March 31, 2018

Chess Thread 03-31-2018
— Open Blogger

caruana wins.jpgCaruana Wins!


As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.


Easier Problem - White To Play (627)

Just looking at this position, I'm sure that most of you morons can see that it's likely to be a mate of some sort -- and you'd be right. White has too much firepower bearing down on Black's kingside and Black's big guns are on the other side of the board out of the fight. So the question for you is, in how few a moves can you force the mate? Your answer should be of the form:

"I can mate Black's king in 'X' moves:"

And then show your moves, from 1 to X. Make sure either the moves are forced, or all variations are accounted for so the number of moves, X, is not exceeded.

Hint: One of White's moves prevents Black from making a stubborn defensive move and brings quick victory


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This is so cool:

After a 46-year wait, we have an American challenger for the World Chess Championship. 25-year old Saint Louis resident Fabiano Caruana won the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2018 in Berlin in style. Fabi only needed a draw in the 56th and final game of the tournament, but he won to finish a full point ahead of the field. “I thought it would be a shame to not play this position especially since it was so automatic,” Caruana said of his final round victory over Alexander Grischuk.

Fun fact: Caruana was born in the same year (1992) as my youngest son.

I "followed" the last few moves of his last-round win against Grischuk, but I had no idea what they were doing or why they were doing it.

Somebody on Twitter (I didn't save the link) posted a snippet of an interview of Magnus Carlsen from a short while ago and he was asked who would he prefer to play as a challenger. Carlsen said he would prefer somebody very strong, because that would motivate him to play his absolute best. He then said "Caruana would be perfect."

So it looks like he's going to get his wish.

Meanwhile, the Guardian (UK) reports that the site of the World Championship match may be changed from London to St. Louis, MO:

The first American-born challenger since Bobby Fischer defeated Boris Spassky in 1972 lives in St Louis, which has become a renowned global chess centre hosting inter alia the US championship and an annual elite event in which both Carlsen and Caruana compete. The billionaire Rex Sinquefield bankrolls it all and was financially responsible for Caruana...

Four-time US champion Yasser Seirawan, a Sinquefield confidant, said that a St Louis bid would be “significantly higher” than the €1m in London, which may be in some doubt anyway, since it was raised from primarily Russian sponsors before the Berlin result was known.

(Yeah, I know the Guardian is a commie rag, but their chess coverage has always been good.)

The Carlsen-Caruana match for the world title is scheduled for Nov. 2018.

(P.S. By sheer happenstance, Caruana and Carlsen met in the first round of the just-started Grenke Chess Classic. The result was a draw.)


More Challenging Problem - White To Play (629)

Hint: The b7 square is weak for Black

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Dress Pr0n For the 'Ettes:





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I like the dress, but I wish the model was smiling. I'm not a fan of the pouty, "Daddy grounded me for the whole weekend" look.


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Solutions Update

Easier Problem - White To Play

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r1r3k1/pp3p1p/4bp1Q/7p/8/3B1P2/PPP5/1K1R4 w - - 0 1

Black's position has gaping holes. The question is, how best to exploit them. One try is:

1.Rg1+ Bg4
2.fxg4 h4
3.g5 f5
4.Bxf5 Rc4
5.Qxh7+ Kf8
6.Re1 Re4
7.Rxe4 f6
8.g6 h3
9.Qf7#

A win is a win, no question about it. But here is the fastest way to mate:

1.Bxh7+! Kh8

Now, that discovered check looks promising, but where to place the bishop?

2.Bf5+!

Otherwise, Black would be able to move his bishop to g4, thus closing off that open file and, from White's perspective, gumming up the works. In chess lingo, this is known as a "prophylactic" (really!) move.

2...Kg8
3.Rg1#

So the fastest is a mate in 3.


More Challenging Problem - White To Play

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1kr5/5p2/Qnq5/3R2b1/8/8/PPP2nBP/1K2R3 w - - 0 1

Black is defending b7 with his queen. If it wasn't, White could play 1.Qb7# and the game would be over. So how can White exploit this?

1. Rc5!

There are a number of squares the black queen can skedaddle to, but three of them will result in quickie mates:

a) 1...Qd6 2.Qb7#
b) 1...Qd7 2.Qxb6+ Qb7 3.Qxb7#
c) 1...Qa8 2.Bxa8 Nxa8 3.Rxc8#


1...Qxg2 is an interesting try, but the result is the same:

2.Qxb6+ Qb7
3.Qd6+ Ka8
4.Ra5+ Qa7
5.Ree5 Bd8
6.Reb5 Bxa5
7.Qd5+ Rc6
8.Qxc6+ Qb7
9.Qxb7#

Black's best defense is actually:

1...Ne4

But then he has to continually give up material to stay alive:

2.Bxe4 Qxe4
3.Rxe4 Rxc5
4.Qxb6+ Kc8
5.Qxc5+

If you've reached this point, you can declare victory in having solved the puzzle; White's material advantage is so yuuge, the rest is just mopping up. But it will be mate in 7 more moves:

5...Kd7
6.Qxg5 f5
7.Qxf5+ Kc7 (if 7...Kc6 then 8.Re6+ Kd7 9.Qf7+ Kd8 10.Re8#)
8.Qf7+ Kb6
9.Qg6+ Kc7
10.Re7+ Kd8
11.Qe8#

Hope to see you all next week!

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Note: that cryptic line of letters and numbers you see underneath each board diagram is a representation of the position in what is known as "Forsyth-Edwards Notation", or F.E.N. It's actually readable by humans. Most computer applications nowadays can read FEN, so those of you who may want to study the position, you can copy the line of FEN and paste into your chess app and it should automatically recreate the position on its display board. Or, Windows users can just "triple click" on it and the entire line will be highlighted so you can copy and past it into your chess app.

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So that about wraps it up for this week. Chess thread tips, suggestions, bribes, rumors, threats, and insults may be sent to my yahoo address: OregonMuse little-a-in-a-circle yahoo dott com.

Posted by: Open Blogger at 12:01 PM | Comments (217)
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1 Nice.

Posted by: HH at March 31, 2018 11:56 AM (mIJBI)

2 How is there no one here? Did the Easter Bunny steal the comments from the Chess thread? Or as I call it, the Chest Thread. Because Chess and Dresses.

Posted by: prof disarray, gumdrop gorilla channel at March 31, 2018 11:57 AM (9/OH8)

3 Another sign of spring. An ice cream truck just drove through the neighborhood. Ice cream truck drivers have some sort of primitive instinct not understood by science that tells them when to roll.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 31, 2018 11:59 AM (5Mk4N)

4 Well everyone is expecting a thread send from the future

Posted by: Skip Go Cats! at March 31, 2018 11:59 AM (aC6Sd)

5 Read the content. Wonder if top 10

Posted by: tbodie [/s][/b][/i][/u] at March 31, 2018 12:00 PM (yT7Mu)

6 The name Rex Sinquefield has a whiff of Bond villainy. Did he get his money from lasers?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 31, 2018 12:01 PM (qJtVm)

7 The first picture, I think the hairstyle is wrong for the gal and the dress. She's still attractive but something seems just a bit off. The last picture, yeah, when wearing a nice gown, one should have an expression that resembles Cinderella attending the ball rather than showing attitude.

Posted by: Blake at March 31, 2018 12:03 PM (WEBkv)

8 She's got us figured out. Black British Woman @british_woman Whites are the most cowardly [and] weak race. Whilst all other races were fighting using arm to arm combat or close contact spears. Whites created guns to kill people from a distance.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 31, 2018 12:04 PM (5Mk4N)

9 Can I order the blue dress lady from Amazon?

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at March 31, 2018 12:06 PM (w0ryO)

10 6 The name Rex Sinquefield has a whiff of Bond villainy.

Did he get his money from lasers?
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 31, 2018 05:01 PM (qJtVm)


No, but he's conservative af! I've been meaning to do a chess thread item about him, but have been too lazy.

Progressives (like the Guardian scribblers) write about him with the same thinly-veiled contempt that they usually reserve for the Koch brothers, or, in years past, Richard Mellon Scaife.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 12:06 PM (ITfBP)

11 Those top dress pron photos prove that in the 19th century women didn't even have heads let alone brains

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 31, 2018 12:06 PM (5Mk4N)

12 Whites created guns to kill people from a distance. Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 31, 2018 05:04 PM (5Mk4N) --- Honkies also created the internet to fling poo at a distance. Stop appropriating our death culture!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 31, 2018 12:07 PM (qJtVm)

13 Problem 1:

Bh7+  Kh8
Bf5+   Kg8
Rg1#


Problem 2:

Rc5

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 12:07 PM (8gDQu)

14 8 She's got us figured out. Black British Woman @british_woman Whites are the most cowardly [and] weak race. Whilst all other races were fighting using arm to arm combat or close contact spears. Whites created guns to kill people from a distance. Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler
That's the most Hot Takey of Hot Takes!! Well done Black British Woman. Enjoy your future back to the stone age.

Posted by: Puddleglum at March 31, 2018 12:07 PM (SOu54)

15 Problem 1 2 moves 1. BxH7+ Kh8 2. QxF6++

Posted by: Arbalest at March 31, 2018 12:08 PM (FlRtG)

16 I like the dress, but I wish the model was smiling. I'm not a fan of the pouty, "Daddy grounded me for the whole weekend" look.

I'm a fan.  She's hot.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 12:08 PM (8gDQu)

17 ... except that 3. ... Kx7

Posted by: Arbalest at March 31, 2018 12:09 PM (FlRtG)

18 OM - when you post e.g. "Easier Problem - White To Play (627)", I imagine it's problem #627 in some dusty leatherbound codex chained to a carrel with Principia Caïssa on it in gold leaf or something. Now, I'm going to keep pretending that because I choose to, but where are you actually getting these and what does the 627 indicate?

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2018 12:10 PM (y87Qq)

19 1. BxH7+ Kh8
2. QxF6++

Posted by: Arbalest at March 31, 2018 05:08 PM (FlRtG)


...  Kxh7

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 12:10 PM (8gDQu)

20 Black British Woman is stupid.

Posted by: Infidel at March 31, 2018 12:10 PM (a3OL0)

21 Rex Sinquefield looks like a haberdasher from Podunk Springs, MS. They're the most evil of all!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 31, 2018 12:11 PM (qJtVm)

22 >>I like the dress, but I wish the model was smiling. I'm not a fan of the pouty, "Daddy grounded me for the whole weekend" look. Huh. I hear something entirely different.

Posted by: JackStraw at March 31, 2018 12:12 PM (/tuJf)

23 Rex Sinquefield. Working class dog.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at March 31, 2018 12:14 PM (IqV8l)

24 18 OM - when you post e.g. "Easier Problem - White To Play (627)", I imagine it's problem #627 in some dusty leatherbound codex chained to a carrel with Principia Caïssa on it in gold leaf or something. 

Actually, somebody borrowed my copy of Principia Caïssa years ago and never returned it.

...but where are you actually getting these and what does the 627 indicate?
Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2018 05:10 PM (y87Qq)


I get these from various sources. The #627 is the the index number in the chessbase database file I store them in. I try to keep track where they come from so I can avoid repeats.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 12:15 PM (ITfBP)

25 @british_woman Whites are the most cowardly [and] weak race. Whilst all other races were fighting using arm to arm combat or close contact spears. Whites created guns to kill people from a distance. Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 31, 2018 05:04 PM (5Mk4N) -------------------------- Yeah, and us whites lived to fight another day, idiot. I wonder if this fool really thinks an African tribe would have turned down firearms so as to go face to face with another tribe?

Posted by: Blake at March 31, 2018 12:16 PM (WEBkv)

26 The Paolo, he prefer to mate with the Queen.

Posted by: Paolo at March 31, 2018 12:17 PM (NWiLs)

27 Problem 1
2 moves
1. BxH7+ Kh8
2. QxF6++

Posted by: Arbalest at March 31, 2018 05:08 PM (FlRtG)


No. Nice try, but no.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 12:17 PM (ITfBP)

28 What's with the blonde in blue? She looks like she is pretending to be holding something with her left hand. Did they forget to CGI in the umbrella?

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 31, 2018 12:18 PM (pvjTE)

29

 

I like the dress, but I wish the model was smiling. I'm not a fan of the pouty, "Daddy grounded me for the whole weekend" look.

 

 

I get  more of a "come at me bro" vibe from her look

Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at March 31, 2018 12:19 PM (lKyWE)

30 7
... except that 3. ... Kx7
Posted by: Arbalest at March 31, 2018 05:09 PM (FlRtG)


[Narrator]: 'Kx7' is not a well-formed designation of a chess move.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 12:19 PM (ITfBP)

31 What's with the blonde in blue? She looks like she is pretending to be holding something with her left hand. Did they forget to CGI in the umbrella? Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 31, 2018 05:18 PM (pvjTE) Mary Poppins, the Prequel.

Posted by: prof disarray, gumdrop gorilla channel at March 31, 2018 12:20 PM (9/OH8)

32 She's got us figured out. Black British Woman @british_woman Whites are the most cowardly [and] weak race. Whilst all other races were fighting using arm to arm combat or close contact spears. Whites created guns to kill people from a distance. Yes, and it worked. We now rule the world. Actually all the other races were using bows and arrows to kill people from a distance. Except for large parts of sub-Saharan Africa, which still used spears. She might also want to brush up on her military terminology.

Posted by: Grey Fox at March 31, 2018 12:20 PM (bZ7mE)

33 Pron dress called Kh8? All Virgins a Board and game move forward.........

Posted by: saf at March 31, 2018 12:20 PM (5IHGB)

34 Whilst all other races were fighting using arm to arm combat or close contact spears. I prefer hand-to-hand combat. Arm-to-arm is too gay. And I guess the Mongols were a bunch of pussies for using bows and arrows and being so out of shape that they had to use horses rather than travel on foot like all the other "races" ... LOL. I assume that tweet was a joke, anyway. Had to be.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 12:21 PM (8gDQu)

35 I wonder if this fool really thinks an African tribe would have turned down firearms so as to go face to face with another tribe? The existence of the African arms trade suggests not.

Posted by: Grey Fox at March 31, 2018 12:21 PM (bZ7mE)

36 Black British Woman @british_woman Whites are the most cowardly [and] weak race. Whilst all other races were fighting using arm to arm combat or close contact spears. Whites created guns to kill people from a distance. Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 31, 2018 05:04 PM (5Mk4N) I'm pretty sure the Chinese invented the firearm.

Posted by: Insomniac - Nowhere Man at March 31, 2018 12:22 PM (NWiLs)

37 Except for large parts of sub-Saharan Africa, which still used spears. She might also want to brush up on her military terminology. Posted by: Grey Fox at March 31, 2018 05:20 PM (bZ7mE) But even the Africans liked to throw their spears, if they could get a hit. I don't think they ever fought in phalanxes of anything of the sort ...

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 12:22 PM (8gDQu)

38 LOL. I assume that tweet was a joke, anyway. Had to be.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 05:21 PM (8gDQu)


[Narrator]: It wasn't.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 12:23 PM (ITfBP)

39 I thought Blue dress woman was the new Barbie doll

Posted by: Skip Go Cats! at March 31, 2018 12:23 PM (aC6Sd)

40 Actually, I agree with Black British Woman. Do you think I'd have a chance with her?

Posted by: the Gorn at March 31, 2018 12:23 PM (/qEW2)

41 I thought Sinquefield was the guy behind the Symbionese LIberation Army.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2018 12:23 PM (fuK7c)

42 I wonder where slings fit in with this "arm-to-arm" combat of the higher races? That King David ... used a slingshot - pussy.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 12:24 PM (8gDQu)

43 Actually, somebody borrowed my copy of Principia Caïssa years ago and never returned it. Well, that's why you chain it to the carrel. I get these from various sources. The #627 is the the index number in the chessbase database file I store them in. I try to keep track where they come from so I can avoid repeats. Ah, OK. I wasn't sure if there was some canonical master list or something. When I run out of free daily 'tactics' drills at chess.com, sometimes I'll go hunting for other daily problems and they vary wildly. The chess.com ones are good (at my level) for 'do the smart thing, look for the best moves' but some of them - especially the ones derived from master endgames - are just incomprehensible to me. One involves a promotion where promotion to queen is a stalemate two moves later, but promotion to a rook is a checkmate and I still can't figure out why.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2018 12:24 PM (y87Qq)

44 See, it seems we can't have lovelies like in pictures 1 and 2 anymore. I mean, come on, no pouts, at least a little smile. Except for the lovely and talented Mrs. Skookumchuk of course.

Posted by: Skookumchuk at March 31, 2018 12:26 PM (CeJUf)

45 I'm pretty sure the Chinese invented the firearm. I think I read recently that the Chinese invented gunpowder but it was Westerners who thought it would be a good idea to stuff it in a tube and put wadding and nasty bits in front of it.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2018 12:26 PM (fuK7c)

46



I wonder if this fool really thinks an African tribe would have turned down firearms so as to go face to face with another tribe?

 

Posted by: Blake at March 31, 2018 05:16 PM (WEBkv)

 

 

There is a device called an Atatl that has been around for thousands of years that allows spears to be thrown far greater distances.I don't know the origin but I'm pretty sure it wasn't the white man that invented it

Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at March 31, 2018 12:27 PM (lKyWE)

47 I'm guessing that the British woman hates the movie "Zulu".

Posted by: HH at March 31, 2018 12:28 PM (mIJBI)

48 The chess.com ones are good (at my level) for 'do the smart thing, look for the best moves' but some of them - especially the ones derived from master endgames - are just incomprehensible to me. One involves a promotion where promotion to queen is a stalemate two moves later, but promotion to a rook is a checkmate and I still can't figure out why.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2018 05:24 PM (y87Qq)


Finding an 'easy' problem is, well, easy. Mate in 2 or 3, done. When finding a 'challenging' problem, I have to walk between making it too easy and too incomprehensible. My rule of thumb is, if I don't understand it even after going through the solution, I won't use it.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 12:29 PM (ITfBP)

49 8 She's got us figured out. Black British Woman @british_woman Whites are the most cowardly [and] weak race. Whilst all other races were fighting using arm to arm combat or close contact spears. Whites created guns to kill people from a distance. Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 31, 2018 05:04 PM (5Mk4N) this is satire. It has to be teh satire.

Posted by: Monk at March 31, 2018 12:30 PM (GJnhB)

50 I'm pretty sure the Chinese invented the firearm. That is actually a much debated question. They certainly invented gunpowder and rockets, and used something called a firelance (basically a Roman Candle type firework tied to a spear), but whether they actually made the leap to using gunpowder to fire a projectile out of a tube is still not settled, I think. The early texts use ambiguous terminology, and the earliest cannon are very close to the same date that European handgonnes show up. What isn't in doubt is that they never really developed it. They never used anything more sophisticated than a matchlock, as far as I know, and even those were not a Chinese invention. One reason why is that early cannon simply were useless against fast-moving horse-archers, their primary opponents at the time, so there was little incentive to continue messing around with them. In Europe, where siege warfare and heavily armored men were common, early handguns were useful early on, so it was worth the time and expense to develop them further.

Posted by: Grey Fox at March 31, 2018 12:31 PM (bZ7mE)

51 Black and white photo;  those lovely ladies are concealing deadly grease guns.

Posted by: Fritz at March 31, 2018 12:31 PM (bJ0w+)

52 I wonder if this fool really thinks an African tribe would have turned down firearms so as to go face to face with another tribe? Answer: No It's all about the feelz

Posted by: Vlad the Impaler, whittling away like mad. at March 31, 2018 12:31 PM (J/8zy)

53 I think I read recently that the Chinese invented gunpowder but it was Westerners who thought it would be a good idea to stuff it in a tube and put wadding and nasty bits in front of it. Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2018 05:26 PM (fuK7c) Yeah ... the Chinese pretty much used gunpowder to make pretty fireworks. They did a little bit with field rockets but generally didn't leverage their invention. This happened with lots of Chinese inventions. They had movable type hundreds of years before the West but the Chinese never did much of anything with it. No one else would have even heard of a printed book had it not been for the West. Just the basic difference between cultures. The Chinese are, and have always been, all about stability. THe West, all about advancement and growth. The first thing the Chinese did when they unified the kingdom was to build a big wall. The first thing any Western society did in consolidating power was to try and take over the world. We did get lots of Chinese inventions making their way to outsiders, but mostly those were just thanks to the Mongols and their expansionist drive. Of course, with the Mongols as the carriers ... you had to take the bad with the good

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 12:31 PM (8gDQu)

54 I have #1 In 3, but then I'm a poor judge in these matters Bxh7+, K - h8; B-f5 (ds+), K-g8; R- h1#

Posted by: Skip Go Cats! at March 31, 2018 12:31 PM (aC6Sd)

55 I like the dress, but I wish the model was smiling. I'm not a fan of the pouty, "Daddy grounded me for the whole weekend" look. I could think of a few things to do with her for the whole weekend.

Posted by: Insomniac - Nowhere Man at March 31, 2018 12:33 PM (NWiLs)

56

 

It's common knowledge that the Roman Legions were notorious pussies

Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at March 31, 2018 12:33 PM (lKyWE)

57 There's a picture of a pali using a sling on Drudge right now...

Posted by: lin-duh at March 31, 2018 12:35 PM (kufk0)

58 54 I have #1 In 3, but then I'm a poor judge in these matters
Bxh7+, K - h8;
B-f5 (ds+), K-g8;
R- h1#

Posted by: Skip Go Cats! at March 31, 2018 05:31 PM (aC6Sd)


I assume you meant your final move to be Rg1#. If so, good work.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 12:35 PM (ITfBP)

59 She might also want to brush up on her military terminology. ===== What she needs to do is up her intellectual game. I understand that fish is brain food. She could use a couple of middling sized whales. (Yes, I know that whales aren't fish. It's a Twain quote,go blame him.)

Posted by: Vlad the Impaler, whittling away like mad. at March 31, 2018 12:36 PM (J/8zy)

60 My rule of thumb is, if I don't understand it even after going through the solution, I won't use it. Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 05:29 PM (ITfBP) https://tinyurl.com/yd7s4kwr 8/1N6/1P6/8/2k5/r7/P7/4KN2 w KQkq - (via lichess.org) If you can explain why promoting to queen is a stalemate, I'll give you a shiny new quarter. That one's been taunting me for weeks.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2018 12:37 PM (y87Qq)

61 This should be huge news today. The March for our lives Demonstration was planned several months ahead so prior to the Parkland shooting. They received a permit several months ahead and it took several months of planning. This came from a FIOA request and Homeland Security Bureau Special Ops Division responded to reveal this info. Link related and put the I m g in the space. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DZk-JFUW0AAOMyd.jpg

Posted by: Monk at March 31, 2018 12:38 PM (GJnhB)

62 Nothing is OT in the dress thread, right? I won't be around for the movie thread and I want to talk about Atomic Blond. I'm half watching it now. I came in too late to know if the plot makes any sense. Charlize Theron is basically Beatrix from Kill Bill, except there's nudity and a lesbian scene. Also, it all takes place in Berlin in November 1989, the week of the revolution. I will definitely pay attention to the whole thing next time.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2018 12:38 PM (fuK7c)

63 There's a picture of a pali using a sling on Drudge right now... Good. I hope hits Drudge square in the noggin.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2018 12:39 PM (fuK7c)

64 "I "followed" the last few moves of his last-round win against Grischuk, but I had no idea what they were doing or why they were doing it." Check out ChessNetwork's game review. He doesn't go super in depth into lines often, but rather focuses on trying to give a useful explanation of the strategies and thought processes behind various positions.

Posted by: Sjg at March 31, 2018 12:39 PM (gDSJf)

65 "Whilst all other races were fighting using arm to arm combat or close contact spears."

I've heard of hand to hand combat how does it differ from
arm to arm combat?

Posted by: X-ray at March 31, 2018 12:40 PM (TGrKk)

66

 

This should be huge news today. The March for our lives Demonstration was planned several months ahead so prior to the Parkland shooting. They received a permit several months ahead and it took several months of planning. This came from a FIOA request and Homeland Security Bureau Special Ops Division responded to reveal this info. Link related and put the I m g in the space.

 

I've suspected it was a pro abortion pussy hat protest that changed  it's name

Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at March 31, 2018 12:40 PM (lKyWE)

67 There's a picture of a pali using a sling on Drudge right now... Posted by: lin-duh Is his ass in it?

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at March 31, 2018 12:40 PM (IqV8l)

68 49 8 She's got us figured out. Black British Woman @british_woman Whites are the most cowardly [and] weak race. Whilst all other races were fighting using arm to arm combat or close contact spears. Whites created guns to kill people from a distance. Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at March 31, 2018 05:04 PM (5Mk4N) this is satire. It has to be teh satire. Posted by: Monk at March 31, 2018 05:30 PM (GJnhB) ++++ Not necessarily. The Brits thought that it was cowardly for the Colonial troops to hide in the woods and ambush them instead of fighting in formation. It used to be thought cowardly for combatants to use crossbows since they didn't require the same training and skill as it did to use bows. Of course, it was the side with all the archers who made those claims. And, Bill Maher famously disputed whether or not it was cowardly for terrorists to blow up civilians as compared to Americans using cruise missiles. There is a long history of people complaining about the use of technology instead of facing their opponents in open on the battlefield. Usually, it is the ones who are at a technological disadvantage who are complaining about the tactics of their opponents. If it is more manly to stand up face to face with my enemy and give him a fair chance to kill me, as opposed to just taking him out from afar, call me a coward. A live and victorious one.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 31, 2018 12:40 PM (pvjTE)

69 Chess Thread rocks! Dress pic #3......the white dress on the right. I got $14.00 burning a hole in my pocket.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at March 31, 2018 12:41 PM (EoRCO)

70

 

I've heard of hand to hand combat how does it differ from arm to arm combat?

 

Posted by: X-ray at March 31, 2018 05:40 PM (TGrKk)

 

Arm to arm combat is more like square dancing

Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at March 31, 2018 12:41 PM (lKyWE)

71 Blue dress girl is pretty.

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2018 12:43 PM (MVjcR)

72 53, ThePrimordialOrderedPair - Joseph Needham, historian of science and technology, wrote a magisterial work entitled "Science and Technology in China" that discusses gunpowder and lots of other things. Pre-PC, which is a plus. Thoroughly trashed by academics today of course. Good stuff. If you haven't already, you might have a look.

Posted by: Skookumchuk at March 31, 2018 12:43 PM (CeJUf)

73 If you can explain why promoting to queen is a stalemate, I'll give you a shiny new quarter. That one's been taunting me for weeks. Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2018 05:37 PM (y87Qq) I solved it but I don't get it, either. There is no difference, at the point of promotion, between taking a rook or taking a queen. It can't be a stalemate because black's rook can still move freely. Are you sure it isn't a mistake? Maybe there's no problem with promoting to a queen but you can mate with the rook, so the least promotion is the "correct" answer?

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 12:43 PM (8gDQu)

74 I could think of a few things to do with her for the whole weekend. Posted by: Insomniac - Nowhere Man at March 31, 2018 05:33 PM (NWiLs) You better mean dying eggs for Easter! Have some decency sir!

Posted by: The Easter Bunny & Jesus at March 31, 2018 12:44 PM (9/OH8)

75 >>>I've heard of hand to hand combat how does it differ from arm to arm combat? The truly brave are able to defend themselves using unarmed combat.

Posted by: Michelle Fields at March 31, 2018 12:44 PM (/qEW2)

76 [Narrator]: 'Kx7' is not a well-formed designation of a chess move. Apologies. The problem was solved at the same time as my original post, and I'm preoccupied with The (admittedly off topic) Hogg Problem: How is it that Hogg: 1. has produced a couple of videos, wherein he is "at school, taking cover, and whispering his narration" (while, apparently on the same video, a woman's voice is speaking noticeably louder ... but where are the other students in the room? When was this video taken?) and 2. is able to specify the time (3:12 or so) and who the shooter is (while the news reports indicate that 3:15 is the earliest time that someone names Cruz) 3. while apparently no other students are in the video and 4. he says that "they" (him and others with him) have "heard gunshots" (which indicates that neither he nor anyone with him have actually seen the shooter) and then later, in his interview (where is surrounded by his friends and speaks to a friendly audience, so he has every reason to tell the truth) says: "On the day of the shooting, I got my camera and got on my bike and rode as fast as I could 3 miles from my house to the school, to get as much video and get as many interviews as I could ... cause I knew this could not[?] be another mass shooting." ... meaning, he was NOT at school when he heard about the shooting ... and, why go home for a camera, when he clearly had one with him (his "survivor" video from the "classroom" ... and virtually everyone else had a camera anyway ... Why is no one (other than a few YouTubers) grilling Hogg on the apparent mutual-exclusivity of his statements? Why is no one asking any neutral third-parties to verify Hogg was inside the school between 2:00PM and 3:00PM? Exit Note (In case I'm asked): My #Boycott choices are UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, and one more UC school...

Posted by: Arbalest at March 31, 2018 12:45 PM (FlRtG)

77 Link related and put the I m g in the space. I've suspected it was a pro abortion pussy hat protest that changed it's name Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at March 31, 2018 05:40 PM What link?

Posted by: Hands at March 31, 2018 12:45 PM (EzdLW)

78 Are you sure it isn't a mistake? Maybe there's no problem with promoting to a queen but you can mate with the rook, so the least promotion is the "correct" answer? Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 05:43 PM (8gDQu) I'm not sure it isn't a mistake, but if you read through the thread, people are adamant that you need to promote to rook and promoting to queen leads to a stalemate. I'm not qualified to say they're wrong, and the problem is set up for a rook promotion. I just don't get why.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2018 12:46 PM (y87Qq)

79 Posted by: Skookumchuk at March 31, 2018 05:43 PM (CeJUf) Thanks for the reference. I'll look into that. It's fascinating stuff - and many Westerners don't understand the deep, fundamental difference in Chinese (and many far Eastern) cultures and Western ones.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 12:47 PM (8gDQu)

80 77 Link related and put the I m g in the space. I've suspected it was a pro abortion pussy hat protest that changed it's name Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at March 31, 2018 05:40 PM What link? Posted by: Hands at March 31, 2018 05:45 PM (EzdLW) https://pbs.tw___.com/media/DZk-JFUW0AAOMyd.jpg

Posted by: Monk at March 31, 2018 12:47 PM (GJnhB)

81 Yes it was g1, I didn't but it would be easier to have board and bottom of screen side by side but kept flipping up and down

Posted by: Skip Go Cats! at March 31, 2018 12:47 PM (aC6Sd)

82 It can't be a stalemate because black's rook can still move freely. Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 05:43 PM (8gDQu) It's also possible that this might lead to a stalemate by repetition, I haven't played that angle out.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2018 12:47 PM (y87Qq)

83 Nothing is OT in the dress thread, right? I won't be around for the movie thread and I want to talk about Atomic Blond. I'm half watching it now. I came in too late to know if the plot makes any sense. Charlize Theron is basically Beatrix from Kill Bill, except there's nudity and a lesbian scene. Also, it all takes place in Berlin in November 1989, the week of the revolution. I will definitely pay attention to the whole thing next time ======== Charlize Theron and nudity? brb (*returns from bunk*) And you're halfwatching it!?!? Man card. Surrender it. Now.

Posted by: Vlad the Impaler, whittling away like mad. at March 31, 2018 12:47 PM (J/8zy)

84 Screw that hand to hand combat. Hows noocleer combat toe to toe with the russkies sound.

Posted by: major kong at March 31, 2018 12:47 PM (xzqr4)

85 https://pbs.twIMG.com/media/DZk-JFUW0AAOMyd.jpg

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at March 31, 2018 12:48 PM (IqV8l)

86 6
This should be huge news today. The March for our lives Demonstration was planned several months ahead so prior to the Parkland shooting. They received a permit several months ahead and it took several months of planning. This came from a FIOA request and Homeland Security Bureau Special Ops Division responded to reveal this info. Link related and put the I m g in the space.
I've suspected it was a pro abortion pussy hat protest that changed it's name

Posted by: Flawless Male Logic at March 31, 2018 05:40 PM (lKyWE)


Another journalistic triumph from our incurious, compliant, supine MSM! Way to go, idiots! Another story just whiffs right on by you like Israeli jets vs. Russian-built air defense radar.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 12:49 PM (ITfBP)

87 If you can explain why promoting to queen is a stalemate, I'll give you a shiny new quarter. That one's been taunting me for weeks. Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2018 05:37 PM (y87Qq) ++++ One of the commenters explained it. >>>3. b8=Q Re2+ 4. Kd1 Rb2 This is a stalemate. If that Q was an R, the Black King would have a move. As it is, it is locked in place.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 31, 2018 12:50 PM (pvjTE)

88 Arm to arm combat is more like square dancing

Similar to this Bugs Bunny square dance from "Hillbilly Hare"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9SrXRNPRCA

Posted by: X-ray at March 31, 2018 12:50 PM (TGrKk)

89 P.S. By sheer happenstance, Caruana and Carlsen met in the first round of the just-started Grenke Chess Classic. The result was a draw. Showing my ignorance, but what happens when there's a draw? Is that all? No overtime or a shootout or something? If it's a championship and one of the players is defending champ, does s/he retain the championship when there's a draw? And chess champions should get to wear huge shiny belts like prizefighters!

Posted by: Hands at March 31, 2018 12:52 PM (EzdLW)

90 I like the dress, but I wish the model was smiling. I'm not a fan of the pouty, "Daddy grounded me for the whole weekend" look. That's part of what I like about Kate Upton. She smiles.

Posted by: Northernlurker-Teem at March 31, 2018 12:53 PM (aCNZ6)

91 Are those some of the League of German Girls hanging out at Heim Hochland?

Posted by: Grump928(C) at March 31, 2018 12:54 PM (yQpMk)

92 Showing my ignorance, but what happens when there's a draw? Is that all? No overtime or a shootout or something? If it's a championship and one of the players is defending champ, does s/he retain the championship when there's a draw?

And chess champions should get to wear huge shiny belts like prizefighters!
Posted by: Hands at March 31, 2018 05:52 PM (EzdLW)


Sorry I wasn't clear, that was only one game. There are more games to be played. The scoring goes like this:

loss = 0 point
draw= 0.5 point
win=1 point

Player at the end of the tournament with the most points wins.


Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 12:56 PM (ITfBP)

93 Game thread! Big news this week is Far Cry 5 is on its way. Jim Sterling's impression is: UbiSoft formula, an 'ungainly open world' youtube.com/watch?v=8S38nMeg7O0 I'm avoiding FC5 because the publisher signaled against #gamergate back in the FC4 days, and FC5's villains are white gun-toting Christians in Montana. It was in development when it looked like Hillary was going to win. I expect UbiSoft was prepping the battlefield for a public move against gun owners in the West. The game has no reason to exist in Trump's 2018, so it's basically boring Jim Sterling.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at March 31, 2018 12:57 PM (6FqZa)

94 And chess champions should get to wear huge shiny belts like prizefighters!

Posted by: Hands at March 31, 2018 05:52 PM (EzdLW)


I like this idea. And don't forget the trash talking.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 12:57 PM (ITfBP)

95 If you can explain why promoting to queen is a stalemate, I'll give you a shiny new quarter. That one's been taunting me for weeks. Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2018 05:37 PM (y87Qq) I solved it but I don't get it, either. There is no difference, at the point of promotion, between taking a rook or taking a queen. It can't be a stalemate because black's rook can still move freely. Are you sure it isn't a mistake? Maybe there's no problem with promoting to a queen but you can mate with the rook, so the least promotion is the "correct" answer? Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 05:43 PM (8gDQu) Black can threaten checkmate, and if his rook is captured by the queen, and in combination with the knights placements it will stalemate the black king. 1 Nd6 Kd3 2 b7 Rxa2 3 b8=Q Re2+ 4 Kd1 Rb2 White cannot check with the knights, taking the rook with the queen is stalemate, but the queen must also stay on the b file to prevent 5...Rb1#, so it must be exchanged to the black rook and the board is drawn. By underpromoting to rook, black cannot set up this position because 5. Rxb2 is not a stalemate.

Posted by: Sjg at March 31, 2018 12:57 PM (gDSJf)

96 I'm pretty sure the Chinese invented the firearm. Posted by: Insomniac Speaking of them did their satellite hit the earth yet ?

Posted by: JT at March 31, 2018 12:57 PM (y1BrX)

97 It's explained very well in one of the comments in the referenced thread If you promote to a Queen, then Black can force a stalemate by 3. b8=Q? Re2+ 4. Kd1 forced 4... Rb2!! 5. Qxb2 Draw by stalemate! Promtion to Q instead of R blocks d4 for Black. If the Q moves to avoid capture, ... Rb1 mates. (The comment from the referenced thread) 1. Nd6+! Kd3! (1... Kc5 2. b7And the pawn queens. 2... Kxd6 3. b8=Q+) 2. b7 Rxa2 3. b8=R!! (3. b8=Q? Re2+ 4. Kd1forced 4... Rb2!! 5. Qxb2Draw by stalemate! (5. Qc7 Rb1+ 6. Qc1forced 6... Rxc1+ 7. Kxc1forced - Book draw. The two knights cannot force checkmate.) (5. Qd8?? Rb1#)) (3... Re2+ (3... Ra1+ 4. Kf2 Ra2+ 5. Kg1) 4. Kd1forced 4... Rb2? 5. Rxb2Black has two legal moves. No stalemate.)

Posted by: Chuck C at March 31, 2018 12:58 PM (0V2ki)

98 I'm half watching it now. I came in too late to know if the plot makes any sense. Charlize Theron is basically Beatrix from Kill Bill, except there's nudity and a lesbian scene. Stay to the end for all the twists.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at March 31, 2018 12:58 PM (yQpMk)

99 Oh and SterDust defends doing mindless grindy chores in-game because "therapeutic" and "relaxing". Er. . . That was what No Man's Sky's defenders were saying when that one dropped. And, saleswise, dropped... and kept dropping.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at March 31, 2018 01:00 PM (6FqZa)

100 Talk about primitive instincts. Its still cold but the ants and stink bugs are active again. I have ants running around looking for what?

Posted by: Colin at March 31, 2018 01:00 PM (JYJCX)

101 Sorry to be skeptical, but what is "Homeland Security Bureau"? The US gubmint has a Department of Homeland Security. The District of Columbia (D.C. ) appears to have a Homeland Security Bureau. Who made the FOIA request? What did they request? No disrespect, but I don't want to get burned by a jpeg of a portion of an alleged document that turns out to be fake news.

Posted by: Hands at March 31, 2018 01:00 PM (EzdLW)

102 Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2018 05:46 PM (y87Qq) The comments on the next to last page explain it. 1) b8 (Queen) Re2+ 2) Kd1 Rb2 Black rook gets in a position where it threatens mate AND the white Queen, but if white queen takes the black rook then the black king can't move. If it's only a white rook from the promotion, then white can take the black rook and keep playing to mate. Of course, white could take the promoted queen to b5 to check the black king and force black to trade its rook for the white queen. Then white has 2 knights left. Can you force a mate with a king and two knights? I would think so.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 01:00 PM (8gDQu)

103 Oh, that endgame is devious.  Look at this:

1.Nd6+ Kd3
2.b7 Rxa2
3.b8=Q Re2+
4.Kd1 Rb2

and Black just forced a stalemate, If the queen does not capture the rook, it is Black who checkmates. But after queen takes rook, it's stalemate!

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 01:00 PM (ITfBP)

104 Btw, many thanks to whomever gave the heads-up this morning about the kindle daily deals being all C.S. Lewis today. Although I have most of those in book form, it would be convenient to have the kindle version as well. I used to read Lewis quite a bit and even wrote a few pieces about him, years ago. But, years ago.

Posted by: Miss Sippi at March 31, 2018 01:00 PM (44nE1)

105 Not necessarily. The Brits thought that it was cowardly for the Colonial troops to hide in the woods and ambush them instead of fighting in formation. That is kind of a myth, actually. The colonial troops didn't do that during large battles and in skirmishes both sides fought that way. The "don't target officers" mentality is a bit of a myth, too. What the British didn't like was colonials sniping their sentries and faking surrenders to catch the Brits off guard.

Posted by: Grey Fox at March 31, 2018 01:01 PM (bZ7mE)

106 Soylent Green on TCM. The year:2022 The Place: New York City The population: 40,000,000 Is DeBlasio still mayor?

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at March 31, 2018 01:01 PM (IqV8l)

107 >>>Showing my ignorance, but what happens when there's a draw? Is that all? No overtime or a shootout or something?<<<

They square off in the octagon.  Ground and pound.

Posted by: Fritz at March 31, 2018 01:01 PM (bJ0w+)

108 Stay to the end for all the twists. That's why I bailed on it. I want to watch from the beginning some time when I can really soak it in.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2018 01:03 PM (fuK7c)

109 Who made the FOIA request? What did they request? No disrespect, but I don't want to get burned by a jpeg of a portion of an alleged document that turns out to be fake news. I was thinking the same thing. It would be easy to verify by using the contact information in the picture, though.

Posted by: Grey Fox at March 31, 2018 01:03 PM (bZ7mE)

110 I imagine if African animals could talk, they'd say spears or any sort of tool use was cowardly and weak. The thing is, I don't see why being born with a natural advantage for combat (like say a lion's jaws) is any more virtuous than leveraging your intelligence to remove your opponent's advantage. It sounds like sour grapes to me. And without seeing her, I'm guessing that despite her lineage she'd still be no match for the cowardly and weak Brock Lesnar.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at March 31, 2018 01:03 PM (/qEW2)

111 According to the movie Queen of Katwe any player who can "see" the next eight moves is a master quality chess player. Does that make sense?

Posted by: Northernlurker-Teem at March 31, 2018 01:03 PM (aCNZ6)

112 BTW, The movie The Ten Commandments starts at 7 eastern on ABC, one of the few channels our rabbit ears usually receives. Watching that is a ritual and even if I nod off, I know how it ends. Besides, Yvonne de Carlo was a babe. So let it be written.

Posted by: JTB at March 31, 2018 01:04 PM (V+03K)

113 Soylent Green on TCM. The year:2022 The Place: New York City The population: 40,000,000 Is DeBlasio still mayor? No, but he's present at the inaugural banquet

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at March 31, 2018 01:04 PM (6FqZa)

114 Notice in Soyent Green there seems to be some global warming going on and yet when made a new ice age was thought to be coming.

Posted by: Skip Go Cats! at March 31, 2018 01:04 PM (aC6Sd)

115 Kamehameha became the ruler of all Hawaii because he had firearms. And balls. He wasn't even the King of the entire island of Hawaii when he declared himself the High King of all of them.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at March 31, 2018 01:05 PM (yQpMk)

116 Late today.  No solutions so solved the problems then read all the comments before posting.  Same solutions as the others.

Posted by: Off the reservation at March 31, 2018 01:05 PM (vWMNq)

117 11 I think its something like that

Posted by: Skip Go Cats! at March 31, 2018 01:05 PM (aC6Sd)

118 If the Q moves to avoid capture, ... Rb1 mates. Posted by: Chuck C at March 31, 2018 05:58 PM (0V2ki) I think this is the key I was missing for some reason. White is still on the back foot as long as that king is on the 1 rank and nothing can interpose.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2018 01:06 PM (y87Qq)

119 Can you force a mate with a king and two knights? I would think so Mate with two Knights can't be forced.

Posted by: Chuck C at March 31, 2018 01:06 PM (0V2ki)

120 Wasn't someone ragging on Caruana last week?  Oh ye of little faith.

Posted by: Off the reservation at March 31, 2018 01:06 PM (vWMNq)

121 Soylent Green on TCM. The year:2022 The Place: New York City The population: 40,000,000 But the fact is that the film was shot live in Mexico City in 1971, just out on the streets without any props or preparation or anything. They had to knock a bunch of sombreros off (to make it seem like America) but that was about it.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 01:06 PM (8gDQu)

122 Mate with two Knights can't be forced. Posted by: Chuck C at March 31, 2018 06:06 PM (0V2ki) See ... shows what I know ...

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 01:07 PM (8gDQu)

123 How's everyone doing on the challenging problem?

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 01:07 PM (ITfBP)

124 POP- Today if I was film maker I would just keep the sombrero on, no one would know the difference Mexico or NY

Posted by: Skip Go Cats! at March 31, 2018 01:09 PM (aC6Sd)

125 Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 06:07 PM (ITfBP) I already solved it way, way back in the thread. Rc5!

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 01:09 PM (8gDQu)

126 That was what No Man's Sky's defenders were saying when that one dropped. And, saleswise, dropped... and kept dropping. Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at March 31, 2018 06:00 PM (6FqZa) And a year and a half after release, on store.steampowered.com: $59.99, because f you, that's why. Who is still buying it for 60 of your primitive earth dollars?

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2018 01:09 PM (y87Qq)

127 POP- Today if I was film maker I would just keep the sombrero on, no one would know the difference Mexico or NY Posted by: Skip Go Cats! at March 31, 2018 06:09 PM (aC6Sd) Yep. Sadder than Soylent Green even imagined.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 01:09 PM (8gDQu)

128 I've discovered something I like less than waiting to start an interview. Waiting on someone else to finish theirs.

Posted by: Blanco Basura -It's OK, I'm with the banned at March 31, 2018 01:09 PM (36tzh)

129 Who made the FOIA request? What did they request? No disrespect, but I don't want to get burned by a jpeg of a portion of an alleged document that turns out to be fake news. I was thinking the same thing. It would be easy to verify by using the contact information in the picture, though. Posted by: Grey Fox at March 31, 2018 06:03 P Yeah, the wording of the letter seems off, somehow. And according this website ( https://mpdc.dc.gov/node/205662 ), the Metropolitan Police Dept handles permits for protests, demonstrations, marches, and rallies, while the DC Homeland Security Agency handles "special events", whatever that means.

Posted by: Hands at March 31, 2018 01:10 PM (EzdLW)

130 120 Wasn't someone ragging on Caruana last week? Oh ye of little faith.

Posted by: Off the reservation at March 31, 2018 06:06 PM (vWMNq)


That may have been me. He got to the last game in the Candidates last year and then choked, losing to Karjakin by a half point.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 01:10 PM (ITfBP)

131 Black British Woman is stupid. Posted by: Infidel at March 31, 2018 05:10 PM (a3OL0) Club 85 must have an auxiliary branch in Britain.

Posted by: Legion of Gloomer at March 31, 2018 01:10 PM (pGPy0)

132 Thanks for the chess scoring info, OM.

Posted by: Hands at March 31, 2018 01:11 PM (EzdLW)

133 123 How's everyone doing on the challenging problem?

I got the same as the first post above on it.

1. Rc5 Qxg2
2. Qxb6+ Ka8
3. Rxc8#

or

1. Rc5 Qxc5
2. Qb7#

or

didn't bother to look further ... since black otherwise gives up Q.

Posted by: Off the reservation at March 31, 2018 01:11 PM (vWMNq)

134 Rc5!

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 06:09 PM (8gDQu)


Well, yeah. Can you flesh it out a bit? For example, what if Black responds 1...Qxg2?

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 01:12 PM (ITfBP)

135 130.  That may have been me. He got to the last game in the Candidates last year and then choked, losing to Karjakin by a half point.


LOL ... I knew that.  I was pretending to be polite.

He did not really "choke".  He had to play for a win because of the tie breaks.

Posted by: Off the reservation at March 31, 2018 01:13 PM (vWMNq)

136 Mate with two Knights can't be forced. Posted by: Chuck C at March 31, 2018 06:06 PM (0V2ki) See ... shows what I know ... Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 06:07 For the two minor-piece mates, two bishops, or bishop and knight are forced, but I've never had a game end up with that scenario. The bishop+knight mate takes around 20+ perfect moves (with a max of 35 moves according to wiki)

Posted by: Chuck C at March 31, 2018 01:13 PM (0V2ki)

137 Speaking of them did their satellite hit the earth yet ? Posted by: JT at March 31, 2018 05:57 PM Here's a live tracker site... http://www.heavens-above.com/orbit.aspx?satid=37820

Posted by: Spun and Murky at March 31, 2018 01:13 PM (4DCSq)

138 Nyah?

Posted by: Anna Puma at March 31, 2018 01:16 PM (Ij2U7)

139 Well, yeah. Can you flesh it out a bit? For example, what if Black responds 1...Qxg2? Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 06:12 PM (ITfBP) Rc5 Qxg2 Qxb6+ Qb7 Rxc8+ Kxc8 Re8+ Be8 Rxe8 ... Eventually the black queen gets nabbed and that pretty much does it.

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 01:16 PM (8gDQu)

140 How's everyone doing on the challenging problem? Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 06:07 PM (ITfBP) Way too many lines Rd8 is also a nice way to counter black's mate threat while attacking. Just too many variations to bother calculating.

Posted by: Sjg at March 31, 2018 01:16 PM (gDSJf)

141 Devos Tried To Shrink Dept. Of Education, So Ryan And McConnell Basically Told Her, GFY! https://downtrend.com/vsaxena/devos-tries-to-shrink-education/

Posted by: Under Fire at March 31, 2018 01:16 PM (r9UYA)

142 >>>Nothing is OT in the dress thread, right? I won't be around for the movie thread and I want to talk about Atomic Blond.
 I'm half watching it now. I came in too late to know if the plot makes any sense. Charlize Theron is basically Beatrix from Kill Bill, except there's nudity and a lesbian scene. <<<



Hush.


Keep it down now.


Voices carry.

Posted by: an atomic penguin at March 31, 2018 01:16 PM (1SRec)

143 133 ... didn't bother to look further ... since black otherwise gives up Q.

Actually, I think the second mate applies in most cases if the Q tries to escape.

Posted by: Off the reservation at March 31, 2018 01:17 PM (vWMNq)

144 Them 2 young librarian strikers shore is purty.

Posted by: Eromero at March 31, 2018 01:18 PM (zLDYs)

145 solutions up.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 01:18 PM (ITfBP)

146 http://bit.ly/2pTep4H ----- Details of McCabe's False Statements Surfacing - Strong Likelihood Those Lies Show Origin Strzok and Page Text Messages The Last Refuge

Posted by: DeploraBOT at March 31, 2018 01:18 PM (y3aQB)

147 Re8+ Be8 Rxe8 ... Grrrr .... Re8+ Bd8 Qxd8#

Posted by: ThePrimordialOrderedPair at March 31, 2018 01:18 PM (8gDQu)

148 I need some help from someone that has watched "The Passion of the Christ"

Posted by: Ben Had at March 31, 2018 01:18 PM (0VeQs)

149 It always feels like a mild earthquake when OM posts the solution(s) and everything shifts down.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2018 01:18 PM (y87Qq)

150 #2 R-c5, now if QxR (its Q- b7#)or if Qxg2 Its Qxb6 then K-a8 its R-a5#

Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2018 01:20 PM (aC6Sd)

151 Don't know if I explained that right.

Posted by: Skip Go Cats! at March 31, 2018 01:21 PM (aC6Sd)

152 I need some help from someone that has watched "The Passion of the Christ" When it came out, so that's at least a dozen years ago. Will superficial help do?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2018 01:21 PM (fuK7c)

153 Speaking of them did their satellite hit the earth yet ? Posted by: JT at March 31, 2018 05:57 PM No. As a commenter said this morning Chinese delivery isn't as good as it used to be.

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 31, 2018 01:22 PM (Dhht7)

154 Now I have to backtrack to see if my thinking was correct, did figure on R-c5 before solutions came up.

Posted by: Skip Go Cats! at March 31, 2018 01:24 PM (aC6Sd)

155 Bandersnatch, any help will do. I need to know this significance of the child like figure that the Satan/Anti Christ figure is holding during the Scourge.

Posted by: Ben Had at March 31, 2018 01:24 PM (0VeQs)

156 Ok, where did everyone go?

Posted by: Skip Go Cats! at March 31, 2018 01:27 PM (aC6Sd)

157 No jewelry on these women!! Geez! Ya gotta accessorize ladies!! Jewelry makes the outfit complete. My show today was kinda meh... made a little money but attendance just awful. Day before Easter.. shoulda known. Another lesson learned. Man.. I'm sure learning a lot the hard way!!

Posted by: Jewells45 at March 31, 2018 01:27 PM (dUJdY)

158 That blonde in the blue dress looks like she really, really wants to be naked. Like she's not used to being photographed with clothes on.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards [/i] [/b] at March 31, 2018 01:29 PM (xJa6I)

159 Jewells, how was the Dr. visit?

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards [/i] [/b] at March 31, 2018 01:29 PM (xJa6I)

160 . I need to know this significance of the child like figure that the Satan/Anti Christ figure is holding during the Scourge. Oh, that's way too specific. Sorry, but there are a lot of studious Christians around here who may help. If no one shows up here, maybe ask in the book thread tomorrow. I read the New Testament before I went to the movie because there was so much controversy and I wanted to be able to understand if it was valid. My conclusion was basically, if you have a problem with the movie you have a problem with John.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at March 31, 2018 01:30 PM (fuK7c)

161 No jewelry on these women!! Geez! Ya gotta accessorize ladies!! Jewelry makes the outfit complete. My show today was kinda meh... made a little money but attendance just awful. Day before Easter.. shoulda known. Another lesson learned. Man.. I'm sure learning a lot the hard way!! At least you sold something. My mom recently spent $75 bucks and a whole day, plus about a week's prep time, at a show and sold absolutely nothing. Very aggravating.

Posted by: Grey Fox at March 31, 2018 01:31 PM (bZ7mE)

162 Hey Mark. She want me to get an endoscopy, ugh. She's not sure what's going on so I'm a little concerned but I've been reading up on hiatal hernias and sounds like it might be what I have. Actually today I have had no symptoms. Two sore arms from a tetanus shot and pneumonia shot! lol!

Posted by: Jewells45 at March 31, 2018 01:32 PM (dUJdY)

163 Apparently Americans want a jerk for a president says rabbit slayer Jimmuh Carter. Fucking assclown.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at March 31, 2018 01:33 PM (89T5c)

164 3 to mate on first board: bxh7+, b-f5+, r-g1#

Posted by: Alec Rawls at March 31, 2018 01:33 PM (AphMS)

165 Grey Fox, that happened to me in January. SO much time in invested in these shows. Plus your booth fee. To not sell anything is so disheartening. What does she sell?

Posted by: Jewells45 at March 31, 2018 01:34 PM (dUJdY)

166 Michigan 15 - Sister Jean's Team 13

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 31, 2018 01:34 PM (Dhht7)

167 Imagine you were looking to buy a home and blue dress lady was walking behind a self-propelled lawn mower as the realtor pulled into the driveway of the home exactly next door to said beautiful woman. Would your wife have the self confidence to live next door to such a temptation to her husband? Mine did. Only tempted once. She was dressed to the nines. Hair, makeup to the nines. My wife was involved in talking to her husband. I slipped my arm around her waist. She whispered, "Finally." * Rejected by Penthouse Letters *

Posted by: Forgot My Nic [/i] at March 31, 2018 01:36 PM (LOgQ4)

168 Apparently Americans want a jerk for a president says rabbit slayer Jimmuh Carter. Fucking assclown. Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at March 31, 2018 06:33 PM (89T5c) They did....in 1976. Jimmuh must have got his dates crossed, among other things.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at March 31, 2018 01:37 PM (EoRCO)

169 Monk, etc.,

The hamsters eat i m g, Capital IMG or tinyurl FTW.

Posted by: DaveA[/i][/b][/u][/s] at March 31, 2018 01:37 PM (FhXTo)

170 Loyola Villanova Catholic final. Let us pray!

Posted by: Ignoramus at March 31, 2018 01:39 PM (pV/54)

171 Grey Fox, that happened to me in January. SO much time in invested in these shows. Plus your booth fee. To not sell anything is so disheartening. What does she sell? She is an artist, and specializes in prints of various kinds these days. She has a great big German press with which to make them, and is always messing around with various kinds of plates. She is really, really good with a pencil, and that skill translates well into print-making.

Posted by: Grey Fox at March 31, 2018 01:39 PM (bZ7mE)

172 155 Bandersnatch, any help will do. I need to know this significance of the child like figure that the Satan/Anti Christ figure is holding during the Scourge. Posted by: Ben Had at March 31, 2018 06:24 PM (0VeQs) Know you asked Bander, but here is what a quick search turned up: https://tinyurl.com/y8cef3xf For myself, one of the things that Gibson really tried to portray in the film was this idea that the Sin of Man is this massive weight that Christ is taking upon himself. Throughout the film, the Lucifer/Satan figure is trying to both mock and stay Christ's hand in this task. In the Garden, it tells him "No one can take it all." So Lucifer is trying to drive home the fact that not only is Christ's actions futile, but that Humanity does not deserve it. The Scourging scene is one of the most graphic parts of the film, but it is a microcosm of the whole film in showcasing human Sin and cruelty- the reason for Christ's actions. Satan is trying to stay God's hand in that moment, by mocking him for even attempting to save these barbarous savages.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at March 31, 2018 01:39 PM (ycWCI)

173 How's everyone doing on the challenging problem? Ummmmmm..........okay.

Posted by: JT at March 31, 2018 01:39 PM (y1BrX)

174 Apparently Americans want a jerk for a president says rabbit slayer Jimmuh Carter. Fucking assclown. Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at March 31, 2018 06:33 PM (89T5c) ======== It's not so much we want a jerk, it's that we want to avoid destructive, evil assclowns like Obama and Carter, regardless of how nice their demeanor is. Things are too desperate, so demeanor counts for nothing now.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at March 31, 2018 01:40 PM (/qEW2)

175 Any update on the Chinese space station visiting Michigan?

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2018 01:42 PM (MVjcR)

176 I'd like to see Loyola vs 'Nova

Posted by: Skip Go Cats! at March 31, 2018 01:43 PM (aC6Sd)

177 It's not so much we want a jerk, it's that we want to avoid destructive, evil assclowns like Obama and Carter, regardless of how nice their demeanor is. Things are too desperate, so demeanor counts for nothing now. Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at March 31, 2018 06:40 PM (/qEW2) Also, speaking plainly is a nice thing to have these days- even if we do not always agree with what he says. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say I am more than a bit tired of double talking, evasive jacknuts.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at March 31, 2018 01:43 PM (ycWCI)

178 Aetius451AD- Is the child that Satan is holding Satan's counter part to Christ?

Posted by: Ben Had at March 31, 2018 01:43 PM (0VeQs)

179 Posted by: Grey Fox at March 31, 2018 06:39 PM (bZ7mE) People don't realize sometimes the skill and time we put into our art. I know some people don't consider jewelry making an art but it is. You are constantly trying to learn new things, keep up with the trends etc. I sure hope she has a good year. Any other shows lined up?

Posted by: Jewells45 at March 31, 2018 01:43 PM (dUJdY)

180 And does anyone know if blue dress girl's arms are stuck like that? Could be a deal killer.

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2018 01:44 PM (MVjcR)

181 Whew. I just finished Phas1 of yard cleanup. I picked up enough branches, twigs, and leaves to build a whole new tree. Those nor'easters I had did a good job of pruning the birch tree in my front yard. Tomorrow I get to do the back yard. Kill me now.

Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2018 01:44 PM (sdi6R)

182 Was sure if it was the evil witch the gulags would be opening by the end of her administration, oh it would look like real crimes but speaking out against global warming/ climate change would get you 30 days in the cooler.

Posted by: Skip Go Cats! at March 31, 2018 01:45 PM (aC6Sd)

183 162 Hey Mark. She want me to get an endoscopy, ugh. She's not sure what's going on so I'm a little concerned but I've been reading up on hiatal hernias and sounds like it might be what I have. Actually today I have had no symptoms. Two sore arms from a tetanus shot and pneumonia shot! lol! Posted by: Jewells45 at March 31, 2018 06:32 PM (dUJdY) Ok, not fun but better than worse-case it sounds like. I'll be praying for you.

Posted by: Mark Andrew Edwards [/i] [/b] at March 31, 2018 01:46 PM (xJa6I)

184 I found out today my leftist daughter-in-law, outraged over the Trump election, working for DOE (energy), convinced that her boss Rick Perry was the dumbest human being on the planet, got a promotion and raise in pay. Not pleased. Deep state is taking care of the #resistance. It's gonna bite us in the ass. She's basically Fidel Castro with extremely modest tits and a huge ass.

Posted by: Forgot My Nic [/i] at March 31, 2018 01:46 PM (LOgQ4)

185 WE GOT MOVIE SIGN!!

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Global Rethinker at March 31, 2018 01:47 PM (ITfBP)

186 181 Whew. I just finished Phas1 of yard cleanup. I picked up enough branches, twigs, and leaves to build a whole new tree. Those nor'easters I had did a good job of pruning the birch tree in my front yard. Tomorrow I get to do the back yard. Kill me now. Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2018 06:44 PM (sdi6R) ------- *fistbump* I raked up four enormous paper yard bags full of stuff out of the front yard and planting beds. Looks much better, but I've,decided to let the back yard wait.

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2018 01:47 PM (MVjcR)

187 Any update on the Chinese space station visiting Michigan? Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2018 06:42 PM (MVjcR) I've got some tea and a plate of cheese and crackers ready. Mostly it's just for me though.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2018 01:48 PM (y87Qq)

188 7 The first picture, I think the hairstyle is wrong for the gal and the dress. She's still attractive but something seems just a bit off. Posted by: Blake at March 31, 2018 05:03 PM (WEBkv) ---------------------------------- Yeah, there's a discordance there. The hair and make-up scream Las Vegas while the dress most definitely does not. And there's a simple rule that you never do big hair with a big dress. Honestly, I think the dress, though beautiful, is awfully hard to wear. You have to have a fairly delicate face and bone structure to avoid looking like an upscale milkmaid. OTOH, if you're too fine, you'll be swallowed up in fabric. The second-to-last model ---the one in the burgundy dress--- could have pulled it off, assuming she kept the same hair and make-up.

Posted by: Margarita who wishes she drank more at March 31, 2018 01:48 PM (0jtPF)

189 182 Was sure if it was the evil witch the gulags would be opening by the end of her administration, oh it would look like real crimes but speaking out against global warming/ climate change would get you 30 days in the cooler. Posted by: Skip Go Cats! at March 31, 2018 06:45 PM (aC6Sd) She would have gone after the First Amendment and instituted speech codes like they have in Europe and Canada. Criticizing Islam or homosexuality would become hate crimes.

Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2018 01:49 PM (sdi6R)

190 Whew. I just finished Phas1 of yard cleanup. I picked up enough branches, twigs, and leaves to build a whole new tree. Those nor'easters I had did a good job of pruning the birch tree in my front yard. Tomorrow I get to do the back yard. Kill me now. Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2018 06:44 PM (sdi6R) ======== You can at least enjoy the exercise high for the moment and crack open an adult beverage.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at March 31, 2018 01:49 PM (/qEW2)

191 178 Aetius451AD- Is the child that Satan is holding Satan's counter part to Christ? Posted by: Ben Had at March 31, 2018 06:43 PM (0VeQs) The page I linked certainly takes that view. This is just opinion, but this is also a very Catholic movie. Imagery/Iconography is very important. Mary holding the infant Jesus are very definitely a very iconic feature of Christ in that imagery. This could also be looked at as Satan/Lucifer saying that while Jesus was held so tenderly and was the Child of Mary, Humanity is IT'S (Lucifer's) 'Child' in the extreme moment of his torment. Just my spin on it. The movie is designed to make you think about these types of things, and I do not think there is necessarily a 'Right' answer.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at March 31, 2018 01:49 PM (ycWCI)

192 I've got some tea and a plate of cheese and crackers ready. Mostly it's just for me though. Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2018 06:48 PM (y87Qq) ------- How,very hospitable of you. So - 2018 is the Year of de-Obiting Shit?

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2018 01:50 PM (MVjcR)

193 186 *fistbump* I raked up four enormous paper yard bags full of stuff out of the front yard and planting beds. Looks much better, but I've,decided to let the back yard wait. Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2018 06:47 PM (MVjcR) Yep, I filled four bags too, just in the front yard.

Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2018 01:50 PM (sdi6R)

194 I seem to recall that during filming of The Passion of the Christ, things were so intense and moving that Mel had to step in to drive the nails. Reportedly, offset cast and crew were moved to the point of tears.

Posted by: bill in arkansas at March 31, 2018 01:50 PM (xzqr4)

195 Andrew McCabe has now raised over $520,000 in his GoFundMe campaign to pay his legal bills. Fools and their money and all that.

Posted by: JackStraw at March 31, 2018 01:51 PM (/tuJf)

196 Thank you Mark!

Posted by: Jewells45 at March 31, 2018 01:52 PM (dUJdY)

197 Betsy Devos practically BEGGED Congress to cut her budget and become more efficient.


Little Pauly "Math Witch" Ryan and Mitch "Turtlehead" McConnell blocked her insisting on profligate spending for our critical Anti-American Communist Agitprop Centers and Child Warehouses.

"Even if lawmakers have policy disagreements with DeVos, her proposals deserve to be heard-especially at a time when the federal debt has surpassed $21 trillion and Congress limps along from one shutdown crisis to the next. At such a time, the news that a government agency says it needs less money to meet its goals, not more, should have commanded attention. That it didn't tells you all you need to know about Congress's fiscal appetite.
"

Posted by: Tanner Boyle at March 31, 2018 01:53 PM (ROV4u)

198 194 I seem to recall that during filming of The Passion of the Christ, things were so intense and moving that Mel had to step in to drive the nails. Reportedly, offset cast and crew were moved to the point of tears. Posted by: bill in arkansas at March 31, 2018 06:50 PM (xzqr4) The way I read it is that he wanted to do it himself. The movie to an extent is an indictment against the evil of Man. "We drive the Nails ourselves." is kind of a powerful statement.

Posted by: Aetius451AD at March 31, 2018 01:53 PM (ycWCI)

199 In Parallel Universe News: General Leia? Orange Dodge Charger? Bo and Luke Skywalker? Boss Vader? Darth Hogg (not the NKOB). Golf Channel nap time.

Posted by: Burger Chef at March 31, 2018 01:54 PM (RuIsu)

200 Andrew McCabe has now raised over $520,000 in his GoFundMe campaign to pay his legal bills. Fools and their money and all that. Posted by: JackStraw at March 31, 2018 06:51 PM The #resistance seems to be chock full of money. Let's take away a couple dollars a month from their Folger's Crystals Food Stamps and see if they notice.

Posted by: Forgot My Nic [/i] at March 31, 2018 01:54 PM (LOgQ4)

201 99 Oh and SterDust defends doing mindless grindy chores in-game because "therapeutic" and "relaxing". Er. . . That was what No Man's Sky's defenders were saying when that one dropped. And, saleswise, dropped... and kept dropping. Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at March 31, 2018 06:00 PM I don't find assignments relaxing at all. What I like is bashing monsters or solving puzzles for an hour or so after work. I played HOURS of Okami (haven't finished yet) and Final Fantasy XV because I could run or ride birds around pretty landscapes with nice music and occasionally beat the crap out of demons or wildlife. I used to do the same thing with my nephew's Kingdom Hearts on PS2. "Here, let me grind up a level while you go and ride your bike."

Posted by: NaughtyPine at March 31, 2018 01:55 PM (G8B7r)

202 I would totally wear that burgundy dress. Not that clunky pair of shoes though.

Posted by: bluebell at March 31, 2018 01:57 PM (oMtOd)

203 They keep pushing back the demise of the Chinese space station. Current predictions are late 4/1 or early 4/2.

Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2018 01:58 PM (sdi6R)

204 Okami has been upgraded for Ps4.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at March 31, 2018 02:04 PM (6FqZa)

205 202 I would totally wear that burgundy dress. Not that clunky pair of shoes though. Posted by: bluebell at March 31, 2018 06:57 PM (oMtOd) --------------------------------- Ha! No kidding! There was a period of about 5 or 6 years in there, ca. 2008-2013 or so ---I don't remember--- when those platforms were all the rage. UGH. They were bad enough when nude-colored but absolutely hideous when black. Horse hooves!

Posted by: Margarita who wishes she drank more at March 31, 2018 02:06 PM (0jtPF)

206 "We drive the Nails ourselves." is kind of a powerful statement. Posted by: Aetius451AD hi Aetius, and all! It is a powerful statement. If you think about it, everytime I decide to sin, I decide to inflict another pain on the Lord that day. I know it's time travelish, but you know what I mean.

Posted by: booknlass at March 31, 2018 02:06 PM (xGMkv)

207 movie thread upstairs

Posted by: booknlass at March 31, 2018 02:08 PM (xGMkv)

208 From the Chinese Space Station tracker link posted earlier. The odds of it hitting Michigan look pretty low. Maybe with Russian collusion a couple parts of it could make it to Michigan.


http://www.heavens-above.com/orbit.aspx?satid=37820

Posted by: Spun and Murky at March 31, 2018 06:13 PM (4DCSq)

Posted by: X-ray at March 31, 2018 02:09 PM (TGrKk)

209 They were bad enough when nude-colored but absolutely hideous when black. Horse hooves! Posted by: Margarita who wishes she drank more at March 31, 2018 07:06 PM (0jtPF) ------ You're right - that's exactly what they look like! My feet are big enough without drawing attention to them with clunky shoes. Getting ready for the Easter Vigil Mass - happy Easter everyone!

Posted by: bluebell at March 31, 2018 02:10 PM (oMtOd)

210 So who buys that blue print dress in pic 2 based on that pic? It looks like its too big for the model, sleeves too long as well as two big around etc. Does this evoke some "oh that will make me look younger or smaller" response? I look at a lot of ads or dress pics and go "oh that looks good on them and would work for xyz but not me" but I honestly wonder who thinks that is a good look on anyone.

Posted by: PaleRider, simply irredeemable at March 31, 2018 02:21 PM (84F5k)

211 Okami has been upgraded for Ps4. Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at March 31, 2018 07:04 PM (6FqZa) I know. As soon as I heard it about it, I ordered it. It looks and sounds great, and all the screen loading times are so short compared to on the PS2. Confession: I liked the music and style so much that I bought imported soundtracks and the art book. I did not, however, make it to the Smithsonian exhibit.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at March 31, 2018 02:21 PM (G8B7r)

212 Happy Easter, Bluebell! He is Risen!

Posted by: booknlass at March 31, 2018 02:21 PM (xGMkv)

213 208 From the Chinese Space Station tracker link posted earlier. The odds of it hitting Michigan look pretty low. Maybe with Russian collusion a couple parts of it could make it to Michigan. http://www.heavens-above.com/orbit.aspx?satid=37820 Posted by: Spun and Murky at March 31, 2018 06:13 PM (4DCSq) Posted by: X-ray at March 31, 2018 07:09 PM (TGrKk) I just checked Heavens Above and found that there is a visible pass for me from 5:54-5:56 am on Monday. That would be worth getting up for if the station is still up at that time. Or, well, it would be visible for me if I wasn't predicted to get 1-3" of snow at that time.

Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2018 02:21 PM (sdi6R)

214 So who buys that blue print dress in pic 2 based on that pic? It looks like its too big for the model, sleeves too long as well as two big around etc. Does this evoke some "oh that will make me look younger or smaller" response? I look at a lot of ads or dress pics and go "oh that looks good on them and would work for xyz but not me" but I honestly wonder who thinks that is a good look on anyone. Posted by: PaleRider, simply irredeemable at March 31, 2018 07:21 PM In contrast, I have had variations of the burgundy dress over the years.

Posted by: NaughtyPine at March 31, 2018 02:23 PM (G8B7r)

215 Yes, I like that one. Probably wouldn't work for me, but its nice and I can it being a good choice for lots of gals.

Posted by: PaleRider, simply irredeemable at March 31, 2018 02:30 PM (84F5k)

216 can SEE it being a good choice. Time to get some air.

Posted by: PaleRider, simply irredeemable at March 31, 2018 02:31 PM (84F5k)

217 http://bit.ly/2pTx14H ---------- Turley: Sessions' Using Utah Federal Prosecutor Much Better for Trump than 2nd Special Counsel

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