360° Chess Symbols & Counter Pieces

360° Wooden Chess Counters by Jepps
These 360° Chess Counters by Simon Jepps are made from wooden base discs for craft models, which were then hand painted freely with Indian ink. They are only the simplest improvised creation, yet so easy to replace and make again.
This is a personal project I undertook in order to remedy the Chess industry’s apparent inability to manufacture sensible, useable counter Chess pieces.

This project is also a secondary hobby to accompany my Chess variant creation, Genie Of The Lamp.

There are many Chess sets featuring counter pieces, yet for some unknown reason they are always designed featuring standard Chess symbols.

Of course you would ask, “Why, whatever else?”

Aye, if studying a Chess problem, or correspondence position, or indeed teaching strategies to a classroom, of course you would make sure a universally accepted symbol is employed.

However, a problem is encountered when employing the universal symbols into a face to face match, over a real board.

This problem is the inevitable fact that standard Chess symbols are only recognisable if they only face one direction.

Granted, people can play with these symbols, but in reality they are very disorientating and “counter-productive” when trying to study a position… upside down.

It occured to me that since nobody has yet decided to design specific “360 degree” symbols for counter piece Chess sets, that I should publish a public template for such a concept.

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Genie Of The Lamp

GOL Sondergut Travel Chess
Genie Of The Lamp is designed for the Sondergut Travel Chess Set
Of gods and men, mountains and seas,
Wherefore art thine hearkener of pleas;
A game of Chess, a battle of truths,
Aye, summon ye good Genie, for ’tis time we choose.

Here is another good Chess Variant of mine, which I created a few years ago whilst living in an old Church house.

I have fond memories of that time, a period in my life whence I was enjoying much blissful contemplation.

This blog article will be a purely concise tutorial, that is to say, without detailed intricate diagrams, since the rules to this game are actually fairly straight forward.

Therefore, I hope you enjoy the beauty in its simplicity, which I endeavoured to create.

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Xiao ~ Ancient Chinese Flute

Simon Jepps' Xiao Flute
Simon Jepps’ Xiao Flute
A good piece of bamboo and eight good holes are all thou needs to transcend nirvana.

Aye, even the existence of God can be found within the endless caverns of the Chinese Xiao.

Time has called me herewith to write about this ancient Chinese instrument.

Of course, the reasons why I write about any instrument are only of the utmost profundity. The Chinese Xiao is of no exception. In fact, whilst there will be many more flutes and musical curiosities to come from this good blog, I can proclaim to you now, that, the Xiao, is beyond all of these, both in time and in space.

There are flutes. There are flutes that command the falling of rain and the roaring of thunder. There are more flutes to behold in Heaven than there are Stars to worship in the sky.

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The Hashtag & 9/11

Hashtag 911
The hashtag is pictographical of 9/11
The hashtag was invented on August 23, 2007 by Chris Messina.

Apparently it was a discussion and so perhaps not his whole idea. In any case he is given credit for it, since to which Twitter responded, “that’s just for nerds”.

Yet I would like you all to take a look at the famous hashtag. Does it resemble anything you have seen?

Indeed, the September 11th 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. You have two towers and two trajectory lines, one above the other, going through the towers.

I would ask you now to read my article World Trade Center in order to understand what I am describing and how this post relates to the Dictatorship Of The Deprivation Of Natural Consciousness.

Of course, the hash number symbol has been in existence for at least a hundred years. However the hashtag, or the adoption of the symbol for mass social media conversation, was not invented until nearly the 6th anniversary of 9/11.

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Twin Towers ~ Free 20th Century ~ Video Playlist

I thought it prudent to create a compilation of video footage from the 20th Century World Trade Center, in memorial of civilisation and of those who lost their lives.

Click this on screen icon for video list.

This playlist is intended to be an accompaniment to my article, World Trade Center, and therefore in respect of this cause, you will not find any footage here from the new millennium.

You will however find here not only authentic 20th Century video footage of the Twin Towers, but various documentaries including of course, Philippe Petit, the gentleman who famously tightrope walked between the two towers in 1974.

Blogroll : Dotdonc

World Trade Center

World Trade Center
World Trade Center
Free 20th Century
Tall and poetic they stood together, like as a man and woman, a partnership of understanding, a welcoming of collaboration, a marriage of 20th century western civilisation.

That is how I saw them. That is how they will always be remembered in my heart.

I was born in 1978 and am wholeheartedly a 20th century time lord. That is to say I craft my entire livelihood about an atmosphere of past century curiosity and freedom of thought.

I love Gandhi, very much India, I adore incense and Chess, I have more paper and pens than anything remotely black and square. In fact the biggest screen in my flat is only a 7″ DVD player and the other which I am typing on now, likewise.

Aye, you probably won’t find many post millennium movies in my DVD collection. In fact I know you won’t, because I believe civilisation itself died out, on September 11th 2001.

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The Country Of Cornwallland

Flag Of Cornwallland
Flag Of Cornwallland
Here is an interesting supplementary on the topic of Celtic independence: Cornwallland.

Whilst I have blogged often about Panceltainia and indeed Cornissia, it has actually always been most deepest in my heart to call this land “Cornwallland”.

Yes, with three L‘s.

Of course, at first mention it sounds somewhat flippant, especially with three L‘s in its spelling.

But there is a reason it has stuck by me all these years and only continued to strengthen its appeal to me.

That reason is love.

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Armageddon Chess

Armageddon ChessA game of Chess which must be won before the world disappears.

This is an intriguing little variant of mine, played exactly the same as standard classical Chess, but without squares.

What?! You ask? NO SQUARES??!! Yes, that is correct.

In fact it is easier to play than you might first imagine.

The beauty of this game is not only its entertainment value, but as we all know, it is a lot easier to just carry about some pieces in a small pouch than also a hefty wooden, or even roll up board.

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