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Jon Brodkin

Niall Kennedy

Todd Kuehnl has been a developer for nearly 20 years and says he's tried "pretty much every language under the sun."

But it was only recently that Kuehnl discovered Go, a programming language unveiled by Google almost four years ago. Go is still a new kid on the block, but for Kuehnl, the conversion was quick. Now he says "Go is definitely by far my favorite programming language to work in." Kuehnl admitted he is "kind of a fanboy."

I'm no expert in programming, but I talked to Kuehnl because I was curious what might draw experienced coders to switch from proven languages to a brand new one (albeit one co-invented by the famous Ken Thompson, creator of Unix and the B programming language). Google itself runs some of its back-end systems on Go, no surprise for a company that designs its own servers and much of the software (right down to the operating systems) that its employees use. But why would non-Google engineers go with Go?

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After a Rave. Dead City, Rome 2009

Lorenzo Meloni (b.1983, Italy) studied at the Scuola Romana di Fotografia for three years. He has reported on Palestinian refugees and Yemen where he is planning to relocate. Other works include retrospectives on the Italian techno-rave and hip-hop youth scenarios.  Lorenzo’s work has been exhibited at: The Luigi Pigorini National Ethnographic Prehistoric Museum in Rome and the Fotoleggendo Festival. His photographs have been published in L’Espresso, La Republica  and TIME.

About the Photograph:

“This photo was shot during an illegal rave party on the outskirts of Rome, in an area known as the ‘Dead City’. These three young people are regaining mental clarity after a night dancing under the effect of drugs and alcohol. The music, blaring out of a 20,000-watt sound system, still hasn’t worn them out and to chat, they have to speak in each others ear. The silence of the woods surrounds them, but the mix of drugs and alcohol, continues to keep them close to the vibrations of the music. This photo is part of a project on illegal raves that I have been following for the last two years. The purpose is to tell the story of a non-place, where there are no rules; an unfettered realm, where the conventions of the real world don’t exist and illegality and drugs are the only means to find pleasure.”

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Making the おやじ game look good!

So I recently started watching the ひかるの碁 (hikaru no go) anime, and as what I assume is normal for most people who do the same, I now find myself wanting to learn how to play Go.

If you haven’t watched Hikaru no Go I would recommend checking it out. You can stream it (in Japanese language thank-you-very-much) on Netflix. It’s amazing how they can make such an old fuddy duddy game like Go into a fairly exciting Anime!

Anyway, so let’s talk about my quest to learn Go. I figured that there would be an App for that, and after some sleuthing I found SmartGo!

I’ve been running SmartGo Kifu, which is the iPad version. The iPad is a great size for this type of thing. SmartGo is also available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

I’ve been using SmartGo for a few weeks now, and so far I really like it. One of the greatest features I noticed early on is that the game allows you to create a profile, and it tracks your progress as you play. You get a player rating, and your opponents slowly increase (or decrease) in strength as you win and lose games. If your rating really sucks, like I do now, you even start with a handicap.


Getting wasted by SmartGo Kifu for iPad. I'm black.

As an incentive to not suck, the game starts off allowing you only to play on a 9×9 board and the 11×11 and 13×13 board options are locked. I’m only playing at level 6++ on a good day now, and the 11×11 board unlocks when you reach level 11, and the 13×13 board is unlocked when you beat level 13 playing on a 11×11 board. So I have a long ways to go. One game on the 9×9 board only takes about 15-20 minutes to complete, so it’s a good size for a quick learning match.

Another simple yet great thing about this app is that the computer will make smart decisions about when to resign when you’re winning. One of the hardest things (I think) about learning to play Go is that if you’re playing against another human who is also a newbie, you’ll both have no idea when the game is really over… A pro can look at the game in progress and understand when one side has already been to be defeated, but to a newb this can be tough to judge and you’ll end up placing pieces on the board until it’s full.

The menu interface for SmartGo isn’t the best – it has so many options that it sometimes feels a little cluttered when you’re digging through the menus. But then again, you you’ll be spending most of your time simply staring at the beautiful image of the wooden board and the pieces anyway, so that’s not a big deal. The menu only really comes into play when you’re switching profiles, or when setting it up for the first time.

I’m not there yet skill-wise, but it’s nice to know that SmartGo Kifu also provides a ton of professional games that you can replay and study if you’re so inclined. I’m sure that I’ll be using this app for a long time!

Have fun!

Related:

Twitter friend @ciholmer also recommended this online community to play Go http://gobase.org/

Hikaru no Go is currently available on Netflix streaming!

SmartGo Kifu for iPad

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