Part of the fun was that the contestants on this site are really strong. The amount of creativity and the strategies you needed to deploy to rank in the top 50 were pretty wild. I'm quite proud of my result, although part of me wish I could keep on trying crazier and crazier things.
I figured I should share that and ensure my Chinese credit rating remains low. I'll be proud when it reaches 0. Yuck.
> China is launching a comprehensive “credit score” system [...] If that and the little other reporting I’ve seen is accurate, the basics are this:
> * Everybody is measured by a score between 350 and 950, which is linked to their national identity card. While currently supposedly voluntary, the government has announced that it will be mandatory by 2020.
> * The system is run by two companies, Alibaba and Tencent, which run all the social networks in China and therefore have access to a vast amount of data about people’s social ties and activities and what they say.
> * In addition to measuring your ability to pay, as in the United States, the scores serve as a measure of political compliance. Among the things that will hurt a citizen’s score are posting political opinions without prior permission, or posting information that the regime does not like, such as about the Tienanmen Square massacre that the government carried out to hold on to power, or the Shanghai stock market collapse.
> * It will hurt your score not only if you do these things, but if any of your friends do them. Imagine the social pressure against disobedience or dissent that this will create.
> * Anybody can check anyone else’s score online. Among other things, this lets people find out which of their friends may be hurting their scores.
> * Also used to calculate scores is information about hobbies, lifestyle, and shopping. Buying certain goods will improve your score, while others (such as video games) will lower it.
> * Those with higher scores are rewarded with concrete benefits. Those who reach 700, for example, get easy access to a Singapore travel permit, while those who hit 750 get an even more valued visa.
> * Sadly, many Chinese appear to be embracing the score as a measure of social worth, with almost 100,000 people bragging about their scores on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.
Also: Couldn't find that Rap Battle on YouTube. Come on, Wonderalla, vids or it didn't happen.
So what's so special about it? Among other things, it enables stud inversion in very compact spaces and allows anchoring of parts with bars, increasing sturdiness for many connections. I'm sure that all sounds like gobbledegeek, so let me qualify that by saying it's allowed me to make intricate models like the Bonsai Tree that don't fall apart in a light breeze. I'm increasingly putting these parts in my models, and in fact, you'll find them in one of this year's Holiday Build-it-Yourself Projects!
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