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Feb-26-12  Wayne Proudlove: Fats Domino, "Any Old Time":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG4f...
Feb-26-12  Wayne Proudlove: Pete Townshend, "Corrina Corrina":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3XR...
Feb-26-12
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  LIFE Master AJ: <<Feb-26-12 <morfishine>: I'm a big believer in writing down solutions or more importantly, recalling what one is thinking when deciding on a move, then writing that down. In 'Training for the Tournament Player' by Mark Dvoretsky and Artur Yusupov, great emphasis is placed on writing. The connection:

BRAIN - HAND + PENCIL = NOTES

is so valuable it can't even be measured. We are using our brain to recall and then using our hand to put those thoughts into words.

A good analogy is watching a basketball game on TV or listening to the same game on the Radio. Its much more beneficial to simply listen to the game on the Radio. Why? The TV provides all the vivid colorful graphics. Net result is the imagination portion of our Brain is turned off since all that is being provided. In other words, all those graphics leaves us nothing to imagine.

However, if we just listen to the game on the radio, we are forced to provide our own internal 'pictures' via imagination. The imaginative portion of our brain comes alive. Now I know what 'couch potato' really means: Lump of flesh with no imagination [ie: its been turned off] <<<<<>>>>> >>

Good thoughts ... in my mind, you are not serious about chess until you adopt this approach.

Feb-26-12  Wayne Proudlove: I can use this!
Feb-26-12
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  HeMateMe: You can't argue with Yusupov and Dvortesky.

But, if your moves stink (like mine do), and you are putting your flawed or incomplete chess processing down on paper, what is the point? It seems you need a master strenght chess coach to then go over your notes with you, and make some concrete suggestons.

Feb-27-12
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  chessgames.com: K IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT K

As most devoted Chessgames members know, the Kibitzing areas of Chessgames--like any large internet forum--have had their share of flame wars. Vitriolic exchanges fly back and forth between people who scarcely know each other. Lately, one of them in particular has become very visible, spilling onto pages of all sorts of classic games. This longstanding problem has now proliferated to the extent that nearly every Chessgames member has been exposed to it.

Lately, the Chessgames.com admins have had a flood of complaints, and as a result they've deleted many messages. We decided to start to keep score, and determine exactly which members are the cause of most of our disturbances. Not surprisingly, we found that the same names crop up again and again.

Now we're prepared to take extraordinary measures to try to stamp out this flame war: we have now placed a number of members on kibitzing probation. All of these individuals have been identified as the main participants of this flame war.

There are seven of them (at current count) and all been placed on kibitzing probation for one week, in what we call a "cooling off period". They are as follows: <Colonel Mortimer>, <JoergWalter>, <LIFE Master AJ>, <Nemesistic>, <Robed.Bishop>, <SimonWebbsTiger>, and <TheFocus>.

We hope that when this week is over, some degree of civility is restored.

The primary rule broken by all of these individuals is rule 3, "No personal attacks against other users", the rule tailor-made to discourage flame wars. However, many of the deleted posts were also guilty of rule 1 (obscenity) and rule 3 (spamming/duplicating posts). We are not going to address the infractions on a post-by-post basis, but if you are earnestly confused at our posting policies, contact us at chess@chessgames.com, and we'll be happy to clarify your question.

During this cooling off period, our admins will continue to clean up some of the mess created during the past few months. However, they aren't going to try to bail water out of a leaking boat. If any antagonist tries to revive the flame war during this period, he or she will be placed on kibitzing probation without compunction.

We know that some people will have many more questions, so a list of notes is compiled below. Other questions are best addressed directly to chess@chessgames.com.

The following individuals were not placed on the list in spite of identified posting violations. They are instead hereby issued warnings: <King Death>, <KKDEREK>, <Rob Lob Law>, and <theagenbiteofinwit>.

The "cooling off period" extends from 12:00am midnight, Monday, February 27 to 12:00am midnight, Monday, March 5.

This list is not perfect. There may be one or two people on it who don't deserve to be there. Meanwhile, there are surely people who deserve to be on it, yet aren't mentioned. So it goes.

If you are on probation and want to communicate to an administrator for any reason, contact chess@chessgames.com. Do NOT create an alternate account for any reason whatsoever.

If you are on probation and feel a great need to voice your opinion about this matter in public, you have only two sanctioned methods: 1. Post something on your "bio" area, so that people can read it if they choose to pull up your profile page. 2. wait a week.

If any member attempts to subvert this one week cooling off period by registering a second "sockpuppet" account, or using a sockpuppet account already established, they will be subject to an extended (if not indefinite) probation.

Finally, let us remind everybody that the purpose of this action is not to single out specific members, nor to "make an example" of out anybody, but rather to restore civility and decency to the forums. Please help us accomplish that goal by contributing to a peaceful Chessgames, in whatever way you are inclined.

Feb-27-12
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  HeMateMe: Holy Oscars! That silent film <The Artist> won best picture award, and a bunch of other awards. Martin Scorsese's <Hugo> won the rest.

I hadn't even heard of this film, The Artist. Movies in NYC are now $14.50 a ticket. Suddenly, you don't just "go to the movies". Instead, if a really good film comes along you decide to go see that one movie.

Feb-27-12
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  Shams: <chessgames.com> Thank you for taking this step which is definitely a wise course of action.
Feb-27-12  savagerules: <chessgames> About time that some of the annoying jokers were shut up for awhile. This place was fast becoming unbearable even to look at at game or two. Maybe sitting in the penalty box for a week will put some sense into them - unlikely though.
Feb-27-12
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  OhioChessFan: Wow. Someone went in and copied my ignore list.
Feb-27-12  AlphaMale: I was going to say something about this being an unwarranted attack on free speech but then I noticed that <JoergWalter> was one of the damned.

It's also a blessed relief that <TheFocus> will be temporarily halted from promoting the prospect of his Fischer book. I say prospect, because the threat of this book is proving far stronger than the execution.

Feb-27-12  AlphaMale: Does anyone have a copy of <British Chess Magazine - 1923-1932 An Anthology>?
Feb-27-12  Wayne Proudlove: Nas & Damian Marley, "Count Your Blessings":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaMo...
Feb-27-12  Wayne Proudlove: Guns 'n Roses: "Hair Of The Dog":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWgf...
Feb-27-12  kurtrichards: Now you're messin' with asoab...

ha...ha...ha...

Feb-27-12
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  HeMateMe: But--Axel Rose HAS no hair...?
Feb-27-12  Wayne Proudlove: At last night's Oscars they were talking great films in the interview segments and Robert Deniro just said "A Place In The Sun". Doesn't that make you want to write "See "A Place In The Sun" on a sticky note and post it on your fridge?
Feb-27-12
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  Jim Bartle: Not all that great as far as I'm concerned, but you get to see how great Montgomery Clift was when he was young and before his accident. Elizabeth Taylor looks kind of pretty as well.
Feb-27-12
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  HeMateMe: I have a hard time watching most movies made before the 1970s. It was only in the 70s that directors were able to put more realistic situations and dialogue in films. most old movies are just dull. That doesn't mean the actors weren't talanted or charismatic. They were. I just don't think they got very good material to work with.
Feb-27-12
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  chancho: There are a lot of good movies before the 1970's.

The Guns of Navarone comes to mind...

Feb-27-12
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  HeMateMe: I know, there are exceptions. I think Cool Hand Luke was made in the 60s. There are some good musicals.

But most pre-1970 films that involve relationships or urban life are weak, as the dialogue was wooden and controversial situations could not be used. One couldn't be anti war or pro abortion. Blacks were always servants, orientals were cooks, and gays were either interior decorators, or were invisible.

Feb-27-12  AlphaMale: <most old movies are just dull>

Are you insane?

Feb-27-12
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  HeMateMe: If you are older, you appreciate the old movies, because they were cutting edge, when you were young and maleable. Seeing these movies again allows one to relive their youth, and, because they were the best films of the day, when you were young, they never seems stale or poorly made. In other words, you are a little too close to the scene to see the problem.

People I've spoken to in their 20s and 30s tell me that these films are unwatchable. That doesn't mean that they think movies like "The Hangover" or "Whatver Happens in Vegas" are great movies. Far from it. There is more crap out there than ever before. But, the best movies being made today clobber the stuff from the 1940s or 1950s.

So many things have changed. For example, look at the film "Titanic", with Kate Winslet and Leo Dicaprio. The titanic story has been done before, a number of films have been done on this topic. Which would you rather see, James Cameron's hi tech film, with screen writers and actors free to do what they please, or some 1955 film about the Titanic wreck, in crappy film quality, few moving props, and a screenplay carefully being monitored by censors? If you want, you can go back even further, and find a black and white film about the titanic. The "ship" will be a big board moving back and forth, like a teeter totter, shot on a sound stage, while the actors spout wooden dialogue, being shot at one, simple, front angle. Boring.

Feb-27-12  AlphaMale: Thanks for confirming that you are insane.
Feb-27-12
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  Jim Bartle: There were so many great movies in the 30s and 40s, with Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Rosalind Russell, Ingrid Bergman, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, James Stewart, John Wayne. On and on.

Just take a look at the list of movies directed by George Cukor, so many greats.

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