Thursday, March 13, 2008

portable wordprocessor a+

While I'm on the subject, I thought I would share an old Craigslist post that Greg and I and our friend Angela wrote several years ago:

Date: 2005-06-14 17:40:38
PostID: 78886459
Title: (casual encounters) Hot girl needs homeworkhelp - w4m

Heres what I want. A hot guy (Mexican preferred) to come over and do my homework. You will not be allowed in my apartment, you need to do it from outside on the front steps. I will not meet you or talk to you, I will simply slip you my homework, you will do it, and then return it to me without a word without once meeting me, seeing me or talking to me. portable wordprocessor a+. Get back to me quickly, thanks.

PS - Hope you are good at calculus
PSS - Im very hot, although you'll never know it

Of course we got more than fifty responses, one from a guy who claimed to be a college professor. Oh, those prank filled-days of youth.


Anonymous said...

there should be an elizabeth vicary fan club

Tom Panelas said...

There is. This is it. It meets here regularly.

The only problem is, 90% of the members are anonymous.

Anonymous said...

hot? LIES!

Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth,

I saw you at Sturbridge a couple of weeks ago (I’m a lowly Class “C” player). I wanted to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your articles on CLO, but didn’t know how much you’d appreciate total strangers trying to strike up conversations with you.

I just discovered the world of chess bloggers this week, and have read through months of several different bloggers’ posts. I wanted to comment on your March 4 post concerning pre and post levels of testosterone levels among winners and losers.

One excerpt of the research you cited went:
“In the regional tournament, however, which players regarded more seriously, we found a significant and consistent pre-match rise among those players who went on to become winners, but not among players who would become losers. The presence of the hypothesized pre-match rise in the regional winners, and its absence in losers, is especially perplexing.”

I know that there are times when I’m “feeling it” and seem to play well, and other times when I just can’t “bring it” and end up playing poorly. This research would seem to suggest an explanation for why I (and most others) have good days and bad days against opponents with similar ratings. It’s all in the hormones! In the past they used to talk about bio-rhythms. Now, if I could just figure out how to time my rise in T level, I could bring it every time.

I'm surprised there hasn't been more research in this area.


Eric Strickland

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Elizabeth Vicary said...

Eric-- thanks for your kind words and thoughts on the testosterone article. I'm glad people want to talk about it-- I hear so many fact-free opinions about gender differences, so it's nice to have an actual scientific study to start a conversation from. I definitely know the feeling of being "on" that you mention, but probably as a woman my opinion really isn't as relevant as yours? Please do say hi next time-- I always enjoy meeting chessplayers and especially people who read my blog. :)

Anon 1 and Tom-- thank you!