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Apr. 24th, 2017

If you put it in your RSS feed you'd already know what my mathematics blog featured the past week. But that's all right. I'm here to remind you of what you did miss. In the past week that blog has featured:

And on to the last of the Saturday Pinburgh pictures to feature, like, people and stuff instead of crazy backglass art. I'm fibbing, but less than you think.

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Aftermath of the A Division finals. We somehow missed the games being played, but there's the stage and some of the games from the tournament and you can see the video screens set up to show the playfield action. Also the lots of confetti tossed about afterwards.


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Video monitor showing the playfield of Paragon, one of the on-stage games, along with the confetti that's fallen on the glass. Also, it's really, really weird to see a pinball table at a vertical angle like this. I don't know how people who watch live streams of these games do it.


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Extreme! Distortion! High Hand, one of the on-stage games, and an electromechanical which I played. We were allowed on stage after the A Division finals were over an it feels really weird to be there. Mostly because you can feel vibrations from the other people also on stage.


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[profile] bunny_hugger signalling the maitre d' that she wanted a table with more points, thank you, please. Freak Out is a custom-themed table made by Tiltwarning out of a Williams 1968 Doozie. That it was a custom rebuild explains what had baffled us, which was, why the art was so psychedelic yet the table was so hard to read. Normally the key shots are labelled on a game of that era. Note on the right someone in the process of tilting their game of Metallica.


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[profile] bunny_hugger and chicken purse go off to ponder what game to try putting up a score on next. The constraints: there's only ten entries period per person, and there's only two hours left, and there's lines for everything.


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Aftermath of the A Division finals. I did take the chance to walk up the ramp that, during actual competition, every player walked solo at the start and end of the ball. It added a heck of a sense of drama to otherwise normal business.


Trivia: The Woolworth Building opened on 24 April 1913. Its lights were turned on to the signal of a button pressed by President Wilson in Washington DC. Source: Higher: A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City, Neal Bascomb.

Currently Reading: Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen, Philip Ball.

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