Chess on the Dot is a chess variant invented by Joshua Chao in 2010, which uses a total sphere (not a sphere-like cylinder) as chessboard with standard rules of chess. The digital version of “Chess on the Dot” won red dot design award (Germany) in 2010.
All rules of chess can be applied to Dot without change because the surface of Dot is essentially a 2-dimensional membrane (without borders), and all squares on it can be displayed as a 2-dimensional, flat and rectangular chart with correct relative positions.
Dot is transmogrified from the traditional, flat chessboard by the following three steps:
1) Connect east and west borders.
2) Cover north and south ends.
3) Squeeze and bulk it up to a sphere.
All rules of “Chess on the Dot” are exactly the same to standard rules of chess. Search more at:
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Monster of the Week: The Gill Man
The Creature from the Black Lagoon is a spectacular monster, yet his story is one of tedium and sadness.
How often we forget.
You probably have some familiarity with his 1954 discovery. Perhaps you even know about his 1955 tenure in a Florida aquarium. But let us not for a moment forget that, in 1956, the gill man suffered severe burns, lost its gills, grew human skin and very nearly passed itself off as one of us.
He was of course framed for murder, so the un-gilled creature rampaged, murdered a deranged surgeon and committed suicide by wading into ocean waters that could no longer supply him oxygen.
Few monsters can claim such a depressing biography. But let’s consider his biology.
That’s all his human captors were ever interested in anyway.
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Retrofuturist Flashback: Future Nude Fashions
I really should cover fashion more on Retrofuturist Flashback, because cutting-edge fashion is always about the future — and the designs typically skew towards the extreme.
Here we see some of the work from Austrian-born fashion designer Rudi Gernreich (1922-1985). He’s probably best known for his topless unisex bathing suits of the 1960s, but his futurist ethos takes full form in his 1970 designs pictured here.
Gernreich considered this the future of fashion for the 1970s: unisex clothing, baldness and nudity. Gernreich believed that, “with age, the body will be covered completely (see below). If the body can no longer be accentuated it should be abstracted. For youth, a time for physical display. Nudity and baldness.”
He believed nudity would be equated with freedom, rather than sexuality — a beautiful post-humanism ideal. Of course, you’ll note that I had to cut the top image so as to avoid showing the female model’s nipples. We have no such problem with the male nipples, which is an issue we discussed in our episode “Mother’s Milk.”
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