Friday, January 22, 2010

I can't wait until the Top Chef Blogger Championship!

Online Poker

I have registered to play in the PokerStars World Blogger Championship of Online Poker! The WBCOOP is a free online Poker tournament open to all Bloggers, so register on WBCOOP to play.

Registration code: 327812

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Not Top Chef-Related, Or "Hey, a Euphonium!"

At some stage I intend to have a recap of Top Chef, with at least a breakdown of how all the chefs performed in our Fantasy Top Chef scoring system, and perhaps some thoughts on the finale (belated as it is). But not today.

You may be surprised to learn that I have a collection of nerdtastic feeds in my RSS reader. OK, you're not surprised, whatever. Anyhow, a few months ago (courtesy of slashdot, one of the original "nerd destinations" on the internet) I happened across ribbonfarm, a blog written by this guy named Venkatesh Rao. He had written an interesting post called "The Gervais Principle, Or The Office According to 'The Office'". If you haven't come across it yet, check it out.

This morning I read his post reviewing a book by Dan Pink called Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, which is about intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation. Or perhaps more aptly "why giving people rewards for performance makes them do worse". This lead me down the rabbit-hole of internet searches and what-not, leading me to a TED talk he gave. (BTW - TED talks are awesome. Every so often I come across an article or something that references a TED talk, and they never fail to deliver).

In the "Other talks from 'New on TED.com'" list of videos, at the top was a video coming from some guy giving "the euphonium a new voice". Now, back in the day, I actually played the euphonium. It's basically a small tuba, sounding kind of like a trombone but using valves (like a trumpet or tuba does), instead of a slide. So without further ado, the craziest euphonium playing I've ever heard. The internet rules.



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In poker-related news, I've actually dabbled a little bit online since coming back from Vegas. I've been trying to grind the baby 8-game on PokerStars, but with so far uninspiring results. I might actually turn to multi-tabling Triple Draw like a crazy person, but we'll see if I get sucked in or not.

Post UIGEA, like many I suppose, I took most of my bankroll offline, and what I did leave online I didn't exactly manage with discipline. I haven't actually joined the Bankroll Challenge (because let's face facts, who knows if and when I'll be distracted by something shiny), but I'd like to get back to my roots and try and put together some semblance of an online roll. The thing I'm trying to avoid is getting frustrated (or drunk, or both) and playing higher than I should, or playing when tired, or deciding to play an $33 rebuy tournament for the hell of it. I'm even keeping a spreadsheet! We'll see if I manage to get anything going, or if I just manage to piss away the remains of my online roll one bad call at a time.