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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

   Domdaniel has kibitzed 25313 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-28-14 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: A harder question? Uh, OK, I'll try. (1) Who said "Is Mrs Penguin at home?"? (2) Will the underdog win?
   Sep-28-14 chessforum
Domdaniel: <SwitchingQ> Um, I don't know. Losing Ed Trice was like a minor extinction event - exit Triceratopsy and related dinosaurs. But losing La Polgar seems rather more significant. I, for one, would prefer to have her around.
   Sep-28-14 Mdluli Meluleki
Domdaniel: CG member <JustMelo> - cf kibitz on Mdluli Meluleki vs D Ntagasigumwami, 2014 - is probably Meluleki.
   Sep-28-14 Mdluli Meluleki vs D Ntagasigumwami, 2014
Domdaniel: <JustMelo> I'm sorry if I sounded insulting or patronizing ... you played better than I would have done, I think. Congratulations on taking part in an Olympiad -- something most people here will never achieve.
   Sep-28-14 I Bilek vs Tal, 1967
Domdaniel: <parisattack> Yes, indeed. Coincidentally, I'd just been looking at how an early ...b5 v6 1.Nf3 (as in Tal-Bilek '67) can transpose into the French Def line of the King's Indian Attack ... I've often used this system as Black after 1.e4 e6 2.d3 etc, but I don't think I ever ...
   Sep-28-14 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: "... did look a bit like ... me?" "Why, yes. It is I out there..." [egomaniac reading]
   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.
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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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  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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