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Go Spotting: Videodrome & Mishima

Tuesday October 1, 2013

“I recently spotted the appearance of go boards in two films, ‘Videodrome’ and ‘Mishima’” writes Deke Gould. “Here are screenshots and approximate times in each film.”

32:00 in David Cronenberg’s “Videodrome”: there appears to be a folding go board buried on Max Ren’s coffee table, partially exposed.

23:28 in Paul Schrader’s “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters”: during the “Temple of the Golden Pavilion” segment.

 

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Go Spotting: “So simple, yet so deep”

Saturday September 28, 2013

“This is the pinnacle of game design. So simple, yet so deep.” “This was on the front page of (Reddit’s) r/gaming today,” reported djedi25 on September 28. “Expect a spike in go searches! There’s also a discussion going on here”

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Go Spotting: Ken Liu’s Mono no aware

Wednesday September 25, 2013

“Issue #37 of Lightspeed (an online fantasy & science fiction magazine) contains a short story by Ken Liu, Mono no aware, in which go plays a big part,” reports Ronald White. “A quote from the story: ‘Individual stones are not heroes, but all the stones together are heroic.’” The story was originally published in The Future is Japanese, a book of science fiction stories about Japan. 

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Go Spotting: The Key to Nintendo’s Success?

Saturday September 21, 2013

Hiroshi Yamauchi transformed Nintendo from a small maker of traditional Japanese playing cards into to a manufacturer of gaming consoles and software that delivered Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong into living rooms around the world.Yet “For all his success in popularizing computer games,” reported the Wall Street Journal, Yamauchi — who died on September 19 at age 85 — “didn’t play them much. He preferred the decidedly classical board game of Go, in which a player seeks to outwit and encircle his opponent.” Thanks to Fred Baldwin for passing this along. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images photo courtesy WSJ

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Go Spotting: New xkcd Comic

Wednesday September 11, 2013

Go was just featured again on xkcd, a popular web comic among mathematicians and physicists. Thanks to everyone who passed this along.

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Go Spotting: Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland

Sunday September 1, 2013

by Roger Schrag
On the way to Tacoma for the US Go Congress last month, we stopped for a few days in Portland, OR. Among other places we visited the Lan Su Chinese Garden in downtown, claimed to be the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China. I had been here before – in 2008 while attending that year’s US Go Congress. A few of the displays had changed in the intervening five years, including this scene in the Scholar’s Study. According to the garden’s tour, this is a place “where the men of the family studied for civil service exams that would ensure the family’s prosperity. It served as a place of comfort for writing poetry, practicing calligraphy, reading and admiring art.” Is the position on the go board viable? How strong were the players? You be the judge.

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Go Spotting: Seattle Asian Art Museum

Thursday August 22, 2013

These go players are part of a new display at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Thanks to SAM curator Pam McClusky  for passing this along.

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Go Spotting: Japan Woodworker Catalog Features Go Board

Monday August 19, 2013

A custom-made go board is featured on both the July 2013 edition cover of The Japan Woodworker Catalog and the August 2013 Woodcraft catalog. A post on the Woodworking Adventures blog describes both the construction of the board and the game of go. “This is a great family project and game piece,” says the blog. “Great for all ages to keep your minds sharp, worthy of ‘Spock’ like mentality. Head to your woodshop, build one of these, learn to play, live long and prosper, but most of all, ‘GO’…have some fun!” Thanks to David Doshay for passing this along.

Go Spotting: BGA’s Go Celebs Listing

Saturday August 17, 2013

What do Pop Art sculptor Arman the Artist, sci-fi writer Ursula Le Guin and comedian Robin Williams have in common? They’re all listed on “Celebrities who have played Go,” a fascinating page on the British Go Association’s website. Arman the Artist’s “obituary reported that he played a bit of Go in his apartment after retirement,” Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness “mentions Go in chapter 16” and Williams “is known to be a big player of games, including computer and role-playing games, and is known to have bought a Go board and stones.” Check out the page for go tidbits about other go-playing notables, including Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Alan Turing and more.

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Go Spotting: Go in BBC Currency Report

Sunday July 28, 2013

A July 9 BBC report illustrates a report on “What’s really going on with the yuan?” with scenes of Chinese go players in a park playing with discs emblazoned with US and Chinese flags as the report explores charges that China is manipulating its currency to boost exports. Thanks to spotters Martin and Helen Harvey for passing this along.

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