The Roman sun rose today at 7:06 and will set at 18:53. The Ave Maria is slated for 19:00, which is a 15 minute shift from yesterday. Gosh, things change so fast.
Breakfast today was more along the lines of what I might eat on a Sunday back in the States. The bread however is not. This is pane di Lariano.
Along the edge of the Campo de’ fiori there are all sorts of restaurants. I can’t vouch for any of them. They strike me as very touristy. that doesn’t automatically mean they are bad… but. I like what these folks did, however. The flower boxes are full of bushes of basil. Very aromatic.
The decorated building I’ve shown you before. It was the locus of “Tata Giovanni” who had a school for training children who were abandoned in some trade. They came to be called “callarelli”. The madonnella has an inscription: IN MANIBUS TUIS SORTES MEAE. The institute still exists, I think, though it moved long ago.
Just in case I were to have some company, I did a little Sunday shopping… I know, I know. What makes this interesting is the back of the place probably includes a remains of the Theater of Pompey.
Nearby a place where I once stayed, which needs work. The restaurant below, however, while a bit touristy, is only so because there are a lot of tourists. It’s a good place and, while I don’t eat out often here, I go there with friends when the occasion calls.
Just a glimpse of the morning.
Right now I am reading Scott Hahn’s newest
It has a forward by Peter Kreeft. That’s a really good sign in itself.
Please remember me when shopping online. Thanks in advance.
And, for your chessy news today, I had an ASK FATHER question!
“Is It A Sin To Play Sleezy Openings In Bullet Chess?”
From a reader…
I recently was gloating to a friend of mine that I am now in the top 1/3rd of bullet chess players on chess.com, though I confessed many of my wins came from King’s Gambit ideas around Bc4, Qh5, and checkmate on f7. We wondered how Catholic moral teaching might govern employing such sleezy tricks, and thought you were the only priest qualified to answer. I am prepared to make amends and reform my life if my regrettable conduct rises to the level of sin.
Here is a prime example: HERE
I am being sarcastic, of course.
Sarcasm aside, the answer is “No!”
It is not a sin to defeat your opponent over those 64 squares. If your opponent falls into your trap, then so be it. Perhaps he will learn from the experience and improve his game. In that case you have done him a favor. Masters of the game lose many thousands of games before they attain the chimeric and misleading title of “Master”. Who can master chess, as the engines are showing us?
A puzzle. This one is complicated. I struggled with it. It has a lot to do with what happens when a piece is moved. Remember that when you move a piece, it exerts pressure on a new set of squares, BUT it releases pressure on others! Notice from the beginning that your bishop is hanging. What to do? Black has a lot of pieces on the queen side, while white has pieces on the king side. This is not going to be easy. Some attacks result in a loss of material and the attack peters out to self-destruction.
White to move.
Remember that camera I repaired? I may have forgotten to bring my biretta and a sturdy pall, but I did bring the camera.
A couple of shots as I experimented for the first time.
Crisp and clear?
From the phone…