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Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The State of Hubski: 2017

am_Unition's assessment is correct. 'Fuck those guys' is an ever-present motif whenever I'm talking about most (N - 2, really) of my peers.

The more I'm working with PhD (student)-level people, the more I see my supposed peers as total bitches by contrast. Slow to everything – and I mean everything – but passive-aggressive remarks and general whining. Don't care at this point, can get to me on a bad day. I've even adapted a gauge recently: if they don't look salty, it means that I'm not on my 100%. ;)

Also: autism jokes at my expense. I'm not autistic, but it never stopped anyone. I hope this isn't something you will relate to, but I figured it's worth mentioning.

Zum Wohl!

    Oh, and Snedtänkt, the best podcast in Swedish you will probably never listen to.

Jasså? Är du säker? Svenska språket är inte hemlighet språket. ;)

Thanks for the link. I was on the lookout for Swedish media, podcasts seem like a good challenge and exercise. I've been stuck on that "I mostly understand people on TV" B1-level for far too long.

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 10, 2018

Cool! Norway is a great country. I only got to experience Oslo and (mostly) the Old Town in Fredrikstad but loved everything about it.

That said: google Vinmonopolet. It confused a lot of people I know who visited Norway. :P

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 10, 2018


About that 'sharp' thing: yesterday I was trying to remember what 'Wyoming' means. Seriously. I completely blanked it as a state, kept thinking its a verb because of the '-ing'. In a text in Polish. About Utah.

Can I get S-M-R-T?

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 10, 2018

I don't feel well, but there are too many items on my 'to do' list to dwell on it. If I can work, it's not a problem anyway.

My brother's operation will be on Monday. Understandably, I'm nervous.

The research looks quite promising. I'm collaborating on three projects simultaneously, so that's fun. They combine some of my favourite feelings: being lost, "don't panic", "things are about to click" and bursts of ingenuity. I can definitely see why people are burning out, but I relish the challenge.

Health-wise, I might need meds for my low blood pressure after all. I feel, almost constantly, physically tired and light-headed. The checkup is in February, but I'm bracing myself for it already. Compressive socks don't work, just make me feel like I'm someone's grandma.

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 10, 2018

First of all: congrats! It's great that you are joining tournaments and enjoy it.

    I was skeptical about being able to handle it, but it turns out that you spend all of that time thinking about the game. This is the type of time that just evaporates, leaving you wanting more.

Absolutely true. It's one of the reasons for why I personally love playing long games and enjoy them far more than blitz. You are too preoccupied to even consider boredom as a possibility. It hasn't changed a bit since my first game.

    I start by convincing myself out of these things until I get to moves that would be more reasonable for the position. But if I do find something that shows a glimmer of promise, I'll defend the hell out of it against my better judgement.

That's good and bad. Why good? Because it shows the direction you will guide/evolve your own style of play. You will get very good at positioning, calculating exchanges and mobility. Hell, I'm willing to bet that after this tournament you'll see that the first 30 or so exercises from that book I recommended aren't much of a challenge.

Why bad, though? Predilection or tendency toward certain actions telegraphs a lot to your opponent. Whether they'll pick up on it or not is largely decided by their experience. Once you'll get close(r) to playing in the 1800+ bracket, it would be prudent to diversify by trying to play/practice against your style. It worked very well for me, should work as well for you.


Yup. Humbling, isn't it? ;)

Your approach is healthy and absolutely correct.


Overall, I'm glad to see that you are enjoying yourself, growing as a player, and that's what matters the most. And while I would like to look at your games, there's no pressure. I'm pretty fucking busy myself and it doesn't look like it's about to change until graduation (i.e. June, most likely).

Please, shout out to me with further chess updates. I don't frequent Hubski as I used to and wouldn't want to miss out on the similar news. :D

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 20, 2017

Seconding veen. Also, hardly a day goes by when I don't need to read at least a few posts aloud. Despite being mostly visually-oriented, I have to hear myself placing emphasis on something to better see the sentence structure.

btw, fun (but morbid) thing about articles that I understood recently. There's a big difference between:

- There's a cat on the car. (because it sits there)


- There's cat on the car. (because it's all over the car)

I had no idea!

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 20, 2017

It was a busy week. Here's a list:

- Access to the computational grid? Revoked at the last minute and for the third time in a row. Even despite the fact that I managed to cut the runtime requirements down to under a quarter of what was needed initially.

- Freelance programming? I'll likely never see the second half of my money. At least I had the foresight to make the program cripple itself to the point of uselessness after 30 days if left unpatched.

- My parents? Couldn't be bothered to respond to almost anything I wrote over the last three weeks. Once we finally got a chance to talk, they didn't see a problem in spending the first fifteen minutes on giving me shit for not picking up once they felt like calling. At 5:08 in the morning. On Sunday!

At least my brother is doing well. Frankly, he looked healthier than me, which was disturbing. So far there weren't any problems that could postpone the surgery.

- Outreach lecture? When setting the date, I forgot that high schools start their Christmass break earlier. As a result, almost nobody showed up. 100% my fault, there's no denying that.

- The car that I hoped to buy around March? Sold, after a little over two years of being listed without anyone taking any interest.

Mostly fail all around. At least uni is over for now. Finally, I can focus on two things that I kept neglecting recently: reading for leisure and sleeping.

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Finals week is almost almost over!

    As they say in Dutch, the final pieces of lead weigh the most.

"Making the first 90% of code takes 90% of the allotted time. The difficult part is the last 10% which takes 90% of the allotted time." - programmer's proverb.

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What food could you eat the most of?

Baked beans, pizza and grilled cheese. Any day, any quantity. I've recently found a way to make hummus to my liking, but it feels like a phase.

Devac  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Sam Altman: E Pur Si Muove

It's a thing on Sicily. I ordered a large pizza and got something that was a bit over a meter in diameter.

Best family vacation ever.

    Do you know if that holds true for other Eastern European countries?

I suspect it holds true but would have to do some research in order to make my answer anything better than an annoyed guess. I'll try to look it up over the weekend, but don't promise anything.

    Could it be because of the import taxes in Poland?

Maybe? Same as for the first question. In the meantime: here's the best reference database compiled by Polish government that I could find.

And yes, it's pronounced exactly like Ishtar. The contrivance of the acronym and its full form suggests it was a deliberate choice.

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