an in-between move

Cool kids read The Bellman.


Don't read this blog!

I mean, thanks for dropping by my little corner of the blogospheric backwaters, but the blog you should be reading is The Bellman. The stuff I post there is much, much less likely to be imbued with dormitive powers.


[German, from zwischen, intermediate + zug, move

Literally an "in-between move". A move in a tactical sequence is called a zwischenzug* when it does not relate directly to the tactical motif in operation. |source|

image copyright TWIC

From this position, black played a zwischenzug: 19…d5
(Linares 2002, 1-0)


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David Rowland studies philosophy at the University of Illinois - Urbana / Champaign, where he's an active member of the Graduate Employees Organization. He used to play a lot of chess, but wasn't all that good. He has a blog. And email.



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some blogs I read

strip mining for whimsy
It's Matt's World
School of Blog
Fall of the State
Dru Blood
Echidne of the Snakes
Colossal Waste of Bandwidth
Running from the Thought Police
Bionic Octopus


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Confined Space
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Labor Blog
Eric Lee


some A-list blogs

This Modern World
Matthew Yglesias
Andrew Sullivan
Political Animal
The Volokh Conspiracy


some other links

Rule 33
This Week in Chess
War Nerd
National Priorities Project
Bible Gateway
Internet Archive
A Weekly Dose of Architecture
Orsinal: Morning Sunshine
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Safety Sign Builder
Get Your War On


some philosoblogging

Six views about reasons
Seidman on reflection and rationality
And another thing
Tiffany's argument for strong internalism
Internalism v. Externalism
What do internalists believe anyway?
Rationalism and internalism
The experimental method in philosophy
Advertising to children
On moral skepticism
A linguistic argument
More on Williams
Williams on reasons
General and particular
Normativity and morality
Political intuitions
What it is, what it was, and what it shall be
Objectivity and morality
Thinking revolution
Abortion and coercion
Moore on torture
On the phenomenology of deliberation
Even more Deliberation Day
more Deliberation Day
Deliberation Day run-down
He made a porch for the throne where he might judge, cont.
He made a porch for the throne where he might judge
Every shepherd is an abomination
Droppin' H-bombs
ad hominem

Tuesday, January 27, 2004


Let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay

Business Week has a story about the battle being waged between Apple, Microsoft, Real Networks, and Sony to establish a standard format for music files. My money is on Apple or Microsoft.

I'd call Real Networks the Sharpton of this race, except that I have too much respect for Sharpton. Maybe Real Networks is the LaRouche and Sony is the Perot.

What caught my attention was the description of how you would manage to "mix and match songs bought at different online music stores." Doing this involves, according to Business Week, a "process that induces hair-pulling and curses for non-techies."

Business Week's procedure: "copy the digital songs you bought online onto a CD. Then you load them back onto your computer, decompress them into something called a WAV file, and recompress them into MP3s."

Sounds to me like there's an extra step in there, but hey, I use a Mac.

At any rate, the headache -- which is quite real -- doesn't have anything to do with technical difficulties, and it's something that probably bothers techies and non-techies alike. It has to do with the time it takes to burn and rip music files just to get them on your MP3 player.

And this matters because the attraction of (legally) downloading music is, more than anything, immediacy. But if that's what attracts you to the process, you aren't going to download, burn, rip, and then, finally, listen. What you'll do is go to the store that has files in the format you use. So if you have an iPod, you'll go to the iTunes Music Store, and if you have a Dell DJ you'll go to Napster or Wal-$%$#@-Mart.

Since you don't have to drive across town to get to ITMS or Napster, and all the online music stores have pretty much the same stuff (or will soon), it's hard for me to see how this Battle of the Network Standards is supposed to get off the ground.

Am I missing something here?


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