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Tag: chess

Application O

One of the Chess websites I play on just changed their site design. This spawned so many threads about how bad the new design was and how people wanted the old design back that 8 out of the 10 latest posts were on that topic. But the lie is that they just changed their site. They’ve had the new version of the site in beta for months. There have been links on the old site for the beta version begging you to check it out and give feedback. But now that it’s up everyone is freaking out about it. Why wasn’t I consulted, Why wasn’t I informed? You were, and you blew it off.

This is a pattern I’ve seen before.

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Movie Review DDDO

Lucky Number Slevin

After losing his job, his condo, and his girlfriend, Slevin goes to visit his friend Nick Fisher. However, Nick never meets him at the airport, and when Slevin goes to Nick’s apartment, no one is there. Slevin hangs out hoping Nick will show up, but instead two gangsters show up, thinking Slevin is Nick, and suddenly Slevin is forced to kill a man to pay of Nick’s gambling debts.

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Excellent OOO

Today was another one of those awesome days that makes me want to go out on the balcony and scream “It’s a wonderful life!” However, I don’t think my neighbors would agree with me, so I do my best to restrain myself.

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Data OO

As I said in my last post, I need to come up with a plan for any new stab at Personal Informatics/Quantified Self. So I looked over what I had done and that gave me an idea of why I failed at the first stab, and how I might succeed this time.

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Habit XVIII

This week is the last week of my current habit cycle. Currently I’m working on playing a game of Chess every day. That’s working pretty well. I have played every day, and last night I played two games. My opponent challenged me to a rematch after I got a free bishop while simultaneously forking his rook and queen. I thought about saying that I only played one game a night, but that felt rude, and it wasn’t like I didn’t have the time. He had connection problems on the second game, and resigned the game even though it was an even game.

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Excellent II

Yesterday started out pretty well. Since I’ve been getting up in good order of late (although I bobbled today), I was the first person in the office besides my supervisor. He took that as an opportunity to drag me into my interim performance review. These usually go well for me. I’m not one of the slackers, my programming efforts are central to my division’s work, and I keep up to date on all the software we’re using so I’m the SharePoint/SAS/Sharp Floor guru. However, this was the first time the word “brilliance” has ever been used in one of my performance review. Personally, I think that was a little over the top; but I am working on graciously accepting praise.

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Habit XVI

It’s been about five or six weeks since I started work on my habit of getting up on time, and I thought I’d post a quick update on where I am.

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Study III

One of the thing you are supposed to study for Chess is visualization. That’s what they call being able to see what the board will look like three moves into the future. Like many things in Chess you can build visualization up from small pieces. First you learn to be able to tell what color a square is without looking at it, and then which diagonals it is on, and so on. Being a programmer, I wrote a computer program to generate random visualization questions for me to answer. In a fit of originality I decided to call it Visualizer. I’ve set up a page for it here on WordPress, and one at the pygame site (since I wrote it in Python and pygame).

Fumble II

This morning I mistakenly put my underwear on backwards. The day wasn’t getting any better after that, but I managed to pull it out at the end of the day. I got probably my best ever performance at Chess tactics (23 out of 23 correct), and while I didn’t do so well at visualization, I did manage to play a live game and win it (even if I did mistakenly make it a blitz game).

Habit XV

I have come to a difficult spot in my journey of habit formation. It’s not that I am having (unexpected) trouble with forming a particular habit, it’s more that there is an odd confluence of causes and effects surround the whole plan, and I am not sure how to navigate through them. It started, as I prefer, with stabbing pains in the back. What can I say, I have dark fantasies and most of them involve being stabbed in the back.

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