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Nipsy is a golf-like game played in the North of England, particularly in the Barnsley area. It was most popular from about 1900 through the 1940s, but is still played by a small group of aficionados.

The goal of nipsy is simple: you take a rod (the 'stick') not unlike a short, straightened golf club, and use it to strike a ball (the 'nipsy') sitting on a block (the 'brick'), causing it to bounce straight up in the air. You then quickly use this same club as a bat to hit the ball as hard as possible -- a good player may get over 200 yards (180 m). The player who gets the best cumulative distance over seven attempts wins.

Nipsy is traditionally a working-mans' game, and the ball, slightly smaller than a golf ball, is traditionally made of lignum vitae or Permali -- materials that could be acquired by railway and mill workers. Ivory gave more distance, and there are tales of billiard balls being purloined to carve into nipsys, but ivory and hard rubber nipsys are…

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'Hard takeoff' is a term used in futurism to refer to a sudden and probably unexpected singularity event (in the transhumanism sense, not a black hole). The most likely cause of this would be an AI that develops from human or near-human intelligence to super-intelligence in a very short time period -- a matter of months, weeks, or days. This is in contrast to a slow progression, AKA a soft takeoff, which is traditionally assumed to be more probable.

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