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|May-05-07|| ||Octavia: Thank you, <Alchemist> for those great links - i'm looking forward to study them all! I believe that the best games end in a =, even if both players make lots of mistakes, the fact that their games ended in a = means that they were equal! But if they drew in less than 14 moves (may be even up to 20 moves?), it usually means that they agreed the = beforehand & therefore i'm not interested in such games.|
This epistle should finish my lessons for beginners!
|Jun-26-07|| ||Octavia: <chessmaster 8/9/10 CD> is the best learning tool ever! it has a classroom with lots of exercises & tutorials - saves buying many books! It also has many levels of play & this is how they work: For total beginners, go to the kids area & play against the ape Stanley - you'll win or = & this is were you can practise learning about #. Stanley hardly ever takes pieces.|
Then you progress to the friendly levels & when you've won a few times there, you can try the rated games. Each character plays a tougher game on rated than on the unrated games.
The rated games are remembered by the computer. You can click on your profile & see how you're doing. You should start at the lowest level & win ~ 80 % before going on to the next level! Winning is fun & also most important to understand the game.
I made the mistake of treating the chessmaster as i did the otb games: I tried to win against higher rated opponents, before i was ready & as a result I got fed up with the CD, since i preferred to play against humans. However, since i began to follow my own advise (make sure you win against lower rated!), I'm now enjoying playing against the CD again! I've now got a + score against the computer! (+ score means i've won more than 50 %).
|Dec-10-07|| ||ahmadov: I read your poem on Kibitzer's Cafe and thought that pacifists must be romantic people... You cannot have a world without a war, can you?|
|Dec-13-07|| ||Octavia: why can't we have a world without war?|
|Dec-13-07|| ||Tomlinsky: <Octavia: why can't we have a world without war?>|
But what the heck would we do with all of these weapons!!??
|Dec-13-07|| ||timhortons: have u check on the newest edition of chessmaster?how does it compare to the 10th edition....the problem with 10th edition in analyzing games is it is crushing...i think you know what i mean|
|May-10-12|| ||Octavia: I'm calling my forum after the greatest writer ever! Unfortunately cg is saying we're not to have soapboxes. I've seen some references to my hero on this site, so may be cg will let me get away with it after all.|
|May-10-12|| ||Shams: <Octavia> Do you have a copy of "Psychoanalysis and Religion" to hand? I might ask you to look something up for me. I searched on google books but the page I want is hidden.|
|May-11-12|| ||Octavia: Hi <Shams> I haven't got this book but I'll get it once I've read my way through the 3 I've got. Thanks for drawing my attention to this book! I'll let you know when I've got it : )|
Erich Fromm's books are great when he talks about philosophy & psychoanalysis. But his titles?? For example "The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness" is a book which defends human kindness!
|May-13-12|| ||Octavia: <TomlinskyBut what the heck would we do with all of these weapons!!??>|
I'm answering a wee bit late, but I see you're still around, so here goes: I believe we turn them into ploughshares! But your question really is an answer to why we have wars in the first place: They serve the pockets of the people who instigate all those horrible wars. 96% of people are obediant to the 3% who want to cause wars.
|May-17-12|| ||Octavia: <Where is he from?> Erich Fromm started out his intellectual life as one of the Frankfurt philosophers. He was highly educated, knew Hebrew, Greek, Latin, German & wrote mainly in English after he became a psychoanalist & moved to the US & Mexico.|
The ordinary analist tries to adjust the poor person to our insane society. Fromm tried to give his patients confidence to stand up for themselves.
|May-29-12|| ||Octavia: <we are all mad!!> Fromm would say that we're living in an insane society. The 'mad' people can't accept such a way of life & end up in a world of their own.|
|Aug-25-12|| ||brankat: <Octavia> |
<..we're living in an insane society. The 'mad' people can't accept such a way of life & end up in a world of their own.>
C'mmon, things are not so bad. There is always something there to look forward to. For example:
American Presidential Elections!
Top Ten Reasons To Vote in American Presidential Elections.
10. You can pretend to help decide which CIA-groomed figurehead will front for the banksters during the next four years.
9. If the rigged voting machines break down, your vote might actually be counted.
8. With a bumpersticker like “Don’t blame me, I voted for Cynthia McKinney” (or your favorite 3rd party candidate) you’ll feel superior to the sheeple for the next four years.
7. Poking little holes in computer cards is good exercise for the muscles in your hands and wrists – and since you only do it every four years, you won’t get repetitive motion syndrome.
6. Voting offers an opportunity to do your civic duty: While standing in line waiting to vote, you can hand out 9/11 truth DVDs and explain to the sheeple that if voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.
5. If each of the two major party candidates gets exactly fifty million votes not counting yours, your vote will determine which candidate can brag about getting the most votes. Unfortunately, due to the mysteries of the electoral college system, getting the most votes has nothing to do with being elected President.
4. You’ll get to play a minor role in an outrageous, over-the-top farce, without having to get yourself hired as an extra in a Mel Brooks movie.
3. Since your vote has no effect whatsoever on the actual governance of the nation, you can go ahead and vote without feeling guilty about the mass murders and genocide that the government is guaranteed to keep right on perpetrating, regardless of the electoral outcome.
2. You can cast a write-in vote for a relatively honest president of some relatively honest country, like Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and hope that your local newspaper will mention it along with the write-in votes for Donald Duck, Ted Nugent, Ted Kaczynski, OJ Simpson, and Mishka the Talking Dog.
1. Casting a meaningless vote in a system rigged to victimize people like you is better than masturbation: It allows you to screw yourself, without requiring you to assume an anatomically impossible position and risk serious injury.
|Aug-26-12|| ||Octavia: lol, Brankat! very cynical! But you also sound very bitter about the whole charade! Have you ever considered that the poeple 'at the top' were also beaten in childhood?|
|Sep-26-12|| ||kardopov: Thanks for visiting my forum, octavia. I'm returning you the courtesy extended to me... Enjoy the games at Bilbao and England. See you there!|
|Nov-04-12|| ||Octavia: You rascal! You've changed your symbol to Judith - I suppose you're a fan of the youngest Polgar women? I've got 2 books about her games & progress.|
I've just seen that Anatoly Karpov won the Cap d'Agde tournament! Great! I used to collect women's games won against men, but that's not necessary any more - we'll get to the top!
Now I enjoy it when an oldie wins - its the next prejudice we've got to ged rid off before chess will really take off. What's even better: He beat Ivanchuck, the latest World champion challenger!
|Dec-02-12|| ||whiteshark: Hello <Octavia>, as for the German Women Bundesliga, here are two links that will lead you to the games:|
a) http://frauenbundesliga.liveschach.... with the Burgfräuleins
|Jan-21-13|| ||Octavia: thanks very much for the links. As you can see I'm not often at my forum, although I'm quite often in cg.|
|Apr-02-13|| ||waustad: If you look at my profile, I have a link to all of the games from this years Frauenbundesliga. I've submitted many games here in the last few days, but it will probably take a while for them to be processed.
|Apr-05-13|| ||Octavia: <waustad> thanks for the link. Since you started uploading the games I've been able to study Keti's games more often. They seem to go to her page automatically.|
A few books have been written about the Polgar sisters. But it's now that Judith has written one herself. It's good & just right for my level!
<Bishopofblunder> like other chess writers, she also uses such words as 'vicious' etc. Since I want to study the book again with my man, I usually tippex these offensive words out & replace them with others.
The other thing which she omitted was circles beside the diagrams, I usually add them :)
|Apr-09-13|| ||waustad: About solstice, I seem to recall reading that when it became legal in Iceland to worship the old Norse gods for the first time in centuries, a number of old shrines were found out in the mountains that had been in use. I would expect that being as far North as Scotland, there would be people ready to toast that magic moment when, "The days are getting longer!" That's why holidays like Christmas were arbitrarily placed in the calendar where an old pagan holiday was celebrated. Of course you're probably aware of this. Sliding into lecture mode is an occupational hazard.|
I had a St. Lucia's day party once for an old Scandanavian holiday where the church had given it a new name to depaganize it. Nobody seems to be that interested in the Sicilian saint they chose to name it after.
|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.
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