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Welcome, all! This is the place for frivolous commentary, serious commentary, and cogent discussion.


My favorite wines:

Matted Elk (red), March 2012

Matted Elk (red), April 2012

Matted Elk (red), May 2012

Matted Elk (red), June 2012 (limited bottling, no longer available)

Matted Elk (red), July 2012

I am looking forward to the release of the August 2012 vintage.


Work, the what's-its-name of the thingummy and the thing-um-a-bob of the what d'you-call-it. (P. G. Wodehouse)

You have to bring some funk to get some. You can't just walk in a place and expect to get some funk. If you ain't bring no funk, then you can't get no funk..Another thing is, you can't fake the funk or your nose will grow. (Bootsy Collins)

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there is a man on base. (Dave Barry)


Here's an article that I wrote:

<Chess Life, August, 2011, <<Brave New World: Human Intuition and Computer-assisted Chess>>
(Most Notable Achievement in Correspondence Chess
Winner: Brave New World: Human Intuition by Howard Sandler, Ph.D. and the World Team Chess Life August, 2011)

These are links that I find useful:

1. <<<New Search Feature instructions>>> chessforum

2. <<<Wiki info on FEN notation>>>

3. <<<Fen Help>>> FEN Help Page

4. <<<FEN Reverser>>>

5. <<<Zip File Archive>>> Zipfile Archive

6. <<Jan van Reek's site:>>

7. <<ICCF Archives:>>

8. <<iPad shortcuts:>> hms123 chessforum

9. <<pgn4web quickstart:>> Pgn4web Quickstart and hms123 chessforum

10. <<change password:>>

11. <<Internet Archives WayBackMachine:>>

12. <<Avatar sizer>>

13. <<K+B+N vs K:>>

14. <<Collection to check out:>> Game Collection: They were surprised

15. <<Puzzles:>>

16. <<kingscrusher's video spreadsheet>>

17. <<chess.ok online opening book:>>

18. <<PGN reader:>>

19. <<Time zones:>>

20. <<Build an opening repertoire>> FSR chessforum

21. <<Is a website down?>>

22. <<FICS Info>> User: FICS Info

23. <<Map of US dialects>>

24. <<Windows Help Info>>

<<<Caissar Awards>>>

Thanks to User: wannabe for running the contest, and to everyone who voted for me or for any of the other fine nominees.

<<2008 Caissar Award winner for <most helpful>. (shared with User: brankat)>>

<<2009 Caissar Award winner for <most constructive kibitzer>.>>

<<2011 Caissar Award winner for <most helpful>.>>

<<2012 Caissar Award winner for <most helpful>.>>

<<2013 Caissar Award winner for <most helpful>.>>


An interesting chess set that my wife gave me many years ago:

>> Click here to see hms123's game collections. Full Member

   hms123 has kibitzed 12614 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-20-15 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
hms123: <WannaBe> I knew you'd take it well. ;-)
   May-13-15 chessforum (replies)
hms123: <cg> < Please don't post your guesses here> Of course not. Wouldn't think of it.
   May-07-15 crawfb5 chessforum
hms123: <crawfb5> <Larry Crawford (Commentary)> Cool.
   Mar-13-15 hms123 chessforum (replies)
hms123: <crawfb5>. Heh.
   Mar-02-15 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
   Feb-15-15 playground player chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Lee> Try taking out the space before www in this version: http:// /
   Jan-21-15 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Jan-17-15 The Caissars chessforum (replies)
hms123: I vote for <Carlsen> for Player of the Year. <Annie> said it all (and then some). I vote for <The World vs. Naiditsch>. I still marvel at this position: [DIAGRAM] Naiditch played <24...c6> [DIAGRAM] and his position collapsed soon after.
   Jan-04-15 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Annie> I wanted to "like" your post to <Abdel> But I couldn't, then I decided I should "love" your post. So I just did.
   Jan-01-15 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Annie> Good luck. I expect that this quarter I will get the <rockin' pneumonia and the bookie wookie flu>.
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  playground player: <Fusilli> I've been wondering about that, myself.

<hms123> Give us a shout-out so we know you're all right!

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  Fusilli: <pp> I know he's alright because we had a recent email exchange. <H> is playing a lot of bridge these days, apparently.

But I am surprised that he is not checking in on <CG>.

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  playground player: <Fusilli> Thanks for the news: I was getting worried.

I hope our Esteemed Colleague does not follow the example of Omar Sharif, and lose all his fortune on bridge.

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  hms123: I am checking in on a limited basis. I am also playing 3-4 sessions of bridge a week. Most of my study time is on bridge these days rather than chess. I am looking forward to the next <White vs Black> team game.

<pgp>. Here is something for your next column.

<Fusilli> there is a sectional tournament from the 19-22, but lunch is in view after that.

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  Fusilli: <hms123: <pgp>. Here is something for your next column.

Jesus... That's repulsive on so many levels...

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  playground player: <hms123> Great to hear from you, and thanks for the tip-off... although I must point out that the premise of this low-life show was first used many years ago by Woody Allen in <Bananas>--the scene in which Wide World of Sports and Howard Cosell provide live coverage of Allen's wedding night.

There is no way I can copy the link for that video without messing it up.

<Fusilli> Yup, pretty disgusting, all right. I can't wait to see what cultural rock-bottom looks like.

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<Lee> Link copying:

1. Put your mouse over the link you want to copy.

2. Right click.

3. You will see a drop down menu now. LEFT CLICK the choice "copy link address."

4. Hover your mouse over the Kibbutzing box where you want to post the link.

5. RIGHT CLICK. You will see another drop down menu. Put your mouse on the choice labeled "paste."

6. LEFT CLICK on "paste."

7. Now your copied link will appear in the kibbutzing box.

8. Celebrate by opening a choice vintage of "Matted Elk."

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  playground player: <Jess> Thank you! I'll try it. Those instructions are simple enough even more me to understand.
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  playground player: *sigh* nothing happened
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<Lee> Something just struck me- if you followed all of those directions and it still didn't work- What about buying a new mouse and seeing if that makes a difference? Mice are cheap.

The only other thing I can think of that might be causing a problem is this-

On Step 1: When you hover your mouse over the link you want to copy, make sure that your mouse has "engaged" the link.

That means that when your mouse is DIRECTLY on top of the link you want to copy, you will see that link change color, eh?

It should change from blue to red.

When you have your mouse over the link and it turns red, that is the time to RIGHT CLICK on it to get the drop down menu.

On Step 3: when you see the drop down menu, be sure to LEFT CLICK "copy link address"- That's the fifth item down from top of the pop up list.

On Step Four: When you are ready to paste your link address in a kibbutzing box, you need first to LEFT CLICK over the kibbutzing box.

I forgot to include this in the list.

When you LEFT CLICK over the kibbutzing box, you will see a little cursor sign.

Now it is time for RIGHT CLICK and select "paste" from the drop down menu.

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  playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> By now several people have tried to teach me how to cut and paste--and each set of instructions is different from the others. Nevertheless, I thank you and everyone else who has tried to teach me this: and somehow, one way or another, I am determined to learn.

Unless it's like high school chemistry, impossible for me to learn.

What I need is someone to stand over me and walk me through the process, physically. Then I'd get it. Unfortunately, all my friends who could easily do that live hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

But, as Oliver Hardy said, where there's a will, there's a way.

Feb-16-15  achieve: I have to say, apart from getting the most thorough and complete directions by JFQ, I am at an utter loss for words.

Disregarding neighbours or any one person of the age of U12, not being able to follow these magnificent directions, leaves me.... speechless.

Never give up! But wrapping my head around this is one of my major challenges to date.

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  playground player:

Huh! How about that? It worked!

Thanks, Jess! Now the tricky part is to carry the link over to another page entirely. Let me see if I can carry it from this page to my own forum page.

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  playground player: <Jessicafischerqueen>, <Esteemed Colleagues> Thanks to your patient instruction, I've just succeeded in posting the first-ever video on my blog.

Feb-16-15  achieve: HOORAY!!
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<Niels> Well met!

<Lee> Great choice for your inaugural clip.

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  playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> I tried it again today, this time with a still photo, but all I was able to post was the link to the photo (and at least the link works, which is a step up for me). I think I've got it down for videos; but is there anything I can do differently to make the picture display, without requiring the reader to click the link?

Thanks so much for your patient and productive advice!

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<Lee> Sadly, I know less than you do about how to install live videos or pictures on a separate website, such as your fine website.

I only know how to cut and paste links and post them somewhere else. I have never even tried to "embed" a video or picture, the way you successfully embedded the YOSEMITE SAM video on your website.

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Certainly off-topic, but I've been rewatching Ken Burns' fine Civil War documentary, and I have a strong urge to start calling you <General Lee>.

Did you get where you are today by letting people call you <General Lee>?

I need to know...

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  playground player: <Jessicafischerqueen> I didn't get where I am today without using your instructions to embed that video on my website. Honest! I used the very instructions you posted here to put Yosemite Sam on my blog page. Unfortunately, the same procedure did not work when I tried to post a picture of the immortal Charlie Wooster.

This is funny! You taught me how to do something you don't know how to do.

I'm sure Robert E. Lee was never as confused as I am now. But I'll keep working on this till I get it.

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You know who is expert in all things computer and a good explainer is <MannBee>. He has always answered any computer questions I had, and he's always right too.

You can find him here: User: wannabe

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  Fusilli: I got a personal email from Jan Timman today!

Um... it starts with "It's time to renew your subscription to New in Chess"...

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  hms123: <crawfb5>. Heh.
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  WannaBe: <hms123> Congrats to Lady Commodores on their NCAA Championship.
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