Thursday, April 21, 2005


I've started learning Go. I've played a few games against Christina on-line at BSW, and one against Paul on I'm still trying to figure out the scoring. Can anyone help me understand the scoring of the game below? (Apologies for the image quality.) The shaded region shows what white and black control at the end of the game. Any idea what method was used to determine that?


Monday, April 18, 2005

We Seek the Holy Grail

I came across an article about classical Greek and Latin texts that are now able to be deciphered, thanks to modern technology. The Oxyrhynchus Papyri are the "classical holy grail" and "could lead to a 20 per cent increase in the number of great Greek and Roman works in existence." These include "new" works by Sophocles and Euripides.

I am astonished that this isn't front page news around the world. Maybe I'm overestimating the significance of this, but can you imagine the fuss that would be raised over one newly discovered Shakespearian play? This seems much bigger than that.

On a related note, I'm totally naming my next D&D character Oxyrhynchus Papyri.

SERMON pictures

I got back yesterday from this year's SERMON conference. Michael Filaseta, one of the organizers, has posted pictures. My cameo is featured above. I really should do something about my posture.