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“Let's not whine about process, to enforce clean play. We don't have it, at any level, and we don't enforce it cleanly and equally, across NBOs, nor do we specify punishments, or define what constitutes cheating: ”I know it when I see it, Justice Harlan"

Actually,Justice Potter Stewart, but the sentiment is still valid.
5 minutes ago
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“And while she is a loyal member of the Grammar police, she would not consider your comment at all pendantic.”

Especially when there's a necklace hanging from her neck…

Sorry, but pedantry IS the subject…“


Winston Churchill said ”That's the type of arrant pedantry, up with which I will not put." Your comment outdoes that.
Nov. 4
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“In the interests of pedantry, I think it was ‘Marcia’.”

My wife's name is Marcia. And while she is a loyal member of the Grammar police, she would not consider your comment at all pendantic.
Nov. 1
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“E: GM 1 is deaf. He has the bar ratchet up the music. Distractions like loud music are known to affect speed chess performance. Of those who can hear it.”

If GM1 is not TOTALLY deaf, loud music may be worse for him than for his opponent with better hearing. If he is TOTALLY deaf, how would he know that music was being played in the first place? Vibrations?
Oct. 30
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The attorneys can answer this better than I, but aren't most convictions overturned for procedural reasons, not because new evidence came to light?
Sept. 29
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I don't know what things were like 20+ years ago, but I infer from your comment that people who were playing social or party bridge then are playing in ACBL for masterpoints. But even if I misinterpreted your comments, I wonder whether the “average” player of 20+ years ago was really that great.
Sept. 29
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Does any of the above discussion have anything to do with bridge?
Sept. 26
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Surprisingly, one of those clubs stopped using “view other results” from Bridgemates more than 2 years ago. I was one of those supporting that decision to move things along, but unfortunately I haven't seen either substantial speed up of play or quiet.
Sept. 18
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Hi Judy,

Thank you for all that you contribute on your blog. It needs a wider audience.
More and more I find the 6th F, frustration dominating the other 5!
Sept. 15
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Ralph Kramden. And yesterday,I was going to comment on Pearls vs. Swine. Pastis also makes fun of himself–might not hurt for some of us here.
Sept. 7
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Great article, Mike. I also live in Columbia near Oakland Mills. A great place to raise a family!
Sept. 5
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Or maybe they have no opinion but are interested in seeing the voting.
Aug. 24
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or Bridge!
Aug. 10
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“A typical iPhone weighs about 4 ounces”

Some of us don't have IPhones, and my cell phone is somewhat more than 4 ounces.
Aug. 10
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I'm usually sensitive to cell phone ringing, but at today's Hunt Valley Regional, a director went to many nearby tables asking if our cell phones were on. All of us denied it, and none of us heard a phone. It looked like the person complaining was several rows away from us, and maybe the ringing was nearer to that person. Having gotten a hearing aid last week, I hear more, not less, but either the complainer misheard or the director was looking in the wrong direction.
Aug. 8
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“I don't need my phone to stay focused when playing bridge, I play fine without it.
I stand by my initial statement that it is a huge detriment towards getting people my age into the game. Love it, hate it, I don't really care. It's true.”

You're probably too young to remember when cigarette smoking was permitted in bridge. Now that it's prohibited (after a transition to smoking and non-smoking sections), smokers have to wait until their session ends before they can indulge their habit. I am sure that the physical addiction of smokers makes it difficult for them to decide whether to halt their habit for a few hours or give up the game. If people cannot stay away from their cell phones for a 3-4 hours to play bridge, it sounds like they are psychologially addicted to the phone, and need to make a difficult decision on their priorities.
Aug. 6
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“The name of the championship game for the National Football League is copyrighted so people call it ”The Big Game“, or the ”Superb Owl“.”

There was no SuperBowl I and I'm not sure if there was a SuperBowl II. These were named retroactively.
Aug. 4
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“If people want to cheat at a club game. More power to them. If we people want to cheat in a regional KO more power to them.”

I hope that other people disagree with this as fervently as I.
Aug. 1
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At one of my clubs, the problem is that not only do cell phones go off from time to time, but that they are in women's purses on a table across the room, and seldom do the women get up to turn them off. And yes everyone is told every time to turn the phones off or put them on mute.
Aug. 1
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All I was saying was that they were playing the games while waiting for a table to finish. They were wrong and should not have done it, and they turned the phones off right away. But as far as noise or potential cheating there was no harm done. Also, they were young players, the type that we need more of.
Aug. 1
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