Walt's Thoughts 

Theology, Photography, and Reviews

April 14, 2017
by richard

This Post Is Simply A Test For Troubleshooting – Please Ignore

FM Alisa Melekhina discusses three of her favorite c2 Sicilian games that were all won within 21 moves. This post is a result of translating her YouTube video into an article to demonstrate the strategy of the games for further analysis, in a move-by-move fashion. (She went really fast in her YouTube video … and even skipped over some of her moves.) I am thinking about turing this article into a series of c3 Sicilian game studies. Here, we look at game one. Continue Reading →

December 29, 2016
by richard

Making Sense of the Apple Watch

I know, I know … I’m late to the Apple-Watch game.  Up to now, I’ve loved all-things-Apple – except for the Apple watch. I never saw the need. Now that I have received one of these gems as a Christmas gift, I can ask myself the question: Was I right in my original thinking? Technically, I was. But, I now understand how having such a device can be pretty convenient. I outline (to myself) pros and cons of the Apple Watch with the following evaluation.
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June 20, 2016
by richard

Line Variation in Penmanship

The image appearing in this article has been reduced in size to fit into the column’s width – greatly reducing the detail of the writing sample. You may see this work in it’s full glory by clicking directly on the image, and then clicking the (+) button that appears within your browser. May take a few seconds to download, but it’s worth seeing the full details of the work.

June 11, 2016
by richard

Replacing Chess Pieces

House of Chess will attempt to use the following four images in the rolling Gallery below (and perhaps the banner image of this article) to color-match replacements for two of my “White” chess pieces – the White King and the White Castle. There are actually pieces from three different sets below. You can see brighter white pawns to the right and left sides (from two more-recent sets) against this aged set’s pieces in the center and in the background. The middle pieces (and background pieces) are from a 4″ Monarch Staunton Style set – natural Rosewood and Boxwood. As you can see from the photographs, Continue Reading →

May 23, 2016
by richard

Padauk Chess Pieces Oxidation Solutions

The banner image above shows the bases of a few bud rosewood chess pieces. Notice the white buildup on the right-most piece.  This is an oxidation problem – and it looks horrible! Without constant polishing, the oxidation will grow worse and worse – getting whiter and whiter with time. Continue Reading →

May 19, 2016
by richard

Luxury Arabian Knight Chess Set

Well, I’ve been bitten by the Chess bug all over again.  I blame this on three things:

  • Justin, my son, who has surpassed my skills, and can destroy me in chess liberally; playing against him has been pushing my development
  • The Chess.com iOS app (too many nice things to mention here … but here’s a post dedicated to that app)
  • I’ve started attending weekly chess club meeting in my hometown.

So, I decided to upgrade my current chess set. It’s a fairly nice chess set, but the white king suffers a broken crown; it’s very well made, handsome even. But, nothing fancy about it.  Continue Reading →

April 28, 2016
by richard

Chess.com – Nice App, Nice site

Anyone out there using the Chess-With-Friends app?  It’s pretty basic.  Not exactly an exciting app.  It servers the purpose – but native resolution on the iPad would be nice – the 2x magnification on the iPad looks pixelated, and the layout looks like waste of space.  The board colors seem monotonous. It would be nice to select different board colors every once in a while. I’ve been waiting on a Chess-With-Friends update for quite a long time now.

News Flash!  It’s not coming!

Want a breath of fresh air?  May I recommend the Chess.com app?  Here’s some iPhone screen shots of come of the hundreds of available board styles, or “themes”Continue Reading →

April 11, 2016
by richard

Removing Auto-Suggested Chat Contacts

I’ve used iPhone for so long now … I’ve had to update several friend’s phone numbers in my contacts list.

What happens when you go to text a friend with a changed number?  Auto suggestions will pop up your friends name … without displaying the number behind the name.  If you’re not careful, you’ll deliver a text to your friend’s old number without even knowing it.

Those auto-suggested names come from your Recent Text History list – and, so long as the number hasn’t changed, it makes life easy.  You don’t have to type out the whole name.  But, what happens when someone has a new number?   How do you stop iOS from using an old number?  If you’re not careful, you can deliver a text to the wrong person without even knowing it.

So, there’s good news to fix things … you can remove (and even inspect the actual number used) by tapping on the circled information “i” on the right side of the suggested contacts. Tapping the “i” shows the contact info used, and offers a link to Remove From Recent Chat History.

The odd thing is … if you are using a Mac computer to text – there’s no way to delete recent contact from that platform.  Seems to be a mistake on Apple’s part.  It must be deleted from an iOS device.