Derek Ham
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
May 8, 2010
Last Login
7 hrs ago
Supporting member since Oct 18, 2013

When 5 yrs old in Hong Kong hospital, my brother taught me to play chess to relieve my boredom. I've been periodically playing the ancient game ever since, sometimes for my school/employees team and once with my local club, but never to a very high standard. Online chess is fun, but cannot really be compared to OTB chess and the 'ticking clock' (BCF rating was around 160 in 1985). Some of my best games have been stalemates - its also a method of sifting out cheats who employ computer assist to win live games; I have yet to come across the computer that actually plays for stalemate to avoid defeatCool

Elgar, also a Wolves FC supporter, inspired EnigmaVariation and his famous spirit of 'Land of HOPE and glory'!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-oquRLcmAM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K07SNDcQc28 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqsC5jtViGw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBR1-U16opw  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPDUg_ckkCs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FQz2lep_WA

Avatar pisture shows the evidence of water on Mars.

My wallpaper is of Siccar Point, between Edinburgh and Lindisfarne, where you find 'Hutton's Unconformity', the most famous of geological outcrops. James Hutton (1726-97) is regarded as the father of modern geology, and here he demonstrated the vast periods of time required for geological processes (sedimentation, mountain building, erosion) to occur; in direct contradiction to the contemporary belief that the Earth began a few years ago.


James Ussher deduced that the first day of creation began at 6 pm on Saturday, October 22, 4004 BC. Ussher's proposed date differed little from other Biblically based estimates, such as those of Jose ben Halafta (3761 BC), Bede (3952 BC), Scaliger (3949 BC), Johannes Kepler (3992 BC) or Sir Isaac Newton (ca. 4000 BC). Ussher's specific choice of starting year may have been influenced by the belief that the Earth's potential duration was 6,000 years (4,000 years before the birth of Christ and 2,000 after), corresponding to the six days of Creation, on the grounds that "one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day" {2Peter 3:8}. Unfortunately for them, such an anthropocentric view failed to account for the fact that the quotation was written around 4000 years (4 days) after the supposed Creation.

Arthur Schopenhauer.......
All truth passes through three stages: initially it is ridiculed, then it is violently opposed, finally it is accepted as self-evident.

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