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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Today, the Dutch female swimmers have won the first gold
medal for the Netherlands at the Beijing Olympics.
Femke Heemskerk, and
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
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.
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
reported about this, including some pictures of the
dead bodies. The third paragraph, when translated to
English with Google translate, reads as follows:
Here are some photos published by the agency REUTERS.
Photos taken in Gori recently. On the street lay the bodies,
blood, suffering on the faces of ... At war all means are
good. But to use the corpses of people killed ... in a normal
accident (!) as evidence of war crimes ... This is as inhuman
as to shoot from the "Grad" and "Uraganov" to the homes of
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
After we arrived back in the harbour we enjoyed the sun and were
served a BBQ.
This months interesting links
| July 2008
| September 2008
| Random memories