|14 of us played 13 games. A smallish turnout, as perhaps people were frightened by the tempest.||
There was no RussCon last Wednesday (August 6) since I was out of town for The Best Week Of The Year on what one might call a vacation. I ran the self-paired tournament for the first time since the guy who's been directing it for years (Chuck) finally burned out. With help from Chuck and from RussCon's own JP, I was able to pull it off pretty well as far as I can tell, and I'll probably do it again next year. I won no prizes this year other than winning my table in the 9x9 tournament (and then losing my 2nd game of the finals playoff). JP won 2nd place in the 1K band. The week is a blur and I was exhausted by the end of it and probably need a real vacation now, but it was nonetheless a good fun week.
I feel reenergized about go now. I tried to log onto KGS and found my account had expired since I'd not played on KGS for so long! Sheesh. No wonder I'm not been getting stronger at go. Clearly I need to play more go. My user name russ had not been snapped up, so I just recreated it.
I recently joined friendster.com, an interesting and potentially useful looking social networking site that seems to be becoming popular; if anyone else has an account there, let's add each other as friends. You can find me as Russ Williams (duh!)
|Tichu||2||( MarkG Ben ) 1 ( Whendy MarkH ) -1|
|CarcassonneHunters||3||Matt 2 JP 0 RussW -2|
|Trendy||3||MarkH 2 JimG 0 MarkY -2|
|Clans||4||Matt 3 William 1 RussD -1 Pauline -3|
|Clans||4||Pauline 3 Matt 1 RussD -1 William -3|
|TooManyCooks||3||MarkY 2 MarkH 0 JimG -2|
|UnionPacific||4||RussW 3 Marty 1 Whendy -1 Clayton -3|
|Bluff||5||MarkY 4 Whendy 2 Clayton 0 Marty -2 RussW -4|
|Zero||5||JimG 4 RussD 2 William 0 Pauline -2 Matt -4|
|Exxtra||3||Ben 2 MarkG 0 JP -2|
|Carcassonne||3||MarkY 2 RussW 0 Clayton -2|
|Guillotine||3||RussW 2 MarkY 0 Clayton -2|
|Tichu||2||( JP Ben ) 1 ( Matt MarkG ) -1|
It was good to play Union Pacific again... truly a classic train game. We had an unusually exciting game as near the end very important pieces of stock kept becoming available that caused people to change rank in holdings in large companies.
A funny situation arose in Carcassonne as I wanted to play a tile that would be off the edge of the table, and I thought the rules prohibited that, but we looked it up and couldn't find such a rule, so I guess I was thinking of some other tile placement game. Thus we moved all the tiles over a bit, which was tedious. There was some discussion whether such "meta" rules where the legality of a move depends on physical layout of the players' table were pleasing or not. In the abstract, I think it seems more pleasing for a tile placement game like Carcassonne, Drakon, etc. to be conceptually unbounded. On the other hand given the practical tedium of shifting a large number of tiles away from the table edge, I can see the usefulness of such pragmatic rules.
Jen Hamel, Fine Small Storm
The Deluge, music from the play by Kirk Smith
Genesis, Wind & Wuthering
Pink Floyd, Obscured by Clouds
Henry Purcell, The Tempest
Monday night was an amazing storm. I have never seen so many damaged and destroyed trees in my neighborhood. Driving to work the next day there were branches, leaves, and fallen trees all over the place. I got home monday night and my power was out. William and Clayton's place (near mine) had no power for 24 hours, and it kept going out for small shortages at my home and office for several days. Even the night of RussCon late at night were a couple of apparently emergency tree repair/disposal trucks at work a few houses down from mine. Pesky nature.
Seabiscuit Enters Governor's Race
smellypoop.com's Facts on Farts... "Soldier termites can actually turn themselves into bombs by detonating themselves via the explosive release of gas"
MSNBC article about spam is rather interesting. It seems that respondents to lame spam sometimes end up getting their addresses sold to "reputable" companies.
Last RussCon's Interesting shark photo is actually a dolphin... still a cool photo in any case!
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