Posted in Chess on 27 Apr 2012
I’ve been out playing chess again. This particular game appeals particularly to me, for various reasons: it was a win, against a much stronger player; it was a calm and steady win, not decided by some fluke error in either direction, just a steady pressure which gradually increased the positional advantage up to five pawns’ worth, while the material was still equal; and I managed to play through the whole middle game without throwing the whole thing on the floor, as I have a tendency to do.
As before, I present it here not as a demonstration of brilliance, but as an account of how a medium-class chess player thinks. The comments up to move 5 are mainly a synthesis of theory remarks, included mostly for my own sake.
So here we go: Faxe Chess Club Individual Tournament, round 4: White: yours truly, Black: Knud Hansen.
1.d4 d5 2.Bf4
3. … Nf6 4.Nd2
6.Bd3 Be7 7.c3
…Nxe5 9.dxe5 Nd7 10.Qg4
12. … Qe8
15. … Nb7
18. … exf5
19. … c4 20.Nd4
25. … Rxg6 26.Rxg6
27. … Kh8 28.Rd6! Nb7?
…Qc6 31.Rd1 Be6?
32. … Qe8 33.Qg6!
There it is. Not a flashy display of brilliance, but a slow crush.
I was quite happy to receive the praise from the big guns in the club afterwards. One of them said: “I would have loved to get a position like that!” The answer I should have given was “One doesn’t get a position like that — one creates it.” :)
Posted in announcements, community, dylan, general on 23 Apr 2012
Back when I closed down the site in 2006, I was in touch with the Dylan folks to try to get some kind of an official status for the site. It stranded because the licencees for the sheet music sales didn’t like the idea.
My guess is that these “licencees” are just some branch of the Dylan corporation, but be that as it may: Might they be pacified if there were money in this?
So I was thinking: what about some kind of iTunes-like arrangement? A moderate subscription fee — small enough to be negligible in most people’s wallets, but enough to generate some income for the licencees? Perhaps a two-level thing: official album version available for free — everything else (outtakes …
Posted in dylan, music, recordings on 27 Mar 2012
Time for another track, perhaps.
This one is a long time coming as well. It started with the idea that this song has two faces.
One is the defiant, harsh, “screw you” character that puts it in the category with Positively 4th Street and Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat. The cocky, major-key bravado that says: “you may think we have something going here, but we don’t.”
But there is also a more mellow angle to the song. All those things that it ain’t me that’s going to put up with — it’s not that they’re all that unreasonable, really, as long as they don’t turn into a lifestyle or a pattern of empty habit. In this light, the song becomes more of a second cousin …
Posted in dylan, music, recordings on 8 Mar 2012
Jokerman is, without any doubt whatsoever, one of the great classics on a rollercoaster album such as Infidels. The single-guitar version on dylanchords, however, never really did it for me: great song, great harmonies, but so thin when you’re alone with your guitar, without the exquisite drums’n'bass work by Sly and Robbie.
Then, one day, on my way home from work, I was somehow humming Jokerman while thinking Moonlight (this was back when “Love and Theft” was recent news), and something clicked.
I’ve had it in the back of my head for some years now, so I figured it was time to record it.
Jokerman meets Moonlight
I suppose one could say that where Dylan’s Jokerman tends towards the enigmatic, mine is more …
Posted in community, politics, Project identity on 22 Aug 2011
The following is the “17 May speech” my father gave in 1983. In Norwegian again, I’m afraid.
Her følger min fars 17.-mai-tale fra 1983. Det var årets hovedtale ved 17. mai-feiringen i Balestrand ved Sognefjorden, holdt fra toppen av en gravhaug fra vikingetida, foran alle bygdas gode menn og kvinner, bunadkledde og feststemte, nøyaktig som Knausgård beskriver det i sitt sommerprogram.
Henvisningen til Sagene skole handler om at skolen, som i 1983 hadde cirka 80 ikke-norske elever, en uke før 17. mai mottok bombetrusler og beskjed om at skolen …
Posted in community, philosophy, politics, Project identity on 18 Aug 2011
Lyssna: Sommar i P1 med Karl Ove Knausgård
Karl Ove Knausgård har vært sommergjest i svensk radio. Det var tenkt som halvannen times uforpliktende småprat om løst og fast, men sånn kunne det selvfølgelig ikke bli. I stedet kom det til å handle om: «hva betyr det å være norsk? Hva vil det si å høre hjemme et sted? Og hva vil …
Posted in philosophy, politics on 25 Jul 2011
I’m outraged — by my own wish that Anders Behring Breivik be treated as a human being.
My basest instincts would love to see him fry in a very earthly hell. But although the though of him living on and perhaps even coming out into society 21 years from now, in principle cleared of his guilt, makes me angry, I still don’t think the frying pan is a very good idea after all.
Our civilization is based on a belief in a certain fundamental core of human-ness shared by all human beings. To this human-ness, we have added a set of rights.
Now, I think it’s sound to be clear that this is a belief and not an objective fact, because it …
Posted in politics on 23 Jul 2011
It now seems that the atrocities in Oslo and Utøya were commited by a single person. I think we can rule out completely any kind of organization. Apparently, the killer – a tall, blond native Norwegian, age 32, who speaks the local dialect – was taken to the island on the organizers’ own boat. Now, if there were more than one person involved, surely someone in the organization would have had a speedboat ready for him on the mainland?
Besides: Utøya? A summer camp for politically engaged youths?!
Granted, if terrorism is all about creating fear and terror, there might be some logic to it: strike where the shock will be greatest.
Posted in guitar, Lessons, music on 14 Jul 2011
Finally – it took more than a year, but here’s the next lesson: on open tunings.
I have had three life-changing epiphanies in my life as a guitar player. The first was the first time I tried a twelve-string guitar. I realized that the fullness of that sound was what I had been dreaming of all my life, I just hadn’t known it. Fifteen years later, I bought an old Ibanez twelve-string, and although it would be a lie to say that it’s the best guitar in the world, there is nothing wrong with that sound of twelve shiny strings.
The second was when I first tried a Martin guitar. I immediately realized that that was …
Posted in music on 12 Jul 2011
At last: I’ve found it!
Not the holy grail, not the place where pencils and single socks live, but the melody to Steel Guitars, James Damiano’s composition that Dylan stole and used for his song Dignity.
[see this if you don't have a clue what I'm talking about (and this and this if you're still hungry for more)]
It’s obvious to anyone who has heard Dignity and Steel Guitars, that Judge Simantle’s words:
To the ear of this court, there is no substantial similarity in the structure, instrumentation or melody of the two songs.
is a fairly precise judgement. The …