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

("As-salaamu alaykum wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatuhu.")

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

---

Call me Ismail.

This is short for my Muslim name: إسماعيل عبد الإرادة (Ismail Abdelirada). (My real name is quite different, but for reasons of privacy I do not choose to share it here. Others who have shared it did so without my consent.)

Until 2013, 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.

We then lived for 16 months 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 six times a day, and you know it's time to cross the street when someone opens up on you with an Uzi. (Okay. Literally, the street sweepers make a noise when they start that resembles a tsunami alarm, the garbage and recycling trucks really do make a wheezing sound, and yes, the crossing signals on Market and several nearby streets actually sound like a machine gun. Unable to account for all of this in any other way, I have concluded that the City and County of San Francisco are inordinately clever in devising new ways to annoy residents.)

On the other hand, a few blocks away, we could 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.)

Now we are back in Santa Cruz, at least until we can secure the necessary documents to begin our jihad:

We intend, God willing, to fly to Morocco, and then set out on foot from Tangier, along the coast of the Mediterranean, to Tarifa, Spain — a distance of just under ten thousand miles.

Our purpose in doing this is to spread a message of peace and brotherhood, both within Islam and between faiths.

Many people — and in particular many Muslims, even before we became Muslim — have been kind to us in countless ways. Now Allah has put this jihad into my heart to give me an opportunity, perhaps, to give something back at long last.

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“Of no avail,” saith Richard Burton in his translation of _The Thousand And One Nights_, “is a twice-told tale.”

So, if you want to learn more about me, check this page (which will probably tell you far more than you wanted to know — ha ha, hee hee, ho ho!): http://www.moralintelligence.net/si....

If you want to reach me off site, click here: http://www.moralintelligence.net/co.... I will then (assuming you give me a valid address to which to reply) write back to establish direct contact.

(I forbear to offer harvester bots my direct 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. Erraturi te salutamus.<•>>

("Hail Caissa. We who are about to blunder salute thee.")


<Lamentation
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؟


<Lamentation
Transliterated>

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?


<Downwind
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_.

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Abdel Irada: ∞ <Colonel Mortimer: <Mr. Bojangles:> Agreed, and it's all documented and readily available information. So there's no reason why more Americans can't avail themselves of the ugly truth carried out in their name, and for propagandistic purposes, under the banner ...
 
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Ave Caissa. Te salutamus.

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Mar-17-16
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  Abdel Irada: ∞

Welcome back. :-)

How's life treating you?

Mar-17-16
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  King Sacrificer: Things are fine. I moved to Saudi Arabia two years ago and i'm enjoying my job. I'm not sure if it's a good thing but this place looks safer than my home country now. :)

Your profile has changed since the last time i checked it. I wish you good luck in your journey.

Mar-18-16
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  Abdel Irada: ∞

Thank you, although I remind you that "luck" is not a factor.

In sha' Allah, we will succeed. I am resolved to do so if possible.

Apr-17-16
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  twinlark: <Abdel Irada>

I've been away from the infamous page for a while, just dipping my toes in occasionally or when a necessary response to someone's post would be inappropriate elsewhere.

But I've read the last few days posts. Seems to me it's deteriorated. It's always been a mosh pit, but lately it seems to be more akin to a cesspit, with more racism and bigotry than usual. Maybe the Trump effect is kicking in, as there seems to be a disturbing rise in racism and bigotry across the main 48, imo as an Aussie bystander.

Not sure why you put up with it, but kudos for toughing it out, sticking up for yourself and for your philosophy and your faith. Honestly, some of the posts addressed to you clearly breach the guidelines, even as loosely administered on that page. Better there than other pages I guess, but still occasionally beyond the Pale.

Apr-18-16
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  moronovich: I΄ll second <Twinlark>

All the best <Abdel> with or without the 10K mile.

I once did some of the famous Camino in Spain with my son,but we found it too crowded and went to Sevilla instead,enjoying pints and chess.And did΄nt feel lesser children of God/Allah for that sake :)

Apr-20-16
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  Richard Taylor: <abdel irada><others>I see you quote the start of Moby Dick. I read that slowly and found long passages of it brilliant and copied as I do sections into what I call my Infinite Poem, some of which has been published.

But I wondered if you or anyone else can enlighten me more about the reason the narrator starts with that: "Call me Ishmael"? I think it's a great start. I have to say I have only read a few of Melville's books (I read Billy Budd, I know it's an opera). I want to read more...

Or have I misread what you have here? I have to say I only glanced at it quickly.

Apr-20-16
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  Richard Taylor: Of course, when I say quote I meant "quote" or "allude to"...something like that.
Apr-20-16
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  Richard Taylor: <<Downwind 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. >

This is a good poem. The repetition is good and such things as "beetles grown enormous"...

It all sounds like Auckland where I live, except that the drivers here are all out to kill you (if you walk) unless you're going to a crossing where they stop even if you approach as they are scared of getting a big fine or whatever. The redwoods getting less? I remember reading the Nat Geographic as a boy and that picture of the redwood through which cars could drive. They are larger than the NZ native Kauri which I think are a related kind of tree. There is also a tree called 'karri'. I know something of this as we had to know something of wood or timber when I was a lineman. We used treated pine, jarra (a very hard Indian wood) and some Australian hardwoods for poles). We used to dig the 6 feet deep pole holes by hand. The "Power Board" used machines. All fascinating stuff.

Any way, my driviana aside, a good poem.

Apr-21-16
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  Boomie: <Richard Taylor: Melville>

In addition to being one of the best novelists, Melville is also known as a poet of the first rank. Before you plunge into another novel, perhaps you would find his poems meaningful.

Apr-22-16
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  Richard Taylor: <<Boomie: <Richard Taylor: Melville> In addition to being one of the best novelists, Melville is also known as a poet of the first rank. Before you plunge into another novel, perhaps you would find his poems meaningful.>>

I have heard about his poems I was reading Helen Vendler on his poems some about the Civil War in the US which she extols he also wrote that very long poem....There was a course here on US 19 Cent Lit when I was studying lit. ca. 1992 as an adult student. It also included Typee and other books.

I found Moby Dick very good (if long and winding: unlike Conrad who I love his writing is not so much like a more conventional sea story) and copied long passages of it out for my long poem-project The Infinite Poem some of which (it is made of fragments, collage, multimedia etc and sometimes passages from poems join those from technical manuals 'I too read the technical manuals' (Ted Berrigan in his zany 'Sonnets')) - somewhat a la the Language poets and other long poems (there are none in NZ so US models from Eliot to Pound, Zukofsky, WCWs, Olson and maybe Whitman are the order of the day and some of the long projects of say Ron Silliman, Susan Howe, Darragh and others: or In Parenthesis by the English writer David Jones and a dash of Ashbery and some influence from some NZ poets...

But it is a pity Melville was underappreciated in his day. Hawthorne I think was one of the pall bearers - courtesy of David Markson's 'This is Not a Novel'.

But why the 'Call me Ishmael?' What was Melville's game. Obviously there are many links to the Bible stories and say Jonah etc and his long thing about Potters field(s). He has strange names for people also. Queerquagg. (?) There is a (some say) clear indication he was 'batting for the other side' especially it seems in the first few chapters.

Apr-22-16
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  Richard Taylor: Well, it is good to be where BP is not.

I wonder if he, like me, ever started the huge mother of a book, wait for it: "Remembrance of Times Past" which I did. My Penguin 3 vol edition is 3316 odd pages long! I'm up to page 40. I started it in 1968...then again, but now want to make my way through it. The maybe 'Infinite Jest' will seem short...Or the complete editions of The Arabian Nights which a friend of mine is obsessed with....

This all relies on me, at 68, living long enough to get through it, if that matters....

Apr-22-16
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  Richard Taylor: < for my long poem-project The Infinite Poem some of which> got diverted as usual: "some of which has been published variously." I forgot to follow up with...
Apr-22-16
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  Boomie: <But it is a pity Melville was underappreciated in his day. Hawthorne I think was one of the pall bearers>

Hawthorne died about 30 years before Melville. However, they were close friends. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herma...

Curiously, Hawthorne was also relatively unknown until Poe praised his work while wearing one of his many hats as the father of modern literary criticism.

Conrad's work is astonishing considering that English is not his native language. Of course, he was standing on the shoulders of giants like Melville and Twain.

Alas, I know next to nothing about modern poetry in particular and writing in general. So I am running out of things to say on this topic.

All the best with your project.

Apr-23-16
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  Richard Taylor: <Boomie>Ah. I mixed that up. Was it Emerson who was there. Nietzsche was very keen on Emerson's writings...I like Hawthorne's stories. I read his The Scarlett letter as Cathy Acker mentions it quite a bit in 'Blood and Guts in High School'.

I think the fact that Conrad didn't know English was in his favour. I recently re-read 'The Secret Agent' twice. It is certainly a great book. Big Pawn would at least like the title of the N of the N!! I suppose you have to ask re Conrad if he knew the American writers who were standing on Bronte and Dickens etc and Shakespeare...one might evoke Harold Bloom's "agon" here. Who with whom did Conrad "agon"...?

Well you know enough. What is your main interest. I find it depressing when so many chess players seem stuck in IT and talk of how much money they have (that is over here, where many of the better players are in IT etc). The rest of us spent most of our life on the dole like Geoff Dwyer. (Or is it Dyer?)

I couldn't make chess my only interest, it seems too limiting, as indeed I feel pure mathematics seems, not that I understand mathematics very well...

There is too much in life to limit to Chess of politics (unless politics is everything like philosophy).

Apr-23-16
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  Richard Taylor: The richness of US literature, or any countries, is a function of the degree to which, effectively, it is an immigrant nation. So Big Pawn is really wanting, in the long run...well his project is like his father Trump, to destroy US culture by turning on immigrants: but everyone, almost in the whole world, are immigrants. My parents from England. Seirawan from Lebanon and so on, Fischer basically Jewish-German, Reshevsky Polish-Jewish, and so on....And all those US citizens who claim to be 'real' are from Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Austria and many other places as well as those imported from Africa who built the place.
Apr-23-16
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  Boomie: <Richard Taylor>

Yaz is US/Syrian and Fischer was US/Hungarian, which was recently discovered from an extensive file the FBI kept on his mother...heh.

The article on Melville mentions that his writing was influenced for the better by Shakespeare. Well, what English writer isn't? Melville incorporated Shakespeare creatively, unlike most others.

Another writer who amazes me, btw, is the film director Billy Wilder. English was his 3rd or 4th language. Yet he garnered more Oscar nominations for screenwriting than anyone except Woody Allen.

I, too, worked with computers for many years as a programmer. However I was ruined by various economic downturns, most notably the dot com bomb, and never recovered. So I am at least as poor as you now...heh.

Apr-23-16
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  perfidious: <twinlark> The page to which you refer has become appalling by even the lax standards of oversight; what comes next, cockfighting at a hundred quid a throw?

From an American point of view, it is only too clear that your observations are correct: it seems that latent bigotry and xenophobia emerge when times are hard, a trend which has come to the fore since the recession which began in 2008 and is by no means the first such outbreak in our country's history.

Apr-23-16
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  perfidious: <Boomie> FBI kept a file on Regina over her various political activities? Must have been a monster.

Even Harrison Salisbury acquired a massive dossier on the say-so of a kooky neighbour who ratted on him because he possessed recording devices in his home during WW II, which automatically made him suspect. Believe Salisbury's file was, by the time he gained access to it in 1989, some 4000 pages. FBI must have loved all the time he spent reporting from Communist countries.

Apr-24-16
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  Boomie: <perfidious: Harrison Salisbury>

I read "The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad", which is excellent. Aside from portraying the besieged population as unbelievably heroic, I don't recall anything that would warrant suspicion.

The Hoover FBI was a paranoid psychotic organization. Ironically, Hoover resembles Stalin in a lot of ways. He's not quite as odious but almost.

Apr-24-16
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  perfidious: <Boomie> Anthony Summers' biography of Hoover detailed some unbelievable ways in which he persecuted so many, not to mention the methods by which he abused his powers of office for personal gain.
Apr-25-16
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  Richard Taylor: <Boomie: <Richard Taylor> Yaz is US/Syrian and Fischer was US/Hungarian, which was recently discovered from an extensive file the FBI kept on his mother...heh.

The article on Melville mentions that his writing was influenced for the better by Shakespeare. Well, what English writer isn't? Melville incorporated Shakespeare creatively, unlike most others.

Another writer who amazes me, btw, is the film director Billy Wilder. English was his 3rd or 4th language. Yet he garnered more Oscar nominations for screenwriting than anyone except Woody Allen.

I, too, worked with computers for many years as a programmer. However I was ruined by various economic downturns, most notably the dot com bomb, and never recovered. So I am at least as poor as you now...heh.>

Oh well, life has its chops and changes. Here we had a major change in 1984 when the Labour Government gained power and put the boot into the workers, masquerading as a workers' party. I wasn't in computing I was a comms tech for the then Electricity Division which eventually they sold off in 1987 the year my father and father in law died and much else went futt...but I then decided to do a degree in English literature and try writing. It was interesting. Effectively I haven't worked since then it is more or less 30 years since I worked in the field I was in for years (started as a Lineman and Cable jointer).

I took up chess again about 2000 or so when I bought a computer in order to try selling books on line. Then I saw things about chess and so on. I then played some of my best chess about 2010 when I was 62. A lot of the combinative and creative games I played are not online. Mainly because I haven't uploaded them but I was collecting queen sacrifices for a while! I won against a 2300+ player once ending the game with a Q check. My Q couldn't be taken as it was mate next move! I had a lot of crazy games and because I used to play fairly fearlessly it worked a lot. And I swindled a lot: had a lot of luck but there were some good ones (and many terrible ones also of course).

All fun and games.

Apr-25-16
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  Richard Taylor: I knew that the FBI (and CIA I suppose) had files on Fischer and his mother for different reasons. His mother, it seems to me, had a strong conscience and was in political protests. However I don't know much of that. Fischer himself (whose father it is pretty sure was also Jewish and not "Fischer" but worked on the Manhatten project etc) was under observation for quite rational reasons. He was in contact with Soviet chess players and in Russia some times. In fact by the way, most of the Soviet grand masters mostly liked Fischer and admired his ability...But it was simply that they kept an observation on contacts.

Despite everything I think in the real world, sadly, countries do need to keep secret surveillance...but McCarthyism which seems to be echoed by the current paranoia, a lot of good people were unnecessarily persecuted. Hoover was a kind of little Stalin. Of course Stalin was close to insane...

Khrushchev was perhaps a bit better...all past now. But writers such as (long list) survived to write great things. And the movies kept going. And a lot happened, so, this current situation (not only in the US or on Big Pawn's site but worldwide with it hard to see who the "good guys" are if any anywhere): well, it will all pass!

Apr-25-16
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  Boomie: <Richard Taylor>

I consider Khrushchev a genius. During the war, he was a political commissar in various regions. Most notably, he was at Stalingrad during the battle. Although he wasn't a major player during the battle, various memoirs of generals mention him with high regard. He remained in Stalingrad during the battle seeing to the morale and readiness of the troops and interrogating prisoners. He was nearly killed a number of times as was everyone in Stalingrad during that most horrible battle.

So the guy had a lot of courage for a politician, eh? His trip to the US in 1959 changed everyone's perception of him. He was gregarious and funny. He went to Disneyland so therefore he was human...heh. This trip had a profound influence on US citizens and eased tensions considerably.

Khrushchev would have made a terrific poker player. He was a master of the bluff, for example the Cuban missile crisis. And when Kennedy called his bluff, he folded gracefully and without further incident. He even got NATO to remove missiles from Turkey, so it wasn't a complete loss.

May-14-16
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  perfidious: <Richard....McCarthyism which seems to be echoed by the current paranoia, a lot of good people were unnecessarily persecuted. Hoover was a kind of little Stalin. Of course Stalin was close to insane...>

True enough; moreover, modern-day surveillance can take on forms which were the stuff of sci-fi films in the fifties.

I rather suspect, though not an MD, that Stalin had gone clear round the bend, as opposed to being very nearly there.

As to paranoia: Stalin was infected by that bacillus, in all probability long before he got to the top. One did not enjoy a long life without watching one's back in the Party, even with an eye towards one's friends.

Just ask Krylenko about that.

May-15-16
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