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I've been told the problem is the Chinese firewall, which at the moment is preventing the WBF from uploading things like bulletins (don't know about results, since of course there haven't been any yet). Hopefully they'll be able to figure out away around the problem soon.
Oct. 10, 2014
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My understanding of the Vugraph situation (which could certainly be wrong) is that both OurGame and BBO will broadcast, except for the “final stage” (don't know if that means the KO or just the actual finals). I'm reasonably confident that there isn't a charge for OurGame Vugraph, the Lianzhong account is for other activities on the site.
Oct. 10, 2014
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I couldn't download it - got “Failed to load PDF document”
And for Saturday it says "This bulletin is not yet available, although it is now Saturday in Sanya.
Oct. 10, 2014
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Not exactly a one-liner, but one of my favorite Eric Murray stories, from long long ago (Chicago Nationals in 1969 or so). I was one of the crowd hanging out at the huge bracket sheet for the Spingold where the director was writing final scores. This was probably the Round of 64 (which was earlier then than it is now). Murray's team had been leading by over 100 after 3 quarters. Murray comes up to the director and says, completely deadpan: “Murray by 4.”
Oct. 9, 2014
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We're flying to Hong Kong going, but through Beijing on the way home because the Sanya to Hong Kong flights don't get to Hong Kong in time for a Hong Kong to SFO flight. But now that you've told me about Shenzhen I may have to look at that - I think I've changed flights more for this trip than any other I can think of! United is getting rich off our cancellation fees :-)
Oct. 7, 2014
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Does it look as if it is necessary to download something to watch Vugraph from Sanya?
Oct. 7, 2014
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In theory, there's someone onsite who can approve late entries. In practice, I think Frances is right.
Oct. 6, 2014
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Chrome loaded it for me, but it took a LONG time.
Oct. 2, 2014
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Well, I tried to do it, but couldn't. First it took me a while to figure out that the password needs to be 8-15 characters, then it took several tries to get the verification code (I thought I knew what it wanted but it kept rejecting my answers).

When I finally got that, I got to a page that asked for more information, which I figured was what you said didn't matter, but I guess for me it did. I tried clicking the second button (hoping that was “no”) but nothing happened. Then I clicked the first button and got a pop up message in Chinese. Tried filling in some random numbers and letters in the boxes and that didn't help. I have now given up.

Avon, how did you succeed in registering?

Edit: Ah, I see that even though it never seemed to accept what I did on that second screen, I am registered and can log in to OurGame using the username and password I selected. Would have been nice if it told me I'd succeeded!
Oct. 2, 2014
Jan Martel edited this comment Oct. 2, 2014
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I take them to a book binding place (originally got the information from a librarian I knew). They hard bind them into something that looks just like a regular book - a lot easier to deal with than the BW binders (unless you want to remove one issue for some reason - that can't be done with mine). I don't remember how much it cost last time I did it, but if I get around to doing them in the next few months, I can let you know then.
Sept. 23, 2014
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I get the BWs bound about every 10 years. Last bound volume is 2005-6, so I guess it's close to time to take the loose ones since then in to be bound. When I started, I made the decision to bind by issue number instead of year - not sure that made sense, but now I'm stuck with it. It's a lot easier to look at old articles when they're bound.

For some reason I really don't know, we have kept all of the old Bulletins - they litter a bookcase in a spare room. Once in a rare while we want to look at an old picture or article. Would undoubtedly have been more sensible to save only the ones we might want, but it's hard to know which those are (other than ones where someone you know is on the cover or won a major event).

Have to confess I have another bookcase cluttered with old horse magazines. Every once in a while I get frustrated with the stacks and stacks of paper and throw some out. But Chip won't let me do that with the bridge magazines (he has acquiesced to saving only one Bulletin each month though).
Sept. 22, 2014
Jan Martel edited this comment Sept. 22, 2014
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I don't think that's the Rosenblum, Al - it seems to be a completely unrelated event called the HNA Open Teams, that is being held in Sanya during the World Championship. The 15-17 of October is the end of the Mixed Pairs and Mixed Teams in the World Championship (at least according to the still “Provisional” schedule of events). The Rosenblum starts on October 18th.
Sept. 22, 2014
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I think this is an important point - the main benefit of player memos is when there are more than one for the same player - they can then be considered together and may often be of sufficient weight as a group to matter, whereas one incident wouldn't be enough.
Sept. 18, 2014
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Would this be an appropriate place to say thanks for moving the arrow to the next new post to the bottom of posts, where it's easy to click on after reading a long post?
Sept. 16, 2014
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FWIW, I think there has been some discussion in response to the proposal to put another KO into the Fall NABC, weakening the Reisinger, to instead have the Reisinger be a longer, KO event but still BAM - something like 3 days of qualifying in a straight BAM format, then 4 days of BAM KO.

I think you're suggesting 2 32-board matches a day. Is that realistic given that BAM is significantly slower than IMPs and the Vanderbilt/Spingold etc matches have now been shortened to 60 boards a day? If you had 4 days of KO after 3 days of qualifying, would you choose full day or half day matches? If full day, probably 56 boards of BAM would be long enough. If half day, I'm not sure whether 28 or 30.
Sept. 4, 2014
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Far be it from me to suggest that the truth should ever get in the way of anything :-)
Aug. 29, 2014
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I can't help wondering whether you know that your NBO is the USBF not the ACBL.
Aug. 29, 2014
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I try very hard to call the Rona Cup players “Young Women” but I seem to have failed on that.
Aug. 25, 2014
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Well, in order to make you proud and Kevin blush, let me mention that Kevin and his teammates, like the rest of the “Junior Program” players, has always been wonderfully helpful, polite and enjoyable to be around. I'm always happy to see any of them in the room when I'm starting a Vugraph broadcast “just in case” something goes wrong and I need a fill in operator or help with a contrary laptop.
Aug. 21, 2014
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I’m Jan Martel and I am responsible for content on the USBF website, www.usbf.org. We also use Joomla, which Kitty Cooper set up for us several years ago. I’ve learned how to write articles and store pictures, and I can even sometimes figure out HTML, but I’m not really very good at technical things, so I’m grateful to have Kitty’s support when I want to do something a little off the beaten track. For several years I posted pictures from the USBC’s to the website but last year Peggy Kaplan, our wonderful photographer, set up a Facebook page instead and that is more user-friendly, both for Peggy to post pictures and for people to look at them. I do post team profiles on the site and try to include pictures and biographies of the players, but sometimes getting those is not easy.
As you probably already know, the USBF site is very limited – we provide information about the United States Bridge Championships (aka “Trials”) that USBF runs each year. It’s a very busy site during the weeks before and during the USBCs and mostly quiet the rest of the year. We have some things that are different from other sites – entries for USBCs, USBF System Summary Forms that are completed online (some of them are very good, some are minimal; it depends on the players, although I do try to “clean up” some that are particularly difficult to read).
During the events, I post scores as soon as they are confirmed. We show all of the tables on BBO Vugraph from the Quarterfinals on, and then convert the LIN files to “web-vugraphs” so you can replay any of the matches after the fact. I know that’s a very useful feature for players who like to go over the hands after the event and also for journalists.
The site also has a bunch of information about USBF, which I try to keep updated, but as it’s pretty much a one woman shop, I sometimes fail in that. But you can usually find minutes from USBF board meetings; information about USBF committees; financial reports; as well as dates and locations for future USBC’s, World Championships & any other international events I hear about on the site. If you know anyone looking for an unpaid position as assistant web person, tell them to contact me!
Aug. 10, 2014
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