Monday, September 10, 2007

Lets not forget how bad things can get when we stand idly by. Not only in foreign policy but in every aspect of our lives. God bless.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Meritable Links

You may have noticed I added a couple of links recently. I don't like to add links frivolously, so take note both of these are very deserving. I add links only after consideration and regular viewing. Surely this leaves out a lot of good chess links but since deliberate action and consistency are recent themes in my life it seems appropriate to apply them here. Without further ado I present to you: AKA Transformation
To call him a guru would be insulting. Where as I have been known to cast a spell over a rook from time to time, With thought alone he opens trans-dimensional warp riffs over the board. It is rumored that once in a dark coffee house game, he opened a mental wormhole and slayed the black king without ever giving him check.
Transformation brings a new perspective to the chess board and to chess blogs. His ideas can be difficult to digest when he writes in a strange business-philosophical-meditation amalgamation. However, with a little time it becomes clear that his posts are quite genuine and insightful. AKA Military History Podcast
As someone who works in a gym and an occupational clinic Ive come to be a huge fan of crosstraining for prevention, improvement and enjoyment. This military history podcast is truly interesting and I highly recommend giving it a chance. Military history is fascinating in its own right, but I think its also a good tool to introduce new ideas into your chess game. Be warned that the podcaster can be a bit dry. His content more than makes up for it which you will soon hear.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Have a good Labor Day. If your like me youll be half relaxing half doing things you havent had a chance to do in the past few weeks. Maybe we should change it to "second chance day" or "do that shit youve been puting off day."

From the U.S. Department of Labor:

The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.