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On this Day in History, Garry Kasparov Loses at Chess to a Computer.

Submitted by Roanman on Fri, 02/10/2017 - 07:31

 

On February 10, 1996 World Champion chess player Garry Kasparov lost the first of a 6 match series to "Big Blue" a computer built by IBM that was reputed to have the ability to analyze 2,000,000 moves per second.

This victory was the first ever for a computer under international chess rules for match play which requires 40 moves in the first two hours, 20 moves over the course of the next two hours and one last hour to complete the match.

Cheer up humans, Kasparov, who is widely considered the greatest player in the history of the game, ended up winning the series with three wins, two draws and the one loss in the first match.

Abandon all hope humans, Big Blue won the 1997 rematch.

Click on the photo above for an interesting ... at least to me ... Time Magazine story on the move that got inot Kasparov's head.

Click on this little gear right here for a move by move accounting of the entire series.

As an aside, who the hell sets up an even game series?

Just sayin'.

Garry Kasparov would retire from professional chess in 2005 and pursue a career as a professional critic of Vladimir Putin. So much so that the fact that Kasparov is still alive is evidence to Iowa Republican Congressional Representative, Steve King that Vladimir Putin does indeed allow dissent.

To quote Dave Brubeck

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 11/22/2016 - 20:52

 

 

Known for writing in unconventional time signatures, the Dave Brubeck Quartet was/is widely regarded as the last and likely best of the "Cool Jazz" groups.

The cool style of play was forced upon Brubeck after a neck and spinal cord injury suffered in a diving, maybe surfing accident made it difficult for him to play the fast one note runs that were popular among jazz pianists of the day, forcing him into a slower style of play that featured more complex rhythms and harmonies along with chunkier revolving chords.

From their classic album Time Out, this is the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Dave Brubeck on Piano, his longtime partner Paul Desmond on the Alto Sax, Eugene Wright on the upright bass and Joe Morello on the drums performing their international hit in 5/4 time.

Take Five.

 

Building 7?

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 08:05

 

As expected, there was only one public comment on our September 11, 2001 post and no likes at facebook.

Which of course is no surprise as how the hell can anyone possibly like anything having to do with such a gutless attack on innocent people.

Also as expected, my email account got real busy with video from our friends who suspect we aren't getting the whole truth about this thing, but are a little afraid to be labelled as nuts.

We have no such fears here as we cheerfully admit to being at best a little nuts, and we don't trust what our government has to say on any issue one inch further than we are able pick up the Washington Monument and throw it.

Which brings us to this particular post which we started well over a year ago, and left on the shelf as we explored those explanations offered at the many, many 9/11 conspiracy theory debunking sites that can be found all over the internet, the best of which we link to once again here.

The following is the series of videos that first caused us to muse as follows.

Huh?

And then ...

WTF?

 

All right then, the video below is a compilation of footage from about every angle imaginable of the collapse of Building 7 of the World Trade Center.

At 46 seconds take note of the dark rectangle at the second and third stories from the top of Building 7 and the older brick and stone skinned structure in the lower right hand corner of the shot that enable you to clearly identify Building 7 and its location.

Got it?

 

Now check out the video below where you are being told by the BBC of the collapse of Building 7, "the Salomon Brothers Building" as it is/was known.

At 1:17 Jane Standley steps out of the shot saying, "As you can see behind me ..."

Look in the upper right hand corner.

IT'S STILL STANDING.

I repeat.

WTF?

 

Now, here's some footage from the ground.

You have your basic New York City cop moving people back from the site while clearly telling them "The building is about to blow up"

I'll agree with anyone that this particular bit of footage isn't evidence of much, but to say "blow up" rather than "fall down" gets my attention.

 

 

Finally, you get this site.

 

 

It's my opinion that these guys probably aren't knuckleheads.

 

Thanks to Elizabeth K for pointing us at this whole thing.

 

A Bible story and an Aristotle quote for your consideration.

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 06:02

Astroturf?

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 06:35

Astroturf?

Sharyl Attkisson is an investigative journalist based in Washington D.C. and a correspondent for CBS News. In 2013, she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her reporting on “The Business of Congress,”  Attkisson also received a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award as part of the CBS Sunday Morning team’s entry for Outstanding Morning Program for her report: “Washington Lobbying: K-Street Behind Closed Doors.”

In September 2012, Attkisson also received an Emmy for Oustanding Investigative Journalism for the “Gunwalker: Fast and Furious” story. She received the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting for the same story.

Attkisson received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2009 for her exclusive investigations into TARP and the bank bailout. She received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2002 for her series of exclusive reports about mismanagement at the Red Cross.

Here is her 10 minute presentation given at a TED event where she blows up much about what you believe to be true about maybe everything you read and think to be research, everywhere.

 

I knew it!!!!!

 

To quote Aristotle for real this time,

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 03/29/2016 - 06:19

Anonymous ... once again

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 03/27/2016 - 08:51

 

Say what you will about the 2016 presidential campaign, you can't deny that so far it's been absolutely wonderful theater ..... possibly theatre.

All depends on one's level of personal pretense.

But I digress.

So anyway, here's Anonymous lighting up Ted Cruz.

 

 

I admit it cheerfully, I love Anonymous. I especially love their theme song.

Actually, most of the minions around here do as well, some more than others of course.

You know who you are.

Anyway, I find them to be delightfully fun loving, and frequently effective. Particularly when they are doing what they do best, which is of course hacking into other peoples computers.

Which is, as we all know ..... you know ..... illegal.

But ..... WTF.

And of course somewhat less effective when actively attempting to organize something. 

But never mind about that, we all have our gifts.

 

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