Day 74 of : learning about accessibility features and in particular the incredibly powerful VoiceOver feature.

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Chess diagrams are broken on Wikipedia in Safari, both on Mac and iOS :(

OK, here’s another guess… 

@amdt You got it! After this sequence Black's back row is protected by the two rooks so White doesn't have the power to attack.

Here’s my guess… 

@amdt @thumb sorry, I haven't been clear in my statement of the problem 😅 After the White Queen moved to F7 (taking a black pawn), Black has two options:

1) Take the White Queen with the Black Queen: after this move, there is no escape for Black and White will definitely mate (by sending their Rooks to Black's back row)

2) Have the Black King escape to H8: after this move, there is a sequence of moves that allows Black to escape. Can you find this sequence?

Here's a puzzle from the book I'm working my way through, "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess". White just moved their Queen to F7. The only way for Black to escape a mate is to move their King away to H8 (trust me on this). Can you find the combination of moves that'd accomplish this?

@somnius Oh yeah! The password is "1bitonly", without the quotes 👍

A reminder that the ⚔️ Merveilles Chess Club is a thing:

It'd really be super to have more than two members, so that we could maybe run some tournaments, or even play in some events as a team! Please join, all levels are welcome!

Day 72 of : writing encrypted JSON of location points to disk, reloading on app relaunch, protecting with FaceID.

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complaining about js 

Do we really, really, _really_, **really** need so much complexity just to render a list that comes from a database on the server side? React, redux, sagas, yikes...

Day 71 of : Fetching a list of nearby places of interest for each marker from the Wikipedia API

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I'm half-way through this book and it's blowing my mind every couple of pages with the brilliance of the chess.

There's something magical about its aesthetic, too — cheap paper, cheap blurry printing, extremely lo-fi layout/typography, and yes: it's printed with flipped pages, so you read right-hand pages only, reach the end of the book, flip it over, and then read the second half.

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Hey I'm going to be doing my first ever "live" set next month.

It's virtual and proceeds go to the National Suicide Hotline.

Unfortunately I need (want?) about $300USD worth of gear to perform the way I want to.

I'm not asking you for money because there are lots of people who deserve it way more than I do.

But my music is free and so if you could share it with people you think would enjoy it, and I get more downloads, it justifies me spending the $300USD+.

Day 70 of : More MapKit fun, adding locations to a map and starting to build UI to add notes for each. Getting more comfortable with going back and forth between UIKit and SwiftUI.

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