Note to Fellow Admins
Being that I am Super-Admin of more than one group (listed below), I'd like to pass on a little more information about me and my schedule and ways of doing things; this may help members in the groups I help manage as well as other Admins/Super-Admins.
My work hours are Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 12 hour days; then, every other Wednesday. That means I have 3 days off one week, 4 days off the next. So, Sunday through Tuesday/Wednesday, don't expect me to get much done or make many chess moves!
I refuse to be rushed or bullied into locking matches. Feel free, please, to send me reminders. Please refrain from demands, big bold letters, etc. Remind me you're there and that the match needs attention. I do my best to fill the boards, but in reality, it's the individual members who decide if they will or will not participate. Typically, I allow a match to sit for 3 days -- enough time for everyone to see that it is there -- before I consider locking. I look primarily for balanced matches; so, if the boards are pretty much even or if you have a slight advantage, likely, I will lock. If you have an overwhelming advantage, I'm sure that you understand that I will not lock; I will attempt to rally troops, and that failing, I will cancel the match. I have also been known to remove a couple lower boards when they are severaly outmatched (over 100 points or more, generally speaking), but not enough to remove your well-earned advantage; just enough for some "damage control".
I do log on daily, even on my work days; I check my messages, check comments, check group activity alerts, make just enough moves to prevent timeouts, and that's about it. So, if you are an admin and you have locked your team, wondering why I haven't locked as well, this could be the reason. I just don't get much done!
Thursdays through Saturdays and every other Wednesday is when I accomplish most of the things an admin needs to accomplish. If you, as an admin, feel I am lollygagging about getting a match started, leave a note on my home page or send me a message or leave a comment. Typically, I make most of these decisions Thursday, Friday and Saturday. So, if you don't see me locking matches Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, it's probably because I'm very tired from working and just getting the basics done to get to bed. If you don't see me locking on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, I'm trying to rally troops for you!
Grew up in Kansas.
Cajun. Born in Louisiana.
Chess, Caged Birds and and Aviation top the list. Computers used to as well; but I got disillusioned.
Anything 80's (almost). Top 5 favorite artists: The Eagles, Bob Seger, Meat Loaf, Dire Straits, Roxette and Tina Turner.
There's nothing more boring or dangerous than a fanatic -- of any pursuasion.
If you don't understand that you work for your mislabeled 'subordinates', then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny.
[Dee Hock, Founder/CEO VISA International]
With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.
So this is how liberty dies; with thunderous applause.
Those who would sacrifice liberty for security will lose both.
If you are heard, then speak. If not, then stop.
If a battle can't be won, don't fight it.
I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affect this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. I don't know whether the universe, with its countless galaxies, stars and planets, has a deeper meaning or not, but at the very least, it is clear that we humans who live on this earth face the task of making a happy life for ourselves. Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.
There's nothing more complicated than perception.
When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
In the desert I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said, "Is it good, friend?"
"It is bitter-bitter,", he answered.
"But I like it because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart."
If you best an idiot, what have you accomplished?
[Thomas C. Adams]
A man convinced against his will,
Is of the same opinion still.
[Thomas C. Adams]
"Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil."
But that step from knowing you've been lied to, to believing that everything else is a lie is a big step. Once you're forced to hypothesize whole new technologies to keep your conspiracy possible, you've stepped over into the realm of magic. It demands a deep and abiding faith in things you can never know. It's like you must cling to your belief system with all your might against the overwhelming evidence of your rational mind, and some people do. What's dangerous about that is that it blinds you to the real conspiracies that the authorities are perpetrating against you right now; as we speak. Things that are a lot more important than whether some guys went to the moon. ...... I'm not America, but if I were, I'd much rather have you be questioning Apollo 11 and not questioning 'The Patriot Act', 'The Iraq War','The Financial Industy Bill' and 'right to indefinite military intention without charge'. Those things are real.
Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
To not believe in God is to know that it falls on us to make the world a better place.
If this is your God, he's not very impressive. He's got so many psychological problems; he's so insecure. He demands worship every seven days. He goes out and creates faulty humans and then blames them for his own mistakes. He's a pretty poor excuse for a supreme being.
Super Admin, Co-Super Admin or Admin For:
[Please note that this list may not be entirely accurate as I am in the process of reorganizing my commitments]
Core of Starfleet Groups.
Open to all ratings. Flagship of the Federation. Participation required.
Chess study group.
Chat group. Designed to be a "hub" as in the DS9 series premise. Working on posting active links to chess.com groups, separated by category. No chess activities.
Adult oriented, strictly over 18! Primarily a chat group. Vote Chess available here.
Order of the Jedi
Got to have a sense of humor in this world!