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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Invincible: The Games of Shusaku

Today, I finished reading all the biographical parts of Invincible: The Games of Shusaku which is compiled, edited, and translated by John Power. In a sense it is a book that you never can finish reading, because it contains many Go games as played by the legendary Go player Honinbo Shusaku. I started reading the book July 29. I bought this book on July 17 for € 35.00 when we where in Amsterdam. It has 420 pages.


Monday, August 4, 2008

Internal move

Because of the expansion of our company, the company has rented another floor on the fourth floor, the top floor, of the MMS building. Today, the whole software development department, to which I belong, moved to the new floor. There are still some problems with the telephones not working correctly. I took a picture from the new view from the office.


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Chestnut trees

This morning, I took two pictures of our chestnut trees after I discovered last week that the two chestnut trees that were severly pruned on June 4 did both survive. The first picture is of the unharmed chestnut tree, which now measures about 2 meter. The second picture is of the two pruned chestnut trees.


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Mona Lisa Smile

Yesterday evening, I watched the movie Mona Lisa Smile. This morning, I found a rather interesting comment by Mrs. I.W. Haley, who was a graduate of Wellesley College, 1952. Although I found the movie rather interesting, I have to admit that after reading this comment, it shows, as is so often the case with these types of movies, that reality was slightly different.


Friday, August 8, 2008

08-08-08

Today, is one of these special dates again. Special enough for the Chinese to decided to open the Olympic Games at 08:08:08pm on this day. In Chinese (Mandrin) the number 8 sounds similar to the word which means "prosper" or "wealth".


Sunday, August 10, 2008

First gold medal

Yesterday, during the press conference with the trainer of the American female 4 x 100 metres freestyle relay team, a Dutch reporter asked him what he thought about the team holding the world record, he replied that they had great respect for the Australian team. Also the trainer of the Australian team was speaking about the American team being their major competitor. Appearantly, both trainers were not thinking about the Dutch team, who are the current world record holders.

Today, the Dutch female swimmers have won the first gold medal for the Netherlands at the Beijing Olympics. Inge Dekker, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Femke Heemskerk, and Marleen Veldhuis won the 4 x 100 metres freestyle relay in 3:33.76 seconds, which is only 0.14 short of their world record and a new Olympic record. It is the Netherlands' first gold in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay since 1936. Especially, Ranomi, only 17 years old, made a great performance during this relay.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Bizar accident

This morning, a car was hit by a train between the cities Breda and Gilze-Rijen here in the Netherlands. The car was dragged for about 300 meters until the train came to a standstill. At that moment a train from the opposite direction approached and dragged the car back to the crossing just a few meters short. The driver survived the accident although he was seriously wounded. There was not much left over from the car.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Death of Stan Storimans

Yesterday, the Dutch cameraman Stan Storimans was killed by a granate on the central square of Gori. He and the Dutch reporter Jeroen Akkermans went to the square to take some images of the damages. At the moment, they wanted to get back into their car, a granate exploded, which killed Stan Storimans.

Today, Life.ru reported about this, including some pictures of the dead bodies. The third paragraph, when translated to English with Google translate, reads as follows:

Although it is not clear where the granate came from, because at the moment of the explosion there were no signs of war activities, this is clearly a piece of propaganda, because it rather obvious that the people on this square were not killed by a car accident.


Friday, August 15, 2008

Storimans killed by Russian cluster bomb

Today, Human Right Watch announced that Russia used clubster bombs in Georgia and that the Dutch cameraman Stan Storimans was very likely killed by an explosive from such cluster bomb.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Summer Go camp 2008

In the past week, I went to "Zomergo 2008" (summer Go camp 2008), which was held in De zilvermeeuw on island of Texel. Araldo and I left around a quarter past eight in the morning on Saturday from Hengelo and we arrived around a quarter past twelve at the camp. Every day of the camp we played a match. There were also four workshops given by some strong players. But besides this, many other games were played, such a the game Titan. On Saturday, I won from Gulya. In the evening, Araldo and I walked to the beach and I took some pictures. On Sunday, I won from Peter. In the evening, Ton and Titus arrived and Ton taught me the game Hive. On Monday, I lost from Wytze. In the evening, Ton and I walked to the beach. On Tuesday, I lost from Pieter. On Wednesday, I lost from Paul. In the afternoon, I went swimming in the sea. It was not real swimming, just walking into the sea. On Thursday, I won from Peter with just one and half point. This means that my rating is now about 10k. Araldo and I left around half past two. We arrived in Hengelo around half past six.


Saturday, August 23, 2008

Skûtjesilen

Today, just like last year we went sailing on the Fluessen lake with a large part of our company. The weather forcast was not very good. We arrived at ten o'clock and we were served coffee or tea and an apple pie with cream. Again I sailed on the Eelkje II but with a different captain than last year. In the morning there was not much wind, but enough to sail. Again I worked at the jib (foresail). When I talked with the captains talker, I discovered that he too plays Go. He is about 7k and there is a great chance I will meet him again at some tournament.

Lunch was at the usual place in Gaastmeer. After lunch the wind had become stronger, around 3 to 4 Beaufour and sailing became a little more interesting. We even got some sunshine and I took some pictures. After we arrived back in the harbour we enjoyed the sun and were served a BBQ.

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