Friday, July 10, 2020

Five Pawn Chess for Young Children Learning Chess

5 Pawn Chess for Children

5 Pawn Chess

5 Pawn chess begins with a lighter side major piece moving: our sides are called Honey and Chocolate at our house as grandparents. Note the bishop options and the one file option for each rook.

No castling and no en passant.

Pawn reaching the 8th rank becomes a Prince or Princess able to move as does the King or as did the Queen in Arabian chess before the French rendered the Queen all-powerful.

Having an extra set of pieces permits using inverted rooks as Prince or Princess should the need arise.

Our preference is for a nine-rank board with the darker-side having an extra rank to balance the lighter-side having the first move.

No mention is made of moving pawns first. Blocked pawn issues are simpler in first and eighth files. Each bishop has a different option.

Opening knight move is encouraged. Prior to play, a knight is placed in centre of empty board: movement is taught as 2-step: one diagonal on same colour square; one more move to change colour. Demonstrate in edge file and in corner. Remove knight. Place blcked pawns, then major pieces and lastly, the 3 wall pawns of King, Queen and King's Bishop.

Sides are picked with a sixth pawn in each hand to avoid confusion about removal or placement on board.

For sensitive child, capture is presented as "wait to play in next game" and Queen does not return even if available for an 8th rank pawn.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

うけ、うけ 、うか−


Some editors may be reluctant to accept an author using the passive voice ... I don't care to receive that criticism either, but ... if you want to jouer le jeu ... vous tournez la joue !  And in defensive martial arts, the one who accepts to be your partner ... your 受け ?? はい。そうです…


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Jurisprudence, Canada, and the Métis as French or English

Jurisprudence in our civil courts is not merely law and precedent in judicial interpretation of law. As a nation with a constitution, jurisprudence in non-criminal matters might be thought to come to this: is a law or regulation taken to implement a law, consistent with a provision or provisions of a constitution. The historical facts as to how a constitution came to be in place over peoples within a given polity has become a fundamental or, if you prefer, an ultimate consideration.

Consider matters of law in 1919 in Paris at the peace conference arising from the 1918 armistice. No legal presupposition appeared to entail, at that time, that the Japanese people were men in the sense that Europeans were men in matters of international law. It was not merely that some peoples lived in polities too little advanced to escape tutelage under the Europeans: it was that the peoples themselves were not men in ultimate matters of law.

Suppose for a moment that the characterization of the last paragraph does reflect the state of considerations of international law in the Paris of 1919. On this view, the national aspirations of the Japanese were stymied, historically a nontrivial matter if that frustration contributed in causing or justifying the Pacific theatre of WW2. In seeking to redress that injustice and the wrongs to which it gave rise, would it matter that the Japanese themselves were inconsistent in their evaluation of Africans as men, Korean laborers in Japan as men, the inhabitants of Okinawa as a people withe a king, or the Ainu people of Hokaido and the Kirile Islands as men?

Consider the case of Canada and the aboriginal and Métis peoples not treated as peoples in laws evaluated in relation to the new Canadian Constitution prior to 2018.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

oh Google, O Alphabets !

This is my untagged Facebook post today:

Yes, some followers do not know what Microsoft calls "Azure" or that an Amazon makes profits on Web Services for cloud storage or that Google is owned by Alphabet.
Bill Gates owns the art.
Google does NOT own the alphabet as THAT is in Unicode Version 9 which is NOT Plan 9 which is another obscure reference only to amuse someone who does not follow me anyway.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Red console view GUI

This is a simpler example to paste into a Red console to test the GUI basics of using the view dialect.

view [
    tgl: text "Some test text"
    text 400x30 bold italic blue font-size 16 "Text with properties"
    button "Click Me" [tgl/text: "Text Changed!"]
    field 400 "SELECT this text then Type something into this entry field"
    area 400x200

A Red script might declare that it needs the view module in its header.

The above script was tested with the Feb 19 2016 build of Red.

Red PL do with block

The Red programming language is moving slowly to version 1.0 and today is at 0.5.4

I thought that it might be useful to look at a do block with the prin function when entered at the Red console.

My example is as follows:

do [
  t1: "test1"
  prin t1
  t1: "test2"
  prin t1

The console output will be


and NOT



I think that this is only really clear if you see the example code as

do [
  t1: "test1"
  prin :t1
  t1: "test2"
  prin :t1

The difference above is that each prin function explicitly is being passed the value of t1.

This is what happens in the short-hand or syntactic sugar version of the example as I first presented it.

If a new user of Red imagined that prin was being passed the ADDRESS of t1 or the ADDRESS of its value, one might expect the meta-level do block to output


This is obvious to old-hands from Rebol, but it may not be obvious to users who are new to expression-based languages.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

URL hyenas

The web hyenas are busy and has fallen prey to them, so that is now

Some similar fate may await all things "eclectic-pencil" but a minus-sign as a hyphen in a web name is not worth defending!