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Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Playing Go against Ton and his children

This evening, Annabel and I went a little earlier to the university and around half past seven we met Ton and his two childeren Sara and Titus for playing Go. I played one game against Sara on a 13x13 board, while Annabel played against Titus. Then Annabel and Sara played some games, while Ton and I started to play on a 19x19 board, where he got an eight stone handicap. I was not very happy with the game (SGF, PS), because for some reason I kept on playing bad moves, at least that is how I felt about it, and it looked like everything I tried, did not work out well. At the end of the game I also made some mistakes with respect to recording the game. It was around ten that we went home. I lost with about 25 stones.

Friday, September 3, 2004

Package from China

Around 8 o'clock in the evening, a package from China arrived. It contained mainly clothes send to us from our family in China. The clothes included four pillow covers, that my mother-in-law knitted herself. There were also some bags of very nice tea from the first harvest of tea in Taisun. The tea is called "San Bei Xiano", which means "Fragrant for three cups" because you can pour new hot water on it for three times. The Chinese say that the taste of the second cup is always the best. The taste of the third time is usually not so good anymore, so it is a mark of quality if it still is nice.

Tuesday, September 7, 2004

Beer in the office

Someone enters the office, and asks "what are those beer bottle doing here?" The laptop of a colleague stopped working with the message that it was too hot. It has been warm in the past days (after a month with a record amount or rain), but not that hot. In order to salvage some of the data on it, we used a pack of apple juice and two beer bottles from the fridge to cool the laptop. Twenty minutes later, we were able to start it up again, my colleague was able to retrieve his data.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Talking with Billy Foley

This afternoon I had the opportunity to talk with Billy Foley. It was very interesting to talk with him and to hear about his ideas with respect to his drawings and paintings. I will write more about this later. It appears he has been inspired by the book The Quark and the Jaguar by Murray Gell-Mann.

Monday, September 20, 2004


Yesterday, Andy said "Naam!" (Dutch for "Name!") to a lady in church. She did not realize that this is his way for asking the name of someone. He has been using that phrase for some days, mostly when he wants to know the name of some character in some video. He gets rather annoyed when we fail to give it immediately, and seems not to be satisfied with the answer that we do not know.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Introduction evening at Andy's school

To night, I went to the introduction evening at Andy's school. On the way going there, I listened to the song True Friend by Treble. We watched some video of Andy's class, explaining what they do during the day. Afterwards, I talked a little with his teacher. She told me that some of the children looked down on him, because he is quite small and do not speak so well. Some of the children were a little bit surprised when they realized how much he already can do. He has no problems with reading sentences consisting of three pictograms.

Friday, September 24, 2004

Cause of Kabuki Syndrome

It seems that the debate with respect to the cause of Kabuki Syndrome has not ended yet. Today, there was a posting on the KSN_L list with new information. Last year December, Dr. Milunski reported that he and his team had found the cause of Kabuki Syndrome on the P arm of chromosome 8. However, other groups were not able to reproduce his findings. On June 18, I suggested that Dr. Milunski had found a separate syndrome. About a week later, I found some interesting details with respect to the further research of Dr. Milunski. Now, Dr. Milunski replied to some parent (making inquiries with respect to the testing of blood samples of a child) with the following statement: It seems that although others have not been able to replicate the testing method of Dr. Milunski, it does seem it is a valid test. I hope that he will soon reveal the exact details of his testing methods, such that others will be able to replicate it. But I am afraid he will not do so before he has written a solid publication in a scientific journal, or (worse, I fear) got a patent on his new method.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Graph layout algorithms

I have been asked to look at some graph layout algorithms. I found an interesting overview of major layout algoritms used by yFiles. A good starting point is graph drawing directory from Google. It seems that GraphViz is mentioned often. I downloaded it, and studied the DynaGraph interface.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

2004 Republican National Convention in NYC

Read this incredible story about what happened during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. It is hard to believe that this is happening in a western country with democracy and freedom of speech. Or do we have to conclude that the USA is slowly changing into a police-state.

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