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Abdel Irada
Member since Apr-14-12
<السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته>

(Pron.: "As-salaamu alaykum wa rahmatu allah wa barakatuhu.")

<May peace be upon you, and the mercy and blessings of God.>

(Now, why don't we greet each other like that in English?)


My birth/legal name is something quite different, but since I took the Shahada on 2 May 2014, I have preferred to be called by my Muslim name: إسماعيل عبد الإرادة (Ismail Abdelirada).

Until recently, my wife, نظيرة (Nazeera), and I lived in Camazotz, California, a small town filled with rugged individualists who all do the same ruggedly individual things at the same ruggedly individual time in the same ruggedly individual way.

Today, we are in San Francisco, where mobile tsunami alarms ply the streets in the chill hours before dawn, pterodactyls wheeze politely as they choke on refuse under your windows several times a day, and you know it's time to cross the street when someone opens up on you with an Uzi.

On the other hand, a few blocks away, we can get some of the world's best five-meat pizza, cooked halal by Mexican chefs in an Italian restaurant operated by Egyptians. (It's on Eerie Boulevard between Clones and Leavin'-Worth.)


“Of no avail,” saith the Translator, “is a twice-told tale.”

If, therefore, you want to learn more about me, I refer you to my site's staff profile, which will probably tell you far more than you wanted to know:

If you want to say anything to me *without* sharing it with the site, click here: I will then (assuming you give me a valid address to which to reply) establish direct contact.

(For obvious reasons, I forbear to offer spammers my email address by displaying it here.)


Ah, if only I had more than 32 characters, part 296: With more room, my forum title would be

<<•>Ave Caissa. We who are about to blunder salute thee.<•>>

A moiety>

يا حبيبي، يا حياتي

و يا الألمي

:قال لني، قال لني، من فضلك

لم أنت تسحرني؟

:قال لني، قال لني، من فضلك

لم أنت تجاد قابي؟


Yā habībī, yā hayātī

Wa yā 'l-alamī

Qāl linī, qāl linī, min fadlukī:

Lima enti tasaharanī?

Qāl linī, qāl linī, min fadlukī:

Lima enti tajalada 'albī?

Vers libre>

Daily the freeway edges a little nearer.
Daily it grows a little bigger, dirtier,
More crowded, more congested. Daily it
Roars ever so slightly louder, with just
So much deeper a note of menace.
Pollution, too, and airborne death in

A thousand shapes: daily the freeway
Vomits a fraction more of these its woes
Upon a luckless downwind multitude.

Daily wanes the scant screen of ragged redwoods
That have for so long stood sentinel —
Forlorn hopes, perhaps; reminders of
A better time; symbols still, whether
Effectual or no — melting almost
Perceptibly before thousands of luckless
Downwind faces. Daily, too, the CalTrans
Trucks rattle past, rows of steel carrion
Beetles grown enormous, racing to some
Wound in raped and moribund nature's flesh
To aid in the corruption.

<Fluid Fire
A Carminal>

Who but she, that fluid fire of my heart,
Hath eyes of ice in burning aqua framed,
Whose sparks like midnight fountains' blazes start
To flash in spectral firestreaks from their spheres
Like firefalls on mountain cascades untamed
Or dance of city lights on darkling meres?

Who but she, igniter of blood and mind,
Hath on her head a crown of gold ablaze
In tides of fire surging to make eyes blind
From phosphor seas of moonbeams burning bright
As gold and pearls in gulfs of silver rays
Whose waves like gems blaze in dawn's topaz light?

Who but she, she who sets men's souls afire,
Hath aspect so with beauty's rays aflame
That bright heaven's stars to its beams aspire
And the very sun envies its fair glow
And maids fair as the moon on it lay blame
Like night unstarred outshone by sun-gilt snow?

Who but she hath all these? Yet all were naught
But for that taintless mind, that force of thought,
And perfect beacon soul of love's light wrought.

"Not ignorant of trials, I now can learn to help the miserable."

— Dido, queen of Carthage, in Virgil's _The Aeneid_.

   Abdel Irada has kibitzed 15923 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-06-16 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Abdel Irada: <devere>, do you regard it as a challenge to sift truth out of the promiscuous hodgepodge of semi-truth, half-truth, quarter-truth, prevarication, paranoia, fantasy, conspiracy theory, (anti-)science fiction, fabrication and diseased imagination that constitutes the bulk ...
   Feb-06-16 Showalter vs Pillsbury, 1897
Abdel Irada: <Once>: I don' t play the Berlin, but intuitively I am suspicious of 7. ...dxc3. Here I think Black should consider either 7. ...d3 or 7. ...Be7 (or even go wild with 7. ...b5) rather than open lines and develop White's queen's knight to its best square. ∞
   Jan-20-16 The Caissars chessforum (replies)
Abdel Irada: <At last! We *finally* get a rest day!> I don't know about you, but I'm exhausted from all this voting. Obviously we're in desperate need of a bye. ∞
   Jan-17-16 Spassky vs Larry Evans, 1962 (replies)
Abdel Irada: <(I bet many if not all of us would be proud of playing a move which reveals a discovered check and is ITSELF a check!).> So much so, in fact, that there's even a name for such a move: "double check." :-D ∞
   Jan-16-16 chancho chessforum (replies)
   Jan-15-16 Isidore Censer
Abdel Irada: I find I must censure those who fail to distinguish between "censer" and "censor." :-D ∞
   Jan-15-16 S Thatte vs M Liu, 2013
Abdel Irada: <It is OK to resign in chess whenever you want, but it is definitely always OK to play on, hoping for that piece of luck, that in fact comes very frequently.> That depends to a large degree on the level of play. To be sure, in a junior event or one with lower-rated ...
   Jan-13-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Abdel Irada: <ljfyffe: Hegel came up with quite the metaphor: <The owl of Minerva flies at twilight>> I read that quite differently, as a comment on the bitter irony that we achieve wisdom just in time to die. ∞
   Jan-13-16 chessforum (replies)
Abdel Irada: <I've always considered my fairly patient> Almost patient enough to finish typing the word "myself." :-D ∞
   Jan-12-16 S Kalabar vs I Censer, 1927 (replies)
Abdel Irada: Although the idea of f2-f3 seems logical, White's 14. Nh4?! strikes me as dubious. Because the knight has no retreat square other than f3, he can't play this pawn advance without running into ...g5, trapping the misplaced piece. If White wants to kick the knight off e4, he is ...
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