LL :: Volume 7 :: LR
|Never Set the Chat on Fire|
No better than Renaissance culture for the next two days, although the
business district may see sparse use of steam power. On Wednesday a
bronze front will roll in, peaking in Sumerian by mid-afternoon, but
after that early industrialism should return. Gradual progress over
the rest of the week. Friday and Saturday, partly planetary
colonization with brief bursts of secret military research.
|The Toy Farm|
BitiBeads are two-centimeter marbles. The surfaces are paramag, so
they stick together and pull apart nicely. (The programmers have done
some subtle work on the force levels -- a long chain of BitiBeads
adheres more strongly than a single pair, so chains don't break apart
under their own weight. Chains tend not to tangle or adhere to
themselves either, although we were able to make it happen sometimes.)
Sounds like a clone of Archi's Bricks? No indeed. BitiBeads come in an assortment of bright colors. And they change color. The set comes with half a dozen colored wands; touch a blue wand to any marble, and it turns blue. Touch a white marble to a red one, and a half-second later, bink! The white one turns red; the red one turns white.
The rules are simple; but remember, you can build chains. Tap a green bead onto the end of a red chain, and the green swaps with the first red. Half a second later, the new green bead causes the bead next to it to turn green, returning itself to red... and so on. Tick tick tick, the "lone" green slides along to the other end of the chain.
But, of course, you can also have branches in the chains; multiple colors; loops. Just building an unchanging multi-colored chain is a challenge! (A bucketful of BitiBeads, freshly opened, is a flickering mass of frenetic color.) Younger children can work for hours to make chains or loops with regular, harmonious color waves. Older ones might try creating particular end-patterns -- puzzles and challenges. And teenagers can work on logic chains -- "and" gates, "or" gates -- or even digital circuitry... it can be done.
As part of summer roadway maintenance, City roads will receive an
anisotropic reflective coating. The effect is subtle, but the road's
surface will be noticeably darker when viewed ahead -- that is, in the
direction of traffic -- than behind. Thus, the oncoming lanes will be
visually distinct from the lanes you are in. (Load-balancing lanes
will have an micro-field application -- it will look the same as the
physical coating, but it can be switched back and forth to deal with
the changing direction of travel.)
This program should provide a small but definite boost to driver confidence, and a detectable decrease in the accident rate. The change in road color may seem small, but our drives on test courses have convinced us. Even so simple a matter as turning onto a one-way street becomes more intuitive; the road looks correct one way, and wrong the other way. Signs become superfluous. (Though signs will remain posted, as heavy rain can impair the coating's visibility, particularly at night.)
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