Portfolians could buy mystic marbles from the blacksmith, the butcher, and even the burro and yak sharing platform that had become popular in recent years. Eventually, a secondary market was formed where these mystic marbles were bought, bartered, and sold amongst the villagers.
The price people were willing to pay for these mystic marbles was the driving force behind the otherworldly way in which the marbles in the mystic jar would self-replicate or disappear on a continual basis.
Some villagers spent nearly every marble they earned on goods that were quickly consumed. For some villagers, this was merely out of necessity. They simply earned just enough marbles to provide for themselves and their families.
Others earned plenty, but spent just as lavishly, always procuring the artisanal apple varieties from the toniest orchards and dressing in the finest wools and linens. These villagers accumulated few mystic marbles in their Market Jars.
Other villagers made filling their Market Jars a priority. By working harder or smarter, being content consuming local fruits (often grown in their backyards), and comfortable in clothing most popular two harvests ago, they had plenty of earned marbles left over to exchange for mystic marbles, and their Market Jars held many.
Some of the mystic marbles were considered to be divine and were worshipped by certain villagers. Owners of divine marbles would see quarterly deposits in their Spend Jars, and that meant they had more money to spend!
When they entered a home, the Marble Movers were all business. They walked straight to the Market Jar, assessed the divinity of the mystic marbles it held and moved the appropriate number of marbles from the Market Jar to the Spend Jar.
The end result was fewer marbles in the Market Jar, more marbles in the Spend Jar, and some oddly pleased villagers who rejoiced in gratitude that the Marble Mover performed this deed on their behalf.
Those who owned mystic marbles with fewer divine qualities did not celebrate the coming of the Marble Movers. In fact, some of them lamented the shadowy figures who came around every 6 to 7 fortnights.
Those who had a modest salary were not taxed at all when they chose to move marbles themselves or when the Marble Movers did it for them. Most that fell into this category were no longer among the workforce.
The skilled tradesman who could afford to make regular deposits in their Market Jars would have to give up about 1 mystic marble for every 4 marbles the Marble Movers transferred to appease both the King of Portfolia and the Earl of his local province.
In contrast, when the villagers moved their own marbles, only the extra marbles that represented growth within their Market Jar were subject to taxation. Marbles they had purchased could be moved to the Spend Jar without being taxed.
For example, if the healer had once put 10 mystic marbles in her Market Jar, and they had grown to be 14 marbles when she was ready to spend them, she would only lose 1 marble when she moved those 14 marbles to her Spend Jar, a quarter of the 4-marble growth, but only about 7% of the total number of marbles moved.
Certain savvy villagers who were once keen on divine mystic marbles realized that there was little benefit to having the Marble Movers transfer marbles for them. The total number of marbles between the two Jars combined did not actually increase when the Movers paid them a visit.
In fact, the Movers would almost always pocket a few marbles to cover the required taxation on the marble maneuvering. Remember, every marble transferred from the Market Jar to the Spend Jar by the Marble Movers was subject to taxation.
Whether the villager had a need to move marbles from the Market Jar to the Spend Jar or not, the marble transfer could not be prevented. The Marble Movers were undeniably persistent, and they did not give one hoot about your current needs or taxation situation.
Some argued that the Marble Movers were not taking from their Market Jar, but rather depositing marbles in their Spend Jar that appeared from thin air. This argument held no water, as it could be easily understood and demonstrated that a distribution of marbles from the divine companies meant that these companies held fewer marbles by exactly the number distributed, and were worth that much less.
Others argued that the companies represented by the divine mystic marbles simply outperformed the other mystic marbles. This theory was debunked by realizing that any outperformance could be explained by the fact that most are quality value marbles that do not outperform similar marbles with a lesser degree of divinity.
Another villager found that obtaining mystic marbles with similar qualities of value and quality but with fewer divine qualities led to even greater growth in the Market Jar before considering the effects of taxation!
Furthermore, those that tout the performance of marbles that have seen increasing divinity over time fail to recognize the role of survivorship bias. The list of such marbles from ten or twenty years ago looked very different, and some of the represented businesses no longer exist, but all would have looked great at the time.
There was another camp whose primary concern was seeing the combined value of their Market and Spend Jars grow. They owned some divine marbles, sure, but only to have a highly-diversified, well-balanced mystic marble portfolio in their Market Jars. The occasional marble transfer was a byproduct of owning such great variety.
Second, understand the taxation of marble moving. Moving marbles oneself is a more favorable way to get more marbles in the Spend Jar. It may be a non-issue for the retired villager in the 0% marble transfer tax bracket. That is, as long as the marble movement dictated by the divine marbles and carried out by the Marble Movers does not push them out of that bracket!
Third, invest across a wide variety of mystic marbles from businesses providing all kinds of different goods and services throughout Portfolia. Do not avoid the more divine marbles, as they represent an important sector of the total market, but do not focus solely on collecting them, either.
Rumor has it that some enterprising merchants in the capital city are putting together baskets containing many different types of marbles that can all be purchased together at once. How incredible would that be?
Villagers, what type of marbles do you keep in your Market Jar? Do you place a premium on marbles with enhanced divinity? Do you avoid them when possible? Have you found a third jar in which they are better suited? Profess below!
Oak apples, or oak apple galls, also known as Devonshire galls! Also called marble galls (being the size of marbles) and possibly caused by the gall wasp, Biorhiza pallida. They might be oak marble galls that can occur on the common oaks, caused by another gall wasp, Andricu kollari, but this wasp needs the Turkey Oak to complete its life cycle. Spangle galls can also be found on the underside of oak leaves but they are smaller and at early stages brightly coloured; they are caused by another gall wasp, Neuroterus quercusbaccarum.
7. Add about 1-2 inches of rocks, gravel, pebbles, or marbles to your glass jar. Then fill the jar with potting mix, leaving some space at the top for more potting mix after planting the seeds, about 1 inch.
Each game of the competition is timed and during the Marbles round, Gi-hun is made to compete against the old man, with one having to win all 10 of the other player's marbles within the given time frame.
Despite the clock ticking away (probably much past the limit due to the old man losing his marbles), both players are not killed off by the staff member monitoring them until Il-nam finishes the game by forfeiting his marble to Gi-hun.
Looking even further back, Webb told me about a prototype mobile answering machine built in 1992 by Durrell Bishop, who is more recently a BERG collaborator. Instead of interacting with an answering machine using buttons, Bishop's answering machine used marbles that each represented a message. When a message was left for you, a marble would pop out of the machine. You could put the marble in your pocket for later, or you could drop the marble back into the machine to play your message. "Bishop made an invisible and complex interface completely legible by doing it with physical things," Webb says. "We need to stop thinking about the physical and digital as separate realms."
One of my very first real interests in science was when I was in the 5th grade and my teacher Mr. Zap taught us about physics, specifically kinetic and potential energy. While learning about this, we had a project which required us to build our very own rollercoasters out of paper and tape. One of the requirements was having a full loop and we had to test our rollercoasters with marbles. If the marble completed the track, then we were successful. I remember being so involved and fascinated with that project and trying everything to get that marble to run a full course.
Hand-laid by by local artisans, the mosaic floor represents the Palladiana style, a traditional technique unique to Northern Italy. One of the marbles used in the flooring is Candoglia, which comes from a quarry owned by the Citizens of Milan and was, until very recently, used exclusively for the Duomo of Milan and buildings in the surrounding piazza.
We divided into groups and the lab was to use the measured volume and diameter of various spheres to find our own approximation of pi. So we had to use marbles and some ball bearings. We get to our station to start measuring when a girl in my group says:
Had a dad-spotting while walking through the empty hall at school a few minutes ago. A small object rolled out of a door further down the hall followed closely by a stooped over middle-aged professor chasing after it. He nabbed it up just as I was passing by and looked up at me to say, "I've got to get out of here. I'm losing my marbles."
> > Balls> >> > INTERESTING OBSERVATION> > 1. The sport of choice for the urban poor is BASKETBALL.> >> >> >> >> > 2. The sport of choice for maintenance level employees is BOWLING.> >> >> >> >> > 3. The sport of choice for front-line workers is FOOTBALL.> >> >> >> > 4. The sport of choice for supervisors is BASEBALL.> >> >> >> >> > 5. The sport of choice for middle management is TENNIS.> > And...> >> >> >> > 6. The sport of choice for corporate executives and officers is> > GOLF.> >> > THE AMAZING CONCLUSION:> >> > The higher you go in the corporate structure, the smaller your balls> > become.> > There must be a boat load of people in Ottawa and Queen's Park> > playing marbles.> > You know you WILL PASS THIS ONE ON! 59ce067264