without impacting the tournament-level stats.

        • Chris Hodges 11:39 am on August 10, 2012 Permalink

          Do you think there would be value in grouping them by “Non-Tournament/Early Tournament/Late Tournament”?

          On the one hand I think the more data we collect the better, on the other I think there is a compelling reason to set the elite games aside and view them independently.

        • Jamie 11:43 am on August 10, 2012 Permalink

          There is a field already in the game system for this:

          Include in statistics: Include this game in overall calculation of player and team playing statistics.

          The code isn’t looking at it yet, but that is specifically for this purpose — put a game that you just want to record for personal purposes (team practice?) but not have it roll up into cumulative statistics.

        • Chris Hodges 11:49 am on August 10, 2012 Permalink

          I noticed that in there, but wasn’t sure of the exact functionality. Do you think it woulod be feasible to change that from “include yes/no” to “include in group A/B/C”?

          I think there is still value in aggregating casual games (and presumably over time this would be the largest of the groups and therefore give us our largest sample size), but I think we would want to look at them seperately. Right?

        • Garrick 1:27 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink

          Chris, I like where that’s going, and I can see a tweak that will allow us to do this as well as make it easy to aggregate the stats for a other types of play e.g. the stats for all the DMK Ladder matches.

        • Eric 7:37 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink

          David Smith – usually plays for Amateur Hour – Chippewa Falls.
          Not that he does not want his scores on there, but have we thought about if everyone wants all/some of their information on this?

        • Jamie 8:09 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink

          By the way, the filtering for “just US Nationals games” is why the games have an Event property, to do just that. That can then be a filter that affects whatever other queries are being performed.

    • Dobbie 9:35 am on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You don’t want to separate field from base necessarily, but 8 meter shots vs. less than 8 meter shots. This really gives you a good story on blasting percentage vs. sniping.

  • Jamie 7:18 pm on August 8, 2012 Permalink

    Kubbs in Play Graph on Planet Kubb Games 

    There is a new graph on the game pages on the Planet Kubb Wiki. This is a graph I had thought about for a while but was having a really hard time figuring out how to program. Now it’s there and I think it is pretty cool. The graph shows Kubbs in Play by turn for a game. It tells a visual story of a Kubb game pretty well. Each chart below is hyperlinked to it’s game page on the wiki.

    It can show a slow moving friendly game:

    A competitive game with good players that are stuck at a plateau for a number of turns:

    A lopsided game that moves pretty slowly:

    An embarrasingly short game that blows up in the face of one of the teams:

    A championship game that moves along baseline by baseline at a steady clip with a strong battle:

    And even a “real Kubb game” with 10 in play for a while:

    Pretty cool! We’re just getting started with this stuff!

    • Garrick 8:01 pm on August 8, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply


    • Chris Hodges 10:32 am on August 9, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Love it!

      In the stats we had collected, the MODE for kubbs thrown per turn was 5, with the MEAN being slightly less (around 4.6 iirc). Can you easily tell me if that holds true with this data set?

      • Jamie 9:02 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Oh @chrishodges you bait me so. :-) I can definitely get MEAN easy enough from the system. MODE would be a bit harder, I would have to write some code to specifically find it. Mainly I would just build an array of kubbs thrown on each turn (not always equal to kubbs in play, the array I already am tracking) and then do a MEAN and MODE on it.

        Maybe in the future.

    • Dano 2:35 pm on August 9, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      loving the graphs, charts, stats. All’s I can say is “Moneyball” !!

    • Chad B 9:49 pm on August 9, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great stuff Jamie!

    • Eric 7:15 am on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think this is awesome stuff.

    • Jamie 8:22 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks all. I would love to see these as sparkline charts for every game. :-)

  • Jamie 12:18 pm on August 5, 2012 Permalink

    Time-lapse Video of 2012 VM i Kubb 

    When I saw that VM i Kubb had a webcam setup for the 2012 World Championship I quickly wrote a script to grab the image every minute so I could do a time-lapse video.

  • Jamie 10:08 pm on August 4, 2012 Permalink  

    All Players Throw Kubbs 

    I just modified the Planet Kubb Wiki Game System to allow for 6 different Inkastares to be active in a game. I haven’t tested it thoroughly. If someone can find a video of a game with everyone throwing kubbs it would be great to put it in the system to test out.

  • Jamie 2:12 pm on August 4, 2012 Permalink  

    I’ve added some limited game state checking into the Planet Kubb Wiki Game System. There is a list of Games with errors that contains sublists of the types of errors. This is just a start. The game page will display an error message on the turn where it detects a problem as well.

    There are definitely bugs in here, but it’s a solid start.

  • Jamie 9:36 am on August 4, 2012 Permalink

    Improvements to Planet Kubb Wiki Game System 

    (I originally posted this to the Kubb Nerds mailing list but I decided it was enough of an update I should share it more broadly on Pitch.)

    I made a number of big changes to the game mechanics on the Planet Kubb Wiki last night/this morning.

    Notably, the game templates now honor the new inkastare features of the notation, and do not honor the old. Any games that have the old notation may be wonky.

    Check out US Nationals 2012, Finals, Knockerheads v. Kubbsicles, July 15 (Game 1).

    Note that I refactored the display table so it now shows the potential for three inkastares… It’s not ideal to show it all the time, I’ll deal with that later.

    Most importantly, note the game stats. That’s right, not just batons anymore, now Kubbs too!

    Game Stats

    The system is now counting kubbs thrown, rethrows, etc. This is also true for players, here is @dobbie:

    baton_hit: 11
    baton_hit_base: 10
    last_baton: miss
    hot_streak: 2
    baton_miss: 5
    baton_miss_base: 4
    cold_streak: 1
    kubb_count: 43
    cold_streak_max: 2
    multifield_2: 3
    hot_streak_max: 6
    kubb_rethrow: 7
    multifield_4: 1
    multifield_3: 1
    kubb_penalty: 1
    multifield_6: 1
    baton_hit_advantage: 1
    baton_miss_advantage: 1

    So @dobbie threw 43 kubbs in the game (versus 16 batons!), with 7 rethrows (16% rethrows) and 1 penalty. (aggregating penalty kubb stats and missed king shots is going to be really cool)

    Note also the new multifield values (open to a better name, maybe group?). So @dobbie hit 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 quad and 1 amazing “six”. Now I simply need to be able to aggregate a subset of these stats across games into @dobbie’s player page.

    So the magic is that I’m finally parsing the Notation modifiers in the code. Before it was pretty brain dead, but now the system actually knows the full meaning of “4f2b” or “7i3r2p”. Coming soon I’ll be able to get the game state mechanics working (so that the scoring system knows the state of the pitch at all times). This will also allow the calculation of a baton missing a field or baseline.

    I also for the first time have set some game properties… This is where things get really cool. Ready for it? I’m only setting a few basic stats for the games right now, but…

    Let’s say I want to see all games sorted by baton hit percent? Simple!

    That URL is nasty, here is a sample of the output limiting to 10 games (note that Kubbits v Ringers game isn’t using the new inkastare notation, hence the blanks):

    Statistic baton count Statistic baton hit percent Statistic kubb count Statistic kubb rethrow percent
    US Nationals 2011, Knockerheads v. Kubbsicles, July 9 2011 (Game 2) 66 77.3 62 21
    2012 Madison Midsommar Kubb Tournament Final (Game 1) 47 76.6 48 2
    Twin Cities Winter Tournament 2012 Final Game 1 78 70.5 76 3
    US Nationals 2012, Quarterfinals, Kubbits v. The Ringers, July 15 (Game 2) 96 69.8
    US Nationals 2012, Quarterfinals, Kubb’d v. Kubbsicles, July 15 (Game 1) 96 67.7 79 3
    Rockford 2012 Championship Head Slap v. Tad Kubbler (Game 1) 48 66.7 33 3
    US Nationals 2012, Finals, Knockerheads v. Kubbsicles, July 15 (Game 2) 77 66.2 58 10
    2011 Dallas Oktoberfest Final Game 2 72 65.3 54 7
    Nordic Fest Kubb Tournament 2012 Finals Game 3 40 65 27 7
    US Nationals 2011, Knockerheads v. Kubbsicles, July 9 2011 (Game 1) 48 64.6 36 6

    HAWT! :-)

    • Dano 10:57 am on August 4, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That’s awesome. Makes me curious about what your day job is. Thanks for all your hard work. Dano

      • Jamie 10:29 pm on August 4, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks @dano! I spend most of my day sitting at a keyboard, but not really a coder. Just a good hack. :-)

  • Jamie 10:58 pm on August 2, 2012 Permalink  

    I’m trying out a different theme on Ask Planet Kubb. The one that we’ve been using is the default Question2Answer theme. This one is a little fancier, but curious to know what you all think of it. Share your thoughts with a reply.

  • Jamie 10:56 pm on August 2, 2012 Permalink  

    I’m capturing the images from Worlds in Rone every minute on my server. If you want to check in on what’s happened at various times go here:


    Click through the directories (day, hour) to see the images from each hour. Sun just came up now and the first campers are showing up.

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