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Holmer Is On the Board And Andy Culls

Check My Derby Blog to find out the weights on these fish and to find out who's where in the standings.

Saturday brain challenge

Rinck 1912 by AndreasWhite to move. How do you assess this position? Which side is better? How would you continue as White?8/3pP2B/1n2r3/8/6k1/8/R4PK1/8 w - - 0 1 Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

The Shimelle Collection is now available at

Just a quick update to let you know the Shimelle collection is now available here at, and is currently at a discount. Have a fabulous weekend! (That’s an affiliate link. Thanks for your support if you choose to use it!...

Extinction Week Recap

Extinction endures long past regret or even memory. We nature lovers, celebrants of life in all its exquisite multiformity, feel...

How I met Bobby Fischer

The question of the week is if I knew the late Great American World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer.As so many others of my generation, I was greatly influenced by the chess frenzy that Bobby created right around when I started to play chess. Show More Summary

29 countries attended Bilbao Opening Ceremony

SPORTS DELEGATIONS COMING FROM 29 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ATTENDED THE OPENING CEREMONY OF BILBAO CHESS 2014 THIS EVENINGBilbao mayor Ibon Areso chaired the ceremony today and acted as host to all 61 teamsBilbao, 13 September 2014Delegations...Show More Summary

Laib Wax Room at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC

In the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, there is a room that is completely walled in beeswax. Done by Wolfgang Laib (you can see the installation here), the room is illuminated by a single light bulb.Here I am in the actual room. Show More Summary

POTD: Johannes’ First Two Guns

A European reader emailed us a photo of his first two guns which he purchased earlier this summer. A Ruger 10/22 is the perfect beginners rifle and an AR-15 is a solid choice for any shooter. Earlier this summer I got my first guns and went out to the range to try them out. Show More Summary

POTD: A Good Deal on a Quality Gun

To be honest, I am a plastic fantastic fan myself, but I cannot call a plastic gun beautiful … Glock guns simply are not beautiful. The 1911 is a beautiful gun. TFB reader Sean managed to buy this beauty for a very good price in the used section of his local gun store. Show More Summary

The Gender Gap Issue

Why the Gender Gap Will Eventually CloseSEPT. 13, 2014Economic ViewBy TYLER COWENDebates over the supposed differences between men and women are a staple of pop culture. But two new books offer an economic look at the evidence, giving...Show More Summary

White-footed Mice

“I think mice are rather nice.” So began the children’s poem by Rose Amy Fyleman that I read to my three sons when they were young. Fyleman was an English writer who lived in earlier times (1877-1957) and her mice were not the primary hosts for the larvae and nymphs of black-legged (Lyme disease) ticks […]

World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad

The Hungarian Chess Federation (HCF) will organize the World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad for teams in Gy?r (Hungary) from 12th December (arrival) to 22nd December (departure). The U-16 Youth Olympiad will be conducted under the auspices...Show More Summary


Picked one of these up at Target earlier this week. This is definitely right up my alley. I don't buy much modern wax because I sometimes feel buyer's remorse after paying $3 for a pack of 8-10 cards (sometimes less) that don't end up being very interesting to me. Show More Summary

Late-Summer Scenes from DC by Susan Harris

At the National Arboretum in late August: Joe-Pye Weed and Crapemyrtle blooming in the Gotelli Dwarf Conifer Collection. Behind a wildflower meadow, the Capitol Columns.  They once held up the U.S. Capitol. Around the Friendship House, plant and design ideas for residential gardens. In the National Gallery’s Scultpure Garden in Late August: Black-eyed Susans and […]

US Navy Testing Exoskeleton, Boosting Workers’ Productivity and Strength

Exoskeletons have made news in recent years for creating super-soldiers and allowing wheelchair users to walk again. Now, the US Navy will test and evaluate Lockheed Martin’s FORTIS exoskeletons for industrial applications at Navy shipyards. FORTIS is a lightweight, unpowered exoskeleton which can support tools of up to 36 lbs. […]

The Pets

While filleting salmon for our guests, the resident trout around our camp at Alaska West grow pretty fond of the hand that feeds them. Its not uncommon to witness dozens of trophy rainbow trout in the 20 to 30 inch range, patiently waiting for the next salmon scrap to fall off of the fillet table. […]

Good Luck Ducks, Week 3: Good Morning Football

Oregon faces their final nonconference test in the earliest home start time I can ever remember. There was a moment during last week's battle between top 7 teams where it felt like the game was getting away from the Ducks. Michigan St. Show More Summary

Which Bird Species Have Gone Extinct in Costa Rica?

When Costa Rica becomes a topic of conversation, we don’t usually hear the word “extinction” being thrown around. You might...

Chess in Art: chess set for sale

Would you like to own this chess and draughts set table-and-chairs ensemble? Is it even called an ensemble? Why am I asking you this? I was sent the above photo recently by a friend of mine who knows a woodwork tutor, called Karl. Karl,...Show More Summary

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