25 Mar 2001 schoen   » (Master)


We met our new landlord, signed a lease, and are now officially tenants here. Our first rent check is due by April Fool's Day.

Maybe I should have a housewarming party.

I had a great time at the Anarchist Book Fair with Anirvan. I bought several books (and a t-shirt which said "Free speech is for everybody"; I passed up the Proudhon "to be governed" shirt, but I did get a copy of Proudhon's What is Property?). Afterward, we went to the three bookstores in the 9th and Irving area until dark, and then we spent a while chatting afterward. It's really hard to resist buying books: I ended up buying at least one book everywhere I went that was selling them today.

Chelsea Books was my source for the very interesting Computer Chess Compendium, edited by David Levy -- a very large collection of technical papers on the problems encountered in trying to write chess-playing AI programs. There are all sorts of discussions of position evaluation functions, heuristics, and game tree pruning. I'm sure that some good work has been done since the book was published, but I've never seen any of this material explained in print beyond basic game tree material.

The new Linux Journal came in the mail.

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