Monday, March 20

Fracture revisited

I noticed that the 2007 movie Fracture was on Netflix and so I thought I'd watch it again. I hadn't seen it since August 2009, a fact I was able to recover because I wrote a blog piece about a chess position in the film. I ended the item with a question about the six captured black pieces — which weren't visible in my movie-still grab. With the better-resolution Netflix version, I took it upon myself to retake a screen snippet of the board:


So the six captured black pieces were there all along, hidden in the poor contrast of my 2009 screen grab!

Tuesday, March 7

T cube


Designed by Yavuz Demirhan, realized by Brian Menold, this recently acquired puzzle more than tests my patience. The three identical pieces (two one-by-three bars attached to a one-by-five bar) fit — without any protuberances — within the (five-by-five-by-five) cubic cage. It arrived assembled and I was careful in taking it apart, but after I had reassembled it a second time it no longer came apart as I expected! And by the time I did get that disassembled I had forgotten how it was supposed to come together. Complicating things ever so slightly is that one of the frame's twenty-four inside edges is a touch less than three units long, presumably a production flaw and not part of the design. I'm getting too old for this type of toy.