Serenity: the movie version of “Firefly”

The tv show Firefly drove the purchase of my first Tivo.  I annoyed the hell out of a coworker who had a Tivo to tape it for me, and he finally said ‘no’, and I realized I needed one badly rather than miss an episode. The show, which packs the same quantity of creativity and…

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Photo links should now be fixed.

Ever since I moved over to the hosted version of Movable Type (called TypePad), I’ve been really happy with the service.  Today I was hunting for all the broken photo links and came across the global search and replace. I don’t suppose I got quite everything, since I’ve been writing for several years, so if…

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Sourcing? We don’t need no steenking sourcing!

As I turned on the Today show this morning,  I was struck by the poor journalistic standards their producer used in presenting a story about "Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day".   Apart from allowing people on the show that are paid to hawk technology goods, "Today" thinks that journalism involves presenting two sides of any issue without a lot of thought as to what obligation they owe the viewers.

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Betting well

I love games.  Games of all sorts.

Gambling, to me, is just another sort of game but with a more accurate form of scorekeeping (money).  I love finding strategies to win games.  Sarah shares some of this as well, which is how we
once found ourselves at the National zoo with $20 with which to buy raffle tickets at the sea
lion habitat.  It was a fundraiser for the sea lions, and first prize was the chance to feed them.

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How to survive a zombie attack, from Kuro5hin

If I was famous, I’d be asked all sorts of inane questions like, "What tv shows are you watching?"  (Deadwood, now that Carnivale is in between seasons).  Perhaps the poker press would want to know my 1 table Sit N’ Go strategy.  (Don’t draw to any hand for the first three levels, and if you want, wash your dishes during that time if you can also keep an eye on the computer while you’re doing it.)

But I’m not famous, which means I’m going to tell you something about myself for no good reason.

I love apocalyptic film.   I love to see civilization destroyed.  Note that I said civilization, not the physical planet we live on.  And one of the best apocalyptic genres, in my opinion, is the zombie film.

Where else do they ruin the world and toss in the ever present threat of gruesome death?  Zombie films rock, with my ties for a favorite being "28 Days Later" and the remake of "Dawn of the Dead".  "28 Days Later" has one of the best music/suspense arcs I’ve ever watched, and if you get a chance, watch the scene where Jim breaks into the military mansion to rescue Selena and listen carefully to the soundtrack.  The slow build creates an amazing amount of tension that becomes taut when Selena and Jim nearly kill each other.

So, with that in mind, I suggest you read "How to survive a zombie attack", over Kuro5hin.  You never know, it just might help you out someday.

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Baseball returns to Washington DC

Yesterday was the momentous return of baseball to Washington DC.  After a hard fought political and economic battle, Washington DC opened it’s first major league baseball game in over thirty years.  My company bought season tickets, and I claimed the Washington Nationals Inaugural home game for Sarah and I.

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HP TC1100 Tablet PC review

I have always been fascinated by Tablet PCs.  When they came out there was a resounding cry from Microsoft and HP that it was the next evolution in computing, while Dell was skeptical and unofficially branded the entire product line as stupid.  Although I have no first hand knowledge of why Dell would react this…

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Adventures and epiphenies on the floating President Casino

I was home recently to keep an eye on my father during some non-life-threatening surgery.  Afterwards, With my father safely back home and conked out for the next 24 hours my mother and I done with our quality time, I went out to run some errands and play some cards.  I ended up at the…

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That’s what money is for…

Periodically someone says something that puts it all into perspective.  It makes all the petty details of life entirely moot.  Such a thing happened to me last week. The call came from a globe-trotting friend.  "N’s getting out of Elbonia.  He’s got a visa and a passport.  I’m not sure how he got it, but…

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First quarter poker results

YTD: +US$205.68 1Q2005 poker results are good!  This number is made up of live cash games and tournaments (+$173.58), online cash games (+$54.10), and online tournaments (-$22.00). The loss in the online tournaments category masks my real moneymaker, $5 Sit ‘n Go tournaments.  These are the lowest tournaments you can enter, and they’re simply 10…

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