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February 15, 2015
by buerkleforcongress

Cybathalon: Paratheletes take it to a new level

In 2016, the first Cybathalon is scheduled to take place in Switzerland. It is being put on by the Swiss National Competence Center. The Center has a focus in Robotics Research and the event is to be a combination of athletics and technology. The games to be hosted include a race where competitors all use brain interface computers, a bicycle race where the athletes all pedal by electrical stimulation, a walking race that requires participants use powered exoskeletons, a wheelchair race (powered), and a race for those with arm prosthetics. This isn’t a showcase for technology, the athletes must all be dependent on these technologies in their regular life.

Why not just include this in the Paralympics?

The Paralympics blazed new ground for disabled athletes to compete. Not only did it foreshadow the allowance of amputees using blades being allowed in competition with fully limbed athletes, but it has done much to change the stereotypes surrounding physical disabilities. What it does not do is permit the use of electric, computer or other technologies to assist the athlete. In other words, a double amputee can run on titanium blades, but a paraplegic cannot participate in a walking race using an electrical stimulation set to move their legs.

Promoting science and encouraging ability

The Cybathalon isn’t just about promoting new technologies for the disabled, it directly confronts the growing reality for many that their lives are integrated with their assistance technologies. By allowing the persons using the technology to set the standard for their own capabilities, even more barriers to those with handicaps can be lowered. Not to mention that the competition will encourage more independent innovation in assistive technology too. Together, the Cybathalon represents another chapter in the evolution of sports competition that feeds back into improvements in all aspects of life.

February 14, 2015
by buerkleforcongress
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Tips for Playing Poker

Tips for Playing Poker

If you are new to the game of poker, then you will want to pay very close attention to the following tips.  While these tips won’t make you an expert poker player, they will set you a notch above other new players who don’t know the ins and outs of the game:

  • Pay Attention to Other Players

– If you want to become good at playing poker, you need to know how your opponents play.  If you’re playing with people you’ve never played with before, then you need to pay close attention to how they play throughout the game, even if you are not in the hand.

  • Pay Attention to the Cards on the Table

– This one should be a no-brainer, but it’s one that some relatively new poker players forget.  While you should absolutely be paying close attention to the other players at the table, you also need to be paying close attention to the cards as well.  Notice any flush or straight opportunities and calculate the risk vs. reward of a move you plan on making.

  • Don’t Play Aggressively
  • You don’t want to play too cautiously, but playing too aggressively can damage you in a game ever the more. This means you shouldn’t bluff in every single move, you shouldn’t play in every single hand, and you shouldn’t call every single hand.  Bluffing in particular is something that the game of poker togel singapura  is well known for, but something that is greatly misunderstood.  While the rules allow a player to bluff as often as they want to, doing so will display to the other players that you are inexperienced and predictable.  Bluffing only works against certain players and in certain situations.  If you are going to bluff, you better have a good reason for doing so.
  • Be in a Good Mood
  • This may seem like a clichéd piece of advice when it comes to poker, but it’s actually very true. If you’re in a bad mood, you’ll make moves you wouldn’t have usually made, you’ll become too ambitious in how you play, and most importantly, fellow players at the table will take advantage of you.  Even worse is that you can become infuriated when you lose and take it out on the other players who played the hand fairly, giving you a bad reputation.  Just like any other activity, everyone should be a good sport when playing poker.

  • Pull Out of a Hand If You Need To 

If you need to, you can pull out of a hand.  Doing so won’t make you look weak, as many new players to the game have the logic that since they’ve committed to the hand so far, they should stick with it.  If it looks like you’ll be beaten (meaning there is no way that you can improve your hand), you should fold as soon as possible rather than lose more chips.  You’ll get the money you’ve put into the pot later in the game when a better opportunity arises.