22 October 2017

Your pet will eat you!

This is a disturbing article. Since I'm no lover of pets, a little less disturbing for me, but even so...

10 October 2017

1/2 wit

28 September 2017

4 August 2017

The N-word and support for Trump

Correlation isn't causation, but it's always a good place to begin. The first map below is created by Google based on searches using the N-word. Oddly enough, the divide, rather than going north and south, appears to be more east and west. The second map shows Trump supporters in the last election.

Trump the most innocent person ever...

Andy Borowitz is at it again...

19 July 2017


I recently watched Arrival. It gets off to a slow start but is entertaining as several plot twists appear. The view of language put forth in the film strikes me as very unrealistic. The difficulty in communicating with aliens who are making an attempt to communicate with humans probably wouldn't involve the formal aspects of language. (Intelligent beings can presumably simplify their language after all.) It would probably be more an issue of grasping alien meanings and concepts.

26 June 2017

A long list of lies

The NY Times required a full page to list all of Trump's lies.

23 May 2017

D41: Semi-Tarrasch, Main Line, Exchange Variation

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 c5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 cxd4 8. cxd4 Bb4+ 9. Bd2 Bxd2+ 10. Qxd2 O-O 11. Bc4 Nc6 12. O-O b6{ D41: Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch, Main Line, Exchange Variation, 6...Nxc3 7.bxc3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Bb4+ 9.Bd2 Bxd2+ 10.Qxd2 O-O 11.Bc4 Nc6 12.O-O b6 } 13. d5 exd5 14. Bxd5 Bb7 15. Rac1 Na5 16. Rfd1 Bxd5 17. Qxd5 Qf6 18. Rc7 Rad8 19. Rd7 Rxd7 20. Qxd7 Ra8 21. e5 1-0

 This recent match in which I won as white wasn't a very exciting game, but I'm proud nonetheless. When I ran it through chess.com's deep analysis, the computer analysis couldn't find a single mistake on either side. Actually, black's capitulation could be seen as a mistake since black had a possible continuation (Qe6) that would prevent mate. (After white's Qd8, black can bring the queen to e8, preventing the mate.) On the other hand, white should win based on the position (as far as I can tell), so maybe the black capitulation makes sense.