vacant site

I like this puzzle. To set it up, imagine an n-by-n grid. Starting with a single site occupied, the currently occupied sites are duplicated, translated and dropped onto vacant sites. This move is legit if the copies stay within the board and there is no overlapping with the originals. It’s possible to fill the 8-by-8 board in this way as you can see above. Now for the puzzle, it’s also possible to cover 32/49 sites of 7-by-7 board in five moves. But how? I’ll show a solution in a few days.

PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: JAIMIE ALEXANDER

As far as memorable entrances go, crawling out of a duffel bag in the heart of New York City is a tough act to follow.

And yet, as soon as Blindspot‘s sophomore premiere began Wednesday night, Alexander had us as captivated as we were the moment we first laid eyes on her inked Jane Doe last fall — and she didn’t let up one bit in the hour that followed.

From scene to scene, moment to moment, Alexander showed us a myriad of different Janes, easily shifting from stoic to vulnerable and back again. Just minutes after we watched her get tortured at a CIA black site, eyes vacant and glazed-over, Alexander reintroduced Jane’s ruthless badass, as her character managed to escape captivity after a soul-crushing three months.

But Alexander’s strongest performances can be found in two separate scenes, the first of which was Jane’s emotionally loaded reunion with Weller. “You don’t want anyone to get hurt?” Jane asked, incredulous, while pointing a gun at her onetime colleague. “Do you have any idea where I have been these past three months?” During the fistfight that followed between the pair (which ended with Jane once again threatening Weller’s life), Alexander’s face registered all of Jane’s fear, anger and resentment.

Later, as Jane was introduced to her long-lost mother and brother, Alexander was heartbreaking in her portrayal of Jane’s shock and confusion. As her eyes welled with tears at the deluge of new information about her life, the actress made us feel intensely sympathetic for this character whose very existence continues to be thrown into chaos. Even in a moment as small and innocuous as hugging her brother Roman, Jane’s mixture of relief and uncertainty was palpable.

Given the events of Wednesday’s premiere, Jane — or Alice, or Remi — has a long season ahead. Thanks to Alexander’s superb performance, we can’t wait to watch the drama unfold.

The New York Times has a great interview with K.K. BarrettHer‘s production designer, about the process of shaping Theodore Twombly’s physical world:

Interiors play a significant part, particularly Theodore’s home and work spaces. The office, where his job is to compose personal letters on behalf of clients, is an airy, friendly, colorful environment. Mr. Barrett found a vacant site in Los Angeles and transformed it.

“It was an empty set of white walls with a beautiful skylight,” he said. “It was a location I had to argue for because it was very expensive and we only spent a couple of days in there.”

Rather than repaint the walls, Mr. Barrett added pieces of transparent colored plexiglass that cast light on the room and changed its tone at  different times of the day. “We put gels on the windows so that all of the light that came in was this beautiful red glow.”

Mr. Barrett had the walls accented with drawings from the artist Geoff Mcfetridge, who also created the titles for “Where the Wild Things Are.”

A vacant house in Tokyo will never remain vacant for a long time as Tokyo is in constant cycle of renewal. This house seems to be vacant. If so, it will be rapidly demolished; the site will be scraped cleaned and asbolutely flat from each boundary to boundary ready for a new use. It is very difficult to predict any new use due to the disposition of the house in this zone but it may be either for a small-scaled public garden or a new house.