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Stunning: Welsh Open 2021 Snooker Final Frame Decider

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Written by LeisureGuy

23 February 2021 at 9:19 am

Posted in Games, Snooker, Video

The peril of pursuing perfection

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I have written about the difficulty faced by adult beginners in playing piano: they are hyperconscious of the mistakes they make, and they don’t want to play until they can play without making such mistakes. But studying our mistakes is how we learn.

I just came across this story from Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland:

The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pounds of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot – albeit a perfect one – to get an “A”. Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes – the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.

Update: Cf. Linus Pauling: “The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.”

Written by LeisureGuy

16 November 2020 at 3:42 pm

A close-fought frame: Ronnie O’Sullivan vs. Stuart Bingham, 2016 Masters

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Twelve minutes.

Written by LeisureGuy

13 November 2020 at 10:46 am

Posted in Daily life, Games, Snooker, Video

Match-winning break from Ronnie O’Sullivan, 2017 World Championship

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It’s amazing how Sullivan develops this break.

Written by LeisureGuy

7 November 2020 at 7:47 pm

Posted in Snooker, Video

Barry Hawkins ahead 64 to 0, and then misses a shot

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6 minutes that Hawkins will long remember.

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29 October 2020 at 8:01 am

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Tense semifindal decider between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump in 2019

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28 October 2020 at 9:39 pm

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