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lollerbiscuits January 16, 2015, 7:30 pm
Yes, they exist and not as a joke:


Kock-Sucher December 25, 2014, 1:57 pm
Back in 1998 I wrote a little book called The Quickest Chess Victories of All Time. Among the many games featured in it was one where a Mr Kock played White against a Mr Sucher - by standard convention referred to as the game "Kock-Sucher". While I didn't wish to draw too much attention to this unfortunate pairing, I naturally couldn't let it pass totally without comment.

Inevitably it made its way onto the Interwebs; e.g.: (about three quarters of the way down the page)

It could be worse; there are players called Kunte and Fuchs, but as far as I know they have never played. Let's hope that if they did, it would be in Condom.

Anyway, just in time for Xmas, a new edition has been published.

There's a big free sample of the Kindle edition, as usual. Sorry, this does not feature Kock-Sucher. (I think we improved the cover; you can see the old one here.)

The book contains about 50000 chess moves, so if you are actually interested in reading it, the Chess Studio edition might be a better option. Note that each purchase will provide enough income to feed my two starving cats for a day.

ChessCafe Article October 15, 2014, 7:39 am
An article by me has just appeared at ChessCafe. Milton is featured too!

Lunar Eclipse (now with added partial solar eclipse) October 8, 2014, 9:33 am
Some photos of this morning's lunar eclipse:

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About 50 minutes before totality.

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Start of totality (c. 5.25 am).

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"Blood moon".

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Totality has ended.

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Partial eclipse continued through moonset/sunrise.

All photos taken with my Nikon, and hand-held (tripods are for wusses).

Road Trip February 6, 2014, 11:20 pm
OMG, Road Trip!!!

Just travelled from Woodbury, MN to Las Vegas, NV, over the course of three days. Something like this:

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Actually, pretty much exactly like that (overnight stops in Murdo, SD, and Grand Junction, CO).

Virtually none of the driving was on snow (the only trivial exceptions were in some towns in Nebraska on Highway 83; outside the towns, the wind had swept the roads clear of the previous night's inch or two of dry snow). I'll claim that was due to good route planning. The Sandhills were kind of cool, and eerie-looking on a clear and very cold morning.

Chile December 29, 2013, 12:51 am
I spent a week in Chile just before Christmas. A few pictures:

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High up near the border with Argentina (c. 3930m). The road referred to in the sign was a dirt track with 44 hairpins.

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A jewel lizard in one of the National Parks.

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The San Josť volcano venting.

Here (attached) is a kmz file that you can load with Google Earth. It features the GPS coordinates of places where I took photos. (To attach it, I needed to give it a .zip extension; either rename it with a .kmz extension or use the enclosed .kml file.)

23 September 6, 2013, 12:58 pm
No, not my age.

My 23rd book has just been published. The Kindle edition is actually out before the print edition this time.

Probably not of much interest to anyone below good club level, but there's a free sample if you like.

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Nuuk March 22, 2012, 6:21 pm
My flight from Warsaw to Chicago a couple of days ago took me further north across Greenland than I am used to, so I got a view of the capital, [wp]Nuuk[/wp] (Godthaab).

It was in the distance (c. 25-30 miles away); the first two pics are "establishing shots", and the last two are with 30x zoom. You can easily make out the airport's runway and a fair number of buildings (well, you can see square blobs).

I'll be going to Nuuk later in the year, so it was interesting to see it from the air, still snow covered.

Cats January 30, 2012, 4:49 pm
In AD 2012, Cat Show was beginning.

Photos taken at the Saintly City Cat Show, which is part of the St Paul Winter Carnival.

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Red tabby, just after the judge had demonstrated the "stroke its lower back and it raises its butt" reflex.

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A Norwegian Forest Cat.

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A Maine Coon.

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A cute normal-looking cat.

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A smoosh-face, with eyes lit up in freaky fashion.

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Judging in progress!

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A teddy-bear smoosh-face (no, that's not the technical name of the breed) being prepared to be shown off. It reminded me of Bagpuss.

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This judge's top pick together with its owner. Yes, there is a cat somewhere in that bundle of fur.

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More judging.

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Where has its face gone?

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Another bag of fur.

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This little cutey didn't win an award. The little girl who was looking after it gave the judge quite a dirty look.

omg slideshow wtf

OMG! Number 1 again [now the kettle and toaster thread] January 19, 2012, 2:48 pm

Yep, my book has reclaimed the number 1 spot in the Bestsellers in Chess (Kindle, Paid) list. (If you click on the link some time in the future, that might have changed, of course.)

With the huge financial windfall from this, I'll be able to afford, uh, I dunno, a new kettle or something. (Kindle sales are still pretty small.)