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
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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

Thursday, July 28, 2005


It's a what? It's a what?

It's a music meme.

Since Dru has been so generous with the links and the kind words lately, seems like answering her newly created meme is the least I can do.


Number of records/tapes/cds I own
Difficult to say. I'm guessing about 300 cds. That may be an underestimate, but it surely includes dozens and dozens of cds I can't imagine ever listening to again. These days I listen to a lot of MP3s -- this even though I'm not one for illegal file sharing and don't have an MP3 player. My purchased music folder in iTunes has 262 tracks from 22 albums.

First record/tape/cd I bought
When I was three or four I bought a 45 of The Beatles "Yellow Submarine" at a garage sale down the street from my house. I don't know what was on the other side.

The first music I bought knowing what it sounded like was through one of those Columbia House 12-records-for-a-penny deals when I was eleven or twelve. My sister and I split the order -- she got eight records, I got four. My four, and I'm a little embarrassed about this, included two Kenny Rogers LPs, the soundtrack to Rocky III, and a Men At Work record. My sister ordered Loverboy, Survivor, Queen, Pat Benatar, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Rick Springfield, and ABBA. I fulfilled my Columbia House commitment with two cassettes: Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA and Sammy Hagar's I Can't Drive 55.

Last record/tape/cd I bought
At the beginning of the summer I bought a passle of cds. They were:
  • Jimmy Smith, Organ Grinder Swing
  • Thelonious Monk, Solo Monk
  • Thelonious Monk, Monk's Dream
  • Wes Montgomery, Ultimate Wes Montgomery
  • Dexter Gordon, Doin' Alright
  • Stevie Wonder, Innervisions

I had also ordered Stevie Wonder's Song's in the Key of Life, but it I hightailed it out of town before it arrived.

Last record/tape/cd I listened to
Um, it was either the Porgy and Bess record that Lois Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald made or a gospel mix that I put together for my pops. I'm not sure.

Recordings or songs that mean a lot to me (and/or changed my life)
This is a difficult question for me, because while I like music a lot I don't think I relate to it in the way presupposed by the question. I have a bullshit theory that music listeners fall into two broad categories - people who mostly listen to lyrics, and people who mostly don't. I mostly don't listen to lyrics. My suspicion is that folks who pay close attention to lyrics relate to music partly by incorporating it into the narrative of their lives, but what do I know?

If I had to choose a soundtrack of my life, what 5-10 songs would be on it
For the reasons stated above, this is a tough question for me. But rather than copping out entirely, here's a list of songs I totally dig:
  • Olé, John Coltrane
  • Bedside of a Neighbor, Dixie Hummingbirds
  • Glory of the Sun, Split Lip Rayfield
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky, Bill Monroe
  • Stars Fell on Alabama, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  • Where the Soul Never Dies, Willie Nelson
  • Ghetto We Love, Poor Righteous Teachers
  • Do Re Me, Woody Guthrie
  • Bo! Bo! Bo!, KRS-ONE
  • Dust My Broom, Elmore James
  • Back in the Backseat, Evan Johns and his H-Bombs


And that's that. Except that every meme should have a tagging element. Lessee....howzabout Saheli and Matt for starters. If I have any other readers, maybe they'll chime in.

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