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Re:Long winter...
« on: July 9, 2008, 05:40AM »
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Hello folks,

Again, my schedule is not being what I'd like it to be so that I can have more time for the hobby. But I want to thank you again for those who sent messages. Right now, my plan is to try something (i.e., start recording) about a year from now, in mid 2009.

I imagine it won't be easy to plan a trip where I can get to meet all of those interested so we'll just do the best we can. Again, if you want to contribute to the project and remain anonymous I can accommodate that.

Also, if you have contact with programmers, engineers, other collectors, etc. anyone involved with chess computers that you think would be interested in this, please let me know.

Cheers!

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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2008, 06:14PM »
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Hi All

@Bryan, many thanks for the invitation! That would be awesome! I shall contact you on this visit, as all the ones who already sent me messages on this. Thank you!

I'm planning on starting this in 2009. Right now I'm working on getting the equipment I need to do a better job with the video and editing as well. It will be "less" amateur than the Revolutions work

@Alain, you know I'd love to see your collection and talk to you! Also, based on your comment, I want to say that I'm ready to accommodate the requests of the friends such as not having them on camera or even identifying them. I know some collectors are shy and I do respect that.

So if anyone would like to contribute to this project but not have their identities disclosed we can certainly work something out.

@Tom,  I will also contact you so that the timing will work for both of us but again, I don't see this happening until 2009. Till then, I hope to have time to keep reading your always entertaining and informative posts

All the best,

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Re:Long winter...
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2008, 02:27AM »
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Hi Ismenio
Your more than welcome to call at my house in England.
At the moment in my 'Chess Room' I have, two 2Robots still being tested for Novag and of course my own creation Le Grande Citrine plus a signed letter from Dan & Kathe Spraklen sitting on my desk.
I live in the North West of England so I could show you where the Beatles lived or take you to where Manchester United play.
It's always an open house here at the Whitby's, so just turn up and I'll take you for a pint at my village local.
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Bryan
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« Reply #3 on: June 9, 2008, 12:04AM »
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Hi Ismenio,

it is good to have you back !

If you pass in Paris, I'll be very happy to see you (but don't count on me to go in front of a camera  )

Best regards,
Alain
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Re:Long winter...
« Reply #4 on: June 8, 2008, 03:23PM »
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Hi Ismenio,

It would be wonderful to see you in this part of the world. But I do hope you haven't planned your visit in the last three weeks of July, for then I'll be in Belgium with mrs Overtom. And the number of chess computers I take with me on holiday is usually less than five (and - apart from Fritz - only weak ones).

It would also be great if you could get in touch with a few chess computer makers. I am not a very sociable person, so I hardly know any of these chaps. But Hein Veldhuis, who is definitely more gregarious, seems to know a few of them. And you might get in touch with some of these people via Hein. But I don't know how much chance you have; programmers are not generally known for their abundant social talent.

By the way, haven't you done anything at all with chess compuers all these months?

With best regards,

tom

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Re:Long winter...
« Reply #5 on: June 8, 2008, 09:15AM »
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Hi Ismenio,


it's good to see you back (and still kicking! )


all the best,
Robert
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« Reply #6 on: June 7, 2008, 07:16AM »
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Hello Tom/Daniel,

Thanks for the kind words. But I'm convinced I really add very little to the forum, unlike you folks

Tom, you're most certainly on my list and I'd love to visit your place, see your prized collection and chat with you face to face! Also, Amsterdam is one of the places I do want to visit one day!

Daniel, your idea is terrific and I'd love to do that. If I can track those folks down and they agree to be interviewed, I will certainly do it!!!

Talk to you guys soon!

All the best,

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Re:Long winter...
« Reply #7 on: June 6, 2008, 01:19AM »
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Hi Ismenio,

Thanks for the congrats! I took the liberty to make a few links to the TASC pages of your site.

But you've been sorely missed here, there can be no doubt about that!

Of course, I don't want to belittle your importance to your family, but your socializing way of writing messages forms a great deal of the glue that holds this board together.

I can imagine that with the creative ideas that you have, it's difficult to stick to one project (like the forum ). But I'm happy to see you've found a completely new project - making a film! Very courageous!

Needless to say you'll be most welcome to see the Overtom collection when you're in Europe - although it takes some courage to venture into a criminal city like Amsterdam .

Anyway, with good-to-see-you-back-here regards,

tom

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Re:Long winter...
« Reply #8 on: June 5, 2008, 10:40PM »
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Ismenio,

I have a suggestion that would make the DVD a hit. Since you are doing this one about the people. I think that it'd be great to try to get some interviews with the old school programmers like Ron Nelson, Julio Kaplan, David Kittinger, the Spracklens, etc. asking them about what constraints they had, how much were they paid, was there fierce competition for bragging rights on who had the strongest program, what it was like back in the day working for the manufacturers, were they contract employees or fulltime, what did they think about the transition from dedicated computers to PCs. That type of stuff would be great. We could have a thread with interview question suggestions from members. The programmer interviews would add a lot of depth to the documentary.

It would also be great to talk to a manufacturer like the guy at Excalibur since they were also around with Fidelity to get their perspective on the industry and enthusiasts.

Good Luck on the next DVD,
Daniel

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Long winter...
« Reply #9 on: June 5, 2008, 06:57PM »
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Hi all,

It's been a long winter for me I've been so busy with work, home and other activities that I really haven't had any time for the chess computers for... I can't eve remember how long it's been!!

I'm trying (slowly) to get back into at least some of the action. By the way, before I forget, congratulations to Tom for his Tasc, Alain for another event in Paris and also for the chess program for the Zune! I truly admire this type of programming! Hans for the 18th (Wow!) USERTOURNAMENT LEIDEN! And I was just browsing quickly and know I have missed tons of stuff 

Anyway, I have been "cooking" another chess computer related project where, this time, I can only do it if there's enough interest and if I get help!

The idea is to work on another video but this time featuring "you", the collectors and enthusiasts. Basically, it would be a compilation of videos where you would be showing your computers and talking about it.

There's a chance that I may visit some places in Europe next year or the year after that, so, if there's any interest in this, please contact me ( mailto:ismenio@gmail.com ) so that we start planning for it. I'm sure this will be a project that will take at least a couple of years to complete, given my experience with the Chess Computers Revolution DVD.

For the folks here in the US, things are a bit easier since you're close to home so let me know if you have interest in this as well.

Best regards,

Ismenio
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