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May 21st, 2007
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For most of the last eight months, my excuse for light LJ posting has been a really crappy work schedule.

For most of the last month, my excuse for light LJ posting has been games. (I got sucked into Battle for Wesnoth, and then started getting serious about the board game Go -- roaminrob and I have been attending the local weekly Go night and playing against each other).

This week, I keep getting sucked into my TTU novel every time I sit down to write.

So, basically, I'm still a flake. But at least I'm making progress.

Current Location: ~/brainstorm
Current Music: Lisa Loeb, "Do You Sleep"

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From:makuus
Date:May 21st, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
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Another Go convertee? How are you finding it?
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From:baxil
Date:May 21st, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Pretty fun, actually! I've started to not always lose at a 9-stone handicap against the top guys at Go club (iirc they're about 1-kyu), so I've made modest progress. And it's a nice egoboo battling computers to a standstill -- I can pretty reliably beat one of the weak Go programs I've found on an open board.

One of the things I like best about Go is that unlike (say) chess, players of very different skill levels can still fairly compete. I quit chess pretty early on after running head-on into its zero-sum nature. Go maintains its interest because, knowing relative skills, you can make any given game fair; thus when you improve, you're merely playing to improve yourself.
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From:necama
Date:May 21st, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Heh. I've got Kathryn playing Go too. You're lucky there's a local Go group; there's probably one down here, but I've never looked.
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From:baxil
Date:May 22nd, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
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I probably wouldn't be playing in the first place if it weren't for the local Go group. That got Rob interested, and he sort of pulled me into their orbit, at which point I got to start appreciating the game on its own merits.

I would think that there would be a group in a city as big as yours. Just have no idea where to suggest looking.
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