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|Sep-14-12|| ||cormier: part 2 on Pope's,: book of revelation http://www.zenit.org/article-35517?...|
|Sep-14-12|| ||playground player: <Achieve> My "iconoclasm" comment was purely historical. I certainly don't suggest that you, personally, are an iconoclast.|
You've made an interesting comment on Constantine and the evolution--warping?--of Christianity into what we might call "civil religion." You'll be surprised to hear that it creeps me out when we try to pretend that "Christian" means "American." I believe my country ought to be governed according to Christian principles, which are the best principles. But we must never risk subordinating Christianity to America.
Is that <YouRang> screaming in the background? Surely you never thought I was a syncretist?
Getting back to Constantine, R.J. Rushdoony once asked, "Would you rather he hadn't legalized Christianity?" Agreeing that Constantine's actions opened the door to various abuses, he still wasn't ready to write off Constantine altogether.
|Sep-14-12|| ||hms123: <pgp>
Thanks for the rec on <Freddy the P>.
I read a lot of children's literature for a few reasons:
1. To find out what my grand-daughter is reading
2. Some of the best writing is in that area these days
3. I like it
BTW, I just finished <Heartbeat> by Sharon Creech (Newberry Award-winning author of <Walk Two Moons>). You might like it. It doesn't take long to read.
|Sep-15-12|| ||playground player: <Update> Happily, it looks like the doctor was right about <Mrs. PGP> regaining vision in her right eye. It seems to get imperceptibly better every day, as he said it would. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!|
|Sep-15-12|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|Sep-15-12|| ||YouRang: From my forum:
<playground player: <YouRang> Betcha thought I'd never ask a chess question: but here goes.
I always like to learn new openings. Lately the English (1.c4) and the Bird (1.f4) are attractive to me. Which do you think is stronger?
In general I favor doing unorthodox things on the Queen-side rather than the King-side: 1.b4 over 1.g4, and the Albin Counter-gambit rather than the Falkbeer--just because it seems you have more room over there, and a wider margin of error.
So, in your vast experience, which is better for White--the Bird or the English?>
My best advice to you is to not take any advice from me regarding chess openings. It's utterly the worst part of my game (and IMO the least interesting).
I once started to read some text on opening theory, but by the time I woke up, I had only finished two paragraphs -- and even those I forgot.
|Sep-15-12|| ||YouRang: <playground player> Good to hear about Mrs. <pgp>'s recovery. Please give her a hug on behalf of your cg.com friend (or nemesis?).|
Thank goodness for those biology scientists who made such modern medical treatments possible, eh? ;-)
|Sep-15-12|| ||Deus Ex Alekhina: Science, yes. But not raw cow's milk, nor probably sardines marinated in maple syrup.|
|Sep-16-12|| ||playground player: <YouRang> Yes, I'm so happy the surgeon boned up on Darwinism and Man-Made Global Warming before he even attempted to remove a cataract. |
Your hug has been conveyed to its intended recipient.
Meanwhile, Mr. Nemesis, I ask you a chess question and you fold on me like a cheap camera! What is this--do I have to go to <Phony Benoni> every time I want to learn something about chess?
<Anybody> Without simply citing figures from <Opening Explorer>, which is the stronger opening--1.c4 or 1.b4?
<DEA> If you accuse me of drinking raw milk one more time, I'll come of there and insert a large garden gnome in you.
<Update> Yesterday for the first time in years, <Mrs. PGP> was able to read some of the credits in a movie. Other than that, it wasn't such a good movie.
|Sep-16-12|| ||cormier: <<<<<<<<<Is> 50:5-9a> The Lord GOD opens my ear that I may hear;
and I have not rebelled,
have not turned back.>
I gave my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;
my face I did not shield
from buffets and spitting.>
The Lord GOD is my help,
therefore I am not disgraced;
I have set my face like flint,
knowing that I shall not be put to shame.>
He is near who upholds my right;
if anyone wishes to oppose me,
let us appear together.>
Who disputes my right?>
Let that man confront me.>
See, the Lord GOD is my help;
who will prove me wrong?>
|Sep-16-12|| ||Phony Benoni: <playground player> Having undergone cataract surgery in both eyes the last couple of years, I can testify as to the benefits. Perhaps it's not life changing, but it is certainly life enhancing.|
As for the 1.c4 vs. 1.b4 question: well, what do you mean by stronger? When they finally perfect the 32-piece tablebase and the final numbers crunch in down to the nanopart of a nanopawn, I think 1.c4 will receive a superior numerical evaluation.
But that's not where chess is played. Down here in the fish tank, chess is as much about personal study and individual feel and psychology and surprise as it is about nanopawns. Not to mention just having fun. And, the last time I looked, this world hasn't disintegrated to the point that you can receive a ticket from the Rybka Police for playing an inferior opening.
If you think 1.b4 is stronger, than it's stronger for you. This may be based on analysis or psychology or just plain liking the kind of position you get out of the opening. Maybe nobody else agrees, but that doesn't alter the situation. And it will remain stronger for you until you're convinced otherwise by results or just an internal conviction.
Or when your wife, able to see the chessboard for the first time in years, says, "Honey, that's a dumb move."
|Sep-16-12|| ||OhioChessFan: IMHO, c4 is objectively better, much better, in theory and in practice. It wouldn't shock me to see Carlsen open c4 in a serious game against another super GM but there is simply no way he'd open b4. However, at the club level, b4 just might be better since there's not as much theory and you're likely to catch an opponent out of book quickly.|
|Sep-16-12|| ||cormier: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Gospel> Mk 8:27-35> Jesus and his disciples set out
for the villages of Caesarea Philippi.>
Along the way he asked his disciples,
"Who do people say that I am?">
They said in reply,
"John the Baptist, others Elijah,
still others one of the prophets.">
And he asked them,
"But who do you say that I am?">
Peter said to him in reply,
"You are the Christ.">
Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him.>
He began to teach them
that the Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed, and rise after three days.>
He spoke this openly.>
Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.>
At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples,
rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan.>
You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.">
He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them,
"Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me.>
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake
and that of the gospel will save it.">
|Sep-16-12|| ||optimal play: <<cormier><At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan.> You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.">|
Poor ol' Peter was always being publicly berated (Galatians 2:14)
|Sep-17-12|| ||cormier: u r generalising an exception <o p> ... have a great day ....|
|Sep-17-12|| ||cormier: <<<<<<<<<<<Gospel> Lk 7:1-10> When Jesus had finished all his words to the people,
he entered Capernaum.>
A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die,
and he was valuable to him.>
When he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to him,
asking him to come and save the life of his slave.>
They approached Jesus and strongly urged him to come, saying,
"He deserves to have you do this for him,
for he loves our nation and he built the synagogue for us.">
And Jesus went with them,
but when he was only a short distance from the house,
the centurion sent friends to tell him,
"Lord, do not trouble yourself,
for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.>
Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you;
but say the word and let my servant be healed.
For I too am a person subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.>
And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes;
and to another, 'Come here,' and he comes;
and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it.">
When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him
and, turning, said to the crowd following him,
"I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.">
When the messengers returned to the house,
they found the slave in good health.>
|Sep-17-12|| ||cormier: GENEVA — United Nations human rights investigators said today they had drawn up a new secret list of Syrians and military units suspected of committing war crimes who ought to be prosecuted.|
The independent investigators, led by Paulo Pinheiro, said they had gathered “a formidable and extraordinary body of evidence” and urged the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
|Sep-17-12|| ||playground player: <Phony Benoni>, <Ohio Chess Fan> Thanks for your response. You had no way of knowing that the question as written was a typo on my part. <What I really wanted to know was which was stronger, 1.c4 or <<1.f4>>? It came out b4 when I typed it. As some of you know, I already play 1.b4 and I'm happy with the results. But I'm always looking to add to my opening repertoire.|
I know 1.c4 is played on the GM level without raising any eyebrows. I know 1.b4 isn't (not until Yuri Lapshun becomes a GM). But what about 1.f4?
Sorry for the typo!
|Sep-17-12|| ||perfidious: <pgp> Give me 1.c4 over f4 any day; there are even some games of mine with it in this DB, though only one is what I'd consider good.|
|Sep-18-12|| ||cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...|
|Sep-18-12|| ||playground player: <perfidious> I'd very much like to see your good game in the data-base. Would you please provide a link to it?|
I don't have any games in the DB.
|Sep-18-12|| ||hms123: <pgp> I don't which game it is, but this should help. Alan Shaw|
|Sep-18-12|| ||hms123: <pgp> Counting down the days.|
|Sep-18-12|| ||perfidious: <pgp> Here 'tis: A Shaw vs A de Groot, 1998|
|Sep-19-12|| ||playground player: <perfidious> Ah, yes--nice game. The English Opening used to look weird to me, but since I've become used to playing 1.b4, it looks much more attractive.|
Of course, I don't play at anywhere near your level. That would take much more commitment to chess than I'm able to give. Still, I always enjoy learning new openings.
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