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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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>> Click here to see domdaniel's game collections. Full Member

   Domdaniel has kibitzed 25385 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-17-14 Robert James Fischer (replies)
Domdaniel: <Zanzibar> -- <Even a broken clock is right twice a day.> Well, yes. Like all truisms, this is factual in a banal kind of way. But how many times per diem is a broken clock *wrong*? 1438 times, if we count only minutes.
   Oct-16-14 L Dominguez vs Caruana, 2014
Domdaniel: O tempura, O moong...
   Oct-16-14 Karjakin vs L Dominguez, 2014 (replies)
Domdaniel: White's 1.Nf3 had no bearing on the result. Black lost because he exchanged into a lost ending: simple as that.
   Oct-16-14 FIDE Grand Prix Baku (2014) (replies)
Domdaniel: <SirRuthless> -- <a fun game for the rest of the field where we can see some King's gambits and wild QGA/Veresov/Larsen attack lines> All the openings you mention are quite playable. They are not all seen regularly at super-GM level, but for different reasons. The ...
   Oct-16-14 Mamedyarov vs Gelfand, 2014
Domdaniel: Something like 37...Be5 38.Bxe5+ Rxe5 39.Qxf5 Rxf5 40.Nd6 Rf4 41.Rb2 Kf6 42.Nxb7 Rxc4 43.Nd6 and White wins easily. If not 37...Be5 then 38.Nd6 wins.
   Oct-14-14 Vaganian vs Ulf Andersson, 1987 (replies)
Domdaniel: Black is about to lose another pawn, eg 41...Qc7 (covering f7 and attacking e5) 42.Qd3+ and 43.Qxb5. But is it resignable? Probably.
   Oct-14-14 Gelfand vs Radjabov, 2014 (replies)
Domdaniel: 25...Nxb1 loses. Black would have had drawing chances after 25...Nxb3.
   Oct-11-14 D Andreikin vs Caruana, 2014
Domdaniel: <Ohio> Thanks for that analysis of the final position. I suspected that going for the h-pawn wasn't good enough, but didn't see the alternative winning line.
   Oct-10-14 Carlsen vs Dolmatov, 2004
Domdaniel: The 'what is this opening?' debate from 10 years ago is amusing. Comments range from saying that 2.d3 is 'junk' to calling it a refutation of 1.Nf3 f5. Neither, obviously, is true. Nor is this a Dutch, though 2.d4 would have transposed into one. It's a Neo-Lisitsyn ... an improved
   Oct-08-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Domdaniel: <Mark> Dead right, mate. Let's try to help those new folks... This -- User: -- is the help forum that Mark mentioned, for anyone who doesn't know where to find it. We're good cyber-citizens, right?
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> Maybe it's just me, but I *hate* the word 'three-peat'.

Twenty-three-peat, on the other hand...

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  Annie K.: Oh, there you are. I was just about to consider calling you, I'll have you know. ;)

What's this about not answering your messages, then? :p

This is for you: Annie K. chessforum

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  Domdaniel: <A> Ta. I'm alive, of course, as usual. In a manner of speaking. Various channels have been down, yanno...
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  Annie K.: Hmmmph. Well, all right. You better stay around this time. :)
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  Domdaniel: One can but try.

It's undoubtedly true that other folk tend to try harder, but such is life, eh?

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  dakgootje: Good to see you back, if only for a little while, DomD :)
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  Domdaniel: <dak> -- <... if only for a little while ...> Heh. How did you guess?
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  Annie K.: Simple, because you were invited to stay. Ask a harder question! ;p
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  Domdaniel: A harder question? Uh, OK, I'll try.
(1) Who said "Is Mrs Penguin at home?"?
(2) Will the underdog win?
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  Annie K.: (2) usually, in literature, not so often in reality, and speakina, I rather expect Carlsen to win his upcoming first title defense, which is one reason you should stick around.

(1) Viv Stanshall, and I'm cheating, but I didn't Google it. Then how?


PS -

1. Judit Polgar has always been a class act.
2. Susan is not Judit.

Are these sentences related, or not? ;)

The flagship is not rilly the place to hold a discussion on that, but there may just be a certain triciness there. :s

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  dakgootje: I like the.. word-combination.. The sentence part; The senticle 'if only for a little while'. It has some.. relaxed kindness.

Presumably due to 'For Those Who Can Still Ride in Airplanes for The First Time', by Anis Mojgani. Near the end, from 3:00 onwards, it's used twice in this little anecdote about reading a book with a kid on a bus. Rather like the performance, even though I haven't heard it for years :)

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  OhioChessFan: An amusing linguistic mutation by <> on Chessgames Bookie chessforum

<OK, our training phase has ended, a big round of applaud for <wordfunph> for volunteering to run the show.>

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  OhioChessFan: Annie, my own sillygism:

1. The Kardashians are not a class act.
2. Susan is not a Kardashian.
3. But she could be.

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  Annie K.: <Ohio> that works nicely. ;)
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  Domdaniel: I'm not entirely sure what a Kardashian *is* ... well, OK, I have *some* idea...

So. If Susan was a Kardashian, she'd be Kusan.

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  Domdaniel: <Annie> Close, but not the full cigar. The line was supposedly spoken *to* Mr Stanshall, not by him. He had answered the doorbell wearing a penguin costume, with flippers. The innocent caller looked at him in horror and said "Is *Mrs* Penguin at home?"
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  Annie K.: Sounds cute, if nitpicky. :p

You yourself have attributed the line to Stanshall several times, for example here: Domdaniel chessforum :)

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  Domdaniel: <A> I thought I might have done. Oh well, oy vey, und so weiter ... proof, if anyone still requires it, that I'm not actually infallible.

Pope Dom XXIII

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  Domdaniel: A Pynchon movie: the film of 'Inherent Vice' has been screened in New York.

Doc Sportello lives. If you can call it living...

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  Annie K.: Huh? I like the humor of the book, but what on Earth would it have going for it as a movie, other than the adult - if you can call it adult ;p - rating?

A mess of barely developed, dodgy characters, no overall plot to speak of, and as subplots go, well, there's a dozen or so of them, all going nowhere. The director must be certifiable. :s

Then again, I have no idea what movies are like these days...

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  Domdaniel: <A> Maybe a successor to the Dude, in The Big Lebowski?
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  Domdaniel: But you're right, of course. According to the review I've seen, it's pretty funny, has no coherent plot, and is all over the place. But well performed, with Joaquin Phoenix as Doc.
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Got to love those words. I might start dropping some of them in every day conversation.

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  Stonehenge: One of the comments:

"Being the fopdoodle that she was, it took some effort to eschew coarse babblement and get onto the task of helping her friends compile a new cycopede, lest some ear-erecting sounds from her gastriloquist companions make her maffle an apology. Having agreed to the nuncupatory offer, she could not just obambulate all day. Despite her longinquity in the crowd, she could not be the rakeshame and so continued her tardigradous work in uptraining the kids, punctuated by some wranglesome jackpuddings who would often cause a hugger-mugger."

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  Annie K.: Ouch. ;s

Hon, here's an entire library I came across recently - some very good stuff, check it out. :)

I'm linking to page A by author - note that clicking on any letter of the alphabet list across the top will take you to a whole page of authors. Not all the books are actually there - when you actually try to open them, you will find that some have been blocked by copyright request, and more may be blocked over time - but currently most are still there. I've been reading some Jasper Fforde over in F. ;)

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