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One word. [Sep. 14th, 2009|06:19 am]
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Rainbow Road [Aug. 10th, 2009|10:29 pm]
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Cut for massive insensitivity to friends. You read this and you can"t be mad.Collapse ) No, seriously, I fucking warned you. No being mad at either of us for this, got it?

Programmed for Success [May. 20th, 2009|10:53 pm]
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So, Poker has taken an aside to a new hobby of mine, Programming. I've never believed in Magic as an adult, but nothing makes math seem like magic more than programming. I can take a series of numbers and mathematical statements and make an entire world out of them (potentially, I'm not that good yet). I don't know a ton yet, but I know enough that I was sitting there playing Dragon Warrior 2 thinking to myself how each little bit of data was tracked and displayed. How I would setup the code to track poisoned status or stepping on a swamp tile or character death. This lead to a series of thought patterns that ended up really disturbing me.

"This game is just another guy's challenge set up for me. Someone already knows the ins and outs to this. Yeah, it might be fun, but what are you really doing or learning? You've received a bizarre education thus far picking up bits of history or math or science either out of curiosity connected to a game or figuring out how to capitalize on a game, but you're just trying to solve someone else's problem. The only way to win is to write the problem, the only way to win is to not play the game at all."

See, I've always used gaming as an inspiration to other learning, but I think this might be the ultimate lesson. I'm worried and excited that I might have ruined gaming for myself? Or maybe I'm just going to approach gaming from a different angle from now on.

When Pigs Fly (across the border) [Apr. 27th, 2009|05:32 pm]
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I'm not a hardline person when it comes to illegal immigration. I can imagine the temptation of living somewhere crappy and knowing that all you had to do to double or maybe triple your income is sneak somewhere 10-20 miles away, work hard, and keep your head down. If where you lived was seriously crappy and next door held the promise of a better life for you and your family wouldn't you be tempted?

That being said, I think we're going to see a massive backlash from our migrant worker friends south of the border, and it's for a legitimate problem. If the swine flu gets more serious than it is right now people are going to want a scapegoat, and it's going to be our porous southern border. It's exposed a weakness in the US that the world is going to look at. If anyone did want to launch a biological attack on us, they now have a model that Homeland Security has had and is going to have a serious problem preventing. Swine Flu proves that if you want to infect the US, hit Mexico and let the Mexicans do the work of spreading it through the border. I don't know how hard it is to get into Mexico, but from what I understand the migration that the US experiences from Mexico includes people who travel from Central and even sometimes South America. So we can put up all the port and airport security we'd like, but unless we secure our southern border all someone who wants to get to us has to do is break into Mexico or some other underfunded, corrupt Central American nation. I think this legitimizes calls to block off the south and between the Swine Flu and the Drug Wars going on down there if things get worse it's going to be a bad time to be Hispanic with any sort of accent much like it was a bad time to be an Arab or Persian or Indian after 9/11. Let's face it, America can't tell the difference between a Mexican and Colombian and Venezuelan so they're all gonna get it.

When Desperate Static Beats the Silence Up [Mar. 23rd, 2009|08:44 pm]
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I haven't posted here in a long time.

I'm not dead!

I went to Chicago, it was fantastic.

I'm going to San Francisco, it should be fantastic.

I'm going to the UK for a fantastic wedding where I will be Man of Honor and summarily kick ass.

Life is simultaneously rough and wonderful.

I may soon be temporarily living in the coolest place on earth, Mom's Basement.

I may be the breadwinner of the house if I do.

I am up to $36 in poker and steadily climbing, but my skill is greater than the dollar level indicates so long as I haven't just woken up.

I haven't forgotten about all of you, but I have been mildly hermitish. I wouldn't mind hanging out with any of you, but I'm more inclined to do this if you contact me. I'm bad at taking initiative, and I typically have people tugging on me to be social with them. If you don't have my phone number it's available on Facebook.

No, I don't have a cell phone yet.

Rumors about me vary from wildly inaccurate to incredibly accurate.

Zangief will throw you.

Fuck you, Nate Silver, Bill and Gene predict elections out to 2016 [Feb. 20th, 2009|04:51 am]
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If you"re a political junkie, read this shit. If not, you may not find it interesting, because you"re dum... disinterested.Collapse )

Facebook [Feb. 19th, 2009|11:06 pm]
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Marriage as a Religious Institution [Feb. 19th, 2009|03:02 pm]
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So apparently I'm in pretty good company so far as my concept of the government getting out of the marriage business goes. Some dude named Alan Dershowitz thought of it too.

Song get! [Feb. 17th, 2009|01:09 am]
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I got my letter from the wily bookgroper who gave me "W":

- Reply to this post saying you'd like to do the meme and I'll assign you a letter.
- List (and upload, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.
- Post them to your journal with these instructions.

Watch worriedly while I wrangle wonderful works written with Ws!

W's Duty by Jonathan Coulton

Why Does the Sun Shine? by They Might Be Giants

Walking After You by Foo Fighters

Where Did You Sleep Last Night? as performed by Nirvana

We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions by Queen (they're supposed to be one song, from what I understand, and even if they aren't they BOTH start with W, suck it)


So close! [Feb. 11th, 2009|10:25 pm]
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So, I hit the tournament today. I came in 5th out of about 25 people. Still no money in that position at the Ameristar. I went out on AK suited against KK. First place in the tourney would've been $1000. Oi. If only I had the income to regularly play. :D Now it's all online for me again. More practice, practice, practice.

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