Whatever happened to Sarah Bird?

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Terry McCracken
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Re: Whatever happened to Sarah Bird?

Post by Terry McCracken » Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:04 am

Larry wrote:
Graham Banks wrote:
Yes it has, but I felt it was worth asking again in case anybody knew anything further.

Cheers,
Graham.
Hi Graham, I do seem to recall she gave birth for a second time.
To lose interest in something like chess programming, all it takes
is something to preoccupy you, something like a new job, a divorce,
a bankruptcy, or in her case, a birth. Nothing is permanent except
change.
Terry mentioned he does not know her married name. If her name
is Sarah Bird, then her married name is Bird, according to my logic.
She was married before she appeared on the chess scene, I think
you will find.
I remember she was an avid chess program enthusiast. Once she
showed a shot of her computer screen. It was more or less filled
with chess program icons.
regards,
Larry
PS I do get your point that it seems out of character for her not to
respond to a message letting us know all is ok.
There were no Sarah Bird in Barrie when I checked some time ago, if it is her married name then her husband may be listed but she wasn't.

I don't know the name of the husband.

Also people can be unlisted, it can be hard to pinpoint the right person when all you have is a name, not sure if maiden or married and only a rough location as Barrie may also include some regions just outside the city.

Maybe I'll resume the search. It took me years to find someone who didn't want to be found.

It's very bizarre she replied to no one, no one at all. Most people don't do that and she was the kind of person to stay in touch regardless.

So it would get you thinking...people unfortunately die tragically...I hope this is not the case.
Terry McCracken

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Re: Whatever happened to Sarah Bird?

Post by Graham Banks » Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:50 am

Might have found her. Not sure if it is her, but seems like a good chance?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49KTu4Li6jA

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/slbird/


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Re: Whatever happened to Sarah Bird?

Post by Volker Pittlik » Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:34 am

There is even an e-mail address. So who is brave enough...

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Re: Whatever happened to Sarah Bird?

Post by Leto » Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:07 pm

I don't think the Sarah Bird that works for Microsoft is the Sarah Bird who was a contributor to CCRL. The Sarah Bird you knew was from Canada, the Sarah Bird that works for Microsoft seems to be based in the United States. Her linkedin profile shows she's studied in multiple states in the United States starting from the early 2000's and have stayed in the US since it appears, and now lives in New York. Here's here linkedin profile:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/slbird

The microsoft Sarah Bird twitter profile also says she's in New York:
https://twitter.com/slbird

On the Rebel 11 review page it is stated that Sarah Bird is from Ontario Canada:
https://www.rebel.nl/reviews.htm

From scanning the web I have learned that the CCRL Sarah Bird lived in Scarborough Ontario, Canada. So I doubt the microsoft Sarah Bird is the same person.

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Re: Whatever happened to Sarah Bird?

Post by Leto » Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:01 pm

I found the microsoft Sarah Bird's facebook. It states that she's from Plano, Texas. So i'm 100% sure she isn't the CCRL Sarah Bird. Here's microsoft Sarah Bird facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slbird/about_overview

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Re: Whatever happened to Sarah Bird?

Post by MikeB » Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:53 am

this thread has gotten a little bit creepy, if Sarah Bird had wished to reconnect after 14 years, she would have done so ... best to let bygones be bygones...
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Re: Whatever happened to Sarah Bird?

Post by Dann Corbit » Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:02 am

Maybe we're why she left.
Taking ideas is not a vice, it is a virtue. We have another word for this. It is called learning.
But sharing ideas is an even greater virtue. We have another word for this. It is called teaching.

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Re: Whatever happened to Sarah Bird?

Post by S.Taylor » Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:49 am

Marriage sometimes makes a woman move on in life.
The husband might just say "leave that old life behind you", and maybe even the computer breaks down and there is no compelling reason, or possibility to repair it.
So if you would meet her now, she might say "what?? Oh thaaatttt!!!!" Or "what do you want from my life? I'm only a woman"! Or "i married a rich husband so i didn't need to keep my old business anymore". Or even "now i'm a mother, and that is much more interesting".

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