30 thoughts on “March 10th: Rugby”

    1. They weren't working because the darn things sold out in like 12 seconds. Neither free nor I got tickets and we were both online when the presale began.

      As such, not looking good for public tickets tomorrow either, but I'll be trying.

      1. Crap.

        I had an unscheduled meeting that made it impossible to be ready at 10. At least I know I would have missed out anyways.

      2. There's definitely evidence that the ticket bots got them. I was in at 9:59a and couldn't get a ticket. I did a little searching on twitter and found that was common.

        I'll try again at Noon tomorrow but don't have a lot of hope.

  1. It's Caribbean Day for the Twins! Ervin Santana (Dominican Republic) and Jose Berrios (Puerto Rico) are scheduled to pitch 3 innings each against the Red Sox' A lineup.

    Dozier 2B
    D. Santana LF
    Plouffe 3B
    Sano RF
    Vargas 1B
    Quentin DH
    Escobar SS
    Suzuki C
    Buxton CF

    1. Santana strikes out Ortiz, Ramirez and Sandoval in the 2nd, all swinging. Twins lead 2-0 on back-to-back homers by Escobar and Suzuki. I wonder if the wind is blowing out.

  2. More rugby news, some of which may be of particular interest to bS - PRO Rugby has released their jerseys for 2016 and have also announced Mirco Bergamasco, one of the better Italian national team players of recent memory, has signed with Sacramento.

    The jerseys are, in my opinion, mostly ugly as hell. But word is they're just there because they didn't have time for more in-depth designs and will use supporter feedback to ramp up next years' kits.

  3. So has anyone else been following AlphaGo vs. Lee Sodol? I watched the second game on the YouTube livestream archive (time zones and bed times made it impractical to watch live), and as a nerd, I have to say that it is about the nerdiest thing I have ever seen. I know very little about Go, and the whole thing was very confusing, but at the same time kind of fascinating.

    1. I wish but don't have the time. I have a goban and nice stones but it's been years since I've played. A professor did research into AI playing Go and I discussed with him I think an IEEE article about the subject. My very vague recollection is the article was that Moore's Law would allow an AI to win and he disagreed that would be it.

      1. I have a goban and nice stones but it's been years since I've played. A professor did research into AI playing Go and I discussed with him I think an IEEE article about the subject

        I put the above through a google translator and I still have no idea what it means.

    2. I'm interested in the results, but haven't watched the matches or anything. I played Go a couple of times years ago, so I'm not sure I could follow the action well enough that I'd get much out of it. Go always seems like a game I would enjoy, but that it would likely take playing it a bunch of times to get used to.

      1. They have two commentators on the match, it's not too bad. One guy knows some, but not a lot, and the other is the highest-rated North American Go player. The pro spends a lot of time going through potential next moves and is quite good at generally predicting how play will continue, which makes it interesting when a move is not as expected.

        Mainly, though, about the nerdiest thing I have ever seen.

      1. For the longest time I didn't know if it was "Melissa Blanc" or "Melissa Block". One time I'd hear it "Block" then the next I'd swear I'd hear a subtle "n" sound.

        1. I'm always amused at how long the "N" is when Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson does the NPR sign-off at the end of the story. She really milks it for all it's worth.

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