There's a place in $OTHER_SUBURB that isn't very far as the crow flies, but would be a pain to get to without a car. They have some fairly regular tournaments, some pretty serious (FIDE rated, minimum rating requirements which I don't quite meet yet).
So, anyway, looks like I'll be getting some practice at chess. This is what's necessary for improvement. This is a very good city for it, really. There are a couple big tournaments per year here and plenty of opportunities for play in small tournmanents. It's not New York, though, in that there's no big, famous chess club downtown like the Marshall Chess Club.
Just heard a decent quote: "You can tell a man’s health by what he takes 2 at a time, pills or stairs."
UPDATE: just got an e-mail, apparently they'll be playing over lunch 12-1 tomorrow. Enough for a short game, which isn't ideal, but it's good. I mean, we're not going to play a long game at lunch...
In the stochastic processes class, it looks like everybody else is getting taken for a ride. We're all getting beaten up, but I think I'm doing a little better than some of the rest. I didn't finish the homework, but he made it due next week because he hadn't covered all the material in lecture and hadn't graded last week's yet. Most people hadn't and the ones I skipped were ugly computations that I couldn't be bothered to do in my limited time (proving what the variance of some ugly thing was that required remembering chain rule and crap) rather than conceptual problems I couldn't hack. The lecture did get me thinking, though, that solving these problems is a bit like playing chess, in that you have these commonly-used tactics and you're trying to manoeuver the pieces in such a way that you can bring the victory home with some combination. eg rearranging terms so that you have something that converges to ex and then you're done.
work work work. Bleh.
This sounds like my city: http://www.abadcaseofthedates.com/2011/01/what-goes-around-may-not-come-back.html Yeah, the train prank really is not a great idea on a date.
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