Saturday, May 27, 2006

Torneio GXA Primavera 2006

Tabuleiros 1 e 2

Tabuleiros 3 a 5

Tabuleiros 6 a 8
Terminou ontem o torneio GXA Primavera 2006, tendo como vencedor Costa Pereira. Embora não me tenha corrido muito bem, foram sem dúvida uns bons momentos de excelente convívio xadrezístico. Parabéns ao Amadeu Solha.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Street Chess

"At Stake Was a Little Boy Passed Over by Michael at the Gates of Neverland Ranch." That was the comment from the author of this photo taken from


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

A Imprensa que temos

Procurando uma resposta à pergunta "Quem manda no jornalismo?", o Prós e Contras da RTP1 acabou afinal por virar uma arena mediática para luta de gladiadores dos tempos modernos.

Se houve algum vencedor do debate, penso que teria sido Pacheco Pereira pela sua paciência e tom apaziguador, tentando levar a conversa para uma dimensão menos pessoal para que perigosamente ameaçava resvalar e sempre numa perspectiva político-mediática. Quanto a MMC, embora pense que possa ter razão em muita coisa do que diz, a forma como se apresenta como vítima é-lhe desfavorável.

No final, MMC conseguiu voltar à ribalta da política, ajudado pelos comentários um pouco gastos do JPP, o apoio do ER que fez de paladino da "deontolgia" e "ética" e o consentimento do RC que deixou que o acusassem de ser a vergonha do jornalismo nacional. A FCF não esteve à altura do tema e perdeu nitidamente o controlo da segunda parte do debate.

Ainda sobre o tema da responsabilidade dos jornalistas, nomeadamente quando fazem os seus resumos de depoimentos, eis aqui um artigo exemplar de Pedro Magalhães no Margem de Erro, que encontrei através d'A Origem das Espécies.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Gaston joue l'échec

Gaston Lagaffe a été créé par André Franquin (Spirou, Les Idées Noires, Le Marsupilami, Modeste) en 1957.


Thursday, May 18, 2006

ART GALLERY - Edward Hopper

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Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967), the best-known American realist of the inter-war period and one of my favourits. The Lighthouse at Two Lights, 1929, oil in canvas.

In "The Lighthouse at Two Lights" Hopper isolated the dramatic silhouette of the 120-foot-high lighthouse tower and adjoining Coast Guard station against the open expanse of blue sky. Set on a rocky promontory in Cape Elizabeth, Maine — though no water is visible in the painting — the architecture is bathed in bright sunlight offset by dark shadows.
Since 1914 Hopper had regularly summered in Maine, and this picture is one of three oils and several watercolors that he did of this site during summer 1929. To Hopper, the lighthouse at Two Lights symbolized the solitary individual stoically facing the onslaught of change in an industrial society. The integrity and clarity of his work made Hopper a quiet force in American art for forty years and one of America's most popular artists.


Sunday, May 14, 2006

Só para Dragões

Street Chess

A well-established way to prevent Alzheimer's disease.


Mundo Mix PT

Com uma participação familiar.

Monday, May 08, 2006

ART GALLERY - Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967), the best-known American realist of the inter-war period and one of my favourits. The Long Leg, 1935, Oil on canvas, 40 3/16 x 60 1/8 in.

With its simplified forms modeled by a strong light, his realism was tempered by a modern sensibility. Hopper's compositions often have an air of stillness and a pervading mood of solitude. That is as true for his evocative images of sailing--a recurring theme in his work--as it is with his stark depictions of urban life. Here, the graceful movement of the boat across the water expresses Hopper's attachment to the sea and his love of sailing even as it contributes to the picture's quietude. Like many New York artists of his generation, Hopper sought relief from summer in the city by going to the New England shore. The cool tones and sense of peace in this work offer a respite from the heat and grim of New York. The locale is Stage Harbor on the southeastern coast of Cape Cod, not far from the artist's summer home in South Truro.


10.000 Visitas

Ao passar a fasquia dos 10.000 visitas ao site e 21.000 visitas a páginas, passados 13 meses desde a criação do blogue, fiquei curioso sobre a possível distribuição geográfica dos mesmos.

Analisando o gráfico e descontando os leitores que vêm parar aqui através de qualquer tipo de busca, penso que o facto de escrever alguns posts em inglês também estará na origem desta distribuição. Vamos continuar, assim haja tempo livre!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Street Chess

Check mate! When a player is in check and he cannot make a move, such that after the move, the king is not in check, then he is mated. The player that is mated lost the game, and the player that mated him won the game.


France: The Children's Hour

Over a month of demonstrations by French students, workers, and would-be workers have delivered a devastating blow to the government of Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, which was forced to withdraw its new law meant to increase employment opportunities for young people lacking formal qualifications.

All this activity was intended to force the withdrawal of a minor change in the French government's employment legislation, which mainly would have benefited the young people in the ghetto suburbs who last fall were rioting nightly and burning thousands of automobiles in outrage at their "exclusion." The scale of the affair has been grotesquely out of proportion to its ostensible purpose. Yet it has turned into a symbolic event of high significance. The protests became a challenge to a certain model of capitalist economy that a large part, if not most, of French society regards as a danger to national standards of justice—and, above all, to "equality," that radical notion which France is nearly alone in proclaiming as a national cause, the central value in its republican motto of "liberty, equality, fraternity."

As the students themselves know, a globalized world won't stop turning because French students have taken to the streets. They are not looking for the "beach beneath the paving-stones" (a 1968 slogan: Sous les pavés, la plage!) but for security. A former cabinet minister, Luc Ferry, who began his studies in 1968, has said that while his own generation had been ready to demonstrate for practically anything, it would have thought a demonstration to save its as yet nonexistent pensions "frankly surrealistic." French students did just that last year.

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