Played another G/45 at the Mechanics Institute club this past weekend. Here’s a final-round game that’s kind of comically inept, although that sounds harsher than I mean it. But there’s a long sequence where every move by either of us improves the other guy’s position by a half-pawn or more. C’mon gang, let’s count the wrong moves! Mays … More Fourth position
This is from a different hotel. I can’t help reading it in a Damon Wayans voice.
A certain massive donut retailer has been advertising “artisan” bagels. As Inego Montoya would say, I do not think that word means what they think it means. Here is the work of a potter, my friend Doug Law. We have a couple of Doug’s pieces in our house, and they’re just wonderful. And I’ve had … More Artisans
That’s Buzz Lightyear, addressing Woody in Toy Story. Certainly not as creative as Churchill’s “He looks like a female lama who has been surprised in the bath”, but much more widely applicable.
Carlo Rossi and his bottom-shelf friends (Gallo, Almaden, etc) make some interesting varieties of wine. “Rhine Style” and “Sangria” are two flavors available in the big jug size. To my mind calling it Rhine Style is slightly more specific than just putting “Germany Wine” on the label, which would be one stage away from “Grape Wine”. … More Bottom shelf
The New Yorker (no less) says Steven Jobs’ secret sauce was consilience, which I earlier described as “the puddling together of all knowledge.” Point is, technology became exponentially better when married with design. Just as content strategy is emerging from comingling journalism and SEO and UX. And physical security is merging with digital security. And … More Consilience spotted in the wild
That’s a foul in cricket. The general point is that the batsman can’t use his body to keep the ball from hitting the wicket – he has to use the bat. But it’s apparently a confusing rule, and/or difficult to apply correctly. And it’s a wonderful way to describe a messed-up situation without swearing. Use in … More Leg before wicket