Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Spencer's idea of...

Spencer's idea of animal love is, per a conversation I had last night:

Friend: "Cats and dogs, I love them!"
Spencer: "Oh yeah, me too! With a little bit of tabasco, they're great!"

I do this ALL THE TIME. Another favorite way of mine to do this is, upon being presented with a photograph of a pet (to keep things calm, preferably not the pet belonging to the person I am speaking to), I say, "That picture just makes me hungry...."

You better believe it. I do it.

Spencer

Wanna play chess? Part III

So this second go-around was a better response; thanks to all who opened accounts! As many have seen, due to the better features I now prefer Chess.com. I've discovered that you can have correspondence games on the web using them, so I highly recommend opening an accounting.

The chess set I was offering has now been taken, so unless you want to get your own board and men, this is the only way you can play correspondence chess with me. Either way, I will forever encourage chess as a game, as a strategy exercise, and as a mental health exercise.

Spencer

Friday, August 19, 2011

Wanna play chess? Part II

I received little interest for the first post, but at least one reader opened an account, so that's at least enough for me to mention that I also just opened an account at Chess.com (under the same username, JeanDubois), if anyone is interested.

Perhaps you prefer playing chess with physical chessmen and board? Well, so do I! Enter my next proposition: correspondence chess!

I was first introduced to correspondence chess by, curiously enough, the same friend who opened an account at FICS when I blogged that first post, but I've never played it again. It entails two players, each with their own chess sets, moving one piece and then sending a letter with the information of that move to the other player, who then reads the move, carries it out on his/her own board, then moves his own piece and writes back with that move, and so on and so forth until the game is over. Now correspondence chess is so much easier--no longer are letters necessary, but you (clearly) can do it with everything from email, to phone, to text messaging, or what have you. It does require a knowledge of chess notation, however. It is simple to learn, but the learning curve will be next to nothing when I tell you that I've got a chess set waiting for the first interested reader, with board already notated. (If you already know how to read/write it, great! If not, I can teach you...and I could even teach you how to play if you don't know how.)

The set is inexpensive and nothing to write home about--it's a simple tournament set, with large Staunton style chessmen, a roll-up mat for a board, and a carrying case (which has pockets for a chess record book, pens/pencils, and what appears to be a strap for a chess clock for use in tournaments, which it does not come with). If anyone is interested in playing correspondence chess with me, leave me your contact information below in the comments (if I don't have it already) and I'll get the board to you, and our days-if-not-weeks-long games will commence!

For those of you who think I'm looking for meat for the grinder and will soundly trounce you, fear not: I am truly a beginner. Since opening an account at FICS, I haven't won a game yet!

Any takers?

Spencer

Sunday, August 14, 2011

WARSKYL: Debt Ceiling Raised to Build Mosques?

Yet another must-read over at Warskyl.

Spencer

V-J Day

Can't say it any better than Rawles!

Remember our Victory! We have not forgotten the sacrifices that were made in World War II. I hope that even the most recent generation can somehow relate to the fullness of the joy that was shared on August 14, 1945!

Spencer

Wanna play chess?

For anyone out there who enjoys a good game of chess, I've gotten dead tired of not having anyone to play with. If you're interested, you can set up a free online chess acccount here, and then you can play me!

...all right, so this is a shameless request to get somebody to actually play with me, it's true. But...like I said, it's shameless! So if you're interested, set up an account, and (if I don't already have it) drop me a comment with your email address, I won't publish it, and we'll set up a game and then go from there. My account name is JeanDubois. (Brainiac of the Day award goes to whoever can figure out that name's significance, WITHOUT cheating.)

All interested, apply!

Spencer

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Saturday, August 06, 2011

AA+?!?!!

The U.S. had its AAA credit rating downgraded for the first time by Standard & Poor’s on concern spending cuts agreed on by lawmakers to raise the nation’s borrowing limit won’t be enough to reduce record deficits.

S&P dropped the ranking one level to AA+, after warning on July 14 that it would reduce the rating in the absence of a “credible” plan to lower deficits even if the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit was lifted.

I received the news last night; it made me sick. I shake my head in disgust and disbelief at the dishonor of it all. Our brand new international embarrassment goes beyond just that, for I can only ask, what comes next? Do I even want to know?

Spencer

Friday, August 05, 2011

CNN: Stocks: Worst day since 2008 financial crisis

While the news is clearly unsettling, I am by no means surprised. I've been saying it since the first one, "This isn't over yet. It's going to get worse."

Let's just hope it doesn't get all the way worse....

Spencer

Tuesday, August 02, 2011