Play A Few Hands

It has been nearly a month since I played poker on UB, so I decided to play a little this afternoon. I played for an hour and a half at the .25/.50 cent tables and came out ahead by $1.80. I played 27% of the flops and won 13% of the hands, so overall I did pretty good. I should have won more, but I was down about $8 early on, until I realized that I was playing too many hands, so I tightened my play and was able to claw my way back into the positive. I am most likely going to Las Vegas at the beginning of March (more info on that in the next few days), so I need to sharpen my skills. I plan on playing quite a bit this month because I don’t want to walk into the casino and appear as a “fish”, although I’m sure that is what I will be. I will also be reading my poker books to refresh everything in my mind.

Comment SPAM Protection

I just installed a hack by Mark (Laughing Lizard) on my site to filter comments. Believe it or not, there are people out there that will visit blogs and post comments advertising viagra or other such things. This hack is designed to help prevent this from happening. If an address or certain words are recognized, the comment will be marked and will not appear until I allow it too. So it adds a level of moderation, which should keep me protected. Most of you shouldn’t even notice this in action and your comments should go through right away. If they don’t, I’ll get to allowing them as soon as I can.

Too Geek Or Not Too Geek

Rands has an interesting blog and has made a couple of posts on what he calls Nerd Attention Deficiency Disorder or N.A.D.D. Read the first post and then the second post. It is quite interesting.

I have N.A.D.D. and I think most geeks do, or need to, in order to be productive. It’s just what we do. I need to be have several different windows/applications open on my computer or else I don’t feel like I’m accomplishing much. When is it too much though?

The Game

Last night was a great time! The beer started flowing at about 1:30p.m. and didn’t stop until sometimes around 11…I think. We got to Joe Louis Arena at about 2:15 and headed downstairs to the Olympia Club. Did you know that there is a private club underneath the ice? I didn’t either, but we had passes to get in. It was a sweet little bar and restaurant. In the bathroom there was a guy handing out towels to to dry your hands with. The towels were pretty expensive ones too. I tipped him a $1. Jeff and I had our picture taken outside the front door of the Club for proof that it exists. 😉

We reserved a few tables for the first intermission and went up to watch the game. Our seats were pretty good. 5th row in the upper deck, just in front of the goal. The Wings played well for the first two periods, but allowed a goal late in the 2nd to tie it up. After that they came out flat and sucked it up in the 3rd, losing 5-2. There is nothing like being at a live hockey game. It’s so much better than watching on TV.

After the game we headed over to the new Hard Rock Cafe in Detroit, but the wait was going to be almost 2 hours for a table, so we had a drink and left. We ended up at a bar called the Gathering Place, for dinner and drinks. They had some awesome burgers and fries! My friend Lindsay came to eat with us and hang out for the rest of the night. We played a few games of bar shuffle board (I have no idea what the actual name is) and Ace and I were undefeated. We then headed over to a “uppity” bar called Dick O’ Dows. It was alright, but too high-class for me. Everyone was wearing nicer clothes and here we were in jerseys and hats from the game.

I fell asleep passed out on the ride back to Saginaw and went to bed as soon as I walked in the door. In fact, when I woke up this morning I was still drunk!

The Best Wake Up Call Ever

I hate when people call at the ass-crack of dawn and wake me up on a weekend. But every once in awhile it’s for a good reason. Today is one of those days. My phone rang once as I lay in bed thinking, “I’m gonna kill whoever that is” or “They better be calling for something good.” They left a voicemail and then my phone rang again. At this point I’m really getting angry. I didn’t get to bed until close to 4a.m. last night so I’m running on less than 6 hours of sleep. I better get up and answer it though.

My friend Jeff asks, “What are you doing today?” All I can think is, “Sleeping and then kicking your ass for waking me up!” Then he asks me if I want to go to the Red Wings game against the Avalanche. HELL YES I DO! I couldn’t think of a better way for a single guy to spend Valentine’s Day than drinking some beer with his buddies and watching the best rivalry in the NHL.

I was supposed to attend my first Red Wings game earlier this year, but then my Grandpa died, so we had to sell our tickets. I guess things really do happen for a reason. Now I get to see the best game available. It’s a good thing I didn’t go up north this weekend like a few friends wanted me to!


Gallery Upgrade

I just finished upgrading the Photos section of the site to use Gallery 1.4.2. The only reason I upgraded was because they had found a pretty big security hole in the previous versions of the software. I didn’t feel like having someone hack into my web server. The upgrade went pretty smoothly, except that I’ve lost all the hard work I put into hacking the Gallery code to make it valid XHTML 1.1. Oh well!

You’ll notice some design changes with it since I decided to use a portion of one of the skins that came with the new version. Gallery is a great piece of software, but I just wish they had worked a little bit at using some standard code. The first time I installed Gallery I took at least a few hours to hack the code so that it would all validate XHTML 1.1. I think I’m going to leave it this time around…at least for the time being. I’d rather get Windows installed on my new server (I had initially put Linux on it) so that I can install Linux on my old PC. The server is just too much power to have Linux sitting on it when all I really want to do is play around with Linux. It’s much smarter to harness that power for my main machine.

The Friday 5

The Friday 5 on Friday the 13th…

  1. Are you superstitious?

    Maybe a little bit.

  2. What extremes have you heard of someone going to in the name of superstition?

    I just don’t understand the whole sports thing with wearing the same socks or not shaving.

  3. What’s your favorite superstition?

    It’s seven years bad luck if you break a mirror. I think this one is so stupid!

  4. Do you believe in luck? If yes, do you have a lucky number/article of clothing/ritual?

    Not in the sense that someone is always lucky. Luck is nothing more than “good fortune or prosperity”. But I do have a lucky number (31) and I had a few rituals when played high school basketball. I would always have a Snickers candy bar before a game and during the playing of the National Anthem I would repeatedly count the number of stars and stripes on the flag.

  5. Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not?

    I had too look up a definition to see exactly what this question is acking for: Astrology is the study of the positions and aspects of celestial bodies in the belief that they have an influence on the course of natural earthly occurrences and human affairs.

    I definitely do not believe in this, because I believe we are in control of our lives.

Running Linux

My new server, with Linux installed, is up and running. I’m making this post from it right now as a matter of fact. It will take me some time to get used to it and learn my way around. It’s been a few years since I’ve had a Linux box, so there is quite a bit new and different. If anyone knows any good sites for tutorials and configurations, let me know.

From Dusk Till Dawn

From Dusk Till Dawn (Dimension Collector's Series)Different. I’ve never seen a movie make a complete 180 so quickly. The movie is rolling along fine, actually pretty good and then all of the sudden you’re like, “What the hell just happened?!”

It’s an older movie, from 1996, but was pretty good. The cast included Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Salma Hayek, and Cheech Marin. In fact, you could include Cheech 3 times because he played 3 different parts in the film. So Mike Myers and his Austin Powers movies are not the first to have one actor play multiple parts.

Sometimes I like movies that are a little out there, and this one definitely was. It’s not one of my favorites, but it wasn’t to bad to watch. However, I don’t ever plan on watching it again.

Since it’s an older movie I have bump the rating a little bit and give it a B.

Bookmarks And Favorites

For the purpose of this post, BF = bookmark/favorite. Most people use BFs in their browser to make it easy for them to browse their favorite websites with a single click. They also store the sites so that they don’t have to remember the lengthy addresses some sites have. Whoever invented them made it very easy for the rest of us.

I use the Internet all the time for everything. What would you say if I told you that I don’t use BFs in my browsers at all? Not here at home, not at work, or anywhere else. Since I am around computers a lot, I would need to keep several different versions of my BFs synchonized, which would be a major pain in the ass. I also use several different browsers, especially for my web developing purposes. Some browsers will allow you to import/export BFs, but that just adds to the pain and suffereing of updating more lists. Can you see what I’m getting at? A centralized list of BFs is the solution. Something I can access from any computer that has access to the Internet.

A year or two ago, I stumbled upon a site called MyBookmarks while searching for a solution. It is a free service where I store all of my BFs. I can create and remove folders, add and delete BFs, change the colors of the page where I view my BFs, move BFs, sort them…and the list goes on. You can even import BFs from your browser into your MyBookmarks account so that you don’t have to go through the hassle of typing everything in.

So, instead of keeping track of BFs all over the place, I simply set the home page in my browser as the link to my account at MyBookmarks and I have easy access to all of the sites I use. Whenever I open up a browser, I’m greated by a nice list of all my BFs. It makes life a whole lot easier.

Access your bookmarks online — anytime, anywhere.