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Name: Nathan Bailey
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President of Linux Users of Victoria (current), Conference of Australian Linux Users (organisation committee), Perl and LDAP hacker. My current project is, a University portal we hope to GPL RSN :-)

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Exams avoidance is a wonderful thing. I've always been curious about Go, and whilst reading slashdot the other day, Jean-Loup Gailly (the gzip and now Mandrake dude) mentioned on his home page that he was an avid go player (and also that he helped spec the ada programming language!)

So I downloaded a couple of packages he recommended (igowin for a good tutor, and xgospel for a good IGO client) and now I'm learning how to play go. To me, go is the most sophisticated game, others are mere variants of it -- eg. chess is not nearly as complex as go.

I wonder if an analysis of the games hackers like would produce trends, the same as for other hacker hobbies? Do we all like strategy games, endeavouring to rule the world/board?

Well, my diplomacy addiction is being somewhat mitigated by the exams I have to do in just six days time...

I've really enjoyed recomencing studies -- great atmosphere, lots of new and interesting information, interesting people, interesting projects. But the assessment side of things is still a pain! I surely learn more for having to do it (ie. I wouldn't study the subject as much if I didn't have accessible work to hand in) but on the other hand, there are areas that I am interested in that I don't get time to explore further because of the compulsory components...

I guess that's the challenge of working full-time and studying part time!


I rapidly getting addicted to diplomacy (that's the game 'Risk' was based on, as compared to being nice to people, which is something I try to do, but I'm hardly addicted to it ;-)

A few fellow uni grads played a game that took six months. This was fun, but long. We've just started another game, and it's taken three weeks to play the first turn. Too slow. Need instant gratification.

I was sure there were some people who played real-time, but I couldn't find that, so I've signed up for an every day game -- one turn per day, no press -- you've gotta guess what everyone else is doing :-)

I'm still curious as to how a RT game would go tho -- and now I've found a website/mailing list for it...

Funnily enough, games like this are sometimes called 'nosleep' :-)

Mmm, just like when I've got an assignment due the next day: "Sleep is for the weak!" ;-)


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