Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Sowpods in 2021

Disclaimer: The story below is purely a work of fiction and is not to be taken seriously at all.

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It is June, 2021. Since 2017, the world has been united under a single dictionary( yes, it did take the Americans that long to switch) From the last dictionary vote, pro-sowpods players outnumbered pro-TWL players by 50.5% to 49.5%. The committee pounced on this and initiated the switch. But lo and behold, the pro-TWL players revolted, immediately deciding to boycott all tournaments for a year, citing the presence of strange words which had absolutely zero relation to North American scrabble, like KAMOKAMO and MINIMOTO. But it was not to last as the players soon trickled back within months.

Even China and Hong Kong had recently joined the new world scrabble scene recently. Their top player, was even seen playing a rapid game of scrabble at a Starbucks outlet.
The technology of the era had been advancing rapidly too. Boards were now well-fitted with microchips and motion sensors. Every tile was ingrained with microchips storing the value of the tile. When placed on the board, the board would read the value of the tiles and score it accordingly, but the scores would not be revealed till the end. If a player announced his score wrongly, a computerized voice would immediately voice and correct the error. However, it was still mandatory for players to announce their scores. If a player took too long to draw his tiles, a voice would quickly remind the player to hurry up.

Timers soon became obsolete as they became integrated with the board. Gone were the days of carrying around bulky timers- a small digital timer at the edge of the board was more than sufficient to keep track of time. The boards were made of lightweight plastic and weighed only 500 grams each.

To be continued....

Thursday, February 21, 2008

My camera is working again, so the food blog here may be up soon.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

My idea of a 30 day round the world trip

Just an interesting idea..but for that, I'll definitely need a travelling companion.

Round the world tickets will be used- for 26000 miles and under, the estimated cost is S$4890.

Part 1- Singapore to Dubai (7hr30 min) Explore the flashy city of gold bazaars and shopping malls, and the Burj hotel (4 days).

Part 2- Dubai to Istanbul ( 4hr 15 min)
─░stanbul is one of the truly great romantic cities. Its history tracks back from Byzantium to Constantinople to its place at the head of the Ottoman Empire. Today it hums as Turkey's cultural heart and good-time capital. Visit the Hagia Sofia and the local scene. ( 3 days)

Part 3- Istanbul to Paris ( 3hr 45 min) Explore the numerous museums, Eiffel tower, and check out the fantastic French cuisine. ( 5 days)

Part 4- Paris to Rio De Janerio ( 11hr) Relax in the latin american culture of music and partying.

(6 days)

Part 5- Rio De Janerio to New York (11 hr) Explore the Big Apple and the Empire state building. Maybe visit the scrabble club there. (5 days)

Part 6 - New York to Tokyo ( 14 hr) Explore Tokyo and the interesting Japanese food. ( 5 days)

Part 7- Tokyo to Singapore ( 7 hr ) Back..

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

One of the higher scores from facebook's typing test best is 101.

Friday, February 08, 2008

long flights

Some long flights-

Mexico City-Paris 12hr
Seoul-Frankfurt 12hr
Hong Kong - Johannesburg 13hr 20 min
Hong Kong-Auckland 11 hr
Frankfurt- Cape town 12hr
New York- Tokyo 14 hr 20 mins
Dubai- Sydney 14hr
Dubai-Houston 15 hr 30 min
Singapore- London 14hr
Singapore-New York 18hr (longest commercial flight now)

Click here to see a rather entertaining account of the longest flight ever from S'pore to New York

Friday, February 01, 2008

My google map of scrabble locations here is actually getting more page views than my blog. Over a thousand already.

What is going on?

Just updated with scrabble venues anyway

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Becoming less active:Ricky JP Andy
Becoming more Active:TonyMichaelCheah