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Go Spotting: Pink Floyd exhibition in London

Wednesday September 13, 2017

“A simulated living-room showcase in the Pink Floyd exhibition at the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum in London) features a cardboard box2017.09.13_members-only-mornings-the-pink-floyd-exhibition_960 of ‘Go the ancient oriental game’,” reports Rich Philp on Gotalk. Andrew Simons chimes in to report that “Apparently Syd Barrett did play Go, don’t know about the rest of the band; plus by a quirk of fate Charles Matthews (3 dan, Go author/teacher of many Cambridge students, myself included) now lives in the house he was born in. ” Click here for Barrett’s entry in the BGA’s register of go-playing celebrities. The Pink Floyd exhibit is open through October 15.
- Tony Collman

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Catching up: news, want ads & go spotting

Wednesday August 23, 2017

Here’s a round-up of some news, want ads and go spottings sent in over the last few weeks that we missed in the run-up to the recent U.S. Go 2017.08.16_jeff-alexCongress. Keep ‘em coming!

Horn & Malinas win Davis-Sac Summer Tourney: The Davis/Sacramento Go Club held its Summer Tournament on July 29, 2017 at the Rancho Cordova Library in Sacramento. There were twelve players. Jeff Horn 1d (left), won the Upper Division and Alex Malinas 6k (right), won the Lower Division. Both had 3-1 records.
- Willard Haynes

Go art for sale: Six 12×16″ Go-themed original oil paintings on canvas stretched over wood frames, plus one smaller painting. $50 plus shipping from WV for all, payment by Paypal or credit card OK. Email gerratt5@aol.com and I will send you photos, or call 304-820-3167 anytime.
2017.08.16_The NY sun go article April 12, 1914
Promoting U.S. go in 1914: “If we Americans should adopt the game of go, the national game of Japan, it might do us a lot of good,” Lee Foster Hartman told T2017.08.16_caliban's-warhe Sun in an article published in the New York City paper on April 12, 1914. Check it out here.  Thanks to Catherine Fricheteau, who posted this on Facebook.

Caliban’s War: “It’s like playing go. It’s all about exerting influence. Controlling the board without occupying it.” That’s from James S. A. Corey’s “Caliban’s War (The Expanse Book 2, page 332),” which Garrett Smith says features “A discussion about political influence illustrated with our favorite game. Book series is basis for Expanse TV series on SyFy.”

 

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How would you react if a K-Pop band showed up at your go club?

Sunday August 6, 2017

The video for GFriend’s new single looks like any other bouncy K-Pop video, except that it takes place in a Korean go club populated with the usual cast of old men hunched over go boards. GFriend (여자친구) has a new album coming out called “Parallel,” and the first single is “Love Whisper” (귀를 기울이면). They filmed the video at the Jongno Kiwon baduk salon outside of Seoul, where the baduk players’ reaction to the dancing, singing pop stars alternates between bemusement and obliviousness as they focus on their games. Thanks to fojiaotu posting to Reddit. The full article is on the AllKPop.com website.
- Steve Colburn

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Go Spotting: Frederik Pohl’s “The Boy Who Would Live Forever”

Sunday June 25, 2017

Mark Stinedurf of the Maui Go Club found a reference to go in the last HeeChee novel by Frederik Pohl, “The Boy Who Would Live Forever,” 2017.06.25_The Boy Who Lived Forever2published in 2004. He was 41 pages into the book and what does Pohl throw in there… a go reference. It was about something one of the prospectors found in an old HeeChee tunnel. Apparently even aliens like go.

- reported by Danny Topp, Maui Go Club

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Go Spotting: A doctor’s story of her dying patient, who loved go

Monday June 12, 2017

A heartfelt account of a doctor’s involvement in an elderly go-playing man’s transition to hospice was featured in The Washington Post 2017.06.11_WashPost-NM_Sangarlangkarn_mainrecently reports Gwen Patton.  Dr. Aroonsiri Sangarlangkarn tells the story of the bond she formed with her patient, pointing out the “struggle to provide continuity of care despite multiple hand-offs” that physicians face today.  Through her account, readers come to learn about Dr. Sangarlangkarn’s patient, Roger, “the man who loved go.”  Slowly dying from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Roger was an eccentric man without many friends.  Initially viewing Roger neither as her patient nor as her friend, Dr. Aroonsiri recounts her growing friendship with the man, coming to understand his childhood background, religious views, and his love for the game of go.
As Roger’s condition worsened, Dr. Aroonsiri was faced with the challenge of telling her friend that he was dying.  She came to learn firsthand the importance for today’s healthcare providers to connect with their patients on a “meaningful level”.
In the end, Dr. Aroonsiri expressed her appreciation for establishing a close relationship with her patient.  She explained to her colleague, Ben, that she was grateful to take care of Roger since “He doesn’t really have a friend to advocate for him.”  To which Ben replied, “Well, he does.  You are his friend.”
- Brian Kirby; graphic by Brett Ryder/Health Affairs
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Go Spotting: Billions

Thursday June 8, 2017

The second season of Showtime’s television drama, Billions, features go in its fifth episode, reports Joe Maia (previously reported here). The 2017.06.04_billionsseries, loosely based on a true story, portrays a high-stake legal battle between U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and hedge-fund manager, Bobby Axelrod. In the episode, Rhoades (played by Paul Giamatti) enters a conference room to find one of his lawyers, Brian, and finds him playing one of several active go club games. After Rhoades points out that he had tried calling, Brian replies that they put all of their phones in a basket before they play because “go players didn’t have cellphones in ancient times.” Rhoades gets back to business, telling Brian that he needs to coordinate with the FBI to set up surveillance. He’s about to leave when he remembers, “Oh, I almost forgot…  You’d better block that monkey jump at the bottom.” The series currently airs Sundays on Showtime.

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Go Spotting: HBO’s “Vice” and the Lane County Museum

Wednesday June 7, 2017

HBO’s “Vice”: The fifth season of HBO’s newsmagazine documentary series Vice features go in its eleventh episode, writes Gordon 2017.06.04_HBO Vice  S5 E11 aired 5-7-17 #1Castanza.  Produced by Bill Maher, Vice is a documentary TV series hosted by Shane Smith aiming to tackle global issues often overlooked by traditional media.  The episode, titled Engineering Immortality & Robot Revolution, starts out on the topic of “Engineering Immortality”, covering scientific advancements with potential to lead to an explosion in human longevity.  The show then transitions to the “Robot Revolution”, showing examples the unfolding revolution of creating systems intelligent enough to actually think for themselves. The show features an interview with the renowned Demis Hassabis in an interview covering the significance of game research.  To see if DeepMind had “successfully built artificial human intuition”, VICE travelled to South Korea to cover the match between AlphaGo and Lee Sedol.  Noting the result of the match, the documentary points out that AlphaGo’s win “reinforced the idea that we may be on the brink of transformative artificial intelligence,” warning of the potential consequences that artificial intelligence may bring.  When questioned about the potential dangers of today’s “Robot Revolution”, Demis Hassabis replied that, “Most technologies are inherently neutral, but it depends on how society uses them and deploys them that ends up determining whether they end up being for good or for bad.” The series currently airs Monday through Thursday at 7:30p ET on HBO.
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Castanza also reports that he spotted a July 1942 photo of two Japanese men playing go at the Farm Security Administration farm workers’ camp in Twin Falls, Idaho at the Lane County Museum in Eugene, Oregon.

2017.06.04_General and IGeneral and I: The popular historical romance drama General and I has an entire episode featuring go, reports Crystal Lin.  In episode 52 of the series, heroine Bai Ping Ting is challenged to a game of blind go against an unknown and unseen player.  Little does she know, Bai Ping Ting’s opponent is Chu Bei Jie – her lover and adversary, who believes Bai Ping Ting to be dead. Through a vivid portrayal of the match, the director illustrates the players’ moves through a ninja-like battle on a simulated go board, as the players shout out their moves.  In a dramatic climax of the scene, Bai Ping Ting realizes her opponent from his style of play. Click here for a summary of the episode, along with a video clip illustrating Bai Ping Ting and Chu Bei Jie’s exciting match.
- edited by Brian Kirby
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Go Spotting: Wild Kratts

Tuesday June 6, 2017

Wild Kratts features go in its episode, Pangolin Rescue, writes Ryan Carroll.  Wild Kratts is an educational animated series aimed at children,2017.06.04_WildKratts  pangolin rescue created by Chris and Martin Kratt.  In the Pangolin Rescue, the Wild Kratts learn about the ground pangolin, before getting an alert from Chinese Wild Kratts Kids Yi and Duyi that someone has set traps to capture Chinese pangolins, a critically endangered species.  The show features Yi and Duyi playing go as they wait for the Wild Kratts to arrive in China.  The Kratt brothers need to use “Pangolin Powers” to free the captured pangolins and save them from becoming Smoothies.
- edited by Brian Kirby
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Go Spotting: Samurai Gourmet

Thursday June 1, 2017

In Samurai Gourmet ‘s ‘Mackerel in the morning’ (Season 1, Episode 3, available on Netflix), recently retired Takeshi Kosumi stays up late playing2017.05.27_samurai-gourmet go with his friend and misses his train home in this charming new gastronomic exploration of a newly liberated corporate man exploring his freedom with a little help from a masterless samurai.
Thanks to Michael Kyriakakis and David Bogie for sending this in. 

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Go Spotting: Walter Mosley’s “Known to Evil”

Monday March 6, 2017

Fred Baldwin reports that “on p. 212 of one of Walter Mosley’s noir crime novels, Known to Evil  (2010) the detective Leonid2017.02.25_Walter Mosley’s Known to Evil McGill sums up the results of an online search. ‘Bug must have been serious about Zephyra because I received a long document from him, giving me all kinds of hitherto unrevealed information about Angie. She’d participated in a few long-distance runs of ten kilometers or more and worked for the Hillary campaign during the primaries. She played Go over the Internet and was pretty good at it, earning an emerald rating at a California club.’ I have no clue what an ‘emerald rating’ in go means,” says Baldwin, “but, hey, it was in California.”

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