Thursday, January 26, 2006

Wrecker's Yard at Marysville, WA, 2006
Monday, January 23, 2006

ACT (Aesthetically Claimed Thing): a(nother!) cat with a strong personality. An addition to the office gang, an Xmas gift from SGB opened through confusion at New Year's!

The Reverend Al Green, his Look What You Done to Me gently pulsing through my office speakers, the loveliest love song I know:

Look What You Done To Me
Words and music by Al Green

Now that you're here with me
I want to keep you free
To do the things that you wanna do
The joy now is loving you
But now the day has come
To let you know where I am coming from
The best of my years to go to you
Is the only thing that I can do
But these things don't come over night
Loving you baby and I think I'm right
Let me say before I forget
That loving you baby is where it's at

Oh baby look what you done for me
Oh baby you set my heart free
Sometimes I wanna leave and then I'll say
It wouldn't make sense now anyway
But forgive me baby if I do wrong
I haven't been a true man for so long
Let me say before
I forget loving you baby is where it's at
Oh baby look what you done for me
Oh baby you set my heart free

[Loveliest? Really? Count with me:

1. The tapped cymbals that start things off.

2. "But now the day has come..."

3. Those horn choruses!

4. That organ!

5. "Let me say before I forget..."

5a. "Sometimes I wanna leave..."

6. 2.42's urgent guitar]
Sunday, January 22, 2006

Where the heck are you these days, anyway?

Learning Texas Hold'em from the ground up, with the help of ace poker writers Gary Carson, David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth, and a high-end computer simulator called Poker Academy Pro.

Poker literature is almost as content-deep as high end art criticism, and, unlike art criticism, is at least potentially profitable.

Plus, every now and then there's a little stylistic gem like the following advice on table image, drawn from Miller, Sklansky & Malmuth's Small Stakes Hold'em:

"Do not wear wrap-around sunglasses, hooded sweatshirts, or other clothing intended to obscure your face. You are playing small stakes hold'em, not training for covert operations. You do not need full camouflage gear to beat the array of tourists, recreational gamblers, and retirees at your table. They are not sweating your every facial tick to 'see into your soul.' These items only hide things that your opponents are not looking for. They do, however, make you look intimidating and overly intense."

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