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Death Valley October 7, 2015, 3:10 am

Sunrise at Ashford Mill Ruins

Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America

Salt crystals in Badwater Basin

Pretty colours at Artist's Palette

Golden Canyon

Warning sign at the entrance to Golden Canyon

A relatively cold day in hell

View down towards Badwater Basin from Dante's View, more than 5000 feet above it

View north/west across Death Valley from Dante's View

#couldn'tdothatwithasmartphone September 19, 2015, 1:19 am
Some random recent-ish pics:

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White House seen from Washington Monument. Something was going on there (zoom in on the full-size image).

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Finsteraarhorn, my favourite mountain in the Alps (it looks pointier from the side), viewed from Nufenenpass. Note the hang glider or whatever it is.

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KVLY-TV mast, near Blanchard, North Dakota. World's tallest radio mast. Fourth-tallest man-made structure in the world. World's tallest man-made structure 1963-74, 1991-2010.

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Hiking on the Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand.

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:

About 50 minutes before totality.

Start of totality (c. 5.25 am).

"Blood moon".

Totality has ended.

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:

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

A jewel lizard in one of the National Parks.

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.