Bletchley Park is delighted to officially launch the Alan Turing Monopoly board, developed from a unique original board in the Bletchley Park Museum, hand-drawn by William Newman, son of Turing’s mentor, Max, over sixty years ago.
In this special edition of Monopoly, the squares around the board and revised Chance and Community Chest cards tell the story of Alan Turing’s life along with key elements of the original hand-drawn board, which the great mathematician played on with a young William in the early 1950s – and lost. The board has been developed by the Bletchley Park Trust, William Newman and Winning Moves, which creates new editions of Monopoly.
In addition to the new board, the set includes:
· Replica of the original hand-drawn board, complete with William’s own rules
· Never before seen pictures of Turing, kindly given by the Turing family
· Turing’s face on all the banknotes – putting him on the £10 note as per the current petition!
· Huts and Blocks (the buildings which housed the Bletchley Park codebreakers and their machines) in place of traditional houses and hotels
· The story of the board, and explanations of the squares throughout
The former roomie offers his vote in favor of the new Dredd flick. It does indeed sound as if they've made a real Judge Dredd film, on the relatively modest budget - by current standards - of around $45m. I suspect I'm going to have to see it in the next few days. ^_^
After a player for the Baltimore Ravens, Brendon Ayanbadejo, expressed his support for marriage equality, Maryland State Rep. Emmett C. Burns Jr wrote a disgraceful, spiteful letter to the team's owner, asking that he be prohibited from saying any such things. Chris Kluwe, of the Minnesota Vikings, wrote a fabulously scathing reply, making several excellent points. However, some people felt the swearing distracted from the message; as such, he prepared a completely work-safe version, which might be even better. =:D
Alnwick Garden was devised by the Duchess of Northumberland, who remarked: "I wondered why so many gardens around the world focused on the healing power of plants rather than their ability to kill ... I felt that most children I knew would be more interested in hearing how a plant killed, how long it would take you to die if you ate it and how gruesome and painful the death might be."
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship was.. well, not as bad as I'd feared. I'm not a fan of Chris Chibnall's writing, as it always leaves the strong impression it's lesser fanfic that's somehow made it into production, usually with characters acting quite OOC, then pivoting around, coupled with plot devices that have no reasonable basis other than the writer deciding they ought to be there. That said, I enjoyed it. ^_^ Very much a lightweight filler episode, made to be a crowd-pleaser, but entirely watchable.
Rather an interesting article on the Chinese underground, including estimates for the scale of their various targets; whilst website hacking weighs in at around $70m, just ahead of online banking theft, virtual assets theft is far more significant, at some $225m.
I could've sworn I'd posted this before, but I can't seem to find it through tags, and I didn't seem to post it soon after I recomposed it. It's not new, but it still holds true. ^_^