Happy Valentine’s Day

The featured image shows what IC 1805 the Heart
Nebula including an internal star cluster and internal 
pillars of gas and dust.
Please see the explanation for more detailed information.

In the Heart of the Heart Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Adam Jensen

Explanation: What excites the Heart Nebula? First, the large emission nebula dubbed IC 1805 looks, in whole, like a human heart. Its shape perhaps fitting of the Valentine’s Day, this heart glows brightly in red light emitted by its most prominent element: excited hydrogen. The red glow and the larger shape are all created by a small group of stars near the nebula’s center. In the heart of the Heart Nebula are young stars from the open star cluster Melotte 15 that are eroding away several picturesque dust pillars with their energetic light and winds. The open cluster of stars contains a few bright stars nearly 50 times the mass of our Sun, many dim stars only a fraction of the mass of our Sun, and an absent microquasar that was expelled millions of years ago. The Heart Nebula is located about 7,500 light years away toward the constellation of the mythological Queen of Aethiopia (Cassiopeia).

Chaos Chess

Began reading Game Changer: AlphaZero’s Groundbreaking Strategy and the Promise of AI,

by GM Matthew Sadler and WIM Natasha Regan

recently. I have only read a couple of chapters and have no intention of writing a review because the book has been reviewed by almost everyone but this writer.

Kaissa vs Chaos

World Computer Championship, Stockholm, 1974

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. d4 Bg4 6.
Be2 e6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Be3 cxd4 9. Bxd4 e5 10. h3 exd4 11. hxg4 Bd6 12. cxd4 Nxg4
13. Nc3 Qh5 14. g3

(A critical moment. Castling king side is the sensible option, with a balanced game, but Black goes crazy instead!)


15. Nh4 f5 16. d5 Nce5 17. Qc2 Rhf8 18. Bd3 (A slow move which gives Black chances for a counterattack)

Nxd3 19. Qxd3 Rae8 20. Nb5 f4 21. Nxd6 Kxd6 22. Qa3+ Kc7 23. Qxa7 Qf7 24. Rfc1+ Kd6 25.
Qc5+ Ke5 26. d6+ Ke6 27. Re1+ Ne3 28. gxf4 Qd7 29. f5+ Kf6 30. Rxe3 Rd8 31. Re7
Qa4 32. Qe5+ Kg5 33. Nf3+ Kg4 34. Rxg7+ Kh5 35. Qh2+ Qh4 36. Qxh4# 1-0

For those of you who wish to read a review before purchasing the book I heartily recommend the one by GM Jacob Aagaard

in the best Chess magazine in the world, New In Chess, issue 2019/3. Kudos to the people at NIC who make the decision as to what goes into the magazine, and what stays out. Aagard was nice about ripping the authors new ones, writing, “Game Changer is an interesting but often also frustrating read.” In addition he writes, “However, the structural problems the book suffers from are certainly to do with the two authors, two voices and at least two different directions.” There is more but I will not dwell on it other than to say reading the review caused me to purchase the book after reading, “The book gets into a better flow over the next hundred pages, before becoming coherent over the last 250+ pages that look seriously at AlphaZero’s games,” which is the basic reason for buying the tome.

Baseball Goes Crazy With New Rules

Major League Baseball, like NASCAR, has made rapid and dramatic changes recently, to their detriment, proven by the lack of ‘fannies in the seats’ and spectators viewing by other means. MLB has gone to a replay system for close calls. The results show the umpire calls about half of them correctly. Many of the calls made by the Wizard of Oz behind a curtain somewhere have been laughingly ridiculed later, making the new system a joke, which is on MLB. It takes an inordinate and interminable amount of time to make the final call, which breaks the flow of the game, such as it is…Many people have written, and continue to write, about the issue. One of the best pieces on the subject, from the New York Times, can be found below.

To compensate for the time taken while the players stand around “scratching their butts” during yet another boring umpire review a ridiculous new rule states a pitcher no longer has to throw the four balls it takes to make an intentional walk. Now the manager informs the umpire, and the batter strolls to first base.

In the Minor leagues a new rule states that if a game is tied after regulation play, the next team to bat begins with a runner on second base. I kid you not…Seeing is believing, so watch this:

One of the other newer rules concerns a play at the plate. MLB took action after Buster Posey, the great, future Hall of Fame, catcher for the San Francisco Giants suffered a horrible injury at the plate. It has become known as the “Buster Posey” rule. Watch this to learn why it is called the “Buster Posey” rule:

Many fans did not care for the new rule. An example would be the comment left on the above page by Brian Cicio:

“Thanks to Buster PUSSY we don’t see these plays anymore. He was IN THE BASE PATH WITHOUT THE BALL. His fault 100% . Injuries are part of ANY sport. Maybe he should have stuck to Ballet.”

Evidently some fans prefer their Baseball straight with no chaser.

This is how MLB was played for about a century and half. The most famous collision at home plate is probably Pete Rose barreling over Ray Fosse:


The great thing about watching the video is being able to once again see a MLB manager argue with the umpires, yet another aspect taken away with the new rules. We fans miss the long ago time of watching Billy Martin get up in the face of an umpire:

We miss managers going crazy:

We end with the Best Baseball Manager Ejection in History: