language and culture
military / history
Games and Puzzles
There is a new game idea evolving, called crazy chess (alternate name
The principle here, before we get lost in the details, is you have a chess type situation, but
with a number of completely different things going on.
Assuming you are blue, if you go to the far
right left square, you win the game. If you go to the
far left right, you get vision.
For each side there are
Eight secret pieces. Secret pieces can capture chess pieces and secret pieces.
Two random pieces. Random pieces can capture secret pieces and random pieces.
Six classic chess pieces. Chess pieces can capture random pieces and chess pieces.
The classic chess pieces are king movement rook, bishop and knight.
For better or worse the range of a piece is less powerful on a smaller board.
When you want to move a random piece, you roll four one/zero dice and (if you wish) move one
of the random pieces orthogonally that amount, 0-4. It's "random", but some numbers are more
likely than others, you can choose the piece, you choose the direction, and you can choose not
Secret pieces, likely cubes, move orthogonally. There are dots or rings
on the sides facing
the player, not visible to the opponent. One player is SAME, while the other is DIFFERENT.
If one secret piece attacks another, the SAME player wins if the symbols on the pieces are the same,
while the DIFFERENT player wins this confrontation if the symbols are different. So there is a
When a secret piece is in any way involved in an attack, the symbol must be shown, temporarily.
When an opposing player lands on your vision square, the symbols on all the friendly secret pieces
are revealed, until there is no longer an opponent's piece on the vision square.
This layout would not allow a quick, unfair win, yet players would be
scrambling from the start.
Eight secret, two random, and six chess pieces that are rook,
bishop and knight.
One random piece (i.e. the piece that
moves randomly) on the vision square, the
other pieces randomly placed in the positions shown, surrounding the target
So what about those random pieces? They work well on one-dimensional tracks, but for a two-dimensional games I have not had good luck with this. Do they move both orthogonally and diagonally?
I say no, because movement is what makes the chess pieces special.
The secret pieces are cubes and the classic chess pieces are chess pieces.
The random pieces are ... let's see. The name "random" is unhelpful.
They could be "gems", with a multifaceted gem look, or something translucent.
I like "seahorse" a seahorse, probably with a different translucent look.
I've tried using seahorses as pieces before, inspired by a Christmas ornament, because I like
it. Using a seahorse in this is crazy, but it's crazy chess.
I've got game glow, the pleasant feeling after inventing a new game (marketing it ..?), before the
disappointment of testing occurs.
Language and Culture
philotimo at BBC /
a Greek word that tells you about Greek culture.
Piss means urine. It is disgusting. I recommend not using this word.
I pronounce router as rooter.
How do you say green? How do you say bean?
How are atoms made? The little nucleus in the middle contains protons (and electrically
neutral neutrons). The protons have a positive charge, so just like magnets they will resist
being pushed together.
Protons are stuck close to each other as a result of the strong nuclear force.
The strong nuclear force operates at very close range.
Protons are like magnets that are also lego pieces. They will repel each other until they are
very close together, then they will stick together. So the question still remains:
How are atoms made?
The lighter hydrogen and helium atoms are made early in the big bang,
when things were more compact. Heavier elements are made in stars, which eventually
blow up. If you want a video, here is one. High temperatures are needed for some reason.
Quantum tunneling plays a role.
Let's look into whether microwaves are harmful, once and for all.
Are Microwaves Dangerous?
All you need to know to understand 5G
I can't say that clarified things.
I still have questions. Microwaves can have energy, yet the photons have low energy.
If microwaves can cook food, can light do this? After all
microwaves are light, just with a different frequency.
A non-rotating microwave cooks food unevenly. I mostly understand this. There is a
standing wave, where a wave goes out, then bounces back on itself after hitting the wall of
the microwave, interfering with itself.
You can see this for yourself by laying a rope, maybe a bungee cord, on the floor, tied to
something at one end. Flop it back and forth at a regular interval, laying on the ground.
Waves go out, hit the wall, then the waves bounce back and interfere with outgoing waves.
parts of the rope, in between the waves, where it doesn't move ("node")?
waves waves waves gifs to be clicked
Military / History
How government worked in Nazi Germany
I am Spartacus. What was the government of Nazi Germany like? Was it a model of
dictatorial direction, German efficiency and military discipline?
Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring signed the order to exterminate the Jews.
I wonder if he grasped the gravity of what he was doing. Never forget.
Music, film, television
from La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita at
The Guardian or a closer look at what's going on in the film at
La Dolce Vita is a memory of a Rome that no longer exists
What do Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jim Brown have in common?
There is currently a film called One Night in Miami, about a fictional encounter
between Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown during the 1960s.
So who is Jim Brown?
CBC will be having a television show called Arctic Vet.
Mysteries at the Museum is a nice show, or at least up my alley.
They will show an object at a museum, then show the story behind it.
CNN has a new food-oriented show called Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy.
Stanley Tucci was in
In early 1942 a bunch of German bureacrats had a meeting one day to discuss what to do
with the Jewish population of Europe. If they made a film of that, do you think
you would like this film?
Donald Trump is a narcissist. During Christmas I heard about the destruction caused
by a narcissist lady, or at least mentally messed up and toxic lady married to a relative
(not my relative).
My point here is that Meghan Markle, married to Prince Harry, is a narcissist.
a fascinating story that has likely escaped your attention for one reason or another.
we believe we have cracked the mystery behind Megxit and Archie
and this is just the latest