CUTwC and tiddlywinks news

Latest notices

There will be a virtual Club Dinner via Zoom on Saturday 30th of January, starting at 7:30pm for 8pm (formalwear optional).

The winker formerly known as Prezzy B is attempting to consolidate a set of winks shot videos to put on YouTube; please email her contributions. (The site maintainer's efforts have been added to the updated shots page.)


Tiddlywinks is normally a game played with a group of people sociably standing around small tables in a nice warm room; this aspect of CUTwC meetings has obviously been rendered impractical by COVID-19 safety concerns. As such, for the last few months, CUTwC members have been "meeting" on Zoom.

Given the announcements of January 4th, this seems likely to continue for the foreseeable future; the University has moved to on-line education as much as possible for Lent Term, so most members are not currently in Cambridge.

Site news
Rolling out some custom link buttons and improved navigation
We apparently look a bit dated...
Added a custom 404 page
There is now a custom page with some navigation and a silly animation for broken links.
Usability fixes
Tried to make Google happier: CSS is now inlined, there are resultion-aware versions of images and some background loading, etc. It's still only 95-98% happy (even with images cached for an hour), but short of losing image quality, resorting to image format compatibility risks or just getting rid of the images, there's not much more to be done. Also made things a bit nicer in Lynx and added breadcrumbs to the top couple of levels of the site.
Canonical redirect
All the site name variants now redirect to cutwc.org.
Added videos
Some slow-motion videos taken last summer have finally been added to the shots page.
Logos moved around
"Approved" logos now better named and less buried, and with the corners fixed inside the SVG since outside was tricky.
Yet another logo update
Another SVG version of the pot-of-winks, this time closer to the geomtry of the ray-traced version.
Slide show updated
Running purely as an svg animation the front page carousel seemed to be extremely power hungry (it caused laptop fans to spin up) - it looks like Chrome is bad at realising when the animation isn't doing anything, so although the CPU isn't busy, the GPU is. This has been updated to JavaScript and HTML CSS - which also makes it easier to amend; hopefully it still works everywhere; the fades are also sped up a little, which helps. The swoosh of the title used to use 50% of the CPU on WindowServer (on a Mac) alone; it still uses quite a bit during the swoosh, but when it's not doing anything it at least stops doing anything. The swoosh can now get out of sync with its animation, particularly if you suspend a phone with the page open, but fixing that one is a pain for the future.
Hid this wall of text
Site updates now inside a <details> block to stop it dominating actual news.

The ETwA National Singles (and ETwA Congress) has been postponed until the COVID-19 situation is resolved and it is considered safe for the community to play.
Watch this space and etwa.org, and please stay safe.

Latest results

The "You I Have News ForGot" Charles Relle Trophy was won by Zach Bond according to the scores sent to the web site maintainer, Sophie Brawn according to the announcement at the end of the meeting, and Stew according to tradition.

The AGM happened, and Marc Mills is the new President; see the Committee, Constitution and results pages for details.

The Varsity Match was won by CUTwC 82½-29½ — ratings have been updated.

The Cambridge Open was won by Patrick Barrie.

Nick Ashley

Zach Bond played a Peterhouse Pot friendly against Edward Brown, but this was deemed not part of the tournament due to meteorological interference.

Given additional restrictions on play, Edward Brown was declared as "probably the winner".

Zach Bond beat Sophie Brawn 5-2.

Edward Brown beat Ed Green 6-1.

Calendar (Lent 2021)

Details TBD, but assume meetings on Wednesdays (via Zoom)