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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
7:50 pm
quiz answers
[A is:]
Dave Matthews Band, "Remember Two Things"

And for sure we have danced in the risk of each other
Would you like to dance around the world with me?
[(pretty obscure)]
"I'll Back You Up"
Inside a crowd, five billion proud
Willing to punch it out
Right, wrong, weak, strong
Ashes to ashes all fall down
[(maybe recognizable)]"Seek Up"
If green should turn to grey
Would our hearts still bloody beat
If a mountain tumbled away, river dried
Would it stop the stepping feet
[(was probably on the radio)]
"One Sweet World"
The week ends the week begins
She thinks, we look at each other
Wondering what the other is thinking
But we never say a thing
And these crimes between us grow deeper
[(kind of mainstream)]
"Ants Marching"

[B is:]
Duran Duran, "Duran Duran" (aka "The Wedding Album")
I am I, myself alone
Realize I never need to use noone
Money, power, Holy Roads
Freedom puts my faith in none of the above
[(pretty obscure)]
"None of the Above"
From where I stand
The truth isn't black and white
Alone we live and die
We love and fight
[(maybe recognizable)]
"Breath After Breath"
Mine, immaculate dream made breath and skin
I've been waiting for you
Signed with a home tattoo
Happy birthday to you was created for you
[(was probably on the radio)]
"Come Undone"
Papers in the roadside tell of suffering and greed
Fear today, forgot tomorrow
Besides the news of holy war and holy need
Ours is just a little sorrowed talk
[(kind of mainstream)]
"Ordinary World"
[C is:]Fiona Apple, "Tidal"
So I stretch myself across like a bridge
And I pull you to the edge
And stand there waiting
Trying to attain
The end to satisfy the story
[(pretty obscure)]"Slow Like Honey"
But as the scenery grows
I see in different lights
The shades and shadows
Undulate in my perception
[(maybe recognizable)]"Never Is a Promise"
But, oh, it's so evil, my love
The way you've no reverence to my concern
So I'll be sure to stay wary of you, love
To save the pain of once my flame and twice my burn
[(was probably on the radio)]
"Shadowboxer"
I've got to make a play
To make my lover stay
So what would an angel say
The devil wants to know
[(kind of mainstream)]
"Criminal"
[D is:]Sting, "Ten Summoner's Tales"
IQ is no problem here
We won't be playing Scrabble for
Her hand, I fear
[(pretty obscure)]
"Seven Days"

He deals the cards to find the answer
The sacred geometry of chance
The hidden law of a probable outcome
The numbers lead a dance
[(maybe recognizable)]
"Shape of My Heart"
You could say I lost my faith in science and progress
You could say I lost my belief in the holy church
You could say I lost my sense of direction
You could say all of this and worse
[(was probably on the radio)]
"If I Ever Lose My Faith In You"
I never made promises lightly
And there have been some that I've broken
But I swear in the days still left
We'll walk in fields of gold, we'll walk in fields of gold
[(kind of mainstream)]"Fields of Gold"
Saturday, June 28th, 2014
12:51 am
random post
I have taken a job at Susquehanna in Philadelphia. So for now (until the older kids graduate from high school), I am commuting weekly and coming home on the weekends.

Sometimes I will take the train, but the first two weeks I've driven; the first week because I was carrying a bunch of stuff down there, and the second week so that I could be SURE to be able to stop and watch the US/Portugal game, which I did in a rest stop on the NJ Turnpike. :)

Anyway, driving home is usually late at night, and so I am always thinking of disjointed things that I should blog about, but then never blogging them. So I finally will, you know, do that.

The main route I take into Connecticut is I-684 north to I-84 east, which goes through Danbury and all that. I haven't driven that way in a long time, and I felt sad when I passed Exit 10: Newtown / Sandy Hook.

This week, though, that highway was closed for some stupid reason, so I drove from NYC to New Haven on the worst highway ever. Maybe the 710 in LA is worse, I don't know. But I-95 is just plain awful.

Often I listen to audiobooks or NPR but on this trip home I had grabbed a stack of CDs from my childhood (like 90s music, back when I would buy a CD, or at least get them for 1c from Columbia House). I listen to four albums all the way through on the drive. Two of them seemed to me to have aged pretty well. One was okay. The other was kind of meh. These were all albums that I liked a lot as a teenager. Also I make no claims about my musical taste. You can laud it, criticize it, I will be unmoved.

I thought I would turn this into a game. So I picked up four of my favorite lyrics from each album, and arranged them from "probably obscure," like something off a deep cut that it might be hard to recognize unless you really know (or maybe I have no idea how obvious they all are), up to "kind of mainstream," where if you were listening to the radio in the 90s you might get it. So you can try at each level, and then continue on and refine/confirm your guesses, etc. The letters persist (so album A is the same album in each case). Name the albums, and the songs for extra credit!

**probably obscure**
A)
And for sure we have danced in the risk of each other
Would you like to dance around the world with me?
B)
I am I, myself alone
Realize I never need to use noone
Money, power, Holy Roads
Freedom puts my faith in none of the above
C)
So I stretch myself across like a bridge
And I pull you to the edge
And stand there waiting
Trying to attain
The end to satisfy the story
D)
IQ is no problem here
We won't be playing Scrabble for
Her hand, I fear

**maybe recognizable**
A)
Inside a crowd, five billion proud
Willing to punch it out
Right, wrong, weak, strong
Ashes to ashes all fall down
B)
From where I stand
The truth isn't black and white
Alone we live and die
We love and fight
C)
But as the scenery grows
I see in different lights
The shades and shadows
Undulate in my perception
D)
He deals the cards to find the answer
The sacred geometry of chance
The hidden law of a probable outcome
The numbers lead a dance

**was probably on the radio**
A)
If green should turn to grey
Would our hearts still bloody beat
If a mountain tumbled away, river dried
Would it stop the stepping feet
B)
Mine, immaculate dream made breath and skin
I've been waiting for you
Signed with a home tattoo
Happy birthday to you was created for you
C)
But, oh, it's so evil, my love
The way you've no reverence to my concern
So I'll be sure to stay wary of you, love
To save the pain of once my flame and twice my burn
D)
You could say I lost my faith in science and progress
You could say I lost my belief in the holy church
You could say I lost my sense of direction
You could say all of this and worse

**kind of mainstream**
A)
The week ends the week begins
She thinks, we look at each other
Wondering what the other is thinking
But we never say a thing
And these crimes between us grow deeper
B)
Papers in the roadside tell of suffering and greed
Fear today, forgot tomorrow
Besides the news of holy war and holy need
Ours is just a little sorrowed talk
C)
I've got to make a play
To make my lover stay
So what would an angel say
The devil wants to know
D)
I never made promises lightly
And there have been some that I've broken
But I swear in the days still left
We'll walk in fields of gold, we'll walk in fields of gold
(I thought A and C aged well, D okay, and B not so well.)
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
10:23 am
Jobs.
I'm supposed to be graduating in May or June or whenever it is exactly.

I'm going to be looking for a job. I can do a fair number of things, often (but not always) involving math, computers, or decision-making under risk or uncertainty. Some people even seem to think I do such things well.

Many readers of this blog might know of interesting opportunities that are not really the kind of thing that one posts on job search websites, for which I may be an especially qualified candidate. Even if it's not something sooper seekrit special, I'd still be interested in hearing about anything you think I might be interested in.

You can email me at

m*th*fp*k*r@gmail.com   (with the *s replaced by the obvious vowels).

Thanks!
Sunday, November 18th, 2012
5:25 pm
Monday, November 5th, 2012
12:31 pm
Presidential endorsement
The first time I voted for President was in 1996 (I was 19). Since then I've voted in every Presidential election, and I'm 4/4 on picking the winner. They should stop advertising in Ohio and suck up to me instead. That streak will be broken this year, however, as I am not going to vote for either one of these jokers. This is because I don't really want to vote for eternal war, endless escalation of the phenomenally wasteful War on Drugs, unlimited executive power, targeted assassinations of US citizens designated as "bad guys," endless giveaways to politically powerful constituencies, and runaway debt.

I'm voting for Gary Johnson instead.
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
6:23 am
The high stakes poker world
Tweet:
Shaun Deeb: I tried to swap with Ben Lamb in the PLO but he was too big time so now we have a crossbook instead.

It may well be impossible to truly explain this tweet to a regular person, but every high stakes player will instantly be nodding his head, laughing about it. Maybe no 140 characters so succinctly captures the world of high stakes poker as this.

still laughing...
Thursday, January 12th, 2012
9:15 pm
Blood on America's hands
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-16518267

If 50,000 Americans had been killed by drug gangs in the last five years, do you suppose we'd reconsider our drug policy? Maybe not, we'd just pass laws giving police more and more unlimited power.

Anyway, the dead people are brown and speak Spanish so I guess it's not important enough to actually do anything about.

Hmm, how's the 2012 election looking on the drug policy front?

Obama: http://reason.com/archives/2011/09/12/bummer/1 claims he's the same as Bush. This is actually a recurring theme; you might hear more about this.
Romney: http://www.issues2000.org/Drugs.htm doesn't contain any rays of hope
Santorum: http://reason.com/blog/2012/01/06/rick-santorum-does-not-know-that-drug-of is pretty funny. Santorum (put on the spot by a hostile questioner) claimed that the federal government doesn't put nonviolent drug offenders with families in prison.
Every Other Republican except Ron Paul: blah blah harsher sentences racism whatever.
Ron Paul: If he's the one people call a "kook," how come he's the only one with a sane idea?
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
9:31 pm
Sunday, July 10th, 2011
7:46 pm
WSOP Day 2a table draw (hendon mobs)
1) Brian Benhamou: 18,350 http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=113715
2) Kevin Marcotte: 112,875 http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=78487
3) Phil Gordon: 58,150 http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=97
4) James Postiglione: 9,125 (no link)
5) Samuel Holden: 82,950 probably http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=171456
6) me! 50,900 http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=6540
7) Jani Vilmunen: 28,600 http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=1223
8) Matthias De Meulder: 33,850 http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=128065
9) Adam Cader: 34,375 http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=204510

So cashes/FT in 1k events/cashes/ft in wsop events:
1) 7/3/4/0
2) 8/3/2/1
3) 26/10/21/7
4) 0/0/0/0
5) 0/0/0/0
6) 13/3/12/3
7) 12/6/3/2
8) 11/0/4/0
9) 1/0/1/0
Monday, May 23rd, 2011
4:31 pm
CA prisons "cruel and unusual", SCOTUS says
Maybe the giddy recipients of the "Wasting Federal Taxpayer Money on Inefficient Light Rail" awards will be forced to spend it on their revolting and dehumanizing prison system instead.

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-1233.pdf
Friday, March 18th, 2011
12:39 am
Sunday, November 28th, 2010
8:50 pm
Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
7:33 pm
Sexism in Connecticut
http://www.ctexpos.com/cwe/

FFS. Soap opera stars? Psychic readings?
Saturday, August 7th, 2010
11:23 am
Jerry Rice
Jerry Rice, along with others, goes into the Hall of Fame today.

You know you've achieved something in sports when if they snipped your career in half and made two careers out of it, both would make the Hall of Fame.
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
11:42 am
You're not supposed to SAY that....
Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle says that the press should ask candidates the questions that *they* want to answer, so that they can be sure the news is being reported the way they want it to be reported. No, seriously, she said that.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/08/sharron-angle-press-should-ask.html
Sunday, July 25th, 2010
2:21 pm
Sunday, July 18th, 2010
2:15 am
American exceptionalism
http://www.economist.com/node/16591267

"America is indeed a great and exceptional country. But it isn’t talking about it that makes it so."
Saturday, July 17th, 2010
1:04 pm
WSOP recap and BJ promo at Mohegan Sun
WSOP recap: I played 18 events and didn't cash in any. The one event I was closest to cashing in was the $2500 8game. On the 2-7 triple draw hand where I busted, the dealer exposed one of the cards I drew, which would have made me a wheel. Instead, I made a 9 and lost to an 8. Poker sucks.

BJ at Mohegan Sun: This past Thursday, Mohegan Sun had a "Triple down" promo. Basically, any time you are allowed to double down, you were allowed to triple your bet instead. This is, shall we say, favorable for the player. Additionally, they had a different promo where at 45 minutes past the hour, they would put lammers on all the active spots. If you played from then until the top of the hour, then one lammer would be randomly chosen to count as a free bet for the table minimum. So playing headsup at a $500 minimum table, they paid me about $250 an hour to play there. That promotion is like playable all on its own!

So my player's club record at Mohegan looks like: "Showed up one night at 6 am, flat bet about $500 a hand for 24 hours straight." There were others involved, but the details of that are seekrit. Thanks to jnala for pointing this promotion out to me. I think he wound up happy he did. Also sorry about the exploded head mess at jpmassar's house.
Friday, June 18th, 2010
6:30 pm
My favorite moment of Game 7...
...was not Ron Artest's near-game-clinching three, which capped a tremendous game for him when all his teammates were struggling, although that was great.
...was not Gasol's three-point play to tie it at 64, though that was another great moment.

My favorite moment was when Sasha Vujacic, who had played less than two minutes in the second half, came into the game with 11 seconds left after Rondo had just hit an improbable three to bring the Celtics within two. He flashed to the top of the key, got fouled, and calmly stepped to the line and just buried both free throws. To me, that sequence is a part of pro sports that is just so often overlooked by sportscasters and journalists, lost in talk about "clutch" and "momentum" and "the hot hand." Vujacic is a professional, like everyone in the NBA. And when it came time for him to make the biggest free throws of his life, he wasn't "cold" from sitting on the bench. Never mind the pressure or the gravity of the moment. He just stepped up to the line and knocked them down, because that's what he does, about 85% of the time.
6:13 pm
RIP
Jose Saramago died. If you haven't read his books, you should.
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