Two Games From 6/12 Christiansen Simul

On June 12th The Boylston Chess Club organized a simultaneous exhibition with GM Larry Christiansen. I played two games against the grandmaster and lost both. Here they are:

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My Games From the RI State Championship

I played in the U1600 section of the RI State Championship on June 10, 2012. Here are my games. For a larger viewer or to download the pgn Click Here.

Crazy Sour Candy Face

Lately, I’ve been really craving sour candy but it seemed that none of the typical sour candies I found in stores were sour enough. I don’t know the reason I had this craving–maybe it means I have a vitamin c deficiency or something–but whatever the reason, it lead me on a quest for the most sour candy I could find.

I wanted to find some quantitative comparison of the various sour candies available. I thought it would be nice if there was some measure of sourness like the Scoville scale for peppers but it doesn’t seem there is. I wonder how hard it would be to develop one.

What I did find was this blog called ‘Sour Candy Reviews’. The blog is run by a woman named Robin and she also has a YouTube channel featuring video reviews of various sour candies. The video reviews are great to watch so if you get a chance search YouTube for sourcandyreviews and watch them.

One of the candies that Robin reviewed is called Toxic Waste. And she gave it a rating of Ultimate Sour so it seemed promising. I didn’t know where I could buy these around here so I went to the manufacturers site and found that they were available at Walgreens stores. I drove to the nearest Walgreens and they did have them so I picked up a package of Toxic Waste and I also picked up a package of Warheads candies which are another extreme sour candy.

I decided to document my experience in the following video. In this video, I try two different Toxic Waste flavors and then a lemon Warheads candy. If you are looking to see a crazy sour face, I would say the third one is really the money shot. It also seems that I’m not the only person who has done this, because there are quite a few videos of people doing the same thing in my related videos. So this could be a youtube phenomenon that hasn’t quite taken of yet.

Hope you enjoyed that.


Our Cruise on the NCL Gem

We recently took a cruise aboard the Norwegian Gem. It was a 10 day Southern Caribbean cruise out of New York City and stopped in St. Thomas, Antigua, Barbados, St. Maarten and Tortola. It was a lot of fun, and it was good to escape the cold and snow.

Here are a couple of videos I put together from the cruise. The first one consists of scenes of New York shot from the balcony of our stateroom when we left. We were on the starboard side, so as we left we got a good view of the Statue of Liberty.

The next video consists of highlights on the whole cruise. You see our dinner at the Tepenyaki Japanese restaurant on the ship, and various shots from our stops. The shots of the cave are Harrison’s cave in Barbados. Check out the “Ben and Marco’s” bar/restaurant in St. Maarten that looks like the “Ben and Jerry’s” ice cream logo which is funny.

That’s it for now. I’ll probably be posting more as I edit them.

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