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A chessboard is a flat, perfectly square playing surface comprised of eight rows (ranks) and eight columns (files) each containing alternated light and dark squares. "White on right" is an ear-worm of a reminder to novice players that the nearest right hand corner of each player should be a white (or lighter) square. Traditionally, a chessboard is bought or built to match a specific set of chess pieces. As such, there is recommended sizing guidance that the length of a single square be approximately 33% larger than the diameter of the King piece - the largest piece in every set. This means that the diameter of the base of the King will take up approximately 75% of the length of a single square - a ratio that is both practically and aesthetically pleasing.

A chessboard can be made out of…


Dwight "Rumbles" Malino rolled off the couch in a panic, screaming and farting.

"Jesus! God! Jesus! It's the cops!"

"Christ, Rumbles, it's me," said Adam Farnon, switching on the living room light. "You gotta do this every goddamn night? Just 'cause the door makes a racket when you open it?"

"It's not my fault, Adam," Rumbles moaned from the floor. "You know…

Memento mori.

A language is dead when it is possible to know everything about it that exists to know. There are no new native speakers being born, no vowel shifts and consonant drift, no slang being coined, no idioms and memes developing daily and disappearing faster than they can be documented. All extant samples of the language, by its original native speakers, are recorded, analyzed, and used as teaching materials for non-nati…

News for Noders

January 1: Gregorian New Year.

January 24: Happy Birthday Silverai_me!

January 26: Happy Birthday Segnbora-t!

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December 1: Iron Noder has ended, and the initial results are in!

December 12: Happy birthday to horacetheclown!

December 12: Happy Hanukkah!

December 25: Merry Christmas!

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November 1 - The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1 - Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5 - Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11 - Veterans Day in the US.

November 26 - Thanksgiving in the US.

November 27 - Happy Birthday Estelore!

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October 1: This is the month of We All Float Down Here: The 2017 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 12: Rest in Peace, sarabandegreen.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.

Get ready for IRON NODER X: XTREME XCELLENCE, coming November 1st!

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September 16 Feliz cumplea├▒os Ancientsnow!

September 18 Happy birthday Stuart!

September 18 Stanislav Petrov has died.

September 19 Talk like a pirate day. Arrh!

September 27 Happy birthday Uberbanana!

Get ready for the Halloween Horrorquest, coming next month!

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