Archive for May, 2008

May 14 2008

Bah, GG TV Poker for Me

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If this is true, then it’s pretty much good game TV Poker for me. Not that I don’t try and watch the WPT and the WSOP coverage, but I’m a cash game player and this was always thee show to watch for cash game play. Plus I thought the filming structure they had was better. It’s harder for me to find almost 2 hours to watch a WPT episode and I’ve been disappointed with how much the WSOP coverage edits out all but what seems to be the allin hands.

I guess the best I can hope for is that some one else will pick it up. I really don’t see why thye wouldn’t since everyone still thinks that poker is still marketable (even if it’s appeal may have dropped a bit) and I think GSN will find they get better viewership from HSP, than from the WPT. Perhaps that will motivate them to pick it back up too. We’ll see.

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May 09 2008

Economically Stimulated

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Was gonna post something about this anyway, but this conversation I had with zooks, pretty much sums it up:

Me: got our economic stimulus payment in our checking account this morning
Zooks: yeah still no love here
Me: pretty sure I heard a cha ching sound when I logged in
Zooks: dunno wtf is up with that
Zooks: lol
Zooks: we had to pay and I did it electronically
Zooks: but I did it at the last minute too
Me: we did it electronically too, but did get some back
Me: so $2400 doesn’t hurt
Zooks: wow yeah
Zooks: guess all those are paying off :P
Me: the kids?
Me: and that doesn’t even count #5
Zooks: yeah I know
Me: so we get some for that next year
Zooks: shoulda knocked her up earlier
Me: now I know what the whole scheme is with those polygamy camps
Zooks: oh yeah
Zooks: they totally rip off the gov’t
Zooks: cause the other “wives” are single parents and get money from gv’t
Me: plus I’m pretty sure if you knock up your own daughter, it counts for like 3 dependents
Zooks: hahahahahah
Me: incest math is fun
Zooks: I see that

I’ve already heard of several places having schemes to attract people to stimulate the economy at their establishments. I think Target is giving a 10% discount if you cash your check there. I’m sure thousands of people are heading to Best Buy right now to get a flat screen TV bigger than their own dining table right now. I’m sure that was exactly what our government had in mind.

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May 09 2008

Busy Weekend

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My sister in law is getting married this weekend so I’m stuck in Medora, ND until Sunday. Not a bad place to be if you don’t mind being trapped in a tourist town in the middle of ND in the offseason. Half of the stuff in town doesn’t even open until after memorial day. Compiled with that, my neck (which I have chronic pain with) has been acting up again so the 3 hours of driving yesterday to get here was about as pleasant as an ice pick under the toe nail. We got in pretty late last night after we went to the inlaws house and I was hoping to at least have a reasonable view of the buttes surrounding the historic town, but no. This morning instead of being greeted with a peaceful rural view, I get presented with what is a common feature of many ND small towns, a trailer park. Yay me.

At least I’m making this post pool side. I’m trying to find that silver lining.

All in all, the weekend shouldn’t be too bad. The kids are excited to be able to play with their cousins so they are in a good mood. My wife also comes from a large family (8 kids in all), so there is usually something to do with one of them. Boredom probably won’t be a a word I’ll use to describe the weekend when it’s all said and done.

I probably find times to post here and there so I’ll keep this brief and I’ll be sure to try and get a few pictures taken and posted as well.

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May 07 2008

Is Bloodletting an Approved Dietary Technique???

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Was gonna just post a comment, but figured, I’d give Juskimo some linkage love. Since I don’t find time to post stuff about myself lately, I figure I might as well post about others. Right?

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May 03 2008

April Poker Update… Err, No

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Ok, not much of an update other than I to say that I pretty much took the month off. I only played about 70 hand and made like $5 in ring games and played 4 Step 1 tourneys and won 2 step 2 tickets that I haven’t used yet. So I made a little more than $30 in total prize equity.

I instead spent my little free time from the busy month in front of the time suck that is TV. Watched a few movies and then I also found out that the one game I had been waiting for to come out on the virtual console for the wii since even before we had a wii, had come out. So yeah, I spent a reasonable amount of time playing one of my favorite games all time, River City Ransom. For those who didn’t get the priveledge of enjoying this game, the basic premis was you play a couple of brothers in high school who need to battle their way through street thugs and gangs while also gorging yourself with various foods, partaking of saunas and flirtateously coercing smiles from waitresses along the way. Now if that isn’t the recipe for an epic adventure and innocent tomfoolery, I don’t know what is.

For those of you who did enjoy the game, this video should help you get into the nostalgia with me.

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May 01 2008

Hardy Upgrade

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Last Saturday I decided to upgrade to the latest Kubuntu version that had just been released, Hardy Heron. Like 3 hours later (mostly from package downloads), I had an almost working system. Most of it seemed pretty good, except I had no internet and it wasn’t recognizing my wireless card.

I spent 45 minutes tethered to my wired connection trying to get it to work. Eventually I got it by removing the driver package for my card and installing a new one. I removed the bcm43xx-fwcutter package and installed the b43-fwcutter package. I’m not exactly positive what was up with that. Was the package renamed or changed? I don’t know. All I know is what I did to get it to worked and, sometimes, that’s good enough for me.

So with my internet back, I was finally playing with my system. I mean really, who can use a computer without the internet? Once I leapt over that hurdle, the system seemed pretty nice. I seemed to work well and smoothly.

And then, came the fun part. For reasons unbeknown to me, the default firefox version was changed from 2 to the still beta 3. I did notice pretty quickly that many of the plugins I have been using (and who doesn’t use plugins) weren’t supported on firefox 3. But here is the kick in the pants. Once you run firefox 3, it updates your profile so you can’t use that profile with firefox 2. It’s either start over or deal with version 3 and it’s quirks. Sigh. One of them was my plugin for my del.icio.us account which meant I had no bookmarks. Sigh again. Fortunately, I ran across what is apparently a fairly well known technique. This shows you how to put in a setting to disable the compatibility check that was disabling my precious extensions.

Ah, yes. Lovely bookmarks, contextual menus and search options. I still don’t have a working version of firebug, but on my home machine, I can wait it out until firefox 3 is finally released and support is added. I was all happy as it see that these “unsupported” extensions seemed to work well enough.

Then a couple of days ago, Asa Dotzler put on his blog about a del.icio.us extension version for firefox 3. Ah sweet. I recommend getting it. Not only does it work without tricking the browser, but it’s also a new version with some nice new features. Progress is a good thing.

Overall, I’ve been happy with the upgrade and things have been working smoothly. I just wish the issues I had were addressed a little bit better. I’m not entirely positive my issue with my wireless card was due to anything the ubuntu maintainers did, but I’m not sure that it wasn’t either. As for the firefox issue, I’ve seen repeated reports of people being surprised by it and usually not pleasantly. That one I think could have been handled better.

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