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Tony "The Crow"
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Submitted by Corvidae_Corvus on March 11, 2013 at 6:30 PM.
Dear teammates, I have noticed there are some good Chess960 players in our group. I think it would be very useful and interesting to talk about Chess960. So, please take the below as an opening low-quality post that will be hopefully followed by bett...Read more »
posted in Corvidae_Corvus's Blog
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I generally only play Match Games within the Various Team Match Leagues and Tournaments, and therefore do not accept challenges or group invites, simply as I cant play in them all.
I also serve as Director, Super Admin, Admin and Advisor on many teams and groups.
About the Name Corvidae_Corvus
Crows form the genus Corvus in the family Corvidae. Ranging in size from the relatively small pigeon-size jackdaws (Eurasian and Daurian) to the Common Raven of the Holarctic region and Thick-billed Raven of the highlands of Ethiopia, the 40 or so members of this genus occur on all temperate continents (except South America) and several offshore and oceanic islands. In Europe the word "crow" is used to refer to the Carrion Crow or the Hooded Crow, while in North America it is used for the American Crow or the Northwestern Crow.The crow genus makes up a third of the species in the Corvidae family. Crows appear to have evolved in Asia from the corvid stock, which had evolved in Australia. The collective name for a group of crows is a flock or, more poetically, a murder.Recent research has found some crow species capable not only of tool use but of tool construction as well.
Pretty amazing, click the Picture of the Crow below to watch
Crows are now considered to be among the world's most intelligent animals.
Why the Crow?
I grew up in rural Arizona, born and raised here. And I always spent a lot of time roaming and exploring. As I got older, my favorite thing, was to call the dog, jump in the old Ford truck, and go "camping" (we didnt call it camping really, you just got so involved and so remote out in the Desert/Bush/woods, you just stayed the night(s) there so you could keep exploring. For you AZ ppl, 96 Ranch, out between Florence and Tuscon was my fave place) I got a soft spot for animals, and really like seeing them in the wild. I grew up and hung out with a few friends from the Salt River Reservation (Pima tribe) and they always knew so much about the desert. They had many stories and knowledge passed down from generation to generation. Too bad that is not the way anymore, the older people are dying out and the younger kids have no interest in the past, or their heritage. R.I.P. my brother, E. Blackwater, It was an honor to have been your friend!
So anyway, as you can tell, I like animals. All kinds. and Birds, Not "go bird watching" obsessed, just interested in general. (side note- if you have not seen the movie "The Big Year", watch it, it's funny!) But I am kind of partial to the Crow, They are really smart,ruthless and cunning little bastards, and in some cultures feared as the sign of death or as a omen of bad luck. Years ago, I found a injured crow once, and took him home, patched him up the best I could, and in a few weeks set him loose. While he never let me hold or touch him, I would talk to him when I was putting food or water in his hutch. He would look at me with obvious intelligence in his eye's, as if he understood what I was doing and saying. After his release, I would sometimes find little trinkets, bits of cloth and metal, on my patio table where I would go sit and smoke. I would see him sitting on the edge of the roof watching me, always curious. That kinda stuck with me thru the years.
Crows travel in groups and make mischief in teams. As one crow explores something new, others will watch closely to see what happens and then learn from it. In this way they seem to always be in council with each other. They often raise a ruckus when hunters are around, warning deer and other birds. Crows recognize possible danger and always post lookouts when feeding---their most vulnerable time. Their language is complex and they have a remarkable voice range. Each caw has its own meaning. Sometimes crow warns of impending danger. Other times it signals a time to join in council and make decisions.
Listening to The Crow can teach those with this medicine how to hear the truth of what is being said. The striking black color of crow represents the color of creation. It is the womb out of which the new is born. Black the color of night gives birth to the light of a new day. The Crow is a daytime bird reminding us that magic and creation are present in both. Their ability to shift between the known and unknown world indicates new journeys. The Crow is associated with magic, unseen forces and spiritual strength. If The Crow flies into your life, get out of your familiar nest, look beyond your present range of vision, listen to its caw and act accordingly.
" People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right."
A little self indulgent video, below just click the picture to play
Team Costa Rica-Super Admin(WL)
American Chess Masters-Founder/Super Admin(NACL)
The Official Chess960 Team Match League - Super Admin/Director
About me-Tony S.
Have played chess my entire life, starting at about age 6 or 7, when I got my first travel chess set as a Christmas present. I am currently considering getting my official FIDE Rating when I can get the time,But I hold an unofficial rating of 1800 as "The_Crow" in the new FIDE online arena.
My other hobbies are Photography, playing Guitar,Trap and Skeet Shooting, and Practical Pistol competitions in the local shooting sports club, Cooking (Well,eating really), Reading -Stephen Baxter's Manifold series and anything Stephen King are my favorites. Did I mention eating? Motorcycle riding and exploring the tipping points of said motorcycles. Have 6 bikes currently, everything from a thumper Enduro KLR 650 to a time warping monster of a machine, the Honda Valkyrie 1600, that I have extensively modified- (modified meaning, I poured a ridiculous amount of money and time into it for no other reason than to see if I can kill myself at 200+ mph!) And am a avid Cigar Connoisseur.
Supercharged 1600 cc's of insanity
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