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Texas Hold’em

Last night a friend of ours had a graduation party and hosted a Texas Hold’em tournament. We had 16 players at 2 tables with 12 minute blinds. 4 Places were payed with the payout being $80, $50, $20, and $10. I had a very good night and even managed to land a Royal Flush! Ironically the Royal Flush only netted me about 200 in chips while later an off-suit 7-2 on the big blind netted me about 1500 and eliminated 3 players when a 2 2 K flopped. The cards kept falling my way and by the time we combined everyone into a final table with only 8 left I had single handedly eliminated all but 1 person. No one wanted to merge to my table, which had now been termed, “The Table of Death”. But then the question of ‘poker ‘etiquette’ came up.

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May 27, 2007 Posted by | Discussion, Entertainment, gambling, Games, poker | 2 Comments

How I spent my Spring …

Original ConditionLast year our neighbors asked if we’d be interested in having a clubhouse that they had in their yard. It had been built by a local vocational school and sold at auction (I’m not sure what it went for) and then later resold to them for a few hundred. After several years of use by their 3 boys they had decided to get rid of it and were planning on just burning it down unless we wanted it. We need only find a way to move it from there yard to our yard. Structurally, it was mostly sound, but it had seen better days and being the play place of active boys had been through a bit of “remodeling”.

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May 26, 2007 Posted by | Discussion, Do It Yourself, For the Kids | Leave a comment

M.U.N.C.H. now Available to play

ScreenshotIf you’re looking for a quick and easy game then give M.U.N.C.H. a try. I just completed it and wanted to make it available to everyone. It’s very compact (less then 500k download, single 1.3 Meg file when uncompressed) and easy to install (simply unrar it into any directory) and easy to run (just double click on the exe file “Munch”. The object of the game is to consume anything smaller than you. As you consume more stuff you grow bigger, allowing you to consume bigger enemies. As your levels progress the enemies become more challenging.

Not much bells and whistles in this game, it was written as simple as possible. It does have an option for sound, but to save on bandwidth I left out the sound files. It uses simple .wav files and if you would like to add sound to the game then simply look at the Sound option in the game and it will list the files that are needed and what sounds they are for. Simply find a wav file that sounds like a “slurp” and then give it the exact names as described and place them in the same directory as the exe. You can even put your favorite theme wav in to play in the games background. The game graphics are very basic, but this is a fun and addictive game written for speed and enjoyment. Please comment if you try the game and let me know what you think. The only file this program creates is a 1k ‘munch.dat’ file that stores game settings and player highscores which is kept in the same directory as the exe. If you enjoy this game then let me know and I will present other game projects that I’ve done and/or been involved with. This game is freeware. The download link is M.U.N.C.H (http://public.w3site.us/download/Munch.rar)

May 21, 2007 Posted by | Discussion, Entertainment, Games | 5 Comments

Preconceived belief – the only way Prayer works

As I am examining WordPress’s “Latest Posts” section I note an interesting blog entry entitled “Does Prayer Really Work?”. Interested, I followed the link and read the article. Apparently a woman suffered a stroke with partial paralysis and her husband (as well as her friends and church members) began a campaign of prayer to beg the All Mighty to heal her of her sickness. The husband then asks the question “Does Prayer Really Work?” and describes how his wife’s recovery progressed dramatically and immediately declares that “Yes! PRAYER REALLY WORKS!”

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May 15, 2007 Posted by | Discussion, People, Religion, Scams | 10 Comments

Religion claims to require ‘Faith’ – but does it really?

“You have to have faith” is the rallying cry of any believer you talk to once you’ve decimated their arguments with science, proof, and rational thought. It’s their last line of defense. “God cannot be proven or dis-proven – he requires Faith!” Perhaps ‘a god’ or the possibility of ‘a god or gods’ cannot, at this time, be proven, but there is ample evidence disproving the current versions of god going around (god, allah, Ra, etc). But who needs evidence when one has faith right?

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May 10, 2007 Posted by | Discussion, People, Religion | 13 Comments

They don’t build them like they used to

So I decided to delve into the ancient wiring of my house. We had an incident about 2 years ago where our breaker box fried and the main house breaker fused open. I followed the smells of burnt wood and plastic into the basement to find the breaker actually glowing red hot for the one breaker. We had always had trouble with the breaker popping off because about 90% of the house was wired into the same one. After getting a new breaker box we tried to break the wires up, but because of the old wiring style of the house we still had about 85% of the house on one 15 amp breaker.

No longer! I meticulously went through the wiring in the basement and separated everything off those old double strand wires into new wires and tried to break the house up into rooms on the breaker. Unfortunately the builders of the house split most of the rooms off in the walls so I could not seperate some, but there has defiantly been an improvement over what we had.

I think the hardest part of the job was trying to figure out when the wires where hot or ground. Todays wires have a hot, ground, and nuetral and those older ones usually only had 2 colors without a neutral so it made it tricky to trace the circuit at some points. I often found a wire vanishing up into the floor from the hot line and then several feet later finding the ground coming out of the floor no where near where the hot vanished. I’m sure those old electricians knew exactly what they were doing in their time, but I had the distinct impression that a monkey wired this house at some points!

Update : As a side note, when I showed the old wire I had pulled of the basement to a few people and pointed out how fragile, cracked, and exposed it had become I got a response of “Wow, you’ve had so many close calls with this house. For certain you cannot deny that you are being watched over and protected”!

Gag. I had to agree. Someone WAS watching over our house for us to miss so many near disasters (shorted fuse box, old exposed wiring, ceiling fan that was jammed and had been running all day and gotten very hot by the time it was discovered, a car with the oil level nearly empty, and a shorted clothes dryer that had a heating element running cherry red; to name a few). Thinking back on it, I have come to the conclusion that I know exactly who it is and who I need to thank for saving ourĀ  house and properties so many times …

Me. Either the smell of something burning, the sound of something humming, routine maintenance checks, or a planned examination have allowed me to detect that something was wrong in each case so that I could correct the problem. In all events it was attention and response that saved us from some terrible and/or costly calamity. Nothing supernatural about it. Just me with my eyes open and a bit of common sense of tracking things down when there are strange smells or sounds in the air.

May 2, 2007 Posted by | Discussion | Leave a comment