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July 18th, 2008

these words have meanings, too! @ 09:32 pm

Current Location: my apt
Current Mood: peaceful peaceful
Current Music: http://www.sky.fm/jazz/

I missed USUFRUCTS on the Daily 9s today on aerolith. I didn't know it as an 8 either, so I did some extensive research on the great inter-web to ascertain its meaning (as in, I read the first paragraph of the Wikipedia entry). Wouldn't you know, later this afternoon I was reading the conclusion of "Road to Los Angeles" by John Fante, and I came across this passage:

 

random ISC game of the day 10 @ 09:38 am

Current Location: my apt
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: British Open coverage

Here's another one from last August, this time against jarofclay. It was close the whole way, and I'm still confused about a couple of sim results in the pre-endgame, as noted in the comments. I'm looking for opinions! Oh yeah, I'll remember CABEZON(S) and CABEZONE(S) now, too.

Play along!
 

July 17th, 2008

random ISC game of the day 9 @ 08:16 pm

Current Location: my apt
Current Mood: calm calm
Current Music: http://www.techwebsound.com/

This is an old one from August 2007 against nasferatu aka key_lime_guy
Watch both of us miss 10s!

Play along!
 

July 16th, 2008

find the bingo @ 11:29 pm

Current Location: my apt
Current Mood: chipper chipper
Current Music: Yo La Tengo
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This position came up at club tonight. I'm not entirely sure how I knew this low-prob 8 (eat your heart out, crosstables !)
 

random ISC game of the day 8 @ 05:28 pm

Current Location: my apt
Current Mood: content content
Current Music: Rilo Kiley

Check out this game against biza0re from about a month ago. Watch me miss an 11!

Play along!
 

July 15th, 2008

random ISC game of the day 7 @ 08:08 pm

Current Location: my apt
Current Mood: cheerful cheerful
Current Music: WRCT 88.3 fm

From last July, versus dugy1001.

Play along!
 

July 13th, 2008

Rocky River full report @ 10:39 pm

Current Location: my apt
Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: Sigur Ros

Saturday July 12th, 2008

I stayed in on Friday night and watched some TV, played on ISC, and did some Zyzzyva cardboxing*. I was asleep by 11:30, which is quite early for me. This was because I needed to rouse myself at 5:30 on Saturday morning, which is VERY early for me. There were still 4 hours until the first tiles would be drawn. I showered and brewed some coffee, then scarfed down some yogurt and granola before gathering my stuff and walking to the bus stop to meet Stan and Bob. Well, Bob Haggerty was supposed to be playing (and driving), but a big real estate story broke, and he needed to spend the weekend covering it for the WSJ. So, it was just Stan and I who took off around 6:20. The ride was smooth-sailing; no traffic except for one brief slowdown for construction. Interestingly, I had never been to Ohio; uninterestingly, it seems very much like a flattened-out version Pennsylvania, at least in terms of its highway-side scenery. We arrived at the playing site at 9:00 on the dot. I said hellos to some folks, handed my entry fee to Mr. Purple and set up my board. While waiting for the first game, I did some quick cardboxing* on my laptop. At 9:30, it was game time.

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 Lunch Break

I accompanied Stan and Tina to the New Peking Chinese/Thai restaurant for a quick bite.  A much larger group of Scrabblers planned on meeting us there, but the biggest circular table was just barely able to accompany them, so the three of us sat in an adjacent booth. I ate an order of sesame chicken with fried rice and a veggie egg roll. It was tasty, although not that exciting, but for the price and the speed of service, I couldn’t imagine anything better. At first, Stan and I talked math while Tina smiled and nodded. Later on, Tina and I swapped SNL Celebrity Jeopardy quotes while Stan smiled and nodded. Unfortunately, just a few minutes before we left to head back to the playing room, the skies opened up; and it wasn’t just a drizzle. We’re talking all-out war between these raindrops and anything in their path. After the 3 second sprint to the car, I was so wet that I wished I had brought a bathing suit. I went to the bathroom to dry off before the final four games.

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July 12th, 2008

rocky river quick report @ 10:13 pm

Current Location: my apt
Current Mood: tired tired
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4 - 3  + 258

4th place (I think, maybe 5th)

Just out of the money, needed to win the last game for 3rd, and Jeff Clark just edged me out. I did pick up high win (542) and high loss (419) though. I had some interesting games; made some fun plays and faced some tough quandaries. Fully-Quackled games and more data will appear tomorrow.
 

July 11th, 2008

random ISC game of the day 6 @ 12:35 pm

Current Location: my office
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: Belle & Sebastian

This was a high-loss to fuzzmoz, played in May of this year. I managed to trip-trip in the middle of the game and still lose!

Play along!
 

July 10th, 2008

random ISC game of the day 5 and rocky river and state rankings @ 04:23 pm

Current Location: my office
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: http://www.techwebsound.com/index.cfm

See, I play people other than Frank! This one is against nagekinoki, from April 15th.

Play along!

In other news, I will be playing the one-day 7-gamer in Rocky River, OH this Saturday. pbzeigler and ipecac_icecap, see you there.

I also renewed my NSA membership today, and I'm now a resident of PA. That jumps me from the 25th-highest rated player in MA to 8th in PA!
 

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