6 July 2020
Well, rather a lot of real life has been happening this week. Details aren't relevant here, but I thought I'd quickly report on a bit more go progress.
I've made some progress on my Haskell code, but wanted to make a list of ways of describing moves for it to use. While I was watching NHK coverage of a Cho Chikun match in which he steals a teacup, I noticed that the referees or record-takers or whatever were using terms like tsuke and hane, along with the board coordinates, to confirm each move. I'm hoping to get a list of the terms used in this way, but I haven't found anything yet. I'm building up a notebook of moves, patterns, and tesuji, so I might just use some of those. I happened across a link for the Baduk Megapack of AI go programs. The idea of running the installer makes me a little nervous but the list of programs is useful. Maybe one or two of them will have that kind of commentary.
I am in the middle of a fortnight-old 19×19 game with Chris. It is slow but intriguing, and it feels at any time like there might be half a dozen or so situations playing out on the board. The current position, which looks unlike any I've seen in other games, is the following. If you know a bit of go, see if you can find some of the situations! I play Black.
When we play we seem to lump together around the centre a bit, though Chris seems to have got that territory sewn up while I was distracted fighting him at the bottom. This week I also start playing with another real-life friend, Yujian. It'll be interested to see if and how he plays differently.
I'll pad out these notes with some cool links I've found or been sent.
- The global pandemic wears on, and I've shared the Covid Trends site before. rt.live is a very clear, up-to-date, d3-powered, visual summary of virus reproduction rates in each state of the USA. It shows 80% confidence intervals for the plots, major events affecting the rate in each state, like the dates that shelter began and ended, and clear explanations of the whole thing.
- Via Joey: Demoscene coding, and particuarly intro coding, involves writing effects within tight technical constraints. What effects can be created by a BBC Micro program that fits into a single 280-character tweet? People have been submitting tweets to BBC Micro bot, a twitter bot based on JSbeeb which runs the tweet and responds with a three second video after thirty seconds of execution.
- Via Dan, I heard of Stellarium, a free open source planetarium for your computer. He uses the app on his phone to find things in the night sky, but it's just nice to move around the sky on the computer, especially with the constellation art. You can search for meteor showers, find satellites and even tell it to point your telescope, via its motor mount, at an object of interest. This will be coming out with me on the next clear night.