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 Saturday, March 22, 2014


• To be up with the cool folk, you had to download Threes to your phone last month. It's a damned simple game, on the face of it, but has kept me and millions of others busy in many a spare moment. The aim in Threes is to combine numbers on a 4×4 grid to make the largest total possible. Put simply, 1s and 2s make 3s, then 3s and above match with their twins to make double. The numbers have personalities, which get increasingly odd as they get bigger, and there's a lot more strategy to scoring highly than initially meets the eye. Throw in a very catchy soundtrack (music here), and this certainly wasn't £1.49 wasted.
[So far I've managed to score 7527, but that's peanuts compared to the experts]

• To be up with the cool folk, you only had to start playing 2048 this month. 2048 is a game much like Threes, but using powers of 2, so it's a little simpler. Also it works on an ordinary computer keyboard using up and down arrow keys, retro-style, so there's no need to have a swishy smartphone to enjoy the action. Warning: highly addictive.
[My best score so far is a rather good 17880, but that wasn't quite enough to conjure up the elusive 2048 tile of the game's title] [via @moogal]

• Once you've got the hang of 2048, and not before, why not diversify into Bespoke 2048? Pick 11 photos of your choice instead of the usual list of numbers, and then play the game your way.
[You lot will probably enjoy the TfL Roundels edition, or maybe the Numberwang version] [via @ianvisits]

• The Ladies Who Bus, you may remember, had been attempting to ride every single bus route in London. Well, they completed that challenge back last month, then moved onto the trams and river buses, then sat down and had serious discussions about what to do next. They eventually plumped for museums, because they're damned fascinating, and because London has hundreds. The Ladies are now working their way through Wikipedia's list of London museums, one a week, one quadrant at a time. Museum number one is in the bag, that's the National Portrait Gallery, and you'll want to read where they go next.
[I tried an A-Z of London Museums once, and I thought that was tough enough]

• Chris wondered how far he could travel by rail from London for a tenner if he travelled at the weekend, Turn Up And Go. And how far for twenty quid, fifty or even a hundred? Being a techy type he managed to process his query using Big Data, and came up with a pretty, and pretty useful map. And the answers? Brighton for £10, Peterborough for £20, Liverpool for £50 and Penrith for £100.
[I tried something rather more limited once, and I thought that was tough enough] [via @antimega]

• It's the sort of thing I might do. Paul decided to make journey from Woolwich to Wapping in ten river crossings, that's via three Jubilee line tunnels, two DLR tunnels, two foot tunnels, one Brunel tunnel, a ferry and a cable car. He missed a few crossings, and the day proved challengingly foggy, but he managed loads of photos...and what an interesting plan.
[via @eastendwestend]

• Have you donated yet to The Line? That's the East End project aiming to spread two dozen sculptures along the meridian from Stratford to Greenwich. They need £145636 to kickstart part one of the project, and pledged to try to raise it by February 14th. A volley of media exposure didn't quite bring in the cash, so they extended to March 5th, and then again to March 28th. So how are they doing? With just one week to go they have only £27270, over half of which came from two mega-donations, and the remainder from 258 kind souls. It seems that the project is doomed to failure unless several rich folk step up and donate the remaining 81%, but let's hope not.
[Here's my report] [via @thelinelondon]

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