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

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F0OABLY

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.
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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
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OMG! Number 1 again [now the kettle and toaster thread] January 19, 2012, 2:48 pm
www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/156380011/

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.)
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Detroit Puzzles October 31, 2011, 8:59 am
I was a "VIP" guest this weekend at the First Annual Michigan Chess Festival. I created some puzzles for this event, and as there are a few chess enthusiasts here at DW, I'm posting them here too in case they are of interest. The attachment to this post includes PDFs of the handouts I gave out at the event. There is an easy sheet and a harder one.

The harder puzzles are similar to those in some of the early chapters of my new book The Gambit Book of Instructive Chess Puzzles, which was recently published in the UK, and is soon to be released in the USA. I spent way too much time on this book, but am happy with the outcome.

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Christmas with Hitler September 26, 2011, 7:22 am
A few "WTF" pictures taken at the Lofoten 2nd World War Museum last night that I thought might be of some interest:







(Sorry the third image is on its side - blame imageshack.)
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