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From the White House to the Trevi Fountain
I have sought advice from secret sympathisers
Stalactites met stalagmites and orchids bloomed
There were falling blocks and Napoleonic Attacks
PSE pages held the answer
Juggling spreadsheets and matrices
Distilling it all to a cluster of neurons

What's the connection?

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The Answer is:

Columns

From the White House to the Trevi Fountain

Both have columns along the facade.

I have sought advice from secret sympathisers

Advice columns (like ask amy type stuff). A fifth column is any group of people who undermine a larger group.

Stalactites met stalagmites and orchids bloomed

When they meet it forms a continuous line top to bottom or a column. The column, or technically the gynostemium, is a reproductive structure that can be found in several plant families: Aristolochiaceae, Orchidaceae, and Stylidiaceae. wikipedia

There were falling blocks and Napoleonic Attacks

Falling blocks refers to Columns a match-three puzzle video game, first created in 1989 Originally guessed tetris woops. . A military column is a formation of soldiers marching together in one or more files in which the file is significantly longer than the width of ranks in the formation. Originating in the french revolutionary war.

PSE pages held the answer

There are columns the pages are organized by like the related, hot network question column.

Juggling spreadsheets and matrices

Both Spreadsheets ad matrices have columns. In toss juggling, columns, also known as One-up Two-up, is a juggling trick or pattern where the balls are thrown upwards without any sideways motion. The simplest version involves having three balls, with two going up simultaneously on either side, followed by one going up in the middle.

Distilling it all to a cluster of neurons

there are small areas (columns) in which the neurons tend to have the same receptive field. A fractionating column or fractionation column is an essential item used in distillation of liquid mixtures so as to separate the mixture into its component parts, or fractions, based on the differences in volatilities. (distillation).

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  • $\begingroup$ Kinda embarassed I am a juggler, but informally trained so terminology aint my strong suit. $\endgroup$ – Going hamateur Aug 31 '15 at 14:58
  • $\begingroup$ Well done. The fourth line I intended to refer to the game Columns, rather than Tetris and the PSE reference was aimed at the 3-column layout of the page but this answer is close enough. $\endgroup$ – Gordon K Aug 31 '15 at 15:03
  • $\begingroup$ Oh lol by Hot Network Questions thing I meant the whole colum it is in.. definitely described that poorly. I shall investigate the game Columns and update to be mor einformative accordingly. $\endgroup$ – Going hamateur Aug 31 '15 at 15:12

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