Thursday, March 30, 2006

Claustrophobic


Ok you might think this is an ordinary apartment building at first glance. I thought so as well but when viewed from a different angle...


Fireworks display in Cape Town

I went to the fireworks display last night (even though it was 3 hours ago but hey it is after 12pm already). It was pretty cool! The display lasted half an hour. I sat with my family on the beach watching the fireworks over the harbour in Cape Town.

To those out there not living in Cape Town here is a clip to show what you've missed.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

My weekly quests

I have decided to explore the world for weird and wonderful things.
My firsts quest:
  • Weird and strange buildings
I'll post my findings daily. Here is my first find.

I presume this building is in Japan. :)

Rank statistics

Some stats on my rank in South African Go can be viewed at rank graph .

Monday, March 27, 2006

Confessions of an egotistical software engineer


"Miskien moet jy saam met iemand anders jou program struktuur oorgaan."

The above phrase caused me to have a mental breakdown today. Not withstanding the audicity of this person to ask me such a question but he is also about 300 hundred years old!

Upon hearing the despicable phrase above I raised my voice in anger expressing that there is no need for anyone to approve my design (he did not notice my anger because he is also deaf in one ear). I have been developing and designing systems for more than 6 years already! He probably only just recently learned how to double-click.

I must confess...I strangled him...in my mind's eye...no one doubts my skill.


Friday, March 24, 2006

Board position


The above board position arose in one of my games I played recently. What move should white play to win the liberty race? It took me about 5min in the actual game to figure it out.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Never again!


I played a 4 handi game last night and I was black. As usual I played an influence orientated game rather than a territorial one. After about 60 moves or so my opponet came in and tried to negate my influence on the board and also tried to stop me from taking any territory.

I looked at the board, at him, at the board and then I realised it. I had no fight in me, there wasn't even a bark. I just didn't care. I played each move just because I knew it was my turn. During the last few moves I realised I was about 4-8 points behind and I resigned.

I have no idea why I felt that way. It is definitely not because i don't care about Go that much anymore because I can still feel the yearning for more Go games inside me. It might have been because I was a bit sick these last couple of days.

As I think about that game now a consuming hatred fills my thought and I know that I will have my revenge. I will crush his white stones into OBLIVION!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

First Quarter Internet Tournament


The First Quarter Internet Tournament was held today. I got seeded into the 3rd group. I had a couple of interesting games.

With my second game I started on tengen (the pic above). This is only my second time I've played it. After today's game I will definitaly play it more in the future.

My last game was a bit of a mess-up. My plan to kill a group in the centre backfired and I saw myself grasping at straws. My opponent made a huge mistake and I killed one of his corner groups.
I won all my games and managed to win group 3.

Next quarter I will be playing in the 2nd group. I can't wait.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Gotta stay awake!

It is 14h30 and I can't keep my eyes open. I lost my cellphone 2 days ago and I decided last night to retrace my steps of that day. All went well until I met up with 2 of my friends at some unknown pub in Table View. We started drinking and so on and next you know we were invited to go out with another group of friends for some more drinks. This all started a chain reaction. As we were about to leave one place we would get invited to drink some more with another group.

I have to say that last night I had a ball except for the part where I had to go home to take a shower to go to work.

Oh... I found my cellphone.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Tuesday Go


Go was pretty boring last night. There was nobody there for me to play against.

Monday, March 13, 2006

My first post.

This is my first post.