The Brown M&M Clause

May 9, 2012

While we are talking about the long, long ago time of the Eighties, you may remember VanHalen, the band with the brothers Van Halen, who were somewhat overshadowed by the larger-than-life David Lee Roth, who if I recall correctly took over from Sammy Hagar as the vocal lead, and propelled them into such mega-stardom that […]

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Portland Hunger Games

April 14, 2012

In Which Thirty Hapless Contestants Willingly Enter the Grid to Learn to Make Higher-Order Mistakes Friday Evening Review of Game One In the olden days (that is, the mid-Eighties), it used to be that Black always played in his or her upper right corner first. This was considered polite, so much so that one time […]

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The Mad Hatter

March 21, 2012

One thing that humans can do is cut to the beating heart of truth and recognize that something is a hat. Even a child of three, unless feeling mischievous, will resist wearing underwear as a hat, or mistake a hat worn on the hand as a glove. That’s kind of amazingly sophisticated if you think […]

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Life, the Universe, and Everything

March 4, 2012

What is 42? 6×7 the answer to everything the age I was when after trying every other possibility (in some cases, many times, because while rats learn, I frequently do the exact same thing again and again to confirm failure), I finally went for the obvious and tried to solve my conundrum “What is Go?” […]

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The Opening Dilemma

February 6, 2012

To 3-4, or to starpoint – that is the question: Whether ‘tis better in the endgame to suffer through gote and komi an outrageous half-point loss Or to take on a big dragon with only one eye And by opposing need to resign. To invade, to die– No more—and by invade to say we end […]

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