Coming from YMI: Are you ready for Super Yunzi?
Pong Yen at Yellow Mountain Imports had confirmed that they will soon be stocking Japanese slate and shell stones from Hyuga in Japan. If you've recently visited their website, you probably saw their teaser ad shown below.
They will offer Yuki (Snow) and Jitsuyo (Standard) grade stones made from Mexican clams. I had touched-upon these grades in an earlier post.
He also informed me that they are working on stocking Super Yunzi which are Sizes 38 and 41. Their regular bi-convex Yunzi stones are Size 34 (9.5mm thick) as shown in the image below.
By Japanese standards, Size 38 is 10.7mm, but YMI's would be 10.8mm. Size 41 is 11.7mm. To give you an idea of how thick these stones would be, take a look at the image below from Kuroki Goishi Ten which compares the sizes of their thick clam-shell stones.
Understandibly, not everyone likes fat stones but I know that there are many (including myself) who love their heft.
To accomodate these stones, YMI will be offering a larger-sized Kitani-style bowls made out of Indian Rosewood. Guitarists are familiar with this wood as its veneers are often used by luthiers.
Virtual Conferences with a WebCam
I acquired a Logitech QuickCam Fusion to experiment with video telephony and have been enjoying long-distance video conversations with some of you via Skype.
My long-term goal however is to highlight the effectiveness of virtual meetings which can be used to augment the functionality of Go clubs and allow them to expand memberships beyond their immediate geographic areas.
Currently, video telephony apps like Skype and MSN Messenger only allow 1-to-1 video telephony. Apple's iChat offers multiple-user connections with a beautiful virtual conference table interface.
An experimental application, WigiWigi, allows up to nine conferees on Windows XP and Mac OSX; all with super-smooth video (as long as the camera can support the frame rate). In its current form, WigiWigi establishes a direct node-to-node connection so users need to provide each other their IP address which can be looked up using online services.
The application itself is quite simple and uses only one file; you download it and run it. There is no install procedure except for allowing the application access through Windows XP's firewall.
Fuseki Quiz 9/20
Scoring of Last Weekend's Fuseki Quiz 8/20
(Jump to last week's quiz!)
- A = 6
- B = 10, B taking J3 is a big move which threatens a follow-up invasion at N3 as illustrated below. If W takes is able to extend to H3, then this opportunity would be lost.
- C = 2
- D = 8
- E = 4