Monday, 28 April 2008

Buses and Bingos

You wait for ages and then two or three come along at once...And this one scores higher than the one from last week too, so that suits me fine...

I'll have to write more in a few days on books and things. At the end of last week and over the weekend I re-read Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? and on Saturday I started reading A Clockwork Orange, both good starts to challenges 69 and 68 respectively.

I also want to find time to respond to my friend Matt, who commented and asked me about challenges 58 and 59, related to finding plait presentations for 11-crossing knots. I imagine that the around 99% of people who read this will say, "What's a plait presentation?" Don't worry, it is nothing magical or incredibly difficult to get your head around, and I will say something about that soon I hope.

Less than a week in and I'm already making excuses as to why I'm not writing! It's a busy time, with family stuff, job applications I'm filling in and so on. I am still committed to seeing this through though; thanks to all who have commented so far, I hope I make it an interesting read as I get on with these things. By the end of the week I will have tweaked the template a little further, and will add a link at the side to the entry with the list in, and will edit that as and when I complete things, OK?

One change to the list though: I decided that 1001 haiku really was far too many, and so have scaled that back to 101.

Take care, more soon.


Bethany said...

Your scrabulous skills are amazing! I love playing the game, but I manage to lose most of the time. Do you have any tips?

zero_zero_one said...

I've not been playing to get better for all that long, so the tips I have aren't up to much...

Shuffle your tiles around - without a doubt, this is key to getting your brain thinking about anagrams and stringing longer words together. I don't remember where I've seen it, but I am sure that I read somewhere that there is a connection between shuffling your tiles and getting better words.

As regards play, higher scores are all about making connections; the higher scores I've got have been when I've played a word that has intersected in several places with other words, even if only to create a few two letter words.

For an example from a recent game, I had the word NOBBLE on the board, and placed the word AIM as follows:


Doesn't seem like much, but all of a sudden you have points from four words and not just one coming in!

Also, if you have an S look for words that you can pluralise by putting the S at the end and forming a bigger word with it :)

zero_zero_one said...

Ugh! Formatting went awry there with my example. AIM should start beneath the second B in NOBBLE, giving you points from AIM, BA, LI and EM.

Learning all of the two letter words is also a good strategy! :)