I noticed from the referrer log on my sitemeter that this little blog is now listed on the French-language link page Nouveaux liens and discovered a whole world of new (to me) chess sites there.
While I haven't had time to really explore this extensive list, I randomly clicked a few including Zed the Chessbot, which sounded like a hoot. From the entry on Nouveaux liens page:
Est un robot d'échecs hébergé, qui est capable de communiquer sur les échecs. J'ai posé la question provocatrice "nulle?" à Zed, qui a répondu "ce que vous avez dit était trop complexe ou trop simple pour moi", une réponse presque digne de l'oracle de Delphes.
Ha, that's a good one! My experience was similar, and here's a bit of give and take that just cracked me up:
You: What is V. Kramnik's current rating?
Zed: Do you have any conditions I should know about?
You: I have an aversion to the Open Game as black.
Zed: Where did you get it ?
You: I caught it from Fischer.
Zed: I hope it is not contagious. Also I hope you get well soon.
You: I will, with a steady diet of the Sicilian Defense.
Zed: I lost my train of thought.
You: Your train of thought seems to have left the tracks a long time ago.
Zed: it left the station with out me.
Note to programmer--BACK TO THE DRAWING(KEY)BOARD!