Friday, 28 April 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 28-4-2017: Stadia

You know, there’s film fandom … 

Then there’s serious film fandom.

Then there’s jeweller, Ginza Tanaka.

Who’s come up with a solid gold cast head of Darth Vader, and expects to sell it for … 

Well … 

A stupid amount of money.


Talking of film … ?

I had yesterday off: which was nice.

And, given the recent death of Jonathan Demme?

Decided sitting in with The Silence of the Lambs was the only possible response.

It’s not that often I call a film genre-defining.

I think The Silence of the Lambs is one of those films.


Let’s move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: scoring seven out of ten in the process.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s themed questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) The Empire Stadium opened: on the 28th April, 1923.   How was it more commonly known?
Q2) That original Stadium held which year’s London Olympics?
Q3) It was described as the ‘cathedral of football.’   By which well known player?
Q4) Which iconic part of the Stadium were designed by Sir Robert McAlpine?
Q5) Finally … The Stadium was knocked down in 2003.   A new Stadium was completed and opened, when: 2006, 2007 or 2008?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …

Q1) The first commercial computer mouse was released, today: by Xerox.   In which year of the 1980s?
A1) 1982.
Q2) The mouse was released with which computer: the PC, Mac or Star?
A2) The Xerox Star: or Xerox 8010 Information System, in full.   (Strictly speaking the ‘Star’ name refers to the operating system, and bundled software.)
Q3) Xerox originally released the mouse with an earlier computer called what: the PARC, the Alto or the Palo?
A3) The Alto.
Q4) The first commercially successful mouse was released with which computer: the PC, Mac or Lisa?
A4) Mac: specifically with what’s now called the Macintosh 128k.   (The Macintosh 128k was one of the first commercially successful computers to use both a mouse, and a graphical user interface.)
Q5) Those early mechanical mice used a what, to interact with the surface they were on: a laser, ball or spring?
A5) Ball.
Q6) Most modern mice use various small lasers, or LEDs to detect movements.   They’re called what mice?
A6) Optical mice.
Q7) A modern mouse with a cable, connects through what kind of port?
A7) USB.   (Early mice used the RS232C serial connection.   Early PCs used the 6-pin PS/2 port, wheres Macs used the daisy-chainable ADB port.)
Q8) Many cordless mice connect by which rather blue radio signal?
A8) Bluetooth.
Q9) Those early 80s mice used two buttons: the same as mice for most modern Windows and Linux based PCs.   How many buttons are there, on mice for the modern Apple Mac?
A9) One.   (The Mac has always used CTRL-clicking, instead of a right click: modern versions can be configured to two button use, although I prefer CTRL-clicking.    I’m also left handed: PART of the reason I’m a huge Mac fan?   Is that it’s easy to turn a right hand Mac mouse into a left-handed one.   I simply moved it from the right hand side of the table, to the left.)
Q10) Finally … One computer mouse.   Many computer what: mice or mouses?
A10) Well, whilst I’ve used ‘mice’ as the plural, it seems either is correct.
I’ll leave you with a thought …
“Playing in [the] Stadium in front of 83-some-thousand fans to win a gold medal was unreal.”
Carli Lloyd.
And one of the best known performances at what was the old stadium.   (I remember seeing it: and being glad I wasn’t the only person to have seen the video …)

Today’s questions will be answered in tomorrow’s Teaser.

Have a good day.

*        Oh, tell me about chargers, Debbi!   I always keep forgetting to take my phone charger to work!   Whether my charge lasts long enough to send that last text is nervewracking … !   (Oh, once I’ve read through Elric of Melniboné, I’ve got a dilemma: do I read Flowers for Algernon, or The Left Hand of Darkness, next?   Decisions, decisions …)


Debbi said...

Tough decision. I know the feeling! :)

1. Wembley Stadium
2. 1948
3. Pelé
4. the Twin Towers
5. 2007

Olga Nunez Miret said...

Just a quick hello. Sorry, it's crazy here. I hope once we're better organised things will ease up a bit but the first day was chaotic. Take care and have a good weekend. Hi to all. (No time to spend on Twitter either and no connection at the book festival)