Links o’ Interest

Douchebag name generator.

You Suck at Craigslist

Soccer Mom from hell

Poor Horses

McDonald’s latest product offering

A funny Palin supporter

The international space station, clearly seen against the Sun.

Avoid dry-cleaning bills: Donate your clothes, then buy them back on the cheap.

I doubt more than one of my readers will get this article. But what a find for the person who does, an actual math quine equation. Incredible.

Michael Lewis on Goldman Sachs bashing

Where band names came from

Fantastic hole in one

Bobbi McFerrin on the Pentatonic Scale

Silent Bob on strip clubs.

Amazing foul ball catch.

My kind of wedding procession. With bonus web analytics commentary.

Wilt Chamberlain, Andre the Giant, & Arnold Schwarzenegger (on the set of Conan)

Why you never catch the beginning of Shawshank Redemption on TV

Poker Update

In the early going I had Q-Q. The flop was J-x-x. I called an all-in bet. He had J-A and caught the Ace on the river. That was my bad beat for the night, I was glad to get it out of the way early.

I played well tonight. I believe I made good decisions about what hands to play and how aggressively to play them. I stole a couple of blinds. I also did a few follow-up bluffs, which are rare for me. (There’s probably a better term for that – continuation bluff? I mean that I have K-7 and raise pre-flop, the flop has nothing on it for me and I throw out even more money.) I don’t like risking that much on a naked bluff, so pulling off a couple of those was a nice change of pace for me.

On my biggest hand of the night I checked the option in big blind with K-2 suited, for 400. I checked in the dark before the flop. The flop was J-2-2. One player went all in with 2100. Another went all-in with 850. I called with my set of twos. One of them had a Jack, the other had high cards. I knocked them both out. On the next hand I knocked out another short stack player. In two hands I almost tripled my chips.

In 3-handed I had to make a couple tough folds. For example I raised with A-5 and someone went all-in. An Ace is good, but not good enough. With K-4 I decided to do one of the “continuation bluffs”. I pushed all-in on the turn, about 5000 into a pot of 7000. I was unfortunately called and knocked out. Eh, that’s how it goes.

Tonight: 3rd place for $41

The Wizard of the Washroom

I recently realized that I can go to the bathroom at work without touching anything.

  • The toilet flushes without me touching it.
  • The water is dispensed without me touching it.
  • The soap is dispensed without me touching it.
  • The paper towels are dispense without me touching anything.

I understand why it’s there. Most people seem to like it. I hate all of it. I hate waving my hands in midair and I look like an ass trying to trigger the electric eye. I feel like Gandalf’s special-needs nephew.

It’s a royal pain if you are doing anything non-standard. Trying to wash my glasses is ridiculous. Grabbing a few paper towels to clean up a spill can’t be done anymore. Maybe you want to see what your.. uh… ‘solid waste’ looks like for some reason. (Hey, guys do it sometimes.) Suppose you want to wash your forearms, you have to be a circus contortionist to trigger the water flow and slide your arms around in the bowl before the stream turns off.

Behold how I summon tepid waters!!

Behold how I summon tepid waters!!

Where’s the Printer?

When I came back to work from vacation the printer was missing. There was a note on the wall where the printer used to be. The same message was sent to me as an email, subject “Where’s the Printer?”.

In order to save cost, time, and energy xxx received permission from xxx and his direct reports to remove three HP 3880 color LaserJet printers from xxx.

The printer’s names are:
Xxx, xxx, and xxx
The larger HP color LaserJet named xxx will be relocated from its present location to the area where printer xxx was located (near the plotter machine) for better floor coverage.

Two high speed (50 pages per minute) HP copiers have been installed on xxx – xxx & xxx. These devices incur the lowest cost per page and boost the easiest user replaceable ink cartridges (no toner dust!). Please also consider using the duplex printing mode to save paper costs.

If you have any questions regarding these printer changes please contact xxx at extension xxx.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Oh, how I love being thanked for my cooperation when I had no choice. And the message leaves me with one basic question. Where is the printer!?

A simpler note would have worked.

Where’s the printer? It’s 12 feet to the left. It’s number xxx

The Ethics of Kidney Donation

Why are there so many people waiting for kidney transplants? Is it ethical to pay donors (Muttroxia gives a hearty “Yes!”) for their organs?

This very readable article dives into some of the problems and solutions. One of the things I liked about it is it’s sense of moral outrage. This is a solvable problems, and every day it isn’t solved increases human misery that much more.

Links o’ Interest

The ad that Microsoft should be running.

Why I won’t be going to my high school reunion. Fortunately I always got along with everyone at school, but I certainly knew people who could have written almost every word of this.

JK Rowling must register as a potential pedophile. Government gone mad.

She’s not coming back

Asia sounds a lot better now

This must be a violation of the Geneva Conventions. For shame, Home Depot!

Twilight in 4 frames

What is it with the midgets?

State of the nation in Iran (funny)

Insurance Policy

Oh, the irony burns

Biggest hick shows them up in America’s got Talent

Greatest drunk story ever told (NSFW)

Bear cub’s late reaction

Need a good comeback to “Make me a Sandwich”

Going down the stairs the cool way

Deadline

Another great Borat story. Commitment.

American Media in a nutshell

Backseat driver

Shooting clay pigeons. With a bow.

Poker Update

Just for the sake of completeness. Second place. Mostly by staying out of the way and letting others knock each other out.

Tonight: $71
Running Total: Haven’t the vaguest. Probably a little down?

Assisted Suicide

From the New York Times today:

LONDON — The controversy over the ethical and legal issues surrounding assisted suicide for the terminally ill was thrown into stark relief on Tuesday with the announcement that one of Britain’s most distinguished orchestra conductors, Sir Edward Downes, had flown to Switzerland last week with his wife and joined her in drinking a lethal cocktail of barbiturates provided by an assisted-suicide clinic.

Although friends who spoke to the British news media said Sir Edward was not known to have been terminally ill, they said he wanted to die with his ailing wife, who had been his partner for more than half a century.

I think it’s incredibly romantic.

Deceptive Gas Pump Labeling

Two years ago I complained about an Indiana gas station that arranged the different grades of gas in reverse order. Unless you were paying attention you could easily end up buying premium gas accidentally (as I did).

In the last two years, it’s only gotten worse. I’ve seen reverse ordering at a few other gas stations. And then there’s this one.

Pathetic. Just cut it out.

Links of Interest

Dr. Dooms brilliant stand-up act.

Why Kanye West is a douche

Town officials can’t figure out what 2/3 of 206 is

Fantastic commercial. NSFW audio, but don’t bother without audio

This is a great first car because…

Minimum wage

In emergencies

Gary: Landlord of the flies

Emails from an a-hole

Humorous toilet directions

Graduation shirt

Deeply flawed, but funny, posthumous zinger

A political parable

The Beatles and Clash in Rubik’s cubes

STFU, Parents

Surface: The view from underneath

An oldie but goodie – Michael Lewis on a football innovator

Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat and Bruno) on interviewing a terrorist. Not in character, as himself.

Will they ever learn? I guess not.

A roundup of Palin lies

Poker Update

I can’t complain about the hands last night. I had more than enough to play. It was the kind of night for weird hands – good beats and bad beats with unlikely draws.

On the third hand I limped in with A-7. The flop was 7-7-6. With a set of 7s and the best kicker, it was time to milk the pot. I bet medium and got one caller. On the turn he checked, I bet medium, he called me. On the river he bet out first. I came over the top with a large raise. He re-raised me. Sucker. I called him. He turned over 7-6, he had flopped a full house. Son of a… I was very short-stacked already. I played aggressively the next hour. I made a little progress but eventually got caught. I rebought.

At 50-100, I had A-A in the small blind. I did a standard raise to 300. The big blind called me, everyone else folded. The flop was an innocent looking J-5-2. I plopped in 500. He dithered and came over the top with a bet of 2,000. Hm. He could have two pair. Or a set. Or pure bluffing. There were two clubs out there, maybe he’s semi-bluffing with a flush draw. Hm. Ah, I can’t fold this. I went all in, another 2,900. He called and turned over 5-2 for two pair. I was surprised he had called my pre-flop raise with that, but that’s how it goes. Lady luck was smiling on me. The turn card was another Jack. That counterfeited him. (That means that his pair of 2s didn’t matter anymore – he now had two pair of Jacks and 5s, whereas I had Aces and Jacks.) The river card of a jack, giving me a full house, was just to rub it in.

As we combined into one table I was in the chip lead with one other player. We had started with 14 players. We were down to 10 and I had about five times my starting stack (~12,000). An hour later we were down to five players and I had about the same – so things had evened out a bit.

At 300-600 I have K-A. I raise it to 2,000 and get one caller. The flop is Q-x-x. I continue to push with another 2,000. He calls. I suspect he has the Queen. The turn is a blank. I check. This time he puts in 2,000. Hm. He probably has me beat. I have about 6,000 left, it costs me a lot to call. I only have six outs. On the other hand, it costs me 2,000 to pick up 12,000+. What the heck, I call. The river is an Ace. I bet another 2,000 and he is already cursing as he is forced to call and see me take almost all his money.

The very next hand I limp in as the small blind with 9-10 suited. It’s raised and I call. The flop is 9-7-3. With top pair I put in a generous bet. The same player from last hand goes all-in with his remaining stack. It’s only 1,400 more and I have to call him. He had pocket 8s, my 9s take him down. I don’t think he’s going to talk to me for a week.

Now we’re down to the final three. I am the big stack. The player to my right is an interesting one. He’s fairly new to Texas Hold’em, but he knows poker in general. It’s now getting late and he’s been making noises about how he needs to get home. The week I was out he needed to go home early also. He went all-in three times in a row and won each time. He was in 5th place and just walked away from the table. So I figure he’s going to be playing any two cards.

At 500-1000 I raise preflop with A-10. He goes all in. It’s not much more and I have a good hand and I expect him to go all-in with weak hands, so I call. He has K-x. He flops his king and doubles up. He now has a little bit more than me. Grr.

The next hand I have pocket 9s. I put in a raise, he calls. The flop is A-7-4 and he goes all-in. Argh. Does he have the Ace? I think he has the Ace. But maybe not. A fold here knocks me down to short stack at the table. Ah, heck, I call. He has an ace. I end up knocked out in 3rd place and a $26 profit on the night.

See my standings here.

The Two Presidential Surnames Puzzle

On vacation, my friend (and frequent Muttroxia commenter) and I were chatting and Harrison Ford came up. He noticed that both his names were the surnames of Presidents (Benjamin Harrison & Gerald Ford). We tried to come up with any other famous people who were the same. A few hours later he got one. I couldn’t get any.

The puzzle is to find any reasonably famous person whose first and last names are the surnames of American Presidents. It must be the actual form of the name (Adams or Jefferson, not Adam or Jeff).

Go!