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 folks I know

Mark Dilley
a daily dose of architecture
Safety Neal
January Girl
mimi jingcha
Hop, Skip, Jump
ambivalent imbroglio
Brooke & Lian


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


some philosoblogs

Fake Barn Country
Freiheit und Wissen


some labor blogs

Confined Space
Working Life
Dispatches From the Trenches
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, July 12, 2005


A different kind of applesauce

When I did the book meme a few weeks ago I emailed tags to five people, but also threw a couple of taggish links into the body of the text. I didn't really expect those link-only tags to take, but both Bionic Octopus and now Dru Blood picked up the meme. Pretty cool.

Ping or not, I'd been meaning to post something about Dru's blog. It's one of my favorites, and has been for awhile, though I'm not sure I can explain why. It has to do with the way Dru writes about politics -- or maybe it would be better to say that it has to do with the way in which Dru's blogging is a political act.

I tried to articulate this the other day, commenting on this post over at It's Matt's World. Matt was asking his readers whether they thought of his blog as a political blog after learning, to his surprise, that some of them didn't think that it was.

It has always seemed to me that Matt's blog is political, even though the overtly political content has thinned out over the last couple of months. Anyway, this is what I wrote there:
Here's a 60s cliche for you: the personal is political.

I think it's true, and I think that some of the best political blogs display their politics through their engagement with personal issues. One of the best examples of this is Dru Blood, who mostly blogs about getting by as a divorced single mother.

Saying that this kind of stuff is political requires us to expand our definition of politics so that it has to do with more than who holds which office when. But I think that's something we need to do, especially if we think that the established structures tend to marginalize the problems of many segments of society.

Even more so than Matt, Dru's blogging has to do with day to day life. Occasionally, Dru will explicitly link her life and her politics, but usually you have to read between the lines a little bit.

One of the oddities of the American way of looking at things, it seems to me, is that we tend to take it as given that economics is pervasive while simultaneously believing that politics has only to do with laws, offices, and elections. I don't really know how we convinced ourselves to believe such contradictory things, but I'm pretty sure that the effect is to insure that many of the institutions and practices that most affect our lives are insulated from political criticism.

That's not how things should be, and blogs like Dru's are part of the solution. I guess that's what I wanted to say.

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