I am SnowChess and I am new here.
I am interested in astronomy, I am a chess player and I am a Wikipedia contributor.
I have never used a platform like this before (not even Facebook or Twitter), but I think it will be successful 😀
I know Mastodon and the Dragon's Cave because of a friend of mine (Thank you, @storydragon )
Feel free to follow me and feel free to ask me questions!
linguist question; movie Arrival
@pilou I wish! :P
I've heard people say asking a linguist which languages they speak is like asking a biologist which pets they have (or alternatively: like asking a doctor which diseases they have.)
Strange Dutch words:
A Dutch word is 'zeehond'. 'zee' means 'sea' and 'hond' means dog, but in English, a 'zeehond' is a 'seal'
-Baksteen (brick): bak=bake & steen=stone
-IJsberg (iceberg): ijs=ice & berg=mountain
-Paddenstoel (mushroom): padden=toads & stoel=chair
-Huiswerk (homework): huis=house & werk=work
-Engeland (England): eng=scary & land=country/land
The pawns move forward to the next diamond shaped square in front. They only can move left-forward or right-forward (to the adjacent squares) by capturing a piece of the opponent.
The pawns can't move 2 fields at the beginning, therefore "en passant" doesn't exist either.
There is no castling.
All other pieces move like usual.
The pawns can be promoted into any other piece after they reach the other side of the board.
Image Description: A chessboard oriented at 45° with the pieces arranged in a diamond formations versus one another instead of the usual linear arrangement.
(I do not know chess notation but will briefly describe)
The monarchs/kings are, predictably, at the far corners of the board. Their respective consorts/queens are placed in front of them. To either flank, a rook. In the "shell" outside of this are placed alternating knights and bishops, plus a pawn at the "apex" of this diamond-layer. The outmost layer is all pawns.
a nonsense wordle parody game
Interesting article on the name of chess pieces.
"While it may seem logical that the king has a queen by his side, that’s not how things started out. In the Indian original, this piece was the king’s “counselor” (mantri in Sanskrit).
Mysteriously, Estonian calls the piece lipp (“flag”)."
💬 "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
🗣️ Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943
💬 "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
🗣️ Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977
💬 "I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse."
🗣️ Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com, 1995
💬 "People don’t want to run their own servers, and never will."
🗣️ Moxie Marlinspike, founder of Signal messenger, 2022
I met a lovely 70 year old church member. The subject came to homosexuality and she said: I have a lesbian daughter. I completely accept her and her partner. But they got married and that was wrong. The bible clearly stated marriage between man and woman, they should have gone for registered partnership.
So they're allowed to date and live together, but marriage is where you draw the line? Odd.
Thank you all!
My native language is Dutch, my English is at a basic level and I speak a little, little bit Finnish.
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