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Goodbye 2020 — Don’t let the links hit you on the way out

I play a fairly complicated bidding system in Bridge, but I’ve never been able to wrap my head around relay systems and control scanning bids, where one hand takes control and asks a question, with the answers encoded into steps. (Control scanning bids have you bid out number of Aces and Kings and then use bids to pinpoint where they are). Even if I understood said systems, I wouldn’t play them. I’ve been known to give the wrong answer to Blackwood (or the simply shortness-encoding splinters I play) more often than I care to admit. But I did like seeing Kit Woolsey and Bart Bramley use relays and scans to get an OK but touchy grand slam and then find a nice line to make it.

Here are 50 written languages. Can you spot the fakes?

The Great (Lego) Wave off Kanagawa (inspired by the famous woodprint).

The go-to guide for not getting murdered in a quaint English village.

When commissioned to paint a Soviet-style Cookie Monster on a building in Peoria, how many questions do you ask? Was one of them “Hey, do you actually own this building?” Me neither.

For your “How its done” pleasure — A video of traditional Japanese Wood Joinery

I’ve seen some strange dance pieces by Yoann Bourgeois, but the fragments of this dance (set to Mozart’s Requiem) astounded me –the set design and lighting made this surreal, as though people were floating from the sky to the ground. I wasn’t sure what was going on until they showed the practice…and here’s his instagram page …. “Sometimes my work consists of catching dancers who want to fall into the orchestra pit.”

(H/T to Kottke.org for several of these)

Written by taogaming

December 16, 2020 at 8:37 pm

Posted in Linky Love

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  1. The language article missed a fake: D’ni was invented for the Myst series.

    azeltir

    December 17, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    • Plus Tengwar from Tolkien.

      azeltir

      December 17, 2020 at 2:16 pm

  2. Love the Japanese joinery.

    Iain Cheyne (@Icheyne)

    December 17, 2020 at 5:20 pm


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