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Diary, April 2007

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007


Today, Annabel got her braces. She wanted me to go with her, but when I heard that it would probably take about two hours, I agreed with her to go back to my office.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Playing Go

This evening, Annabel and I went to the university to play Go. When we arrived it was clear that we were going to have some music this evening again. The music proved to be quite nice, mostly covers from popular songs. Because there was nobody there yet, Annabel invited me for a game. We played on a 19x19 board where she got a five stone advance. And I won the game by ease. Meanwhile many others had arrived, and because they where all playing we played again on a 13x13 board with her getting three stones ahead. This time it was me who was defeated, mainly because I played too fast. I went to get something to drink for use, and while I did this, I noticed that Araldo, who had been watching a game between Ton and Rudi, asked Annabel. They played three games. The first on a 19x19 board with her getting a nine stone advance. She lost that one. The next was on a 13x13 board with a five stone advance. She almost won that game, but lost with 10 points. And the last game she won with four stones. Because Ton and Rudi had finished, I could play against Ton. We decided on a five stone advance for me. The game progressed well for me, and Rudi, who watched us, made some happy comments about some good moves I made. But Ton managed to put one of my groups under pressure and after I made some wrong moves, I resigned. Rudi gave some analyzes of the game and gave some advice about some small mistakes I made.

Thursday, April 12, 2007


The images shown here is from the first presentation of the MiniBooNE experiment, which deals with the question whether there are four or three flavours of neutrinos. Their answer is that it is most likely that there are only three. This is explained in greater details in a scientific paper. Other scientist also have come to the same conclusion from a different field, read for example: Is cosmology compatible with sterile neutrinos?.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Summer has started

Today, temperatures went up to 27.5 degrees Celsius in the center of the country, which is a record. It never has been so warm so early in the year. Tomorrow temperatures might even get higher and also Monday is going to be warm, but probably a little cooler. This afternoon, Li-Xia and I went to the city center on our own, because both Annabel and Andy were staying elsewhere. We had dinner at Camel. We also looked around some shops. Around seven we were home again.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Hottest day in April ever

Today it was the hottest day in April on record, with temperatures rising to 28.9 degrees Celsius in the center of the country. Makes you wonder how hot it will get this coming summer.

Wedensday, April 18, 2007

Playing Go

This evening, Annabel and I went to the university to play Go. We were later than usual and some of the others were already there. Taco and Marcel were about to start a game, but I suggested that I would play against Taco, and that Marcel would play against Annabel. That was okay. I started with eight stones ahead against Taco. Annabel got nine stones ahead with Marcel and more than hundred points Komi. She won that game, and also the next one. I lost against Taco with 33 against 54 points. Actually, not too bad, if you realize the difference in strength. Afterwards we did some analysis. In the mean time, Annabel had started a third game, playing against Ton. She lost it, but Ton felt that she was becoming better. It was around eleven that we left for home.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Thinking without words

In the news release Monkeys' Ability To Reflect On Their Thoughts May Have Implications For Infants, Autistic Children it says: I always find it surprising that some people think that language is essential for thinking. Maybe it is because these people are verbal thinkers themselves and not very familiar with non-verbal/spacial thinking.

Sunday, April 22, 2007


This evening, Annabel played her first online Go games on the KGS Go Server against Liselot, a girl that we also know from earlier tournaments in Apeldoorn and Zandvoort.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Where is the rain?

Yesterday, it was announced that we broke another weather related record: The longest periode without substantial rain. It has been 33 days that we did not have any substantial rain in the Netherlands. But it the whole of Western Europe that is suffering from this problem. Also in the coming week, the changes for rain are low.

Playing Go

This evening, Annabel and I went to the university to play Go. When we arrived I noticed a bad with a board and concluded that it belonged to Juri. Shortly after Juri returned and we decided to play with me getting eight stones ahead. When Ton arrived, he started to play against Annabel, where she got nine stones ahead. But things were not going well for him, and he had to resign. In his opinion Annabel really has become stronger. Juri was also having trouble and after having counted the points, he concluded that he must be about forthy stones. We decided to play another game, where I was given five stones ahead. About half-way the mid-game, I made some mistakes giving Juri the opportunity for an invasion. From that point on it went downhill, and I resigned after some time.

It was only then, that I realized that the others were playing outside on the sidewalk. I went to watch the game between Marcel and Vincent. It was quite an exciting game, and at the end there were four people watching, including Annabel, who was sitting on my lap.

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