Here is a new game for science and engineering, to determine between two people:
- Two pairs of scissors. If someone is left-handed, they should have left-handed scissors.
- A large sheet of paper with perfect 90° corners
- Some witnesses
- A planimeter or something like it
- Select by mutual agreement the distance in from the edge to cut. For an A4 or 8½ × 11, maybe 3 cm or 1 in.
- At the same time, start each person starts cutting a strip off their side of the paper by using the scissors.
- When complete, the witnesses use the planimeter to determine the variation from a true straight line of each of the two cuts. The person with the smallest total area above and below the perfect line wins.
- If both are identical, the person who did it using fewer cuts wins.
- If both are identical, the person who did it more quickly wins.
This is best done with waste or scrap paper that is blank on one side, to prevent paper waste.
As an advantage over the other paper based game, rock-paper-scissors, it is based on skill and not chance.
It appears I have made a mile stone in my blogging.
I’m getting spammed by people smart enough to not get blocked automatically by the WordPress system. I have no idea why this is, all of the sudden, the case. I’ve thrown out probably 6 bad comments so far. Fortunately I pre-approve them, so no one was exposed to their trash.
An apology for my lack of activity this past long week end.
I found another interesting subject from americanradiohistory.com, a simple explanation about vacuum tubes.
I am represented at work by a union. A union of people who don’t construct sentences very well.
Unlike the previous one, this one is confirmed.
As mentioned over a year ago, I work for a State government, doing governmental things.
Now, I am applying for a transfer to a new part of the (same) State government, to do different governmental things.
I will let you all know what success or failure I have.
For the first time, I got a visitor for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
I am currently staying up late for my favorite activity: watching election returns in well documented races. Right now, it is in Alabama, in the contest for the Senator to replace Sessions.
Anyone else do this at all? I know plenty do, I’m just fishing for your recollections of memorable past counts. I’ll start with mine:
There is a song, “Sitting on the Dock” that has the line about “watching the ships roll in”. I always think of that when watching the returns “roll in”.
At the suggestion of one of my readers, @zeron+, I have looked into AmericanRadioHistory.com with a view to reprinting some of their public domain scanned matter. I intend to credit every source I draw on and will appreciate a reminder if not.