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September 25th, 2013

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Uploading photos to the blog from your smartphone

If you’re used to using Facebook to share photo’s from your phone, you will no doubt have trying to do something similar on this blog very painful. However, there is a way to make this a lot easier, which I’ll describe below.

WordPress have released an Android and IOS app that integrates with wordpress blogs, and this works well with our SAGO blog.

The download links are at the bottom of this post. I’ll describe the process for Android, but I expect it will be very similar for IOS. First, get the app from the Android Market or the istore.

Once the app is installed, you need to configure the SAGO blog. This is pretty simple, click the “Add Blog” button:

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and enter the url “www.sagoblogs.co.za” and your user id and password:

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IMPORTANT: make sure the “Upload and link to full image” checkbox is checked.

There is not much more to it. You can then either share photo’s from your photo gallery by sharing the photo to WordPress, or directly from the WordPress application. Either way you will come to the same screen in the WordPress application. If you want to blog multiple photo’s, you will find doing it from the WordPress application much easier, so I’ll describe that process. (If you just want to share a single photo, then I recommend just sharing that photo directly from your photo gallery).

First, you’ll need to create a new post, which you can access by clicking the Posts menu item

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This will bring up all the existing posts, and you can click on the “+” on the top right to create a new post

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Once you are in the create post activity, it is very easy to add text and photo’s. It is similar to creating a new post through the website, and you have options to find photo’s or other media on your phone, as well as to tag the post with the usual tags.

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Posted by Chris Welsh as Android, Announcements, Gallery at 6:21 PM, No Comments »

September 16th, 2013

SA Closed 2013 Contenders results

The 2013 SA Closed was finalised when the Contenders tournament was played this past weekend, the 13’th to 15’th of September. The final results were as follows:

1) Victor Chow – 7 wins
2) Welile Gogotshe – 5 wins
3) Sam Scott – 5 wins
4) Andre Connell – 4 wins
5) John Leuner – 3 wins
6) Andrew Davies – 2 wins
7) Bob Gale – 2 wins
8) Paul Edwards – 0 wins

Posted by Andre as SAGA, Tournaments at 11:43 AM, No Comments »

September 6th, 2013

WAGC Update

After eight rounds I ended up with three wins, I guess pretty average for a 1 dan. I was seeded 48th and ended 44th, which is all you can ask for I suppose. In my final round I played another 3d, but neither of us could remember much of the game. As usual at this tournament, I had the better opening, but could not maintain my lead when the combat got complicated. Groups died.

After the tournament we spent a day on the bus touring the disaster sites of north eastern Japan. It was quite something to see how levelled the place was. Apparently tsunami’s as high as 20m came through some of the sites we saw, which is a truly terrifying prospect. Many sad stories were relayed by the bus guide. However, reconstruction is going ahead swiftly, and in most places we saw there was plenty of building and earth moving activity underway. The organizers and sponsors of the tournament were very keen to impress on us that we should take away a message of hope and recovering out to the world, which I can certainly do. We didn’t go anywhere near the reactor at Fukushima, however, which I understand is going to be a lot more difficult to recover from.

Posted by Chris Welsh as WAGC at 10:09 AM, No Comments »

September 4th, 2013

WAGC Update Round 7

I lost my round 7 game against Slovenia 3d. It contrast to most of my games which have been really messy games, this was a fairly normal game. Both players made quite a few mistakes, as you’d expect from low dan players, but when I missed that my opponent could create a flower ko, that was pretty much that. There are some useful comments from Takemiya 9p which other players may find interesting.

game 7 vs Slovenia 3d

Posted by Chris Welsh as WAGC at 5:49 AM, 1 Comment »

September 3rd, 2013

WAGC Update

After six rounds I have 3 wins. I have had a few fortunate wins, mind you, with a win yesterday a forfeit due to an illegal move, and one of the wins today due to a terrible mistake from my opponent. I’m not sure how we would have dealt with the illegal move, had it actually mattered, as my opponent had already pressed the clock, but his move, which was a ko threat played in the wrong place (into a ponnuki), was too small, and I was definitely going to ignore it anyway, which would have guaranteed a win.

Today I was fortunate to meeet Aketa-sensei, he arrived just as I finished my game against Mongolia. As you may know, Aketa is a big friend of Mongolian go as well, and he knew both of us. Aketa reviewed our game, after which I played a teaching game with Aketa. It was a 3 stone game, which he won by 1.5 points. Aketa then dragged a few of us to some go function, which was very enjoyable, with excellent (and free) food and beer. We had to all give speeches introducing ourselves, so in that sense we had to sing for our supper. However, I’ve given a few interviews here in Japan, so this wasn’t too uncomfortable. Aketa is a very fit looking 74 year old, and looks quite smart with his shaven head. He sends his fond regards to all his friends in South Africa. There is a picture of Aketa reviewing our game on the Mongolian Go Association Facebook page: Mongolian FB page

Tomorrow is the last round, then on Friday we are spending the day on a tour of the earthquake and tsunami damaged site. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the devastation from the disaster is uppermost on the minds of local residents, and it seems that at least to some extent they are viewing this Go event as an opportunity to show people from around the world how they are recovering from the events of 2 years ago.

I have had most of my games reviewed so far

game 2 vs Luxembourg 1d

game 3 vs Cyprus 1k

game 4 vs Argentina 1d

game 5 vs Belarus 1k

game 6 vs Mongolia 1d

Posted by Chris Welsh as WAGC at 4:42 PM, No Comments »

September 2nd, 2013

WAGC update

Chris Welsh has just been in contact. He is currently on 1 win in 4 games. He has lost to two 1-dans and a strong German opponent, and has beaten a 1-kyu after the opponent played a suicide move in a ko fight. Results (currently until the end of round 3) are available at http://www.nihonkiin.or.jp/amakisen/worldama/34/e/result.html.

James Davies also interviewed Chris briefly – you can check out the interview here.

Posted by Steve as SAGA, Tournaments, WAGC at 10:08 AM, 1 Comment »