Poker Update

Last night was a fun game. But I started off badly and it just kept getting worse. On my left was Jonathan. Jonathan (I think) and I were the best players at the table. And every time I had a hand, he had one also. His always seemed to connect and mine always seemed to miss.

I can’t count how many hands I had like 8-5 that I folded pre-flop and then the flop is 8-5, turn is 5. I fold J-7, flop is J-J-x. You expect that to happen once in a while but it was ridiculous. I’d have two high cards and nothing would hit. I’d have a medium pair and three overcards would come up on the flop. It was driving me nuts!

Big hand: I had A-10, he called my big raise. Flop was A-10-J. Sucked him all in by the turn. He had Q-J. He said he was out. As I pointed out his straight draw, the K came up on the river giving him his straight. Sigh. I went and rebought to catcalls.

Two hands later. I had Ax-10c. Flop is 3 low clubs. I check, he bets. I call. The turn is another club giving me my flush. He bets heavy. He must have a higher club than a 10. I know he does. And yet I call. His Kc takes it. I went and rebought to the sounds of laughter. “You’re out again!?” “Does your wife know you’re here!?” etc…

But finally things start turning. It’s not so much that I get lucky as that I fail to get unlucky. I work my way back. I double up through Jonathan, my K-10 hits for two pair, beating his two pair of Ks and 6s.

Let’s move forward to the end game. My sobriety advantage is kicking in. I don’t drink much when I play and I had a headache driving out. We’re down to four people and the top three finish in the money. I look down at 7-7. I raise the 2000 blind to 5000. Jonathan goes all in. Then Joe does also. Joe has me covered, I have Jonathan covered. It only costs me 6000 to call. I think my 7s are good and I’m getting roughly 5:1 odds. But I want to finish in the money. If I stay out and Joe loses he will be very short-stacked and if Jonathan loses he’s out. I announce it, “I have the best hand but I’m going to fold to see someone knocked out.” Joe’s A-K holds up and he collects a huge pot by knocking out Jonathan. Yes, my 7s would have won it but I am fine with a guaranteed third place finish.

But Joe now has the monster stack, Mel and I are battling for second. It looks like it won’t be me as I whittled down to a lousy 1500 at 1000-2000 blind levels. I can’t cover the blinds but I manage to double up. And again. And again. And again! 10 minutes later and Holy cow, I’m in it to win it! Mel gets knocked out and I’m in second.

I enter heads up with ~30% of the chips. Both of us are playing loose and aggressive. I almost knock him out, he almost knocks me out. I’d like to say the other players were gathered around to watch the drama but in fact they were putting on jackets and going home.

I go all in with K-6, he calls me with K-8. Looks bad. I do not get my 6 but the board brings a 9-10-J-Q, so we split the pot with King high straights. A few hands later I get 10-10 and instantly go all in. He instantly calls with A-x. The first card is an Ace and I go down in second place.

Despite a terrible play calling the flush, and an arguable fold with the 7s, I somehow make up for buying in twice and make second place. A good night. (Also very fun with a good crowd!)

Tonight: $15
Running Total: $595

Links o’ Interest

“You’ve been misinformed”

Overdue account

Mozart through bottles on rollerblades. Yes, you heard that right.

The perfect soccer throw-in

Why you don’t steal from Cracked

Children’s letters to God

This needs to be brought back

Smelling Tayshuan Prince’s neck

Why you should learn guitar

Jessica – WAS worlds fattest child

Sigh. It’s getting harder to make fun of Tony Romo every day.

Elderly Ghetto Gospel Choir Brilliant.

A review of my toddlers pretend restaurant

The worst day of my life, or how teenage girls act, or how the Salem Witch Trials started. (translation )

The same model shot as if she was age 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60.

Don’t bail out Detroit. By Mitt Romney.

A day in the life of Joe six-pack

Chuck Klosterman reviews Chinese Democracy

Remember Newman’s rant about how hard it is being a mailman? This one destroyed junk mail for years to keep up. No one noticed.

How much land does the government own? (Much much much more than I thought.)

A touching post on fundamentalist religion and brain death

Top 25 days in computing history

The lost photographs of Hiroshima

Thanks to the link contributors!

Ignorant Letter of the Month

Enough meta-blogging! On with the content!

Our local local paper gets lots of interesting letters. Look at the third one here, about the election.

I was surprised to hear that a state in the midwest (I think it was Iowa) did not have a winner-takes-all approach. It apportions the electors based on the popular vote percentages. Two electors were given to McCain and three to Obama.

So you could take the time to complain, but you couldn’t be bothered to see what state it was? (There are actually two states, Maine and Nebraska, that don’t have winner-take-all electoral voting.)

It seems that the individual states pass rules or laws on how electors may cast their votes.

It seems that way? It seems? Pick up a copy of the Constitution! “Each state shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress” Just look it up.

In history, the framers of the Constitution set up the electoral college as a way to prevent an incompetent person from becoming president even though he my have fooled the general public.

No. Just… no. Where on earth do you get this idea from?

This man could be bothered to write 300 words to the editor, but couldn’t be bothered to see if he’s the first person with this idea. Sigh. Go check out the National Popular Vote website.

I have also noticed that the Democrats are starting to market themselves as progressives instead of liberals. This shows they now recognize that they cannot sell their old position and need to go a different way. Maybe the Republicans should do so also.

A stupid ending to a stupid letter from a stupid man. Douglas van Veelen, ignorant letter writer of the month.

More About Themes

I appreciate the feedback from everyone! I’m going to be switching around a lot over the next few days. Comments won’t make much sense as they refer to things that don’t exist. At the very bottom of the page, it usually says what software and theme is being used, try and reference that so I know what you’re talking about.

So here’s the story: The problem is that I can program enough PHP to hack up existing themes, but not truly design my own in a way that is stable. The last theme started as something called “Pool”. I had heavily modified it over the years. It had reached the point where I couldn’t get it do what I wanted. I decided it was time for a change.

I went to get a new theme installed and none worked. Everything crashed. This was because I was on an old version of WordPress. The lack of a new version also kept me from putting in some new plugins I wanted. And made general maintenance harder, I was not taking advantage of better user interface and tips that the new versions have. That was the impetus for the upgrade.

Now I have stable software again. The old theme doesn’t work anymore. That’s fine by me. Picking a new one is harder. The reason is that I am trying to get one that I like “out-of-the-box”, that won’t take a lot of editing. There were a couple that looked nice except for the font family they used. I can fix that fairly easily, but that’s the first step down the bad road I was on.

What I want:

  • Simplicity
  • Clean
  • Lists that look correct
  • A really good integrated search engine
  • Custom background images
  • Blogroll
  • Links to archived months, preferably with some idea about how much content is there

What I don’t want:

  • Avatars
  • Categories
  • Tags
  • All the meta stuff

What I haven’t decided on:

  • RSS. Does anybody use RSS? (OK, I guess Mike does.)
  • About this blog

Matt: I like your new blog theme. When do we get more content?

Muttroxia is Back

Sort of. It started as a minor upgrade of WordPress software and degraded into tech hell. I’m more or less back up and running now. I’ve lost the theme (that’s the look and feel), but that’s OK, I wanted a new one anyhow. (Update: I’m trying this [“Aeros”] for now, but expect it to change a lot.)

Also, I’ve forgotten some of those random taglines I had. If anyone remembers some, or has their own they want to see, send them on. “Critical Thinking” may become the default — it seems to sum up the attitude of this blog.

I found a post from three years back that had been made private for some reason. It’s now public, if out-dated and not terribly great.

A big thanks to Sid, who hosts the domain and got me the tools I needed to repair. Yay!

Links o’ Interest

I can’t believe we still have to protest

The Mayans were right about the world ending

Crazy driving at abandoned airport

Rowan Atkinson on the miracle of Jesus

Man with hiccups for one year

The End of Wall Street (by Michael Lewis)

Incredible pilot and landing

Chuck Norris Facts: The Opposing View

The Office is getting a spinoff

Patriots Rule

I suddenly like Jake Plummer a lot more

7 moments in mixed messages

Sexist clothing

Perspective: Middle East casualties

Quick Thinking

Golden Gate Bridge (pic)

Courage (Tuesday was Veteran’s Day)

Voting for a third Bush term. Really?

See where your username is taken on the internet

The Stupidest Exercise Machine

Best derriere in the world

50 things you didn’t know about Barack Obama

The t-shirt experiment: Tolerance fail

Science Fiction ship size comparisons

The kids in America

Man traps himself in balloon. Schmuck.

15 Greatest Adrenaline Rushes in the World

10 Last pictures taken

Things keep getting better in Iraq (seriously, I’m not snarking)

Can’t remember why progressives keep harping about Lieberman? Here’s the case against Lieberman.

Fantastic comment

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