Monday, October 30, 2006

Shamelessly cribbing paying tribute to Iggy’s latest Uber. Too much good stuff this time around (that picture of the newscaster was awesome!), but this one jumped out at me:

The following was posted to RGP and even though I have firm rule about not reading all-caps text, I actually got sucked in and read this crazy nut. Classic stuff.



Crazy twoplustwo dude! You read my blog?

Sunday, October 29, 2006

The posts with the mosts...

  • Sippinwhiskeyandpoker: Summary of 5-card stud. Oooh Oooh! Poker content here! Oooh! Oooh!
  • This Is Not A Poker Blog: Happy Degenerate Birthday April just turned 30. So far, she thinks it rocks!
  • Res Ipsa Poker: Fall Cleanup, Frist Style Lookin' at the bright side of things...
  • Poker Perspectives: Paths Words to live by.
  • Party Poker Blog: TGIF Iggy brings us news where a high-ranking UK official slams the US poker ban.
  • Move up-- Dumbasses Trump All Some wise advice from Wes. If you're new to the game, this is how to manage your bankroll. Really.
  • Online Poker Blog - Lou Krieger's Poker Blog Lou calls out Harrah's
  • High on Poker Jordan got published at FTP's blog. Enjoy that $50!
  • Tao of Poker: Pauly's Poker Blog The First Annual AlCantHang & Pauly Blogger Quiz. I have no effin' clue...
  • Congrats to Blood on taking down the Silver Freeroll at 'Stars
  • Saturday, October 28, 2006

    Thank you!

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    Friday, October 27, 2006

    'Nuther funny...

    Playing with Yahoo Widgets this evening (Yes, this is something married guys do on Friday evenings... :-( ) and tried the Joke widget. First one out of the box was a well-hit double...

    Poor Waffles...


    Wednesday, October 25, 2006

    "I can smell fried baloney all over you..."

    Link to - 30 Rock

    I wasn't thrilled with the pilot, but I'm really liking tonight's episode. Alec Baldwin is outstanding and entirely believable as the amoral, narcissistic network exec, and he steals the show tonight in a scene about a poker game. Hope NBC makes that one it's 2-minute recap, because it was off-the-charts funny.

    SNG Bubble Play


    Scurvy's post made me look at my numbers again, something I've been lazy about since cashing out the majority of bankroll and backing off my play during the summer.

    In his post, he talks about finishing 4th most often, probably due to aggressive bubble play, and wonders if correct SNG play naturally leads to more 4th place finishes.

    I'm aggressive on the bubble, but selectively so. When I'm a shortstack or a big stack, I exploit medium stacks that are trying to limp ITM. When I'm a medium stack, I'm cautious about when I play, but I'm always willing to risk my stack when I'm first in to send a message to the other players that I won't let myself be blinded out, and they're going to get hurt if they play with speculative cards. They all assume I have a very strong if I'm willing to go bust when I could just limp to the money, so they narrow their calling range (assuming rational opponents, a BIG assumption, I know).

    Statistically, my results are interesting:

    Place  Frequency       %

    1            152          15.4%

    2            113          11.5%

    3            117          11.9%

    4            115          11.7%

    5            105          10.7%

    6            112          11.4%

    7             93            9.4%

    8             86            8.7%

    9             83            8.4%

    10            9             0.9%

    The majority of these are turbos on Stars (9-seats), so my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishes are statistically average. But, I win more often than anything else. I'd like to see my ITM north of 40%, but it's at 38.8% right now, probably from my own non-optimal play since I started back at the lower levels.

    I really don't see how I can back off and limp to the money more often due to my early-level play. I'm very tight, play solid ABC poker, nothing too fancy. There's always some idiot willing to call 3x pre-flop raises in the early rounds with 3-7off because, hey, it's less than 10% of his stack! So, no point in early fancy play.

    I've always had a problem right around 6th place. Usually blinds are getting significant at this point, and I might try a steal play and get caught. This leaves me short-stacked with 6th left, and easy call for anyone when I have to push.

    I'm also noticing that the proportion of people playing similarly is going up. The idiots are busting and going away. 8 months ago, it was not unusual to sit at a 55, 109, or 215 turbo SNG with 3 certified fish. I'm talking about people that have thousands of dollars in documented losses over at Sharkscope. I play much lower these days (um... 6 through 25 turbo SNGs) since cashing out, but I see alot more breakeven players. Not many sharks, but everyone is on the same level, trading money and making 'Stars rich through rake. There's still one or two idiots, but not as many as a year ago.

    My sense is, with the changing playing environment, I need to be more willing to play post-flop in levels 3 and 4, and level 5 if I have the stack for it. In turbos, after level 5, nearly every hand is played pre-flop and I'm very comfortable with that part of the game. But, I need to do a better job of accumulating meaningful chips in those middle rounds if I'm going to drag that ITM back over 40%.

    Tuesday, October 24, 2006

    Oh, just one more...

    Is it wrong to get turned on by this?

    Ok, enough whining

    Sorry about yesterday's whine-fest. Felt like venting.

    Carry on with your normal programming.


    I'm far too exhausted to write a decent post. One of the Biggettes had me up until 2 a.m. Not a big thing to some of you, but I'm an old fart who has to go to work in the morning.

    Shoot, didn't even get to gambool.

    Monday, October 23, 2006

    Senior Shoplifters, and Be Nice To Your Local Retailer

    Got hit at work today. They stole a 1GB SD memory card. 3 older ladies distracted me chasing after this and this, then walked out without paying for the SD card while I was putting away the cameras (I smelled something fishy and made sure I secured almost $600 in digital cameras before addressing the $25 SD card). Anyway, they claimed they could get the cameras cheaper online.

    They can. Right here.

    I don't have a problem with people who buy online. Obviously. I do have a problem with thieves. 

    I also have a problem with people that come in and expect me to educate them, and then go online and buy it. A large percentage of my income is from commissions. When you do this, you screw me not only out of your sale, but also the sale I could have made instead of giving you free training. I even have someone, every week, ask me "Where can I get this cheaper?"

    Are you really that stupid?

    My response is now, "I don't know, but I bet you can drive all over town and find out." Let them know they're dumb and I'm pissed without saying, "you're dumb and I'm pissed".

    Go online and do your own research. I'm happy to teach you everything you want to know, but yes, I expect to sell something to you. I love consultative selling. It's a symbiotic relationship, a true win-win. If you know all you need to know, buy it the cheapest place you can. But, if you don't, you should expect to pay a little extra for someone with the expertise to sell you the right product for you. After all, you can change the brake pads on your car by yourself for about $20 and 90 minutes of physical labor. But first you have to learn how to do it, make sure you have (or buy) the right tools, engage in the effort of jacking up your car and taking off the tires, etc, etc. Or, you can pay the dealer $80 and save yourself the time and effort of learning and doing. Would you go to a mechanic and say, "teach me how to change my brake pads," and expect him to be happy about not getting paid? Would you expect Pauly to self-publish Jack Tripper Stole My Dog, then give it away?

    It's always the most clueless people that do this, too - they know nothing about the product and are just looking for the lowest price. Then they come in and expect me to show them how to use it when they get it from eBay without a charger or data cable and get pissed to find out they're going to spend more for the accessories they got screwed out of than if they'd just bought it new in the store.

    I know the people reading this are too smart to get taken by eBay sellers this way. Buy new. If you're buying used, do a little research to make sure the accessories that you need are included. Buy at my store, or at your local non-evil-non-Big-Box. Put a price on your peace of mind.

    I love my customers. But, if you ain't buying, you ain't a customer. You're a black hole in my day.

    ...and the industry continues to adapt...

  Entertainment Group announced today a deal that would see the international digital entertainment giant enter into an agreement with Betcorp Limited to acquire the company’s international infrastructure, which includes its comprehensive gaming products, international customer base, technology, licenses and the group’s Antiguan offices. The agreement, conditional only on the approval of Shareholders, is another step in’s long-term strategy to expand its brand presence into international markets.

    "This purchase, which speaks directly to the current strength of our business, is the first of many possible international acquisition targets under consideration," says Calvin Ayre, the billionaire founder of "We couldn’t be better positioned to build upon our current success and growth and to continue our aggressive push towards international expansion into markets such as Europe and Asia."...

    ..."Bodog has never been confined to any particular market or single form of entertainment," says Ayre.

    Source: Gambling911


    I like to check my log to see the search terms people use to find this site. Tons of people searching for this like "big nuts" and "Phil Mickelson's illegitimate black baby"**

    Still, it kind of weirded me out to see this one this morning:

    22 Oct
    blog of funny deadman

    Somebody in Russia trying to tell me something?

    (Let's try to keep the 'TeddyKGB' comments to a minimum, eh?)




    ** Disclaimer: I never wrote anything about this. I simply posted it a while back to show the funny keywords people used to get here. Don't sue me, dude.

    Sunday, October 22, 2006

    Iggy's Uber

    Funniest line of the latest uber came from Iggy himself, in relating the angst some RGPers or 2+2ers (really, is there much difference anymore?) are having about people's angst over the legislation:

    You just asked a bunch of poker players to stop speculating with partial information. Oh the irony.



    Just a little mindless fun dug out of Google Videos...

    My favorite bit on my favorite show from a few years back was The Man Show Kid. Too bad Jimmy Kimmel got all ambitious on us...

    I hear he's single, ladies...

    When I win the lottery, I'm gonna get me one of these... (Prolly not SFW!)

    Grandma, how many times have I told you to keep a brick in your purse for just such an occasion...

    Saturday, October 21, 2006

    Here's some stuff you should have read this week:

  • Need To Get Some Christmas Shopping Done?

    BG's selling his laptop, looks like a good deal to me but I'm not in the market.


  • WWdN: In Exile: i've got funny. who wants funny?

    Wil's having a show tonight (10/21). LA folks, get a move on!


  • God bless this fine editorial

    Iggy points us to this excellent editorial in the NY Times.


  • Life's A Bluff - Comic #40 - Unemployed Poker Bots |

    Sorry, but I just found this hilarious...


  • Online Gambling Goes Underground

    Pauly is quoted by BusinessWeek



    Wicked Chops gives us a link to a great article by George Will about the prohibition


  • Tao of Poker: Pauly's Poker Blog

    Can always count on Pauly for some wise words


  • Bill’s Poker Blog » Chuck Humphrey’s Analysis and Some More Thoughts on the UIGEA

    Good stuff; either Bill's posts show me the errors of my own thinking, or he agrees with me that Full Tilt may challenge the law. I'm not sure which. But, still, a solid post and well worth the read.


  • Go Be Rude: Fighting with Bloglines

    Duggle doesn't like (posts about) girls. ;-)


  • Party Poker Blog - Barron's Party Gaming Article

    You can never go wrong pimping Iggy. Fantastic article, hope y'all got your money out already.


  • Poker Journal - Not as Good as I should be by Daniel Negreanu

    Daniel gives us his story from the next season of High Stakes Poker. Very interesting read.


  • Friday, October 20, 2006

    Anyone else getting these kind of e-mails?

    Dear NETELLER Client:You have just received $684.00 USD in your NETELLER Account
    from affiliate programs.
    Payment detailsAmount: USD 684.00
    ID: 2050551
    Subject: You must use the link below to accept the payment.
    Note: hope
    you enjoy your cash.Use this link to accept the payment :
    note that the fee of $1.00 USD has been deducted from the amount.
    Thank you,
    The NETELLER Team

    First off, I get money from Neteller, and never have to click a specific link to accept. Second, I haven't had a Party affiliate ad up in nearly 2 years, and even then it was only up for a couple of days.I've received a couple of these from a variety of payment processors for a variety of sites.

    Anyone else getting them?

    As for the people trying this scam: the hunt has started. Sleep well.

    Thursday, October 19, 2006

    This and that...

    Since this is a poker blog, I'll start off with a little poker: My game is going fine, but I need to get off the poker crack - Turboes. Too many coinflips too early. I do better when there are more decisions to make.

    But, damn, turboes are fun!


    Now that I have my obligatory poker content in place...

    Reading about CBGB's closing the last few weeks was bittersweet for me. Back in the day, I would have said 'good riddance' - I didn't appreciate my one and only visit. What can I say, I was young, dumb, and full of cu-...


    I managed to make it there on one of my first trips to NYC, visiting an old buddy from HS and college. He moved to NYC to start a band, get famous, and marry Paulina Porizkova. She was hot before most of you had pubic hair. I had the picture you see on the right taped to the wall next to my bed in college. Then, she married the butt-ugliest man in rock-and-roll, Ric Ocasic. You may say Bob Dylan or Mick Jagger, or even Tom Petty might be the world champs in that category. Not me. Ric gets the title mostly because he was banging Paulina. And, he is pretty ugly.

    I got over her. My buddy, on the other hand, was convinced he could woo her if he was a rock star. Even recorded a bunch of demo songs that were halfway decent. I won a $50 prop bet when he failed to sleep with her (hell, he never met her) within the first 3 years he was in NYC. Easy money.

    Hell, we were young. We thought anything was doable.

    Anyway, he was still banging away on his guitar and slinging drinks in dives in the Village when I visited a few years later. We hit a suprisingly quiet italian place for dinner, me dressed like the Florida bumpkin in my blue jeans and denim jacket on a cold December evening. He was wearing black. Of course. It was NYC after all.

    I'm pretty sure the waiter thought we were homo-gays. We made a point of sitting at a table for two and ordering white wine, even though red would have been more appropriate with our meal. We liked to do stupid shit like that. It's also a tradition for me to say, in a voice that's a little too loud, "I think I'm sterile. At least, I hope I am." It goes back to the debriefing meal after the first party we attended on our first weekend as roommates at UF, when I had the honor of breaking in the new apartment first with a chubby Hungarian exchange student with a slightly wispy chick-stache. What can I say, it was important to me to be first. I knew he'd get the most. But I'll always have the first. The guys know what I'm talking about. We get 20 guy-points for that.

    After dinner, a comedy club was on the agenda. When the show was over, he insisted we go to CBGB's. We were hammered, stumbling down the block in search of a taxi. I found a stack of porno mags left behind on the street by some itinerant porn vendor, and started approaching random women to ask if they liked doing "that". One guy tried to pick a fight with me, but my buddy was a 5-11 version of Arnold Schwarzeneggar (no shit). No punches were thrown, thank god. I'm pretty sure my ass would have been kicked eight different ways.

    I've lived most of my life in cities. Nothing like NYC, mind you, but I considered myself fairly worldly - I'd seen and done things I wasn't proud of. Nothing prepared me for CBGB, however.

    In 1988, if there was cover to get in a bar, it topped out at $2. A beer in most bars was about $2. Strip clubs, $3.50. CBGB's? $8 cover the night I went, $4 beers. I had no idea I was so naive. Fuck me.

    It was the darkest place I'd ever been in. Not the darkest bar. The darkest PLACE. I heard the waitress, rather than saw her. The music was cool if you're into the punk scene, but I wasn't. Going to the bathroom was like a trip down through Dante's Inferno. As I recall, the bathrooms were at the bottom of a narrow staircase, down in a basement. Most of the major narcotics were were being used at various points along the way. The bathroom itself was a vile, filthy cesspool. That night, anyway. Not sure if it was always like that.

    So yeah, I didn't get it back then. Not my scene, and all that. I was more of your pitchers-wings-strip-clubs-give-me-titties type of degenerate.

    Of course, today I have an appreciation for CBGB's place in the history of music. But that fact that it's gone isn't why I'm a little sad.

    My buddy still lives in NYC. He grew up, worked his ass off, and earned a Master's degree from Columbia and married up. He's still pursued his dreams of fame, albeit in a more socially beneficial way, by running first in the democratic primary for state assembly for a district in Midtown, and then as the Green Party candidate. Today, he's a political advisor to a labor union. I think. We kept in touch over the years, but kids, wives, and jobs have kept us from communicating directly in recent years. When we do get together, it's with wives, kids, and extended family in tow. No more wild blowouts, roadtrips, and lost weekends.

    Real life seems to get in the way, despite our best intentions. CBGB's closing reminded me of that last blast we had together before we started to really grow up. And grow apart.

    I really ought to call. Tomorrow's his birthday, after all.

    Man, this guy is such a degenerate...


    Well-known blogger quoted in BusinessWeek.

    Wednesday, October 18, 2006

    As Chris Rock says...

    My only job as a father is to keep my daughter's off the pole. Guess this is what he meant... (SFW, unless your boss is a humorless douche)

    Update: Mrs. Big, upon seeing this post, has labeled me a "misogynist pig." What say you?


    Monday, October 16, 2006

    Just wondering...

    What the poker sites are seeing in the language of the law that leads them to believe they will be ok doing business in the US?

    I mean, I appreciate the stand they are taking. Don't get me wrong.

    My kneejerk reaction is they are counting on Baxter vs. the US as a way to challenge the law. The appellate courts (not the Supreme Court - the government dropped the case before it made its way to the Supreme Court) held that poker is a skill game so any income derived from it should be classified as earned income - a landmark case for poker players, to be sure. Because the law is written using the word "gambling" in much of the text, is the plan to argue that precedent holds that poker isn't gambling?

    Of course, I haven't been able to find any of the opinion documents, so if you know where to get them please shoot me an e-mail. I'd love to take my simplistic layman's view of the law out for a spin.

    To Full Tilt and 'Stars: Good on ya' mates! Hope you never have to test it, but if you do, I hope it holds.


    Played some last night (Whaaaaaaa??????).

    Yep. Felt good, too. Exercising my freedoms and all that.

    A few days ago, I wondered which BSN would show up when I finally got around to playing again. The good one, it turns out. Played 4 NLHE Turboes, cashed in two, bubbled from bad beats (a 2-outer and a 3-outer) in the other two. Just good, solid single-tabling.

    I also took a spin at a $3 Turbo HOSE SNG. Bwahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

    I SUCKED! And I don't mean a little!

    I suck so bad at split games already. I'm decent at Stud Hi cash games (but still only on level 2 thinking), but playing turbo stud didn't make much sense to me. I learned to play conservatively, so tossing money in on 4th street with no pairs and no draws made no sense and I was horribly shortstacked.

    But, it was a lot of fun. Even if I was just pissing away good money.

    Sunday, October 15, 2006

    Pimping some of my favorite posts from the last few days

    1. Internet 101 --- Why the UIGEA's ISP-Blocking Provisions Won't Work |

      ... and the law of unintended consequences appears... millions of online poker players becoming schooled in how to encrypt and hide their internet usage...


    2. Wicked Chops State Lotteries

      If you're jonesing for a way to get your action-fix in a legal way, Wicked Chops is the place to start!


    3. Infant Days Sleepless Nights: Ignorant Journalists Kill Online Poker

      Chilly does a great analysis of a poorly-written article in his local paper. Sure hope it makes it's way back to the reporter.


    4. Big Slick Nuts Poker: It's never too early...

      My own masturbatory self-pimpage of my aStore.


    5. Up For Poker Blog - Online Gambling Bill FAQ

      Start here - it's short, easy to read, and in layman's terms. Also, the porn spammers have hit their comments hard, so you can jump off into the world of boobs, throbbling members, and endless pop-up ads.


    6. This Is Not A Poker Blog: Save The Date - WPBT Winter Classic

      I've been told I shouldn't miss these... maybe someday... [sigh]


    7. Truckin'

      Pauly's latest issue is out, with the requisite articles from several of your favorite bloggers


    8. Bill’s Poker Blog » Bill Frist - Cat Killer

      Funny video by Jon Stewart


    9. The Day After - Card Squad

      A report of the activity level at 'Stars and Full Tilt, along with transfers to and from Neteller.


    Saturday, October 14, 2006

    It's never too early...

    Start your Christmas shopping now. Go on, do it.

    Yeah, if you were planning to save yourself a lot of time this Christmas and do your shopping at Amazon, please check out my aStore. I personally selected the products on the "featured products" page. Trust me, this is good stuff. The other stuff is pretty good, too.

    For some reason, I can't stop giggling...

    Troops battle 10-foot marijuana plants

    Fri Oct 13, 8:48 AM ET

    OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian troops fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan have stumbled across an unexpected and potent enemy -- almost impenetrable forests of 10-feet-high marijuana plants.

    General Rick Hillier, chief of the Canadian defense staff, said on Thursday that Taliban fighters were using the forests as cover. In response, the crew of at least one armored car had camouflaged their vehicle with marijuana.

    "The challenge is that marijuana plants absorb energy, heat very readily. It's very difficult to penetrate with thermal devices ... and as a result you really have to be careful that the Taliban don't dodge in and out of those marijuana forests," he said in a speech in Ottawa.

    "We tried burning them with white phosphorous -- it didn't work. We tried burning them with diesel -- it didn't work. The plants are so full of water right now ... that we simply couldn't burn them," he said.

    Even successful incineration had its drawbacks.

    "A couple of brown plants on the edges of some of those (forests) did catch on fire. But a section of soldiers that was downwind from that had some ill effects and decided that was probably not the right course of action," Hillier said dryly.

    One soldier told him later: "Sir, three years ago before I joined the army, I never thought I'd say 'That damn marijuana'."

    Friday, October 13, 2006

    Let's catch up, shall we?

    I've spent the last few weeks getting caught up on everyone's blogs. Been a busy little beaver, ya know?

    So, still working retail. For now. Still losing weight. Down a total of 63 lbs since March. Gotta keep moving, that's the secret. Not much poker, what with being a busy beaver and all. Hopefully, that'll change soon. Gotta have faith.

    Wondering which BSN will show up when I get around to playing again. Will it be the tight-aggressive guy that plays the game within the game? Or, will it be the donkey that overvalues AT and baby pairs?

    In any event, here's a book recommendation for you if you're jonesing for legal online action.

    Let's catch up, shall we?

    I've spent the last few weeks getting caught up on everyone's blogs. Been a busy little beaver, ya know?

    So, still working retail. For now. Still losing weight. Down a total of 63 lbs since March. Gotta keep moving, that's the secret. Not much poker, what with being a busy beaver and all. Hopefully, that'll change soon. Gotta have faith.

    Wondering which BSN will show up when I get around to playing again. Will it be the tight-aggressive guy that plays the game within the game? Or, will it be the donkey that overvalues AT and baby pairs?

    In any event, here's a book recommendation for you if you're jonesing for legal online action.

    Thursday, October 12, 2006


    Go see the YouTube video Iggy posted last night.

    Moving. Brought a tear to my eye. Any chance this can be cut to 30 seconds and broadcast in their districts? I'd contribute to THAT special interest group.

    Tuesday, October 10, 2006

    Wicked Chops

    Truly inspiring how these guys roll with the changes! **



    **Wish I'd thought of it first... dammit...

    Doesn't have anything to do with poker...

    ... or Congress, or porn, or Phil Mickelson's alleged gambling problem or his alleged illegitimate baby (this is still a top keyword in my stats package - go away, people, nothing to see here) and, really, aren't you ready for a break?


    I used to live and go to school in Orlando. Back in the early 90's I was transferred to Jacksonville for a year by the company for which I worked. Several of my coworkers transferred as well. We were most impressed by the level of service we'd receive in bars and restaurants as compared to Orlando. With the tourist economy, service workers are not incentivized to build repeat business, whereas in Jacksonville it was not uncommon to find bartenders giving us drinks on the house to keep us coming back.

    And we weren't even tipping that well.

    Anyway, when I read this article, I got a chuckle:

    Survey: Hurry up and wait in Orlando

    Orlando Business Journal - 12:53 PM EDT Monday

    Orlando, which recently was slapped with the tag of "Angriest City" in the United States, must now deal with yet another stigma: having one of the slowest wait times in the nation.

    In August, Men's Health magazine ranked Orlando first among the 100 angriest U.S. cities. The latest knock comes at the hands of the Wait Time Survey commissioned by the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA).

    According to the survey, which measures the average time people spend waiting in line to check out at the grocery store, see a bank teller, purchase clothes or get a quick meal, Orlando ranks just behind Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Cleveland as the slowest to serve consumers.

    Baltimore led the "slow" pack with an overall wait time of 5 minutes and 3 seconds. By comparison, Phoenix was fastest with a wait time of 3 minutes and 5 seconds.

    Mirroring the slowest average time, Baltimore had a return ratio of 77.3 percent, which is the percentage of customers willing to return to the same location where they received the slow service.

    Orlando had a return ratio of 78.1 percent.

    The survey zeroed in on the top 25 U.S. cities based on population.


    Say a few extra prayers to the deity of your preference for me tonight and tomorrow. Regular readers will know why.

    Monday, October 09, 2006

    Start the campaign

    I'm posting this because I think it would be pretty funny to see a final table at the next WPT where every player wore one of these hats. Since they aren't advertisements, maybe the WPT would let them be worn.

    Silly, I know, but the mental image amused me...

    Sunday, October 08, 2006

    Yes, that's MUCH better...

    ... 23 Million-to-one odds... good thing I'm not gambling and breaking any laws, eh?

    Oh well, back to
    surfing porn... that's legal, too...

    What else can I do on the internet that's legal but stupid? What can I do that's legal but morally suspect?

    Leave suggestions in the comments.

    Saturday, October 07, 2006

    A blogger's work is never done...

    So, um, yeah, those affiliate ads came right back down. The rest of the ads are traditional, paid ads, Mr. Federal Prosecutor. Any revenues derived from them are independent of a player depositing money and gambling. I'll remove text links to affiliates in my posts later this week. Of course, I am concerned that advertisers will decide the market for US english-reading players is drying up since they won't be able to move money as easily. But, as I wrote to some family members (who I'd kept in the dark vis a vis this blog until a few months ago) yesterday:

    "I suppose if the environment changes further, I can always take porn ads ... They're legal. Stupid politicians. "

    I know I'm probably late to the party...

    ... in posting this, but a couple of bloggers were quoted in this AP article:

    Thursday, October 05, 2006

    Some food for thought...

    "An honest politician is one who, once bought, stays bought."

    - Unknown

    Join the Poker Players Alliance.

    Wednesday, October 04, 2006

    Since I lack any original thoughts about the events of the past week...

    A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.

    Barry Goldwater

    Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.

    Will Rogers

    Holy Shiite!

    Not sure if I ever showed up at a blogger tourney with my original avatar at 'Stars:

    I changed it mostly because I got tired of chat debates between people that "get" Kevin Smith and people that think he sucks. I don't know why they think he sucks since they can't communicate well enough to explain it to me.


    Anyway, I found this story to be a funny case of cultural criss-cross. Kinda funny, except for the part where it could inflame a holy war.

    Monday, October 02, 2006


    So, I was explaining to Mrs. Big what happened last week with the legislation and how it may affect my poker (oh, let's face it - "poker-related") income. I log on to Neteller and find a new screen requiring review and acceptance of new terms of service.

    "Here it comes," I say.

    There were 2 bold-faced paragraphs that I assume are the new language in the TOS. I can barely understand the first, but it appears to me to be some kind of CYA language in case they are unable to legally send money back to the account holder. The second, however, specified that the laws of the Isle of Man governed the TOS.

    "So, moving your money across borders is now governed by Man-Law?", Mrs. Big asked.

    Yep, that's why I love her, folks. ;-)

    Kidding me, are you?

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    So, no attempt to present us with a work-around?