Links o’ Interest

The American Gothic subjects posing with the picture.

For no good reason. I give you, man in rainbow chicken suit going over cliff on bicycle.

Dinosaurs and everything in this sand sculpture.

How to do the Moulin Rouge

“Keep fucking that chicken.”

A very inappropriate CAPTCHA for a dating site

Infinity and recursion

Needs help with Ikea furniture

Matthew McConaughey Cannot Stand Up By Himself

The world record holder for the most Guiness World Records

The world’s saddest dog

The white whale

Frustrated video dater completely loses his cool. Watch until the end.

I don’t know what this is, but I can’t turn it off

The worst cheating in sports history. “This is no run-of-the-mill piece of skulduggery… Rather, it was cheating as a potentially lethal act; as potential murder.”

The $20 millionaire

Oh Rush Limbaugh, you’ve topped yourself now. You want to bring back segregated buses!

The marshmallow test. They made it into cute montage, but it’s a very powerful test. Children who succeed (can wait a long time) do better in life in just about every way. The power to delay gratification is a enormous predictor of long-term success.

These two sides are equal

Woman threatened with $1000 fine for watching the neighbor’s children until the bus came.

Poker Update

We started the next “season”, which will run until around January 1st. We have updated our neighborhood’s game’s format. We are now using deeper stacks, slightly accelerating blind structure, and adding antes. We’ll also be experimenting with 7-2 bonus, cracked ace bonus, and bounties.

The night started poorly. On the third hand I had 9-10 of clubs. The flop was Q-9-6, with two clubs. I semi-bluffed a raise and was called. The turn was a low club, giving me my flush. Long story short – my ten-high flush lost to his jack-high flush and I lost half my stack.

40 minutes later I had pocket 9s. There had been one raiser. Playing short-stacked I needed to move all in. He decided to call. He had A-9, I was ahead 70%-30%. He got his Ace and I was knocked out. What are you going to do. I lost two big hands on unlucky cards. Not grossly unlucky though, just your everyday garden variety moderate bad luck. That’s poker.

I rebought. But one of our rule changes is that you can rebuy for only half the initial stack. I was short-stacked already. (There was never a question I would rebuy. I was the instigator behind bringing in antes, I was damn well going to last long enough to use them!)

Things looked a little better when I had A-A. I raised and got one caller. The flop was J-10-6. I checked, hoping he had a jack. He also checked. The flop was another 6. Now there was a pair on the board and two clubs, I couldn’t wait around. I went all-in. And I must say it was about the best acting I’ve ever done. I paused just the right amount, had my body language just right, I could not have communicated weakness better. He thought I was bluffing, I doubled up.

That was the spark I needed. I made it to the final four. Blinds were at 500-1000 with a 100 ante, the average stack was around 10K.

Under the gun, I had A-8. I should have raised, but I chose to limp. Small blind limped in. The flop was K-8-4. They both checked. I didn’t think anyone had a king, I pushed all-in. The small blind called with 6-4. The turn was a 6. I didn’t even notice he had gotten his second pair and had to be called out when I started raking the pot. Ugh.

The next hand I had K-10. The flop was A-K-x. I put in a raise. He went all-in. I had to call (it was 1600 more to a 8K pot). He did indeed have the Ace. But wait, the turn is another king, I have trips! And the river is… another ace!? His full house of Aces over Kings beat my full house of Kings over Aces. That was a fun way to go out. You couldn’t complain about that last ace since he had been ahead from the start.

Summary:

I had a lot of good starting hands, but mild bad luck in hitting hands with them.
You wouldn’t know it from this summary but I played aggressively the whole night. That was good. I stole blinds all over the place.
But I didn’t play aggressively in a few key hands at the end, and it cost me. Checking the A-8 was a big mistake.

Tonight: -$40

Links o’ Interest

Poker is off this week, and I wanted to get this up before the Kanye jokes got old.

Kanye, cut it out. No really! Stop it! Okay, that’s over the line. Even Obama thinks you’re a jackass.

11 interesting musical yearbook photos

How many people are in space right now?

Make a commercial in two weeks with a zero budget. You get what you pay for.

375 days of exercise.

Obama cue cards

Dickipedia

He thinks he can do better.

The rock that made men laugh

Lehman Brothers might have been saved if Warren Buffet had been able to figure out his voice mail.

The man who invented exercise. He’s 100 years old, he discovered the link between exercise and long healthy life.

Powerpoint Problem: Reading Aloud

Never read Powerpoint slides aloud. Nothing is worse than a presenter back the slides out loud to the audience.

  • It is patronizing. I can read. I’ve been doing it for a while. I don’t need your help.
  • It shows your lack of expertise.If all you can do is read aloud it says that you literally don’t know anything that isn’t on the screen already. You might not even have written the content, you may just be a hired monkey reciting words other people wrote.
  • I can read faster than you can talk. Not just me. Everyone can. You read about five times faster than you speak. By the time you’re halfway through the slide your audience has already read the whole thing and has drifted off to a better place.
  • No one is listening to you. Because they’ve already read your slide.
  • You remove some of the only good things about Powerpoint. Words are in different fonts, they can be animated, they are in lists, they are set off or indented, they are bolded or italicized, etc. All of this is lost when you read aloud.

What’s a better way?

Some people are naturally visual learners (I am one of these). Some people are naturally auditory learners. Some people are naturally tactile learners. In a presentation you are involving the first two. You want to make sure that people from both groups come away understanding what you said. But simply presenting the same words in the same order won’t do it. Ideally, your words and the presentation should complement each other. No one learns exclusively in one mode, they simply prefer one over the other. Everyone learns best by getting elements of all styles.

When you are speaking, you should speak around what is on the screen. Say it in a different way. Emphasize a different portion. Explain how the last slide led to this one. Show how this is leading to the next portion. Pick out the highlights. Go more in depth on certain items. Make a joke or two.

When this is done, all kinds of learners are engaged in your content. The visuals enhance the auditory and vice-versa. The visual learners get what they need but have it reinforced by what they are hearing. The auditory learners get what they need but have it anchored by what is on the screen. Each gives context and depth to the other.

All of this is ruined if you simply read aloud. So don’t do it!

Are You Ready for Some Football? (Part 2)

I am so glad the NFL is back. I hate baseball and golf, so my summers seem long. I am forced to be with my family playing in the pool and watching them grow up… yuck!

Tonight the Patriots season begins. Hopes are high. Expectations are high. I will settle for nothing less than getting to the Super Bowl. Anything less than that is a failure.

This is a good way to start the season. Beating the snot out of the Bills on national TV is always fun.

Are Your Ready for Some Football (Part 1)?

Fantasy Football:

Once again, it looks as though I am primed to take the league by storm. I kept my top five from last year. I still I had a lot of talent that I couldn’t hold on to (you can only keep five), but I was able to convert them into draft picks, which were converted into decent players. Pre-season projection have me sitting on top of the league, but maybe not quite as dominant as last year. Here’s my team:

Name Position Team
Drew Brees QB NO
Philip Rivers QB SD
Frank Gore RB SF
Michael Turner RB ATL
Greg Jennings WR GB
Terrell Owens WR BUF
Roy Williams WR DAL
Kerry Collins QB TEN
Brady Quinn QB CLE
Darren Sproles RB SD
Tony Gonzalez TE ATL
Dustin Keller TE NYJ
Torry Holt WR JAC
Lance Moore WR NO

I have had a bad feeling about Michael Turner. I think he’ll be okay, but not as good as last year. The Falcons have a tougher schedule and teams are ready for him. Hopefully yesterday’s game will be the exception.

Week 1 is not quite yet over, but I have the high score before Philip Rivers and Terrell Owens take the field. Go me!

Links o’ Interest

Impact of Obama’s school speech

Get educated about sweat in tennis.

I will not read your fucking script.

The real Star Trek

Just one comma off

Chuck Klosterman repeats the Beatles. “I was initially confused by EMI’s decision to release remastered versions of all 13 albums by the Liverpool pop group Beatles, a 1960s band so obscure that their music is not even available on iTunes.”

To the guy in my closet: I don’t have AIDS

You can’t touch this

See if anyone is really paying attention to your presentation

The Sarychev Peak explosion as seen from space

8-bit Weezer, 1 and 2.

Parent of the year

Nine women rescued from fake Big Brother house, tricked into believing they were reality TV show contestants and filmed naked