Would someone mind taking over the controls for a bit while I have me a nap?
Agreed. RFID'ing chess pieces, brain implants, insane! Why can't they simply learn the rules? It's not that complicated.
I taught after school chess for several years after I was laid off after 9/11 and ensuing telecom crisis-debacle. Parents and teachers believed chess was good for the children and gave me the opportunity to share my expert knowledge. The per-hour pay was not half bad, based on number, but the number of hours per week was small. You never know who is going to be the next Magnus Carlsen or Susan Polgar and make a life of it. There was an equal mix of girls and boys in my classes which ranged from 8 to 42 kids, aged 6 to 16. One school I taught at most kids had ADD and/or Aspberger's who particularly loved chess and teachers said chess was measurably beneficial for their performance in other classes.
Chess teaches kids valuable life skills such as the ability to analyze, have patience and consideration, develop strategies and tactics and understand the difference, make decisions under pressure given time and resource constraints, take calculated risks, and of course sportsmanship and a good bit of psychology, etc. while still being a safe activity. I suppose tennis teaches many of the same things too, while giving good exercise to the body, however, tennis courts take up a lot more space and tennis probably has more injuries. GO too is a great game, I look forward to the time it reaches the international standing of chess. GO is an even simpler game from a rules point of view but a more complex, in terms of combinations and strategy. Perhaps we are not ready for it.. it boggles my mind. Philosophically, it is difficult to say whether one pastime is better than another, but kids do love chess!
To sum it up, If you want more people teaching or playing chess, you have to value it more. Despite the $1,000,000 tournament in Vegas putting down $1000 for the entry fee is taking a gamble even if you are a sandbagger. There is little money in chess playing unless you are at the top, writing books, or organizing $1,000,000 chess tournaments. Alas, there are benefits from chess that you can't buy with money. I personally got a lot out of teaching chess, but I have to pay a mortgage and support a family, so I am a much better valued programmer. It's good to see that there are chess scholarships now and chess popularity is exploding. I can only imagine a day when a chess coach gets paid like an NBA coach, football coach, or soccer coach...., not.
FYI, MP = Member of Parliament (MP) . ttyl
Crazy ants use formic acid and are impervious to fire ants. Do they get it from CO2? How much CO2 does a crazy ant sequester? If you've never seen a crazy ant they don't bit or sting but they are FAST and they are MANY.
It's interesting that in Mexico, they refer to themselves as Estados Unidos de Mexico.
The objectives of core standards are admirable and the approach makes sense to me. Teach everyone core concepts in a simple way and make it so they actually understand what they are doing.
It needs to be tempered with everyone learns at their own pace so that people like me, who were able to solve problems like 2 to the 5th power in first grade, aren't held back by other people who are still trying to understand that 32 - 12 is the same as concat(3-2, 2-2).
I think maths should be rolled up into programming. Math notation as I see it is atrocious. Kenneth Iverson comes to mind.
The players were interviewed after the game. The "blunder" was discussed. My impression was (from what both Anand and Carlsen said in the interview) was that the natural move Bf1 was insufficient, so without much consideration Anand chose the alternative Nf1. Since he did analyze Bf1 as insufficient, and Nf1 was the only alternative, and time on his clock is a factor this IMHO is not a blunder. There were only two moves in the position, Nf1 and Bf1. After Nf1, the game is lost for white, even against a fairly weak player (computer put it at around -7 pawns). After Bf1 it was probably still lost against Carlsen (computer put it at nearly -1 pawn). I think his error was allowing the protected passer at b3. In one of the interviews, Anand said it right, "in a bad position, all moves are bad".
In that ending, the only side that had winning chances was the side with the pawns. Magnus was playing for the win.
"Billions and billions and billions...and BILLIONS and Billions....and... and...billions...'
Recently enjoyed the "Angels and Demons" movie. It had some rocket-takeoff-countdown-esq video sequences of the supposed(realistic???) powerup of CERN. Interesting q&a on antimatter at: http://public.web.cern.ch/public/en/Spotlight/SpotlightAandD-en.html
This is serous. I feel like I'm baring my soul here... Please don't laugh.
. My laptop is a (ne)state-of-the-art Gateway Solo, original price $6500.00 with a 14.4" monitor, video/aux, and dual batteries long dead. It boots fast to either Windows 98, OS/2 Warp, or Linux. It is about 12 years old now. Its main limiting factor is the relatively slow speed of my typing and it's lack of battery power.
My home desktop is a Dell P4 running XP at 2.66GhZ, 1G ram, $800 from the outlet store, only 7 or 8 years years old. It's main limiting factor is the relatively slow speed of it's cable internet connection. Its relatively small (low GiGage) hard drive 30G, and 17" CRT are Screaming to be replaced and for the cost to replace them all, might as well replace the whole ball and get Windows 7.
My work desktop, about a year old, with dual CPU's, often responds slower than both my Ancient Ones. Its main limiting factor is virus scanners and other enterprise required molassesware.
My work laptop is a screaming fast Dell whose main limitation is me having to log into it with about 3 passwords and a fingerscan. Reminds me of all the walls in the old Get Smart series. Oh yeah, If I don't type on it for a minute, I get to reauthenticate fingerscan and 3 password challenges.
If I were to pick an upgrade that would improve my experience the most hardware-wise it would 1st be more resolution plus bigger monitors and faster input devices as yet un-invented or un-unveiled.
I think my next PC will be either a Mac or some kind of as yet un-unveiled super phone.... Soon as my Gateway Solo dies or I hit the lottery!