The new version of MarsEdit inspired me to finally move my blog to smartgo.blog, hosted at WordPress. Having the blog tightly integrated with smartgo.com had some benefits, but it made writing blog posts somewhat inconvenient. (To add a blog post I had to write some C++ code that then generated the blog post. Not perfect.)
The design will change, but the content is here: all 71 posts have been moved. Some greatest hits:
Some evergreen posts:
Most of my tweets are about the game of Go. But you’ve probably noticed some about Ultimate Frisbee, as that’s my main way of getting exercise and staying healthy as I work on SmartGo. Fair warning: There will be more – the Lions are coming to town.
What is Ultimate? A non-contact team sport, played with two teams of seven on a football-size field. Ultimate is a fast-moving and fast-growing sport, fun to play, and exciting to watch.
Like in Go, competition in Ultimate is fierce but friendly, and there’s a terrific community of players. The spirit of the game is deeply ingrained in the culture of Ultimate.
Both Go and Ultimate recently started going pro in the US. The AUDL started two years ago, and this year it’s expanding to the West Coast: Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose, and most importantly: Salt Lake City.
This is tremendously exciting, especially as I know many of the people involved in starting this franchise. I’ve played with them in pickup games and leagues, and they’re great athletes on and off the field. They run circles around me, but then, I’m twice their age. I’m confident they’ll match up well against the other teams.
Having a semi-professional Ultimate team in your home town enriches the community. But these teams need our support to get them off the ground. I’ve decided that Smart Go will do some advertising with the Salt Lake Lions, helping Ultimate and promoting Go at the same time.
The games start Saturday April 12. Tell your friends. Bring the family. Be there.
Twitter can be a great way to get news about topics you’re interested in. But it only works if you find the right people to follow. If you’re a Go player, start by following @smartgo, then pick some of the following (in no particular order):
@gobum @imabuddha @FunkeeMonk @ludwig1024 @alfmikula @kyubic @DavidPlumpton @hanekomu @nexik @361points @Oolong4Go @RoboJenny
Go associations on Twitter: @theaga @britgo
If you know Japanese: @igonews
Go-related tweets are often marked with a hashtag you can search for. I use #weiqi, others use #igo or #baduk.
You can find people to follow for any topic that interests you. I like to keep up with President Obama through @markknoller. @daringfireball delivers insights into iPhone and Mac issues. @badbanana provides my style of humor. The science fiction writer William Gibson writes as @GreatDismal.
Enjoy. Follow people and check out what they say. If they tweet too often, or don’t suit you, simply unfollow. And at some point you might want to tweet yourself.
Why a blog? Because often 140 characters on Twitter are not enough. I’ll use this blog to give more detail, to answer SmartGo questions that are of interest to a wider audience, and to provide tips and tricks for SmartGo.