For the past several decade I’ve been working earnestly to hit the magic 2200 rating, the threshold for the “master” title. … More Okay, fine, I get it—I didn’t make it
Man: There’s nothing magical about the couch. It just helps people to be comfortable. So they can focus on their thoughts.
Death [lying back, fidgeting]: I know there’s nothing magical about the couch.
Man: Okay. Great. So tell me what’s on your mind. … More A very short story
Struck by the colors in this bunch. Still quite sour, but nearly there.
In the spirit of Ghostbusters, I have taken the liberty of recasting Game of Thrones, to make it better. (This works best if you watch an episode and envision the new actor doing the same lines. Yes I know some of my choices aren’t currently… available.) Ned Stark = was Sean Bean = now Kathy Bates Sir Bronn … More Game of Thrones, the Reboot
A partial list of foods consumed by various contestants during the Sacramento Chess Championship last weekend:
Roast beef sandwich … More Eating at the board
World-class chess is largely a celebration of great moves (Topalov-Shirov: 47…Bh3!!!). For most of us, though, it’s a series of decent moves punctuated by total stinkers. Boldi (1750) – Slater (2130). Here I found a powerful calculation: 21…Qf6 22.Rf3 Qxd4! 23.Qxd4 Re1+!! winning the queen on d4! [Psst: Derek, you gave up your queen too. So you’re … More Howlers
Some boxes have remained unopened since we moved from Massachusetts in 2013… The top cover features art from Red Nose Studio. He creates those little miniature scenes and then photographs them. The second photo shows The Image Issue, for which Lew McCreary wrote cover lines in the style of Cosmopolitan. We did get at least 1 … More An accidental time capsule