Today, was our second day of
our second trip
to Maastricht. At the end of the day we went into
the city. At the tourist office, I bought a
city map of Maastricht.
We also came across the "De Slegte" bookshop in Maastricht. There we found
a stack of "Maasticht 148"
books. We looked through the shop which consists of
two buildings which are connected through a stairwell with
a small elevator. Finally, we decided to buy one copy
of the book "Maastricht 148", because it only costed
€ 7.50, and because the first copy is becoming
This afternoon, Ton contacted me to ask if Annabel was coming this evening to play Go,
because in that case Sara, his daughter, also wanted to come.
I contacted Annabel, who was staying with a friend since Sunday,
to ask her if she wanted to go. She wanted to go and we agreed
that I would catch her around half past seven. It was only when
I was on my way that I remembered that Annabel had brought her
four guppies with her. Because we did not really have time to
go home first, we ended up taking the guppies with us to the
university. We were the first to arrive and noticed that the
bar was closed. Not much later Ton and Sara arrived, and Sara
started to play against Annabel. When the others arrived, Ton
and I started a game, after we first played some games of Hex.
I was given five stones ahead, and it looked I was giving Ton
a hard time. But, of course, I made some mistake, and soon thereafter
resigned because my position had become hopeless.
Tournament in Apeldoorn
Just like last year, Annabel and I went to the Go
tournament in Apeldoorn.
Yesterday evening, Annabel already wanted to play some game against
me, to prepare herself for this tournament. We enlisted her as
20 Kyu and I myself as 15 Kyu. She won four out of five, and
won € 10. I only won two out of five. When we went
home it started to rain a little, the first (substantial) rain
in more than six weeks.
Today, it rained almost the whole day. I dislike rain, but
still I was happy with it. We desparately needed some rain. I found
an interesting graph about the water shortage, the balans
between evaporation and rainfall. The red line shows the driest
year on record. Black is our current graph. Green represents the
average of the 5% driest years, and blue is the overall average.
Annabel went to soccer training, and
although all her clothes became wet, she enjoyed it. I do not
Tournament results recalculated
I wrote a program to analyze
the results from the tournament we joined last
Sunday. The program just calculates a percentage score taking
into acount the percentage score of your opponent, and this with
1000 iterations. This results in the table below. In the third column
the official ranking is given. The last column gives a "calculated" strength,
assuming that the strongest player was 5 Dan and the weakest 22 Kyu.
It should be noted that the program does not take into account the
reduced handicaps that were given in the last round to some players
weaker than 12 Kyu.
| 94.25%||Rudi|| 2||3.50d|
| 89.12%||Sander|| 4||2.17d|
| 88.57%||Yi|| 3||2.03d|
| 86.75%||Bram|| 6||1.55d|
| 84.55%||Bert|| 5||0.98d|
| 82.29%||Zhuo|| 8||0.40d|
| 81.10%||Alexander|| 7||0.09d|
| 80.68%||Mathijs|| 9||1.02k|
| 54.96%||Jelger de||23||7.71k|
| 45.11%||Ton van||27||10.27k|
Beautiful double rainbow
When this evening we arrived at the place where Andy is going to
stay for the weekend, we saw a beautiful double rainbow. I immediately took three pictures. I took
one overview picture and
two detail pictures.
This evening, I watched the movie K-PAX. It is an interesting movie, because till the end it
is not clear whether Prot is really an alien from the planet K-PAX or
a man suffering from a delusion. There are some facts supporting that
he is an alien, where I find that his eyes can see ultra-violet light
the strongest. (Although, it might be possible that some humans, due to
some genetic variation are able to see ultra-violet light.) But at the
end of the movie it is suggested that Prot "borrowed" the body of
Robert Porter, and it would be a little strange that he would have
extra human vision, especially because it is a physical property of the
eye. And then it is strange that he did not disappear when he left,
but the movie suggested that Betsie, some other person from the ward,
did. And he too was "gone" for several days during his stay in the ward.
And why would Prot leave his notes behind? Anyway there are many unanswered
questions. One could image that a society does not have families. There are
even societies on earth where the tribe plays a more important role than
the family, or at least where the extended family is more important than
the family as we know it in the western world. But still I believe that
beings from an intelligent race would require their parents, or at least
there mother for their upbringing. But what I find even more stranger is
that at K-PAX intercourse is not a nice experience. How could this ever
have developed from an evolutionary back-ground. What would be the reason
for a species to develop "unpleasant" reproduction.
Where is my star?
Today, I have been employed by my current employer
for five years. As a present, a star was named after me at
Online Star Register under
registration number 60142780. The coordinates are: 07h53m;+39°28'.
But when I looked at
sky-map.org at these coordinates, I could not find a star. The closests
It seems that close to the coordinates there are two galaxies.
This evening, I downloaded Scratch,
a programming environment for children. (I hardly would call it a
programming language.) I played with it for some time, and then
showed it to Annabel. To my surprise she
became rather enthousiastic about it, and played with it for some
- USNO-A2.0 1275-07096156 at 07h53m03.12s;+39°28'40.1"
- USNO-A2.0 1275-07095381 at 07h52m54.81s;+39°28'05.6"
- USNO-A2.0 1275-07095458 at 07h52m55.64s;+39°28'30.2"
Go tournament in Amstelveen
Today, Annabel and I went to
the European Go Center in Amstelveen to join a rapid
Go tournament, where rapid means 30 minutes
playing time per person. There were also a normal multiple day tournament
(with one and half hour of playing time per persons) and
a childrens tournament going on. This was all part of
The 36th Allshare Amsterdam Go Tournament. There were about 13 persons
joining the rapid tournament. The tournament administration
was done on some small note papers. In the first round games
were chosen at random. In the next four rounds the score
(number of won games) was also taken into account. A very
simple method, but rather effective. In the first round
I played against played against Els (3k) with nine stones
ahead, and I lost with 72 against 21. Annabel lost from
Tonny (4D). In the second round I lost from Martij (14k)
with 74 against 36. In the third round I won from Sanne and
Annabel lost from Annemarie. In the fourth round I lost
from Rob (10k) with 73 against 46 points and Annabel lost
from Sanne. In the last round I won from Justines (6k) with
81 against 74 and Annabel lost from Martijn with 8½
Biking to the University
Because of the nice weather, Annabel
and I decided to bike to the University to play
Go. When we arrived we found Ton and Juri sitting by the
waterside. I had brought a set with me and invited Ton for a
game, but he felt that maybe Annabel should first play against
Juri. A little later, Marcel and some others arrived, and Ton
and I started to play against each other. We decided that I
should get six stones ahead. I was a little to opportunistic
in attacking Ton, and I lost a group and created a weak group.
The final outcome was that I lost with 40 points. Annabel lost
with just one point with nine stones ahead, which, if Juri did
not do this on purpose (as some strong Dan players like to do),
then she played quite nice.
It was around ten that we biked home. Near the "harbour" we took
some pictures, because there was a quite nice view with nice
colours in the sky. Picture
of the view.
Gastropodophobia or Myxophobia
This morning, Annabel told me that
yesterday she overcame her biggest fear, her fear for snails
(which is called Gastropodophobia). Or maybe it was her fear
for slime (Myxophobia). She told me that yesterday, some friend
in school put some snails on her hand. Annabel totally has no
fear for spiders, but earlier this week she was terrified by
the sight of a moth. Probably she has no fear for spiders,
because we always let them run around the house, instead of
killing them or putting them outside.
Going into the city
Today, Li-Xia and I went into the
city. After we first bought some grapefruits and some
vegatebles, we had lunch at Camal Grillhouse Shoarma Restaurant.
We ordered the usual. Although bad weather had been forcast,
we could sit outside. We heard some sound from the
International Jazz Festival Enschede. Next we walked
to Bookshop De Slegte, where
Li-Xia bought the Dutch version of "Improve your IQ",
and I bought the book "Images of the Universe".
Li-Xia 50 years
Today, it is Li-Xia's 50th birthday.
In the morning we went to church and from there we drove to my mothers
place. There we met the rest of the family. My sister had bought some
cake with some text on it (as you can see here on the right).
Li-Xia ate the slice with "50" on it. In the evening we had
a cook-yourself dinner. The orginal plan was to have a BBQ,
but because of the bad weather forcast, it was decided to
cancel this, but it turned out that the weather was okay, and
we could have done it.
This evening, I got Annabel from
some friends house. She had been a Pentacost conference with
this friend. She showed me a piece of paper with the
signature of Sharon Kips
who performed during the conference. Sharon won the
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