Monday, February 28, 2005

tourney update

A quick update on the tourney:
I've got 15 definates and 7 maybes.

Friday, 3/4/05 @ 8:30

Details: Buyin is $5. This will give you 200 in chips. During the first hour, you can rebuy if you bust out or refill as many times as you want for $3 (120 in chips). You can only refill up to 120 chips, but you can do this as many times as you want. For example, if Johnny busts out 5 minutes into the tourney to lose all his chips, he can get 120 more for $3. If Ricky loses all but 20 chips 40 minutes into the tourney, he can buy 80 more to bring him up to 120 chips for (in this case) $2.

Blinds will go up every 30 minutes and we'll shuffle tables every hour.
Blinds: 1/2, 2/4, 4/8, 5/10, 10/15, 10/20, 15/30, 20/40, 25/50, 30/60, 40/80, 50/100

Let me know if you have any questions!

pet peeve

Here's a pet peeve of mine. First, let's see if you notice anything wrong with this situation:


Anything? I know this is petty. At the local kroger here, this happens all the time. Here's the problem:


You see, there isn't really enough room for two cars to pass down the ONE WAY lanes, and when that's not an issue, a car has to go back and forth 3 or 4 times to get into a spot when coming from the wrong direction. I really don't get it. What is so damn complicated about the parking lot? "Hold on," you say, "there aren't always arrows there!" Right you are, but let's be serious here. Have you figured out how they determine how the arrows go? Are you really going to argue that you can't figure out which way the lane is going without the arrows? If that's the case, please, please don't drive. In my book, I'd have to rank this as more annoying that that ass who makes side comments in class after E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G the prof says--to the point that a collective groan sounds each time.

I suck at this game

[Quick reminder: tourney Friday 3/4/05 at 8:30 at my house in Columbus. $5.]

My weekly Sunday tourney didn't go so well this past Sunday. Actually, it was down right embarrassing.

I was doing pretty well initially. Out of ten people, my biggest mistake occurred after five had been eliminated. I'm first to act with a decent hand J Q. In general this isn't that great of a hand I've been playing pretty tight so when I raise, as expected, only one person hangs on.

The flop comes:


Not bad, an outside draw. I bet it pretty big and get a quick call. The turn:

Yes, a straight! I am yea-happy. I bet big again and get another quick call. Instead of trying to figure out what this guy has, I start counting my money. The river:

For a final board of:

OK, cool, I've got the best hand and move all in. ERRR I don't have the best hand--there's a straight on the board, the same as my straight! How did I screw this up!? Kevin calls me with his A, a better straight, and I am eliminated for foolish, stupid play.

This seems like a good time to mention Chris' rules of poker:
  1. Slow Down
  2. Watch
  3. Think


I guess it's also worth mentioning that this was only a $5 game ;).

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

business quote

Ok, here's the story:

Since I'm addicted to poker, I've been looking for a custom-engraved card-guard. It's nerdy, I know....Anyway, I found a few places that do this sort of thing online and email all of the for quotes. One guy gets back to me right away with a good price ($35) so I go ahead and place an order. This was a week ago.

Last night I get an email from another business:
Hello, Michael. Thank you for your interest in our custom card protectors.

I apologize for the late response.� We celebrated our daughters 1 year birthday on Saturday.� That afternoon, I found out a friend of mine who was 7 months pregnant (Lisa) and her 7 year old son (Jayden) were missing.� On Monday my sister had a new baby boy.� Then on Tuesday the bodies of Lisa, her unborn little girl, and Jayden were found.� It�s been an emotional roller coaster of a week.

Don�t mean to be a downer.

The pricing for the 1.5� SS card protector with the spider engraved in the center would be $65 plus $5 shipping* ($70 total*).

*If you are a resident of the state of Texas, we must add 8.25% sales tax to your order.� Shipping charge applies to continental US only.�

The easiest and quickest way to pay us is via PayPal at Sales@Dealerbuttons.com.� If you don�t have a PayPal account, it�s fast, easy and free.� Just go to https://www.paypal.com/ and click on �Sign up for your FREE PayPal account�.

If you�d like to see a preview of your button/protector prior to ordering, we charge a nonrefundable $10 fee for all design work per custom button.� This fee will be taken out of the total price if you choose to purchase the button/protector.

We will get started upon receipt of payment!

Regards,
Jacque Oley
sales@dealerbuttons.com
I am not joking. I checked out the story and, according to google:news, it's legit. He might not know any of the people involved but the story is true. What do I say to that!? I'm speachless.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Poker

I'm planning a poker tourney for Friday 3/4/05. It'll start aroud 8-8:30 and probably run until around midnight. I'm hoping to get 2 tables going. If you are interested, please let me know so I can plan accordingly. If you've never played, never fear! It's fun and easy to learn. At $5, it's cheaper than a movie ;). The usual snacks, soda, beer, etc. will be available.

I'm also considering allowing 'rebuys' for the first hour or so. Has anyone played a tourney with rebuys before? How'd it go?

Again, if you are the slightest bit interested, drop me an email or give me a call and we can talk about it.

-michael

headhunting...for jobs ;)

I went to a career fair today. No funnel cakes or carnival rides, just 90-seconds interviews. I talked with a bunch of companies (RoviSys, IBM, Bosch, Ball, Harris, etc.) and received a pretty standard response: go to the website and upload a resume. I made 20 copies of the damn thing on 'resume paper' and only was able to deliver 3 of them. Oy!

If anyone's looking for a computer engineer to start work in June 2005, in North Carolina, let me know.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Would every landing be a water landing?

It seems that ol' Japan has run out of space. They just built an airport in a little used area of the OCEAN. That's right...they built an island and constructed an airport on top of it. Amazing.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Googol err Google

Well my friends, everyone's favorite company is at it again. A friend already covered Google Maps so I will only briefly rave about it here. In the end, the maps page get's you the same thing. The huge plus here is getting there (funny, because we're talking about directions ;)...ok I'll stop). The interface is amazing and hella-fast. All details have been covered. I think it's the little things that a user isn't likely to notice that go a long way. For example:
  • did you notice that the map auto-resizes to fill your browser? Go ahead and resize your window--no scrollbars!
  • I believe you can also drag the map to pan/scroll.
  • the tiles are cached, so the more you use it, the faster it gets
  • I printed some directions and they were delivered on one page! Usually with mapquest, they go over to two pages, with the "@copy;" being the only thing on the 2nd page. Alright, alright, enough...
Interestingly, Google Local is still using MapQuest...but I guess Google Maps is still beta software.

In other google news...I just searched for "Spiderman" and was given some images results mixed in with the normal results (similar to Amazon's A9 search). It's pretty neat, though I can't quite figure out how it determines to show images. I searched for all sorts of things that could suggest I wanted images (Lindsay Lohan, beach, sunsets, animal pictures, etc.). So far, I've only been able to get recent (but not new) movies to work like spiderman, anchorman, etc.

For some inside info on Google, you could also check out this guy's blog.

Oh my

I'm not sure what to say. This was in our university paper (though it appears to be an AP article...)

Thursday, February 10, 2005

iPod Shuffles Rock (my world)!

So...
Last week I was introduced to the iPod Shuffle. Cute. Small (smaller than a pack of sugar free gum, in fact). Simple. I am the perfect demographic for this item :)

But, I told myself, I already have an iPod. First generation. That is big. And crashes. So I convinced myself that the iPod shuffle would have to wait until some occasion that Michael could buy it for me. The next day, my iPod dies. Battery is completely useless, and it can't even hold a charge for the first two words of a song. Now, I need some sort of music player for the gym and for running, so I had to do something about this problem. You know how much it costs to replace the battery on an iPod? $99. And how much does a nice shiny new small cute simple iPod shuffle cost? $99. I think it was a God thing :)

I am the proud owner of a brand spankin new iPod. So far it has been wonderful. Syncs with my computer (a windows machine) and has a really good sound:

"The older iPods, especially the Mini, have been rightfully criticized for being somewhat deficient in bass, and although the bigger players have flat frequency response, they have trouble sustaining big bass notes. Not so the shuffle; it drives its earbuds well and hard without resorting to artificial bass boost. Though most digital audio players have moved past the Apple players' audio quality (by virtue of learning from Apple's mistakes and being fresher designs), the shuffle does them one better." (full review)

I'll keep you posted on any praises or complaints that I have.

-Sarah "do not eat iPod shuffle" Haren

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Stealing vs. Stealing...

This is some crazy stuff here...With stealing music, movies, and tv shows over the internet being all the rage, someone came up with a really good idea: What's the penalty for digital theft vs. actually stealing an item in a store? Read up on this guy's analysis--it's pretty shocking.

Paraphrased excerpt: stealing season 2 of Alias could yield $100,000/1 yr imprisonment while downloading the entire season could yield the same jail time, but $3,300,000 in fines.