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June 2008 - Posts

Chess blunder

This game was going pretty well for this guy until he made this move, Nc4. I had been eying Bxf6 for a while but wasn't confident I could pull it off. So when he played Nc4 that was the first thing I thought of. But one of the good things about correspondence chess is that you have a lot of time to think about a move before you make it, and so I did. And I discovered a really good move! I won't mention it in case you want to spot it yourself.

Posted: Sun, Jun 22 2008 3:48 PM by Humpty
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Family Meals Around the World

My officemate shared an email with me that showed the meals families around the world ate. The email was intended to draw attention to rising food prices. But what I found interesting was all the junk food the American family ate compared to the other families. You look at every other family and there are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. If you squint you can see some grapes and tomatoes amongst the pizza, chips, soda, and fast food in the American family's pile. And people wonder why we spend the most money on healthcare yet are still sick, and fat...

GERMANY:
The Melander family of Bargteheide - 2 adults, 2 teenagers
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

UNITED STATES:
The Revis family of North Carolina - 2 adults, 2 teenagers
Food expenditure for one week: $341.98

JAPAN:
The Ukita family of Kodaira City - 2 adults, 2 teenagers
Food expenditure for one week: 37,699 Yen or $317.25

ITALY:
The Manzo family of Sicily - 2 adults, 3 kids
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11

MEXICO:
The Casales family of Cuernavaca - 2 adults, 3 kids
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09

POLAND:
The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna - 4 adults, 1 teenager
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

EGYPT:
The Ahmed family of Cairo - 7 adults, 5 kids
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

ECUADOR:
The Ayme family of Tingo - 4 adults, 5 teenagers
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55

BHUTAN:
The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village - 7 adults, 6 kids
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

CHAD:
The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp - 3 adults, 3 kids
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

Posted: Tue, Jun 10 2008 10:27 PM by Humpty
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Inchoate Meanderings

I like posting the thoughts I have that reach conclusions, or at least interesting plateaus. This blog is like a notebook, an online diary of sorts; a place to bring them together in a way that's viewable by others. Thinking can definitely be an art form. Thoughts as things. Realizations and inspiration are like a jam session in a studio that unexpectedly cooks up a hit. :)

So my thoughts today center around hurting others and being okay with that. Not a malicious thing at all, just a balance from excessive compassion. A balance between compassion for others and expression of self. There were two people today I was thinking about and wondering if I had hurt their feelings by things I said. Nothing mean, just things you can say to someone that they're sensitive about, and thus most people never broach those tender personality areas. But in the dance of living a life sometimes you bump up against your fellow human beings and hurt them with no intention of doing so.

What to do, what to do. Don't dance? Apologize?...for living your life? The choices centering around callousness I rarely choose to indulge nowadays. But perhaps there's an option I haven't considered. Acceptance. Acceptance of the other's hurt feelings and my part in that, and acceptance that I too am living my life as best I can. Perhaps if the situation were repeated I might make different choices, but that doesn't make the choice I made bad or wrong. Hmm, every moment is a learning opportunity. Collisions subtly, or sometimes not so, alter the course of the participants. It's the way of nature it seems. A raindrop falls on your head, what happens?

What difference is there between perception and reality? If I perceive I've hurt someone and they do not perceive that, does that change the thoughts my perception spawned?

"At some point in our existence in the cosmos we will be all things. Be happy with yourself."

If I tell myself that enough one day I'll believe it. :)

Posted: Tue, Jun 3 2008 9:46 PM by Humpty
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