Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Musical Chess - Grace Slick and White Rabbit


Grace Slick (left) and Janis Joplin (1967):

Grace Slick is alleged to have written the song "White Rabbit" in one hour. The song was released on Jefferson Airplane's album Surrealistic Pillow (1967). Grace's song lyrics suggest the similarities between the effects of hallucinogenic drugs (ie LSD and Magic Mushrooms) and the imagery in the works of Lewis Carroll (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1865; Through the Looking-Glass, 1871).

From a chess perspective, the song mentions chess in the third verse. Also, the entire group in Jefferson Airplane, including Grace Slick, are reported to be chess players (one link of many).

Youtube video links to the song:
Grace Slick & Jeffersen Airplane Performing "White Rabbit" At Woodstock (Saturday, August 16, 1969) (1969)
Alice In Wonderland cartoon version of "White Rabbit" in case you need further convincing.

White Rabbit (Grace Slick) Lyrics:

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all
Go ask Alice
When she's ten feet tall

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall
Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
Recall Alice
When she was just small

When men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go
And you've just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low
Go ask Alice
I think she'll know

When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's "off with her head!"
Remember what the dormouse said:
Feed your head

Tags: Grace Slick - Janis Joplin - Jefferson Airplane - Lewis Carroll - LSD - Magic Mushrooms - Musical Chess - White Rabbit
Posted by ALCHEssMIST - Alchemipedia alliance.

Mnemonic Chess - Kings Play Chess On Friday, Generally Speaking

Want to remember the hierarchical classification of animals?
This is an old but useful mnemonic:

Kings - Kingdom
Play - Phylum
Chess - Class
On - Order
Friday - Family
Generally - Genus
Speaking - Species

A D-word may be placed at the front for - Domain (empire/super-kingdom) - ie Do/Did/Darn.
A V-word may be placed at the end for - Variety - ie Verily/Vicariously/Vanquished/Vaguely.

Other examples on the same theme include:

  • Darn Kids Picking Cacti On Fridays Get Stuck
  • Did Karen's Pups Chew On Furry Grey Squirrels?
  • Did Karl Push Cliff Over Football Grand Stand?
  • Did King Peter Came Over From Geneva Switzerland?
  • Did King Peter Come Over From Germany Saturday?
  • Did King Phillip Come Over From Germany Stoned?
  • Did King Phillip Come Over For Good Spaghetti?
  • Did King Phillip Come Over For Great Sex?
  • Did King Phillip Court Ophelia For Good Sex?
  • Did King Phillip Cry, "Oh, For Goodness Sake!"?
  • Do Keep Papers Coming Or Fail Gardner's Science.
  • Do Keep Peeling Cold Onions For Good Smells
  • Do Keep Playing Chess Or Face Getting Schizophrenia
  • Do Keep Police Cars Off Florida's Great Streets.
  • Do Keep Privates Clean Or Forget Getting Sex
  • Do Keep Putting Cheese On Five Green Spoons
  • Do Keep Putting Coal On the Fire Grate Slowly
  • Do Kindly Produce Credit Or Furnish Good Security
  • Do Kings Play Chess On Fat Girl's Stomach
  • Do Kings Play Chess On Fine Grained Sand
  • Do Kiss Pigs Carefully Or Face Grimy Smiles
  • Kangaroos Pounce Clear Over Fences, Generally Swiftly.
  • Kangaroos Play Cards On Fridays — Go See!
  • Kangaroos Play Cellos; Orangutans Fiddle; Gorillas Sing.
  • Karen's Pups Chew On Furry Grey Squirrels.
  • Karl Penetrates Canines On Funky Green Spacehoppers.
  • Katey Please Come Over For Ginger Snaps.
  • Keep Papers Coming Or Fail Gardner's Science.
  • Keep Peeling Cold Onions For Good Smells.
  • Keep Playing Chess Or Face Getting Schizophrenia
  • Keep Pots Clean Or Family Get Sick.
  • Keep Pots Clean or Family Gets Sick.
  • Keep Papers Coming Or Flunk General Science.
  • Keep Paying Casey Off For Gun Sales.
  • Keep Police Cars Off Florida's Great Streets.
  • Keep Pouring Coffee On Frank's Green Slacks.
  • Keep Privates Clean Or Forget Getting Sex.
  • Keep Putting Cheese On Five Green Spoons.
  • Keep Putting Chemistry Off For Greater Subjects.
  • Keep Putting Coal On the Fire Grate Slowly.
  • Kelly Pets Chinese Orphans for Glazed Sofas.
  • Ken Poured Coffee On Fran's Good Shirt.
  • Kids Picking Cacti On Friday's Get Stuck.
  • Kids Playing Catch On Freeways Go Splat.
  • Kids Playing Chicken On Freeways Get Smashed.
  • Kids Playing Chicken On Freeways Get Squished.
  • Kids Prefer Candy Over Fresh Green Spinach
  • Kids Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach.
  • Kids Put Cats On Flaming Gas Stoves.
  • Kind Phillip Came Over For Grape Soda.
  • Kindly Place Cover On Fresh Green Spring Vegetables.
  • Kindly Produce Credit Or Furnish Good Security.
  • King Paul Came Over From Greece Suddenly.
  • King Paul Came Over For Ginger Soda.
  • King Paul Cried Out for Good Soup
  • King Penguins Copulate Often For Greater Satisfaction.
  • King Phil Cleans Octopi For Gene Simmons.
  • King Phillip Called Out For Good Soup.
  • King Phillip Called Out For Gumbo Soup.
  • King Phillip Came Over For Good Soup.
  • King Phillip Came Over For Good Spaghetti.
  • King Phillip Came Over For Ginger Soda.
  • King Phillip Came Over For Grape Soda.
  • King Phillip Came Over From Germany Stoned.
  • King Phillip Came Over From Great Spain.
  • King Phillip Can Only Farm Green Spinach.
  • King Phillip Cares Only For Golden Scepters.
  • King Phillip Choked On Four Gob Stoppers.
  • King Philip Clearly Organizes Familiar Genetic Specimens.
  • King Phillip Cleverly Ordered Five Giant Snails.
  • King Philip Come Out For Goodness Sake.
  • King Philip, Come Out For Goodness’ Sake!
  • King Philip Could Only Find Green Socks.
  • King Philip Couldn't Order Five Good Sandwiches.
  • King Phillip Crossed Over France Going South.
  • King Phillip Cuts Open Five Green Snakes.
  • King Phillip's Court Ordered Fifty Green Spiders.
  • King Plute Came Out From Giant School.
  • Kings Play Cards On Fairly Good Soft Velvet.
  • Kings Play Cards On Fat Green Stools.
  • Kings Play Chess Often For Great Sport.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fairly Good Soft Velvet.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fairly Green Spaces.
  • Kings Play Chess On Falling Glass Stairs.
  • Kings Play Chess On Famed Game Sets.
  • Kings Play Chess On Family Game Shows.
  • Kings Play Chess On Family Grave Stones.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fancy Glass Seats.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fancy Glass Squares.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fancy Glass Stools.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fancy Gold Squares.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fancy Gold Stools.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fat Girls' Stomachs.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fat Girls Stomachs.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fat Gorillas’ Stomachs.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fat Green Stools.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fat Guys Stomachs
  • Kings Play Chess On Fiberglass Stools.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Glass Sets.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Glass Stools.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Glass Surfaces.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Gold Sets.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Gold Squares.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Grain Sand.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Grained Sand.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Sand.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Satin.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Silk.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Slate.
  • Kings Play Chess On Finely Grained Sand.
  • Kings Play Chess On Finely Ground Sand.
  • Kings Play Chess On Flat Glass Sheets.
  • Kings Play Chess On Flat Glass Surfaces.
  • Kings Play Chess On Flat Glass Stools.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fluffy Green Sheets.
  • Kings Play Chess On Folding Glass Stools.
  • Kings Play Chess On Four Glass Squares.
  • Kings Play Chess On Friday Getting Stoned.
  • Kings Play Chess On Friday Grinning Slyly.
  • Kings play Chess On Fridays, Guzzling Schlitz
  • Kings Play Chess On Frosted Glass Surfaces.
  • Kings Play Chess On Funny Green Squares.
  • Kings Play Chess On Fuzzy Green Stools.
  • Kirk Played Cavalry On Fred's Good Sofa.
  • Kiss Pigs Carefully Or Face Grimy Smiles.
  • Kittens Prefer Cars On Freeways (to) Getting Splattered.
  • Kitty Put Catnip On Fido's Ground Steak.
  • Knights Play Chess On Fat Glass Stools.
  • Koko Paints Canvases Orange For Ginger Snaps.
  • Kraft Parmesan Cheese On Fingers Gets Sticky.
  • Krakatoa Positively Casts Off Fumes Generating Sulphurous Vapours.
  • Kryptonite Promotes Casualty Overwhelmingly For Godlike Superman
Tags: Chess - Kings Play Chess - KPCOFGS - Mnemonic
Posted by ALCHEssMIST - Alchemipedia alliance.

Terra Firma Chess - Stewart Island, New Zealand



Giant chess set from Stewart Island, New Zealand. The island is also known by the maori name Rakiura. The first European to sight the island was Captain James Cook in 1770, though he thought it was part of the South Island and so named it South Cape. The Aurora Australis (southern lights) is also particularly visible from this island because of a geo-magnetic anomaly.
Photograph by kalavinka on flickr.

Tags: 1770 - Aurora Australia - Captain James Cook - Giant Chess Set - New Zealand
Posted by ALCHEssMIST - Alchemipedia alliance.