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Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 3 - NM Dana Mackenzie ... and more

Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 3 - NM Dana Mackenzie Pawn Chain Configurations: Pawn islands 3Posted on October 23,2014 By GM Sergey Kasparov in Strategy & Game Review, Classic Games (Pre 2010), General Chess Articles. The problem of an isolated pawn is surely worth an independent topic and thorough analysis. Show More Summary

Lesson of the Week

21 hours agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Essentials of Rook Endings My primary chess club had been divided into groups meeting on different days by age in years past. This year the division was changed to one based on skill. Consequently, my beginning group on Tuesdays receives different instruction than the advanced group on Thursdays. Show More Summary

Desert Tech MDR Prototype

Thanks to Henry Reed for this tip. Desert Tech recently posted a video showing a functioning MDR and does it look like fun. I found it interesting that the shooter does not wrap his thumb around the pistol grip. A technique usually seen for long range shooting. The post Desert Tech MDR Prototype appeared first on The Firearm Blog.

The High Line park in NYC, a skyline promenade, part 2

21 hours agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

At the end of Part 1 of my post about visiting the High Line in New York City last weekend, we’d just entered Chelsea Market Passage. After the dimness of the passageway, you exit into bright sunlight on the aptly named Sun Deck. Wooden lounge chairs resembling stacked pallets are surely the most popular seats on the High Line. Show More Summary

WidowX Robot Arm Integrated Into Senior Design

Check out this University of Pennsylvania Bioengineering Student’s Senior Design Project using the WidowX Robot Arm. The setup is a mock up as an Robotic Arm Device for Cerebral Palsy Users. The user presses a colored pad and the robot moves a small cube to the corresponding color pad. This is a great demonstration of [...]

Little Katherine, the Big City Squirrel

Little Katherine, photo by Michael Geraci My daughter Katherine, who I still call Katie, lives in Brooklyn with her partner Michael and their sweet dog Muxy. When Katie was walking Muxy one Sunday night a few weeks ago, she came upon a tiny squirrel in big trouble. Show More Summary

Tute Tuesday: Scrabble Afghan

21 hours agoHobbies / Crafts : Craftster

There is nothing better on a cool autumn day than a nice warm cozy blanket. You can get all snuggled in and stitch, read a book or play scrabble. A few years ago azabuey created a pattern for this clever Scrabble Afghan. It is perfect for those scrabble lovers in your life. It is so […]

Good Luck Ducks, Week 8: A Decade of Dominance

After a rebound win, Oregon faces their bitter rivals to the north. Admittedly, I was pretty down on the Ducks last week going into the UCLA game. Jake Fisher returned to the offensive line and made a huge difference, as Marcus Mariota was no longer sacked every other play and the Ducks grabbed a comfortable lead on unfriendly turf. Show More Summary

Reno Odds and Ends

A few final thoughts about the Reno tournament… (1) The ratings went up today and I was surprised to see that my rating didn’t go up as much as I thought it would. Only from 2164 to 2182. This means that if I had won my last-round game against GM Sergey Kudrin instead of drawing, […]

Re-packs aren't always winners...

Before I head in for a long day and night at work, let's take a look at a couple more packs that came from one of these 20 packs for 20 bucks discount boxes... First up is 2012 Gypsy Queen, weighing in at a measly 6 cards... I'm notShow More Summary

What We’re Reading Across the Web This Week (Through Oct 18, 2014)

While we kept our eye on the next iteration of devices rolling out of Apple this week, the Hub team was also getting a steady dose of great articles challenging some of the very pillars of how we see technology shaping the future. It’s at times a sobering look at the challenges and […]

2014 Topps Update Value Pack recap

I wanted to get my initial fix out of the way, so I impulsively grabbed a blaster box and a value pack about a week ago - not that it matters, but this pack configuration was 36 cards in single hanger pack as opposed to a two section rack pack. Show More Summary

Another Reason Conservatives are Bad for Birds

21 hours agoHobbies / Birding : 10,000 Birds

You know that a government is running amok when it threatens to send tax auditors after a registered charity, in...

Patriarchal theory

I happened to be discussing the famous Botvinnik-Fischer game with some friends when Angus French pointed out an interesting anomaly at a crucial point.The anomaly isn't in the game, so much as in Botvinnik's comments on it: at Black's...Show More Summary

United States Mint | Come See Our New Look!

  We’ve redesigned our online shopping experience with you in mind. Shop now to see how your input has helped shape our new features and functionality. Check it out here! Image:  U.S. Mint

SPICE Cup 2014 Photos

More photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/116302832360230031699/SPICECup2014 Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

Opportunity

21 hours agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

When a tactical opportunity presents itself, seize it. Perhaps Black thought that he won a pawn with 33...Nxf2. This position arose in Miroshnichenko -- Rychagov, Sochi 2005. I found the game while exploring options for Black in the Catalan after 6.Qc2 dxc4 7.Nbd2, which scores very well for White. White to move

Bubba’d Mosin Nagant Spotted in Syria

Check out this hack job used by a rebel fighter against ISIS in Syria. He probably picked it up over on GunBroker. Proper cheek weld, what’s that? Over a hundred years later and the venerable old Mosin Nagant is still seeing action. Click Here to see the full-size image. Show More Summary

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