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dunno what the discourse is but i'm the elf

re: chess, ai 

It's so cute though how the bot can strategically(!) dismantle people, without being able to calculate a single variation and often without relying on anything but super basic tactics.

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chess, ai 

My non-calculating lichess bot is too strong for most players. Mayhaps I should look into running another one based on the same principle but with a much smaller NN?

re: shogi, chess 

OTOH when I was new to tournament chess play I was struggling to figure out when to castle because it felt like a "waste" move and like I had much more to do elsewhere. I'd basically castle because that's what I was told to do.

So I'm guessing if I get better at shogi I'll get the intuition for those things. But it's very weird to be a beginner at a game and already have such an uneven skill/understanding profile.

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re: shogi, chess 

Also in chess, on a basic level defending the king means: castle the king, avoid moving pawns in front of wherever the king castles, and have a knight around (and ideally a bishop to compensate for any pawn move made). Castling is a single move that also brings a rook into the game. It doesn't require separate preparation and it's part of developing pieces.

In shogi, you need to spend several moves castling. It seems that those individual moves are also less multi-purpose.

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shogi, chess 

I like how my chess ability has transferred to shogi just enough to usually be able to play the first few moves correctly. Also finding sacs and calculating long variations.

OTOH I totally don't understand castles (I mean I get the defensive idea but like, why are certain castles better than others? What makes a castle good? etc), and I don't understand pawns *at all* (in chess, the pawn structure is the skeleton of the position and changes are much more permanent).

I was playing with szynalski.com/tone-generator/ and noticed that under around 50 Hz my pitch perception starts getting very fuzzy, but that also depends on the waveform used

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is it normal to have trouble distinguishing very low pitches?

who called it executive function instead of scheduler

Watch them all fall down
All day, all day
Tetromino dancing
All day, all day
Watch them all fall down
All day, all day
Tetromino dancing

re: usa-centrism, snark 

I mean @RumPartov does that for Sweden, to be fair.

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usa-centrism, snark 

New rules:

- add "in America" to every post.
- use gender-neutral "Americans" instead of "folks", "people", "boys, girls and/or enbies", etc.

Rationale:

Should be obvious to non-USians, if they actually existed.

Example:

In America, Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. Over 2 million Americans live in its metropolitan area.

jag tittar på en video av en cykeltur i Sverige och jag önskar att jag kunde vara där

midi question 

I want to connect an old MIDI keyboard to a computer USB port, as an input device. I don't need any advanced features, just the keys and pressure, and minimum latency. I'm using Arch Linux btw.

I noticed there are connectors available for £10-20. Is there anything I need to know? Do you have any recommendations?

me to the cat: You're a meow! You're a meow-meow! You're a meowing meow-meow!

re: birth, gendered nonsense 

I was simultaneously relieved and disappointed to learn that it's a prank product (just an empty box)

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food, silly 

Our potatoes are a delicious treat for potato connoisseurs who appreciate a good, old-fashioned potato. A good-tasting, flavourful potato is the key to a great potato dish.

We have been growing potatoes for more than half a century and we are one of the oldest potato farms in Britain.

We use organic potatoes grown in the heart of the British Potato Belt. Our potatoes are not only delicious, they are also free of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and other harmful substances.

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