Do You Play Chess?

I like to play chess, but haven’t found anyone here to play with. And I have no chess set in Japan. I have a nice one in Canada, though. Maybe I could play online.

But we found a piece from a chess set in a train station.

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That’s my daughter posing as she usually does.

So, how many of you play chess?

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Do We Live in a Science Fiction World?

I hear phrases like these in the news and on science websites:

  • Quantum computing (This is a reality now)
  • Potentially habitable exoplanets (One was recently discovered only 14 light years away)
  • Spooky action (this was observed this year)
  • Metamaterial wormhole teleports magnetic fields across space (This actually happened in a lab this year)
  • We understand how memories are stored and that it’s possible to alter them
  • Elon Musk’s Hyperloop to be tested
  • Mars observed to have liquid water
  • NASA accepting applications for new astronauts – ones to be selected to go to Mars

This is only a small sample of what’s happened this year. These are things that would only have been dreamed of a quarter century ago. They were science fiction. They are reality now.

How do you think science fiction has become reality recently?