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Figured it was time for a blog update. My mind was a sponge this year as I’ve been reading everything in my expanding library. my knowledge absorption is better than ever. And yet, for some meals, I still forget to put away the cat food. Go figure.
Well, my clear blue GB Boy Pocket arrived from china new in box. It cost me $20 total, 3 weeks arrival time, but it has been worth it. It runs slightly faster on graphics and sound which gives it a hyper feel and makes playing more fun. The only downside I could find was that the pocket power adapter doesn’t work with it even though they’re both made in china. Irony.
I’ll be starting off with 2 games I learned from YouTube:
Guioco Piano 4.c3
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Nc3 Nxe4 8. 0-0 Nxc3 9. bxc3 Bxc3 10. Qb3 Bxa1 11 Bxf7+ Kf8 12. Bg5 Ne7 13. Ne6 Bxd4 14. Bg6 d5 15. Qf3 Bf5 16. Bxf5 Bxe5 17. Be6 Bf6 18. Bxf6 gxf6 19. Qxf6+ Ke8 20. Qf7#
1 e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7 Nc3 Nxe4 8. 0-0 Bxc3 9. bxc3 0-0 10. Qc2 d5 11. Bd3 f5 12. Rb1 Rb8 13. Bb5 Ne7 14. Ne5 c6 15. Bd3 Qe8 16. f3 Nf6 17. Re1 Qh5 18. Bf4 Ng6 19. Nxg6 Qxg6 20. Bxb8
This second example serves as a foundation game for 8…Bxc3, however the ending seems to be more of a blunder for black than a forced mate or trap.
After reading a copy of MCO 14th Ed. and disappointingly coming across at least one typo I discovered that both the lines 7. Bb2 leads to a drawish position like the Moeller attack and 7. Kf1 leads to superior position for black. So I won’t be giving them much attention here.
This continuation with 8…Nxc3 leads to, as Lasker says, a presumably even ending.
Both of these 8…Bxc3 variations, analyzed by Houdini 2, apparently are better for white.
Giuoco Pianissimo 4.d3
Larsen’s Mate: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 Bg4 7. Nd5 O-O 8. Qc1 Bxf3 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Qh6 Bxg2 11. Rg1 Kh8 12. Nxf6 Qxf6 13. Qxf6+ Kg8 14. Rxg2#
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. 0-0 d6 5. h3? h5 6. Nh2 Nf6 7. d3 Bg4 8. hxg4 hxg4 9. Nxg4 Nh5 10. Be3 Qh4 11. Bxc5 Qxh1+ 12. Kxh1 Ng3+ 13. Kg1 Rh1#
This trap for black is not exactly a Pianissimo, but does transition into it by move 7.d3. I’ll adding more to this post as I find it.
Alrighty folks, here’s another pirate cart I came across for $15 on eBay a few years ago. I sold it recently for $40! There’s no repeats although a few games are only different by virtue of being either in English or Japanese. There’s a lot of classic and modern hacks. Notable mentions on this cart include Magic Jewelry, Adventure Island, Space Invaders, Bump n’ Jump, Fist of the North Star, Transformers, and the two featured games Pokemon Chaos Black and Mario 3!
1. Pokemon Chaos Black (Hack)
2. Super Mario Advance 4 (Super Mario 3, 2003)
3. Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle (1990)
4. Panesian Poker (Hacker International, 1991)
5. Cosmo Genesis (1986)
6. Friday The 13th (1989)
7. Adventures of Lolo (1989)
8. Aladdin 3 (Hack)
9. Alpha Mission (1985)
10. Anticipation (1988)
11. Arkista’s Ring (1990)
12. ASO-Armored Scrum Object (1986)
13. Babel no Tou (Tower of Babel, 1986)
14. Back to the Future (1989)
15. Bakuchu Mondai (Mickey Mousecapade, 1999 Hack)
16. Boulder Dash (1990)
17. Buggy Bopper (1988)
18. Bump n’ Jump (1988)
19. Burai Fighter (1990)
20. Super Mario Bros. 2 (hack)
21. Mario Kamakazi 1 (hack, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqoxedHrf_g )
22. Castle Quest (1989)
23. Challenge Pebble Beach (1988)
24. Dash Galaxy (1989)
25. Destination Earthstar (1989)
26. F-15 City War (1990)
27. Adventures of Lolo 2 (1990)
28. Firmament (hack)
29. Gradius (1986)
30. Gyruss (1988)
31. Harrypotter (hack)
32. Hello Kitty (1992)
33. Adventure Island (1987)
34. Jaws (1987)
35. John Elway’s Quarterback (1987)
36. Karate Kid (1987)
37. Kero Kero Keroppi’s (1991)
38. Little Hag (hack)
39. Metalfighter (1989)
40. Mickey Mouse (1987)
41. Milon’s Secret Castle (1987)
42. Monster Truck Rally (1990)
43. Mystery of Comvoy (Puss In Boots, 1986)
44. Mystery Quest (1988)
45. Northern Ken (Fist of the North Star, 1986)
46. Paperboy (1988)
47. Pipe Dream (1990)
48. Power Soccer (1990)
49. Quarth (1990)
50. RC Pro Am (1987)
51. ROBOT (Transformers, 1986)
52. Sanrio Carnival 2 (1992)
53. Shockwave (1990)
54. Soloman No Kagi (1986)
55. Space Hunter (1986)
56. T&C Surf Design (1987)
57. Taboo The Sixth Sense (1988)
58. The New Human (Adventures of Dino Riki, 1987)
59. Track & Field (1983)
60. Twin Eagle (1989)
61. Goonies (1986)
62. Choplifter (1986)
63. Star Soldier (1986)
64. Super Chinese (1986)
65. Balloon Bros. (Super Mario Bros. Hack)
66. Alice Cooper (Alice Cooper Super Mario Bros. Hack)
67. Babio Super Baby Bros. (Super Mario Bros. hack)
68. Benthal (2001)
69. Bicycle Race
70. Billy Bros (Super Mario Bros. hack)
71. Boy (Super Mario Bros. hack)
72. Frog Prince (Super Mario Bros. hack)
73. IQ Champion (hack)
74. Mario Kamikaze 2 (hack)
75. Panda (Super Mario Bros. hack)
76. Pika (Pokemon Super Mario Bros. hack)
77. Battle Tank (1990)
78. Sonic Brother (Sonic the Hedgehog Super Mario Bros. hack)
79. Super Link Mario (Zelda Super Mario Bros. hack)
80. Super Mario Bros. (1985)
81. Tetramino (2003)
82. Soko (Sokoban hack)
83. BombSweeper (hack by SnoBro)
84. Ch Millipede (2002)
85. Defend Homestead (2003)
86. Game Genie
87. Jewelry (Magic Jewelry, 1990 Hwang Shinwei Hack)
88. Pyramid (1990, Sachen Hack)
89. Space Invaders (1985 revamp)
90. Star Gate (1983)
91. Surface Fire
92. Super Mario Bros. DX Blues (1999 Super Mario Bros. hack)
93. Munchie Attack (2003 hack)
94. Battle Tank (1990)
95. Harrytour (Harry Potter hack)
Equally annoyed with notions of an Artist’s Statement and a Signature [style of] Artwork. “Banal” is the first word that pops into my head and here’s why…
I, like the countless “masters” before me, don’t need an Artist’s Statement to create a masterpiece. This modern article, beginning in the 1990s, is merely a crutch for art pieces that cannot stand by their own merits. If the artist must explain the meaning, then the artist has failed to convey that meaning through the medium alone. That’s a big fat FAIL folks! The tradition of titling an artwork is another means of expressing meaning independent of the medium itself. Explaining a work of art deprives the viewer of the chance for interpretation. “Anyone can draw or dabble in paints or bang on a piano or write a story, but artists are interpreters of personal insight.” – Shannon Lee Keasler. Do not forget that certain art savants may produce prodigious art but cannot produce intelligible statements – so this cannot be a universal requirement expected of everyone. If Artist’s Statements were intended to only describe the physical qualities of an artwork for those unable to conventionally see for themselves such as the blind then it would be justified, but it’s not. Instead its intended for those who cannot distinguish for themselves the meaning placed squarely in front of their upturned noses. And so only serves as a further means to discriminate.
As for a Signature [style of] Artwork – don’t abnegate yourself. Don’t limit yourself to one style or you’ll paint yourself into a corner. You’ll be doing a disservice to your own imagination. The melting landscapes of Salvador Dalí and the dripped paintings of Jackson Pollock are just gimmicks. Get over it. Exhausting a medium’s subject matter and styles is a necessary course of action for any artist seeking master hood of a particular medium. Perhaps there are too many mediums to master in a human lifespan, but surely one medium would have to be achieved to be considered a master at all.
I am too rebellious and too influenced by the open-minded philosophy of Jeet Kune Do to accept these extraneous art concepts. I believe all people are artists in the generic sense and I have become the type of artist that is an expressionist defender (and, no, I’m not referring to mere Expressionism). “Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.” and “The best fighter is someone who can adapt to any style.”- Bruce Lee. I’m implying here that the best quality of artist is someone who can adapt to any style and if you possess this skill set then you may rightfully consider yourself among the best. You don’t need the approval of any art authority to deem you worthwhile so long as you can demonstrate you are when the opportunity presents itself.
My chess opening repertoire is a bit autobiographical in that I can remember the exact path I’ve taken from the start with 1.d4, to 1.e4, to the Scotch game, to the Italian game (4.d3), to experimenting with unorthodox openings and searching for a universal formation. I can even remember my chronological trial & error phase of starting from left to right with the wing pawns followed by the rooks. This phase can still be witnessed in new comers systematically trying to find an ideal opening usually before knowing any opening theory.
At the age of 12 or so, my same aged neighbor friend taught me the rules of the game or at least as many as his dad taught him. He had a chess program on a computer, but he wouldn’t let me play it because he said the opponent would freeze up and not move. Knowing what I know of computers now I wouldn’t doubt that his old computer program would take hours to move indeed.
Some time in my early teens I acquired a copy of Chessmaster 3-D for Playstation. Up until this time I had proudly sought out my own ideas for openings such as the Scotch game and remained loyal to it. However, I assimilated some of the strategies the computer would play against me in order to advance closer to the grey-bearded Chessmaster 4000 engine. Since I couldn’t beat it, I had to join its strength and seeing as it wasn’t human this humiliation was easier to swallow. I was introduced to the Scotch game defense ( 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Nxc6 Qf6), the Spanish game defense (4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. Nxe5 Qd4), and the Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo (4.d3) which from then on became my opening of choice.
Nearly two decades later… 10,000+ Correspondance & Blitz games have enriched my intuition and not much has changed in my opening repertoire. I’ve never cared much for the Spanish Game and Sicilian Defense as they are the most common openings for White & Black respectively. Only recently have I bought a chess program with a Houdini 2 engine for exhausting my search into the few openings that I do enjoy. Two of which have been the Guioco Piano (4.c3) and Spanish game(3…Nd4). Perhaps you’ve had a similiar preference for these limited openings as I have. If so then I’d like to hear about it. Thanks for reading.
This is another, now classic, CGI movie that I adore. The push for rats and cooking makes for a nice contrast. From cute rats to nice imagery and music, to the antagonist’s generated action and family tensions between rats and humans, to love and business success this dynamic movie doesn’t miss a punch. I also learned that Janeane Garofalo does the voice of female cook Colette where I otherwise would have just assumed it was a french voice actor.
My criticisms include suggestion of death, gunshots, yelling, lengthy talk between humans, and no sequel.
All in all I give this movie a 5 out of 5 because I love it!
Bee Movie is probably my favorite CGI movie ever made. It’s original, funny, satirical, aesthetically pleasing, raises awareness of animal rights, and even includes provocative inter species relationships. Plenty of replay value.
My criticisms include suggestion of death, Jewish stereotypes, and no sequel.
All in all I give this movie a 5 out of 5 for when it comes to movies, kids or adults, it doesn’t get much better than this! Loved it!
I woke up this morning at 2:22 am, over heated with the headache I had prior to sleeping. I drank water, turned on a fan, and laid back down to sleep. However soon I became nauseous and headed to the toilet. I began retching and my lower left back side began to tighten with each hurl. It was abnormal for this to happen to my back and the pain, too great to fall back asleep to, wouldn’t stop. I alerted my wife, already awake from my sounds of agony, that we may need to go to the hospital soon if the pain wouldn’t reside. The radiating pain wouldn’t go away and was spreading to the front of my stomach. She looked up a hospital and we drove to the nearest emergency room. My guardian angel.
We had to pull over to the side of the road to continue the puke fest and it wasn’t to end for a few more hours once we arrived at the hospital. After an endless barrage of questions trying to pinpoint my sickness, the hospital began administering anti-nausea and pain medicine. This initial batch of medicine decreased my symptoms by half. But the agony was to continue through profuse sweating, body tremors, muscle ache, brief bouts of hyperventilation, and a large beaker of organ-dye laced fruit punch. The flavor wasn’t so bad, but in my distressed state keeping it down in the time allotted was a challenge. I drank as much as I could and was given more pain medicine which really started to help, but triggered more vomiting of the organ dye which was to help locate my internal pain on the cat scan.
I was hooked up to an IV and given a stomach X-Ray before being taken into the cat scan room. The cat scan revealed a swollen kidney ruptured by a large kidney stone. Urine had begun spreading to my stomach. A procedure to place an ureteric stent up my urethra while under anesthesia was under way – No, there’s no better way to describe it but in doctor jargon. The procedure took less than an hour and I woke up in an intensive care room groggy and tired from the medicine, but nothing was hurting anymore other than the general pain when urinating. And I could handle this degree of discomfort from my previous experiences with passing kidney stones on several occasions plus the relief of no longer being sick. I gained closure on the mystery of why my back pain had started 10 years earlier. Apparently I’ve had a narrow kidney tract opening since birth and this caused complications when drinking large amounts of liquid, caffeine, or lack of adequate liquid. In the wake of my diagnoses I’ve taken to pursuing a healthier lifestyle and so should you!