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Post #461 Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:07 am 
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Qin Empire, a Chinese TV series available on Netflix, has a scene in episode 6 at about 21 minutes in which the king of Qin is playing Go by himself while discussing state matters with one of his generals.

Edit: This show has Go scenes in most episodes, sometimes used to illustrate politics.


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Post #462 Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:55 am 
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Knives Out!

No further explanation.

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Post #463 Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 9:31 am 
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Vesa wrote:
Knives Out!

No further explanation.

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Wow, it even features in the trailer!

A pity nobody showed them how to hold the stones (I kind of hope it is deliberate, but I doubt it). And I don't think that that bump was a good move. On the other hand, everybody makes mistakes..

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Post #464 Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:28 pm 
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Post #465 Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:59 am 
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Back in 2014 there was this amazing little film called The Divine Move. I saw it on Netflix subtitled. It's about bangneki gamblers/cheaters and a violent conspiracy, with the game in close focus throughout. There's an amazing bit later on involving an ironic deathtrap where the code to get out is the solution to a tsumego.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcR9fJh0LCY

Definitely a must-watch if you like action movies.

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Post #466 Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:35 pm 
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If only they had added Go to Yakuza:
( most basic moves: 2:00 ~ 3:00. Well, Hikaru no Go already happened... :) :study: )

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Post #467 Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:47 am 
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If only Harry Potter had included “wizard’s go” instead of chess.

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Post #468 Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:49 am 
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If only Harry Potter had included “wizard’s go” instead of chess.


Well, it was to be revealed after the fall of the Magic Ministry that the Resistance had turned to an egalitarian chess played in the intersections on odd-numbered boards... but Mrs. Rowling ran out of ink.

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Post #469 Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:31 am 
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Naotora, the Lady Warlord, [Onna Joushu Naotora], is the 56th Taiga Drama of the NHK [*], 2017. I haven't been able to watch it properly, yet, but the first 30+ videos seem to be available without messing with the NHK and subtitle files. It's a story set during the Sengoku period, just before the final rise of the Tokugawa.

So far, I've seen three goban, two of them recurring. A 3 sun or so dark standup goban, a bow-legged one (similar to this, but it doesn't seem to come apart) and one carved in the floor, next to the... veranda? I think I recall something glimpsed in a military camp, but I'm not sure. I assume to dark stained one is supposed to be aged. If it was old in the XVIth century...

It's quirky, because the clan is an important historical Japanese clan, and their clothes make me feel they'r enot hurting for money, and yet... the stones are thin and chipped. Also, the thinner goban is the daimyo's. Maybe there's some importance I'll get when I'm able to watch it through.

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PS: Reference photo pilfered from [url=https://lifein19x19.com/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=164]tchan's[/urk] old site.

[*] Taiga Drama are year-long historical dramas of the NHK.

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Post #470 Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:55 am 
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I watched Knives Out last night. Lots of big names and lots of go mentions - even 9x9. And not an oriental in sight.

When I bought the DVD, the supermarket cashier took off her mask just to tell me how good the film was. (Not a classic, I thought, but entertaining. I was well satisfied.)

Both those paragraphs indicate go really is mainstream here now, no?

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Post #471 Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:52 am 
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John Fairbairn wrote:
Both those paragraphs indicate go really is mainstream here now, no?


It's the Traviatta in Pretty Woman, the way of showing sophistication, and a hint of a dangerous mind and some exoticism. The difference is that when they show the Traviatta they use recordings by professionals and not the cast trying to reach a note they didn't ever consider possible. Ie, not the equivalent of playing gomoku or grabbing the stones like peanuts. For what's worth, something similar happens with the hurdy gurdy

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A brief history of chess :)


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Post #473 Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:29 pm 
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Escape Plan 2: Escape from Hades:

http://prntscr.com/tdqjqd

And actually a reasonable-ish looking position and stone handling!


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Post #474 Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:43 am 
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And actually a reasonable-ish looking position and stone handling!



Truly, the end is nigh. Forget everything else, this is the signal.

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Post #475 Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:51 am 
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Nothing came of this, did it?

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Post #476 Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:05 am 
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Ferran wrote:
Nothing came of this, did it?

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Good lord, I had forgotten about that monstrosity. I hope not.

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The sentiments and discussions are quite reminiscent of those around the introductions of Deep Blue and AlphaGo:

computer proofs


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Post #478 Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2020 6:22 am 
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Great article, Ed. Thanks for posting.

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mhlepore, Thanks. Hope all's well with your family. Stay healthy. :)

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Post #480 Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:47 am 
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Has this been posted here already?
The Little-Known Story of the Birth of the QR Code, how go inspired the inventor of the QR codes:
https://www.nippon.com/en/news/fnn20191214001/the-little-known-story-of-the-birth-of-the-qr-code.html


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