"Amigos y nadie más. El resto, la selva"
-- Jorge Guillén

Competition Chess Rating: ~1373.25

I've joined the BAL chess league, which plays for fun. After 7 rounds I played 4 games. Now I'm ready to be officially rated! My score is 2 out of 4 won against really strong (competition level) players. The provisional rating system used is explained in the official site.

Here is where I stand:

((0 x 1300) + (1886 + 1539 + 1034 + 1034 )+(400 x (2 - 2))/(0+4) - 0

This is pretty much the average of the ratings of the 4 players:

5493/4 = 1373.25

1373.25! a lot of games to go so this can change. I'm getting a hang of competing. Here is a sample game from round 5 where I lost to Adia Onyange playing white:


World Food Day: Oct 16

Here is an idea, instead of gambling by buying a lottery ticket this weekend, how about donating that same amount to FAO for World Food Day? It should make you happier to think that somebody some where is going to eat because of your kindness. (yeah, if you are the 1 in 13,983,816 millions, who actually hit the lottery, you might actually be able to help more. But this is a really, really unlikely scenario. If you simply donate $1 now, you will contribute to stopping somebody's hunger right the way!)

World Food Day

To win you must have one of the following matches against the number actually drawn:

Match 6 (Jackpot Win!) Odds = 1:13,983,816

Match 5 Odds = 1:54,201

Match 4 Odds = 1:1,032

Match 3 Odds = 1:57

For an intersting chart visit the NJ Lottery page itself. For the powerball the odds are 1:195,249,054.00 chance of winning!!


Time saving tip of the day: Twitter favorites

Say that you found this awesome article online and you want to read it, but you don't have the time... There are apps that allow you to save this and read it offline later -- they even synchronize between devices. However, if you do not feel like paying $1 or $5 for this simple minded apps, then you can use Twitter favorites to your advantage!

  1. copy the link and post it on your twitter feed (which you will do anyway, but then it will be buried in your timeline)
  2. click on the "favorite" icon (star) on your Twitter feed
  3. on your mobile device, go to your favorites whenever you have the time to read the said articles

This serves a double-sword purpose (or triple!): it increases your quality tweets (hopefully, at least volume will increase), it allows you to follow back on important stuff, and lastly, it gives something about you to your followers (people do see your favorites after all).


Time saving tip of the day: vimperator paste

Want to save a few seconds per search per day? This is how to do it:

  1. download Firefox
  2. install Vimperator
  3. paste text from clipboard by typing "p"

Vimperator will take your pasted text and open a Google search for you. Awesome!



Ubuntu 11.10 is out!

The new release of Ubuntu Linux version 11.10 has been released today. We complaint about its features (or lack thereof) but the fact is that this is a daunting task to accomplish this milestone every 6 months! That said, kudos to the developers, Canonical, the Debian people, and all the volunteers like me who report issues, submit patches, and comment about the operating system.

Ubuntu Software Center

For those of you still unfamiliar with Ubuntu, this is an alternative operating system for computers and mobile devices which, like the Mac, is based on the UNIX operating system -- yep, the same that was co-invented by now diseased Dennis Ritchie (R.I.P.)

This new release improves on existing ones by adding new features and being a lot more stable.

Take the guided tour where you will be able to interact with the OS via your web browser -- or some mock ups, but it feels awesome.