July 30, 2006
July 31, 2006
I just got back from lunch. I decided to go to Chen’s open kitchen to watch the fires rise from the wok. My wife called earlier because she wanted Beef Low Mein to go. I order the five flavor prawns. Tata dislikes shrimps. While Tata was here he prepared a pork loin. In a small pan, the kind used for meat loaf, he marinates the loin in salt and pepper for two days. Often brine is used. I bought the pork loin from Fubon Supermarket in Eighty Second and Powell. It’s very juicy. We cut it into thin slices and make close or open face sandwich. When I rip open the foil, I can see the gelatinous juice. The taste is salty but not overpowering.
I recommended Fubon to a co worker when he asked me for a good Asian market. He has visitors from Malaysia. The other day we were talking about the impending visit, he complained about the prices of dining out in America compare to Malaysia’s less expensive prices. He hopes to cook more at home. (We were talking over a lunch get together of co workers. We decided to go to the Izzy’s Pizza. It’s a buffet lunch..) Later on during the week, He told me that he’s been coming home to home cooked Malaysia fare. They bought $70 worth of food from Fubon.
My flickr pics tagged with food
July 29, 2006
Take Highway 26 from Portland over Mt Hood. At the Simnasho Junction,(Kah-Nee-Ta Lodge Sign on Highway 26) turn left and proceed approximately 20 miles to Simnasho. At Simnasho turn right and continue until you see the signs for Kah-Nee-Ta at the Warm Springs River. Turn left and you will drive about two miles to the Kah-Nee-Ta.
Here’s a great website to keep track of travels in Oregon: http://www.traveloregon.com/Explore-Oregon.aspx I like that it has a virtual ‘Journal’ which looks like a book to mark all of my favorite places. It also has a pin point map.
July 27, 2006
Lately I’ve been craving the books that have been thrown away. I moved from one place to another and my Mother threw away the majority of my paper back classic collection. I’ve been craving a book by Evan S. Connell call Notes found at the beach on Carmel. I found a website which trades books call Bookmoch.com. Check it out. I might be luck to receive the book.
bookmooch – This is were you can send your old books and request other old books.
Ledding Library – Real World Library
I have signed up for Library thing and also a book shelf on Ning.
Ning’s book shelf is simple and it keeps tracks of the books that I want to read.
Librarything frustrates me sometimes. I think I like the Ning book shelf better then Library Thing. The Ning Bookshelf has a feature which allows me to mark the book as a ‘Want to read’ book
I have not figure out the majority of Ning playground.
Blogged with Flock
July 26, 2006
Jason Santa Maria has a good post about flicker frustrations.
Here’s my comment to Jason’s Post: well i don’t know if this helps or not but i use delicious to keep track of all of my many groups. Also the comment section is poor because i can’t track other’s response to what i wrote to them. I’m glad you spoke out about flickr’s weaknesses.
Cal is the “Architect” for Flickr.
I’m working on a visual chart of how these interfaces relate to each other. It was about a year ago that I got a pro account on flickr. Flickr links to my Sunday Blogspot and Firefox. I have discovered the joys of tags. Tag has proliferated into blogs which has always been a wish list of features I would like for a blog. Tag has invaded the bookmarks of website. The genius of Delicious is that it has taken on organizing people’s web browsing with tag and then allows users to share their options and preference with a social group of friends and families and links to other communities. Friendster is very influential in this matter. These tools have humanized the experience of web surfing. It proves that people prefer to interact with each other. We are a social being. We love to communicate. Flock promises to be a social web browser. It’s an exciting times to be blogging. There are so many choices out there and the few have risen to the top. It’s a very democratic playing field where people vote, choices in how they navigate and influence an industry. People can vote for the tops stories in a website call digg. People can subscribe to blogs and other news sites.
ways of using delicious:
research my own website and use de.lic.ious to book mark and organized the post on the older blogs that have been buried in www.blogger.com in the days before tagged entries. I’m also using www.Writely.com to organize and archive my writings on-line with tags. Tag is the next best thing to slice bread. www.Flickr.com uses tags to organized photos. i used it the other day to decide my slide collection to submit to art competitions. flickr organized all of the images i tagged as NAP for New American Paintings and then i can post a link or use the blogger button to show on my blog.
I posted yahoo360 the other day on delicious and found that there were 30 other delicious user also uses 360.
using delicious to research blank paper notebooks that i’m interest in with the design cover.
Idea #2 Since I like the style of my Photography website on www.luxtyphotography.moonfruit.com why not start another blog using the same design?
- Entry for June 07, 2006
- Entry for June 02, 2006
above is a link to the paintings i’m thinking of for New American Painting and
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July 25, 2006
July 25, 2006
Last night my Polish Father-in-Law fixed me a yellow submarine. He put in a shot of Vodk, Smirnoff into a tall glass of Bud. I had two of those and sunk into bed unconscious. On the road trips we’ve been taking, we often sing…”We all live in the Yellow Submarine, the Yellow Submarine….”
July 25, 2006
Just thought I’d update you briefly on how the world series of poker tournament went. It was being held in the Rio on Friday, so I got there on Thursday afternoon to pick up my chips and register. I won the seat through Full Tilt poker, so I went to their hospitality suite in the Rio hotel, which is just off the strip and where all the WSOP events are held.
Each of the online sites has their own hospitality suite at the Rio, where they have free food and tshirts, caps, etc., plus TVs and lounges where you can hang out at. It’s all to promote their site. Outside of each of these hospitality suites, they have hired what looks to be legal hookers to smile at you and hand you a brochure as you enter. I don’t know where they get these girls, whether it is Las Vegas high or UNLV, but they must truck them in special because they are all knockouts, but they also dress them up from some kind of Hookers-R-Us store, it is so over the top it is hard to keep a straight face. Some of them stand there and try to sell you clothes like underwear that says, “I lost it on the River,” on it, for one example. I didn’t know poker had turned into an NC-17 sport, but I guess it did sometime in the last year.
So anyway I went into the suite, and it was crammed with people. Clonie Gowen was there, if you have heard of her, she is a famous pro who is sponsored by Full Tilt. She and everyone else was scarfing down all this free food.
I said I needed to pick up chips for the tournament, and they said, “Oh, you need to talk to Richard.” So they yelled for Richard, and this Satanist looking guy came walking up, looking like he was late for an orgy or something. He said, “follow me into this back room.” I wasn’t thrilled about that, but I wanted my chips so I followed Richard the satanist into the back room. He pops open this briefcase, and luckily had chips in there and not handcuffs and whips. He crosses my name off a list and then gives me 2000 in Rio chips, and tells me to stand in the registration line for the event.
While I am in the line I start to think that all I have to do is just step out of the line and go to the nearest cage, and I can have 2000 in cash. But of course like an idiot I keep standing there and register for the stupid thing.
They had the shorthanded 5k event going on at the time, and I recognized Chris Ferguson and Men Nguyen and a bunch of other famous pros. They all looked kind of like zombies, they’d probably been playing nonstop for the past 3 weeks.
Outside there was another kiosk advertising something or otther, and 4 girls in their hooker gear standing there. Except this time they even had a pole there, and one of them was dancing around it. At 2 in the afternoon. Good grief. Then I looked to my left, and Scott Nguyen is standing there smoking a cigarette and watching, like a total perv. It was, “a typical disgusting display,” as a famous sports announcer once yelled. 😉
I did go to the Bellagio poker room and play, that is a nice place. Very crowded but cool. Phil Laak, the unambomber guy, was playing there and running his mouth. They had a tournament going and that comedian/actor Norm McDonald was playing in it, apparently. Phil Ivey was playing in the back room, probably destroying people, but he looked pretty bored.
Anyway, the tournament kind of blew. They give you 2000 in starting chips, the same as the entry fee. You have a seat assignment, mine was table 119 seat 3, or something like that. They had 2,020 entrants, and first place was something like 860k. It was being televised by ESPN but I never saw any cameras. Only the top 198 actually cashed, so 1800 went home with nothing. It was to take 3 days, with the final table on Sunday.
So anyway I sat down, and there were 10 of us at the table, and the blinds for the first hour started out at 25-25. They had this big clock on the wall like a football scoreborad, counting down from 59:59. When it hit zero then they upped the blinds to 25-50. After the second hour was over there was a 20 minute break, then the blinds went up to 50-100. That is where you really feel pressure, if you haven’t increased your chips you only have about 1500 or so left because of the blinds, and now you have to pay 150 just in blinds, every 10 hands. So the 3rd hour is when a lot of people really start getting into all in or fold situations. Whenever you have less than 10x the big blind, you are in trouble.
I was really kind of disappointed, because everyone played pretty much like on the internet– like idiots. Which is no surprise I guess because most of us qualified on the net. But you could not bluff at all, because they just called everything and were really wild players. So you had to just sit there and hope to catch some cards. It was way more luck than I thought it would be, and that sucked. On the very first hand, a dealer shouted, “seat open, table 231!” so some jackass went bust on the very first hand. Actually 5 people at my table busted out in the very first hour, they were playing so wildly, and they kept bringing over people to replace them.
For the most part I got really bad cards, so outside of the blinds, I only voluntarily played 4 hands before I was knocked out at about 3 o’clock (it started at noon).
On only the third hand of tournament, I was in the small blind (blinds are 25-25). The under the gun (first to act) guy raises it to 75, and everyone folds around to the button, who calls the 75. I looked down at my cards, and I have red queens (QQ). I raised it to 300, because I wanted to end it right there, as I was out of position and did not want to have an ace or king come on the flop. The initial raiser thought for a long time, and then calls the 300. The guy on the button folded. Of course the flop came A-something-something, so the damn ace hit. I had to bet something to represent the ace (act like I had AK), because if I just checked, he would have known I didn’t have it, and just bet and take the pot. So I bet half the pot, which was 300. He just called, so I figure he might very well have an ace. I don’t want to go out of the tournament on the 3rd hand, so I just checked the turn, he bet big, and I folded. So that sucked, five minutes into the thing I am down to only 1300 chips (from the 2000 starting amount).
From there I got no hands except a J9 on the button which I limped with for 75, missed the flop, and then folded. The second hour they raised the blinds to 25-50, and I got dealt KK. Great! I raised it to 200, and everyone just folded. So I only won 75, big deal.
They broke our table and assigned me to one clear across the convention center after that, then sent us off on 20 minute break.
When they got back they raised the blinds to 50-100, as it was the third hour. Now I am in deep trouble, thanks to the QQ hand and the blinds, I only have 950 left in chips. If you are under 10x the big blind you are in all in or fold mold, and the blinds were now 50-100, so I was there.
At 3 o’clock this guy raised it to 300, and I looked down and had AK of hearts. So I reraised all in for 950. He thought a long time (again), and then called. He had 33. The board cards came all low, I missed, and it was sayonara.
So it kind of sucked.
Anyway it was fun, but I was disappointed at how much pure luck there was. I think if I ever qualify again, I will just fly out there, pick up the chips, cash them in at a cage, and fly home.
Hope you all are doing well, and that I didn’t bore you with the Scotty Nguyen hooker story, etc.
July 20, 2006
It was through Jason’s Ranting Website that I discover 43 things. One of the things is to organize my photography stuff. Print out more pictures of family.
This is a similar web application to http://www.joe’sgoal.com
Today July 20, 2003 we will be celebrating birthdays for the July. As I’m getting older I want to accomplished more or have look back in a backward glance to see if I’ve accomplish what I want. I did learn to play the guitar but I want to play it better for example. I did bungee Jump last year in August. I was afraid to but I did it because I saw a man in his fifties jumped. Then I saw his daughter of around 17, jumped. On the way down, she didn’t even make a sound. It was eerie to go against that reflex to scream. I’m almost forty and I am taking the time to have a family. I recently got married. It’s been a year now. There are some of the things that I didn’t get done. I would have like to be a famous architect but that didn’t happen. That would be interesting to see what I want to do on my 43 birthday. What 43 things I’ve accumulate since starting the list today.