My first day with Cardgrrl in Florida was spent wandering around downtown St. Petersburg. Photo album available here.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Maybe I haven't been paying enough attention, but this post about a bad keno game being offered by Cereus (the fine, fine folks behind UltimateBlecch and AbsolutePuker) was completely new to me. I didn't know they offered keno, nor that a bad random number generator had been discovered by users, nor anything about how Cereus responded to the issue--which was by lying, shifting the blame, stalling, having Joe Sebok make public statements that were untrue, and ultimately doing nothing to admit that they screwed up or refund customers' money.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I'm still trying to catch up on laundry, finances, blog-reading, magazines, TV shows, leftover work, etc., that got missed while I was gone. I'm also still combing through my hundreds of photos, trying to find the best ones to share. Until I get that done, I recommend looking through the last nine or so posts at http://www.somebeaut.com/ to see Cardgrrl's best photography from our Florida trip.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Dusty Schmidt, in Card Player magazine column, March 9, 2011 (vol. 24, #5), page 70, on why he thinks staking other players is a bad idea.
For the most part, if a player is as good as he thinks he is, he should have the money and not need a stake. But for the sake of argument, let's say the person asking for the stake is right: He can crush the games; he just doesn't want to wait six months or a year to get in on the big action. What that person is telling me is that he's lazy and impatient, two traits that will lead to the demise of any poker player. This is the sort of player who'll take too many unnecessary risks, won't put in the hours away from the table, will go on tilt, will get lax during good runs, and won't function well as his own boss. Literally every poker player I've known who's both talented and broke has some extreme quality to his personality of which I don't want to be a part. Patience and personal responsibility are absolutely essential to poker success; without them, you might as well not even try.
I'm watching "High Stakes Poker" from last weekend. I was intrigued by this disclaimer, which came in the middle of an ad for the Bellagio spa. (HSP is taped at the Bellagio now.)
My guess is that this message has a very small target audience--specifically, the members of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. It seems to be saying, "Hey, we just provide the table and cards and chips here, as we are properly licensed to do. We have nothing whatsoever to do with those patches on the players' clothing. We would never, ever enter into a partnership with a law-breaking place like PokerStars, the way that nasty, naughty Venetian did. We are good boys and girls, and want Santa to remember that fact come Christmas."
I noticed this full-page ad in the new issue of Bluff magazine. Apparently the good folks in the advertising department of DoylesRoom never learned the difference between cardinal and ordinal numbers. How do you earn "14th bracelets"?
Corwin Cole, in Bluff magazine, April, 2011, page 38.
You probably thought, all this time, that what you needed to do was to learn more strategy. After coaching dozens of prefessionals over the past five years, I can assure that you were mistaken. What you actually needed to learn was how to implement the strategy you already know as well as possible. If you played to your full potential on a daily basis, you would be surprised just how good you already are, without learning anything new.
Jennifer Tilly, in Bluff magazine column (April, 2011, page 65), on installing a heads-up display for her online play, then abandoning it.
At the end of each day, there is a nasty little graph tumbling downhill to show how much I lost in that session. And in case the graph is confusing to me, there is also a concise summation with a minus sigh followed by a very large number....
Maybe, eventually, I will go back to the HUD again.... But for now, I think I will just go back to playing the old-fashioned way. I don't need to be reminded every time I turn on my computer that I'm not as good as I think I am. I was tapping on my own fish tank.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I'm at the Tampa airport. Cardgrrl just left on her flight home to D.C. I have about two hours before mine leaves for Vegas.
It has been one of the most enjoyable weeks of my life. We had the world's most perfect weather. I enjoyed meeting Cardgrrl's aunt. We picked a nice variety of activities. And the company, of course, was not to be surpassed.
The highlight was Sunday spent on Sanibel Island. We spent the afternoon riding rental bicycles through the Darling National Wildlife Refuge, then had yummy homemade ice cream at Pinocchio's. To end the day, we wanted a sunset on the beach, so we headed to the northern tip of the adjoining Captiva Island, where we hit pay dirt. The beach was beautiful, and the sunset was spectacular beyond words.
To top it off, a great blue heron swooped down on the beach just before sundown, and just waded around for 20 minutes or so, occasionally plucking a small fish from the Gulf of Mexico. The combination of the magnificent bird posing for all who wished to photograph it and the pinks and oranges with which the sun was painting the sky was so absurdly picturesque that we laughed out loud about how easy great nature photography was under such circumstances. I even suspected that the heron was a robotic model sent by the local Chamber of Commerce to provide tourists with a literally picture-perfect experience.
We named the bird Charlize The Heron, for her ridiculous beauty and acting talent. Between us, Cardgrrl and I took over a hundred shots of the scene. You can see her best result here. I couldn't settle on just one, but here are my favorite six. (Click on them for full size.)
There's much more about the trip to report, of course. I'll probably do it in several smaller pieces over the next week or so, while I get resettled into my daily routine. But Charlize couldn't wait.