Lessons in PDF and a hot 21cm goban on eBay
shygost's lessons in PDF
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:
- 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.
- The work-around is that, if there are no moves, just add them. Replace each semicolon
- by ";B", this will add a Black pass move on each node.
- After that, export to a PDF in Drago with 1 figure on each move.
I won't get it. Maybe you will.
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.