I’m simply poor at it. As poor as a man can be. There is no denying of the fact that if I could play more often I would be good by now. But I’m where I’m, at the end of the line of all my friends who manage to pull it off on a decent level.
Today’s game was proof that I should sell my racket and start a life of a couch potato. I lost 2-1 with a young lad, even though I controlled the game most of the time. Yet thanks to childish mistakes that I made at the net I dropped two sets in a row.
I am weak as a little lamb, and I bet a lamb would beat me at tennis, too.
I found this letter on one of the best sites on the Net – Letters of Note. I then gladly copied (sorry) the transcript so that everyone can read the wisest man’s words on religion.
Princeton, 3. 1. 1954
Dear Mr Gutkind,
Inspired by Brouwer’s repeated suggestion, I read a great deal in your book, and thank you very much for lending it to me … With regard to the factual attitude to life and to the human community we have a great deal in common. Your personal ideal with its striving for freedom from ego-oriented desires, for making life beautiful and noble, with an emphasis on the purely human element … unites us as having an “American Attitude.”
Still, without Brouwer’s suggestion I would never have gotten myself to engage intensively with your book because it is written in a language inaccessible to me. The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still purely primitive, legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. … For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstition. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong … have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are also no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything “chosen” about them.
In general I find it painful that you claim a privileged position and try to defend it by two walls of pride, an external one as a man and an internal one as a Jew. As a man you claim, so to speak, a dispensation from causality otherwise accepted, as a Jew of monotheism. But a limited causality is no longer a causality at all, as our wonderful Spinoza recognized with all incision…
Now that I have quite openly stated our differences in intellectual convictions it is still clear to me that we are quite close to each other in essential things, i.e. in our evaluation of human behavior … I think that we would understand each other quite well if we talked about concrete things.
With friendly thanks and best wishes,
Year in year out, the football gaming world is thrilled by the release of two behemoths – FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer. Both developers set the release date to almost the same day, probably hoping the rivalry will be fierce and the gap between fans of both games will get wider. I, myself, have been playing PES since the release of PES 4 (it’s been 8 years already) but I’ve occasionally switched to FIFA in order to check and experience the “differences”.
The fact is PES always used to outshine FIFA in terms of player movement and general AI of opponents. In 2013, it’s no different. FIFA lacks the common mistakes that players commit on the pitch, the game is too much arcade and perfect, while PES forces the player to think and predict what’s going to happen next, even though you might get screwed on the simplest move there is. And that what keeps you to the screen. You get irritated. Sure. You want to break the pad, alright. Yet you will never give up on the game.
Here’s a short clip that I made the other day.
Poland against Germany (won the entire game 3-1 on pro)
I’ve just seen it on a friend’s wall on Facebook.
I’m blown away. I’m so getting the new iPhone.