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Please join Michael Ormes, Victoria Whitlock and their minions for the October NWSFS Social, beginning at 5 P.M. and ending at 10 P.M (or when they eject the last remaining guest or loan them sleeping space). 14437 NE 11th Place, Bellevue; phone: 425.653.7456.

This is the Mad Scientist Social, so present your favorite experiments, inventions, gadgets, creations, discoveries and curiosities.

NOTE: Please limit yields and power requirements to something appropriate for a residential area.

Bring your favorite videotapes or DVDs, as there is a separate room for viewing. There will also be a variety of board and card games available, or you can bring your own favorite.

As usual, this is a potluck, so bring your contribution of a main dish (occasionally have enough), side dish (rarely have enough), beverage, munchies (usually have enough), or dessert (often have enough, but then really, who could object to too much dessert).

Based on continued demand (despite limited participation), A Challenge for the build-ahead-of-time crowd has again been included. So, for those who prefer time-to-think, and your-own-choice-of-materials:

Disrupting the Lego Supply Line

Hostilities between your Lego Minions and your rival’s minions have been escalating. A bridge has been identified whose destruction would provide a necessary disruption to the delivery of Bricks, Plates, Beams, and Blocks to your rival’s minions. Using Legos as your primary building material create a device which will allow your Lego Minions to deliver a Ping-Pong ball sized diabolical device (if you don’t have one in-stock we know of a discrete supplier) to the bridge while allowing them to escape its destructive effects prior to activation (this being a family friendly event the sponsors discourage Suicide Devicers).

The winner is the device able to most accurately place the diabolical device.

The Fine Print:
The preferred location for the diabolical device is under the bridge touching the central support, second choice is on the bridge span, third is against either end of the bridge, the final least effective location is any other position under the bridge.

Minions are safe from the device’s effects at a range of one meter.

The central support of the bridge is at least 60 mm high. The bridge will allow passage of a vehicle at least 40 mm wide.

To maintain plausible deniability regarding the incident, you must remain at least one meter from the bridge.

A device which takes too long to deliver the diabolical device will attract the attention of your rival’s minions -- who are highly trained in rapidly disarming diabolical devices which will void the delivery.

In the event of a tie, the contest will be repeated with the “plausible deniability distance” increased (or decreased should no effective delivery occur with any device).

As usual, the sponsors of this event assume no responsibility for damaged egos.

Innocent-bystanders are responsible for their own deniability (as well as finding appropriate cover).

A Challenge, in a form similar to previous years, will also be presented for those who desire the satisfaction of solving a problem using limited time and constrained resources. (i.e. you get the details when you arrive).

Logistics: There is plenty of parking on the street. The driveway is a bit steep. The only pets are aquatic, and they are expected to remain in their appropriate habitat. NOTE: If you need test subjects, please make other arrangements. Smoking is acceptable outside only, please. There is a covered breezeway available, with seating, for smokers (assuming assorted leftover experiments can be cleared out in time).

Directions:
From I-405 (both directions – or take the SR520 route):
Take the NE 8th St exit Eastbound (not the SE 8th St exit). Travel East on NE 8th St towards Crossroads Mall
Take a Left (North) on 140th St NE (there is a Walgreen's on the corner)
Take the first Right on NE 14th St, before the Fairweather Building.
After some large speed bumps, this road will make a 90-degree right turn and become 144th St NE
Take a Left on NE 11th Place
This road again takes a 90-degree Right turn
As you turn, the house is on the inside corner, around the corner. The house is brown, and the drive goes up a small hill, pointed back the way you arrived.

From SR520:
Take the 148th St exit
Travel South on 148th St NE
Turn Right (West) on NE 10th to 145th St NE. It looks like a driveway until you are right there.
Take a Right (North) on 145th St NE
Continue to 11th. The house will be on the left, with the drive pointed up the hill, in the direction you were going.

From I-90: DON'T try to go partway and then follow the directions from SR520 because there is a left turn that you can't make and, depending on traffic, a U-turn can be problematic:
Take the 148th St exit
Travel North on 148th St NE
Go West on NE 8th to 140th St NE
Take a Right (North) on 140th St NE (there is a Walgreen's on the corner)
Take the first Right on NE 14th St, before the Fairweather Building
After some large speed bumps, this road will make a 90-degree right turn and become 144th St NE
Take a Left on NE 11th Place
This road again takes a 90-degree Right turn As you turn, the house is on the inside corner, around the corner.
The house is brown, and the drive goes up a small hill, pointed back the way you arrived.