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Note: this absurdly over-written (in both the literary and programming sense) chunk of text has seemingly won a Caissar for Best Profile. I shall try not to burst into tears and throw my shoes at Meryl Streep.

A distinct aroma of burning prevails*. Fire and brimstone, probably, or one of the charred and singed chess sets in my possession.

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* "Why, this is Hell, nor am I out of it."
- Christopher Marlowe

"Down these mean streets ..."
- Phillip Marlowe

"This, too, was one of the dark places ..."
- Marlow (Joseph Conrad)

Update, mid-2013. I've bought a new wooden board and set, and got rid of the burnt ones. Time to move on from conflagrations past.

*Empty Space*

Update, 2013. 'Empty Space' is also a brilliant novel by M.John Harrison, 3rd in the Kefahuchi trilogy.

I don't exist.

Just like the Urban Spaceman.
("I'm the urban spaceman, I'm intelligent and clean/ Know what I mean?/ I'm the urban spaceman, here comes the twist: I don't exist.")

I am deeply suspicious of 'social media'. I don't want my computer to think it knows my 'preferences', and I don't want my personal details passed from hand to invisible hand, or soul to poison soul. But I'm sufficiently open-minded -- or innocent -- to trust in the integrity of, and the good people who run it.

Note: some folk may be more familiar with the kind of bio/profile that goes "Muh name is Peregrine Ng and ah play Bullet at and ah come to CG for thuh crab sandwiches..." ... sort of thing.

This isn't one of those. In fact, it was never really *written* at all ... more like 'left behind' after repeated moves. The fragments that remain intact have withstood years of deletions. Quite like me, really.

"A medium amputates the organ it extends".
- Marshall McLuhan

"I go without saying".
- Me, or somebody like me.

<The Game and Playe of Cheffe ...>

"Chess is a sea in which a shark can persuade a seagull to eat its skin parasites..."

"Chess is the art of cartesian coordinates with obsessive compulsive disorder..."

"Chess is the science of naughty molecules."

"Chess is sport for the disembodied."

"It is what it is."

"Except when it isn't."

<'His calmness, his authority in all circumstances! In a chess game he would win everything, merely by his nerves.' 'But he was not playing chess,' Smiley objected drily.>

(John Le Carré)

I'll say it again, though I can't recall saying it before: < Empathy is essential to any kind of intelligence worth having.> Although I seem to have some kind of attention surplus disorder.

On planet Earth (where most chess games so far are believed to have been played - Science Officer Chamitoff vs NASA Ground Control, 2008 and Soyuz 9 Cosmonauts vs Ground Control, 1970 are among the exceptions):

1. Brian Eno:

"Another green world."

2. William Burroughs:

"I don't want love - I don't want forgiveness - all I want is *outta here* --"

<A Phormer Phrontistery ... Frogspawn ... 20,000 Lashes ... A Phrontistery ... Phrogspawn ... Philoxenia ... Antarctica Starts Here ... Epigamic Ephebes ... Waxwing's Wah-wah Rabbits ... Opposition & Sister Squares ... Cosy Moments will not be Muzzled ...>

A dictionary helps. As does Modern Chess Openings or Fundamental Chess Openings (by Van der Sterren -- good on transpositions). Encyclopedias, whether wiki, text-based or fictional, have their place. But for a good knight's sleep try a bed, futon, hammock or some of my writing. Avoid Gerry McCarthy

"Brutality is out of date."
- Aron Nimzowitsch

"Keep violence in the mind where it belongs."
- B.W. Aldiss

"Combinations and chemistry are your only men."
- Er, <me>?

<"I used to be somebody else, but I traded him in."> M. Antonioni

"Chess is a marvelous piece of Cartesianism, and so imaginative that it doesn't even look Cartesian." - Marcel Duchamp

[reconstruction always in progress, please excuse noise, no refunds, no discounts, no hawkers, no spitting]

So what am I doing here? Simple: I like to play *with* chess...

<Writing, unlike chess, is a victimless crime.>

"J'ai une maladie: je vois le langage."
- Roland Barthes

<More First Person Gibberish>:

Fischer-Dylan Syndrome: <"You can always come back, but you can't come back all the way">.

Favorite Opening: The French, naturellement. After 30-odd years, I think I'm starting to understand its benthic deeps. Well, I had it for a moment ... seems to be gone again.

Basta. Enough chess, it makes my head spin. Anyone who has lingered in my forum (Frogspawn, Philoxenia, 20,000 Lashes, Antarctica Starts Here, usw) knows that much of the conversation isn't about chess at all, or even lingerie. I'm interested in *stuff* -- arts and sciences, shoos and sheeps and ceiling wicks, kibitzers and King Kong vs Gojiro in Dronning Maud Land. I like to make connections. I like people who make connections.

Bad puns, bad languages, bad breathing, bad breeding, psychological insights, literary allusions, surrealist manifestos, or the sound of one hand stentorating. I'm not going to name any of the people who make CG so much fun. You know who you are, O my droogs and Zapkinder.

One last chess snippet. I have never, in my entire life, played either side of a Spanish/Ruy Lopez in a serious game. I'm a Spanish Virgin. There, you knew I was a pervert, didn't you?

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<From <Gravity's Rainbow> by Thomas Pynchon:

"Queen, Bishop and King are only splendid cripples, and pawns, even those that reach the final row, are condemned to creep in two dimensions, and no Tower will ever rise or descend -- no: flight has been given only to the Springer!">

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Whatever you find in books, leave it there.
- John Cale

Know anything about chess? It can be a virtual life work, and what is it to absorb all a man's thought and energy? - William Burroughs

I am not the only one who writes in order to have no face. - Michel Foucault Statistics Page

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FIN de Partie

>> Click here to see domdaniel's game collections. Full Member
   Current net-worth: 1,755 chessbucks
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   Domdaniel has kibitzed 25300 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-20-14 Mdluli Meluleki vs D Ntagasigumwami, 2014 (replies)
Domdaniel: White's play is truly horrible. Black's is slightly better, but still not very impressive. Nonetheless, the game has some historical significance.
   Aug-13-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Domdaniel: I met Robin Williams once, in London: he was promoting Hook, and copying the accents (Scottish, Irish, English, etc) of everyone he met. Totally manic.
   Aug-13-14 O Ajibowo vs L Pantsulaia, 2014
Domdaniel: White's play wasn't so bad until the blunder 18.Qa7? With his Queen about to be trapped, he tries to create an escape square with Na4, but it doesn't work.
   Aug-13-14 E Postny vs M Mamatov, 2014
Domdaniel: Crunch.
   Aug-13-14 Alshouha Basil vs Grischuk, 2014
Domdaniel: I agree with Sally about Baz's courage here ... at least he had a go.
   Aug-13-14 Z Almasi vs K Bengherabi, 2014 (replies)
Domdaniel: 9...Nbd7 is dubious in this line, because of White's 10.Qa4 with the threat of Nc6. A better idea is 9...Na6, to meet Qa4 with ...Qa8. Black's 10...Nb8 is dangerously passive: it's no surprise that White soon finds a killing tactic.
   Aug-13-14 Chess Olympiad (2014) (replies)
Domdaniel: <AJ of Alaska> It's quite possible that some people might try to make fun of you because of your username: another AJ has been a notorious presence in chessgames for several years. Curiously, he also cites his master strength, his many students, and the LORD...
   Aug-13-14 F Urkedal vs Ivanchuk, 2014
Domdaniel: Urkedal's 3.d4 is not a novelty, of course: Roiz played it in 2005, and Krasenkow has tried it a couple of times.
   Aug-13-14 Richmond Phiri
Domdaniel: <Switch> Thanks ... I'd found the 1988 date on the FIDE site, but I wasn't aware of the Richmond error. I think I played him once, in a casual game. Have you pinged in an error report?
   Aug-13-14 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <Jess> I'm glad you found the Kevin Ayers song (good detective work, btw -- the other quote was 'Song from under the Floorboards' by Magazine -- I always think of them as comprising a genre containing just two songs). You know that Ayers died last year? He was in Soft ...
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  Domdaniel: Hello?
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  jessicafischerqueen: Helooo

Are you trapped at the bottom of a well? Try to text your coordinates so we can arrange a rescue.

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  Domdaniel: "This is a song from the bottom of a well/ I didn't move here, I just fell..."

"This is a song from under the floorboards/ This is a song from where the walls are cracked/ By force of habit I am an insect..."

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What an incredibly track from <Keven Ayers Rock, Australia>!!

He's got the industrial noise sweeping from left to right speaker and back, and now in with the <Nick Cavish> vocals...

Hmmm Cave is also from Australia, and a cave is made of the same material as a rock...

I highly doubt this is a coincidence.

Great song though, thanks mate.

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<Dom> speaking of fey Australians (if we indeed ever were), here is Nick Cave and Blixa Bargelt prancing about like tits:

Your <Ayers Rock> reminded me of this.

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Oh and just to sew up this month's round of suspicious coincidences:

Your friend <John Hurt> (played a fey chap in a brilliant film) also played a demonic character in "The Proposition" (another brilliant film), which was written by <Nick Cave.>

I suppose all things are connected when reflected on by the ooman brain eh?

This is how conspiracy theories get started...

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  perfidious: <Dom> Good to see you have come back!
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  Domdaniel: <perf> I'm only part-way back ... some of me is still in the demon dimension... but thanks.
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  Domdaniel: Hmm. Wikipedia has recently removed links from search results ... "Among the links removed are a page about Irish former criminal Gerry Hutch, dozens of pages that mention a Dutch chess player, and a page about Italian gangster Renato Vallanzasca."

I know of Hutch (no relation!) and Vallanzasca ... but who is the Dutch chess player?

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  perfidious: <Dom> Guido den Broeder.

I have read some of the discussion on Wikipedia editing to which this gentleman refers.

While I have edited there for over five years, it has not been an entirely positive experience, either.

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  Domdaniel: <Jess> -- <I suppose all things are connected> Didn't Mr Cohen write a poem about that?

I can't recall the exact words -- yep, senility is setting in -- but a paraphrase goes something like this:

"Last night I blew bubbles of Bazooka
Today the lizards blew bubbles
I believe the mystics are right to say we are all one".

(I'm guessing that Bazooka is a type of chewing gum ... either that, or hand-held artillery pieces are operated by blowing bubbles.)

Note (1): 'Bubble' is also rhyming slang for (Ancient) Greek, from 'bubble and squeak' -- eg, "Aristotle was an ancient bubble".

Note (2): The late Michael Jackson reputedly had a pet chimpanzee named Bubbles. Some unkind souls have said that this is why Jackson sang "I'm forever blowing Bubbles".

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  perfidious: <Dom> Never heard that charming little bon mot from note 2, though I should note that it reminds me of a racy joke on Jackson a friend told me some years ago.
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  Domdaniel: <perf> Given what we know, or even suspect, of Jackson's lifestyle, I'm not at all surprised that such jokes exist. Although, contrariwise, I heard from somebody who met him on a holiday in Ireland that he was a shy and amiable devoted family man...

The 'jokes', however, will probably always be more appealing. And will get me banned if I keep this up.

I'm reminded, somehow, of Pynchon's parody version of 'Animal Crackers in my Soup' ... which is, er, 'Super Animals in my Cr...'

No, best not go there.

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  perfidious: <Dom> Decided I didn't need a ban either, which is the reason I refrained from regaling the masses in the world who await my every kibitz with bated breath (rolls eyes), by recounting my friend's joke.
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  Domdaniel: <perf> The bated breath of a master is always welcome.
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  Domdaniel: Dear Abby Marshall, dear Abby, My feet are too long...
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  Annie K.: You are <not> going there. :p

Glad to see you're back online. How's things? :)

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  Domdaniel: <A> Didn't I say that I wasn't going there .. ?

I'm not quite certain whether I'm back or not, rilly.

Things are ... things, yanno?

At least I'm not boycotting anyone, eh? (Named, I think, for a certain Captain Boycott in 19th century Ireland, who was shunned for being a baddie...)

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  Annie K.: Heh, ok then. Try to drop by chat sometime this weekend? :)
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  Domdaniel: I admit to being one of those boring anal would-be control freaks who invariably uses the 'preview kibitz' mode before posting. I try to eliminate errors. Admittedly, some typos sneak through, but not so many that you'd notice. Fortunately - for the sake of human merriment - many other folk are not so pernickety. It never occurs to them to edit a post: they type their messages in a kind of frenzy, and the results can be hilarious - particularly if their command of the English language is not what it might be. (For some strange reason, this latter point applies particularly to kibitzers in Britain and the USA, allegedly Anglophone territories...)

So, in the first of an occasional series, I propose recording some of the linguistic mutations thrown up by frenzy and carelessness. These are the voyages of the starship Typo...

First log entry coming up... once I've checked this post for errors...

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  Domdaniel: #1: an amusing neologism by <iking>:

<Carlsen was mandandled in the endgame?>

Here's to *mandandling*. There should be more of it.

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  Domdaniel: A short story by Hannu Rajaniemi:

Derivative, I think. His novels are much better.

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  Domdaniel: <Jess> I'm glad you found the Kevin Ayers song (good detective work, btw -- the other quote was 'Song from under the Floorboards' by Magazine -- I always think of them as comprising a genre containing just two songs).

You know that Ayers died last year? He was in Soft Machine in the 60s ... if I had a time machine, I think I'd drop in to the UFO club, London, 1965-66, to see Barrett-era Pink Floyd with Ayers-era Soft Machine. And then maybe drop into the Athenaeum to see a Dylanesque Ray Keene in action ...

Ayers is also reputed to be the subject of the John Cale song 'Guts'. I once posted a link to the lyrics here, and it got zapped. "Buggr in short sleeves forked my wife..." and so on. In later years Cale varied with the less in-your-face line "Bugr in the short sleeves loved his wife..."

Ahh, Maisie... fresh as a daisy... from soul to poison soul...

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  Shams: <Dom> How would you retake on f6?

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  OhioChessFan: <New York's Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America on Sunday -- becoming the third Miss New York in a row to win the title, a three-peat Kazantsev said would be 'monumental' before her win.

But a typo that flashed on screen during her 'Pitch Perfect'-inspired performance is getting more attention than the performance itself.

In a bid to reveal that Kazantsev loved 'anything Jane Austen,' broadcasters unintentionally informed the audience that she loved 'anything Jane Austin.' >

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