Monday, January 30, 2006

Lessons in PDF and a hot 21cm goban on eBay

shygost's lessons in PDF

Drago's Print Preview

Someone had suggested that sduff's transcriptions of shygost's lessons should be made available as Adobe PDFs.

Drago , a popular (and free) SGF editor, can export to PDF and I thought I might try it. Unfortunately, I ran into the following problems.
  • sduff's transcriptions, while ideal and well-suited for their purpose, are an unorthodox use of the SGF format. The files would need to be modified for them to be printable.
  • Gilles Arcas, the creater of Drago, showed me how the files could be modified and he generated a PDF of the third lesson for me. The resulting 33-page document (with four board positions per page) comes to a bandwidth-hogging 1MB in size versus the 24KB SGF! (nannyogg was kind enough to host the PDF for me.)

If you would like to modify the files yourself to print at home, here is Gilles's guidance:
  1. Drago relies on moves to find the points in the game where to print (every n moves for instance). In these files, there are lot of nodes in the game tree, but no moves.
  2. The work-around is that, if there are no moves, just add them. Replace each semicolon
  3. by ";B[]", this will add a Black pass move on each node.
  4. After that, export to a PDF in Drago with 1 figure on each move.

I won't get it. Maybe you will.

21cm New Shin-Kaya Goban

eBay seller Japanese_Go is auctioning a new 21cm shin-kaya goban. I'm saving up for a set of Kuroki Goishi Ten stones so I won't be able to bid on this. Maybe one of you can get lucky.

The auction ends on Jan-24-06 20:54:05 PST.
You can refer to one of my previous posts for auction-sniping tips.

For this goban, surface freight to the US is $127 (insurance included). The auction information includes shipping costs for US, Europe and Asia.

An 18cm shin-kaya goban from this same seller went for about $173 last month; for a total shipped cost of $300 to the US via surface freight. A 17cm shin-kaya goban from Kuroki would cost you $543 alone without the shipping.

Keep in mind that this goban may be slightly less than 21cm since the Japanese sun unit of measurement may not align perfectly with whole centimeters.


At 3:00 AM, January 31, 2006, Blogger sduff said...

Hi Chiyodad,

I'll try and remember to put in pass moves from now on, to ease the creation of the PDFs. Heck, I might even go back and covert all the old lessons into this format and PDF too! =)

And thankyou for your kind words in an earlier blog post!


At 10:26 AM, January 31, 2006, Blogger ChiyoDad said...

That would be great, Simon!

Have you gotten any assistance from other LGD attendees with transcription and game recording?

At 11:28 AM, January 31, 2006, Blogger frankiii said...

That goban sure is a beauty!!! It's already up to $255, though, so with the shipping it will probably end up pretty steep.

At 12:06 PM, January 31, 2006, Blogger ChiyoDad said...

Hello frankii! True, that's quite a big run-up on the bid.

But consider this. A discounted 7-sun (21cm) shin-kaya goban from Kuroki costs 94,500 Yen or $805. Add $127 shipping (assume shipping cost parity) and your total cost is now $932.

Normal retail is 105,000 Yen, or $894. That $1,021 with shipping (again assuming parity).

Even if the winning bidder gets it for about $300, he/she would have saved 54% over Kuroki's discounted price.

Let's say that a person with the means to buy considers a 35% discount to be a BIG bargain. That means that the bid could go as high as $480.

I purposefully italicized some text in that previous paragraph for emphasis. I don't want to see any readers getting caught-up in some bidding frenzy just because something might cost less than at full retail.

At 2:20 PM, January 31, 2006, Blogger frankiii said...

Check those shipping prices, though! If you want it within the next 2 months you're going to pay at least $250! And that still takes 3 weeks.

But, you're right...even with the high shipping cost, it's a great price assuming it's the same quality board and assuming there's no major eBay last-minute run-up.

Readers also need to be aware that there are no stones with this goban. :) I'd hate to imagine the use of cheap, thin stones on this beauty. :D

At 3:25 PM, January 31, 2006, Blogger ChiyoDad said...

Someone as cheap ... umm, that is, ... as frugal as myself would probably opt for waiting 6-8 weeks and pay the lesser $127 in shipping costs.

One of these seasons, I'd like to do a survey of stone-thickness preference in the ChiyoPulse. Perhaps this Summer; I already have a survey ready for Spring.


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