Binion's Forced To Close

A historic day in the world of poker. The world famous Binion’s Horseshoe Casino was closed late yesterday. Get the full details by reading the article. I hope they don’t have to move the WSOP somewhere else this year.

Another Winter Semester

Monday marks the beginning of the winter semester at SVSU. The week at work went by suprisingly fast since I was dreading working again after the long vacation. Students were registering for classes at the last minute, as usual. New faculty wanted access to their accounts at the last minute, as usual. It still amazes me that the majority of society loves to procrastinate.

My sister moved back into the apartment yesterday after living with our parent’s for the holidays. It’s good to have her back. Heather is a great cook and we have some fun when we go out to the stores and shit. I don’t know how we ever hated each other so much during high school. All a part of growing up I guess. Her friend Katie should be moving back in today or tomorrow, I don’t really know for sure.

Once this semester is over, I’m either going to have to find a new place to live or get some new roommates, since the girls will be done with classes. I definitely can’t afford this place on my own! I guess it all depends on if I still have the same job or not. I don’t anticipate still working for the Help Desk, but who knows. I have a bet with my friend Lindsay that I’ll have a new job by September. I don’t intend to lose that bet! I’ve had thoughts of maybe buying a house if I get a new job in the area. It’s a big step and I’m not sure I’d be ready for something like that, but renting sucks ass.

All of my friends are coming back from their holiday break today. I’ve missed hanging out with them. Not going to Hooters every Monday has been a killer. I think I’m in withdrawal from not having the chicken wings as a part of my weekly “diet”. Tonight we are planning to do some drinking. Maybe at my place, maybe in Bay City at their house, maybe at the bars, maybe hit up Midland Street. It’s all still up in the air. I’m looking forward to a long night of drinking though.

I’m feeling better already after running for the past 3 days. I finally got up the nerve to weigh myself the other day and WOW! I’m up to 185. I was thinking maybe 180 tops. It’s not the most I’ve ever weighed, but it’s close. I need to get back down to the 175 area. I suppose I should go run and then get in the shower…the day is wasting away.

Belly Of The Beast

Belly of the BeastAnother Steven Seagal movie that doesn’t have much to brag about. Most of his movies over the past two or three years have been a joke. This one is no different. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a Seagal fan, but the last few films have been a waste.

I’ve noticed several scenes in his recent work that have voice overs not done by Seagal himself. They don’t even sound close to his voice! I’ve seen all of his movies, but you only need to hear him for a few minutes to know that these particular scenes are not him. I’m not sure if he decides to drop out of the project because he realizes it’s a waste of a movie or what.

Some of the fighting scenes are pretty decent, but are still way behind what other filmmakers are doing. They finally started using some of the wire tricks for people jumping and falling. It didn’t look very good though. The gun fights are pretty bad too. When the bullets hit walls, people, and other objects it doesn’t look real at all.

The movie still had it’s share of Seagal kicking some major ass, Buddhism, CIA, and Seagal saving the day.

I give this movie a C.

I Don't Feel Like Blogging

I don’t feel like posting much today, but:

  • I’ve ran on the treadmill 2 days in a row
  • I haven’t had a pop since December 31st
  • I got some good news today…cross your fingers for me
  • I’m looking forward to the new ER episode tonight
  • I modified my website menu…AGAIN
  • I’m looking forward to everyone coming back to town this weekend
  • I’m spending way too much time on my computer lately
  • I’m very disappointed in the response to the slogan contest
  • I was suprised to find 11 fish sticks in the box, instead of 10
  • I’m out of things to say…

What a wasted post!

Slogan Contest

I’ve decided to host a contest to see if anyone can help me come up with a catchy slogan for my website. It could have something to do with me, the site, the name “MtDewVirus”, or whatever. Use your imagination:!: I’ll choose the one I like the most. For the winner, I’ll treat you to lunch and for the losers other people who participate, a “Thank You For Participating” should suffice. If someone wins that I have no way to buy lunch for, we’ll have to come up with something. I’m open for suggestions on that.

A few rules:

  1. All slogans must be submitted by commenting on this post.
  2. Submit as many slogan ideas as you want.
  3. You must submit at least one slogan to be eligible.
  4. I can win my own contest if I come up with the best slogan.
  5. If I win, you do not have to buy me lunch, but can if you really want to. 😀


Update: New Site Slogan

It Begins Today

This post doesn’t really have any overall topic…so excuse the jumbled mess.

I said I was going to start getting in shape and it started today. Just got back from our basketball game for Saginaw Township. We won by about 5 points and are now 2-2 for the season. Everyone was pretty rusty from the holiday break, so we’re happy to pull out the win.

I’m typing on my new keyboard right now. I spilled juice on the old one a few days ago and last night it croaked on me. I didn’t feel like taking it apart, so I got a different one. It has a nice feel to the keys.

It was about 10 degrees today, but with the wind had to be close to below 0 for wind chill. Have I ever mentioned that I hate Michigan weather? I do have to say that I’m happy it held off for this long though. We’ve been pretty fortunate so far with the lack of snow and really cold days.

I’m sure everyone has heard about the lady in Ohio that “won” the 11-state lottery jackpot worth $162 million and the other lady who “lost” the winning ticket. It sounds like the woman who won has a bullet-proof story and I believe it. Hell, even if the other woman lost the ticket, it’s her own damn fault. If I found a winning lotto ticket, I’d be cashing it in ASAP!

The whole Pete Rose/Hall of Fame deal is starting back up again. I can’t put my opinion into better words than Rob Dibble’s article, “Pete Rose belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame. ” It’s a good article and Dibble makes a lot of good points.

Laundry is washing, food is in the oven, and I’m going to go play some XBOX while I wait for my grub. I’m going to bed early tonight for a change. Staying up until 1:30 and then being at work for 8:00 doesn’t work too well.

The Future is Brighter

Things are starting to look better already for 2004. I got a call earlier today from a company asking if I was interested in a position, but it was a software support position. It would be similar to what I’m already doing and this is what I want to get away from. He said he was going to keep my resume and get in contact with me again if they have any programming positions become available. So things are on the up and up!

I also had a nice talk with my brother. I never knew how much he has looked up to me and modeled things after what I’ve done. Feeling pretty good about that and about our relationship getting stronger. I guess I’ve never really been the big brother that I could have.

All this and it’s only the 5th day of the year!

One For All

I made a large fix in my web design today. Some of the CSS wasn’t being displayed properly by the Mozilla browsers, but I think I have that fixed now. My layout div wouldn’t extend down to the bottom of my content. I came across the site Position Is Everything, contacted Big John who runs it, and after a few exchanged emails, he gave me exactly what I needed. Thanks John! I had to put a clear:both style just before the end of my layout div and that did the trick immediately. I hope to test my site though some other browsers to see that everything looks at I have intended it too.

If you use another type of browser and my site looks kinda goofy, send me a screenshot. I’d like to see it. I’ve tested the site out with IE 5.5, IE 6, Mozilla, and Avant so far (all on Windows). I hope to test Opera soon and maybe even some Mac browsers. Any input or criticism is welcome. I know that IE 4 and Netscape 4.x pretty much make my site look like garbage, but those are some really old browsers! Time to upgrade if you are using them!

Is Poker Exciting?

No, poker is not exciting. Go to a casino and I’ll bet all of my chips that most people can’t sit there and watch a poker table for two hours straight. But when it’s on TV we could watch it all day long. It’s exciting on TV. So what’s the difference? You can find poker on TV all the time now, but why?

Everyone can learn to play poker. We see the professionals on TV playing and we can actually play the same game at home, in a casino, in the break room at work, or anywhere we have a deck of cards. It’s different from watching football, basketball, auto-racing, and other sports because we can’t go and compete in these sports. Poker is the only game that I know of where anyone can enter the championship. I can take $10,000 to Las Vegas, buy a seat in the WSOP, and play against the top professionals in the world. I can’t walk into the Super Bowl and throw a touchdown pass.

The poker they show on TV is exciting because of the commentators and the drama. They only show us the big hands; the hands with a lot of betting and drama to them. It wouldn’t be very exciting if they showed the hands where everyone folded before the flop, leaving the player in the big blind to only win the small blind’s bet. It’s also exciting because there is so much at stake. You see pots for tens of thousands of dollars all the time, and it only gets higher as players are knocked out of the tournament. It’s exciting to watch someone make a gut call that could cost them thousands of dollars in prize money.

Over the past year, the number of poker shows has increased because of the demand. We want to watch poker played at a high level. We want to watch a “dead money” amateur like Chris Moneymaker win the WSOP.

WordPress 1.0 Platinum

On January 2nd, WordPress 1.0 Platinum was released. I had been waiting for the new version for several days after reading about some of the new features that were going to be included.

It took me a little bit longer than expected to get my weblog upgraded and running properly, but I really couldn’t ask for anything more from WordPress. The developers are working on their own time to create what has become a great web logging tool that is FREE! I ran into a few bugs while getting everything setup, but everyone in the WordPress Forums has been helpful beyond belief. I’ve even taken it upon myself to help other people out that have had some of the same problems I ran into.

The extra time it took me to get version 1.0 running was well worth it. The added features and funcionality are great. I just want to say thanks to everyone working on WordPress. Keep up the good work!