How is Chess similar to life?

If you don’t move, you lose by default.

If you move, you should think deeply about it or someone may push you over.

If you move well, you can protect the pieces you hold dear besides you.

If you’re too far from your beloved, you may not make it back in time to protect them.

The path of survival and comfort takes great planning.

Brilliance and success comes to those that are most observant.

Adapting to the situation is the key to success.

Knowledge and experience are keen advantages.

You have a limited number of moves. Make them good ones.


What We’re Looking For

It’s that thing when you’re with someone and you love them and they know it, and they love you and you know it, but it’s a party! And you’re both talking to other people and you’re laughing and shining and you look across the room and catch each other’s eyes. But…but not because you’re possessive or it’s precisely sexual but because that is your person in this life. And it’s funny and sad but only because this life will end. And it’s this secret world that exists right there in public unnoticed that no one knows about. It’s sort of like how they say that other dimensions exist all around us, but we don’t have the ability to perceive them. That’s…that’s what I want out of a relationship or just life, I guess.

So There.

E.E. Cummings had to borrow $300 from his mother in order to publish 70 Poems, his 1935 collection of poetry. Vindictively he changed its title to No Thanks and dedicated it to the 14 publishing houses that had rejected it:

cummings dedication

Their names form the shape of a funeral urn.

Things learned from The Lord of The Rings & The Hobbit

1. Pretty, shiny things are hazardous to your health.

2. Hobbits state the overly obvious

3. Chocolate is non-existent in Middle-Earth.

4. Beer and Tobacco seem to have a beneficial effect on hobbits

5. Never make fires in questionable caves.

6. Kick a troll, and your foot will break.

7. Elvish accents are low and whispery.

8. Imitating voices can come in handy.

9. Being good at riddles can save your life.

10. Giant spiders freak out elves big-time.

11. Elrond should have pushed Isildur into the crack of doom.

12. Sauron once got pawned by a girl

13. Legolas is NOT blonde.

14. Elves have the amazing ability to make up songs spontaneously.

15. Don’t ask Gandalf questions when he’s grumpy.

16. You do not want to make Gandalf mad.

17. There are surprising similarities between the movie-version Elrond and Spock.

18. The eagles always did provide a convenient Deus ex machina

19. The favorite color of most elves is grey.

20. Locking up your daughter in a tree house and expecting her to stay there is just simply naïve.

21. Make sure your master is mentally healthy before you swear fealty to him.

22. Saruman does not need a microphone.

23. Nargothrond snipers can (apparently) see an insignia on a tiny ring from ten yards away.

24. Elves can count reeaaaaally fast.

25. Having seven sons in a row is not necessarily good luck.

26. A shiny object about an inch in diameter caused the destruction of the kingdom of Doriath.

27. Dwarves hoard secret recipes

28. There are more parallels between Gandalf and The Doctor than you think.

29. Before you discuss confidential information, check to make sure no one is trimming grass under the windowsill.

30. The word “holiday” means something else to Bilbo.

31. Singing wildly while dancing on top of a table is not exactly a good idea.

32. If you see big green mounds with bits of stone sticking out of them like teeth…get as FAR AWAY from them as possible before nightfall.

33. Try not to separate from your friends, especially in heavy fog.

34. Knowing how to write songs makes you beloved amongst the elves.

35. Gender bias cost Sauron his most trusted servant. (a.k.a. the Witch-King of Angmar)

36. If guys  in black hoods riding black horses start sniffing around your neighborhood… take that as a sign that it’s time to move.

37. Even Fat dragons gan pack a punch.

38. It is a good skill to distinguish between numbers 30 and 31.

39. Everyone in Middle-Earth writes their ‘a’ s with three dots above it.

40. The Orc sergeant in Mordor has a very limited insult vocabulary.

41. Shiny glass balls can drive you crazy.

42. Gollum has severe vitamin D deficiency.

43. And 500 years in a cave didn’t improve his grammar either.

44. Never trust young men who simply cannot take constructive criticism.

45. Be very, very suspicious if 13 dwarves suddenly invite themselves to your house and seem to know exactly what is in your pantry.

46. There are several meanings hidden in “good morning!”.

47. Be sure to compliment a forest whenever you enter it.

48. The more tragic your death, the more it will be sung about.

49. Elves sleep with their eyes open.

50. “Never laugh at live dragons!”.

RUSH – Movie Review!


As a film I’d give it 4/5. As F1 history it has to take a knock down to 3.5/5. Hunt and Lauda’s rivalry is portrayed as antagonistic rather than the friendship of real life, which was inevitable as supposedly that makes for a better film and plot development as they eventually come to respect each other.

A few things are omitted, such as Hunt’s disqualification from the British Grand Prix and a few small things are added in to develop the plot and to keep up the film’s pace, which is one of its best features; it doesn’t drag in places like so many films do nowadays. The only thing that grated me was that the Monza scenes are blatantly Brands Hatch, but all the other racing scenes are either authentic or indistinguishable from where they’re meant to be.


Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda

Daniel Bruhl steals the shows as Lauda, he gives a fantastic performance and you don’t see anything but Lauda. Chris Hemsworth plays Hunt very well but he doesn’t have the voice down as much as Bruhl. The Hesketh team is very well portrayed. It’s a shame more drivers don’t make an appearance outside of the cars and helmets, the characters in this film are very much featured as necessary, though there are a few good look-alikes in scenes, including a very obvious Graham Hill in one scene.

A side note, at first I thought they’d brought in a Murray Walker impersonator to commentate the race scenes but it’s actually Simon Taylor!

Overall the film is very well-paced, there is very little filler or unnecessary exposition, a few niggly things to annoy the diehard fan but plenty to entertain the average movie-goer. I’d certainly place this above “Senna” as a good F1 film, though direct comparison is obviously difficult as they have different approaches. There is a sense of Lauda being the villain but it’s hard to make Lauda a more likable character. His views and philosophy on racing are given as much time as Hunt as is his personal life; there’s no one-sided character assassination like Prost in “Senna” and after the Nürburgring crash if you want Hunt to win the championship it’s not out of hate for Lauda.

The final scene is very moving; I won’t spoil it but prepare to fight back a few tears.


Niki Lauda and James Hunt

Niki Lauda and James Hunt

I Miss School..

I still remember our Farewell day. I knew what the day meant. I knew what it represented. I knew it was the final page of a novel much longer than a J.K. Rowling classic. I also knew that, come April, I would not be returning.

I think we are all familiar with the lyric: “You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.” This is true.

Well, the following verse reads: “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” I feel like my parking pass has expired.

I miss my friends.

I miss walking around campus.

I miss texting my friends and making plans to meet somewhere.

I miss having to apologize for being a “few” minutes late.

I miss hearing people complain about their marks.

I miss the morning chapel.

I miss having people tell me about their problems.

I miss sitting at a table cracking jokes with friends.

I miss kicking people on their birthdays and vice versa.

I miss wearing a tie.

I miss going to my friends’ houses and being served food.

I miss playing football every morning.

I miss breaking my glasses. (I haven’t broken one in over 16 months!)

I miss following a routine.

I miss navigating my way through crowded hallways.

I miss walking up to the Park Street/Maidan metro station.

I didn’t write this entry so people can feel sorry for me. Nor did I write it so people can tell me to look forward to the future. I will be fine. I wrote it because I thought it was important to get this off my chest. I wrote it for the people in my position who might feel the same way – and if you don’t, I hope to be where you are one day, soon. I wrote it for the people currently in school, so they can cherish every single second of the experience.

Cheers! 🙂