Links o’ Interest

These make me giggle

I like my women the way I like my coffee

Spot the dictator!

Don’t swallow your gum.

Total Eclipse of the Flow Chart

Scottish man at U2 show

Fun with Bob Dylan translations

25 thinks I promise never to put my child through

Ow! That isn’t how it’s played.

Are you a white collar criminal unsure how to cope with going to jail? These consultants can help. (not a joke)

Barney Frank rules

Well that sucks. DNA evidence can now be fabricated.

A simple visualization of how health care reform will affect you.

The 11 oldest actors to play teenagers (I feel like Daniel San should be in here)

Bad design in Star Wars

Wow. Bike stunts. Just gets better throughout.

Pentagon Assesses Global Warming-related Threats

the Pentagon is being ordered by Congress to study threats that arise out of global warming. This is a bi-partisan mandate. It presumably starts from the Pentagon, who has been warning the White House for years of the potential effects of global warming.

I wish I knew the voting on this measure. I think this puts the ideological Right in an awkward position. On the one hand, they know global warming is a myth. On the other hand, the military should never be questioned. But if the military says global warming is real… what to do, what to do? How does a right-winger reconcile those beliefs?

exploding heads

Poker Update

Last Week:

I had 9-A. The flop was 9-4-2. I raised, he went all-in. I figured him for pocket Js, called for some reason. He had pocket 4s. But I caught a 9 on the river to knock him out. That was a lucky draw.

An hour later I had about 2,800 with the blinds at 200-400. The blind was raised to 800. I went all in with A-Q. I was not expecting to be called, but he had pocket Ks and knocked me out. I think the all-in was the right play, and I certainly can’t complain about luck after that river 9 before.

This Week:
Man, that sucked. I went in determined to be (1) aggressive early, (2) play the players not the cards, (3) get an early big stack and use it. It started off great. The very first hand I had K-A and added a few hundred to my stack. Two hands later I had Jack high but pushed around someone who was radiating weakness. Things looked good. Until..

Blinds at 50-100. Everyone folds to me in the small blind. I have K-J. With only the big blind left I raise it up to 400. He calls. The flop is Q-x-x. I don’t think he has the queen. I bet another 400. He thinks about it and calls. The turn is a Jack giving me a pair. I bet 800. He quickly raises me another 800. There are 3 diamonds on the board. He’s caught the flush. I know he’s caught the flush. I have to fold and I do. He had K-3, and yes, they were diamonds. Son of a. I’m surprised he called the preflop 4x raise in the first place. After that he was just lucky.

Now I was short-stacked and everything went wrong. I was quickly knocked out and rebought. Ha ha, I thought, a new stack of chips, look out here comes Muttrox! It was not to be. I didn’t get good cards. Everytime I made a move someone came over the top. When I had good cards they didn’t connect on the flop. Nothing worked. It’s not even worth relating the final hand, it was anti-climatic and preordained.

That was a couple of the most frustrating hours of poker I’ve played.

Tonight and last week: -$60

And yet more poker…: That flush hand is really sticking with me. I am still annoyed because I think I may have been Helmuth’d. I raised the blind 4x and he called with K-3. That was a defensible, but bad call. In my opinion. The only part I may have done wrong was only betting another 400 on the flop. He was calling 400 to get 1600, and he had about a 35% draw chance so it was an ok call on his part. I suppose I could have bet 1,000 or something, but I didn’t even have a made pair. I just had a read, an absolutely perfect one, that I had him beat. It would have been hard to commit 25-50% of my stack on that read. Nyargh. I’m not sure why this one hand is bothering me so much, but it is.

Links o’ Interest

The sexist computer

It doesn’t work like it says

How men and women argue

131 reasons David Banner turned into the Hulk

Alex, what are “Brass Ones?”

OK, that last guy has a point.

An honest end-user license agreement

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia gets a spinoff (sorta)!

True evil

The internet made you stupid

My first fail

Oh father!

If you’re threatening to jump off the Golden Gate bridge, who comes to help? Not a therapist or negotiator, just an ironworker. And they’re better at it.

The caste system

A rebuttal to Michael Pollen

Happy 10th Birthday Iron Giant! One of my favorite movies. And not just because Pete Townshend is an executive producer and made a whole album about it. Well, maybe a little.

The Washing Hands Prompt

One day this appeared in the bathroom.


This is incredibly patronizing. I know when to wash my hands. I know how to wash my hands. I don’t need to be reminded that washing my hands is a good idea. The time to teach me this was when I was four. By a happy coincidence I was taught this when I was four. I’m pretty sure everyone else at work also learned it when they were four. I am no longer four. I don’t want to be treated like I am still four.

My company pays me a salary with the expectation that I can make important decisions without holding my hand. They trust me with millions of dollars of intellectual assets but not to wash my hands appropriately?

All that’s missing is a reminder to zip up afterwards.

Links o’ Interest

Lots of good ones today…

Reimagining of Peanuts

Barack Obama’s birther-day card

Feel the snark.

Epic neighbor lawn chair war. Read the emails.

Are you there printer?

Facebook Genesis

Cool ad

I never cared for John Hughes that much. But this is still touching.

You think turtles are slow? That’s what they want you to think.

What is married life like, a metaphor

Depressed dog attempts suicide

I hate my job

Ayn Rand kid

Things are out of hand. Someone actually drew this.

More incredible sand animation. (Is that “Nothing Else Matters” near the end?)

Will you kick the ball already!?

Just hang in there…

Cat Rackham. Don’t know what to think about this.

Frame of reference. I guess flat earth, creationism, and hard physics can agree on something after all

Relationship Dealbreaker (NSFW)

5 massive hit songs that almost didn’t get released

Ad Age on the Dos Equis ad campaign

Ways to be cool

Creatively altered signs

Bananas are bad

7 songs from grandpa’s day that would make Eminem blush

Flagpole Sitta, the 1965 version. (Since some of my readers don’t get the joke, here’s the awesome original. One of the few modern albums I have.)

Give ‘til it hurts. Now that’s a logo.

Disney Philosophy. And Donald has had it.

Dog bites laser pointer

Dean Kamen on the healthcare debate. Fascinating viewpoint.