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|Apr-11-13|| ||Octavia: You're right, Waustad! I always explain to the kids I know that xmas & Easter are celebrating the changing seasons - xmas is celebrated in a big way because there isn't much to do outside. In Scotland hogmanay is big & for many people lasts 3 days - it has definitely replaced solstice. Roman Catholics fast before Easter, which was appropriate in the olden days - there wasn't much to eat after a long winter! At Easter we celebrate eggs because they're some of the first things to eat again.|
|Apr-11-13|| ||Octavia: nicked from Tomlinsky:< <Memorable Quote> - "...voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." - Hermann Goering>|
It works for ~ 50% of the population, but a modern head of state doesn't need that many people to cause destruction & get away with it.
|Apr-20-13|| ||waustad: << "Do we even have free will."> no, we don't: 1. we can't choose our parents 2. all other info comes to us randomly 3. therefore we're lucky if we achieve some kind of realistic world view.>
Then again I recall in Central America people who seem to believe, "Si dios quiere," while driving down the middle of the street. You do have some say whether you have a head on or not. Full blown fatalism is seriously wrong.
Absolutes are usually wrong. Viva nuances!|
|Apr-28-13|| ||Octavia: I'm not a fatalist. Although we can't help ourselves, we can help others! Sure the wolrd of humans is changing all the time - slowly but surely! The 1 % destructive population is always trying to tell us that we need their protection, one day the 98 % will realise that we don't need weapons, so far only some of us realise this. But the time will come when we all say no to destruction.|
But as long as people don't see the human compassionate us, they simply don't see the world as it is.
|Aug-12-13|| ||notyetagm: European Individual Women's Championship (2013)|
This brand new article (August 12th!) covers *exactly* what we were discussing in this forum a little over a week ago. It should answer *all* of the questions asked.
<Lipstick over the board
Women at the men's Olympiads 1950-2012>
|Sep-19-13|| ||Octavia: <notyetagm> thanks very much for the 2 links! I especially like the very thorough history article about women's chess! Great! Very informative!|
|Sep-28-13|| ||tamar: I think the example of Alekhine's voice I heard was https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMR...|
|Oct-03-13|| ||Octavia: <tamar> brilliant! thanks for the link! It just shows, though that a chess player should stick to talking about games! |
Nobody knows what makes a brill chess player, but sure Aljechin was kidding when he said he didn't have to work on his chess or some such.
|Oct-23-13|| ||Colonel Mortimer: Good comment on the 'God' Forum.|
|Mar-15-14|| ||Octavia: Kirshan, our Fide president has done a lot for women: He got the women's Olympiad to have the same number of players as the men's! It means you see 50% women playing every 2 years! It also means that the scores are now comparible with the open & it means that slightly more women play since the strongest can play in the open. Since last year I noticed that Fide invites a man & a women to commentate! This is important because it shows women that they can earn money with chess which should motivate some to keep at it even though they may see that they can't get to the very top. So, Kirshan has done well!|
|Apr-05-14|| ||thegoodanarchist: Because this is a chess website. I come here to talk chess!|
|May-23-14|| ||Octavia: well spoken :)|
|Jul-24-14|| ||Mr. V: Hi Octavia! I'm relatively new here, but I just want to say that I've seen several of your posts and always like what you have to say, and the friendly way in which you say it!|
I hope you are doing well.
|Jul-24-14|| ||Mr. V: By the way, if you want to see a player who didn't really get worse as they aged, you should check out the games of Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga|
In a recent interview he even said he would now devote himself more seriously to chess.
|Jul-24-14|| ||Jim Bartle: <In a recent interview he even said he would now devote himself more seriously to chess.>|
I think he's been saying that every couple years for about the past twenty years.
|Jul-24-14|| ||Mr. V: <I think he's been saying that every couple years for about the past twenty years.>|
Well then, he must be a very devoted person :)
He mentioned in the same interview that he had "minimal contact" with chess between I think 1997-2002, and that he didn't really notice a difference in his play when he returned. As one of his fans I hope he does shine in his old age - after all, he did prove he's still got skills when he beat Giri in the World Cup.
|Aug-04-14|| ||Octavia: great to hear this about Mr Zuniga! hope to hear more such stories about us oldies doing well in chess|
|Dec-25-14|| ||wordfunph: <Octavia> Merry Christmas!|
|Jan-15-16|| ||Octavia: I'm reading a brill book: "Demanding the impossible" by Peter Marshall, a great book about anarchy. Fortunately anarchists have given up dreaming about revolutions - it's time to put our beliefs into action: Grassroots are getting stronger!|
|Jun-28-16|| ||ketchuplover: Get a haircut!|
|Dec-27-16|| ||wordfunph: <Octavia> happy holidays!|
|Apr-01-17|| ||virginmind: Hi <Octavia>, so you played against Cristina Foisor, on what occasion and when did this happen, if I may ask?|
|May-13-17|| ||thegoodanarchist: It's hard to kick against the goads...|
|Aug-17-17|| ||ketchuplover: st.louis blitz underway right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|Sep-24-17|| ||ketchuplover: meow!|
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