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Cream of the Cool

The proverbial beans have been spilled about the death of Roseanne Connor, the fictional sassy-mouthed Midwest American housewife brought to life by her eponymous creator, Roseanne Barr.

First, a little background. Roseanne was a smash hit TV series of the 1980s centered on the Connor family, very blue-collar American workers wringing laughter out of the typical struggle of that class to survive and thrive and nurture ambitions amidst a system which steadily keeps rigging…

A major hurricane is a hurricane that reaches Category 3 or greater on the Saffir-Simpson scale. This means that its one-minute sustained winds are 111 mph or greater. This compromises Categories 3, 4 and 5. With hurricanes, a very small increase in wind speed can translate to a very large different in the amount of damage that it causes. A storm at 100 mph (Category 2) might leave a home with only cosmetic damage, while at 120 mph (Category 3), it might totally destroy it. So there is some…

One of the best-known and most influential comic books of all time was The Amazing Spider-Man #121 from June 1973 by Gerry Conway, Gil Kane, John Romita, Sr., and Tony Mortellaro. The Green Goblin, Spider-Man's arch-nemesis, kidnaps Peter Parker's girlfriend Gwen Stacy and lures the Web-Slinger to New York City's George Washington Bridge. The Goblin throws Gwen off the top of the bridge, and Spidey desperately launches a strand of web after her. He manages to catch her by…

There are four primary means of evaluating the strength of the two relative positions in a single game of chess:1 pawn structure, material, space, and initiative. I would argue that, while important to learn and essential to execute an opening, pawn structure empowers the triad of other characteristics rather than stands up an equal before them.…