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technical draw
Member since Nov-18-03
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Voted Funniest Kibitzer 8 years in a row. Lost to the great <WannaBe>.

Inventor of the successful Secret Formula to win the pick 3 lottery. (no lotteries until after the pandemic)

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The great Maria Callas in the sextet from Lucia de Lammermoor. (Well, Maria Callas and 5 other great singers):

Brahms Violin Concerto w/Hillary Hahn:

The greatest musical talent of the 20th century was female. Probably the name is unknown to many. Her name:

Nadia Boulanger

Carlos Gardel:

"If I forget thee, O Jerusalem,
let my right hand forget her cunning
If I do not remember thee,
let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth;
if I prefer not (an undivided) Jerusalem above my chief joy..."

Technical draw is a fictional character living in the collective vision of chess who has little relationship to the real technical draw; a neurotic and insecure figure obsessively clinging to the promise of power and wealth as if it were the only meaning in his life.

"When You have a brilliant mind you have a special obligation" (from A Beautiful Mind)

"I must believe that something extraordinary is possible" (from A Beautiful Mind)

How the CIA operates (long read):

If you're giving away money e-mail me at goodchessactor(at)

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   Oct-25-21 chessforum (replies)
technical draw: <virginmind>. Just checked out the Grand Swiss participants lists. Big names indeed. We could very well use a forum.
   Oct-22-21 technical draw chessforum (replies)
technical draw: As promised, the great voice and style of the late Tito Rodriguez. A magnificent arrangement with string orchestra of an equally great song:
   Oct-17-21 gezafan chessforum (replies)
technical draw: <gezafan> See my forum for a note about a high school homecoming event.
   Oct-14-21 OhioChessFan chessforum
technical draw: From the late Domdaniel: <But now, 20 chapters in, I'm bored. I'm probably going to stop reading. Too many characters, too few notes(one), too repetitive, too preachy-yes, preachy-whilst pretending to be mere satire...> He was writing about the book Catch 22. However ...
   Oct-13-21 Dionysius1 chessforum (replies)
technical draw: <CIO> A tourist goes to see Beethoven's grave in Austria. And, to his shock, he sees the great musician seated next to his grave, erasing pieces of paper with his symphonies written on them. The tour guide leans over to his visibly startled guest and says, "Don't worry,
   Oct-09-21 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
technical draw: I agree with <wallytherhino>. He was always a good competitor and the one to beat. (plus he was the only one with a real gambler name) So, again, find a good bookie and restart the game!
   Oct-02-21 suenteus po 147 chessforum (replies)
technical draw: <WannaBe> I used to count the years until I was a lazy bum. Then I realized I was always a lazy bum.
   Sep-29-21 Giri vs Nakamura, 2021 (replies)
technical draw: Nakamura blunders big time.
   Sep-11-21 Richard Rapport (replies)
technical draw: Here's a youtube pronunciation by a guy with a banana in his mouth:
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  technical draw: One of the most haunting melodies ever:

It is said that it was composed over a weekend when composer David Raskin had received a "Dear John" letter. That might explain the pathos of that beautiful melody.

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  chancho: <TD> Hay una serie en Netflix que se llama <Sweet Tooth>...dale un vistazo.
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  WannaBe: Seem to be a lot of 'accidents' going on in Iran, pretty much or too much a coincidence? What's your take on this?

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  technical draw: So where has TD been since June 1? I was abducted by aliens and they tortured me until I revealed my Pick 3 lottery secret. Either that or some something else happened.

What really happened was that a water pipe burst in front of my house. No big deal, the water company came dug a humongous hole and fixed the pipe. Then they covered the hole with rocks and then made?a big mistake. They gave a new guy the the chance to use to the flattener or whatever you can those big roller machines. He did a good good flattening the rocks but he also did a good job of knocking out the Liberty Cable post while he was at it. And out went my cable TV, my phone, and most importantly, my internet.

And since this is ma?ana land it took Liberty 3 weeks to send a tech to fix the problem. 45 minutes later everything was up. So if you thought you got rid of me forever think again. There are more jokes on the way to make up for the lost time. Cheers!

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  WannaBe: Liar, you were off in the middle-east setting Iranian warships on fire and blowing up oil refineries. C'mon, think we stupid?
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  technical draw: <WannaBe>. Remember when we were at that bar in L.A. 2 weeks ago and promised that everything we said was not to be repeated? Now the first chance you get you go out and gab about the Iranian warship mission. That's why you will never be promoted, you'll always remain a courier.

Now please, please try not to mention the Sargon Worm we are developing with Israel. Ok? Mums the words.

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  WannaBe: I won't say nuthin' if you don't say nuthin' about our Wuhan mission that you screwed up and unleashed that 'cloud of smoke'...
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  technical draw: <WannaBe> I told you it was a COVERT operation, COVERT!
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  technical draw: I believe we are living in a post intellectual era. My three weeks without internet forced me to watch TV and all I could see was the same narrative repeated on all the channels. It seems that news and opinion all come from central casting. And there is palpable fear from editorialists leaving the scripted narrative, fear of being cancelled. And now all commercials must contain at least one LGBTQ+ actor. No lying, check it out. The USA has become a nation of fear.
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  technical draw: Most people are familiar with most Latin American dictators. People like Fidel Castro, Fulgencio Batista, Francois Duvalier, Anastacio Somoza, Alfredo Stroessner, Augusto Pinochet, and Manuel Noriega.

However one of the most ruthless of them all is not too well known, That would be Rafael Leonidas Trujillo of the Dominican Republic. It would be exhausting to list the atrocities committed by Trujillo but one comes to mind. After establishing the border between The Dominican Republic and Haiti, Trujillo proceeded to murder all Haitians that were got on the wrong side of the border.

He had amassed a fortune of 600 million dollars (in 1961 dollars!) at the time of his assassination.

Even "Papa Doc" Duvalier was an angel compared to Trujillo. Check out the various videos about Trujillo on YT and you'll get an idea of what it was to live under this madman.

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  technical draw: TD's "You learn something new everyday" #134:

The Barnum and Bailey circus had an elephant named "Jumbo". Now many would think that the name was given because of the elephant's large size. But actually the opposite is true. The elephant was named jumbo because it sounded "African". Then jumbo entered the lexicon to mean any large animal or thing. Lucky I didn't make a bet.

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  diceman: <technical draw:

The Barnum and Bailey circus>

You notice we never hear much about Bailey?

I believe he said:
<There's a sucker born every 2 years, 3 months, 4 days, 12 hours, and 16 seconds.>

It just never caught on like <minute>.

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  chancho: <T TO THE D> Te acuerdas esos dias de 36 centavos el cuartillo de gasolina?

Hoy pase por un Shell y estaba a 80 centavos.

Y en Wapa estaban hablando de trans y su profesion como servidores de sexo.

Ni los llaman lo que son.


Los valores en esta isla se estan yendo por el piso.

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  technical draw: <chancho> Ya es muy tarde para detener el movimiento gay y trans. Ya no es question de igualdad sino de privilegio. En PR ya no se puede hacer una pel?cula o programa de TV sin incluir un personaje gay o trans. Cualquiera dir?a que si uno tira una piedra al aire le dar? a un homosexual. Pero el porcentaje de gays es realmente muy bajito. Pero en Estados Unidos e Inglaterra es peor. Uno puede ir preso por cualquier palabra que alguien considera "insultante".

Hay que cuidarse de lo que dice. Es mas, estas mismas palabras que escribo aqui puede perjudicarme. Dios nos coja confesao!

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  chancho: La tormenta que va a pasar por aqui (a buena distancia) este fin de semana es el primero para el mes de Julio que se ha desarollado.

(Un huracan paso por la isla en Agosto 25 hace
tiempo atras.)

Climate change no es una broma... esto va a seguir empeorando hasta que la destruccion sea muy, pero muy, extensiva.

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  technical draw: So what does Czechoslovakia and Bitcoin have in common? They are two subjects that the more I read about them the less I know.

I tried a "primer" on bitcoin recently and I was unable to understand any of it. Also I have studied post WW2 Europe and I still can't understand Czechoslovakia (or is it Yugoslavia?) See? I can't even remember which country I don't understand.

Someone once said,"If you think you understand quantum physics, you don't understand quantum physics." I guess that's true about other things.

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  diceman: <technical draw:

I tried a "primer" on bitcoin recently and I was unable to understand any of it.>

It sounds simple enough:

<A block takes around 10 minutes to be mined. And a complete mining cycle halves every four years. So, it results in:
Six blocks per hour. Multiply it further by 24 (hours per day), 365 (days per year), and 4 (number of years in a blockchain cycle).
So, we get : 6 x 24 x 365 x 4 = 210,240 ~ 210,000. After every 210,000 the block size is halved, and each block has 50 Bitcoins.

If we talk about it in economic terms, the currency is divisible infinitely. Thus, the accurate value of cryptocurrency coins can be ignored as long as we fix a limit, which is 21 million. No doubt

No doubt there can be a time when the number of mined coins reaches 21 million, and there is no more profit left unless there is a way to redefine the computations and new regulations are determined.>

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  diceman: The climate change crowd will love this:

<The annual consumption of energy for mining Bitcoins has been estimated at 30TWh, which is equal to the stable energy of 114 megawatts for a whole year. Also, an individual transaction of a Bitcoin can take up power used for providing energy to about 10 U.S. houses in one day.>

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  technical draw: Thanks for that explanation on bitcoins <diceman>. I printed it out and promptly threw it in the wastebasket.
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  WannaBe: Bitcoin is based on the technology of Block Chain, so in order to "Understand" Bitcoin, you have to know what Block Chain is. In a nutshell...

Block Chain is a public ledger, and everyone who participates have access/copy of this ledger. When a transaction happens, it gets recorded/added to the chain.

Hence, this chain is unchangeable, say I lend you $20 and this recorded, you/I can't go back and say, hey, it was actually $50 because the evidence is out there for everyone to see.

So, block chain is really cool for tracking and since it is public, you don't have to wait for the notary to be opened or fear of 'fake' transactions.

Where bitcoins come in, (next post)

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  WannaBe: So all these block chain transaction and proof and recording have to be done by someone/something. (This is known as Proof of Work) and the reward they get, is Bitcoin.

These miners or mining machines/rigs uses a LOT of juice (as pointed out by <diceman>) and Iceland is big on crypto mining, the island have virtual limitless thermo energy for generating electricity and the cold environment means no AC required.

In Iceland, these mining farms are inside naturally cool/cold caves.

Bitcoins are designed to mimic other natural resources, they get less and less as more are mined. And the coins have a set limit, think oil, gold, rare Earth minerals.

Bitcoin halving, is where the available/mine-able coins are cut by half. Imagine, if you started out with 10M Bitcoins, on the first go around 5M are available, then only 2.5M are available, and then 1.25M are available. So forth.

Eventually, the very last one will be mined, and it will take longer times for these machine to mine it. It the early days, you can use gaming PC's graphics cards (like Nvidia) to mine them, then companies starts to build special rigs just to mine the coins.

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  technical draw: Thanks, <WannaBe> Your explanation is so crystal clear I fully understand bitcoin now. NOT! Forget it I will never understand it. It's like quantum physics, if you say you understand it you probably don't.

Anyway can you actually buy something with a bitcoin? If not it's not worth the paper it is written on.

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  Diademas: I think a better question is: Is there any use for Cryptocurrency outside of criminal transactions and as a speculative bubble that can't be done with regular money?
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  WannaBe: 10 places (big biz) that you can use Crypto:

250+ places that you can use Crypto:

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  diceman: <technical draw:

Forget it I will never understand it. >

Let me give it one last try.
(admittedly with about 5 minutes of investigation)

Q: Why are there people inside a bank when you go to one?

A: They are employees, who get a paycheck for it.

We want a "we the people bank" that isn't from Bill Gates, or Bank of America.

How do we get td (who doesn't make a move unless a crisp $20 is involved) to put his computer on-line so others can use it?

When a transaction takes place, a secret code is placed on it. Software (I don't know if it's given to you, or you buy it) attempts to solve that <secret code>.

Your computer asks:
Is it yw34?
Is it wl43?
If your computer solves it, you get a bitcoin.

Blockchain= Where the transactions take place.
Bitcoin= How the folks who put up the blockchain get paid.

Now only a few questions remain:

1) Is it fair?
(Does a guy who puts up 2 computers get twice the bitcoin?)

2) Does bitcoin cover your costs for computers/software/electricity/profit?

The fact that they are building computer farms tells me: Yes.

3) Is bitcoin money?
(If they give you Monopoly money, you can only use it in the game)

That is underway with MasterCard being the most recent company Ive heard accept bitcoin as money.

That's really it.
1) Create virtual banking without a known entity funding/running it.

2) Manufacture an employee/paycheck relationship. (when the standard business owner/Company relationship doesn't exist)

How the actual transaction is processed, the amount of watts used, is just noise.

One last pro-tip: Stay away from <Bitcon>.

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