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|

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


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Thursday, August 19, 2004



I've been spending all of my blogging time lately working on a post for this blog that's probably going to end up being pretty disapointing, so forget that I mentioned it. The consequence of this unproductive concentration of my blogging activities is that I've been posting a lot of blogging about blogging. Or maybe that's a consequence of reading metablog. Whatever.

Anyhow, over metablogwards, Hannah posted this awhile back:
I wonder if theoretical perspectives like the gaze could be used to think about blogging. A friend was talking about how he was reading this girl's blog because he liked her, and he knew all these things about her like when she got a boyfriend, etc. But I don't think he was posting comments on the blog, just reading it.

So what about voyeurism with blogs? What about people out there who are reading them and not commenting on them? I know my friends, the ones reading and commenting, but there's no requirement to comment, and no reason why one can't follow your every step based on your blog. Interesting, and a bit scary.

I don't know about the stalker aspect, but I do find that knowledge of the possibility of an audience makes it easier for me to write. Or, at any rate, it makes it easier for me to write pieces that have a coherent beginning, middle, and end. I guess if I were to try to translate this into some kind of critical theory idiom that I don't really understand then what I'd say is that the possibility of an audience imposes a discipline on the writer. And to go a step further, I think this is all to the good.

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