Texas Hold-em

Friday (after the Baseball Draft), I went and played poker with a few coaching friends. It was the first time I'd played poker in probably 20 years. I started out betting too much on weak hands and almost went out. Once I figured out about how strong a hand needed to be and at what level each guy seemed to bid when he had a good hand (and they'd had few more beers than me) I turned it around and ended up a little ahead. It was a lot of fun, I expect we'll do it again in a few weeks.

Fantasy Baseball Draft Completed.

Friday I drafted my fantasy baseball team for this year. In the league are Patrick Link, Trevor Jay, Kurt Morton and old friends Mike DeHaye and Ted Stafford. They are all Malleteers. The other guys in the league have winning fantasy experience, it should be tough. Basically out of spite (and the hope he has a good year) I took Barry Bonds.


In and out at Decatur General

Thursday I went to the hospital at 6:30am to get blood drawn for the last of these damn physical tests. It was actually pretty fast. I was the first patient, checked in, got registered & got my blood drawn & out the door by 6:45am. Of course then I was way early for school.


Selfish Gene: commemorating 30 years of landmark genetics book

Boing Boing

Stress indeed.

Tuesday I took a stress test as part of a heart checkup. It was quite a show, more later.


Now it all makes sense.

Religious experiences of the prophets caused by altitude sickness? - The Sydney Morning Herald


Really like this blog.

Ace of Spades HQ - "Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - H.L. Mencken

Keep grinding away & get me off this rock

Mars craft drops perfectly into orbit, to whoops of relief


Let the juicing begin

I think steroids should be legal and this brave ESPN columnists explains why - ESPN.com: Page 2 : Let the juicing begin.

Stolen from Tobermory

Townhall.com - Attention Surplus Syndrome by Mike S. Adams

A literary hoax for the San Francisco crowd

Began to unravel here - Who is JT LeRoy? The True Identity of a Great Literary Hustler and collapsed here - She is JT LeRoy | Salon.com News. The whole thing is oddly compelling.


Oh so close to finding life.

Liquid water erupting on the Saturn moon Enceladus. The Cassini spacecraft has found evidence of liquid water spewing from geysers on one of Saturn's icy moons, raising the tantalizing possibility that the celestial object harbors life.


Once more into the breach.

Speculative Fiction

Mendez has a blog.

One of my favorite people in the world has a blog. I'm excited. A forum to harrass Mendez. We'd not seen each other in a couple of years & this fall we stayed up all night like little kids at Billy's mansion because it was too quiet & not cold enough for big boys to sleep. He's taken on The Amazing Race & the Oscars already. I love me some Mendez -
I wanna be cool.

I called this a year ago:

Once parents actually understand the curriculum this is likely to happen:
IB program under fire: Some calling it anti-American, anti-Christian.


I've been using the term "Leftist Fundamentalists" this week & now this:

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | In thrall to the green god - "Environmentalism has become a religion, writes Martin Livermore in this week's Green Room."


my cult of personality grows

After last week's link on BoingBoing this week I had a comment on Lifehacker (about a topic I seem to have become too aware of, cleaning up old hard drives). I guess I'm a commenter on all the gawker media websites now. Now if I just had anything useful to say...

Quality geek poll

What D&D character are you ?
Neutral Good Half-Orc Barbarian. About right, but a handsome half-orc.