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Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread 03-18-2017


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Good afternoon morons and moronettes, and welcome to the Saturday Afternoon Chess/Open Thread, the only AoSHQ thread with content specifically for all of us chess nerds who pay homage in the temple of Caïssa, goddess of the chessboard. And, for those of you who aren't nerdly enough for chess, you can use this thread to talk about checkers, or other games, or politics, or whatever you wish, only please try to keep it civil. Nobody wants to get in the middle of a pie fight on a Saturday afternoon. Except if you're hungry.

“We cannot resist the fascination of sacrifice, since a passion for sacrifices is part of a Chessplayer’s nature”

--(Rudolf Spielman)


Problem 1 - Black To Play (17

Hint: Black can force a mate in 2


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Problem 2 - White To Play (120)

There are two distinct paths for a White win, depending on how Black responds to his first move. Show each path.

Hint: our old pal shows up again in one of the paths


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Problem 3 - White To Play (157)

Hint: White mates in 4


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The Limits of Artificial Intelligence

Over across the pond, they've started up a new institute to study human consciousness and artificial intelligence:

The new institute, which will have arms at UCL and Oxford University, has been set up to study human consciousness through physics and tease out the fundamental differences between artificial and human intelligence.

If successful, it could prove for the first time that the human brain is not simply a gargantuan supercomputer, but may exhibit quantum effects far beyond the realms of current imagining - a controversial theory that many scientists believe to be impossible.

As part of this launch, they're solicting answers to this chess problem:


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White to play and draw

This is a weird-looking position. It is extremely unlikely that you would ever encounter it in an actual game. But it's perfectly legal, and composed specifically to make a point.

The chess problem - originally drawn by Sir Roger - has been devised to defeat an artificially intelligent (AI) computer but be solvable for humans. The Penrose Institute scientists are inviting readers to workout how white can win, or force a stalemate and then share their reasoning.

If you give the position to your chess app, it most likely will evaluate it as a big plus for Black (if your chess evaluates the position to be roughly even, I would like to know which one you're using. I suspect the Penrose Institute would like to know, too.)

The main goal is to force a draw, although it is even possible to trick black into a blunder that might allow white to win...Both humans, computers and even quantum computers are invited to play the game and solutions should be emailed to puzzles@penroseinstitute.com.

I fed the position to my chess app, and, as predicted, it determined that Black has a whopping big advantage. So Black should win, right? Should be easy, right? But as I watched it make a few moves, it became immediately obvious why Black will never be able to a win from this position, despite having this supposed "whopping big" advantage.

If you can see why this position is a draw, post your reasoning in the comments.


Problem 4 - White To Play (439)

Here is a problem I stole from Maizelis' invaluable Soviet Chess Primer. How should White proceed? Can he squeeze a win from this position?

Hint: White wins by simplification


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Endgame of the Week (435)

It's White's move. How can he best take advantage of Black's poor position?


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Meet MSNBC's Newest Anchor, Rachel Rivera


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Solutions Update

Problem 1 - Black To Play


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Pretty straightforward:

1...Rxc1+
2.Rxc1 Qxa2#


Problem 2 - White To Play


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5r1k/1p1b2pp/7N/4P3/pPQ1P3/6P1/P6P/2R3K1 w - - 0 3

1. Nf7+!

Black has two responses to this. He might think, "Oh no, I don't want to lose my queen, so I'd better take the rook." So...

1...Rxf7

But then

2.Qc8+ Bxc8
3.Rxc8+ Rf8
4.Rxf8#

Or, Black may think, "No, the queen is lost, so I'd better move my king and hope for the best."

1...Kg8

And then this happens:

2.Nxh6+ Kh8
3.Qg8+ Rxg8
4.Nf7#

After this, White says, "How do you like them apples? Smothered mate FTW, baby!" to which Black replies "Eat me."


Problem 3 - White To Play


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1.Re8+ Rf8

Forced.

2.Nh6+ gxh6

Not 2... Kh8 3.Rxf8#

3.Rg3+ Kf7

And if 3...Kh8 then again, 4.Rxf8#

4.Re7#


Problem 4 - White To Play


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5r2/8/4RbP1/5P1K/8/8/8/5k2 w - - 0 1

The key here is to simplify the position. But you need to be careful how you do it.

1. Rxf6 Rxf6

Now, don't do what I did when I first saw this problem, which is to make an immediate rush to queen. Because it fails: 2. g7 Rxf5+ 3. Kg6 Rf2 4. Kh7 Rg2 and Black will secure the draw next move by trading his rook for the pawn.

The smart move is:

2.Kg5!

And the endgame is now 2 connected passed pawns vs. a rook, which White will win. Play might proceed:

2... Rc6
3.g7 Rc3

So this is me playing against my chess app. It's going to try to harass me with annoying checks, which I need to escape from to gain time for the pawn to queen. But first, I need to support the advanced pawn.

4.f6 Rg3+
5.Kh6 Ke2

And now here come the checks.

6.f7 Rh3+
7.Kg6 Rg3+
8.Kf6 Rf3+
9.Ke7 Re3+
10.Kf8

Ha! And now he can't check me, so I can advance.

10...Re4
11.g8=Q Kd3?

What a crap move for a machine to make. For some reason, it can't see that I'll just immobilize both of its pieces with a pin, and then trade my queen for its rook, leaving him with nothing and me with a queenable pawn.

12.Qg6 Kd4
13.Qxe4+ Kxe4 and White wins.


Endgame of the Week


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Black is paralyzed by a deadly pin. But if White immediately plays 1.Rf7+ with the intention of taking the rook, Black thwarts this with 1...Kg8. So White must bide his time.

Black's problem is that his king is frozen, so he has to move his rook. Therefore, when it is his turn to move, he needs to move it to a square where it can't be attacked with a discovered check.

White must take into account that even though Black's king is frozen, he has a couple of annoying checks in his pocket. He could play either 1...Ra8+ or 1...Rf1+, depending on White's "biding my time" move. But notice that if Black plays the former, then White will play 2.Ra7+, winning the rook. The latter check, 1...Rf1+ would be super annoying, so White needs to prevent this move from being made. He can do this with

1. Ka2!

And now, it's zugzwang. There is no safe square for Black's rook. For example:

1...Re8
2.Re7+

or

1... Ra8+
2.Ra7+

or

1...Rf2
2.Rg2+

or

1...Rg8
2.Rd7+ Rg7
3.Bxg7+

You get the idea.

See you 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: OregonMuse at 05:10 PM




Comments

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1 Good afternoon.

Posted by: HH at March 18, 2017 05:08 PM (DrCtv)

2 Chess gainz!

Posted by: Duke Lowell at March 18, 2017 05:11 PM (kTF2Z)

3 CATS LOSE
cool chess set

Posted by: Skip at March 18, 2017 05:11 PM (GPaiX)

4 That picture of Geraldo is just hideous.

Posted by: HH at March 18, 2017 05:11 PM (DrCtv)

5 Another cool Escher-esque objet d'art in the Chess Thread.

Well done, OM.

And I hope Wildcats-Zags is as good as Badgers-Wildcats.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:12 PM (GsAUU)

6 Prznek Karnowski. What a badass name.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:12 PM (GsAUU)

7 Does Gerachel send dick pics to interns?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 05:13 PM (EnKk6)

8 Wisconsin just upset #1 seed Villanova.

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 05:13 PM (Dhht7)

9 Strangely enough, Rachel Rivera might be less unattractive than either Jerry Rivers or Rachel Madcow.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:13 PM (GsAUU)

10 8 Wisconsin just upset #1 seed Villanova.
Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 05:13 PM (Dhht7)

--Wisconsin was criminally underseeded at 8, and they just proved it.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:14 PM (GsAUU)

11 8 Wisconsin just upset #1 seed Villanova.
Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 05:13 PM (Dhht7)




Ain't it beautiful?

Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 05:14 PM (lwiT4)

12
Open Question:


How do you solicit your business? Do those mailings/post cards work, or do they just get filed in the waste bin?

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 05:14 PM (X4K8V)

13 Yeah I was surprised when they got the 8th seed. I thought 4 or 5.

It all worked out in the end.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 05:16 PM (lwiT4)

14 Didn't take much effort to turn her into a man.

Posted by: washrivergal at March 18, 2017 05:16 PM (Ivjge)

15 How do you solicit your business? Do those mailings/post cards work, or do they just get filed in the waste bin?

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 05:14 PM (X4K8V)


What kind of business are we talking about here?

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 05:16 PM (tXwpb)

16 grammie - NO

Posted by: Skip at March 18, 2017 05:17 PM (GPaiX)

17 And about 95% of brackets just got busted.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at March 18, 2017 05:17 PM (kTF2Z)

18 That looks like a chess board that M. Escher would design.

Almost.

Posted by: Sharkman at March 18, 2017 05:18 PM (E7YGC)

19 More of a Book Thread comment, but . . .

I mentioned yesterday that I learnt a another awesome German word, satisfaktionsfaerig, which refers to a man of sufficiently honorable standing to accept or give a challenge to a duel. In the 19th century, duelling became more democratized in Europe, and many famous non-nobles like Proust, Pushkin, Georges Clemenceau, and the painter Manet engaged in duels.

Again, I fucking love history sexually.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:19 PM (GsAUU)

20 17 And about 95% of brackets just got busted.
Posted by: Duke Lowell at March 18, 2017 05:17 PM (kTF2Z)


++++

Please tell me the SCOAMFs picks went sideways, if anyone was paying close attention.

Posted by: washrivergal at March 18, 2017 05:19 PM (Ivjge)

21 Man, that was what my old college buddy would call a cryhook.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:19 PM (GsAUU)

22 How do you solicit your business? Do those mailings/post cards work, or do they just get filed in the waste bin?

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 05:14 PM (X4K8V)


It entirely depends on what kind of business it is and who your customers are. Internet presence - not spam, but good reviews and a simple website - can get you far, depending on your clientele.

I find the best results come from standing on the corner shaking daddy's little moneymaker for hundies in my undies, but your mileage may vary.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 18, 2017 05:20 PM (8nWyX)

23
What kind of business are we talking about here?

Aerial videography for industrial purposes such as general survey and close inspection of structures.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 05:20 PM (X4K8V)

24 SCOAMF picked NC to win it all, but prolly had Villanova in final four.

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 05:21 PM (Dhht7)

25 Please tell me the SCOAMFs picks went sideways, if anyone was paying close attention.
Posted by: washrivergal at March 18, 2017 05:19 PM (Ivjge)

--Isn't it great that the MBM are no longer pushing us to give a shit about that anymore?

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:21 PM (GsAUU)

26 Sycacuse wuz robbed not getting into the tournament, so no bracket!

Posted by: Baracket 0bama at March 18, 2017 05:22 PM (GsAUU)

27 Well once again I spent half an hour thumbing though Netflix for something worth watching. Wifey is plunking down money for it. After diligent looking for this month, nothing there. Same as last month.


The all fall in three categories. Decent and I already have it or seen it. A maybe that I started watching like Merlin then abandoned because shit which had abandoned original story, and just plain PC shit.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at March 18, 2017 05:22 PM (mpXpK)

28 How do you solicit your business? Do those mailings/post cards work, or do they just get filed in the waste bin?





Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 05:14 PM (X4K8V)
==================

I stand on a streetcorner with a sign that says "Repent - the End Is Near".

Not really, but I should. Because people should. Because it is.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 05:23 PM (lwiT4)

29 #1
Bxa2, NxB
Qb3#

Posted by: Skip at March 18, 2017 05:24 PM (GPaiX)

30 27 Well once again I spent half an hour thumbing though Netflix for something worth watching. Wifey is plunking down money for it. After diligent looking for this month, nothing there. Same as last month.


The all fall in three categories. Decent and I already have it or seen it. A maybe that I started watching like Merlin then abandoned because shit which had abandoned original story, and just plain PC shit.
Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at March 18, 2017 05:22 PM (mpXpK)

--Trailer Park Boys is hilarious, but probably not your strain of humor.

I have Prime instead of Netflix, and just finished Sneaky Pete, which was excellent. When it gets to DVD, it will probably go to Netflix.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:25 PM (GsAUU)

31 Vic, I found a decent series on Netflix called The Originals. It's pretty entertaining.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at March 18, 2017 05:26 PM (kTF2Z)

32 Can I wait to repent when I'm on death's bed, or does that not count?

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 05:27 PM (Dhht7)

33 30 I
have Prime instead of Netflix, and just finished Sneaky Pete, which was
excellent. When it gets to DVD, it will probably go to Netflix.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:25 PM (GsAUU)


I had Prime for a year and never found any movies on there worth looking at. The only thing I used was free shipping so I dropped it.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at March 18, 2017 05:27 PM (mpXpK)

34 31
Vic, I found a decent series on Netflix called The Originals. It's pretty entertaining.

Posted by: Duke Lowell at March 18, 2017 05:26 PM (kTF2Z)


I saw that but it didn't look like something I would be interested in.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at March 18, 2017 05:28 PM (mpXpK)

35 A chess master died - after a few days, a friend of his heard a voice; it was him!
"What's it like, where you are now," he asked.
"What do you want to hear first, the good news or the bad news."
"Tell me the good news first."
"Well, it's really heaven here. There are tournaments and blitz sessions going on all the time and Morphy, Alekhine, Lasker, Tal, Capablanca, Botvinnik, they're all here, and you can play them."
"Fantastic!" the friend said, "and what is the bad news?"
"You're scheduled to play Black against Capablanca on Saturday."

Posted by: Diogenes at March 18, 2017 05:29 PM (0tfLf)

36 Can I wait to repent when I'm on death's bed, or does that not count?

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 05:27 PM (Dhht7)
===========================

Just when you think you've got all the time in the world, a piano drops on your head.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 05:29 PM (lwiT4)

37 I think Northwestern is playing a little too giddy, like wow we can't believe we're playing in the Second Round giddy.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:29 PM (GsAUU)

38 Wildcats need to calm down. Their passing is not smooth at all.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:30 PM (GsAUU)

39 Speaking of Netflix, is there a way to get it to stop bugging me about shows that I got two minutes into and didn't like? Is there some secret "Never show me this again" button?

Posted by: pookysgirl at March 18, 2017 05:30 PM (ar2KI)

40 Problem 1

Rook takes knight, rook takes rook, queen takes pawn-mate

Posted by: geoffb5 at March 18, 2017 05:30 PM (d3wbb)

41 Aerial videography for industrial purposes such as general survey and close inspection of structures.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 05:20 PM (X4K8V)


That sounds like a pretty specialized field, is it? Like the sort of thing where someone would do up a contract instead of calling a number from a mailing. I'm not super familiar with it, though. At that level (assuming you're doing things like safety inspections and hydrological surveys for farmers or whatever), it might be better to show up in person with a quick intro and leave a business card and brochure or something.

On the other hand, Proceedings has been full of full-page ads for defense contractors and stuff since forever, so presumably it does work on some level, or they wouldn't bother. Or else there are people who leave the magazine open in conspicuous places around Christmas, hoping to find that Santa has left a big box from Bofors or LockMart under the tree.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 18, 2017 05:31 PM (8nWyX)

42 The other thing is there are a lot of old movies that I have on video disk that I would like to see. Not a single one of them is available on Netflix except ones I have replaced with Blueray or DVD.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at March 18, 2017 05:31 PM (mpXpK)

43 Aerial videography for industrial purposes such as general survey and close inspection of structures.
Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 05:20 PM (X4K8V)


#22 hogmartin Johnson is right - it depends on who your customers are. You've got to figure out who they are and what they are most likely to respond to. Some types just toss mailings, others may not.

And as previous mentioned, a good simple website is a must.

If worse comes to worse, start making cold calls. That's the worst form of sales you can do, in my opinion, highest rate of rejection, but you may get some contacts and be able to send some brochures out.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 05:33 PM (tXwpb)

44 I had Prime for a year and never found any movies on there worth looking at. The only thing I used was free shipping so I dropped it.
Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at March 18, 2017 05:27 PM (mpXpK)

--i have yet to use Prime to watch movies. It's just been Man in the High Castle, Sneaky Pete, and The Americans for me so far. The free shipping is great but I have not used it for a while.

I'm going to exhaust watching shows before I use Prime for a movie.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:33 PM (GsAUU)

45 SCOAMF's brackets for men and wimenz tourneys. Because I'm a giver.

http://www.businessinsider.com/
obama-ncaa-tournament-bracket-2017-3

(He had Villanova losing to Duke in final

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 05:34 PM (Dhht7)

46 Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at March 18, 2017 05:28 PM (mpXpK)

Mrs. Muse and I both liked

The Crown
Heavy Water Wars
Occupied

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 05:35 PM (tXwpb)

47 35 A chess master died - after a few days, a friend of his heard a voice; it was him!
"What's it like, where you are now," he asked.
"What do you want to hear first, the good news or the bad news."
"Tell me the good news first."
"Well, it's really heaven here. There are tournaments and blitz sessions going on all the time and Morphy, Alekhine, Lasker, Tal, Capablanca, Botvinnik, they're all here, and you can play them."
"Fantastic!" the friend said, "and what is the bad news?"
"You're scheduled to play Black against Capablanca on Saturday."
Posted by: Diogenes at March 18, 2017 05:29 PM (0tfLf)

--Heh, I have heard that joke before but it was baseball-related instead of chess.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:35 PM (GsAUU)

48 That picture is a expressly forbidden by the the Hague Convention. No Dum-dums.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at March 18, 2017 05:36 PM (LTHVh)

49 Just when you think you've got all the time in the world, a piano drops on your head.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 05:29

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Dagnabbit! Hate when that happens.

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 05:36 PM (Dhht7)

50 Mrs. Muse and I both liked

The Crown
Heavy Water Wars
Occupied


Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 05:35 PM (tXwpb)

I thought about The Crown. Maybe I will give it a chance.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at March 18, 2017 05:36 PM (mpXpK)

51 Huh. The bassist for Megadeth, David Ellefson, is a Lutheran minister.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 05:37 PM (tXwpb)

52 I have heard that joke before but it was baseball-related instead of chess.


and golf.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at March 18, 2017 05:37 PM (LTHVh)

53 (He had Villanova losing to Duke in final eight)

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 05:37 PM (Dhht7)

54 The other thing is there are a lot of old movies that I have on video disk that I would like to see. Not a single one of them is available on Netflix except ones I have replaced with Blueray or DVD.
Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at March 18, 2017 05:31 PM (mpXpK)


Things Netflix is not good at:
- Pulling the rug out from under you when you decide to re-watch that movie you liked 6 months ago and it's no longer available.
- Old movies (this may be the content owners' fault). Lots of good old stuff, but some of it is like hen's teeth. I've never seen The Caine Mutiny on ANY streaming service

Things Netflix is good at:
- Original content. Some of it is really good.
- Foreign stuff. Watch The Heavy Water War if you haven't already.
- Quirky stuff you wouldn't think you'd like. The Search for General Tso is a documentary about Chinese immigration and the evolution of American Chinese cuisine framed as a story about how General Tso's chicken came to be.
- TV shows. Yeah, Columbo got rotated off their list for whatever reason, but there are lots of good old shows still there.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 18, 2017 05:38 PM (8nWyX)

55 Huh. The bassist for Megadeth, David Ellefson, is a Lutheran minister.


Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 05:37 PM (tXwpb)
========================

Well there ya go

Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 05:38 PM (lwiT4)

56 45 SCOAMF's brackets for men and wimenz tourneys. Because I'm a giver.

http://www.businessinsider.com/
obama-ncaa-tournament-bracket-2017-3

(He had Villanova losing to Duke in final
Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 05:34 PM (Dhht7)

--Heh, thanks for warning me.

Barky the Fuckclown's bracket is very useful, like Michael Smith in fantasy football: He's useful because you know what *not* to pick.

Also, how fucking pathetic do you have to be to fill out a women's basketball bracket? I could understand maybe if a daughter of his were playing in the tournament, but since that's not the case it's just pathetic sucking up to look like a New Feminist Man.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:39 PM (GsAUU)

57 I've never blown chunks looking at a chessboard until today. And I can't blame it on St. Paddy's Day.

Posted by: Fritz at March 18, 2017 05:39 PM (YAPkP)

58 I thought about The Crown. Maybe I will give it a chance.
Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at March 18, 2017 05:36 PM (mpXpK)


We're currently watching a PBS documentary series on "Nazi Megaweapons". You'd think that such a series on that network it would be awash with PC crap, but I'm pleasantly surprised to discover that it isn't, at least not in the episodes we've seen so far.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 05:41 PM (tXwpb)

59 Northwestern is a great Cindertella story, but also shows how crucial tournament experience is for both the players and the coaches.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:42 PM (GsAUU)

60 Chess thread Yeah!

Good problems OM, Thanks!

That picture....that 'stache......that come hither look.

All we need now is a green door.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at March 18, 2017 05:43 PM (5VlCp)

61 We're currently watching a PBS documentary series on "Nazi Megaweapons". You'd think that such a series on that network it would be awash with PC crap, but I'm pleasantly surprised to discover that it isn't, at least not in the episodes we've seen so far.
Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 05:41 PM (tXwpb)

--There's plenty to disagree with about Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, but it had some un-PC insights and the mini-series for it on PBS was pretty good.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:45 PM (GsAUU)

62 Also, how fucking pathetic do you have to be to fill out a women's basketball bracket?

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:39

---------------

I know. My own daughter said it was waste of time. Because UConn.

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 05:45 PM (Dhht7)

63 57 I've never blown chunks looking at a chessboard until today. And I can't blame it on St. Paddy's Day.
Posted by: Fritz at March 18, 2017 05:39 PM (YAPkP)

--Really, the chessboard made you hurl, and *not* Rachel Rivera?

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:46 PM (GsAUU)

64 Logprof @47
Well. It is a chess thread.

Posted by: Diogenes at March 18, 2017 05:47 PM (0tfLf)

65 On the other hand, Proceedings has been full of full-page ads for defense contractors and stuff since forever, so presumably it does work on some level, or they wouldn't bother. Or else there are people who leave the magazine open in conspicuous places around Christmas, hoping to find that Santa has left a big box from Bofors or LockMart under the tree.
Posted by: hogmartin at March 18, 2017 05:31 PM (8nWyX)
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Ah, Proceedings, the magazine many have but few actually read. It's for the coffee table.

I used to love the ads in old Janes Defense [Deathmachines] of the World's [your service here]. Like for submarines! Who leafs through Janes and thinks, you know, that Italian sub looks pretty saucy -- gotta get me one!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 05:49 PM (EnKk6)

66 --There's plenty to disagree with about Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, but it had some un-PC insights and the mini-series for it on PBS was pretty good.
Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:45 PM (GsAUU)


One thing we've learned about Nazi megaweapons is that Hitler really luvved him some concrete. Millions of tons of concrete.

Oh, and Wernher Von Braun probably should've been tried as a war criminal. That's not what PBS said, that's my conclusion after watching the V-2 episode.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 05:50 PM (tXwpb)

67 I know. My own daughter said it was waste of time. Because UConn.
Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 05:45 PM (Dhht7)

--Agreed. While it's great to have a Big Bad, a sport is boring as hell when it's so dominated by one team, and women's basketball was not that much better when it was only UConn and Tennessee. If the product on the court is inferior, there should at least be parity. The men's game has both a lot more parity (even though there is an Upper Crust, it's several teams, not just one) and superior play.

Even the most degenerate gamblers don't bet on women's sports. Well, maybe roller derby.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:52 PM (GsAUU)

68 There's pie? I do love pie.

Posted by: iNC Ref at March 18, 2017 05:52 PM (DMoow)

69 Yoo hoo - any 'ettes want to talk dresses with me for a minute?

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 05:52 PM (sBOL1)

70 64 Logprof @47
Well. It is a chess thread.
Posted by: Diogenes at March 18, 2017 05:47 PM (0tfLf)

--Yep, and kudos to whomever converted it to a chess joke.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:54 PM (GsAUU)

71 I used to love the ads in old Janes Defense [Deathmachines] of the World's [your service here]. Like for submarines! Who leafs through Janes and thinks, you know, that Italian sub looks pretty saucy -- gotta get me one!
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 05:49 PM (EnKk6)

--One of my favorite reference books was Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:55 PM (GsAUU)

72 Well look at that. Actual three dimensional chess. Well, the board anyway.

Posted by: Insomniac - sin valor at March 18, 2017 05:55 PM (0mRoj)

73 69 Yoo hoo - any 'ettes want to talk dresses with me for a minute?

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 05:52 PM (sBOL1)

If they're low-cut and form-fitting I'd love to hear about it...

Posted by: Insomniac - sin valor at March 18, 2017 05:56 PM (0mRoj)

74 Aerial videography for industrial purposes such as general survey and close inspection of structures.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 05:20 PM (X4K8V)

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I've had a side business doing just this for the last 4 years. I agree that a good, easily searchable website with both still and full motion video is key. You can improve your site placement yourself at dmoz.org by thinking of every possible search term that a customer might use and submitting those words related to your site monthly. I have also found that well targeted calls and emails tend to bring in better results. These days repeat customers and word of mouth are most of our business.

Posted by: Flyboy at March 18, 2017 05:56 PM (IuOAm)

75 >>>--Really, the chessboard made you hurl, and *not* Rachel Rivera?
Posted by: logprof<<<

My mind was swirling with endgame scenarios and then BAM! The juxtaposition was more than my stomach could bear.

Posted by: Fritz at March 18, 2017 05:57 PM (YAPkP)

76 Yoo hoo - any 'ettes want to talk dresses with me for a minute?





Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 05:52 PM (sBOL1)
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Yes please. Me Me Me.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 05:57 PM (lwiT4)

77 Oh, and Wernher Von Braun probably should've been tried as a war criminal. That's not what PBS said, that's my conclusion after watching the V-2 episode.
Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 05:50 PM (tXwpb)

--Fortunately, the USA had enough Realpolitik smarts to realize that von Braun would be an asset in the Cold War.

Oh, and according to Ancient Aliens, von Braun was given super-secret knowledge by extraterrestrials to make rockets. True fact.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:57 PM (GsAUU)

78
If that idiot judge's political opinion holds, that means EVERYTHING President Trump that has ANYTHING whatsoever to do with muslims, is illegal and unconstitutional.

In other words, President Trump cannot do anything that has anything related to muslims in any way at all because it will be construed and interpreted as a violation of The US Constitution in regards to the State not favoring one religion over another.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 05:58 PM (X4K8V)

79 Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 05:58 PM (X4K8V)

At this point I believe he should ignore the judges' clearly unlawful orders and implement the EO anyway.

Posted by: Insomniac - sin valor at March 18, 2017 05:59 PM (0mRoj)

80
I've had a side business doing just this for the last 4 years. I agree that a good, easily searchable website with both still and full motion video is key. You can improve your site placement yourself at dmoz.org by thinking of every possible search term that a customer might use and submitting those words related to your site monthly. I have also found that well targeted calls and emails tend to bring in better results. These days repeat customers and word of mouth are most of our business.


Excellent!
Do you use real aircraft? Because I will be using unmanned aircraft, aka drones.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:00 PM (X4K8V)

81 I'm also Type O Negative (no, not the band), and Ancient Aliens told me that the forebears of us freaks of nature were seeded on Earth by extraterrestrials. True fact.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:00 PM (GsAUU)

82 Northwestern is getting smothered. I feel bad for them, but then they have already made history.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:01 PM (GsAUU)

83 81 I'm also Type O Negative (no, not the band), and Ancient Aliens told me that the forebears of us freaks of nature were seeded on Earth by extraterrestrials. True fact.
Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:00 PM (GsAUU)

I'm just a negative type. Don't think I can blame that on aliens though.

Posted by: Insomniac - sin valor at March 18, 2017 06:01 PM (0mRoj)

84 --Fortunately, the USA had enough Realpolitik smarts to realize that von Braun would be an asset in the Cold War.

Yes. Lots of Japanese higher-ups escaped being war criminals for similar reasons, i.e. exigencies created by Cold War realpolitik.

Oh, and according to Ancient Aliens, von Braun was given super-secret knowledge by extraterrestrials to make rockets. True fact.
Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:57 PM (GsAUU)


That's right. Because human beings aren't smart enough to invent stuff themselves.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 06:01 PM (tXwpb)

85 Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:00 PM (X4K8V)

Do you currently have a website, or a draft for one?

Posted by: hogmartin at March 18, 2017 06:02 PM (8nWyX)

86 Oh good, grammie, thank you. I was about to give up. And Insomniac, that's not the kind of dress I'm looking for, but that's all I'm finding. Wah.

We have a black-tie wedding to attend in the beginning of June, and I need a dress. I don't want long to the floor, but I want at least to the knee, which is harder than you would think.

I like classic stuff - think Kate Middleton, or Melania's inauguration blue dress and jacket.

I don't want anything with a raggedy hem, or weird cut-outs, or that makes me look like a mummy.

I don't want black (or white), although I know a lot of people wear black to weddings.

HELP. Any ideas where to look? I have three dresses in my online cart at Lord and Taylor, and they're meh.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:02 PM (sBOL1)

87 42,
The other thing is there are a lot of old movies that I have on video
disk that I would like to see. Not a single one of them is available on
Netflix except ones I have replaced with Blueray or DVD.


I bought a DVD recorder a while back and picked up another LD player off ebay. I have them hooked up through an older receiver and with a small old tube TV set for a monitor and have transfered the LDs to DVD. Also have done it for various things I have on tape. I've been recording video since the mid 70s and some things can't be had so I'll put up with the lesser VHS quality.

Not perfect but workable for me.

Posted by: geoffb5 at March 18, 2017 06:02 PM (d3wbb)

88 Now clicked to FSU-Xavier.

Should be better.

Go 'Noles!

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:02 PM (GsAUU)

89
Do you currently have a website, or a draft for one?

Yes, I have a website in progress.
I'm working on a demo reel video now to add to the website.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:04 PM (X4K8V)

90
A few weeks ago I purchased a domain from godaddy.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:05 PM (X4K8V)

91 At this point I believe he should ignore the judges' clearly unlawful orders and implement the EO anyway.

Posted by: Insomniac - sin valor at March 18, 2017 05:59 PM (0mRoj)


I've been yearning for a Republican elected official to tell a wack-a-doo progressive judge to go pee up a rope for over a decade now.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 06:05 PM (tXwpb)

92 19 More of a Book Thread comment, but . . .

I mentioned yesterday that I learnt a another awesome German word, satisfaktionsfaerig, which refers to a man of sufficiently honorable standing to accept or give a challenge to a duel. In the 19th century, duelling became more democratized in Europe, and many famous non-nobles like Proust, Pushkin, Georges Clemenceau, and the painter Manet engaged in duels.

Again, I fucking love history sexually.
Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:19 PM (GsAUU)

And the French algebraist Evarist Galois.

Posted by: Fox2! at March 18, 2017 06:05 PM (brIR5)

93 Excellent!
Do you use real aircraft? Because I will be using unmanned aircraft, aka drones.
Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:00 PM (X4K8V)

=========

We have occasionally found it makes more sense to use a real plane with a camera and operator as I am an IFR rated private pilot, but the bulk of the business is DJI Quads with one pilot and one camera operator, line of sight flying only.
Posted by: Flyboy at March 18, 2017 06:04 PM (awD53)

Posted by: Flyboy at March 18, 2017 06:05 PM (wL3Y0)

94 79 Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 05:58 PM (X4K8V)

At this point I believe he should ignore the judges' clearly unlawful orders and implement the EO anyway.
Posted by: Insomniac - sin valor at March 18, 2017 05:59 PM (0mRoj)

--Seriously, those SJW judges are not even pretending to use actual sound jurisprudence. They're nakedly political and all about Teh Feelz.

I agree with Ann Coulter: Articles of Impeachment should be made against those shitweasels.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:06 PM (GsAUU)

95 >>>Well look at that. Actual three dimensional chess. Well, the board anyway.<<<

Imagine creating a chessboard connected to a massive database or AI brain that would automatically morph board square elevations to provide probabilities and hints. Would that be something?

Posted by: Fritz at March 18, 2017 06:06 PM (YAPkP)

96 I think FSU is gonna be in another dunk-fest.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:06 PM (GsAUU)

97 Yoo hoo - any 'ettes want to talk dresses with me for a minute?





Posted by: bluebell

I may be late. What are you looking for bluebell?

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:07 PM (uKRys)

98 HELP. Any ideas where to look? I have three dresses in my online cart at Lord and Taylor, and they're meh.





Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:02 PM (sBOL1)
I think my mother and mother-in-law both went to Dillard's for our wedding. I have not had good luck with Dress Barn, since in the last few years they seemed to have stopped stocking dresses (it's right there in the name, people!).

Posted by: pookysgirl at March 18, 2017 06:07 PM (ar2KI)

99 Infidel, you're right on time. See comment 86.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:07 PM (sBOL1)

100 Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:02 PM (sBOL1)
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Bluebell - I know what you mean. Most evening/formal dresses are nearly all in black, and either long to the floor, or short and meant for someone not me. I didn't want to wear black to my son's wedding (that would be weird) and I wanted tea length. Very very hard to find.


Nordstrom's hasso me nice dresses, but, Nordstrom's. Dillards and Macy's also have dresses online. I ended up going to a bridal shop and ordering a tea length dress in plum from Mon Cheri - but there is about a 4 month lag time.


Someone needs to make nice pretty dresses for women who are not twenty, that aren't frumpy, silly, or black.


Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 06:07 PM (lwiT4)

101 Thanks, pookysgirl. We don't have Dillard's here but I'll look online.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:08 PM (sBOL1)

102 A few weeks ago I purchased a domain from godaddy.
Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:05 PM (X4K8V)


Not sure if this sort of solicitation is HQ-kosher, but I'm a currently unemployed Unix admin/database admin/web developer. I'm happy to answer questions gratis on ye olde Smart Military Blog and also for larger projects, should the need arise.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 18, 2017 06:08 PM (8nWyX)

103 Again, I fucking love history sexually.
Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:19 PM (GsAUU)

And the French algebraist Evarist Galois.
Posted by: Fox2! at March 18, 2017 06:05 PM (brIR5)

--No, I'm not a necrophiliac.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:08 PM (GsAUU)

104
I'm only a 'Remote Pilot' so...yeah.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:08 PM (X4K8V)

105
Thanks, hogmartin!

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:09 PM (X4K8V)

106 I'm only a 'Remote Pilot' so...yeah.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:08 PM (X4K8V)
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But you still have a poopie suit, right?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:10 PM (EnKk6)

107 Bluebell, when I was looking for a dress for little Infidel's wedding, I just binged mother of the bride and you can narrow it down. I was looking for something similar to what you are. Try Black Tie dresses or some such. I think David's Bridal sucks. Nordstroms and Macy's sometimes have good deals. The stuff on Ivanka's sight is too young for me.

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:11 PM (uKRys)

108 Thanks grammie. Yes, I thought of Nordstrom's first, but as you say, Nordstrom's. We're mad at them. I'll look at Dillard's, and I'll try Macy's, but I haven't ever had much luck there with dresses.

I may actually have to go to a mall. Yuck yuck yuck yuck.

You're right, too - most of the dresses look like they're made for my daughter. Not for us "29" year-olds.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:11 PM (sBOL1)

109 seems the AI stumper is just about realizing that Black's bishops are his only pieces not bottled up, they're all on black, and White's pieces are all safely on white. So just leave the white pawns be, they've got everything all constipated, and jiggle the king around enough moves for a draw. all black can do is diddle around with his impotent bishops, basically acting like ex-Preezy's diddling around with NCAA brackets.

Is this so hard to "teach" AI to see?

Posted by: moronhorde minion at March 18, 2017 06:11 PM (TuRs5)

110 Chuck Berry, RIP

Posted by: JoeF. at March 18, 2017 06:11 PM (7uYFy)

111 And Insomniac, that's not the kind of dress I'm looking for, but that's all I'm finding


I am disappoint.

Posted by: Insomniac - sin valor at March 18, 2017 06:12 PM (0mRoj)

112 At the risk of committing blasphemy, I find myself far more interested in the WBC tournament than March Madness

Puerto Rico is smashing the Hugonaughts today

Posted by: kbdabear at March 18, 2017 06:12 PM (AOrEZ)

113 Thanks, Infidel. I'll try that. I'm amazed at what passes for cocktail dresses these days - yeesh.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:13 PM (sBOL1)

114 I'm only a 'Remote Pilot' so...yeah.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:08 PM (X4K8V)

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We also use the Verifly app for our insurance.

Posted by: Flyboy at March 18, 2017 06:13 PM (wL3Y0)

115
I do have a poopie suit but it's use is totes not related to my future aerial photograhpy business.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:13 PM (X4K8V)

116 I am disappoint.
Posted by: Insomniac - sin valor at March 18, 2017 06:12 PM (0mRoj)
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I sorry.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:13 PM (sBOL1)

117 grammie is right. Tea length dresses are almost impossible to find.

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:14 PM (uKRys)

118 Problem #1: ... r x c1 check
r x c1 q x a2 mate

Problem #2 line 1
n f7 check k g8
n xq dbl check k h8
q g8 check r x q
n f7 mate
line 2
n f7 check r x n
q c8 check b x q
r x b check r f8
r x r mate

Posted by: Darles Chickens at March 18, 2017 06:14 PM (ricKn)

119 I hate to talk chess here... But black is trapped by it's own pawns, which are blocked by the white pawns. The black bishops are on black squares, so can't check the white king as long as it's on a white sqaure... and they can't take a white pawn for the same reason.

So the game is a king vs three bishops on the same color tile. I can't imagine a computer allowing all three bishops to be taken.

Posted by: Lurker McLurkface at March 18, 2017 06:15 PM (u+OQ1)

120 grammie is right. Tea length dresses are almost impossible to find.
Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:14 PM (uKRys)
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They are. And much of what they call tea length these days means just barely below the knee. Which is actually what I'm looking for (or a little longer), but that's not tea length as I remember it, back in the Victorian days of my youth last century.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:15 PM (sBOL1)

121 Chuck Berry died?

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at March 18, 2017 06:15 PM (89T5c)

122 So the game is a king vs three bishops on the same color tile. I can't imagine a computer allowing all three bishops to be taken.

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But White's not playing to win, just to stalemate - he shouldn't even try to take a bishop.

Posted by: moronhorde minion at March 18, 2017 06:17 PM (TuRs5)

123 Chuck Berry died?
Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at March 18, 2017 06:15 PM (89T5c)

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Yep. 90 years old. RIP.

Posted by: Flyboy at March 18, 2017 06:17 PM (wL3Y0)

124
Flyboy, I'm familiar with Verifly and have the app but never used it. I know it's "the law" but with that app you cannot be within 5 miles of a heliport. These frikkin heliports are, literally, everywhere around me. It's ridiculous.

I was just looking at thermal image cameras. Have you ever had a call for that?

If I knew I'd get the business, I'd be happy to buy an Inspire, but for now..no.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:17 PM (X4K8V)

125 bluebell, I was having such a hard time Carol ended up sending me a dress she had to try out. It was about a 1/2 inch too tight and couldn't be altered. I was so bummed. It was beautiful and just what I was looking for.

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:17 PM (uKRys)

126 Bluebell, I'm feeling your pain. I checked Nordstroms and Lord and Taylor and both are heavy on above the knee or slit up to the hoo-hah (NTTAWWT, but it might not be what you're looking for).

I would go to a bridal shop like Dave's Bridal and look around (they also have lots online).

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:17 PM (EnKk6)

127
Chuck Barris is mort?

I loved The Gong Show when I was a kid.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:18 PM (X4K8V)

128 108 Thanks grammie. Yes, I thought of Nordstrom's first, but as you say, Nordstrom's. We're mad at them. I'll look at Dillard's, and I'll try Macy's, but I haven't ever had much luck there with dresses.

I may actually have to go to a mall. Yuck yuck yuck yuck.

You're right, too - most of the dresses look like they're made for my daughter. Not for us "29" year-olds.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:11 PM (sBOL1)




I have been uncannily fortunate with mother of the bride/ groom dresses. Got both at Macy's.

Last fall I shopped a variety of department stores for a dress to wear as a guest to two weddings. Every one looked like a cheap cocktail dress. Mutton dressed as lamb. In desperation, I went to Penney's which had an astonishing selection. I tried on a perfect dress. The tag said $199. Took it to the cashier-- it rang up as $22 including tax. Exquisite dress beautifully made.

Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 06:19 PM (TdMsT)

129 122 So the game is a king vs three bishops on the same color tile. I can't imagine a computer allowing all three bishops to be taken.

-------
But White's not playing to win, just to stalemate - he shouldn't even try to take a bishop.

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Of course you are correct... it is a draw then.

Posted by: Lurker McLurkface at March 18, 2017 06:20 PM (u+OQ1)

130 I wonder - if you got a full length dress, could you have it altered to tea length, or would that throw off the whole look?

Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 06:20 PM (lwiT4)

131 It reminds me of that annoying episode of ST:TNG where Data has to play the grand master of some 3D game called Stratagema for some. I tribes reason, then someone in the crew realizes that the wording of the challenge wasn't that Data had to win, just that the other guy had to *not* win. Probably Riker, being all smug.

Posted by: moronhorde minion at March 18, 2017 06:20 PM (TuRs5)

132 Bluebell, how about this one?

https://tinyurl.com/keyy6fm

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:21 PM (EnKk6)

133
I would go to a bridal shop like Dave's Bridal and look around (they also have lots online).
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:17 PM (EnKk6)
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Nah, I'm not the MOB or MOG and I don't want anything that looks like I am. I would love to find something that I can wear again (we occasionally have to go to black tie things, but usually in the winter - I have plenty of velvet!) and not have people think "oh look, bluebell's kid must have gotten married."

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:21 PM (sBOL1)

134 Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 06:19 PM (TdMsT)

Yes, you have to actually go shopping. But there are deals out there. I hate shopping.

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:22 PM (uKRys)

135 Flyboy, I'm familiar with Verifly and have the app but never used it. I know it's "the law" but with that app you cannot be within 5 miles of a heliport. These frikkin heliports are, literally, everywhere around me. It's ridiculous.

I was just looking at thermal image cameras. Have you ever had a call for that?

If I knew I'd get the business, I'd be happy to buy an Inspire, but for now..no.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:17 PM (X4K8V)

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The only couple times we had a need for thermal imaging, we used a real plane and camera operator. I'm in the Atlanta area, and there are rental houses for anything video we need that is too expensive for a one off job. On the insurance, we don't go up within 5 miles of an airport.

Posted by: Flyboy at March 18, 2017 06:22 PM (wL3Y0)

136 Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 06:19 PM (TdMsT)
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That's right - Penney's usually has a nice selection of dresses. Kohl's not so much although I did get my wedding dress there. Seven bucks. I'm still waiting for someone to break that record.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 06:22 PM (lwiT4)

137 'I tribes" = "contrived"
stoopid autocucumber

Posted by: moronhorde minion at March 18, 2017 06:22 PM (TuRs5)

138 130 I wonder - if you got a full length dress, could you have it altered to tea length, or would that throw off the whole look?
Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 06:20 PM (lwiT4)



Last two dressy dresses I bought I had altered to tea length. It was not expensive and I think the dresses were much more attractive afterward.

Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 06:23 PM (TdMsT)

139 Bluebell try VonMaur .They will ship if you don't live near a store.

Posted by: Jen the original at March 18, 2017 06:23 PM (LwoxJ)

140 LL - that's awesome! I never seem to have luck like that. I guess I'll have to drag my sorry bum to the mall and gut it out.

Eris, that dress is lovely, but a little too boho for me, although maybe I could get away with the navy. Thank you!

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:23 PM (sBOL1)

141 Is this so hard to "teach" AI to see?

Posted by: moronhorde minion at March 18, 2017 06:11 PM (TuRs5)


Apparently, it is.

And your explanation is spot on.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 06:24 PM (tXwpb)

142 130 I wonder - if you got a full length dress, could you have it altered to tea length, or would that throw off the whole look?
Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 06:20 PM (lwiT4)

+++

If only we would allow Sharia Law to takeover this country, these pesky things like wedding attire would not be a problem.

Posted by: washrivergal at March 18, 2017 06:24 PM (Ivjge)

143 Ohhh, Eris, that is lovely. Wish I could have found something like that. I like the blue.

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:24 PM (uKRys)

144
I'm just outside Boston.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:25 PM (X4K8V)

145 Infidel, I am digging the lavender. Bluebell, invite us so we can buy dresses!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:25 PM (EnKk6)

146 Just spitballing here about something I know nothing about (which is technically my raison d'être), is there a nearby university or community college that has a fashion design program? Mom did some fashion design at Penn State years ago and my sister got a graphic arts degree from IUPUI, and from what I've heard, a lot of it was intern work. There are a lot of talented students who just need to log intern hours. Not sure if a dress is that sort of thing, but hey, can't hurt to ask around.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 18, 2017 06:25 PM (8nWyX)

147 140 LL - that's awesome! I never seem to have luck like that. I guess I'll have to drag my sorry bum to the mall and gut it out.

Eris, that dress is lovely, but a little too boho for me, although maybe I could get away with the navy. Thank you!
Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:23 PM (sBOL1)



I'm old enough that I know exactly which styles will suit me and which won't. I choose a color range then shop relentlessly for the particular style.

Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 06:25 PM (TdMsT)

148 Eris - I like that dress a lot. It's similar to what I ordered for my son's wedding, only in the darker plum color. Looks to be good for dancing, which is my main concern.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 06:26 PM (lwiT4)

149 How about something from Ivanka Trump on Amazon?

Back the team!

Posted by: blaster at March 18, 2017 06:26 PM (HV1LS)

150 Eris, I'm just a guest myself! And it's way out of town - you'd have to fly.

Jen, I never heard of Von Maur - thank you - always glad to have a new place to look.

We're at that age where our friends' kids are starting to get married and it's weeeeeiiiiiirrrrrddddd.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:27 PM (sBOL1)

151 Fuck, the 'Noles better tighten up or it's another early exit for them.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:27 PM (GsAUU)

152 LL, ding, ding, ding.

Great Aunt found a dress for one of her daughter's weddings. On sale for $5. But that was back in the 80's.

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:27 PM (uKRys)

153 Infidel, I am digging the lavender. Bluebell, invite us so we can buy dresses!
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:25 PM (EnKk6)
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Oh, I just had a thought - I wonder if you-know-who will need bridesmaids . . . .

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:28 PM (sBOL1)

154
What if President Trump expanded his EO to, say, Antarctica? Wouldn't that make the activist judge's opinion moot?

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:28 PM (X4K8V)

155 Apparently, it is.

And your explanation is spot on.
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weird how the human brain sees things as both a whole and also the parts. Given the context of "White has to play to a draw" it took me only seconds to evaluate that situation, whereas the typical "White to play, mate in 3 moves" problem usually has me rubbing my forehead in frustration for many minutes.

Posted by: moronhorde minion at March 18, 2017 06:28 PM (TuRs5)

156 Oh yeah, and Xavier plays a brutal zone defense.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:28 PM (GsAUU)

157 Heh. Looks like the 'ettes have commandeered the chess thread and turned it into a dress shopping thread


Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 06:28 PM (tXwpb)

158 148 Eris - I like that dress a lot. It's similar to what I ordered for my son's wedding, only in the darker plum color. Looks to be good for dancing, which is my main concern.
Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 06:26 PM (lwiT4)
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One could trip the light fantastic (or shake one's moneymaker) in that dress.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:29 PM (EnKk6)

159 132 Bluebell, how about this one?

https://tinyurl.com/keyy6fm

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:21 PM (EnKk6)


OMG gorgeous dress. Not the salmon color, but the style...

Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 06:29 PM (TdMsT)

160 hogmartin, no idea if there's anything like that, but how cool would that be!

blaster, I'm, uh, the older kind of 29 that's too old for Ivanka's cute dresses. I wish.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:29 PM (sBOL1)

161
Oh, I just had a thought - I wonder if you-know-who will need bridesmaids . . . .

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:28 PM (sBOL1)
===Wouldn't that be outrageous. Ace supplies the bridesmaids from his blog. Too funny.

Posted by: washrivergal at March 18, 2017 06:29 PM (Ivjge)

162 Problem 2.

The FEN doesn't match the picture. If you go with the FEN, it is 2 moves to mate for white, and nothing black can do about it. His only move is forced. Unless white uses a less efficient attack, then its maybe 4 moves, and black has some choices to make.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 18, 2017 06:30 PM (R+30W)

163 Sorry, OMuse! Just consider us the "open" part of the Chess/Open Thread.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:30 PM (sBOL1)

164 Heh, too bad Maragrita deVille is not here. She *loves* talking fashion.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:30 PM (GsAUU)

165 Bluebell @ 133- Bride dresses-
Occasionally will see Mrs. E watching that dress show on tv with some dressmaker 'guy' named randy, who your daughter would be perfectly safe naked in his hands. Anyway, when we got married Mrs. E wore the same dress pattern worn by Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride. It's in the the back closet now. Don't know about Julia, but come here, no closer, (quick 360 degree scan), Mrs. E probably can't wear her dress today. I wore my USN dinner mess dress blues and can still fit in. But then I've had cancer since we were married.

Posted by: Eromero at March 18, 2017 06:30 PM (zLDYs)

166 157 Heh. Looks like the 'ettes have commandeered the chess thread and turned it into a dress shopping thread


Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 06:28 PM (tXwpb)



Chess/dress. You can understand our confusion.

Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 06:30 PM (TdMsT)

167 Put "Run,Run, Rudolph" on and the 4 year old is running around the house laughing.

RIP Chuck.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at March 18, 2017 06:31 PM (89T5c)

168 Sorry, OMuse! Just consider us the "open" part of the Chess/Open Thread.
Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:30 PM (sBOL1)


Oh, it's no problem, I'm just sitting her laughing. It's great to hear the 'ettes talking about 'ette things.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 06:32 PM (tXwpb)

169 What if President Trump expanded his EO to, say, Antarctica? Wouldn't that make the activist judge's opinion moot?
Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:28 PM (X4K8V)

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His opinion is already moot as he did not even get into whether Trump has the Constitutional authority to issue the order and have it stand. He clearly does.

Posted by: Flyboy at March 18, 2017 06:32 PM (Sg9A+)

170 Dress for chess? Who knew?

Posted by: geoffb5 at March 18, 2017 06:32 PM (d3wbb)

171 Occasionally will see Mrs. E watching that dress show on tv with some dressmaker 'guy' named randy, who your daughter would be perfectly safe naked in his hands.
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Eromero, LOL!!!!!!!!

Eris, that navy dress is kind of growing on me. Maybe I should order it and take a look.

I already have the perfect shoes, by the way - and they're a neutral color so they'll go with anything.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:33 PM (sBOL1)

172 Oh, I just had a thought - I wonder if you-know-who will need bridesmaids . . . .





Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:28 PM (sBOL1)


I wonder if we would have to rent ewok costumes too?

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:33 PM (uKRys)

173 You can never win a game of dress.

Posted by: moronhorde minion at March 18, 2017 06:33 PM (TuRs5)

174
A good portion of the telemarketers who harass me are...

solar panel scammers.


If solar is so good, why do they need to scam and get govt grants?

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 18, 2017 06:33 PM (X4K8V)

175 153 Infidel, I am digging the lavender. Bluebell, invite us so we can buy dresses!
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:25 PM (EnKk6)
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Oh, I just had a thought - I wonder if you-know-who will need bridesmaids . . . .

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:28 PM (sBOL1)



I don't know about being a bridesmaid, but I have a perfectly-serviceable, twice-worn guest dress that I would be pleased to wear again.

Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 06:34 PM (TdMsT)

176 Oh, it's no problem, I'm just sitting her laughing. It's great to hear the 'ettes talking about 'ette things.
Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 06:32 PM (tXwpb)
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Did you perchance happen to glance at MisHum's morning thread? We did a lot of talking about 'ette things there.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:34 PM (sBOL1)

177
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Eromero, LOL!!!!!!!!

Eris, that navy dress is kind of growing on me. Maybe I should order it and take a look.

I already have the perfect shoes, by the way - and they're a neutral color so they'll go with anything.
Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:33 PM (sBOL1)



Can you post the link? I would love to see the dress.

Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 06:35 PM (TdMsT)

178 The Beatles did a great cover of "Johnny B. Goode" on their Live at the BBC collection. Alas, it seems unavailable on Youtube because of copyright BS.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:36 PM (GsAUU)

179 I already have the perfect shoes, by the way - and they're a neutral color so they'll go with anything.



Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:33 PM (sBOL1)
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Shoes !!! This is where I'm having my problem! I can't do heels. I just can't. Well, anything much above two inches. Plus the wedding is in a field and I don't want to sink into the mud at every step. I went barefoot to my own. I don't think I can get away with that as Mother of the Groom. I'm stumped. I want to look pretty but I don't know how.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 06:36 PM (lwiT4)

180 OMG Xavier's coach's son is adorbz.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:36 PM (GsAUU)

181 So are we still planning ace's wedding, is that all the dress talk?

For the dudes I thought it was smoking jackets and assless chaps.

Posted by: blaster at March 18, 2017 06:36 PM (HV1LS)

182 I missed the morning thread. Went to grandson's Drill Meet for JROTC. He came in 1st place on one category.

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:36 PM (uKRys)

183 Does this potato sack make my cashew head look big?

Posted by: Rachel Sadcow at March 18, 2017 06:37 PM (Tyii7)

184 The
Beatles did a great cover of "Johnny B. Goode" on their Live at the BBC
collection. Alas, it seems unavailable on Youtube because of copyright
BS.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:36 PM (GsAUU)
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Yeah - I heard that recording just a couple of weeks ago. Can't remember where. The Beatles were big fans of his.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 06:37 PM (lwiT4)

185 The 'ettes are modeling dresses? I've got paste, foot mirrors, and no underwear on!

Posted by: Joe Biden at March 18, 2017 06:38 PM (89T5c)

186 152 LL, ding, ding, ding.

Great Aunt found a dress for one of her daughter's weddings. On sale for $5. But that was back in the 80's.
Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:27 PM (uKRys)


I stand aside, bested, Infidel!

Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 06:38 PM (TdMsT)

187 ladyLib, here it is:

https://tinyurl.com/keyy6fm


I love the rose one too.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:38 PM (EnKk6)

188 Rock and Roll Founding Father Chuck Berry died today age 90.

Extreme sadface.

Posted by: md at March 18, 2017 06:39 PM (uKJIC)

189 Grammie, I would go with flats or very low heel for outdoor wedding. I ruined my fav black pumps at an outdoor wedding where it rained for 2 hours.

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:39 PM (uKRys)

190 For the dudes I thought it was smoking jackets and assless chaps.
Posted by: blaster at March 18, 2017 06:36 PM (HV1LS)
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Ladies too.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:39 PM (EnKk6)

191 LadyLibertarian -

http://preview.tinyurl.com/keyy6fm

The navy version. My coloring is very similar to the model's, so maybe that's swaying me, lol.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:39 PM (sBOL1)

192
I stand aside, bested, Infidel!

Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 06:38 PM (TdMsT)


No way. It was 30 years ago. Inflation don cha know.

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:40 PM (uKRys)

193 I'm not sure if I heard this right the other day, but is the Media up in arms, over the White House, citing Media reports regarding 'Wiretapping'?

I'm pretty sure I heard complaints because, Sean Spicer, read right from reports during a daily briefing.

Posted by: Rodney C. Johnson at March 18, 2017 06:41 PM (PLrtZ)

194 Grammie,
I would go with flats or very low heel for outdoor wedding. I ruined my
fav black pumps at an outdoor wedding where it rained for 2 hours.


Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:39 PM (uKRys)
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So you think pretty flats would be okay as a MOG? That would be such a relief!

Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 06:41 PM (lwiT4)

195 The navy version. My coloring is very similar to the model's, so maybe that's swaying me, lol.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:39 PM (sBOL1)
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29? You don't look a day over 17!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:41 PM (EnKk6)

196 Correct FEN for the picture of Problem 2:
5r1k/1p1b2pp/3N3q/4P3/pPQ1P3/6P1/P6P/2R3K1 w - - 0 1

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 18, 2017 06:41 PM (R+30W)

197 grammie, I found my shoes at Macy's on sale. They're sort of a taupe satin pump, and the heels are about 2" (my knees won't let me go higher either) and the heels are beaded! Let me see if I can find them online.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:41 PM (sBOL1)

198
Yeah - I heard that recording just a couple of weeks ago. Can't remember where. The Beatles were big fans of his.
Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 06:37 PM (lwiT4)

--Heh, I still have the cassette version I bought in the '90s soon after it came out.

There were also covers of Elvis ("I Forgot to Remember to Forget," a great tune) and Little Richard, among others. If they wanted, they could have settled for just being the best cover band in the world.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:41 PM (GsAUU)

199 Heh. Looks like the 'ettes have commandeered the chess thread and turned it into a dress shopping thread



The 'ettes can commandeer whatever they like and take charge. I know I probably wouldn't object. Unless I have to model the dress....

Posted by: NC Ref at March 18, 2017 06:42 PM (SpeiC)

200 FSU is woke, as the libtards say.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:42 PM (GsAUU)

201 29? You don't look a day over 17!
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:41 PM (EnKk6)
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*blushes* I didn't know you could see through your monitor.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:42 PM (sBOL1)

202 The photo of Rachel Riverra is unsettling.

Posted by: Under Fire at March 18, 2017 06:42 PM (fqERy)

203 Does Black in the AI problem remind anyone of the GOP?

You gotta work hard to end up in that position.

Posted by: t-bird at March 18, 2017 06:43 PM (eeTCA)

204 Solutions are up and I need to skedaddle as I have plans I need to get to: places to go to, people to see.

There will be a movie thread up in about an hour or so.

Hope to see you all on the book thread tomorrow morning.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 06:44 PM (tXwpb)

205 Let me see if I can find them online.



Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:41 PM (sBOL1)
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Oh - I'd love to see them. But don't fret if you can't find them online

Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 06:44 PM (lwiT4)

206 180
OMG Xavier's coach's son is adorbz.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:36 PM (GsAUU)



You're such a Dad now! That's so adorbz too lol!!!!

Posted by: NC Ref at March 18, 2017 06:44 PM (SpeiC)

207 81 I'm also Type O Negative (no, not the band), and Ancient Aliens told me that the forebears of us freaks of nature were seeded on Earth by extraterrestrials. True fact.
Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:00 PM (GsAUU)



O Negative here, too. No wonder I have often felt "other worldly."

Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 06:45 PM (TdMsT)

208
So you think pretty flats would be okay as a MOG? That would be such a relief!


Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 06:41 PM (lwiT4)


I would say yes, especially if you are on grass or dirt/rocks. Yes, I have attended those types of weddings. No sense making a misstep after a few cocktails. Ugh.

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:45 PM (uKRys)

209 Thanks for letting us commandeer your thread OM!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:45 PM (EnKk6)

210 Woo hoo!

Go Seminoles!!

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:45 PM (GsAUU)

211 Correct FEN for the picture of Problem 2:
5r1k/1p1b2pp/3N3q/4P3/pPQ1P3/6P1/P6P/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 18, 2017 06:41 PM (R+30W)


Thank you, I have used your correction.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 06:46 PM (tXwpb)

212 grammie - these are my shoes - they're on clearance at Lord and Taylor!

http://preview.tinyurl.com/mgddk8j

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:46 PM (sBOL1)

213 103 Again, I fucking love history sexually.
Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 05:19 PM (GsAUU)

And the French algebraist Evarist Galois.
Posted by: Fox2! at March 18, 2017 06:05 PM (brIR5)

--No, I'm not a necrophiliac.
Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:08 PM (GsAUU)

Mea culpa. I was trying to insert poor Evariste into your list of rabble who had dared the field of honor. And, in his case, lost.

Posted by: Fox2! at March 18, 2017 06:47 PM (brIR5)

214 Oh crap. Rev wants to eat. I'll check back later.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 18, 2017 06:47 PM (lwiT4)

215 Bye, OMuse - thanks for letting us turn part of your thread into a fashion thread!

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:47 PM (sBOL1)

216 Have fun OM, thanks!


Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:49 PM (uKRys)

217 OMG the navy blue dress: just stunning.

Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 06:49 PM (TdMsT)

218 This place has gone bananas

Posted by: Skip at March 18, 2017 06:49 PM (GPaiX)

219 A proper woman's pump should show adequate toe cleavage. Toe cleavage gets me excited.

Posted by: Dick Morris at March 18, 2017 06:49 PM (fqERy)

220 Bluebell, here's a cute (if pricey) one from Anthropologie:

https://tinyurl.com/mxrn34w

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:49 PM (EnKk6)

221 I have of course been very intrigued about that chess board, it would be very easy to make but might be difficult to play on.

Posted by: Skip at March 18, 2017 06:51 PM (GPaiX)

222 http://preview.tinyurl.com/keyy6fm

The navy version. My coloring is very similar to the model's, so maybe that's swaying me, lol.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:39

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Can 'rons vote, too? I like the navy, but the plum one is what I would recommend to Mrs olddog. (Same model as the one in the navy.)

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 06:52 PM (Dhht7)

223 it would be very easy to make but might be difficult to play on.

Unless you're very tall.

Could be some interesting rules variants where holding the high ground is advantageous.

Posted by: t-bird at March 18, 2017 06:53 PM (eeTCA)

224 Mea culpa. I was trying to insert poor Evariste into your list of rabble who had dared the field of honor. And, in his case, lost.
Posted by: Fox2! at March 18, 2017 06:47 PM (brIR5)

--Heh, I know. I just thought the placement of your comment was funny.

Also in the same book I learned that the taste and skill of the Germans for sausages is relatively recent. After the abolition of serfdom at various points in the 18th and 19th century, the average size of farms decreased. Pigs produce more meat per acre of land than sheep, so the German taste for mutton gave way to pork. Therefore, the tradition of German sausages is only about 200 years old at the most.

The more you know . . .

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:53 PM (GsAUU)

225 You have excellent taste, olddog!

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:53 PM (uKRys)

226 Eris, that Anthro one is lovely, but wrong colors for me.

I'm a Clear Winter, doncha know.

olddog, the plum is lovely, but I think I would need a darker purple. I couldn't compete with Mrs. olddog anyway .

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:54 PM (sBOL1)

227 Speaking of the Movie Thread, the playcallers on TNT doing Xavier-FSU just dropped a Butch Cassidy reference.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:54 PM (GsAUU)

228 Huh. The bassist for Megadeth, David Ellefson, is a Lutheran minister.
Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 05:37 PM (tXwpb)
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& Dave Mustaine is a Born again Christian too

Posted by: EVLINC! at March 18, 2017 06:54 PM (y3aQB)

229 Rachel Rivera?

KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE! DO! IT! NOW!

Posted by: Pug Mahon aka the Deplorable P.U.G. at March 18, 2017 06:54 PM (RZdMg)

230 Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 18, 2017 06:46 PM (tXwpb)

++++

The FEN you gave was a pretty good hint. If I could make the board in the picture look like your FEN, the game was all but wrapped up.

Posted by: Anon Y. Mous at March 18, 2017 06:54 PM (R+30W)

231 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ROwVrF0Ceg



The great Chuck Berry. Y'all B. Goode.

Posted by: NC Ref at March 18, 2017 06:56 PM (SpeiC)

232 Heh, so noisy at the game that Chris Mack could not hear the first question at the half.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:57 PM (GsAUU)

233 I like this top from Jen's site, but they don't seem to have a skirt to match.

I have a black silk skirt, but that would probably be too contrasty, wouldn't it?

http://preview.tinyurl.com/k6wjhe3

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 06:57 PM (sBOL1)

234 We need to start a shoe thread so the 'rons can warp it into a gunz 'n' bewbs thread.

Oh wait, that's every thread.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:58 PM (EnKk6)

235 Very sorry to read about Chuck Berry's passing. RIP

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 18, 2017 06:58 PM (auHtY)

236 Gus Fring on a March Madness Live ad?

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 06:58 PM (GsAUU)

237 I had the pleasure or not of living for two weeks on a Temporary Duty 38 years ago in Germany and had lunch whatever the German Air Force had, there were sausages every day I think.

Posted by: Skip at March 18, 2017 06:58 PM (GPaiX)

238 Yeah, not sure that would work BB.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:59 PM (EnKk6)

239 blubell. Maybe not. I guess you could send it back if it was. That is a very pretty blouse. How long is the skirt?

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:59 PM (uKRys)

240 I always liked Chuck Berry....

Too much monkey business for me.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at March 18, 2017 07:00 PM (5VlCp)

241

WTF? Chuck Berry is dead?

Posted by: otho at March 18, 2017 07:00 PM (lmIoG)

242 225 You have excellent taste, olddog!

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 06:53

*blushes* Why thank you. I worked retail many years ago, and bought all the wife's dresses when she was teaching. She hated shopping.

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 07:00 PM (Dhht7)

243 Gus Fring will be in the new season of Better Call Saul, about which I am very excited.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 07:00 PM (EnKk6)

244 234 We need to start a shoe thread so the 'rons can warp it into a gunz 'n' bewbs thread.

Oh wait, that's every thread.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:58 PM (EnKk6)



Every. Single. Thread.

Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 07:01 PM (TdMsT)

245 My mom is tall, thin, and blonde and hated/hates shopping. "I can't find anything!" she cries.

I feel no pity.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 07:02 PM (EnKk6)

246 237 I had the pleasure or not of living for two weeks on a Temporary Duty 38 years ago in Germany and had lunch whatever the German Air Force had, there were sausages every day I think.
Posted by: Skip at March 18, 2017 06:58 PM (GPaiX)

--Lucky you. My brother a few years ago made us brats cooked with beer in the pan. Yummy stuff.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 07:02 PM (GsAUU)

247 Heh, my Dad has bought me a suit for work for Christmas for the last 20 years. He's good at it. This Christmas I told him don't bother. Besides losing the job, I have almost 20 very business like suits.

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 07:03 PM (uKRys)

248 OT, willowed from the pet tread:

Any cat lovers out there should check out the movie Kedi. It's a documentary about the street cats of Turkey. Amazing little film, it's at "art house" type theaters in limited release. HIGHLY recommended!

Posted by: shibumi at March 18, 2017 07:03 PM (FkAXz)

249 Infidel, the skirt is tea length. Real tea length, not the "barely covers the knee" length they call tea length nowadays.

I feel honored to have so many personal shoppers - thank you all for the ideas! You're all very kind.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 07:03 PM (sBOL1)

250 I remember Chuck on TV very well, and his stories of being a CIA undercover agent.

Posted by: Skip at March 18, 2017 07:03 PM (GPaiX)

251 234 We need to start a shoe thread so the 'rons can warp it into a gunz 'n' bewbs thread.

Oh wait, that's every thread.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:58 PM (EnKk6)

Fwiw, somewhere upthread an' ette had remarked about a dressmaker and daughters being safe around him. I typed and deleted a comment about regretting not being informed about the subtle benefits of that field. The thread has too much dignity and respect to support such comments.

Now that the bewbs barrier has been broken, though...

Posted by: Moron Robbie at March 18, 2017 07:04 PM (/f1mm)

252 I love brats on grill

Posted by: Skip at March 18, 2017 07:04 PM (GPaiX)

253 243 Gus Fring will be in the new season of Better Call Saul, about which I am very excited.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 07:00 PM (EnKk6)

--Damn, I can't wait. One month and two days from today.

All the fans knew that it was Gus who left the note on Mike's car.

Better Call Saul has the potential to be as good, maybe better in some ways, than Breaking Bad (although with the exception of Kim Wexler, it's the characters we know from BB that make BCS great).

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 07:05 PM (GsAUU)

254 I can't begin to imagine my father or my husband setting foot into a woman's clothing store without the use of booze and a cattle prod. And possibly a strait jacket.

That's almost what it takes to get me in there these days, I just realized.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 07:05 PM (sBOL1)

255 234 We need to start a shoe thread so the 'rons can warp it into a gunz 'n' bewbs thread.

Oh wait, that's every thread.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 06:58 PM (EnKk6)

We're men. Would you prefer we turn it into a gluten-free man-bun thread?

Posted by: Insomniac - sin valor at March 18, 2017 07:06 PM (0mRoj)

256 Jay Wright, coach of Villanova, with a super classy tweet after his team's loss to the Badgers.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 07:06 PM (GsAUU)

257 Butler vs Middle TN ST just starting.

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 07:07 PM (Dhht7)

258 We're men. Would you prefer we turn it into a gluten-free man-bun thread?
Posted by: Insomniac - sin valor at March 18, 2017 07:06 PM (0mRoj)
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I'd prefer a man-bun-free gluten thread, thanks.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 07:07 PM (sBOL1)

259 We're men. Would you prefer we turn it into a gluten-free man-bun thread?
Posted by: Insomniac - sin valor at March 18, 2017 07:06 PM (0mRoj)
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No-o-o-o-o-o!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 07:07 PM (EnKk6)

260 Bewbs and BB: I mostly started watching Breaking Bad because I really liked Anna Gunn in Deadwood.

Posted by: Moron Robbie at March 18, 2017 07:08 PM (/f1mm)

261 I love toe cleavage, too!

Posted by: Rex Ryan at March 18, 2017 07:08 PM (89T5c)

262 259 We're men. Would you prefer we turn it into a gluten-free man-bun thread?
Posted by: Insomniac - sin valor at March 18, 2017 07:06 PM (0mRoj)
--

No-o-o-o-o-o!
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at March 18, 2017 07:07 PM (EnKk6)

Ah. Didn't think so.

Posted by: Insomniac - sin valor at March 18, 2017 07:08 PM (0mRoj)

263 I can't begin to imagine my father or my husband setting foot into a woman's clothing store without the use of booze and a cattle prod. And possibly a strait jacket.
--

And that is the way it should be.

He doesn't need to go dress shopping with you and you don't need to look for after market auto parts with him.

Posted by: shibumi at March 18, 2017 07:08 PM (FkAXz)

264 We're men. Would you prefer we turn it into a gluten-free man-bun thread?

Posted by: Insomniac - sin valor at March 18, 2017 07:06 PM (0mRoj)

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!

Posted by: Infidel at March 18, 2017 07:08 PM (uKRys)

265 249 Infidel, the skirt is tea length. Real tea length, not the "barely covers the knee" length they call tea length nowadays.

I feel honored to have so many personal shoppers - thank you all for the ideas! You're all very kind.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 07:03 PM (sBOL1)



I find that since hosiery has gone the way of the bustle, tea length is a far more elegant look for women over 30.

Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 07:09 PM (TdMsT)

266 Bluebell.......... Here is the dress I wore to a formal wedding on New Years Eve. I loved it and got many compliments. Not sure if you like black....

http://tinyurl.com/l8cwvat

Posted by: Molly k. at March 18, 2017 07:09 PM (9H4KE)

267 nood movies.

Also there's a new thread about films.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 18, 2017 07:10 PM (8nWyX)

268 Wow, serious partying at a bar in Madison.

I loved the motif from The Straight Story: "Wisconsin? I hear it's a great party state!"

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 07:10 PM (GsAUU)

269 On the pro chess threads, there is a great deal of argument about that Penrose anti-computer problem. The task outlined in Penrose's original post is erroneously worded, first of all (it specifies that white must find a 'stalemate," not merely a draw -- which people think Penrose must have written in error, wince there is no stalemate. for white). But as for the "tricking black into blundering," that too is essentially impossible, if black simply puts his Bishop on c7 and then moved the other bishops at random -- white has no way to progress.

But ONE commenter seemed to have inside information that the posted position is NOT the original starting position, but instead is the SOLUTION position which Penrose may have accidentally posted. Supposedly, the actual position has a black knight on c6 and the white pawn is instead on d5, while there is a white queen on g3 and the black bishop is actually on h2. So the solution, forcing the draw, is 1. Pxc6!!! BxQ and only then does white move his king in circles for the draw. It is the move Pxc6!!! which the computers cannot see, because it sacrifices a queen for apparently no reason. (But of course the reason is to paralyze black in the long run, beyond the computer's "horizon effect.") The position, as given, is too trivial to be of interest.

BTW, as a sidenote: Penrose brother is an actual chess grandmaster, who should have caught the booboo -- a booboo which is mystifying people around the globe.

Posted by: zombie at March 18, 2017 07:11 PM (DQ4Fv)

270 257 Butler vs Middle TN ST just starting.
Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 07:07 PM (Dhht7)

--Please tell me it's on TBS, not Tru.

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 07:11 PM (GsAUU)

271 Posted by: Molly k. at March 18, 2017 07:09 PM (9H4KE)


Wow. Fabulous black dress.

Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 07:12 PM (TdMsT)

272 I find that since hosiery has gone the way of the bustle, tea length is a far more elegant look for women over 30.
Posted by: Ladylibertarian at March 18, 2017 07:09 PM (TdMsT)
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I have never given up hosiery. I wouldn't dream of going to a wedding or any occasion that requires a nice dress without it.

Not so easy to find these days, but #neverthelessIPersisted.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 07:13 PM (sBOL1)

273 Blew the dust off my Ruger SP101 this morning and shot a few rounds of .357 while walking the dog. Oh boy, I forgot what a powerful round the .357 is. Had one round flame to about 2 ft from the end of the muzzle.

Posted by: Under Fire at March 18, 2017 07:13 PM (fqERy)

274 Molly, that's gorgeous! I remember you posting it when you first got it, I think.

This is for a wedding though, and I don't feel right wearing black, even though people do these days.

See my comment re hosiery and you'll see just how old I am, lol!

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 07:14 PM (sBOL1)

275 On the gold plated laser disk, recording the sounds of earth, on the Voyager spacecraft, is a one of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto's, and Gregorian Chants, and bird's songs.

...and Chuck Berry's Johnny B. Good.

Rock on, Chuck; you're immortal... now well out of the heliosphere, and headed into deep space on Vee-ger.

Posted by: retropox at March 18, 2017 07:15 PM (QBrcC)

276 I loved the motif from The Straight Story: "Wisconsin? I hear it's a great party state!"

Posted by: logprof at March 18, 2017 07:10 PM (GsAUU)



Well it's not Canada...with all the ice fishing and wife swapping....
But they do make some really good beer up there. Last time I visited family in WI I didn't even get to Leinenkugels but really liked Stevens Point Brewing and a couple local breweries in Wausau. Red Eye for sure.......great food and beer there!

Posted by: NC Ref at March 18, 2017 07:16 PM (SpeiC)

277 I can't begin to imagine my father or my husband setting foot into a woman's clothing store without the use of booze and a cattle prod.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 07:05 PM

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During college and after I worked at Famous Barr (now Macy's) for 7 years. Started out pt in men's, then moved into mgmt. Houseware's was my favorite, but to be noticed and advance financially you had to manage in women's. Dress dept was OK but the money was in cosmetics. Highest profit center.

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 07:16 PM (Dhht7)

278 Dress dept was OK but the money was in cosmetics. Highest profit center.

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 07:16 PM (Dhht7)

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I have no trouble believing that. Hope in a jar is expensive.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 07:19 PM (sBOL1)

279 Yeah. I was gobsmacked what those women would pay for some of those Lauder products. 2oz bottle of liquid vaseline for $250 bucks. That was in the mid 80's.

Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 07:22 PM (Dhht7)

280 Hope in a jar is expensive.



Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 07:19 PM (sBOL1)



I nominate for threadwinner.

Posted by: NC Ref at March 18, 2017 07:22 PM (SpeiC)

281 2oz bottle of liquid vaseline for $250 bucks. That was in the mid 80's.
Posted by: olddog in mo at March 18, 2017 07:22 PM (Dhht7)
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Oof. I hope it contained the elixir of life.

Posted by: bluebell at March 18, 2017 07:24 PM (sBOL1)

282 occasionally found it makes more sense to use a real plane with a camera and operator as I am an IFR rated private pilot, but the bulk of the business is DJI Quads with one pilot and one camera operator, line of sight flying only.
Posted by: Flyboy

What gsd are you delivering? What h and v accuracies? Do you use ground control, or depend entirely on rtk gps?

Posted by: map guy at March 18, 2017 07:34 PM (iynDC)

283 273 Blew the dust off my Ruger SP101 this morning and shot a few rounds of .357 while walking the dog. Oh boy, I forgot what a powerful round the .357 is. Had one round flame to about 2 ft from the end of the muzzle.


Posted by: Under Fire at March 18, 2017 07:13 PM (fqERy)

I had an SP101 for a few months once but it kept spitting debris back in my face when I fired it. I sent it back to Ruger and told them what it was doing, and they sent it back after about a month after replacing several parts, but it still spit crap back at me (I even shot my chrony because it had me flinching badly.).

I traded it off after that. Too bad. I liked the concept. It had the 4" barrel and was a good "kit" gun, but there are too many good guns out there to keep one that is defective.

Posted by: Subterranian JT at March 18, 2017 07:35 PM (qG0hz)

284 In the AI vs Human game, as long as White never moves a pawn Black can never escape it own prison. That leaves the white king to deal with the 3 black bound bishops who can never checkmate the white king.

Posted by: TSgt Ciz at March 18, 2017 08:01 PM (af5xa)

285 Smothered mate FTW, baby

Is this the pr0n thread?

Asking for a friend.

Posted by: zombie David Carradine at March 18, 2017 08:06 PM (wpC7C)

286 Hi, OM,

Nice set of problems this week. On the Endgame of the Week, I thought you might profitably have pointed out why something like 1.Bd4 or 1.Be5 as another try to Zugzwang Black wouldn't work because of the desperado rook. That was my first thought, actually.

Posted by: Philip at March 18, 2017 09:33 PM (Nvd/V)

287 On the penrose question are we supposed to be looking for a draw or a win?
A draw is obvious since only the bishops can move and white king can just move around on white squares.

Posted by: MikeN at March 18, 2017 09:39 PM (o/eHL)

288 I missed the chess thread, but looking at the AI problem, all White has to do is keep moving his king around on the white squares, and all Black can do is move his bishops. Eventually this will lead to a draw by the 50 move rule.

I just did this against my computer and it worked. The computer called the draw.

I just kept shuttling my king back and forth between d7 and c8, while Black parked one bishop at c7 and moved the other two around. Once it moved the c7 bishop to d6, but moved it back again a few moves later.

The only way I can see for White to win is if Black gets absent-minded and moves all his bishops off the h2-b8 diagonal when White's king is on d7. Then White can quickly push his pawn and checkmate the Black king.

It would be a mistake for White to push the pawn when it can be taken by a bishop. Then Black's king can move, breaking the logjam.

Posted by: rickl at March 18, 2017 10:06 PM (sdi6R)

289 For those who are unaware of it, the "50 move rule" is invoked when there have been 50 consecutive moves without a piece being captured or a pawn moved. It's extremely rare for it to come up in an actual game. I suppose it was created in order to keep an obviously drawn game from being continued forever. In such a situation, one player might keep going, hoping his opponent will lose on time.

Posted by: rickl at March 18, 2017 10:11 PM (sdi6R)

290 One situation where you have to watch out for the 50 move rule is K+B+N vs. K. This is a theoretical win, but with proper defensive play can take over 30 moves. If the offensive player screws up, the 50 move rule might come into play.

Posted by: rickl at March 18, 2017 10:16 PM (sdi6R)

291 I just tried it again, wondering if I could get my king to a8 and force a stalemate. No go, as Black's bishops wouldn't let me. Once again, a draw by the 50 move rule.

Posted by: rickl at March 18, 2017 11:03 PM (sdi6R)

292 I wonder why Black needs three dark-squared bishops in the problem. Two would suffice.

With one, White actually could force a stalemate. With K on d7:

1. c7 Bxc7
2. Kxc7 stalemate.

Posted by: rickl at March 18, 2017 11:10 PM (sdi6R)

293 Now it occurs to me that two bishops would probably lead to a draw by repetition of position before the 50 move rule can be invoked.

Posted by: rickl at March 18, 2017 11:17 PM (sdi6R)

294 I like the chessboard in the photo, by the way. It's a perfectly functional board. I'm not sure if it's legal, but I don't think the rules say that all of the squares have to be on the same plane.

Posted by: rickl at March 18, 2017 11:20 PM (sdi6R)

295 black is trapped behind white's pawns and can't attack them. white moves king around forever, black moves bishops.

If black lets white move the king down to protect the pawn, and doesn't get the pawn with a bishop, white wins.

?

Posted by: unwashed at March 18, 2017 11:53 PM (bcDxW)

296 comment 109 explains all you need about the AI puzzle- all white has to do is not move any of his pawns- black's only moves are with the three bishops, and since they all are on the same colored squares, they can't even check the white king on any white square or take any of the pawns, much less enforce a mate.

What does a chess engine do with such a position, or any position for that matter? It ranks them starting with the first move. Any modern chess engine will find a mating line on any of the pawn moves as the first move, or any subsequent pawn by white- that isn't the difficult part for the chess engine. What you will see with this position is a ranking of the all the kings moves being ahead of all the pawn moves, but for an engine to decide this is a draw and read a zero edge for black, the chess engine has to calculate every single combination of white's king moves with the bishop moves so that every possible line is fully determined to be either a three-fold repetition at some point in time or the fifty move rule has established a draw- that is a deep, deep calculation, and probably takes a great deal of time, or great computation power that most chess engines don't actually have access to.

Posted by: Yancey Ward at March 19, 2017 02:24 AM (vTVKC)

297 To test my hypothesis, I put the position into a Rybka chess engine I downloaded online, and it failed to find the draw after an hour. I then reloaded the position, but eliminated two of black's bishops, and the program reached the conclusion it was drawn within a couple of minutes. The point being that the two additional bishops greatly increased the number of possible lines by several magnitudes.

Posted by: Yancey Ward at March 19, 2017 02:28 AM (vTVKC)

298 in the weird set up only moves are black bishops and white king ergo....draw..

Posted by: tom clegg at March 20, 2017 07:44 PM (ynNKQ)

299 sorry ...thought this was a chess subject

Posted by: tom clegg at March 20, 2017 07:52 PM (ynNKQ)

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