Poker Game Observations

Poker Game Observations

Poker is the latest game craze sweeping across the nation. Poker is an addictive sport that has been quickly gaining interest from all walks of life. Players enjoy the instant gratification of being able to win a large sum of money in a short amount of time. Ordinary people have become overnight millionaires by playing in these marathon tournaments that can last several days. Poker is merely a card game. A game of strategy and luck, it can last several hours and cause a twinge of emotional pain or intense jubilation among its players. Participating in a poker tournament may be considered an enjoyable pastime but it can also provide a venue for observing interesting behavior patterns in people.

Most often, the persons involved in a poker game are males ranging in age from early 20s to late 50s. There are women who play the game but they are usually outnumbered by about 10-1. Celebrity poker tournaments on TV are usually the most widely know or commonly seen but average people play in many games on a regular basis in almost every city in America. Observing the behavior of these players is where I gleaned my information and experience. Being a player in these regular tournaments allows me the opportunity to observe the behavior of the players on a regular basis and gives me a solid basis for my findings. Texas hold-em is the most commonly played variation of poker and the rules are quite simple: The dealer will deal …

If Joe Lieberman Picked for VP Slot Should He Resign?

If Joe Lieberman Picked for VP Slot Should He Resign?

Cruz: Lieberman for Defense secretary - POLITICOThe latest classic observation coming out of the a Marc Ambrinder article on The Atlantic.com is that if Joe Lieberman is tagged for as a vice presidential candidate that he should immediately resign so that the Gov. Jodi Bell (R) can put a Republican replacement in and tip the balance of power in the Senate to the Republicans.

Since I most recently read that McCain’s possible pick might involve Eric Carter, I was surprised to read in Ambrinder’s article that Lieberman may be considered a McClain choice since he is a democrat. The wording helped it make more sense, however, “There are really no indications that McCain is thinking about Lieberman, but there’s nothing to say he’s not, either”. Did I hear that right?

I have been alive for many, many, many presidential races so, that means I’ve seen Goldwater, Nixon and Carter. I’ve seen Clinton degrade his office and I’ve seen Nixon commit crimes. I’ve seen Carter hide in the White House instead of campaigning. However, I have never seen a presidential campaign with so little class as this one.

McCain has called Obama a “flip-flopper”. Does that mean he changes position or that he wears flip-flops? He’s called him a celebrity and, of having a celebrity mentality. Obama has kept pace by saying that there is no question he’ll be elected and it will be good to have McCain around as a loyal member of the opposition to call him out and keep an eye on him. Are …

Best Beer's for the Poker Game

Best Beer's for the Poker Game

Beer and more beer, there are so many beers out there now it is hard to pick one when you are sent off to get more beer for that Saturday night poker game for the boys.

After the poker game last week I asked the guys which beer they liked and why. It is funny how guys rate beer and what are their favorite beers.

Straight from the family room poker game here is the 10 top picks from 10 guys.

Hoss — Picked for its name
Style: Rye logger
Brewery: Great Divide
Brewing: Denver Colorado
This beer has a sweet and crispy with a woody undertones.

Hoptober—Picked by everyone as a good beer, yes that does mean me too.
Style: Golden Ale
Brewery: New Belgium
Brewing: Fort Collins Colorado
When you first small this beer it’s strong hops aroma comes through then you get the crisp honeylaced sweetness.

Marz Hon — Picked for how easy it is to chug! Rolls eyes!
Style: Marzen
Brewery: Clipper City
Brewing: Baltimore Maryland
A traditional Oktoberfest brew.

Upslope Pal Ale — Best Pale Ale money can buy
Style: Pale Ale
Brewery: Upslope Brewery
Brewing: Boulder Colorado
Over all great pale ale, with a smooth drinkability

Local 1 — picked for the best wine sub.
Style: Pale Ale
Brewery: Brooklyn-Brewery
Brewing: Brooklyn New York
This beers’ frothy head is so tall and inviting you want to thrust at it like a human size pillow.

Old Stock
Style: Ale
Brewery: North Coast
Brewing: Fort Bragg …

A First Look at Command & Conquer: Ranegade

A First Look at Command & Conquer: Ranegade


Unless you were a gamer the year 1995 was nothing too out of the ordinary. Unless you were a gamer 1995 was really no different than 1994. Unless you were a gamer. If you were a gamer 1995 was a truly significant year. Westwood Studios just happened to release of the more monumental games of all time. The game: Command and Conquer. But you wouldn’t know this, unless you were a gamer. If you were a gamer you know. If you were a gamer you understand the significance of both this one game and of Westwood Studios.

 

Command and Conquer is perhaps the most important real-time strategy ever made. While not the first real-time strategy game, that honor belongs to another Westwood game, Dune II, Command and Conquer was the game that thrust real-time strategy gaming into the forefront of PC gaming, and the landscape would be forever changed.

Given Westwoods history of real-time strategy games one would be allowed to concerned about the direction Westwood has decided to take with Command and Conquer: Renegade. Westwood is attempting to turn that 2D world we all know and love into a 3D environment that immerses the player with a sense of depth and heft that Command and Conquer gamers have heretofore only dreamed of.

Command and Conquer Renegade is a third person action game but you aren’t limited to a third person view of the action. At any time you’ll be able to switch to a first person mode if …

A Look at the Demo: Clive Barkers' Undying

A Look at the Demo: Clive Barkers' Undying

Clive Barker's Undying Demo DownloadClive Barkers’ Undying.

I’ve only been able to grab the demo on this one and it is huge. This one weighs in at nearly 100 megabytes! Of late, a 100 meg download is almost common place. As time progresses the demos get larger and larger, it must be a pain in the gluteus maximus to have a dial-up connection to the net.

Back to the game, Electronic Arts elected to use a modified version of the unreal Tournament engine and it is well suited to Undying. Some of the interior architectures are simply stunningly rendered, realistic is a word that pops to mind. The game is really a visual feast. With huge textures and 32-bit color support you might find it dragging on your machine if you don’t have the horses. Fortunately, my Radeon 64meg DDR video card can handle this Undying beast.

The monster models are complex and elaborate. Arguably, they are some of the best models created for a PC game. Including those created for Quake III.

As for the gameplay, it’s pretty much a typical first person shooter but with a touch of horror. Horror-meister Clive Barker was brought in to help with the creepy atmosphere and it works. Some of the scarier moments involve not what you see but rather what you hear. You often hear enemies before you see them and when you’re playing this game the first time around it is spooky! Sometimes you’ll hear disembodied voices and then you’re on alert only to …

How to make and enjoy a Kite

How to make and enjoy a Kite


It is DIY, cheap and fun. The old fashioned kite is making a comeback. It is the perfect toy, quiet in use and it works without batteries.

The reason may be that the ancient kite (it has been flying the skies for well over 2,000 years) is ‘green’. Powered by the wind, it draws its owner into wide open spaces and the fresh air. When the owner is a child, the whole family tends to get involved. In short, and to use a common expression, ‘it is user friendly.’

During a holiday in America I visited a store entirely devoted to the sale of kites. It was an Aladdin’s cave with kites covering every surface. Hanging from the ceiling and covering the walls with their spectacular tails. They reminded me of sleeping beauties waiting for the kiss of a breeze to waken them from a long slumber.

‘Customers come from as far away as Germany,’ the shop assistant volunteered. She thought it was the variety available that attracted them. It was a refreshing store to stroll around, with not a battery or electronic device to be seen.

Even a paper bird, activated by a tightly wound elastic band, seemed a little out of place there.

A kite flies mainly because of wind pressure underneath which lifts it, the line keeping it under pressure. The tail adds drag to stabilise and keep the kite facing into the wind. Kite flying requires skill, coupled with a wind velocity of between 8-20 miles …

Kiteboarding – Learning The Sport

Kiteboarding – Learning The Sport

Learning the simple steps as a beginner of Kiteboarding

For those who have heard of kiteboarding but are not sure what it is or how you begin to learn we have some simple tips to get you started. Kiteboarding is a lot like wakeboarding except without the boat pulling you. Kiteboarding involves the wakeboard, a parabolic kite that is tethered by 100-foot lines. Throw in some wind and a lot of water and then you have kiteboarding. Experts in kiteboarding can get 50 feet in the air and reach speeds of over 50 mile per hour. However, for those who want to begin, kiteboarding is a simple sport to learn. We have some tips on basic skills and equipment to help you get started.

1. Kiteboarding Begins With Lessons on Land

Kite control is the majority of what kiteboarding is all about. Most lessons will begin on the beach learning and practicing with special training kites. These practice-training kites have shorter, easy to control lines on the kites. Beginners learn to control the kite within the 180-degreee arc in the sky.

2. Controlling Your Body in Kiteboarding

As you can imagine, the sport of kiteboarding involves a lot of body dragging. When learning to kiteboard you will practice being dragged through the water. Beginner’s lessons have you fly the kite close to the water without the wakeboard. Keeping your face down and your legs together, you allow the kite to drag you through the water. This action allows your torso …

How to Win at Penny Slots: Don't Play Them

How to Win at Penny Slots: Don't Play Them

Small in denomination and numerously scattered around the floor, penny slot machines have an alluring appeal of offering high pay outs with only a few pennies at stake. Some machine boast jackpots of 5,000 credits. While 5,000 credits is nothing to sneeze at when dealing with $1 slot machines, $.01 slot machines usually boil that amount to about $50-almost enough for a Las Vegas show. Given my phenomenal luck with quarter and dollar slot machines but a lack of funds to actually do damage to either slots, I decided to analyze myself playing penny slots at a few casinos just to see whether my luck would break a few of them.

Penny slots aim to convince players that they can go through their money slower than nickel, quarter, or dollar slots. Instead of pulling a dollar slot once, the theory is that penny slots allow players to blow through that same dollar in about 100 pulls. Immediately that theory is bullocks upon actually looking at a penny slot machine. The orthodox slot machine had one payline and only required one credit of the stated denomination. Penny slots feature several paylines and require players to pay at least one penny per payline. So instead of just a penny per pull, it is really $.10 to $.40 just to get things started. Then the slot machines entice players to multiply their lines of bets for a chance of more money and to qualify for special features or jackpots. I have seen machines …

Kronoberg Slott – One of Sweden's Many Medieval Castle Ruins

Kronoberg Slott – One of Sweden's Many Medieval Castle Ruins

One of the many things I adore about living in Sweden is the abundance of castles and castles ruins. I think I could spend the rest of my life here and still not get to explore them all. Just when I’ve said THIS one is the coolest so far, I stumble upon yet another extremely cool find. So it was with Kronoberg Slott. Slott is the Swedish word which encompasses castle, manor, palace, and fortification. In the case of Kronoberg, it is a castle ruin.

Kronoberg Slott lies on Helgasjon (Lake Helga) outside the town of Vaxsjo in the region of Smaland, which lies in the country of Sweden. Kronoberg was a very important defensive holding back in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. It started off as the seat of the Bishop of Vaxsjo, and the castle itself was built around 1444. There are numerous plaques scattered around the grounds of this castle ruin telling visitors of the history.

Although the infamous Skane Wars between Sweden & Denmark happened, naturally, in Skane, it did extend a bit out and into Smaland from time to time. This is how Kronoberg Castle became involved in this territorial war between the two countries.

Although I hate to see castles once grand in ruins, it did make Kronoberg very accessible for me, being handicapped and all. I had no problems whatsoever navigating any part of this historic structure. From the parking lot to the drawbridge is all flat with a slight incline, and …

The Last Available Slots in the Major Oscar Races

The Last Available Slots in the Major Oscar Races

In less than three weeks, the Oscar nominations will be announced. After months of pundits and movie fans making predictions, they will see if they were right on the morning on January 25. However, there’s a good chance that most of their Oscar nomination predictions will be right. By now, so much has happened, and so many pre-Academy Awards have been given out, that many of the nominees are pre ordained. With much of the field seemingly locked in, it leaves only a select few spots to fight over in the major Oscar categories.

The Best Picture field is at 10 for the second year in a row. Last year, the Academy had to strain to find 10 films, but that isn’t the case this time. The Social Network and The King’s Speech remain the favorites, while The Fighter and True Grit are battling to be the top spoiler. Inception, Toy Story 3 and The Kids Are All Right secured their slots back in summer. Black Swan is the riskiest of the contenders, yet it appears to have enough support to break in. This leaves only two places left for the remaining Best Picture candidates.

When the race for the Oscar nominations really started, it looked like 127 Hours would be among the leaders. But now it is squarely on the bubble, as movies such as The Town and Winter’s Bone have gained momentum. If they falter, then perhaps smaller indies like Rabbit Hole and Blue Valentine will surge, since …