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Ryan Emmett
Part-time writer. Full-time geek.
Part-time writer. Full-time geek.

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This nice puzzle made me smile. 
Are the knights the most difficult chess piece to master? Test your mastery of the knight with this #dailypuzzle! 

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If, like me, you enjoyed watching the creepy show #strangerthings then this will make you smile! Such a very creative homage! 

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Some of the beautiful scenery in my homeland!

I've finally rejoined a local chess club, and I'm pleased to say I won my second game of the season tonight. Playing with digital clocks was a strange experience - I missed the ticking sound of the analogue clocks! The room was very quiet!

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I just donated to Wikipedia. Help keep it free! #wikipedia   #keepitfree  

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The "Downfall" meme has been done to death, but I really enjoyed this one. 😂

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It's not over 'till it's over...I live in hope that the UK can and will reconsider. 
"The Brexit debate is far from over: there will have to be a further vote" #EURef

I'm not sure about the likelihood of this, but it's certainly a distinct possibility. One thing about this stupid referendum: it's still not clear what a vote for Leave was actually a vote for. #tw   #fb  

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Remarkable footage! It would be interesting to hear from someone who was caught in this! 

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I remember watching a documentary about this and being amazed. A follow up show would seem to be needed!
Scientists Decipher Ancient Text On 'World's Oldest Computer'

A team of international scientists, over more than a decade, have managed to decipher much of the original text inscribed on the inside of the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient Greek artifact known as the world's oldest discovered analog computer to-date.

Named for the Greek island it was recovered near from an ancient shipwreck in the early 20th Century, the Antikythera Mechanism was able to display the phases of the moon, the positions of the known planets, and even to predict solar eclipses, a sort-of primitive 'Planetarium-In-A-Box'.

A worn inscription on the device long held hope of scientists better explaining the origin and purpose of the mechanism, but could only be substantially recovered using modern imaging techniques. The translation revealed thus far suggests that it was likely a teaching tool, perhaps used by ancient Philosopher Scholars. Its probable function was to help the Philosopher instruct students in Cosmology and its relation to mankind with the help of a visual aid, rather than as an astronomical calculation tool or a tool of the astrological arts.

The artifact predates any known devices of comparable technological sophistication by over a thousand years.

#Science #Astronomy

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An online Blitz event featuring Carlsen, Nakamura, Caruana, Grischuk and more, with live commentary? Yes please I can't wait for April and the fun to begin! 
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