Monthly Archives: November 2005

*Yawn* XBox 360 Released

In case you have been living under a rock, the XBox 360 has been released. I have one thing to say: Whooptie-freaking-doo. Yeah, I’d take one if it was offered to me, and I might even buy one down the road a bit, but, frankly I don’t see the attraction of standing in line for hours in the cold rain to maybe get a chance to buy one. But, it’s a game console. I can think of things I’d rather spend $399 on today.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I must admit that I attended the Mac OS X Tiger “release party” they had at the Indianapolis Apple Store. I went for a few reasons:

  1. The Wife suggested it I think she just wanted to go look at the Pottery Barn stores that are also in the Fashion Mall.
  2. I was a Mac newbie. I was still suffering from reality distortion field sickness caused by a recent Mac purchase.
  3. They were giving away free stuff.

At least I was inside and warm, only waited about 45 minutes, and there was no chance that I’d have to harm another human to get what I came for (But, I left empty handed. Another story for another day).

Movable Type Dumbness: Scheduled Posts

Movable Type allows you to schedule posts in advanced (for example, I’m writing this post Sunday night but it won’t publish until Tuesday afternoon). However, in order to get the scheduled post to “pop” live at the time you specify, there is script that you run from the server via crontab. It makes since that they won’t magically appear when you static publishing, since the Movable Type program actually creates each web page manually and stores them on the hard drive, content complete.

However, it also supports dynamic publishing, where the pages are created automagically by the program when they are accessed. This allows you to do stupid pet tricks, speeds up things like comment postings, and saves hard disk space on the server. It would make sense that, since the pages are created automatically as they are requested, that it would automatically publish the page that is past it’s scheduled date. But, it doesn’t. A scheduled post for today didn’t appear because when I switched to dynamic, I deleted the cronjob. It’s fixed now, but, it’s still dumb.

Review: All In

Holly got this book for me at the library… I thought it might be an interesting book about Poker, and I thought about getting it myself. Well, instead it was a storytelling book. The first chapter was interesting, as it talked about how the World Series of Poker got started, but, frankly, I don’t care about the rest of the book. So, I’m going to stop after the first chapter and return it.

Cold Cards

I’ve sat down and played some poker for the past half hour and I’m getting some seriously cold cards. I sat down in a $1.00+0.20 45 person MTT and got delt Q-J suited. I was in middle position so I raised 3x BB. Plays around, flop comes A-K-x rainbow, but giving me 3 spades. I’m sitting with a runner straight I should have folded. But, no, I felt good with it. I bet 2x BB, some folding, a small raise from late position, so I call. Flop is a 9 spades. Limping abounds, so I bet big trying to scare people out from what looked to be my straight. Raising ensues, and I go all in, feeling the 10 or another spade. One caller. Turns over an A-x, giving him a pair. River is a low red card, giving me a whole lot of nothing, and that $1.20 was gone in a matter of minutes. They proceeded to mock me (which I probably deserved).

Later, I am playing a play money table (after the very painful beating above), and an all-in player pushes from UTG. I’m sitting J-J, so I call based on his reckless play. Just the two of us, he turns over K-8 unsuited. I’m feeling pretty good. What’s he flop? K-8-x. No help came, and I lost 2/3 of my chips. A few hands later, I’m delt a Q-10 suited and limp in. Flop comes and gives me pair of 10’s, and we all check around. No help on turn and it checks around. River comes, and it’s a 10, giving me trips. I bet about 3x BB, gets called, then raised. At this point, I’m looking at the table and my stack, at about 350. I decide if I fold, I’m too short-stacked to recover. If I win, I’m looking at a decent pot. I raise all-in (raising the bet about 150 or so). Player 2 calls, Player 3 raises all-in with her multi-thousand chip stack… and I know I’m in trouble. Player 2 folds, and she turns over K-10, giving her trip 10’s with a King kicker, and that’s all she wrote. Hindsight says that if I’d bet big on the flop, I might have scared out the other player… but I doubt it.

So, I’m done with Poker for right now. I played stupid in the cash MTT, and just plain got beat in the play game.