Monthly Archives: February 2008

Small things are the key

Last weekend I took part in the Barcelona’s Go Tournament. As every year many people from Europe came to enjoy the nice weather of Barcelona, while playing some tough games. Three Koreans took the top positions, and among them, my Go (or Baduk) teacher, Lluis Oh 6 dan.

Julio vs SergioMy score was 2 wins from 5 rounds… quite bad result from what I was expecting to. I beat a French in the 1st round, with somehow good style. In the 2nd round I played with Jordi, a local friend who is overrated. I was winning the game easily, when I made a stupid mistake, and lost a quarter of the board… luckily I still won by 1.5 points. From that point on, I started to made unbelievable mistakes, removing my possibilities of winning. I played with Sergio, a guy from Alicante, in the 3rd round… despite I killed a really big group (the black one in the picture), he decided to continue playing, and I was too calm and confident about my win. This led me to disaster: I lost by 0.5 points. On Sunday I played the last two rounds, making big mistakes that force me to resign both games.

The lesson learned (I hope I learned it) is: “small things are the key“. My teacher says I’m at least 1 dan… because I know a lot of theory, I have good intuition, etc. But I do fail in small problems, like easy-solving situations. I’m speaking about these kind of situations where I must solve them at sight, without doubts. How can I advance if I don’t solve easy situations? Concentration, read out all the movements. I must practice more, and improve my concentration, my brain skills!

“Hello World!” is too hard to program

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10 years ago, when I saw for the first time a Java program, the classical “Hello World!”, I thought for a moment “booo, it’s counterintuitive… you need to create a class just to say Hello”. Later I used to do all the nasty work with classes.

But I never imagined something like the following:

Malbolge, invented by Ben Olmstead in 1998, is an esoteric programming language designed to be as difficult to program in as possible. The first “Hello, world!” program written in it was produced by a Lisp program using genetic algorithms.
– from Malbolge description

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