Posts Tagged ‘gaming’

Yeah I only heard of this, on Tuesday this week. If I understand correctly, freestyle chess is the act of playing chess by committee. You are allowed in freestyle chess to play with the aid of other players to include computer programs. I have not played chess this way since I was 11 playing against my uncle with my father standing behind me. I am not sure if I would enjoy freestyle chess or not.

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I am really intrigued by this type of chess.  I love the idea of everyone be it a person or a computer working together to influence a players move. I heard someone on the radio, who wrote a book about the future of the United States, and the economic inequality. The writer mentions that players who have experienced the most success with freestyle chess are the ones who usually, but not always, take the advice of the computer. He used this “fact” to make the leap (also many statistics and figures in the book)  that those who will be successful now and in the future should have jobs that can use computers to produce their products in a more efficient matter.

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I love both the idea of man vs machine as well as man cooperating with machine and it seems that with the man and machine as with man and man or man and nature or man and any other force. It seems that, in life, games like chess, and cool sci- if movies, that, he concept of compromise is what is required to survive and thrive.

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Hey it’s Friday

Posted: July 12, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Has the work week been rough to you? If you have answered yes you are in the majority. Work is called work and not fun for a reason. stress from the boss and fellow employees can make someone physically ill. So be careful and take heart, it’s Friday! Work is over for the week.

Because most countries have adopted the Monday first convention Friday represents the end of the work week and the beginning of the weekend. So enjoy the weekend relax read a really good book, spend time with family and friends. That is after all what is really important in life. people count




So driving home from work I heard a story about scientist and a study. The study involved young people and the act of encouraging them to see happiness in ambiguous expressions of others. The study had some interesting results.

The young people who were involved in the study were at high-risk of criminal offending and delinquency and by seeing happiness where there was basically nothing the scientist noted that violence in the ones seeing happiness went down.

My mother among many others, has always called it finding the silver lining. looking for the good in others. 


It’s hard to see the good in people, when you’re only looking for the bad.

Am I suggesting we open ourselves by employing an overly naive optimistic view? By no means at all am I suggesting this? What I am suggesting is that before we judge others lack of expression, and we will judge others, ( a lot today) that we employ a optomistic view. Science says that this will make a difference.





I was speaking with a friend about good days bad days and perfect days and I let her know that, you can only get two good days in a row. I should have said you can only get two perfect days in a row. The problem with perfection is that, first of all perfection is a very subjective term. Your idea of a perfect day will probably not match my idea and it shouldn’t. To each his or her own I say. The second problem with perfection is, people are no were near perfection and never will be. The fact that we cannot define the perfect day properly should point out to us that we are foolish to assume that we will ever obtain it.  I know it is Wednesday, hump day and my words are not making the middle of the work week look any better, I apologize for that too.

We will never be perfect, but we can be happy! Yes that is right despite your and my imperfections and really all around crappy days we can still be happy. How you may ask can I be happy in spite of this mountain of a mess that is my life? That is the crux of it isn’t it? I don’t know how, no one knows how except you.


Yeah the secret is somewhere in there. You have the key to your happiness. Some find this in religion others their professions, some family and most it is a hybrid answer involving all three of these facets of life. Life is the common factor life should make you happy and if we are not happy perhaps we are not doing it right? I am not trying to get judgemental (I used the word we). But maybe if we can learn to acknowledge facets that make us both un happy and happy we can accentuate the parts that make us happy. Like the late great and immortal words of Johnny Mercer say:

“Gather ’round me, everybody
Gather ’round me while I’m preachin’
Feel a sermon comin’ on me
The topic will be sin and that’s what I’m ag’in’
If you wanna hear my story
The settle back and just sit tight
While I start reviewin’
The attitude of doin’ right

You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between

You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium’s
Liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate my last remark
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do just when everything looked so dark?

(Man, they said “We’d better accentuate the positive”)
(“Eliminate the negative”)
(“And latch on to the affirmative”)
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between (No!)
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between

(Ya got to spread joy up to the maximum)
(Bring gloom down to the minimum)
(Have faith or pandemonium’s)
(Liable to walk upon the scene)

You got to ac (yes, yes) -cent-tchu-ate the positive
Eliminate (yes, yes) the negative
And latch (yes, yes) on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between
No, don’t mess with Mister In-Between”



Ok so if you said Warren Beatty you get the gold star. In the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde Warren makes this insightful quote “Ain’t life Grand”. If you have just read the first line and are very confused please see my post from Friday.

The first statement, if you haven’t read my post from Friday can be a little confusing, it could be compared to opening a 200 page book up to page eighty and starting to read. You would be confused and lost. Much of the plot develops quickly in novels, of course being the sharp tack and bright bulb that you are, you would quickly understand what is going on, developed your own back story and have finished the book by lunch time. I am of course assuming you are reading this book on one of your days off. Even though you would figure out the book starting at the beginning of our imaginary book would make it easier to understand and maybe a little more of an enjoyable read.

When I was in the Army one of my drill sergeants would always make mention of being on the same sheet of music. Have you ever seen sheet music? I have it can look quite complicated. I have not yet learned to read music. I like singing in church the older hymn but the only instrument I have learned to play so far has been the radio. I have however been exposed to sheet music. My sister played the violin, my daughter the clarinet and I have seen the paino player at churchs sheet music. Some sheet music will have words and two different sets of notes on them. I can totally imagine the confusion if you were to turn the page to early, while you were part of some orchestra.


Sometimes at home and at work we can feel out of “it”. Usually after we get back from a vacation or have just recovered from being sick. There are routines in social structures that develop a mature over time and if we have not been there for some time we will not be accustomed to or even know some of the nuances of these routine. It is important to, relax, take a deep breath and remember, what Christopher Robin told Winnie the Pooh when something different happened to him.

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh”. 



As a child growing up in the eighties and nineties I became obsessed with things and accomplishments. In little league I wanted to win trophies, in karate I wanted to earn belts, in school I wanted A on my report cards. There is nothing wrong with success and benchmarks for success, however I was told by my grandmother to slow down and enjoy life. She was right. It is important to keep in mind the immortal words of the great Ralph Waldo Emerson.. “Life is a journey, not a destination.” 


At work there is a bulletin board. Being the fun guy I am I like to put up some famous quotes and have people guess each week who the author of the quote is. This weeks quote is not Ralphs but one from another famous author, one of my most favorite authors. This weeks quote is “Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened”  Dr. Seuss.   The quote is from a different author but dealt with almost the same thing. We should stop and realize that life is a very precious gift all of it even the parts we don’t like and if we focus to much on the end we could miss the best part and really the only part, the now.

So my thanks for today go out to the good Dr. and Mr. Emerson. Thanks guys. Thanks for reminding us through your words that life is really grand. PS who said “ain’t life grand” ?

(I will tell you on Monday)



I am not sure when you read this post, but if you were reading this first thing in the morning when you get to work I would say, stop, and go to your e-mail application and find someone in your contacts who has most recently helped you out, then send them a nice thank you e-mail. You may ask why  do this. I would answer if you asked because it is nice to get a thank you and it is nice to get a thank you first thing in the morning. Also this is nice for you too.

Mark Twain put it well when he said; “great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great.”  A simple act of gratitude can make someone feel validated and encouraged. You did that with that quick e-mail. Isn’t that great?


I am not sure about you but my day is filled with e-mails to colleagues that usually contain information about broken process and problems. It felt good this morning when I sent my first e-mail thanking someone for something. “Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.” –Oprah Winfrey

Besides setting your day and the receivers day off on the right foot, an early morning thank you note will also grow your network. As you look for people to thank and interact with them you will quickly realize how many contacts you have. A large network is a powerful tool. Websites like Facebook and Linkedin have made a killing on developing social networks. “Rolodex power. Your power is almost directly proportional to the thickness of your Rolodex, and the time you spend maintaining it. Put bluntly the most potent people I’ve known have been the best networkers — they “know everybody from everywhere” and have just been out to lunch with most of them.” —  Thomas Peters

So this morning or tomorrow if you missed this morning, first thing when getting in fire off that thank you e-mail. You will be glad you did.  You may even want to thank me