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By gzt (Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 06:35:22 AM EST) gzt, burgers, chess (all tags)
So last night I went to Bar Louie for their $2 burger nights and then went home and watched a couple episodes of Animaniacs. Not bad. They make you buy a drink to get the burger for that price, but $5 for a 1/2# angus beef burger and a beer is pretty doable. A little bit more if you want condiments. I split the burger with someone.

I got a couple chess books in the mail. Watson's two books on mastering the chess openings. I read over the intro stuff for the first volume while on the train because it didn't yet require a chess board. It seems masterful so far. A modern answer to Reuben Fine's The Ideas Behind the Chess Openings that actually does, in fact, give you the ideas behind them. I think after getting these books, I have enough material on all aspects of the game to last me several years of concerted study (well, I have the third volume on pre-order, but once that comes out...) - though some detailed books on particular openings might eventually be useful when I'm at that level. Previously, I felt I had enough on the endgame and enough in terms of annotated games collections, possibly enough for tactical study. I recently acquired what I think should be enough for strategy/middlegame play. All I had for the openings was the Fine book and MCO for reference.

I want to go home.

The people I watched Animaniacs with were surprised at how risque it was compared with how they remembered it. I was like, duh. I suppose I was a bit precocious, but I always got those things. Some of the characters and sketches were always a bit annoying to me and still are, but the general quality is fairly high. This and the Bullwinkle stuff is enough to keep my occasional - perhaps biweekly - need for television of some sort satiated.

Honestly, I really need to tackle annotated games more often. It's just so much easier to tackle tactical tests. Right now I'm performing at about 60-65% on my tests of level 50 and above on CT Art. I wish I had some metrics to compare against. And I need to play vigorous opposition more often.

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Hellloooooooo Nurse! by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 07:20:32 AM EST
I love Animaniacs but I always thought the structure "The Warner Brothers... and the Warner Sister" was an interesting commentary on the state of diversity in culture. "Hey, look everybody, we've got a female! A female what, we don't know, but she's female!"

Has anybody seen my clue? I know I had it when I came in here.
They charge extra for ketchup? by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 08:43:54 AM EST

The three things that make a diamond also make a waffle.
ketchup, mustard free by gzt (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 08:48:30 AM EST
But cheese, tomatoes, onions, etc, you have to pay.

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Onions aren't condiments. by hulver (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 10:30:39 PM EST
Wacky yanks.
Cheese is not a hat. - clock
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