Watermelon or Coconut??
“We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.” –Ken Levine
I was watching TV the other night with my wife, the FOX CRIME channel, in particular the Poirot series and I really enjoyed ‘The Big Four‘, an adaptation of the 1927 Agatha Christie novel which revolved around solving a mystery that began with a chess match at which one of the grandmaster’s died unexpectedly while playing his third move:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 (opponent suddenly keels over and dies) 0-1
I have to say that I really enjoyed it, descriptive notation and all! Infact, fate would have it that I have recently been watching a lot of oldish films where chess is an integral part of the plot. Is it just my imagination, or can it be true that chess has always been part of Hollywood? (Food for thought for a later blog?!)
Deadlier than the Male is a 1967 mystery drama that might be considered something of a James Bond-ripoff that apparently was all the rage back then.
You can actually find the entire film over at YouTube, and a short synopsis can be found HERE.
But the best part of the film (for me) is a scene near the end where the film’s star and his arch-rival settle things once and for all in a GIANT ROBOT chess game:
AN INTRIGUING PHOTO!
I have been trying to find out more of this photo of a young Jane Seymour, but without success so far. Readers might remember Jane as being a Bond-girl back in the early 1970’s, before going on to greater things.
But getting back to the photo, I love it! Jane is packing (count. 3-guns) and showing her underwear at the same time. And the chess set? Certainly not a coincidence! There must be some hidden meaning…that escapes me.
Perhaps some reader might be able to help out?! I thought of asking Winter (over on ChessHistory) but had second thoughts when I realized that Winter had probably already copyright-ed the photo and would just ask me to remove it.
“A recent article in the New York Times saw as a problem the fact that females are greatly under-represented among the highest rated chess players. Innumerable articles, TV stories and political outcries have been based on an “under-representation” of women in Silicon Valley, seen as a problem that needs to be solved.
Are there girls out there dying to play chess, who find the doors slammed shut in their faces? Are there women with Ph.D.s in computer science from M.I.T. and Cal Tech who get turned away when they apply for jobs in Silicon Valley?
Are girls and boys not allowed to have different interests? If girls had the same interest in chess as boys had, but were banned from chess clubs, that would be something very different from their not choosing to play chess as often as boys do. As for chess ratings, that is not subjective. It is based on which players, with which ratings, you have won against and lost to.
Are women and men not to be allowed to make different decisions as to how they choose to spend their time and live their lives?
Chess is not the only endeavor which can take a huge chunk of time out of your life, and unremitting efforts, to reach the top. If you want to become a top scientist, a partner in a big law firm or a top executive in a major corporation, you are very unlikely to do it working from 9 to 5, or taking a few years off, here and there, to have children and raise them.
Applying the same unsubstantiated assumption to differences in “representation” between different racial and ethnic groups likewise produces many loudly expressed grievances, political crusades, and millions of dollars from lawsuits charging discrimination — all without a speck of evidence beyond numbers that do not match the prevailing assumptions.
People who base their conclusions on hard facts often reach very different conclusions than those who base their conclusions on the preconception that outcomes would be even or random in the absence of somebody treating somebody wrong.
Something as simple as age differences among groups can doom any assumption of even or random outcomes.
If every 20-year-old Puerto Rican in the United States had an income identical with the income of every 20-year-old Japanese American — and identical incomes at every other age — Japanese Americans as a group would still have a higher average income than Puerto Ricans in the United States. That is because the median age of Japanese Americans is more than 20 years older.
People with 20 years more work experience usually make higher incomes. And age difference is just one of many differences between groups.
You can study innumerable groups in countries around the world today, or over centuries of recorded history, without finding a single example of the even or random outcomes that are used as a benchmark for determining discrimination.
Nevertheless, courts of law — including the Supreme Court of the United States — use something that has never been found anywhere as a norm to which current realities are to be compared. Billions of dollars, in the aggregate, have changed hands as a result of individual lawsuits charging discrimination.
Life is undoubtedly unfair. But that is not the same as saying that the unfairness occurred wherever the statistics were collected. The origins of this unfairness often go back to different childhood environments for individuals or different geographic or cultural settings for groups and nations.
These differences between nations, as well as differences between individuals and groups, reflect the fact that the world “has never been a level playing field,” as economic historian David S. Landes put it. Renowned historian Fernand Braudel said, “In no society have all regions and all parts of the population developed equally.”
How long will we continue to take something that has never happened, and never had much chance of happening, as a norm?”
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Glasses and pretty Asian girls
MORE EUROPEAN BREXIT HUMOR!
This exchange in Brussels earlier today reminds me of the time I was in highschool…there were not too many ADULTS in today’s classroom.
Why you should always FLUSH before taking a crap….
ROBOTICS SUFFERS MAJOR SETBACK!!
Now we know how to defeat them!
(Pin-up by Jay Scott Pike,1964)
“I don’t let birdies and pars get in the way of having a good time” ― Angelo Spagnolo
TODAY’S CHESS NEWS AROUND THE WORLD!
GREAT LASKER PICTURES!!
I came across these photos of Emanuel Lasker on the great Blog ”Quienes jugaron ajedrez” Some I had seen before, but most were completely new to me. ENJOY! I suggest you take a look at the blog and investigate….
CHESS PUB IN BRAZIL!
Readers of this blog will have noticed that I like to post material about chess cafes and pubs (and disco’s) that use the name or theme or whatever with ‘CHESS’. Today it is the turn of a popular site in Brazil. WEBSITE INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK.
Good Monday morning to all of my readers! Keeping with this blog’s tradition of promoting chess-art thru the divulgation of short films/videos that have some sort of chess(?!) content while delivering the film’s message, I present a few shorts that I came across this past weekend. ENJOY!
CHESS, MARRIAGE AND MUSIC
CHESS, HUMOUR AND FUNDRAISING
CHESS, PHILOSOPHY AND DIEING YOUNG
Little girl lost in the city. She doesn’t understand the traffic. But one day she probably will or can the things change ? DEEP question for the philosophers…