Friday, December 28, 2007

Happy Holidays

Full feed restored. Not sure what happened.

Hope everyone enjoyed Giftmas.

I'm out of town until the new year. Hope everyone has a happy one and damages their livers to an appropriate level.

I promise to be much more cynical in the new year. If that's even possible.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

More Poker Advice

After slamming Waffles in the last post, this one is to praise something he said about people who "hate" suited connectors.

He insists that those people who claim to hate the hand actually love it. And they do. I know they do because I do. But if you don't understand why we love it, you're just going to get yourself in trouble with it.

The reason why we love suited connectors (along with suited one-gappers and even two-gappers sometimes) is that they can make VERY BIG HANDS, and they can do that in a LOT OF WAYS. We don't just like to play these hands, we REALLY like calling raises with them. Insanity, right?

If you make a straight or a flush, you can take down a very big pot from someone with an overpair, a set or even a big two-pair. Especially from guys who get married to their hands and make big overbets trying to FORCE them to hold up. Or if you hit a nice drawing hand you can push your opponents off weaker holdings. You hit an OESD and you can push that guy off his continuation bet with AQ that missed.

But the sirens song of the suited connectors is the DREADED two pairs. Two pairs SUCKS with suited connectors, because they often make other players hands, and your two pair is usually something shitty like 5s and 4s.

If you are going to have a love affair with suited connectors, you have to be able to control yourself with a weaker hand like two pairs. Even when you're POSITIVE that your opponent has Aces and you're ahead, don't go nuts. Boards can pair, people hit sets, even straights and flushes happen occasionally. There's nothing wrong with seeing a river card hit the table with money still in your stack sometimes.

Play those suited cards and try to hit those big hands, taking stacks and stacks off opponents when you do. If you happen to hit trips with it you can win some juicy pots too. But don't get over-stimulated by the weaker hands you hit with them. Try to get some value and win some smaller pots with them, but don't get too carried away.

Your overall bankroll will thank you.

Poker Advice

Don't try to give poker advice. It will not be welcomed.

Here's an example.

Waffles hits 2 pair on the turn with 32s. He jams something like 12 bucks into a $2 pot and the opponent with top pair hits a better two pair on the river and Waffles, as always, is crying that he has the worst luck in the universe.

I give some very well meaning advice that when you have a vulnerable hand it's sometimes better to try to control the pot rather than JAM and hope for the best.

He calls me a HUGE MORON and then all the people that love to tongue his asshole come into his comments and call me names.

I guess I play like a total nit. I just don't think 2 pair is a monster hand worth jamming six times the size of the pot. Especially when it's the weakest possible two pair you can have.

Waffles EXPLODES that if you don't agree that he's a FUCKING GENIUS for getting his money in as an 80% favorite then you are A RETARD. As if bottom two pair is ALWAYS an 80% favorite, because his opponents always play their cards FACE UP! What if your opponent had a set, genius? Then you're just a fucking tool.

Yes, you got unlucky. But lots of players realize that they might not always be ahead with bottom two pair, and keeping the pot under control is THE RIGHT PLAY here.

But as we all know, "control" has nothing to do with Waffles' game.


See if you can spot the irony in this part of Waffles' rant:

If anyone wants to argue that point feel free because your a fucking idiot.
Oh Waffles. You are such a joy to read. We treasure you.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Poker Comic #175

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Poker is not for everyone.

Can you imagine how awful it would be if it was?

Friday, December 14, 2007


I have been doing a lot of reading and not posting.

When I have been posting, I haven't been linking.

I try to make up for it once in a while, by linking everyone that I read in my rss reader. Here's the list.

I was a bit struck as I was putting the list together because of how many of the blogs I haven't heard from in a long long time. Most of them I don't delete because I don't want to risk missing something new, or their annual post or something.

1st Rule Of Poker
2 Hole Cards
A moment with
Ace-Queen offsuit
Adventures of the Pokersluts
Annals of a Fish Hunter
Another poker blog
Back-Alley Mugging By Bloody P
Bad Beat Blog
BadBlood plays Poker
Beer City Poker
Betting for Value
betty underground
Big Slick Nuts Poker
Biggestron Writes Poker
Bill's Poker Blog
Casino Ownage
Cheap Thrills
Check. Raise. Bluff
Chicks Dig Poker Geeks
Chris Halverson's Poker Blog
Compromising Anonymity
Confessions of an amateur poker player
Creativity breeds Madness
Dead Money = AlCantHang
Dear Poker Diary
Decker's Journal
Die is Cast: Thoughts on a World of Chance
Dnasty13's Poker Blog
Drawing Dead
Drop the Hammer
Drowned at the River
Dumbasses Trump All
Everything in Moderation - Including Moderation
Exploits of a PokerTart
Fat Dan the Fat Fish
Fish and Chips
Flights of Iakaris
Fred Bals' Blog aka fhb
Garthmeister J.'s Disco Finery
Gene Bromberg
Golf + Poker
Grind or Gamble
Hammer Player's Poker Blog
Hella Hold'em
High on Poker
Human Head Thinks Big
Huntsvegas Poker
Infant Days Sleepless Nights
Jacks R OK
JediHog's Poker Musings
Katitude does poker
Las Vegas and Poker Blog
Life of a Poker Player
Life's A Grind
Lion Tales
Littleacornman's poker n life blog
Loathing (& Loving) Poker
Love Elf"
Low Limit Grinder
Mean Gene
Meek's Poker Bank Roll
Mookie's Blog
Murph's Musings
My Little Poker Blog
Never Play Cards With a Man Called Doc
Online Poker Thoughts
Party Poker Blogs
Pathetic Poker Play
Paul Phillips
Poker Cheapskate
Poker Girl In Vegas
Poker Grub
Poker Nation
Poker News |
Poker On Film
Poker Perspectives
Poker Poison
Poker Princess
Poker Roadtrip
Poker Roadtrip
Poker Source Online
Poker Twitch
Poker with WillWonka
Pokerama-rama - The Professional Poker Blog
Pot Committed
Pure Chokage
random thoughts and thoroughbred selections
Rapid Eye Reality
Res Ipsa Poker
Riding the F Train
Rye and Poker
slb159 poker
Sloe Times
Sound of a Suckout
Steal The Blinds - Online Poker Blog
Tao of Pauly
Tao of Poker
The Bad Beat BBQ
The Cards Speak - A Poker Blog
The Commish's Desk
The Grind
The Obituarium
The PokerShark's Cardroom
The Randomness of Hoff
The Slag Pile
The SNG Machine
The Surly Poker Gnome
This Is Not A Poker Blog
Twenty-One Outs
Weak Player's Poker Blog
While drinking, I
whiskeytown's downtown
Wolves Can Shuffle Cards

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Poker Comic #174

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Poker Comic #173

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

RIP Chip Reese

chipUnquestionably one of the good guys in poker.

Rest in Peace Chip.


bw jackpot in big chair

Personal favorite photo of my special little guy...

Friday, November 30, 2007


"I've got a Nikon camera and I'd love to take your photograph.
Oh Mama don't take my Kodachrome away."
Paul Simon

I've really enjoyed my Nikon D50. It's definitely a great starter camera for people who've never owned a digital SLR. I've always liked Nikon equipment because you can beat the hell out of it and it tends to keep working. This camera has been no exception. In my experiments I've done some damage to the thing, and after some simple self-repairs it has held up like a champ.

But I find myself wanting more features than a strictly amateur camera can deliver. Nikon has a Pro line, currently the D2x and soon to be the D3, which is hotly anticipated as the first Nikon Full Frame (non crop) digital camera ever. Those bodies, however, are out of my league price wise. I don't have $5-7K to drop on a camera I use purely for a hobby.

That leaves the Nikon Pro-sumer line. The D100, D200 and D300 are Nikon's Pro-sumer lineup. The D300 came out days ago, making the prices on used D200's VERY attractive.

I love the furor when a new gadget comes out. The buy/sell message boards are all covered with messages by people who "accidentally" bought more than one D300 because they were frothing at the mouth so much to be the first person on their block to get one. One person even ended up with three! "I thought I could buy one at the store and race home to cancel my online orders, but both of them already shipped!" What morons.

So I'm camping the online outlets for a D200 with the right price. I don't know if they are going to level off at the ridiculously low level they are right now, or if they are going to drop even lower as more and more of these gadget freaks get their deliveries. Perhaps all the "early-adopters" have gotten their new toys and dumped their previous "latest-and-greatest." But I doubt it. I see the prices dropping even further and people get desperate to pay for their very expensive digital hobby.

Sometimes the hunt is the most entertaining part.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Don't put bumper stickers on the back of your vehicle telling me who you think I should vote for, then DRIVE LIKE A COMPLETE IDIOT.

That is all.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Night Fun

the dock at night compressed

Here's the dock outside the house I'm staying at in Jacksonville Florida. It's dark as a pitch out there but I caught the moon pretty full with a nice reflection on the river water. I used a six second exposure and I ran out there and flashed the tree and the flag to freeze the action. The long exposure makes it look more like dusk even though it was really the dark of night. You can't see me standing in the middle of the frame because no light was hitting me. I ran out there to fire the flash handheld. In some of the shots you can see a ghostly image of me, but this one I didn't let any light reflect back at me by aiming the flash higher into the air.

Click on the photo to see a larger version.

Friday, November 23, 2007


I'm in Florida for Thanksgiving and I haven't even thought about poker for about a week...and happier of it. After Vegas I might try not thinking about poker full time.

I'm amazed at all the Ron Paul signs I have been seeing around Florida and elsewhere. I think maybe the Tennessee folks are in a funk because they'd be Thompson supporters if he wasn't coming off like a total old fart. He might pick up some steam yet but the Tennesseans aren't jumping on the bandwagon until there's some indication he might have a shot.

Anyway, my final thought is that it's really been nice hanging around with successful positive thinking people. If all you do is hang around with unemployed losers and assholes, you will eventually become one of them. It's the transitive property of human beings. Surround yourself with intelligent positive successful people and you will find yourself being more like them.

I can't remember the last time I sat at a poker table that didn't have at least one loser or asshole at it. Probably Okie-Vegas or Cincinnati. Otherwise the game pretty much puts you in constant contact with people who will drag you down with them if you get too close to them. Be careful about that. Poker is definitely entrenched in the world of losers and users. Try to just visit it when you play. Don't take up residence there.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Of Course...

It's not coincidence that I'm the greatest movie ever made...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Best Thing

The very best thing about being a New York Yankees fan is that you never EVER lose a player on your team that they really wanted to keep but had to let go for "economic" reasons.

yankees globe

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Poker Comic #172

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Business Idea

I think an interesting online business opportunity exists. There seems to be a market for the services of preventing intellectual property from being reproduced on the internet by non-copyright holders.

The only problem with such a business is that it simply isn't possible to prevent intellectual property from being taken. Fortunately, that would not be a requirement for our business.

You see, no reasonable person actually thinks you can prevent their intellectual property from being stolen. So what are they actually expecting when they hire someone to try to do this for them? They want somebody to do something. Anything.

Prince (the artist formerly and currently known as) actually hired the "Web Sheriff," John Giacobbi, to try to prevent his music from being traded on the internets.

This guy has the ultimate scam going. I see a great opportunity if anyone wants in on the scam.

All you do is claim you've prevented the music from being "stolen" by some sites (you can just make up the names of some sites that sound fairly "piratey") and then you charge this naive artist that has no idea about technology a SHIT TON of money for your "services." Maybe set up your own shill "pirate music" sites, then SHUT THEM DOWN with EXTREME PREJUDICE.

Maybe make a few unrealistic legal threats against existing pirate sites, or really just threats of making legal threats. Feed a few bogus stories to the media saying that you're going to "bring down the pirates." Television "news" shows and other media outlets LOVE that sensationalist garbage. They get to drop flashy celebrity names and repeat idle threats. It's quite a racket.

I really think this business could work. Who's in?

Friday, November 09, 2007

Poker Comic #171

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Poker Comic #170

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Vegas in December

Checking out Google Maps, I found out that I actually live geographically closer to Huntsville Alabama than I do to Nashville Tennessee. That puts me closer to the Huntsville Airport than the Nashville Airport, and that's not even counting the traffic which is horrendous up there, because I40, I24 and I65 all converge near there. It's your basic nightmare if you're trying to make a flight. Either you're two hours early because the traffic is lighter than you thought, or you're driving on the shoulder to try to get there in time to run to your gate.

I then discovered that Allegiant Air flies to Las Vegas for $99 per flight several days a week out of the Huntsville Airport. If you haven't checked out Allegiant Air you should...they don't fly from a lot of huge airports, but if you happen to be close to a smaller alternative airport, you can get to some really cool locations like the Caribbean and Orlando VERY cheaply. Including of course, Las Vegas. It's basically a vacation airline so you don't get many business fliers on the planes, just a bunch of people who are there to have fun. For example, they don't fly from the Nashville Airport, but they fly from Knoxville and Chattanooga. $198 plus fees is a pretty unbeatable deal for me.

It's been over a year since I've been to Las Vegas, and I'm feeling the itch. Since there's no live poker here in Tennessee, I haven't played live since I met up with Surflexus and Tripjax in Tunica. A six hour flight to Vegas beats a four hour drive to Tunica any day.

So I'm seriously considering the Blogger Gathering in Las Vegas. If I go I'll have to lay low since there will be some people who seek to do me harm, but hopefully I can meet up with the people who would be happy to see me, and that I'd be happy to see again. I think I'd be leading a contest of "Poker Bloggers who have received the most death threats," so I'll probably try to avoid too large a crowd. No big deal since I mostly just park my ass at a poker table and play for the bulk of the time I'm there anyway.

Also fuck them. I'd never let them influence whether I attend a blogger gathering or not.

Now I'm off to find a cheap room. Any ideas would be welcomed in comments.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Graceful Exit

When you get knocked out of a tournament on a bad beat, that's when your true character comes out.

Some people seem to think that when they lose their temper and start calling names, that's somehow acceptable because there's some sort of grace period after they lose.

But they've got it backwards. They'd have you believe that they are actually very nice people, but once in a while an asshole part of them comes out under some circumstances.

But they're actually full of shit. They are REALLY that asshole. That's their real self, hiding behind the facade all that time. The nice guy act is so that people will interact with them at all. This is especially true if they want something from you.

Just remember, when someone acts like a real jerkoff after getting a bad beat, they're not acting.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Poker Comic #169

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Monday, October 29, 2007

I like My Alarm Clock

I really like my alarm clock. I think it has every feature that I want in an alarm clock.

It doesn't beep very loud, but it always wakes me up. It isn't shocking, just annoying enough to do the job.

It has two alarms, so I don't have to reset the alarm all the time when my needs change between waking up early or normal time. The alarm has a programmable snooze. You can set it for 4 minutes for 10 minutes, or whatever you want.

It runs off of batteries instead of being plugged in, so it doesn't lose its mind when the power goes out. It sets itself based on atomic time, so when you have to change the batteries you don't have to reset it, except for the time zone.

It even tells you the temperature in the room, which was FUCKING FREEZING this morning because Mrs. Bogey left the windows open last night and it went down below 40 degrees.

The only feature I could imagine wanting is a TAZER so I could ZAP the next person who makes me get up when it's FUCKING FREEZING in the house.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Poker Comic #168

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Conversation with a coworker

Him: "So you play poker?"
Me: "A little."
"Do you play online?"
"Not as much as I used to."
"Is it safe?"
"Yeah, I don't worry about it."
"Have you ever been ripped off?"
"Yeah, once for over $500"
"$500!? You call that safe?"
"I was pretty upset at the time."
"Are the games rigged?"
"No, the games are fair."
"Are there cheaters?"
"Yeah but the sites look out for them."
"Have they caught anyone."
"Yeah, some guys have won tournaments and been disqualified."
"Any people that didn't win?"
"No, not that I've heard of."
"What about guys who are working together?"
"I'm sure it happens."
"Can other players see your hole cards?"
"Not normally, but it has happened."
"Really? What happened?"
"Apparently someone that worked for the site had access and won a tournament."
"What? The sites were involved?"
"Yeah, it was pretty big news in the online poker world."
"Wow, your idea of safe and my idea of safe are two different things."

I need to stop wearing poker polo shirts to work.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Enterprise IT Evolution

I work in Information Technology. "IT." I specifically work in "Enterprise" IT. It is, without a doubt, the most retarded business in the world.

Enterprise IT is a system of IT departments, all working together. Or actually NOT working together, but just pretending to work together. Here's how it happens.

At first there were a bunch of manufacturing facilities. Each facility had its own IT department. Not very efficient eh? Not really. So all the IT departments got together and decided to "standardize." That way people can move between IT departments, other locations can help each other, etc.

So all the departments worked on basically the same equipment and all the same systems. Some brilliant management person looks at all the different IT departments all doing basically the same thing and thinks "why can't we have just ONE BIG IT department handle IT for ALL the locations?"

This sounds brilliant, but in reality it is completely retarded. Because it is impossible to implement, and here's why.

At first you think, I don't need people at every location that know everything about the systems, because they can just call experts at other locations when they don't know how to handle things locally. That way we just need at least one expert working at one location somewhere in the world whenever there's a problem.

But that system never works, because when you are at a location, you ALWAYS give your current location priority over problems elsewhere. The remote locations can never truly get the help they need because the remote people will ALWAYS find and excuse to do something, even if it is trivial, at their local facility before working on something more important elsewhere.

So to solve the locality problem the management creates a "central location" where the "experts" will all move to and then there will never be local issues, only remote ones.

But the people who are experts aren't just experts because they are good at one thing. They are usually experts because they are really smart people and they could be doing anything or working anywhere if they like. Your company is just lucky enough to have them. And they live where they live for A REASON, and it's not because your facility is there. They don't want to move. If you ask them to they'll say "no." If you require them to, they'll quit.

So the call goes out to all the experts to fill the jobs in these centers for experts, and all the experts refuse to go. So they keep looking. These are jobs that have been created, and by GOD they have to be filled. So who fills them? The USELESS people. The people that the individual plants are HAPPY to get rid of.

So all the useless people are gathered together in a central location, called experts, and asked to solve all the problems for all the remote locations. But there generally are NO problems at the remote locations for them to solve! Why? Because NONE of the remote locations were DUMB enough to let the local experts go! They KNOW the Central Location Experts are idiots, so they keep enough local experts around to handle any real crisis. If they can't keep them in their current jobs, they rehire them as contractors.

So now you have a bunch of idiots in a central location with nothing to support, no facility to keep running, and NOTHING TO DO. So what do they do? They do BUSYWORK. Not just ordinary busy work. They create busywork for the remote locations to do. After all, THEY are the team of experts. The remote locations should do their bidding whenever they ask! So in order to make it look like they are working, they send out surveys and pretend to be solving problems, merely to justify their existence.

So the remote locations have had their staff cut in order to pay for this useless central location, so fewer people are doing the REAL support work. And now the Central Location of Experts is creating MORE and MORE work for them, mostly pointless, useless paperwork.

That's why Enterprise IT is the most retarded business in the world.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Welcome Back!

It's official, Doyle's Room has begun accepting US players again.

This is a fantastic sign for US online poker players, in a sea of disappointing news of cheaters and rigged poker sites. I've never played at Doyle's Room and have no opinion of its quality, but you have to take it as a HUGE good sign of things to come.

It was only a matter of time before some site that pulled out of the US market realized that the UIGEA has no teeth and probably never will. The mass hysteria and pullout of many major poker sites was short sighted and stupid.

They simply jumped off a ship that they thought was sinking. Many of them drowned rather than stay on a perfectly good ship until they knew for sure whether they had to jump or not. Some smart operators like Bodog, Full Tilt and PokerStars knew better.

Hopefully Doyle's is not the only company to realize that the best market in the world for online poker players is the United States, and the do-nothing useless piece-of-shit government is no obstacle to their desired customers.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Poker Comic #167

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Poker Comic #166

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Poker Comic #165

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Monday, October 15, 2007

One-Liner of the Day

When the fuck did Ann Coulter start dating Mel Gibson?

Lets Do The Time Warp Again

I actually thought I finished up the last post at 1:22am. From there I went to bed and watched a Jim Norton comedy special I recorded on HBO earlier in the evening. It only felt like half an hour, but when I next looked at the clock by the television, it was 3:00am. "Geez, I must be drowsy," I thought to myself.

I wasn't drowsy. The system clock on my computer had adjusted for what should have been Daylight Savings Time and fucked me all up. But I was totally unaware that it was actually 2:30am when I finished that post.

At noon I started watching a football game and fired up WoW for some pre-tournament time killing. When my computer clock read 1:30 I fired up PokerStars to register for the tournament. And it was already running for half an hour, with the ludicrous 1337 (how elite) players. WoW is definitely a time warp and I had spent two and a half hours when it felt like one and a half.

One thing that threw me off was that I bought my wife a Microsoft Zune for her birthday, and synchronized it with my computer. All the music and video is on my computer, so that made the most sense. Only my computer wouldn't install the Zune software because you have to have at least XP Service Pack 2 to install the software. The last time I tried to upgrade to service pack 2 my computer got caught in a reboot loop and I had to reformat from scratch. With no other need for SP2 I just lived without it.

Now with a need, I installed SP2 and it worked fine. Not fine enough to fix the DST problem, obviously. There are probably still patches to install, it seems like I have installed dozens already.

Congrats to Surflexus for finishing high in the blogger tourney. He's a hell of a tournament player.

Sunday, October 14, 2007


I never post on the weekends. I'd say I'm too busy but that would be a lie. I'm just too lazy. You'll believe that one.

I haven't played a long session of poker in quite a while. I've done hit and runs at the Full Tilt $25 tables, usually doubling up and leaving fast. I like tables where someone is playing crazy. I LOVE tables where two or more players are playing crazy. I was at one tonight, for over three hours. I had around $50 and the two nutballs were in the $80's. An hour later I was still around $50 but both nutballs were broke within two hands of each other. I always type the same thing into chat: "Inevitability." I'm not sure if they get it. I get called names for almost everything else I type in chat except that one. Perhaps it cruises just above scalp level. Or maybe they are just gone and the software hasn't caught up yet.

Oddly I thought I should play something to prepare for the Blogger Freeroll tomorrow at PokerStars. I couldn't find a tourney I liked, so I ended up right back at my favorite short handed $25 tables. You stick with what's working I guess. It's probably the worst preparation for a big tournament you can do though. If I play the tournament like I played that ridiculous cash table, I'd be done in about 10 minutes. Hmmm...a strategy emerges.

I just can't get into tournaments anymore. Poker is such a low priority that almost anything else will take my attention away from it. Even the commitment of 45 minutes for a SNG makes me think "it's not worth it." Yet I will commit to playing WoW for hours if my friends sign on and want to play. But I guess I could leave if I wanted to. In general I enjoy playing it more than poker. It's less financially rewarding, but the money was never really that great, just a nice side effect of an entertaining hobby.

Before playing we went to the drive-in. Second week in a row. This week was "The Brave One" and "Resident Evil: Extinction." "Brave" was good, "Extinction" was pretty typical for a zombie movie. Last week was "Mr. Woodcock" and "Shoot Em Up." "Woodcock" was godawful. Not funny. Very poorly written. "We'll set it in Nebraska, and they'll have a CORN eating contest. That'll be hilarious!" Uh, NO, it won't. "Shoot Em" was fantastic. The action sequences, while ludicrous, were VERY entertaining.

Now that it's getting darker earlier, the drive-in starts at 7pm, which I prefer. I guess because I'm used to my alarm going off at 4:45am I don't like staying up till midnight, especially when I'm reclined in my car seat, watching a movie through my windshield. Yet here I am at 1:22am, writing a pointless post. Sleep is beckoning me. See you all tomorrow at 3pm Eastern Daylight Time.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

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Monday, October 08, 2007

A Real Skill Game

Fantasy Football obviously requires a great deal of skill. A skill I don't have. Up until this week I am completely winless in my league, even though I played the lowest scoring players (even lower than me) in the last two weeks. Yet this week I have the highest score in the league by A LOT. And as we speak my players are still racking up points.

I should finish with at least 30% more points than the next closest player. Oops, there's another field goal for my kicker. Three more points. Ironically, not a single player from Buffalo's team is starting for any team in my league, and they are kicking the shit out of the Cowboys. Skill game indeed.

Unfortunately one of my most (okay, only) consistent players has been Travis Henry, Denver running back. Since he popped positive on a Marijuana test, he's likely to be suspended. Since it's his second positive (he popped on one when he was with the Tennessee Titans too) he'll likely be suspended for the year. Time to shop for a free agent running back. I'm so screwed.

What kind of fucking retard gets busted TWICE for smoking pot? I bet if there were MILLIONS OF DOLLARS on the line, any halfway intelligent person could quit smoking pot until they retired from the ancient age of what, 34? I bet even Pauly could give up the ganja for a decade if you put a cool Mil a year on the table.

But no, smoking pot is more important to this guy than his football career and the millions of dollars he could earn. He must REALLY love pot. It must be REALLY GOOD.

pot puzzleI actually wouldn't know. I never smoked pot. Someone asked me why I never did, even though it was all around me when I was growing up (I did grow up in the 70's-80's, after all.) I think it was that I didn't understand what smoking pot was all about. I got the wrong impression, and I was pretty impressionable.

See, whenever I saw someone smoking pot when I was a teen, that person was a loser. I know it's not an amazing coincidence that a lot of people who are losers smoke pot, but I somehow came to the conclusion that they were losers BECAUSE they smoked pot all the time. My best friend smoked pot with the guys he worked with at the Car Wash. I went with him to their apartments once in a while, and these guys were really sad. It seemed like all they did was get high, or try to figure out how they were going to get high in the future.

I didn't know what pot did to you, but I knew I didn't want to be like those guys, so I stayed away from the pot. It continued through my young adult life. I worked for a guy at a newspaper that smoked pot. At first he seemed like a successful guy to me, Assistant Sports Editor and all. But then I saw where he lived and gave him a ride to work a few times because his moped was broke down.

Sophisticated people drank. Losers did drugs. Even pot. It seemed really harmless, but I wasn't going to risk eternal loserdom just for a toke or two. It never bothered me to be around them, even when they were smoking. I just always passed when it was offered.

Later in my life I met people who smoked pot, some of them who I would have considered absolute losers at the time, who turned out to be pretty successful. Most of them have grown out of their pot smoking phase. Funny how having kids seems to accelerate that little transformation. I am 100% in favor of decriminalizing pot. The laws are absolutely ridiculous. Just some of many asinine laws, of course.

When I finally figured out that being a loser means you probably smoke a lot of pot, not the other way around, the temptation had pretty much completely passed. I still get an opportunity once in a while, but I still pass. I guess I have a perfect game going, and I don't want to blow it.

Friday, October 05, 2007

The Yankees Got Destroyed Last Night

yankees 3D uncle sam hat Or did they?

Yes, they lost 12-3, and at first glance that is a real shellacking. But the Yankees lineup wasn't supposed to get to the hard-throwing lefty, CC Sabathia. Yet they did get three runs from him in the first five innings, with six walks. They loaded the bases in the fifth inning when they were behind 4-3 with only one out. An extra-base hit in that spot by the switch hitting Posada could make it a completely different game.

But Posada struck out, and (0-11 vs Sabathia) Matsui popped out to end the inning. That was their shot, their chance to sucker punch Cleveland into submission. They weren't even supposed to get that opportunity. Too bad they missed it.

Another bright spot is that the Indians used their other lefty, reliever Rafael Perez for two full innings. Why burn your obvious Yankee killer lefty in a game you have wrapped up? Because no game is wrapped up versus this lineup, that's why.

lebronGame two sees Andy Pettitte vs. Fausto Carmona. Pettitte has been a solid post season pitcher, going 14-9 in previous Octobers. Carmona led the league in ERA, but lost his only decision vs the Yankees earlier this year, along with a no decision.

But lets not forget the most important story from last night's game. LeBron James wore a Yankee cap to a baseball game. Honestly, who gives a fuck?

Thursday, October 04, 2007

You're Never As Good As The Pros

You'll just never be as good as the professionals. I make (admittedly lame) attempts at humor on this here blog, and once in a while I come close to the target, just by the sheer odds of my number of attempts.

But I don't think I'll ever come up with a line that is singularly as funny as this one by Scott Adams in his blog. First he sets up a premise that he has a plan to solve all the country's problems. Then he whips out this little gem:

I think you can see many problems with this plan. But you have to compare it to the current political process where idiots elect liars to transfer wealth to crooks. How's that working out for you?
I don't think I've ever even thought of something that funny, much less written it down.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

40K Yo!

Texas Holdem Poker

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Use All The Features

When you play online poker, be sure to use all the features of the site on which you are playing.

I've been playing the 6-max NL tables on FTP almost exclusively lately.

The first thing I do when I sit is to do a player search on every player sitting at my table. (In the lobby, click the 'Requests' menu item and then select 'Find a Player...' and type in the player name, or copy and paste it from the chat window.)

I then put a blue mark on every player that's playing more than 3 or 4 tables at the same time. It seems there's always at least one playing 6-8 tables no matter when I play.

Those players are playing by the book. They only enter pots with pre-flop raises, they always continuation bet, and they only call a check-raise/re-raise if they have a monster. Call a lot of their raises in any position, and play back at them often. Don't get over committed because they will go to war with an overpair or usually even top pair, but they'll give up basically ANYTHING else.

I suppose there are other ways to take advantage of these multi-tablers, like stalling when it is your turn so they might get distracted by action at another table. I don't really do anything special except assume that they aren't going to get any trickier than a continuation bet.

Of course I'm not playing very high levels, and you might find less people playing tons of tables at the $2/$4 NL games, but at the stakes I play, it's a lot of fun. I'm still not really comfortable leaving a lot of money on FTP, so I stick to the low $25-$50 stakes games.

It's not like I have anything against people that multi-table, hell I envy them. I simply can't do it. But I'm going to take advantage of them if I can. It's the nature of the game.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Mike Gundy vs. "The Media"

I used to be a sports journalist. Very small time, I assure you. But in that time I covered the gamut of sports events, mostly high school, but extensive college coverage and a selection of professional sports.

As a journalist you treat athletes at different levels differently. You just do.

When I covered high school athletics, the players were treated with kid gloves. They were, after all, just kids. If a player fumbled the ball on the goal line, it went into the story as "The Bulldogs fumbled on the goal line," not "Mike Smith, like he has 12 times before, fumbled the ball but this time it cost his team the game." These kids are trying their best, and they don't deserve to have their mistakes publicized. 1000 kids in the state fumbled the football that night, this one kid doesn't deserve to be singled out in the newspaper.

Pro athletes are completely on the other side. If a pro athlete errs, you can break out the tar and feathers. Editorializing about the quality of play and effort from pro players is everyday fodder for sports columns. It's part of the deal. If you're getting paid, in most cases handsomely, to play a sport, you better expect some criticism, much of it totally unfair. If you can't handle that, you really shouldn't be a pro athlete.

College football falls somewhere in between. Coaches are fair game, but the students are still just amateur athletes, and just kids really, barely older than their high school counterparts. If a player fumbles he does get singled out, but you try not to ridicule him.

okstateBased on that, you'd have to say that when Jenni Carlson basically called a Oklahoma State Cowboys player a "mama's boy" in The Daily Tenneseean you'd conclude that her comments were totally out of line. And of course they were out of line, but not totally when given the proper perspective.

Having lived in Oklahoma, I can tell you that college athletics are different there. With the exception of a temporary stay by the New Orleans Hornets NBA team, Oklahoma has no professional sports teams. But they don't see it that way. The atmosphere in Oklahoma is that THEIR COLLEGE SPORTS TEAMS are treated AS IF THEY WERE PROFESSIONALS.

This is not an environment that Jenni Carlson created, it's one that she walked into. College players are celebrated and demonized in the pages of the Daily Oklahoman routinely. That's just how they operate in OKC. It's not right and it's not fair, but that's the way it is.

Absolutely what Jenni Carlson did was wrong, but totally understandable given the environment she works in.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Crossing the Line

The United Auto Workers union went on strike at 10:00am this morning.

It was odd sitting at my desk watching all the hourly employees, including the supporting union construction workers walk out of the building between 10 and 10:30 this morning. A lot of them were dragging tool boxes, presumably so nobody could come in and do their jobs in their stead, although that could never happen. Every one of them also had a cooler.

There were meetings telling us what work we can and cannot do, what work we have to get expressed permission to do, etc. There were also instructions on how to cross the picket line, especially if you drive a foreign car. If they put up too much of a fight, turn around and try another entrance. Watch out for drunks.

I do, in fact, drive a foreign car. A Nissan, made in New Jersey. Betcha didn't know New Jersey was a foreign land, did you? You've obviously never been there.

Anyhoo, I'm likely to catch a lot of hell from the picketers tomorrow morning when I attempt to go to work. I had to be there by 5:30am this morning for some special duties but those got canceled for tomorrow due to there being NOTHING going on. But I'm thinking that 5:30am is a good time to get through the line with the least amount of hassle over my foreign Jersey-mobile. Although if there are going to be drunks at 5:30am, they should be good and ripped.

They are supposed to be at their posts 24-hours-a-day, but since the TV cameras were there this afternoon they were present in mob-style throngs. Hopefully there will be no cameras tomorrow morning. Root for a busy news day for me.



Am I the only one who thinks the Redskins lost the game yesterday BECAUSE they were wearing those godawful throwback uniforms?

Friday, September 21, 2007

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Survivor China

Look closely at the guy on the far left in the cast picture from Survivor China. Below is the individual cast picture of that dude.

jean robert

That is Jean-Robert Bellande, of WSOP Circuit fame, finishing 3rd in March 2005 all the while making a total ASS out of himself with table talk. In case you don't remember, this will jog your memory: "EXCELLENT LAYDOWN!" His profession is listed as "Professional Poker Player." I plan on watching this season just to root for him to get voted off. Based on his personality at the table, it shouldn't take more than a couple of episodes.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cheating in Football

jetsWhat is cheating in football?

What's the difference between trying to steal defensive signals and roughing the kicker? One is "cheating" the other is "a penalty." You might say one is premeditated and the other is unplanned.

So what is the difference between videotaping the defensive signals and yelling out fake snap counts? They're both premeditated. They're both specifically against the rules.

Yet the J-E-T-S (who narced on the Patriots for the video taping thing) are ABSOLUTELY guilty of yelling out fake snap counts in the game against Baltimore on Sunday.

Why is that violation of the rules any different than what the Patriots did? Because it was on the field and committed by players instead of coaches? Because there was technology involved? They were both warned in advance that they were breaking the specific rules that forbid that behavior.

I guarantee you there will be no fine or draft picks involved in the punishment of the Jets cheating, if there is any punishment at all.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Hot Girls In Love

I may have heard the worst 80's song ever on XM radio while driving home this evening..."Hot Girls In Love" by Loverboy.

She's turning on the heat
She's got the magic touch
She's turning on the heat
It's just a little too much
She's turning on the heat
It's a hundred above
Hot girls in love
Maybe 100F is hot in Canada. Or they're on Celsius, in which case she's pretty darn hot.
Either way, shitty song.


The big deal about SuprNova coming back is that there were some leaked emails by a company called "Media Defender" which basically proved that they set up a P2P sharing site specifically for entrapping people who attempt to share copy written material. I didn't read all the emails, but there was an attempt to "incentivize" the process, which basically means lure people into sharing copy written material by rewarding them in some manner, be it financial or otherwise.

The other big news of the day in illegal downloads is Spiralfrog who are trying to be an alternative to illegal downloads. They have a big (Vivendi/Universal) catalog and offer free music if you look at their ads at least once a month. Pretty fair deal, if it's sustainable. Even if it's not and all your music expires, who cares it was free, right?

The only thing earth shattering about this is their wholesale rejection of Apple/iPod. The exclusion of iPod is pretty unavoidable as they don't support .wma files and that looks like the format Spiralfrog is using. But there's no reason someone couldn't support a DRMd .wma player for Macs, yet the company is not doing so as a big "fuck you" to Apple. Good for them. It will be mere moments before this is hacked to pieces, but it's nice to see someone take shots at iTunes, the largest music distributor outside of Wal-Mart.

So run out to iTunes, or Spiralfrog or your favorite (legitimately illegitimate) P2P site and see if you can download "Hot Girls In Love." Do it NOW!

Friday, September 14, 2007


And Those Who Came At First To Scoff Remained Behind To Pray

For any old timers out there who remember it SuprNova is back!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Neal Boortz is a moron

Neal Boortz is an idiot conservative radio talkshow host who also blogs. In his blog yesterday he posted this photo:

boortz moron

Along with this description:

This attached photo was taken at a competition in June 2006. The competition was between 9 women for best makeover.

They had every possible beauty treatment available to them over a period of 12 hours before the contest. Look at the before and after photos. It really is shocking!

Conclusion - there are no ugly women, only poor women.... If you had the money....Good Grief!!! BTW, the woman 2nd from the left won the contest.


Yeah, the photo is actually from the 2004 Fox Television show "The Swan" in which the contestants all got extensive plastic surgery among other beauty improvements. I'm sure if the show was on Fox News instead of Fox Television, Neal would have known it.

What a buffoon.

P.S. He's even wrong about the winner. The second from the left didn't win, the third from the right did.

There are no ugly women, just poor ones

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007


From Wikipedia: Ratfucking is an American slang term for political sabotage or dirty tricks.

The term "ratfucking" was exposed in the book "All the Presidents Men" by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, and the basic point of the story was that the people who participated in it were essentially morons.

Here is an example of modern "ratfucking."

Anti -Thompson website tied to Romney Campaign Staff.

How can you tell it's done by the regular idiot republican ratfuckers? Because they spelled the word "phony" wrong. Go back to push polling, ratfuckers. When you lie about your opponents' sexual deviancies on the phone, you're not required to spell.

Monday, September 10, 2007

What a Waste

I feel like I wasted an entire Sunday.

Yes, I spent the ENTIRE day following my Fantasy Football League's results. I thought it would make the games more interesting, sort of how having bets on the games does. Wrongo! Dull Dull Dull.

After going to the supermarket to stock up on supplies, I watched all of the Philly-Green Bay game only to have my receiver catch ONE PASS in the entire game. YAWN.

My intention was to devote the entire day to football, but that didn't happen as I got so bored I fired up WoW for the second game, Chicago vs. San Diego. Another yawnfest, but at least I got two bubbles in 69...almost there! (I'm laughing to myself because all the poker heads are going 'he what?' and the one or two WoW players are going 'cool!')

I used the hour between game two and the Sunday Night Game to make dinner for Mrs. Bogey and myself.

Game three was a snoozefest, which is exactly what I did, falling asleep before the game even ended. Nine hours is a lot of football in one day. So I still had to wake up this morning and read the scores of my colleagues, just as if I hadn't watched the games at all.

The moral of the story? If you're going to watch a lot of football, make a few bets on the games. Or maybe it's go outside and do something with your life for a change.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Fucking Republicans

Republican Congressional Representative Ralph Hall is sponsoring a "poker night" fundraiser.

Motherfucker who voted for and co-sponsored the UIGEA is having a GODDAMN poker night to raise money for his re-election campaign.

I wonder what the winners get, maybe a jail sentence?

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I'm a Super Tard

When driving back from lovely Dayton Ohio last month I conveniently maintained my speed of 80mph even though the 14-lane interstate I was driving on lowered its limit to 55 for 100 yards or so. I was stupid, I got caught, I must pay the fine.

Due to some other complications of my expense situation, (the hotel double charged me for the first night,) the normally smooth process of expense reimbursement has been rather protracted. I put the ticket from the Louisville Officer in my expense folder and promptly forgot about it.

I opened it today and discovered that the unpaid ticket is due in two days. If you mail in the payment, it must be received SEVEN days before the due date.

DOH! So it looks like I'll be driving up to Louisville on Thursday to pay this ridiculous ticket. At least the court time is 7pm, but that's Eastern Time and Nashville is in Central Time (Even though I think Nashville is actually EAST of Louisville) so I have to be there by 6pm. It's a 3 hour drive (if I speed) and I have no idea where the courthouse is...

My other option is to call a lawyer in Louisville and have him take care of it for me. It will cost me around $50 in gas so I don't think there's any way a lawyer will be a cheaper option.

I didn't have plans for Thursday beyond watching the NFL opener anyway. Sadly, I think the deciding factor will be that I don't have any fantasy players on either team playing.

Friday, August 31, 2007


When I was in high school, I wanted to be a sports photographer. I called the local daily newspaper and asked them if I could take pictures of high school sports for them. They gave me a tryout on a girls' soccer game and I guess I did okay because I was soon taking pictures for them every once in a while.

I hung around that paper a lot, and eventually got a job working in their darkroom. I'd drag my ass in there at 4 am to develop film and make prints for the paper. Occasionally I'd pick up an assignment and get a photo credit in the paper. I quit college because all the photography classes were artsy-fartsy and I wanted to be a "photojournalist." When I quit I went back working for my hometown newspaper, as much as I could.

The paper had a new chief photographer and he really took a shine to me and let me do a ton more work for him. He'd call me and ask me to go shoot some event, and I was a regular for Friday night football games in the fall. I was tight with the assistant sports editor that did all the work and made all the assignments.

Things went wrong when the chief photographer had a seizure in the darkroom. Turns out he had left the Navy because of epilepsy and couldn't work anymore for liability reasons. I applied for the chief photog job but wasn't seriously considered because I didn't have a college degree. They hired someone near my age with almost no experience, but he did have that piece of paper I lacked.

This basically inspired me to return to college and get that piece of paper, and even though I didn't get my degree in communications I went right back to work for a newspaper when I graduated. But this time I was more than just a photographer, I was also a sportswriter so I was responsible for a lot more than just taking pictures.

I miss those days when I would go to a sports event and just take pictures. I got the opportunity to go to Redskins games, Bullets (before they were the Wizards) games and I went to nearly every home game of the local minor league baseball team.

Now that everything is digital the job is much easier. I've been thinking of contacting some local papers to see if they need some help shooting the Friday Night football games for some of the local high schools. I don't have the pro-level equipment in digital that I have for film cameras, but some of it crosses over and I think I could produce some pretty fine pictures.

I have some email addresses for local sports guys at the newspapers. I just haven't pulled the trigger. Yet. I'm not sure what I'm waiting for.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Visual Quote

To visually quote my friend and Sawx fan billy bonkers:


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Go Karma Go

Online players, especially at lower limits, just plain suck as human beings.

We join the hand, already in progress...

Dealer: Dealing River: [7s]
River pairs the unsuited board...sharkk called a re-raise on the turn.
Dealer: shharkk bets $2.35 and is all-in
Not much left compared to the size of the pot, shharkk bluffs with the rest of his stack.
Dealer: monkeykel, it's your turn. You have 15 seconds to act
Douchebag "monkeykel" lets the timer count all the way down to 1 second, then:
Dealer: Player monkeykel has requested TIME
BAM! Monkeykel calls time and lets the timer count almost all the way down then:
Dealer: monkeykel calls $2.35
Dealer: shharkk has a pair of Sevens
Dealer: monkeykel has four of a kind, Sevens
Dealer: Game #11745252795: monkeykel wins pot ($16.65) with four of a kind, Sevens

Shows quads, the absolute nuts.

I hope payback is a BITCH.

Overheard at Work

"I'll head over there with you, just let me go to the bathroom first."

"Whatever you do, don't tap your feet!"



Monday, August 27, 2007

Na Na Na Na...

Hey Hey Hey


Friday, August 24, 2007

Draft Complete


Attended my first ever Fantasy Football draft last night. It was long, one moron took forever with EACH AND EVERY pick, and all those guys are nuckin' futz. They sure can dish out the trash talk but can't take it. I think I hurt some feelings. Boo friggety hoo. It's not rocket science. To those guys who took longer to make their selections than ACTUAL NFL teams take to make picks in the college draft...GET A LIFE! When I had to wait 10 minutes for the moron to take the next highest ranked player on everyone's fricking list, I wanted to strangle him.

I won't be reporting the daily happenings on my FFL team, don't worry. I'll just tell you all about it when something stupid happens. Unfortunately for you, based on last night's draft, stupidity will surely abound with this organizational retardation known as Fantasy Football Leagues.

Ugh, I feel like ass. My day has been a phlegmy nightmare. Maybe it's allergies, or all the ozone in the air from the heat and the construction. Maybe if I barf I'll feel better.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007


Went out sailing with my friend on Percy Priest Lake, and remembered to take my camera:


Sunday, August 19, 2007

eBay Scammers

Scammer Name: Florin Argentin Pandelica

A while ago I published a story of my exchange with an eBay scammer. At the end of the story I posted the email addresses I had been receiving the scam offers from.

Since then a lot of people have been hitting my blog by searching for these email addresses, and a few of them have emailed me to say they had received scam offers too.

I thought it would be nice to post those email addresses again, along with some more than I've received in a more straightforward post that will tell people that if they receive an email offer from one of these addresses IT IS A SCAM. Just delete it.

I will update this post with email addresses of scammers as I receive the scam offers. Sometimes bloggers can use their powers for good.

Friday, August 17, 2007

I Succumbed

I succumbed to the FFL pressures of my coworkers and have joined their Fantasy Football League.

The draft is next Thursday and my first job is to come up with a team name. I selected the intellectual masterpiece "Balls Too."

It comes from the Kevin Smith movie Clerks 2, when Randall Graves is asked by Dante's girlfriend Emma if it's nice having a job with so much downtime that he can hang out at the restaurant's playground. His response is:

Randal Graves: Downtime's important. If I had to deal with the fucking mouthbreathers all day I'd dip my head in the deep-fryer.
[Dante and Emma stare at him, waiting for him to leave]
Randal Graves: Balls too.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Ding Fucking Dong

Ding Fucking Dong The Goddamn Witch is Fucking Dead!

Now get the fuck out.

Monday, August 13, 2007

If You Play the MaTH...


If you play the MaTH tonight and see CoxLover, make sure you call him a douchebag when he criticizes everyone's play.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Cute Puppy!

Here's a picture I took in January of our new puppy when she was still pretty small. I was looking at stuff on my hard drive and saw it. She snuck into my rec room and found a deck of cards...

little molli

Back from Ohio

The trip to Ohio was fairly uneventful, except for the speeding ticket I got in Kentucky on the way back. Now I know why the abbreviation for that state is KY...I got fucked. The speed on the six-lane interstate (six lanes on my side of the median, six on the other) apparently dropped to 55 for no obvious reason for about a mile. The reason became obvious when the cop pulled me over. The ticket giving process is VERY streamlined in KY as he didn't even ask me to sign anything. Just handed me a piece of paper that said I owe the state of KY $200 or so. That must be a very profitable piece of asphalt.

I'm not sure if I'll have to return to Ohio next week. I know if I do I will be staying at a decent hotel. The accommodations were acceptable but the internet was pathetically slow. Apparently the definition of "high-speed internet" is very subjective. I wouldn't call "approaching dial-up" as "high speed." Things are still screwed up in the plant and they need as many warm bodies as possible, but there is also pressure coming in from people here that I stay and do work that needs to be addressed here.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Rudy Guliani’s 17-year-old daughter Caroline Supports Obama

Rudy's daughter picks Obama over him for President.

This is actually not very shocking if you were in New York when Guliani was running against Hillary Clinton for the Senate seat (which she won.) Rudy dropped from the race when it was discovered that he was having a not-so covert affair. His wife and kids were outraged that he dragged them through all that.

Good thing for Rudy that 911 happened and erased all the sordid details of his past.

To quote Guliani, "911, 911, 911, 911, 911, 811 oops, I mean NINE-ELEVEN!!!!"

Sudden Trip

My business trip to Mexico was postponed for a month, but today I found out I am desperately needed in Moraine, Ohio so I'm renting a car and driving up there tomorrow morning. Moraine is near Dayton, which isn't very far from Cincinnati, which I drove to last year for a birthday/poker gathering. It was a pretty easy drive then, I expect the same now.

I'm not sure about my availability, right now I'm working on a portable WoW solution. A junkie's gotta have his junk, right?

Friday, August 03, 2007


You MIGHT be a donkey if:

You devote entire posts to how MTTs are not as good as cash games and 95% of people who play them are losers.....then host an MTT once a month.

You post that tennis, the NFL and the NBA are "fixed".....just after telling us all about your MLB bets.

Play with your Food

I really hate scammers.

I recently bid on an item of interest on ebay. It was a normal lens for my digital camera. I have a normal lens but it is manual focus. I like to use it because it is so fast and that makes it easier to focus manually. The 18-55 zoom that came with the body is really nice at 18mm, but at 55 it is a horrible F5.6 and it looks like mud when you look through it. The problem with my normal lens is that you get no meter or anything when you use it, so you have to use it in full manual and guess at the exposure. An AF 50mm F1.4 is relatively inexpensive and would at least give me some through the lens metering. With a film camera no meter would be death. You'd have to use a handheld meter like it was the 20's. With digital at least you can guess, look at the LCD and adjust accordingly. But an AF lens would make life easier.

So I put a bid out on a lens via ebay. I like used lenses because I'm fairly rough on my camera equipment and if I'm going to beat it up anyway I like the discount of pre-beat up equipment.

I put in a fair bid and got sniped at the last minute, which is pretty much how ebay works these days. Snipers will pay anything for the satisfaction of screwing someone at the last minute.

The next day I got an email from the seller saying the buyer backed out and he would sell the the lens as a second chance for $100, and he would pay the shipping.

Wow what a deal! I bid $175 on a lens and get outbid by $2.50, now I can get it for $100 and the seller suddenly decides that he doesn't want $20 for shipping anymore? It's my lucky day!

I replied immediately and asked for his paypal address. He replies from yet another gmail address and says he is in Romania and his real name is saleh ali.

Okay, lets count the warning signs here.

Unsolicited email selling something...check
Sent to my email address not associated with my ebay account...check
Way underpriced item, deal waaaay too good to be true...check
using multiple email addresses with fake headers saying they are from ebay...check
operating out of a foreign country, even though the original seller was in Minneapolis...check
Won't accept normal safe forms of payment...check
Email name Kevin, real name saleh ali...check

I contacted the ACTUAL seller and verified that this guy was a scammer. Then I got "Kevin" in a gmail chat.

me: Does this work on a lot of people?
I contacted the seller, you're not him
there's about 50 suspicious things about you
Kevin: what do you mean
me: I guess you're not a scammer because you're smart
10:01 AM If you were smart you'd have a job or something
Kevin: yes i`m a job
me: Why do you use the name Kevin?
Kevin: because i the email at my friend
me: ah, of course
10:02 AM your friend's email is about to get shut down
He will be very mad at you
Kevin: sir
you want to make the deal with me yes or no
if you not i find another buyer
me: You're NOT the seller!
I talked with the seller
Kevin: go hard
me: and you're NOT HIM
Kevin: go away
and lett me
10:03 AM bye
and have a good day
me: I hope you go to hell for scamming people
Kevin: thanks
me: I hope you die tomorrow so it is soon
in a painful way
slow firey death
10:04 AM or an animal slowly eating your flesh
Kevin: good bye
me: maggots feasting on your scammer body
Kevin: bye bey bey
10:05 AM me: you don't like it when people find out about you?
everyone knows about you
one day someone will track you down for this and kill you in your sleep
it must be tough to sleep knowing people are looking for you to kill you
Indeed, you are a job saleh.

If you're searching the internet for email addresses to see if someone is a scammer and you come across this page, here are some that this guy uses: