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You have have noticed that Go Equipment is hard to come by in the US. You may have also noticed that Barnes and Noble has started selling a go set, But is it any good?
I bought one of these sets as a Christmas present for my brother and it short. It works, but it isn’t good.
Can you play a game on it? Yes
Compared to the first go set I owned which I parents bought me as a Christmas present many years ago, this is a pretty decent set. The two worst aspects of the set are that its build quality is complete shit (its made of very flimsy laminate wood and the stones are usable, but very cheap) and that the board is made of two pieces of wood with the exact same pastern printed on them with a border all the way around. This causes a gap in the middle and the middle line to be doubled (so this board has is kind of 19X20)
The board is not full sized, but it is pretty close. A full sized board is aproximatly 16inX17in. I’m not sure the measurements of this board, but I believe it is 15inx15in. Surprisingly the size really doesn’t make play much harder (many cheap boards are 12inx12in and are almost unusable). Here is a comparison to my full sized board (purchased from samarkand back when they still sold boards). board on the bottom is mine. you can clearly see the weirdness with the middle.
The stones are the chinese yunzi (single convex) style and they are also smaller than most stones, but they are a good size for the board. Here is a comparison to mine (I believe mine are 22mm which is pretty standard). left are mine
Overall, the build quality sucks, but the board is very usable. If you are in a pinch, this board will work, but It seems pricey ($25 on their website, but I believe I paid $35 in the store) for what it is. I would recommend either spending the money on a nicer set (Though these can be hard to find, here is the AGA’s page on places to look for good stuff ) or trying to get your hands on a vinyl roll up board and some cheap stones.
Here is a paper that I wrote for my senior seminar class (Archaeological theory class at the University of Evansville, IN). If you care about science and/or archaeology you might find it interesting, if not you probably won’t. The goals and content of this paper were constrained by the requirements of the course, so I may put more work into it and make it more like I want it to be in the future. If I do I will also post that here (probably). Here is the link the pdf (via google docs), and bellow is the opening paragraph.
Making archaeology scientific has been a goal of the field for over 100 years, but it was not until Processual archaeology that a systematic and conscious effort was made to reach this goal. This attempt has widely been seen as a failure and the discipline has largely lost hope in the attainability of a scientific archaeology. However, Archaeology needs to take up this goal again and become scientific in order to be considered a legitimate field of study and must adapt the scientific method, particularly hypothesis testing, to fit archaeology if this goal is to be achieved, and thus Processualism failed because it tried to make archaeology fit the perceived ritual of the hard sciences and put too much emphasis on results and not enough on the process and spirit of Science. In order to discuss how a scientific archaeology can be achieved, the definition of scientific must first be determined, and the important and difficulty of making archaeology scientific must be explored. if archaeology is to understand what the next step is to be, the history of past attempts must also be taken into consideration as well as the modern work which has attempted to develop solutions to the lack of scientific hypothesis testing in archaeology.
EDIT: It has come to my attention the the adobe site linked to below does not have the 64 bit version of flash listed. This is because the 64 bit version of flash 10 is still in development. However a development release can be found here (it is all the way at the bottom of the page)
I’m totaly new to linux. I used a little dos back in the day, but been on windows since 3.11. I got tired of bill gates throwing updates that just comprimise the security of my system. So I try Unbuntu. And I cant get it to do jack squat. No google vids no flash players no nothin, Half the crap they post on forums dont work. I feel like you have to been the one who wrote the program to get it to do anything, or at least be a software programmer. I’m sorry to say I’m starting to regret installing Ubuntu. Any suggestions on a distro for 100% complete newbies would be greatly greatly apprcieated.
Dos and linux are very very different so, sorry to tell you but, knowledge of dos will probably not be much use to you. A lot of people associate linux with a text interface (which is ok because a lot of geeks use it and we like text interfaces and in all honesty if you really want to get a lot of control of your computer you have to use it), but there is a gui too and the average user will probably not need the terminal too much :).
I understand your pain. Forums are often a really bad place to get good information. Sometimes the best thing to do is ask a person face to face (doesn’t have to be literally face to face…). I find IRC good for this.
as to recommending a distro I’m not real sure I can help you out. most distros will have the problems you mentioned because they are free and things like flash are not.
However, it is pretty simple to get flash to work on your linux machine. Just go to the flash website. Now on the bottom it has a drop down menu and asks what kind of file you want to download. you can choose a package that will do all the dirty work for you and this is a great option when it works (which is almost never it seems). if you are using Ubuntu (or any debian based system) you will want to .deb (YUM for suse and .rpm for red hat/fedora).
This never seems to work for me so I just do it manually (which isn’t that bad). You will want to download the .tar.gz and uncompress it. this will give you 2 files: and installer and a libflashplayer.so. you should be able to run the installer and have everything go nicely and have flash installed, but that never works for me so I do it by hand (which is so stupidly simple that you really don’t even need the installer). just move the libflashplayer.so file to ~/.mozilla/plugins and restart firefox (you may have to log out) and you should have flash in firefox now!
please not that it has been a few weeks since I last did this and I am using Fedora so if it is not correct it is because my memory is fogy or just something odd with your system.
so back to your question about distros. I have heard that Opensuse is a good distro do beginners, but I haven’t used it in a long time so don’t quote me on that. You might also look into Xandros (formally lindows and linspire) I have not used it but I think it may be more what you are looking for.
Edit Oct 4, 2009: you may also be interested in Mint