Finally, I'm trying to make a lifestyle shift from consumer to producer in general - for examples, I don't grow my food, I buy it at the store; I didn't build my house, I rent it from someone else; I didn't manufacture my own car, I bought it from someone else. It's a bit philosophical but I'm starting to find that when I produce something myself (even if it's as simple as cooking a meal instead of buying it), the experience is much more satisfying. Producing these go videos instead of just watching them all the time so far has been satisfying as well.
Q: What has your instruction been like? Are you self taught or have you had teachers, professionals, instructing you in Go?
A: A friend of mine (rjm on KGS / tokinonagare27 on YouTube, the Shusaku review videos guy) was my teacher from 20kyu until 1kyu. He spent a lot of time with me, reviewing my games with me and pointing out areas I could improve. I nearly made it to 1 dan on KGS in just a year thanks to his help.
After that first year I didn't really study go much, and my progress stagnated until the beginning of this year when I "caught the bug" again and joined Hwang In-Seong's Yunguseng Dojang. This is a bit expensive, running about $100 per month, but I think it's the best go instruction available today in English.
Q: What server do you prefer to play on and why?
A: I grew up on KGS, so that's where I feel at home, but as my rank has increased it's become increasingly difficult to find even, non-blitz games there. I'm currently experimenting with Tygem and Wbaduk - I do really like that when I win a game on Tygem, I get a round of applause / victory cheer - I'm of the opinion that this happens far too rarely on other servers / over the board.
Dwyrin: I know exactly what you mean! I've been falling in love with baduktv's server for just those reasons. It greets you warmly when you sign on, gives you applause when you win, and even bids you goodbye when you sign off. It's such a friendly server! Those are so much fun to play on regardless of the rating system.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to mention about yourself?
A: I'll do some shout-outs / call-outs if you don't mind...
AJ - thanks for introducing me to go! chishmet mestei afthau meshonaut.
rjm - thanks for teaching me to love this amazing game!
All the Twin Cities go club players - Aaron & John for doing so much organizationg/administrative stuff, Moon for thrashing me repeatedly, Peter for having great hair, Josh for showing me that it's possible to beat someone 5 times in a row and then lose to that same person 5 times in a row..., Tim for teaching me that it's customary to open in the upper right corner with black, George for being tall so that I wasn't the only one, and all the rest who make the Twin Cities a great place to be a go player!
All the Seattle go players for welcoming me to my new home!
Dwyrin - thanks for giving me this opportunity to voice myself, and thanks for all the rest that you've done for the online go community. I really appreciate it!
Lily - <3
As you can see Longstride certainly had a lot of say! In my opinion he seems like a friendly guy and it's always nice to meet another 5Dan. He was a little bit nervous as to how he was going to appear in this article which, I believe, is why he requested this Q&A style post. So if you decide to check him out, be sure tell him what a great job he's doing and feel free to ask questions! He definitely doesn't appear to be the kind of guy who is shy about answering questions!
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