Thursday, June 02, 2005

Bill Fillmath...Poker Genius

Bill Fillmaff's Secret System - You're Playing Poker. He's Playing Poker Right.

In honor of the start of the WSOP 2005 (casino employee tourney was/is today) I am posting a hillarious poker spoof video. It seems like these days if you're surfing the net you're also playing poker, and I talk to plenty a blogger who plays online poker as well so I figured I might as well share this with those who haven't yet seen it. Fantastic fantastic stuff.

While it pains me to say it, the uber-lefties over at Gawker Media have basically taken over much of my day. Lifehacker, Gizmodo, and Kataku are fantastic. Add the new, the gamblers blog, and I am spending a lot of net time on Gawker sites. (Any Fleshbot jokes and you are banned!) It looks like Oddjack will have a pretty good running commentary and poker blog roundup during the WSOP so if you're interested you sould probably check there throughout the week.

Travis Diener, top THREE PG in Draft

I was listening to Homer, still am actually, and he had a gentelman on from a website called which rates draft picks and potential pros. Based on the conversation it sounded like Tendex has a pretty good track record. Anyway, they have Travis Diener as a first round draft pick, and better than such names as Rashad McCants , Hasaan Adams, Ray Felton, Channing Frye, Ryan Gomes, Luther Head, and of course Mike Wilkinson.

This leaves us with an interesting dilemma. Should the Bucks take Diener at 36? It would be a PR coup (local boy makes HUGE) and would make for the interesting situation of the Bucks taking two white guys. That combo makes the draft much more intriguing to me.

I will say that this gentlemen and his system, Tendex, has convinced me that Bogut is the way to go. I have changed my mind, Bogut is the way to go. This system has been right far too often for me to ignore.

#1 - Bogut
#36 - Julius Hoge (if available this guy is a gamer, single handedly beat my UConn Huskies this year) or of course Travis "Spike" Diener.

That would be a nice draft cause face it, TJ Ford is a cripple.

So uh, I am Gene Sehrt

AP Wire | 05/30/2005 | Man owed $617,000 refuses to identify himself and claim money

"If you want my cooperation," the man in the courthouse warned the reporter asking about Sehrt, "you will not try to ascertain my travels, my location or my contact information."

Meanwhile, the $617,000 sits in the bank and gathers interest.

2005 National Spelling Bee Champion...Anurag Kashyap!!!

Hooray Anurag. He won by deftly spelling the word "hodiernal" a word I just had to double check three times to make sure I spelled it right. To clinch the victory he spelled "appoggiatura" in the 19th round.

Congrats, I am sure you're be wildly successful on the pro spelling circuit. I knew I shouldn't have picked Nidharshan S. Anandasivam. Damn.

EDIT: "double check three times." Heh, I'm an idiot.

Store Wars...

Grocery Store Wars | Join the Organic Rebellion

Personally I don't care if my food is organic or supermarket andi t's not something I worry about, but this is pretty funny. A take off on Star Wars about the virtues of organic food.

Greatest Athlete Ever...Kobayashi?


A crazy, (tongue-in-cheek?) article on the "greatest competitive eater in the world, ever."

I saw Gutbusters and Gutbuster in Alaska the other day (late night TV is king) on the Discovery Times channel and these guys really are this nuts.

Officially Jumping on the Raul Chavez Bandwagon!

The Astros have designated Raul Chavez for assignment. A catcher, in the NL Central no less, will probably be available for the Brewers to pick up in the next week or so. PLEASE POUNCE! He knows the league and is hitting .200, a whopping 100% increase from Moeller. He also has the potential for power (stress potential). This guy isn't a long term solution by any means, but he can fill the backup catcher chasm that the Crew currently is facing. If Miller goes down for a significant amount of time, the Brewers are stuck with two pitchers in the line-up every day. At least this guy is a change, which is really all we need.

What a Petty Ass

I can't honestly believe that Doyle vetoed the Reagan renaming bill. I was dumbfounded when I heard that last night, and thought for sure the reporter got it wrong and just assumed Doyle vetoed any bill that came across his desk. I figured surely there was no political gain to vetoing such a bill.

Turns out I was wrong and Doyle really is that big a prick. I am incredibly angry right now basically because there is zero reason to do this. The highway is the Reagan Highway in Illinois and this would just rename the part that comes into Wisconsin to match. The reasoning given was that Reagan didn't have enough connection to Wisconsin. Hmmm, set aside that Wisconsin is part of the United States (well, maybe Madison isn't) and Reagan was the PRESIDENT for eight years. The past day I have driven on Ceasar E Chavez drive, Martin Luther King Drive. I can't even imagine all the Chairman Mao Circles and Lenin Lanes that must abound in Madison. Does this mean that Dolye would back a McCarthy Mile before a Kennedy Ave? If, heaven forbid, Doyle were still in office when Mr. Clinton passes, will he veto any bill renaming anything for him? Will that leftist rag the Urinal Sentinel put a lid on the "Governor Walker vetoes Clinton renaming bill" story?

This is angering in that it was done out of pure spite and arrogance.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

So Crazy It Just May Have Worked (Napalm Bat Bombs)

THIS is what the history channel should be showing (although the torture thing and the Third Crusade shows the other night were sweet!). WWII plans for bomb casings filled with bats carrying napalm...

At the appropriate altitude, the bomb would open and over one thousand bats, each carrying a tiny time-delay napalm incendiary device, would flutter away and roost in various nooks and crannies, many of them in extremely flammable wooden Japanese buildings.

Here is the whole story

(via Defense Tech)

More Deep Throat Coverage?

Bill Clinton will be on Larry King tonight...


Chirac's Baby Down and Out?

I say party time in ol Amsterdam! Red light hookers cheap as they have been in years!

Peter Gammons - Something Brewing

If you missed this over the weekend, Peter Gammons jumps on the Brewcrew band wagon. (He really amps up the rotation and the farm system). I liked this nugget:

However, the feeling within the organization is that Fielder (.248) may need another year of Triple-A, which blocks any attempt Boston, Houston or anyone else might have of getting Lyle Overbay. "I don't believe in most cases you can get as much for a positional player during the season as you can in the offseason," says Melvin. "That's why we did the Sexson deal the way we did. Now, with pitching, especially frontline pitching, it's different. Sometimes there are so many contending clubs looking for pitching that they can make an advantageous deal."

07-08 the Brewers win the division. Mark it down. Next year they win 90 games...better write that in pencil.

Ben Stein on Deep Throat (We both think Felt is a scumbag)

This is probably the best "Deep Throat" commentary I have seen so far. Personally, I think the guy is, basically, a traitor to his country. He must have felt it was pretty important to do, since he didn't do it for fame or fortune it seems, but from here it looks like he was a government official who gave out secrets to journalists. Pretty damn traitorous, regardless of the context.

Oh, now I remember. He lied. He was a politician who lied. How remarkable...He lied so he could stay in office and keep his agenda of peace going. That was his crime. He was a peacemaker and he wanted to make a world where there was a generation of peace. And he succeeded...That is his legacy. He was a peacemaker. He was a lying, conniving, covering up peacemaker. He was not a lying, conniving drug addict like JFK, a lying, conniving war starter like LBJ, a lying, conniving seducer like Clinton -- a lying, conniving peacemaker. That is Nixon's kharma.

Stein does go a, um shall we say a tad overboard in his conclusion:

So, this is the great boast of the enemies of Richard Nixon, including Mark Felt: they made the conditions necessary for the Cambodian genocide. If there is such a thing as kharma, if there is such a thing as justice in this life of the next, Mark Felt has bought himself the worst future of any man on this earth. And Bob Woodward is right behind him, with Ben Bradlee bringing up the rear. Out of their smug arrogance and contempt, they hatched the worst nightmare imaginable: genocide.