Thursday, November 30, 2006

Posted by Dr Fro 10:21 PM

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We are making changes to our Party Store as a result of the changed environment that is currently dealing with in America.

On 16th January 2007 we will be removing all of the merchandise that is currently in the Party Store. You can, however, use the points that are in your account to purchase merchandise up until 16th January 2007.

Items that go out of stock will be removed from the store. We urge you to use your points now if you would like to purchase merchandise. Points that are not redeemed prior to 16th January 2007 will remain in your account.

We will continue to look into alternative ways for you to earn/redeem points in the future. There is no guarantee, however, that these points will not expire or be removed at a later date.

Q. Why are you removing the merchandise from the store?

A. We have made a decision to remove the merchandise available in the Party Store for US players because of the changed environment that is currently dealing with in America.

Q. Will I be given any other option to redeem my points?

A. The only available option to redeem points will be to purchase available merchandise from the Party Store up until the stock is removed on 16th January 2007.

Q. Will merchandise be available after 16th January 2007?

A. No, all merchandise will be removed on 16th January 2007.

Q. Until when will we continue to process merchandise orders, 16th January 2007?

A. Orders placed up until 16th January 2007 will be processed as normal. We will continue to remove items that go out of stock Before 16th January 2007.


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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Posted by Johnnymac 8:03 PM
This is one of Daddy's favorite poses, too.

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Posted by Dr Fro 7:27 PM

What a busy week!

On Monday we played poker at my house. Kim won $200 playing .25-.50 NL Holdem, which is hard to do. In all the .25-.50 games we have played, only a couple, maybe three times has somebody won that much. While $200 may not sound like much, that is 400 BB's, which would translate to winning $2,000 in my old $2-$5 game, something I never did. Yours trule broke even (with a high-water mark of +$85), but drank about a gallon of Kim's tequilla, so I feel like a winner (and I felt like a winner on Tuesday a.m.!) Mr. KTL took about $50 from me on a hand where most people would have won little to nothing off of me. He flopped a set and between his body language and his betting (or shall I say calling) patterns, I was convinced he was drawing at a flush. Consequently, I bet the top pair pretty hard on the flop and turn, and he doubled up through me.

We went to Houston for the holiday and I didn't do much other than see family. I did grab a beer (or two) with Boyd, winner of the 2nd ever Dr Fro Poker tournament circa 1999, and we caught up on life. All other fun with friends will have to wait until Christmas.

Of course, I watched the UT-A&M game. Some losses are hard to take (say, OU when they got hosed by Oregon) and others are not. This one went down ok. If you had told me we would give up 250 yards on the ground and turn the ball over 4 times, I would have guessed that we would lose by 500, so losing by only 5 seems not so bad. You have to hand it to A&M's game plan. We had the best rushing defense and (one of) the worst passing defenses in the country. So, what do they do? Run it at us all game long. Suprising, but effective. What was not suprising was the defensive strategy: make life hell for a hobbled quarterback. They had him rattled all game, and it worked well.

I have heard some chatter on the last two hits on Colt McCoy. I don't have much to add. One was illegal, and the player was properly penalized. The other was legal. Football is a very violent sport, and sometimes (actually, quite often) that means that guys get hurt. That's football.

On the subject of the game, a wise man recently wrote:

Who would have thought a freshman QB would have the same impact on the team as VY did.

I would respond, but I have no idea what that means, so I can't.

A genius at a gas station was so excited to talk smack to me (I was wearing UT gear today), and he decided to ask me why, if we were such great fans, were our fans booing Colt McCoy late in the fourth quarter? I don't think the idiot understood that the booing was in response to an instant replay at the stadium that showed what appeared to be an un-called facemask against A&M. Even a retarded sports fan knows that when, on TV, you hear the entire crowd boo in unison about 30 seconds after a play, it is probably in response to the replay. Oh well, he had obviously been waiting a while to find someone to ask that question. I smiled and walked away.

On the subject of football, this is just amazing.

On to poker, did you see that Iggy moved? Same quality material, new home.

Ready to Christmas shop? Try ebay.

ARH is buying this for Knox.

And while the idiots in Washington are making poker more and more illegal, more progessive societies are headed the other direction.

And now that Christmas season is officially upon us, I will close with a little Christmas-ish humor:

Jesus and Satan were having an ongoing argument about who was better on the computer. They had been going at it for days, and frankly God was tired of hearing all the bickering.

Finally fed up, God said, "THAT'S IT! I have had enough. I am going to set up a test that will run for two hours, and from those results, I will judge who does the better job."

So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away.

They moused.

They faxed.

They e-mailed.

They e-mailed with attachments.

They downloaded.

They did spreadsheets!

They wrote reports.

They created labels and cards.

They created charts and graphs.

They did some genealogy reports

They did every job known to man.

Jesus worked with heavenly efficiency, and Satan was faster than hell.

Then, ten minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly flashed across the sky, thunder rolled, rain poured, and, of course, the power went off.

Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known in the underworld.

Jesus just sighed.

Finally the electricity came back on, and each of them restarted their computers.

Satan started searching frantically, screaming: "It's gone! It's all GONE! "I lost everything when the power went out!"

Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his files from the past two hours of work.

Satan observed this and became irate. "Wait!" he screamed. "That's not fair! He cheated! How come he has all his work and I don't have any?"

God just shrugged and said,


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Friday, November 24, 2006

Posted by Johnnymac 8:10 PM
I'm sorry, but that was just embarassing.

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Posted by Dr Fro 10:30 AM

So long, Jackie.

I quit going to Dallas card rooms a while back when the first raid happened. I had previously gone to these places under the legal advice that "while it may* be illegal to run these places, it is not legal to play at them." That advice became suspect when they gave tickets to the players several months back. Since then, however, I have learned that everybody who fought their ticket won in court. Very interesting. Maybe it isn't illegal? Problem is that everybody got off on technicalities (you can read about it on the 'net, I am too tired to find the links again). Hmm, so maybe it could be illegal. Legal or illegal, the tickets are Class C misdemeanors, like getting a speeding ticket. Given that, it would seem hard to justify speeding every day but not playing cards once a week. Until you remember that the SWAT team does not bust into your car holding machine guns when you speed. Big difference.

At least I can sit at home and play poker online perfectly legally. Oh wait a second…

Well, I don't play poker online, but I know someone who does. We will call him Greg. Look at Greg's performance today.

Keep in mind, this was a 6-seat table that played 4- and 5-handed for an hour. I'd rather have a machine gun pulled on me than have that kind of luck! Sucks to be Greg!

Kyle says, "dammit, Chris, I can't believe you called with that crap!"

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Posted by Dr Fro 11:06 AM

We shall not rest until George W. Bush drinks the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq!

I saw Borat last night. My opinion falls somewhere between Junell's and John's. That isn't right. My observations are spot-on with John's, but even though I agreed with him, I still enjoyed the movie. John is right that the humor of Borat lies in the unsuspecting victim he is interviewing, not in the character Borat himself. The movie would have been better if there was less "plot" with Borat and just more interviews. The naked scene was, in my opinion, a cheap laugh that was well beneath the genius that is Sacha Baron Cohen.

Maybe it is just me, but I have been laughing at the line, "I am the son of Asimbala Sagdiyev and Boltok the Rapist and the (former) husband of Oksana Sagdiyev, who was the daughter of Mariam Tuyakbay and Boltok the Rapist. " since he was on Channel 4 in the UK. (That was the 4th of the 4 channels we received in our flat. Ordinarily, getting only 4 channels would suck, but when you are watching Ali G., The Office, Friday Night Poker and The Royle Family, you can't complain!)

Johnny G is also right that the joke is, of course, on us. While the movie is popular here, it is also very popular overseas, particularly in Europe. Borat showed Americans as naive, paranoid, racist, homophobic simpletons. Since this reinforces the stereotypes of Americans held by Europeans, this movie is very popular in Europe. The sad thing is (and this is when everybody gets mad at me), I don't think he had to try very hard to find these people. While the highly sophisticated and high-brow readers of this blog do not fall into this stereotype, I think that there are tens (?) of millions of people living in this country that actually do fit the stereotype well. And that makes me a bit sad.

I was wondering how hard it was for him to keep an interview going when even the most naive should be on to his schtick. Then it occurred to me that several of his interviewees were, in fact, paid: a driving instructor, a humor coach, a manners coach and, who could forget...a prostitute. And it did seem that all the above were on to him. So maybe it is harder to find unsuspecting dufuses than I thought. But the pentacostal church and the rodeo scenes were harsh reminders that not only do we have a lot of unsuspecting dufuses in our country, they tend to travel in herds.

Corby has a merkin

I need to take a shot at DFW sports radio. It, frankly, sucks. I love the Ticket. I listen every day on the way to work and most days on the way home from work. But the Ticket is humor radio, not sports radio. It is very hard to find a couple guys on the air talking sports here. If you do find sports talk, 95% of the talk is about one subject: the Dallas Cowboys. Even during baseball season, you couldn't find people talking about the Rangers. Over the course of the year, there is about 15 minutes of cumulative conversation about college football, all of which is a lovefest for the Oklahoma Sooners. I was driving around town this morning and on one station is two rednecks talking about what type of bait to use to catch yellow bellied snout nosed bass and on the other big station is some yahoo talking about vitamins. Seriously. And once the action kicks off at 11, they go straight to pre-game coverage of local teams that are terrible (TCU, SMU, UNT). Will somebody please tell me where I can find two guys giving continous updates, saying things like "Whoa, there is an upset in the making in Champagne, Illinois!" or "Brady Quinn: Heisman contender or pretender?" because I am sick of hearing about T.O., Vitamin C, lake levels and Conference USA. And just once in the moring, I would like to hear something that isn't a fart joke. I'd even listen to people promote a college football playoff if it meant I could hear sports talk!

We beat down kids from Memorial, Stratford, St. Thomas, Lamar, and Episcopal

And for Beau Ryan, living proof that you can take the dog out of Naughty Dawgs, but you can't take the naughty out of the dog.

Carnac the Magnificent knows all

Although my preseason college football predictions have looked solid thus far, they will come crubling down if A&M beats UT and Notre Dame beats USC. If that happens, I will go from college football guru to just another John Greene Mark May know-nothing hack.

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Posted by Johnnymac 8:41 AM
Mrs Johnnymac and I went to see the new James Bond movie last night. Now THAT is a good movie. The poker scenes were a little clunky and goofy, but didn't take away from the rest of the movie and fit well into the plot, which, is to say, despite the name about a whole lot more than a poker game or a casino. In fact, the poker game is a very very small part of the movie.

All in all I would say it's probably one of the best Bond movies in that last 20 years, with a very belivable (as opposed to utterly fantastical) plot and a good actor playing the role very well. The chick is hot, too. It ain't high art, but it's worth the price of the ticket. Thumbs up.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Posted by Junelli 3:24 PM
Cheney Orders Motorcade To Gun It Over Half-Open Drawbridge

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Posted by Junelli 2:11 PM
Taxi Prank

This poor bastard has no idea what he's in for...

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Posted by Junelli 12:54 PM
A quick update on my PokerStars experiment.

My account is currently at $75 (from a starting amount of $25 on October 20).

I reached a plateau at $50 for a stretch, and couldn't seem to break the ceiling. I'd win some tournaments, and lose the cash games, and vice versa. I went on a bad streak with the $3.40 SNG's where I didn't cash 9 times in a row. Luckily that streak has been broken, and I've more than made up for it with several first place finishes. My ring game play has also been good lately.

I have to admit that I did break my own rule about the ring game limits. I am now playing above my initial bankroll requirements. I'm playing the $.25-$.50 limit games. The $.10-$.20 were just too slow for me, and I was getting bored with the grind. Essentially I skipped up to level 3, when I should really be playing level 1 or 2.

The $.25-$.50 limit games is faster, and I have had good success beating it. My bankroll of $75 is currently at 300 big blinds. This is okay, but much less than my initial requirements I set back on October 20.

When I first started this experiment, I planned on buying in for 5% of my bankroll. Therefore, I needed a bankroll of $250 before I was eligible to play the 25 cent-50 cent limit game (if I sat down with $12.50).

As it turns out, I am sitting down with $10, but almost never risk the full buy-in. Several times I have gotten up as a $3-$4 loser. Only once have I lost the full $10, and it was because I was drunk and on tilt! I still try to leave once I double my buy-in, but sometimes will stay longer if the game is good. I tell myself not to dip into that 100% profit though.

Anyway, I plan on staying at this level for a long time (or at least until I can get my bankroll up to about $500). Once I get there, I'll have plenty of money to move up to the $.50-$1 tables.

Until next time...

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Posted by Johnnymac 12:53 PM
Worst Burglar Ever

The Worst Burglar Ever

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Posted by Johnnymac 7:09 AM
Has everyone here seen the Liberty Mutual Commercial? The one where the guy picks up the baby doll and puts it back in the stroller and other people see similar acts of "responsibility" and the cycle perpetuates? If you have watched even 20 minutes of football in the past three months, you have seen it.

Well, in the spirit of my 32 year old curmudgeonliness, let me please point out that not all of these things are equal. Let's analyze.

1.) Picking up a kids doll and putting it back into the stroller: Probably OK, but the kid's mom might think you are creepy.

2.) Pushing a stranger's cup away from the edge of a table: A good idea, but even if it's about to hit the floor, I don't want a stranger coming up and moving my food on a restaurant table. It would probably piss me off and make me think that someone was trying to drug me or spit in my coffee.

3.) Helping a dude in a suit off of the ground: This one is probably the closest to the sense of "Responsibility" that the insurance company is trying to convey. I have no problem with this, although we don't know all of the details - is he on the ground because he was acting like a dick investment banker and some biker dude gave him what he deserved? If so, he probably needs to stay on the ground bleeding on his Armani suit. Frankly, we just don't know enough details. But that's OK, because this scene leads to...

4.) Opening the closed doors of an elevator to let someone else clamber inside: I'm sorry, I already have very strong feelings on this subject and doing this isn't responsible, it is just plain rude. Not to the person who is trying to squeeze in, but rather, it's rude to all of the other people already inside. Here's the deal: it's pretty clear that everyone else on this elevator had been waiting longer than this dude with the toothy grin, so they're probably running late or whatever. What gives this asshole the right to open the doors after they are already closed and delay everyone else even further? And if, as Mrs Johnnymac pointed out last night, you want to say that there are probably plenty of elevators in the lobby so none of these people were waiting a long time anyway, then why the hell can't this woman just wait for the next one herself? This is rude.

And get this - in all of the other scenes of this commercial, we see that someone has "witnessed" the "random act of kindness" and thus in the next seen he passes it on. Well, the elevator scene doesn't work like that because we don't see the character of the next scene in the elevator. Maybe he was, but I am thinking that everyone else in that elevator was thinking, "What a fucking prick! Remind me not to do anything rude like that for the rest of the day!" And POOF! The premise breaks down... So they paper over it when they go to the next scene, which is...

5.) Slapping someone's back window before he backs into a motorcycle: Sure, it's a good idea, but just slapping the window once won't do anything. If I were driving that truck I would probably be thinking, "What the fuck? When I finish parking this thing I'm going to get out and kick that guy's ass for slapping my truck!" And then I would finish parking and back right over the damn motorcycle. Which, incidentally, means that the girl who did this has both a really short attention span and didn't witness the ensuing motorcycle destruction AND is also really smart because from witnessing the pathetic attempt to rescue the motorcycle and the ensuing fight, she deduced just what was going on enough to...

6.) Save the guy from tipping over in his office chair: See #3 above. This is probably an OK thing to do, and it looks quite responsible but we just don't know enough details. This guy could be the office jerk sex-harrasser and thus would likely deserve to split open his noggin, but in this case, since it does appear that they work together, I am willing to bet that this woman knows the guy well enough to determine whether he is worth saving. This scene is the most legitimate one and likely is a good example of what an insurance company does. However, the next scene is unbelievable.

7.) Rescuing an illegal Guatemalan immigrant from a tottering tower of fresh produce: Sure, this is great, but watch the scene again. Does the file clerk from the office have ESP? How can she be 5 steps away and get there in time to save Julio when the first shot clearly shows that the crates of fruit are in a stable upright position? And if so, why is she just a file clerk? Why isn't she trading credit options or crude futures for the investment banker who recently fell down in the street? I don't get this one at all, but I sure hope my insurance company has ESP and pushes my house out of the flood zone right before the next TS Allison hits.

8.) Letting someone out of a parking lot: Again, rude. See #4, it's directly analogous. It's rude to the other people on the road who now have to wait for one more car to get out of the way before they can get where they are going and you don't have the right to make that decision on their behalf, OK? You know, really, it's that moron's fault in the first place for choosing to go to that location during rush hour. Why not just let the market work? If you take away the disincentives for people who choose to go there during congested times, you will always have congestion because no one pays the price by sitting in that parking lot forever. This is also a reflection on my feelings about the quite common practice here in Houston of using policemen to direct people in and out of private driveways and garages. WHY? Traffic is bad because the roads are over their capacity. Why not let people rot in traffic and give the city the incentive to build bigger roads or developers the incentive to build more office space in less crowded areas? Or even less draconian, if people knew they had to sit in horrible traffic is they got to work at 8:00 and left at 5:00, they might just have the incentive to come an hour earlier and leave an hour later. I don't see why we have to encourage the status quo. Anyway.

9.) Picking up a kids doll and putting it back into the stroller: Probably OK- errr, wait. Weren't we already discussing this? Oh, this is a different guy who witnessed the random act of rudeness on the crowded boulevard in South Central (how did he get from NYC to LA so fast???) so he decides to be nice to the baby. Which would be a cute ending, but if you look closely, he's putting the doll into the stroller of the guy from the start of the commercial, who in turn puts a doll back into the exact same stroller on the exact same street corner while wearing the exact same clothes. So what the hell is the point of the ending of this commercial? Random acts of kindness cause a rupture in spacetime and cause nice people to get caught in Groundhog Day? Huh? Even Einstein would be confused here, because how did all of these things happen and yet not happen? I don't get it.

In short, I hate this commercial. That's it. Now I have work to do.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Posted by Johnnymac 11:45 AM
So Mrs Johnnymac and I went to see Borat on Friday night and I must say that both of us didn't particularly care for the movie. I don't want to say that I was disappointed, but I was. And it's not that I don't like Sacha Baron Cohen - for the most part I love Ali G (especially bits like the Veteran/Veterinarian on the farm) and Borat on TV - but the movie just seemed really lacking and in the end I was underwhelmed. I think there are two reasons for this: 1.) the backstory was clunky and really took away from the humor of the too-brief candid segments and 2.) all of the gags mostly ended up as opportunities for crude bathroom humor and were much less sophisticated and cerebral than the jokes on TV.

The Borat character is meant to be a parody of an Eastern European weirdo, but the joke itself is satire of everyday American life - you don't go to a matchmaker and say you want to find a nice woman with big boobs for "sexy time", nor do you go door-to-door with a candidate for Congress and compare him to Stalin and laugh at women having the right to vote. That's satire and the premise of Borat makes it work on TV. But the movie is mostly about Borat the parody, in fact, it's more like a parody of the parody, and the whole thing falls flat, because Borat himself isn't funny. What's funny is what he does.

Yes, there were funny parts in the movie: the interview with the feminists was good, the driving instructor was quite funny, and the scene with Borat being terrified the tottering elderly jewish couple was a great idea, but Borat as a fictional character in a gross-out movie was decidedly different and harder to laugh at than Borat as a premise for acting silly and getting people to react. Most of the movie just felt like a contrived excuse for scatalogical jokes and attempts to shock and anger people. Why did everything have to revolve around bodily functions and naked penises? That's not witty, that's lazy.

So I will disagree with Mark and say it's not worth the money. My advice is to wait for it to come on HBO and then Tivo the movie and fast forward to the funny parts, which when you think about it, is what the Ali G show already does, right?

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Posted by Dr Fro 9:22 AM
Oh, Canada!

I got back from Vancouver yesterday. I was there for a week but only managed to play poker one night. We were too busy drinking working.

We found out that the nearby Edgewater Casino only had 4 poker tables, all of which spread 4-8 limit poker. So we took some cheap (that is, cheap when split 4-ways) cabs to the River Rock Casino in Richmond. Since we got there at 9ish, the place was packed. I put my name on just about every list. The place was huge. Just a guess, but there must have been 50 poker tables there. With that many tables, I figured the wait wouldn't be long, and I was right.

Just in case you didn't already believe that all gambling is highly politicized, I need to tell you about the sign on the wall at RRC. It read:

Alcoholic beverages are sold at prices meant to discourage overconsumption while gambling.

I thought the the whole point was to overconsume?

I had one drink and paid $7 for it. Being cheap, I decided this was maybe a good thing that the drinks were pricey. Maybe my lack of drinking would lend itself to profits.

My name was first called for the $3-$6 NL game (or, in US$, the $2.64-$5.28 NL game), and that is where I stayed all night. I sat down at a table with 8 Asians and one other gringo. It felt a lot like Dallas and Houston. There were some very aggressive players, including one guy (we will call him "Nigel" although I seriously doubt he or anyone in his family is named "Nigel"). Nigel ran $100 (maybe it was $200) into $1,700 in 2 hours. He once called all-in with K9. Even if you have never met Nigel, I know you know the type.

So when I get AK and raise to $20 preflop and Nigel raises to $60, I figured it was a no-brainer to go all-in. Against another player, I won't do this because the odds are that the player either has AA/KK which dominates me or a lower pair against which I am 50/50. I have nothing to gain by going all in (in fact, I have a half-written post on this subject that I intend to publish someday...the problem is that I keep changing my mind on a few points. Specifically, the value of getting KK to fold to an all-in raise has me hung up - how many people would ever fold KK to an all-in bet? Maybe ARH would. Maybe JohnnyMac would. Maybe. ) Where was I? Yes, I had AK and went all-in, thinking that it was reasonably possible that Nigel would call me with something like AQ. Nigel had JJ. All was not lost, it was a coin toss, which is what I figured my worst case scenario was. I lost.

And so the evening went. I didn't have any other devastating hands. I mainly paid to see the flop and folded when the flop came all night. I once hit a flush and lost to a boat, but surprisingly limited my losses to not very much. But mainly, I just lost on the flop all night.

I don't know exactly how much I lost for the night becuase I didn't pay much attention, but some back of the envelope calculations, including estimates for other things purchased with my Canadian dollars told me that I must have lost around $450. Oh well, at least I got a $7 Jameson out of it.

Of my mates, only KTL and AD won anything, both of which did it at the $1-$2 table. AD must have been happy to play poker. He lives in Luanda, Angola, which is not known to be a Mecca of poker. I was told the players were even looser there than at my table.

If you ever make it to British Columbia, I suggest you check out the River Rock. The place is nice and clean. They spread every imaginable game. The players are very loose, and the staff are very nice. Two thumbs up.

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Posted by Johnnymac 11:08 PM
I don't know why these didn't get posted yesterday, but here they are, after the fact:

RUTGERS +6.5 vs Louisville
Wisconsin -2 at IOWA
TEXAS A&M +1 vs Nebraska
INDIANA +19 vs Michigan
Wake Forest +8.5 at FLORIDA STATE

Kansas City PK at MIAMI
INDIANPOLIS -12 vs Buffalo
New Orleans +4.5 at PITTSBURGH
Chicago +1 at GIANTS
Baltimore -7 at TENNESSEE

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Posted by Junelli 10:26 AM
Next in our exploration of the poker wisdom of Paula Abdul, we take a look at her advice on playing draws as conveyed in the song “Straight Up”.

Straight Up

Lost in a dream
Don’t know which way to go
If you are all that you seem
Then baby I’m movin’ way too slow

One of the more obvious problems when playing a made straight is knowing when to drop the hammer on your opponent. Here Paula is somewhat lost in a hand. She can’t tell if her opponent has made his hand yet. If he has, then she’s playing to slow and needs to ram and jam it to get some more money into the pot.

I’ve been a fool before
Wouldn’t like to get my love caught
In the slammin’ door
How about some information–please

Yes, haven’t we all? How many times have we all strung an opponent along on a flopped straight only to have them boat up or make a runner, runner flush? Paula is raising here in order to get some information about the strength of her opponent’s hand.
Straight up now tell me
Do you really want to love me forever oh oh oh
Or am I caught in a hit and run

Straight up now tell me
Is it gonna be you and me together oh oh oh
Are you just having fun

Ahhh, that moment after you’ve popped your opponent for a raise on the turn and they Hollywood it making you wonder if you sprung your trap too early. Here she’s worried that her opponent didn’t have an ace and might fold (”Are you just having fun”). Of course, what she wants here is a call or a re-raise which will commit her opponent to call everything to the river (”Do you really want to love me forever oh oh oh”).

Time’s standing still
Waiting for some small clue
I keep getting chills
When I think your love is true

Even top pros like Paula can get nervous waiting for their opponents to act and she’s saying that being nervous is okay. Obviously her opponent is taking way too long to make a decision which means he’s probably on a marginal hand. She’s looking for a tell that will indicate to her what his move will be but she’s pretty sure he’s got a good enough hand to call here.

I’ve been a fool before
Wouldn’t like to get my love caught
In the slammin’ door
How about some information–please

Again, she wants some information.
Straight up now tell me
Do you really want to love me forever oh oh oh
Or am I caught in a hit and run
Straight up now tell me
Is it gonna be you and me together oh oh oh
Are you just having fun

This is a little repetative, agreed, but she must have felt it very important for her readers to grasp so pay attention here.

You are so hard to read
You play hide and seek
With your true intentions
If you’re only playing games
I’ll just have to say–bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye bye

Wow, her opponent must really be solid because she can’t get any sort of read on him. Obviously, now she’s a little worried that if the board pairs or the river puts another flush card on the board she might have to fold.

Do do you love me
Do do you love me
Do do you love me
Do do you love me ?

*I lost the link to the website where I got this. It is not an original work...

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Posted by Johnnymac 7:32 AM
Couple of things this morning:

1.) Remember this picture of the bathroom (scroll down)? Well, now that the contractors have been at the house for three days straight, half of my house looks like that. Luckily, I'm not doing hardly any of the work this time, although I am going to cable the whole house with coax and Cat5 while the walls are open. We can't go back now, but the ultimate goal of having a very nice kitchen and master suite in a few months is a nice reward. These guys did one heck of a quick job at gutting the house and stripping up the terrazzo tile so quickly. I wish I had honed my Spanish before I did that bathroom last year because that is obviously the secret to high quality demolition.

2.) I played in another free energy trader poker tournament last night at the Armadillo. Going in, in addition to not overeating on the appetizers and not getting too drunk, I resolved top play a little more aggressively at the start in order to either be done early or avoid being crippled two hours later. So I pissed away half of my 6000T stack in the first four hands on draws and middle pairs, and then was eliminated 15 minutes into the tourney by a coworker's loose call when his three outer K9 beat my AK. Oh well.

So I sat there and drank a few more beers and smoked a cigar and finally relaxed for the first time in what seemed like weeks, you know, with the baby on the way and a ripped up house and having to live with my inlaws for 2 more months... But I felt good, and when Mrs Johnnymac was mad at me for smelling like smoke even when I got home 90 minutes earlier than expected, I didn't even care.

3.) I'll post football picks this afternoon or tomorrow, but just to be on record, I am taking RUTGERS +6.5 tonight. In fact, I think Rutgers wins this game outright, and then loses to West Virginia three weeks from now and ends all this crazy Big East BCS Championship talk, but that's a little beyond the scope of picking against the spread right now, isn't it?

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Posted by Junelli 10:38 AM
This just in....Doogie Howser is gay.

Also, if you haven't seen Borat yet, run don't walk. It is a full frontal assault on everything that is common and decent, yet you cannot stop laughing. The entire theater was rolling from the opening credits until the end of the movie.

One warning however, don't go if you're easily offended. He takes shots at just about everyone.

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Posted by Johnnymac 9:22 AM
Time for one of my rare political postings... it will be short.

I am not commenting on the morality of doing meth. I am not commenting on the morality of paying a man for gay sex. I don't agree with either of those things, obviously, but that's not my point. Nor am I making a comment on the hypocrcy of preaching against those things and then doing them.

No, my point is this: if you are a male pastor of a huge congregation and someone accuses you of paying him for sex and doing meth right before said sex, you can either deny it all unequivocally or you can admit to everything, whether you actually did it or not.... and if someone has a voice recording of you in the act, and you admit that it is indeed your voice on the tape and that you do indeed know this male prostitute who is accusing you of these things, you might as well own up to it and move on and forget about things ever getting back to normal... You're fucked, OK?

BUT... you're NOT fooling ANYONE if you admit to buying the meth but then say you never used it... and that you got a massage from said male prostitute but never actually had sex. You are not fooling anyone and it just makes you look like an even bigger fool and hypocrite, OK?

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Posted by Johnnymac 1:51 PM
College (1-4 last week; 15-18-2 season):

WISCONSIN - 7 vs Penn State
North Carolina +24.5 at NOTRE DAME
TEXAS A&M +3 vs Oklahoma
Virgina Tech -2.5 at MIAMI

UPDATE: 5-0 Baby!

Pro (4-1 last week; 17-16-2 season):

Kansas City +2 at ST LOUIS
Dallas -3 at WASHINGTON
BALTIMORE -3 vs Cincinnati
DETROIT +5 vs Atlanta
Denver +3 at PITTSBURGH

UPDATE: 4-1, with the wild ending of the Cowboys ending not making a difference either way...

Not a bad gambling weekend: I made actual wagers on WISC, UNC, UCLA, KC (x2), BAL (x2), and DEN and hit all 8 bets.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Posted by Junelli 10:52 AM
Bruno v Alabama

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Posted by Junelli 4:21 PM
Borat in South

Is anybody as excitied as I am about this movie??

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