GM Daniel Naroditsky shows passion for the game
This video from @GmNaroditsky is fantastic. Emblematic of why I enjoy his videos so much. The analysis and evaluation and explanations are fantastic. Then the post-game analysis shows his genuine love and excitement for chess. https://t.co/3426QWOkrH— Trick (@TrickMTG) July 2, 2022
I am always deeply suspicious of software/web companies which sell something for a one-time-price. Sure, downloadable software and games. But, for example, I just saw a blog hawking a deal for a one-time price for an online storage service.
Those economics don't add up.
Sure, it might be that they turn profitable and you benefit on the backs of later-arriving subscribing customers, but more likely than not your one-time purchase will have a sudden and precipitous end.
A great team photo for the Reign last night. I just love Jess Fishlock's (far right) huge grin. The player hunched next to her is Kim Little who has recently returned to the team on loan. She was a member of the original squad and those two played together originally. Jess looks like her best friend has returned.
Reign went on to win 2-0 last night.
I am gratified to see that a lot of other people looked up today's Wordle word.
Had a re-run of the La-Z-Boy chair breakage from a few months ago. The peg used to connect the rocker base to the chair failed. Thankfully this time I knew what to do. So I made a quick trip to the hardware store to get a carriage bolt, washer and nut. Came home and in ten minutes had it repaired.
$1.80 + 20 minutes of time to fix it. Much cheaper and faster than if I had tried to get a repair guy from the chair company to come out for it.
And, given that I've had 2x failure on one side, later this week I'll go back and get 2 more sets of these parts to upgrade / pre-emptively fix the other side of my chair.
Gathering some data
If I offered an email newsletter of the posts on my blog, which would you prefer— Trick Jarrett (@trickjarrett) July 2, 2022
Seems like this should be part of our New Years Celebrations, welcoming in the new year, doing some digital maintenance to clean up the algorithms as we start the new calendar.
But when it comes to the number of galaxies that are actually out there, we’ve learned a number of important facts that have led us to revise that number upwards, and not just by a little bit. Our most detailed observations of the distant Universe, from the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field, gave us an estimate of 170 billion galaxies. A theoretical calculation from a few years ago — the first to account for galaxies too small, faint, and distant to be seen — put the estimate far higher: at 2 trillion. But even that estimate is too low. There ought to be at least 6 trillion, and perhaps more like 20 trillion, galaxies, if we’re ever able to count them all.
Lufthansa Starts 'Hate Selling' Tickets to Put People Off Flying This Summer
Like many other airlines, particularly in Europe, Lufthansa is concerned it can’t cope with the level of demand for travel after the lifting of pandemic restrictions saw a massive surge know ticket sales.
Lufthansa initially raced to meet that demand with increased capacity but it has become increasingly obvious that the airline doesn’t have the staff or resources to serve the number of customers that want to fly with the airline this summer.
For the month of July, Lufthansa has now reduced all new short-haul ticket sales to the most expensive ‘fare bucket’ offered. A round-trip ticket from London to Munich in Ecomy [sic] now costs €1,035, while a return trip from Frankfurt to Paris with direct flights on Lufthansa costs €1,039.
Today has been spent doing chores in preparation for our BBQ tomorrow. In addition to those though, I've also done a repair on my La-Z-Boy recliner, something I plan to write up or record a video about for other La-Z-Boy owners.
And in between those things, I've also done a little bit of coding. Most of it was behind the scenes stuff, such as fixing my image uploader (it was supposed to be auto rotating and resizing images, but hasn't been) as well as coding in for the blog to try to include favicons of domains when linking to another site (only from the homepage, for now.)
It works 100% for sites which follow the standard structure and formatting, but it isn't yet smart enough to catch when sites take shortcuts or don't exactly follow the prescribed formatting. I'll keep fiddling with it, as always.
In my continuing efforts to let more people read this blog, I've implemented (hopefully) a simple daily newsletter (sign up here. It will send in the evening and include all of a day's postings. I am purposefully keeping the design basic, aiming for ease of consumption. There will definitely be some glitches to work out as we go, but here's hoping it proves useful for folks.
I am using an old mailing list that I had set up on TinyLetter. I've removed almost everyone who had previously subscribed since this is an entirely new effort. And, given that it's going to be going from one email in the past three years to a now daily cadence, I felt it was prudent.
How to make a chess engine
Saving this for a future project. I've had an idea that there is a teaching tool waiting to be made for chess. Have an engine evaluate positions and identify squares of frequent conflict in the lines it examines, as well as pieces most likely to be traded, etc.
I have no idea if that would actually be useful. But it seems to me, a training tool which had players learn to identify these things, might be good? No idea honestly.
give each pixel a random Pokemon type, and then battle pixels against their neighbors, updating each pixel with the winning type (using the Pokemon type chart)— Matt Henderson (@matthen2) July 2, 2022
we quickly see areas of fire > water > grass > fire, electric sweeping over, ground frontiers taking over etc etc pic.twitter.com/BHgQuKRApR
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