Archive for August, 2007

Aug 28 2007

About Fucking Time

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YouTube joins the Google Data family

Now quick, some one do something about the complete lack of RSS on youtube. Still the one glaring shortcoming of the most popular video sharing service on the web. Cause I really need to get videos like these in my feed reader.

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Aug 28 2007

Took 4 Tired, Crabby Kids Shopping…

Published by under Entertainment,Personal

And this better be worth it.

I’m actually looking forward to it since I am a huge fan of Shaun of the Dead. Problem is, typically when I get hyped for these types of movies, I usually get let down at least some. But I’ve heard good things so I’m still hopeful.

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Aug 26 2007

Life Tilt Update

Published by under Personal,Poker

A few weeks ago I outlined some goals to help with the “life tilt” I was experiencing at the time. August was probably a bad month to try and attempt changing certain things since it usually gets pretty busy for us. With the kids’ birthday party and school coming back, I always run short of time here.

I wasn’t able to keep up with a lot of the changes I wanted to make, but tried to get them in where I could. One of the things that has been helping me though was me reading more, which I have been doing. I always have read stuff quite a bit, but other than blogs and such on the web, I read very little for recreation. Well, I’ve been reading when I take the kids to taekwondo and trying to get some in the evenings. With a bunch of backlogged books that I have laying around here, I am in no shortage of things to read. I finally finished a book Amy bought for me a few years ago. It wasn’t that terribly great of a book, but if a book about a guy brought back to life to avenge the murder of his gay lover with the help of his recently deceased lover’s post-op tranvestite twin sister, then this book might be right up your alley.

The one part that I’ve been disappointed that I haven’t changed was the amount of TV I was watching. I did well for like a week, but that was more due to being busy and just not being around a TV than with an conscious effort to reduce it.

I’ve also been working a bit on the house but again, not to the extent that I would have liked. This is something that does take some effort more than myself for many of the things though and if I would score us as a couple, Amy and I have done well with this just cause she has carried any slack that I have let go during the last few weeks. She has really worked hard with a lot of it and done a great job.

But my whole goal was to try and make me happier at work. Looking back, I had a setup for failure in that department cause I was hoping that making myself happier in my life away from work would carry over into my work. Not a good plan considering it was my work that was adversely affecting my personal life. So I’ve decided to adjust some of my goals for work and hope that it will lead to better results.

Recently I’ve been more motivated to trying to find a larger home in a few years and would like that to be the major goal for the next few years (probaby 3 to 4). But it’s hard to stay motivated when you don’t plan on reaching your goal so far off, so I need to set some smaller milestones to serve as my personal carrot. This will carry over in my job since there are a few things I would need to change professional to make that dream come to fruition as well. It was a very similar thing we did when we planned on buying our current home, only that took a much smaller commitment of time and we got to where we needed to be in less than a year from when we really made a decision to do that. This is a much bigger commitment, but is much less crucial for us.

Poker will on several fronts will play a significant role in how achievable this is. I’ve stated before that I took a pretty decent break from poker at the beginning of the year, but I still want to try and at least equal the amount I had won last year in poker which was close to $4k. I got off to a slow start but I think I can make a good run at that and with some good bankroll goals, I should be able to get that to increase in the next few years. Hell, if I make a good run in next month’s WCOOP, I could definitely crush this goal and have a good kickstart on many of my other goals. GL to me for that one.
Best thing I can do is keep plugging away. At least if I keep putting it out here it makes me conscious of it and fresh in my mind. I don’t think any of my goals are unattainable , but they aren’t easy ones either. Hopefully the challenge motivates me more. Only time will tell.

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Aug 25 2007

Off To The WCOOP!!!

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Dear MaAnthony,You finished the tournament in 1st place.
You qualified to play in Tournament #70000019 and are automatically registered for it.
See Tournament #70000019 Lobby for further details.If you choose to unregister from this tournament your account will be credited
with 530.00 W$. W$ can be used to buy into any qualifying special PokerStars event.
Visit our web site at http://www.pokerstars.com/tournaments.html for more details.Congratulations!
Thank you for participating.

For those of you who don’t have the schedule memorized, that means I will be playing in the $530 PLO WCOOP in September. I needed that shiny point to my poker month. I played less than stellar but got lucky when I needed it and nursed my chip lead with 6 people left to finish in the top 2 out of 24 for an entry. Let’s hope the WCOOP goes as well.

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Aug 24 2007

Virtual Retardation

Published by under Personal,Tech

It never ceases to amaze me just how ridiculously retarded people are and can be when given the anonymity of the internet as a potential cloak for their identity. Nice people become assholes, shy people become flirtatious and outgoing, and apparently, 45 year old ex-marines turn into a 18 year old marine currently serving his country and looking for some hot young tail(gotten via Paul Philips).

It’s amazing the types of things people will come up with when faced with the ability to become some one new. I think some adults miss the imaginative play they got when they were young. I just don’t see why they feel the need to take on that persona for a whole life. It’s much the same reason people become enveloped with things like WoW and online poker. Becoming something new to take them away from their ordinary and mundane lives.

Some of that is healthy, but some people don’t know how to handle it and take it too far. Drawing lines and knowing when enough it enough is important. For the most part, I think I’m the same sarcastic smart ass online that I am in real life. It’s also one of the reasons I decided not to hide my real identity so that there isn’t that separation between my real identity and my online one. That slippery slope in fictional online identities is a rough one. Sometimes, I think some people need a license to be able to get online, or at least a psych eval.

Even if you are honest yourself, you always have to be careful cause not everyone else is. You never know that 17 year old hottie who is inexplicably attracted to your 38 year old, fat, living with your mom ass turns out to be another 38 year old dude living with his mom. Now that I think about it, you guys are probably a perfect pair. I hope you both find cyber-happiness.

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Aug 23 2007

Happy Birthday Clay!!

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Today Clay turns 7, but with the busy week and an open house at the school tonight, we ended up mostly celebrating it last night. His birthday dinner of cocktail shrimp, pork chops, baked potatoes and mac & cheese (yes they get to pick their own menus) was had last night.

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He’s been pretty excited and I’m glad he had fun, but I’m also glad that we are done with birthdays for a while.

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