Saturday, May 19, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
10. Staying up all night playing against the Bobby Fischer personality on Chessmaster 4000.
9. Thinking I’m pretty darn good if I get to move 22 playing against Bobby Fischer (see #10) before he checkmates me.
8. Getting into flame wars on chess message boards.
7. Inviting people I get into flame wars with to play chess with me online. 6. Not learning the correct move for the bishop until I was 21. 5. Reading trashy romance novels instead of studying Botvinnik’s 100 greatest games. 4. Allowing my 8 and 7 year old nephews to "win" because I feel sorry for them. 3. Never studying openings, middle games or end games. And I’m proud of it. 2. Thinking I can get by on my looks. 1. Knowing I made much more money as a lawyer.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
- Bronze Age skeletal remains were excavated at the Mount of Hostages at Tara in 1955 by archaeologist Dr. Sean O'Riordan of Trinity College, Dublin, wearing a rare necklace of faience beads, made from a paste of minerals and plant extracts that had been fired. (Remains dated to around 1350 BCE). A study in 1956 that compared that necklace with Egyptian faience beads found they were "not only of identical manufacture but also of matching design."
- The famous Tutankhamun was entombed around the same time as the Tara skeleton and the priceless golden collar around his mummy's neck was inlaid with matching conical, blue-green faience beads. An almost identical necklace was found in a Bronze Age burial mound at north Molton, Devon.
- In 1937 in North Ferriby, Yorkshire, the remains of an ancient boat were discovered. While thought to be a Viking longship at first, continued excavation produced additional ships, wrecked in a storm. Further investigation showed that the boats were much older than Viking ships and were of a type found in the Mediterranean. It was concluded that these boats originated from 2000 years before the Viking age and were radiocarbon dated to around 1400 to 1350 BCE.
I find this absolutely fascinating! Could it really be that some ancient Egyptians visited and possibly even settled on the shores of England and Ireland sometime in the 14th century BCE? Shipwreck seems a plausible explanation. We do know, thanks to archaeological evidence that continues to be uncovered every day (together with fresh looks at older evidence accumulated during prior years), that ancient people and cultures had much more extensive trade contacts than most people give them credit for, going back much further than most people can easily imagine. Man was an explorer and trader from his earliest days, it seems. There is also that intriguing hint of Thomas Jefferson's and others' DNA showing that rare K2 chromosome - passed down from father to son, generation after generation. What if, in an indirect way, this DNA (whose closest match was from a man in Egypt) is evidence that supports the legend of Scota, Princess of Egypt, arriving on the shores of Ireland with a large contingent? Food for thought... We at Goddesschess encourage people to think outside the box. This all could possibly be related to chess - just what does Scota's name mean, and where did it come from???