Thursday, February 23, 2006

Amazon, and Girl Scout cookies

Tuesday was "Amazon Package Day". Today was "Girl Scout's Cookie Day". With Amazon I made my purchase last week, and then monitored the package's progress with the zeal of a college student watching a live web cam feed from a female dorm. The cookies? Orders made a month or two ago, forgotten about, and then a happy surprise today.

Not being familiar with the Girl Scout cookie deal, I idly chose a box or two from a list one of my co-workers had put out. My choices were then ripped apart by veterans of the cookie process, and I was brow-beaten into changing my selections - though I insisted on sticking to at least one of my original choices. I now have enough cookies to last until the Apocalypse. I'm assuming the cookies have less chance than my Amazon purchases of improving my poker game, but we'll see.

So, the contents of my Amazon package. I know you're all dying to know what I purchased.

Harrington on Hold'em II : This Time It's War
I guess the only surprise is that I haven't purchased this one already. I own the first one, and am busy re-reading it in preparation for following on with the sequel. I also heard that there's a twist at the end, though if it's all "just a dream" I am going to be very upset.

Ace on the River

I don't think I am the only blogger who regards Barry Greenstein as one of their favourite pros. Not only am I interested in what he has to say about the game, but what he has to say about life. And dammit, after the way he watched his Aces get cracked on High Stakes Poker, kudos to him.

Phil Gordon's Little Green Book
Waffles won this book in one of Dr Pauly's tournaments, and the few times he mentioned it I have been interested. So while in the middle of an Amazon splurge why not get it? I like Phil's work as well (especially his podcasts from last year's WSOP), Hooters ads aside.

Kill Phil

Felicia mentioned this book to me when I was busy sucking in the PLO8 DADI tournament. I was intrigued enough to pick it up and have a gander. As I understand it, the book describes a "method" utilising pushing your chips judiciously to try and negate the edge of experienced players. I don't plan on adopting any of the formulas full on (though I may play a low-limit game by the numbers as an experiment), but I'd like to give it a read and see if there is anything I can adopt for my game.

The Professor, The Banker, and the Suicide King
I had known about this book documenting the first Andy Beal vs The Corporation tilt for a while, and decided to pick it up during the splurge, especially given the recent action with these same combatants. I understand that Michael Craig, the author of this book, had a ring-side seat for the latest action and will write an article for an upcoming article of Bluff magazine.

OK, that was all the poker purchases. ("That's it?" I hear you ask. Yes. I should finish all these by some time in 2018.) My only regret is that it didn't occur to me to get a few bits and pieces for bounties and what not. I would have a look around Amazon, but that could trigger another splurge.

Fear not people who are worried I am free-falling into Poker obsession (actually, that is the incorrect tense. I have already fallen). Here are the other purchases to go along with these fine texts:

Comfort of Strangers, Beth Orton (CD)
Beth Orton is a UK singer/songwriter who I quite like. I am a big fan of her album "Central Reservation" (especially the first track, "Stolen Car"). "She Cries Your Name" from her first album "Trailer Park" is another good 'un. She has also recorded with such artists as The Chemical Brothers (she supplied the vocals on the track "Alive Alone" on the kick-ass album "Exit Planet Dust"). Beth is coming to DC in March and I am attending, so I figured I would pick up her latest and give it a listen. So far this is very laid back stuff, music to put on in the background.

The Blind Watchmaker, by Richard Dawkins
Know any people who are into Intelligent Design? Kick them in the intellectual junk, armed with knowledge from the Master. This book is by one of the smartest and most eloquent propronents of evolution, and is meant to be a damn fine read. I have read quite a few of his essays online, and have had this book on my Wish list for some time.

The Soul of a New Machine
Have I mentioned I am a nerd? Anyway, I'm a nerd. This is my Nerdy McNerdster book selection, about a bunch of engineers designing a new minicomputer in the 70's. Feel the excitement! Another long time resident of the Wish List. Very much looking forward to reading this one.

The Last Waltz (DVD)
This is the film of The Band's (former back up band for Bob Dylan and heroes in their own right) last ever concert in 1976. Directed by Martin Scorsese, it features a cavalcade of special guests and an Imperial Assload of fantastic music. Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and Joni Mitchell are just some of the cameos, which gives an impression of the esteem in which The Band were (and are) held. If you have ever heard "The Weight" or "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", you know The Band. This was also purchased for me to watch at 5am in the morning when I stumble home drunk out of my mind but not ready to sleep.

Now all I have to do is accumulate another bunch of "must-haves", so I can go another spree. Wish me luck!


  • Enjoy The Last Waltz - I really dig "Mystery Train," "Mannish Boy," everything with Dylan and especially "Caravan." The 4 CD set is well worth it too.

    By Blogger BG, at 2:24 PM  

  • Jesus man! I suggest a book to you and you do not even use my Amazon affiliate link.. no wonder I never make any money from my blog. Not one red cent. I have to rely on my sketchy poker skills. Bassstaaaad!

    By Blogger SirFWALGMan, at 2:25 PM  

  • Sorry Waffles - had no idea you had an affiliate link. I'll have to remember for next time if I ever buy anything that is "in your library".

    By Blogger Garthmeister J., at 2:38 PM  

  • BG - yeah, I've watched "The Last Waltz" a few times, and bought my folks a copy of the double CD soundtrack. But I want it for my very own.

    By Blogger Garthmeister J., at 2:54 PM  

  • Lemme know what you think of Kill Phil, I'm interested in it. I enjoyed Little Green Book a lot, and HOH II is of course one of the best.

    Good choices, all.

    By Blogger Falstaff, at 5:32 PM  

  • I think it would take me like 10 years to read all those books. It seems everytime I try to start reading a book, I get the urge to fire up the laptop and test out things.

    Enjoy the reading.

    By Blogger cmitch, at 5:44 PM  

  • Inside the Poker Mind, by John Feeney is a good one. I ehard about it on a Card Club podcast and got it the next day.

    By Blogger katitude, at 9:49 PM  

  • Yes, I knew you were a Nerd. That had to be established right from the beginning as you may recall.

    Quite a reading list. When will you play poker?

    Oh are single with no kids..perhaps you have time to read.


    By Blogger Veneno, at 12:03 AM  

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