Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Making my debut at the Mook tonight.




See y'all there....


Pokahblog stuff

Got a couple posts up over at Pokahblog in the past week, so go check 'em out:

Live blogging a repeat
Another Brunson MySpace Review
Knock, Knock….

I'm wanting to check out Idol to see if Ryan asks Antonella anything about her nekkid pictures, but so far he's just flirting with Lakisha.

Ew.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Apology

I received the following e-mail:

Hi, I noticed that you are in the blog roll of Big Slick Nuts Poker Blog. Did
you know this blog had joined the AutoRoll beta test? As you guys are in the
same blogging community, it would be really interesting if you could join also!
What's all about? AutoRoll is the blog roll of your readers. It’s a widget that
displays links to blogs your readers are visiting the most often. How does it
work? We trace the number of visits of each unique reader on each blog that has
installed AutoRoll. The more often a reader visits a specific blog, the greater
his affinity is with this blog. What are the benefits for you? First of
all, you will provide your readers with a very entertaining blog roll, based on
other readers with similar reading habits. Moreover, you will get highly
qualified incoming traffic for your blog. Indeed, as other similar blogs display
your blog on their AutoRoll, they will feed you with new readers with a strong
affinity with your blog.It takes 1 minute to install: http://autoroll.criteo.com/ I would be really
interested in your personal feedback on this widget. Thanks for your help.
Regards, Peter
Project Manager CRITEO
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I had no idea these guys were going to spam my blogroll. It was something I was trying to get some additional traffic. I can tell you that in the week or so I've had it, I haven't seen much impact, and after this spam incident, I'm NOT recommending them!!

Update:

I sent the following e-mail:

Peter,

I am sure that somewhere in your T&C you have assumed you had my permission to spam my blogroll, and in fact, anyone can do so at anytime and there is nothing I can do. However, your e-mail makes it sound like I have endorsed AutoRoll, and this is something I object to.

I hate spam as much as the next guy, and I know there's nothing I can do stop anyone from using my blogroll to do so, but I never gave you permission to use the name of my blog in your communications to lend credibility to your project. My evaluation of products and services takes two forms:

1. I receive compensation for advertisements, text links, and reviews on my site.

2. Without compensation, I evaluate things that would be of interest to my readership and post reviews and information.

Since I have not received compensation, nor posted an unsolicited review of AutoRoll, I would appreciate it if you refrained from using the name of my blog in future communications. I have removed the AutoRoll code from my blog.

Respectfully,

XXX

"BSN"

http://bigslicknuts.blogspot.com

Pakistani Woman Hands Over Teenage Daughter for Poker Debt

Anyone known what PartyPoker's has a poker deposit bonus would be if you're willing to put up your first-born daughter?

KARACHI, Pakistan — Police are seeking ten men, including several tribal elders, accused of pressuring a Pakistani woman to hand over her teenage daughter as payment for a 16-year-old poker debt, officials said Tuesday.

In the latest case highlighting how conservative customs threaten women's rights in Pakistan, Nooran Umrani alleges that, despite paying off her late husband's debt of 10,000 Pakistani rupees (US$165), she was threatened with harm if she failed to hand over her daughter, Rasheeda.

The 17-year-old was to be surrendered as a bride for the son of Lal Haider, the man who won the card game years before, Umrani told reporters on Monday in Hyderabad, 100 miles northeast of Karachi.

Police said Tuesday that the mother and daughter were in their protection and that an investigation was opened against Haider, his son and eight others.

"We are investigating the matter and vigorously searching" for the men, Hyderabad police chief Irfan Bhutto said.

Nooran said her husband was a gambler who ran up the debt at a poker game when Rasheeda was 1 year old. He promised Haider that he would get Rasheeda in lieu of payment when she grew up, Nooran said.

Koral Shah, another Hyderabad police officer, said both families belong to the Umrani tribe of Pakistan's impoverished Baluchistan province.

He said a group of elders from the tribe had come to Hyderabad in January to investigate the case and had ruled that, under tribal custom, the girl should be married to Haider's 23-year-old son Abdul Ghani.

Police want to arrest the elders, he said.

President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has vowed to give women more rights in line with his policy to project Pakistan as a moderate, progressive Islamic nation.

In December, Musharraf signed into law a bill that makes it easier to prosecute rape cases in the courts, and the country's ruling party recently introduced a bill to outlaw forced marriages, including under tribal custom in which women are married off in order to settle disputes.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Projects

Well, first off, I've joined Scurvy's latest poker-related project over at pokahblog.com. My first post is up, so please go over and check it out. Of all the poker-related subjects I could have written about, I chose Doyle Brunson's MySpace page. I kid you not.

Secondly, I've kid of taken the soft approach on this next one because I wasn't sure what it would become. I started a blog while working retail called "How To Buy Stuff". Basically, it's turned into a very occasional place to jot down some suggestions when it comes time to buy some things I know a little bit about. Not a lot happening there, but I hope what I do put up is quality stuff with a lot of value for the reader. Quality over quantity, the exact opposite of this place. ;-)

Of course, my on-again, off-again love affair with food gets documented in cycles of manic posting followed by deadly dormancy over at RunFatAssRun. It's currently in renovation due to the migration over to the new Blogger. But, I do expect some new content there in the coming weeks.

Finally, one I've just started but I'm a little nervous about: Polititard. I'm planning for it to be fairly neutral; that is, pointing out things said or done by politicians on all sides that I think are stupid. Of course, my first two posts were about democrats, so I'm already failing. Don't worry, dems, I plan to hit the republicans next. in fact, you can help further the cause of my neutrality by sending me the stupid shit you find. Full credit and links, if you so desire.

Oh yeah, I've been playing poker, too. Read my post over at pokahblog and you'll see a very brief mention of what happened to me last night.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Why do I feel this way?

So I'm watching 30 Rock tonight and thinking about how Tina Fey doesn't seem as sexy to me as she used to when she did Weekend Update.

Shut up, I like funny, smart women...

Anyway, it occured to me that there are other times I've felt this way about other women. I mean, how can someone be so compelling in one setting and so blah in another? For instance, The Newleyweds Jessica Simpson is no match for Dukes of Hazzard Jessica Simpson. The unbelievably cute When Harry Met Sally Meg Ryan has made Meg Ryan pale in comparison in every. single. thing. since.

Ooops, I Did It Again Britney is so much hotter than Bald Britney. Oh, who am I kidding? I'd still wreck Bald Britney.

I just wouldn't tell anyone if I did. And I'd probably throw up a little in my mouth.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Phil Gordon tackled the situation of middle and small pairs heads-up, with regard to how to play pre-flop, on his YouTube channel this week. I can't stand getting them with deepstacks because, as he points out, you really can't get any value by pushing with them - it's all risk and no reward because you'll only get called by hands that dominate you or are 50-50. So, you're limited to standard raises and you have to lay them down in the face of post-flop aggression. It's the same as playing trips in a NLHE cash game - if you lose with them and don't lose alot of money, you probably didn't play them right.

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Friday, February 16, 2007

Me likee Poker After Dark

My favorite poker TV show used to be High Stakes Poker. Unfortunately, my current living arrangements don't allow for me to watch this show with any kind of regularity, which eliminates the very reason why it was my favorite - I loved seeing all of the action and inaction that sets up the big pots, and the table-talk, banter, needling, and in some cases, outright hostility. But, without the ability to track these shows chronologically, I lost interest.

Fast forward to Poker After Dark. I can easily record this program, and I've spent the past few Saturdays while the Bigette's were at various birthday parties catching up - pretty cool to watch 5 hrs of short-handed SNG play all in a row, giving me all of the elements I enjoyed in HSP along with being able to watch my game of choice, the single-table NLHE SNG. I am trying to rebuild my game, remind myself of the tactics and strategies that allowed to be successful once upon a time. Since I HAVE to play (no, really honey, they're twisting my arm!) now thanks to the UIGEA making it so difficult to get my money out (thus providing the blissful irony associated with the Law of Unintended Consequences), I figure I might as well do it right. Some observations:

  1. I am seeing much less bluffing than I expected, especially in the early rounds.
  2. I am seeing a practically complete absence of plays to snap-off bluffs in the early rounds.
  3. I am seeing much more trapping than I expected.
  4. I am seeing about the amount of pre-flop aggression based on position and hand selection that I expected (which differs from outright bluffing, IMO).
  5. I am seeing much more tight-weak play to counter pre-flop aggression than I expected, except when people play back at Phil-onious Hellmuth.
  6. I am seeing a ton of ABC poker until 3-handed, surprising in that I'm currently watching last week's shows with Gus Hansen - that dude was playing a very un-Gus-like game, totally locked down early.
  7. I am seeing the gap-concept in almost every hand.

The show is similar to Poker Superstars only in the starting number of players. Superstars was a solid concept that has turned into an abortion. It's basically a Turbo format (a game I love and play fairly well), but with the added feature of playing for points over a range of round-robin tournaments, leading to non-optimal play and a ton of hands where the math makes the player call rather than their read. If you have someone that has a lot of disposable income and wants to learn the game, make them watch Superstars so you can take their money. The structure of Poker After Dark is much slower because they are trying to fill 5 hours of airtime, and it's a winner-take-all game. Of course, I'm sure not a single logo-wearing pro has put up their own cash, and I'll bet there's been deals cut in every show, but the tactics I see demonstrated appear to be those of people trying to win in the way you'd expect them to - playing solid and competing hard.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Poker Source Online: And now...

... a word from our sponsor.*


If you play online poker, you probably know about affiliates. These are the guys who get paid to bring players to the different online poker rooms. And you may already know about Poker Source Online, the home of the original poker promotion. The folks at PSO were the first ones to pay players back for signing up through them by rewarding them with free gifts. PSO is also the biggest and best when it comes to free money promotions, and is a well-respected rakeback site, as well.

But that’s all obvious. What people forget sometimes is that Poker Source Online is a true poker community. The PSO poker forum is about to hit 50,000, making it one of the largest poker message boards on the internet. Here, you can reach the PSO staff if you need help with your promotion, ask others their thoughts on the different promotions before you signup, talk poker strategy, or just discuss what’s on your mind. In true community fashion, even if a PSO staff member is not immediately available, oftentimes a fellow PSO’er will be there to lend a helping hand. Many regulars have been with PSO from its infancy, and have contributed hundreds and thousands of posts. Brand new customers find out every day how friendly a place PSO can be and often become full-fledged diehards in a short period of time. In fact, a few loyal PSO’ers rose from the ranks and eventually joined the PSO team!

Everyone in the PSO community is eligible for the site’s freeroll tournaments, usually held at least once per month. They cost nothing to enter (hence the word “freeroll”), but PSO puts up thousands of dollars in prize money, just to give back to its customers. A few special freerolls have seen winners walk away with free cruises…one player even won a $10,000 seat at the U.S. Poker Championships!

One thing that has recently become very popular is the PSO poker league. It’s not quite free, but it’s cheap, and the prizes are huge. The buy-in is typically around $5 per tournament, and the payout structures are standard, but PSO has always added a boatload of money and prizes for the top finishers in both the individual events and in the final standings. On top of the regular prizes, there are often bounties announced on some players’ heads, making the competition even more fun, and more intense. Of course, what’s a little spirited competition without the ability to trash talk? PSO has an IRC chat room just for that, too.

So when you head on over to Poker Source Online to get your free goodies just for playing online poker, don’t forget that there is a whole poker community there for you, too. Take a spin around the site. You’ll like what you’ll see.

* Regular readers may remember I that I stopped taking paid posts/reviews for business reasons. However, this policy did not extend to my current advertisers, who have been great to do business with. I want to support them as much as I can, and I hope you will also!

YALPAM (Yet Another Lame Post About Me)

Geez, Louise, I just scrolled down the page and noticed an inordinate amount if 'cut-n-paste' items. I suppose next I'll develop an alcohol problem and a small self-image.

Mrs. Big and I spent VD at the movies watching watching YADBRC (Yet Another Drew Barrymore Romantic Comedy), "Music and Lyrics", with Hugh Grant playing the part of a semi-washed-up 80's pop star. I'm sure you know by now that Mrs. Big and I are "of an age" where this brought back memories of our college days, unlike some of you that were barely out of the womb (you bastards!). Anyway, Mrs. Big thought this was a good time to remind me of the time she "groupi-ed" INXS, using her connections to drive with them from their hotel at the Unversity of Florida (Go Gators!) to their show and spend time backstage. She swears nothing happened. Yeah, I don't believe her either.

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February 16, tomorrow, will be the ten-year anniversary of our first date (Lunch, outside bar, Scarlett O'Hara's in St. Augustine). I didn't really like her, and we didn't have a second date until June, when she came right out and asked if we were ever going to go out again. I was dating several other women at the time (don't judge me!), but figured "what the heck?". A week later I broke up with the last of them.

Oh well. Memories, right?

I keed, I keed!

I'm actually quite proud. I may have trouble remembering the year(s) my children were born, the anniversary of our wedding, the birthdates of every single member of her family, but I remembered this one.

Yeah, I don't get it either.

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The bigettes are doing ok. The littlest one made YATTTER (Yet Another Trip To The Emergency Room) this week, after falling at pre-school and splitting her chin open. Mrs. Big swears there won't be a noticeable scar, but I don't think you can ever take too many chances in our culture when it comes to making sure girl's facial scars heal right. I'll give it a little while, and give Mrs. Big some time to treat it with some topical meds that are supposed to fade scars, but if not, we'll have to figure out how to fix this thing.

Other than that, the girls and I made it to the annual Father-Daughter dance, this time put on by the eldest bigette's girl scouts. Place was packed, and the eldest bigette is beginning to show signs of not wanting Dad to hang around her so much anymore. Eight year's old, which I think is a little young for that [sniff]. She spent the dance staying exactly 20 feet away from me, dancing alone. If I approached, she drifted away the same distance.

Much like the dances of my youth.

Oh well, the l'il bigette still wants to be the focus of Daddy's attention and stuck with me the whole time.

Oh yes, a note to the Dad's: 20% of you seem to think you're too cool to wear a suit to your daughter's father-daughter dance, but you still had to get out there and do the chicken-dance didn't you? So, quit being douchebags and dress up for your little girls.

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ObligatoryPokerNote: Not lately, but now that I won't be able to get my ad money out of Full Tilt without a major hassle, I suppose I'll just have to put it into play. If I have to, I have to. ;-)

Meds lead to compulsive gambling

Serious news for problems gamblers... or people with restless leg syndome. Betcha never thought you'd see those two items in the same sentence. Anyway, if you think you might have gambling problem, check your meds. If you want to target some fish, check THEIR meds.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Medical Therapy for Restless Legs Syndrome may Trigger Compulsive Gambling

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Compulsive gambling with extreme losses -- in two cases, greater than $100,000 -- by people without a prior history of gambling problems has been linked to a class of drugs commonly used to treat the neurological disorder restless legs syndrome (RLS). A new Mayo Clinic study is the first to describe this compulsive gambling in RLS patients who are being treated with medications that stimulate dopamine receptors in the brain. The Mayo Clinic report appeared in the Jan. 23 issue of Neurology (www.neurology.com, link opens in new window).

The extent of this problem is unknown. Apparently, it occurs only in a small number of RLS patients treated with drugs called dopamine agonists. Considering this potential side effect of dopamine agonists, the Mayo Clinic authors suggest that physicians screen all RLS patients for compulsive behaviors while taking a thorough medical history prior to prescribing dopamine agonists. Patients should be monitored closely for signs of compulsive behaviors once dopamine agonist treatment has begun. The report suggests that the compulsion to gamble worsened with increasing doses of the dopamine agonists.

Current Report Builds on Earlier Findings

Pathological gambling is an impulse control disorder. In 2005, Mayo Clinic physicians reported this disorder as a side effect of dopamine agonist therapy in 11 Parkinson disease patients. "Although pathologic gambling has already been recognized in patients with Parkinson disease who often took high doses of dopamine agonists, the current report suggests that pathological gambling is not restricted to patients with Parkinson disease -- and also can occur at low dosages" explains Maja Tippmann-Peikert, M.D., the lead author of the Mayo Clinic report on restless legs syndrome. "Physicians should not only monitor Parkinson disease patients for this behavior but also screen their RLS patients who may be on much lower doses of dopamine agonists." This includes encouraging the patient, family members and friends to report negative behaviors to the patient's physician.

Fortunately, pathological gambling seems to be reversible when the dose of the dopamine agonist is reduced or the patient is transitioned to an alternative medication. It is crucial that these adjustments are initiated before significant gambling debts develop, and relationships and careers are damaged.

Significance of the Mayo Clinic Report

This preliminary Mayo Clinic report is the first to link pathologic gambling to use of dopamine agonists in a disease other than Parkinson. It is based on the experience of three patients who have RLS. Their gambling problems were discovered during their medical evaluations at the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center. Although three patients is a small sample and larger studies are needed to validate these observations, the Mayo Clinic authors believe that the possible link between dopamine agonists and pathologic gambling behavior should be brought to physicians' attention immediately due to the social and financial consequences resulting from the behavior.

The Mayo Clinic neurologists found that gambling problems began, on average, about nine months after the patients began taking one of two dopamine agonists, pramipexole or ropinirole. Speculation is that the gambling problems are emerging now because the newer generation of dopamine agonists -- including pramipexole and ropinirole -- are targeting receptors located in brain structures involved in motivation, emotion and reward behaviors. Researchers theorize that, in some people, such strong and specific stimulation in these neuronal pathways can prompt compulsive, pleasure-seeking behaviors such as pathological gambling.

Patient Example

One patient, a woman seen in the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center, had a five-year history of regular nighttime creeping-crawling sensations in her legs, accompanied by the strong urge to move her legs. Two and a half years prior to her Mayo Clinic visit, she had been diagnosed with RLS and treatment with pramipexole was begun.

Her symptoms improved, however, a problematic behavior developed soon after she started taking the medication. She developed an uncontrollable urge to gamble when visiting the nearby casino. As the dose increased, her gambling compulsion grew stronger. The transition of her therapy to another dopamine agonist, ropinirole, further increased her compulsion to gamble. Prior to her treatment for RLS, she had no history of gambling and viewed gamblers as "unfortunate individuals," the authors report. The patient lost more than $140,000 from gambling.

Mayo Clinic physicians discontinued the dopamine agonist therapy and her urge to gamble completely disappeared, but the troublesome leg sensations returned. Her RLS is now successfully treated with a non-dopamine agonist, gabapentin, and she has no side effects, according to the authors.

Collaboration

The Mayo Clinic team also included: John Park, M.D.; Bradley Boeve, M.D.; John Shepard, M.D.; and Michael Silber, M.B.Ch.B.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Words of Poker Wisdom from the Talmud:

"Never expose yourself unnecessarily to danger; a miracle may not save you...and if it does, it will be deducted from your share of luck or merit."

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Keeping up with the Blogs: Netvibes vs. Google

 Spent some time this week checking out Netvibes and the Google tabbed-homepage. Both are extremely customizable aggregators, but with significant differences: Google has it all over Netvibes when it comes to content; Netvibes has it all over Google for layout and performance. Google was really slow and clunky, and customization was requiring hacks. Netvibes was much more intuitive and user-friendly. So, while Google has content-galore, Netvibes has ENOUGH content to keep me satisfied without getting overwhelmed by it all.

Just MHO, of course.

Why did I do this?

Just trying to streamline my online life a bit more, get a little more efficient and organized. My bloglines account is an absolute mess, with hundreds of feeds from multiple interests/hobbies, some still going strong, some not so much. The thought of weeding through it all once again (and again, and again) wasn't exciting me; I also wanted a solution that could wed my news and my blog-interests more elegantly. Bloglines works great for maintaining the blogroll, and I'll continue to use it in this manner.

Another feature I like about Netvibes is the ability to share a tab once you've created one. I started my "Poker Blog" tab with the usual suspects and will round it out later this week. But, if you're interested in Netvibes and want to get started, just click below to get my "Poker Blogs" tab. I'm wondering if it will update dynamically as I add to it, but if it doesn't I will re-post the new tab later.


Saturday, February 10, 2007

One thing:

I'm the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Neteller Update

This press release hit my mailbox this morning:

Press Release

NETELLER Works to Return Funds to US Customers After US Withdrawal

8 February 2007 - NETELLER Plc (LSE: NLR), the leading global independent online money transfer business, today issued the following update with regard to its US business and criminal charges against two of its founders.

On 19 January 2007, at the request of the Group, the Group’s legal advisers met with representatives of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (“USAO”) to clarify the Group’s position with respect to the complaints brought on 16 January 2007 against two of the Group’s founders, Mr. Stephen Lawrence and Mr. John Lefebvre. Neither are current employees or directors of NETELLER. In that meeting, the Group pledged to cooperate with the USAO, indicated it was prepared to begin document production promptly and discussed a potential mechanism for arranging an orderly repayment of funds to US customers.

The discussions between the Group’s legal advisers and the USAO are ongoing. The Group is, under advice of its legal advisers, commencing production of documents and intends to cooperate with the USAO in its investigation.

Following upon the complaints dated 16 January 2007, banks in the US began declining to permit transactions involving the Group through accounts maintained at one or more automated clearinghouses in the United States. Additionally, the Group has been advised that the USAO has obtained court-ordered seizure warrants seizing funds pertaining to the Group’s transactions. To the best of the Group’s knowledge, it believes that the amount of funds seized by the USAO or otherwise restricted by third parties does not exceed US$ 55 million. These funds were largely in the process of being transferred from the Group to its US customers or vice versa.

As a result of the restrictions placed by third parties, court-ordered seizures, and related legal concerns, the Group is currently unable to make payments to US customers.

Nevertheless, the Group is in discussions with the USAO to manage an orderly return of funds to US customers. As part of these discussions, it is contemplated that the USAO will engage a forensic accounting firm, at the Group’s expense, to assist in this process and to examine the Group’s financial position. “The return of funds to our US customers is a top priority for NETELLER” said Ron Martin, Group President and CEO. US customers wishing to withdraw funds from their NETELLER e-wallet accounts will experience ongoing delays while these discussions continue, and a further update will be provided by the Group once effective repayment mechanisms are determined.

To the Group’s knowledge, no criminal action or proceeding has been brought against the Group, its current officers or directors by the USAO. Nevertheless, there can be no assurance that the Group will not be charged in a criminal action at some subsequent time. The Group intends to work with the USAO to seek a negotiated resolution of any allegations relating to its US activities. Any resolution of this matter may lead to potential sanctions against the Group including material financial penalties, fines and forfeitures. It is emphasized that in line with the Group’s standard business practices for all customers, funds held by the Group for US customers are held in segregated trust accounts. The Group’s own cash position remains strong and the Group currently has sufficient working capital to fund all its customers’ balances as well as ongoing requirements of the business.
NETELLER remains committed to developing its business in line with its stated strategic objectives including geographical and product diversification for all markets. The Group will focus on its continuing business and the opportunities available in the growing markets of Europe, Asia and the Americas outside of the United States. Since the Group’s withdrawal from the US market on 18 January 2007, average daily new account sign-ups of new customers from non-US markets has been around 1,400. This compares to average daily sign ups of 3,303 for the year to 31 December 2006. Daily fee revenue since 18 January 2007 has averaged over US$ 200,000 per day (excluding any revenues from Netbanx, 1-Pay and interest income). These metrics demonstrate the resilience of the Group's ongoing business. NETELLER customers not resident in the US continue to be minimally affected by this withdrawal from the US market.

In view of the continuing uncertainty, the Group's shares will continue to be suspended from trading on AIM for the time being. Further announcements will be made as appropriate.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

My secret spies have sent me another report...

Word is Iggy's return to the corporate world may not be going so well: ;-)


Every day, a male co-worker walks up very close to a lady at the coffee machine, inhales a big breath of air, and tells her that her hair smells nice. After a week of this, she can't stand it anymore, takes her complaint to a supervisor in the personnel department and asks to file a sexual harassment grievance against him. The Human Resources supervisor is puzzled and asks: "What's sexually threatening about a co-worker telling you your hair smells nice?"

The woman replies, "It's Iggy, the midget".

Monday, February 05, 2007

Now, THAT'S a gambler!!!

Original Story

"Gambler gives birth on N.J. casino floor

Mon Feb 5, 7:21 AM ET

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - A woman playing the penny slots Saturday morning left the Resorts Atlantic City casino with her own little jackpot — a new baby boy.

Eight-months pregnant Nyree Thompson, 32, went into labor on the casino floor about 9:30 a.m.

Thompson said she mistook labor pains for gas at first, but after going to the restroom told a security guard that she might be giving birth.

Thompson said the guard thought she was joking. Then her water broke.

"A guard came over and said, 'Don't push,'" Thompson said. "I said, 'Forget you, this baby is coming right now!'"

Minutes later, a boy weighing less than 5 pounds was born. Thompson named him Qualeem.

Four security guards helped Thompson deliver the baby, wrapping the child in a jacket until paramedics arrived at about 9:40 a.m., said Steve Callender, vice president of operations at Resorts.

Despite being premature, Qualeem was doing fine.

Callender, who has worked at Resorts since it opened in 1978, said the birth was a first for the casino as far as he knew. "We've had people die here," he said, "but we've never had people born here."

Saturday, February 03, 2007

On my drive to work...

I may have to go inside and check for "Truth in Advertising":

I've been contemplating a post about the brilliance of Steven Colbert's comedy. Instead, I'll just leave you with this quote from last Thursday's show:

"If I'm attracted to a lesbian, what does that make me?"