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Court rules that Bridge isn’t a sport

English Bridge Union wanted it to be classed as a sport after it was refused funding. Body that refused funding said sports required physical activity. Hence challenge in court.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-41762824

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The terracotta warriors are getting heavier

Each terracotta warriors has got about 4kg since it was made.  Why?  Because it turns out  bricks and ceramics absorb moisture at a fixed rate, even over thousands of years.

 

What in-game timers were replaced by shrinking screens?

What if in-game timers were replaced by screens that started shrinking, making the play space smaller and smaller?

Speed Runners is a 2D platformer/racing game.  As a race goes on, the  playspace will start to shrink.   Anyone caught outside the space, because they were too far away from the player in first, will lose.

 

It struck me that, in terms of provking aggressive play, shrinking screens and in-game timers are similar.  As the screen shrinks, you try to run faster.  As the clock counts down, you play harder to secure a victory.

But what would happen if we replaced all in-game timers with shrinking screens?

How would that affect gameplay?

 

 

Would limiting moped passengers lessen moped crime?

Moped crime is big news in London.   Two people on a moped drive past someone looking at their phone.  Phone is stolen.   But what if there was only one person on it?

I rarely ever see two people on a moped in London.  When I do, I wonder if they’re out to rob people.  Rider rides, passenger steals.

I wonder if making it illegal to be a pillion passenger on a moped would limit crime.   I don’t think it would affect commuters, who ride solo, but may be an easy way for the police to spot people that might be up to no good.

How to unstick a bucket

Stick a hose down the side of the buckets and let water flow between them.   The gap between the bottom of the buckets will fill.  The water pressure will unstick them.

I’ve had two buckets stuck together for months.  To make it worse, there was dried mud between them and they were ridged, and the ridges were pushing against each other.

I tried everything.  Prizing them apart, bending them and trying to hold one down with my feet while pulling on the other.

The videos I found suggested using a compressed air line from a garage, but I didn’t have that.   One day I realise that it didn’t matter what was providing the pressure to push.  Water would work.

I first stuck the hose as far down as it would go and cranked the tap.  The water spurted backwards and started flowing out, faster than it was pushing up.

When I let the water flow more smoothly and slowly, the gap between the buckets filled and they pushed themselves apart.