Growing up, we loved electric toys, especially slot cars and model trains. With train sets, the action was always rather zen. You painted scenery, planted fake plastic trees, figured out how to make your rocks more convincing and arranged your engines and railcars for maximum visual effect. Then, sometimes, you got bored and overcooked a turn just to watch a spectacular derailment. Slot-car racing, however, was another ball of wax. It was fierce, competitive, and required skill on the controller. One of Wired's blog types has just gotten back into the slots and he's got a nice little piece on how to get the ozone back in your nosecone, as well as an interesting (and true) baboon analogy on the avocation's psychological effects.
Slot Cars Revisted [Wired]
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