Friday, January 18, 2008

Films, Fischer and failed flights

Cloverfield is already out in the US, with more sure to follow. Here are some of 2008's most anticipated films. I'm especially interested to see Heath Ledger's turn as the Joker.

Bobby Fischer died today. Bobby was a chess legend, quite possibly the most brilliant and eccentric of the grandmasters of the 20th century. I don't think he ever played Kasparov; now that would have been something!

And for a real life hero, how about the guy who piloted that British Airways crash flight when the Boeing 777 completely failed? "This man deserves a medal as big as a frying pan!"

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Blogger discordant dude said...

are you a chess player too? i used to study grandmasters like fischer, kasparov, spassky, karpov, etc when i was in school. didn't know then that each game they played had political implications.

4:11 am  
Blogger BK said...

yes, i was a school player; my school had a period where chess was all the rage and it was actually cool to play chess! :)

I haven't played much since going to uni though, so i've pretty much forgotten all the fancy openings - Sicilian, Caro-Kann etc. Grandmasters are pretty fascinating - wasn't there that hilarious story about Kramnik's frequent toilet breaks?

1:55 pm  
Blogger BK said...

Am shocked and saddened today to hear of Heath Ledger's death. I've been a big fan since 10 Things I hate About You.

5:07 pm  

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