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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 12642 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-27-15 Team White vs Team Black, 2015 (replies)
   Aug-24-15 Stoltz vs Pilnik, 1952
hms123: <schizoidman> Well-spotted. Playing on for a while seems unlikely, however.
   Aug-13-15 chessforum (replies)
hms123: Update. No problems the last few days. Well, no computer issues. We do need a new washing machine.
   Jun-25-15 hms123 chessforum (replies)
hms123: <WannaBe> You can't win them all. Thanks--hms
   Jun-10-15 technical draw chessforum (replies)
hms123: <northernfox> I have the cd of Pletnev playing that piece. It is indeed phenomenal.
   Jun-03-15 playground player chessforum (replies)
hms123: What Jess said.
   May-30-15 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
hms123: <Phony Benoni> Yes (almost). Every coach I have worked with has basically said some version of "you are wasting your time blooping in the second serve. Put more pace on it." One coach (the best) even had me hit my first serve on both attempts hoping it would give me more ...
   May-20-15 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
hms123: <WannaBe> I knew you'd take it well. ;-)
   May-07-15 crawfb5 chessforum (replies)
hms123: <crawfb5> <Larry Crawford (Commentary)> Cool.
   Mar-02-15 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
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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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  WannaBe: FYI, baseball team is playing Virginia for the Championship.
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  hms123: <WannaBe>

And the vandy baseball guys won the first game 5-1. One more win and they are back to back champs.

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  playground player: <hms123> And a big Barsoomian "kaor" to you!

Saw a nice film noir the other night: <I Wake Up Screaming>, starring Victor Mature and Betty Grable, with Laird Cregar as an extremely creepy cop. If you haven't seen it--even a true connoisseur hasn't seen everything--you can view it free on youtube.

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  hms123: <pgp> I haven't seen it but will put it on my list for viewing in the very near future.
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  WannaBe: Looks like there will be a third game for the College World Series, but it's only in the 6th of game two.
Jun-24-15  Open Defence: hello
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  hms123: <Deffi>. How are you? No doubt busy with life unlike the rest of us
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  WannaBe: 2-0 Vandy, in the second.
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  WannaBe: 2-2, Top 4th!!
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  WannaBe: 4-2 Virginia.
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  WannaBe: Congrats to the Cavaliers, and also to the Commodores, another great run to the College World Series.
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  hms123: <WannaBe>

You can't win them all. Thanks--hms

Jun-27-15  Open Defence: yeah the kids and the band keep me busy
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  Knight13: <hms123> What's your status? Over.
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  Knight13: <hms123> Solid copy. Out.

P.S. I just updated my profile. I hope you don't disapprove. :)

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