26th Jan 2021

CIPC #206: Chess in ‘Popular science’

Nothing is quite as unsettling to a scientist than his subject becoming self aware. Imagine the biologist that suddenly finds his fruit flies peering at him; the physicist who finds...

19th Jan 2021

CIPC #205: Father Brown S2 E1, The ghost in the machine

I have sung the praises of Chesterton’s Father Brown stories before, so I will now just suffice by saying that I still stand by those praises. Unfortunately, I cannot be...

12th Jan 2021

CIPC #204: B.C. June 9th, 2013

Last year, we started with some high-brow Culture with a capital C. As there is a widely supported consensus that 2020 was not one of history’s best efforts, I decided...

05th Jan 2021
CIPC extra: The best and worst of 2020

CIPC extra: The best and worst of 2020

Never before have people been so eager for a year to end. All because they cannot wait for my review of the year. I can hardly disappoint them, can I?...

29th Dec 2020

CIPC #203: Asterix Vol.4, Asterix the gladiator

Sic transit gloria mundi! There is no better way to summarise the fate of the Asterix series. It started all the way back in 1959 and quickly became one of...

23rd Dec 2020

CIPC #202: The manhole

2020 has become the year of video games. People have been at home rather more than usual and, naturally, they spend it playing Fortnite, Among us, Cyberpunk since a week...

16th Dec 2020

CIPC #201: De strateeg ad

Our subject for today is a podcast. Well, not quite. It’s some kind of ad that, at the time of writing, appears as the official logo for the Dutch podcast...

09th Dec 2020
CIPC #200: S. S. Van Dine, Le fou des échecs

CIPC #200: S. S. Van Dine, Le fou des échecs

This is the third year now that I do this blog. I have touched on movies, television series, paintings, comics, literature, sculptures – pretty much any type of cultural output....

01st Dec 2020

CIPC #199: Alice in Wonderland

If you were to ask some random schmuck from the streets to give an example of chess in popular culture, provided you do this at a point in time when...

24th Nov 2020

CIPC #198: De regels van Floor S3 E16, Fanatiek

De regels van Floor is a still-running Dutch television series. The title means ‘Floor’s rules’ and the concept is that, every episode, Floor comes up with one rule to help...

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