Category Scrabble

Fascinating

“Like all autocracies, the Mubarak government understood the power of a true public square, of a place where citizens meet, mingle, promenade, gather, protest, perform and share ideas; it understood that a true midan—Arabic for public square—is a physical manifestation of democracy. A truly public Midan al-Tahrir would have been feared as a threat to regime […]

Travelling

It’s been a busy month, and I don’t have the time to write full posts yet, but I’ll share a snippet from each trip so far. Yasser-Arafat Square, Ramallah, Palestine. I’m so glad I went to Israel. Unsuccessfully defending my Scottish Open title in Edinburgh. Had a wonderful time, but was unsettled by the post-tournament […]

Maven and its analytical discontents

I stumbled upon this article written by the late Pete Finlay about the Scrabble analysis program Maven. I’ve never had or used Maven, and don’t know much about it. However, I have always regarded it as a significant development in terms of computer analysis – to this date, there are players who still believe in […]

Where I am in Scrabble now

So, I’ve been playing this game for about 10 years, with about 7-8 fairly active years from 2006-present. I never imagined myself playing continuously for so many years. A few years back, I asked Marlon (Prudencio) how long he’d been playing Scrabble for, and his reply “7-8 years” at that time struck me as being […]

the stars (are out tonight)

Haven’t had much time to update in general – so this is going to be a long one. I realise I tend to share very little information with people in general – I don’t like blowing my own trumpet, or boring people with my (not necessarily very relevant) personal thoughts, and generally think too much […]

Mostly disorganised

Travel and Life in London, in that order So I really did enjoy every moment out of London – Vienna is really a place everyone needs to visit in Europe, to experience old European hospitality (I mean this – some waiters appeared TOO experienced, dispensing “bitte schön” as a tired mutter), see their rather tasteful […]

Quick Update

It’s reading week, so I am doing the necessary travelling, with friends this time! Am now in Vienna for the night, having spent the day in Bratislava. Will have a couple of days to look around before the Scrabble tourney starts on Saturday (event page http://www.viennamindsportsfestival.com/, will update with a link to follow results!) The […]